Ki Tetze – Make war not peace?

"כִּי-תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה, עַל-אֹיְבֶיךָ; וּנְתָנוֹ יְקוָק אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּיָדֶךָ–וְשָׁבִיתָ שִׁבְיוֹ. " The Torah teaches us how to go to war against our enemies. Every day we wake up to a new war.
I am not talking about a fist fight or cannons firing on the neighbors.
We have an enemy that always wants to invade our domain and take as much as he can from us. Most people are not aware of him but he is our worst enemy and also our best friend (?!).

"כִּי-תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה, עַל-אֹיְבֶיךָ; וּנְתָנוֹ יְקוָק אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּיָדֶךָ–וְשָׁבִיתָ שִׁבְיוֹ. " The Torah teaches us how to go to war against our enemies. Every day we wake up to a new war.
I am not talking about a fist fight or cannons firing on the neighbors.
We have an enemy that always wants to invade our domain and take as much as he can from us. Most people are not aware of him but he is our worst enemy and also our best friend (?!).

The parasha of Ki Tetze, teaches us how to identify and deal with him. We have a choice to fight him or submit to him.

In 21:10 we read "and if you go to war on your ENEMIES, G-d will deliver HIM into your hand and have captives"…" and you saw a beautiful woman, and you desired her and you took her to be your wife". The rest of the story talks about hair styles, nails, dressing, crying and sex. I will not talk about the details but here is a quick kabalistic dictionary. Hair = Wires to draw
energy, nail= holds negative energy, dress = surrounding light,
crying = opening to the level of Chokmah, Father = Chokmah (right
column), Mother =Binah (left column), sex= connection of light and
vessel. 
Rashi, comments on this verse "and you took her to be your wife", and says that here the Torah is talking about the evil inclination.
We have one enemy and he appears in many forms and makes battles with us. Where ever we go, he is there to challenge us. We can not make one single decision without him interfering and pushing in his point.

The Torah reveals that even if we see the battles ahead, there is only one enemy and to win, all we need to do is go to war with him and G-d will deliver him into our hands.
It is an amazing guarantee. All we need is to go out to war and that\’s it, G-d will deliver.

The evil side wants to take away our connection to the Light. He comes in many tempting forms; beautiful woman, delicious cake, yummy ice-cream, easy money, skipping a spiritual connection, and lots more. It is not easy to fight him all the time but it is also a gift to us from G-d. He created this world for us to work. Genesis (2:3) "אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלקִים לַעֲשׂוֹת ".

G-d gave us the gift of free choice, the ability to choose and create. Be like G-d. Every thing outside the basic elements of nature was created by us. From the first piece of cloth, first wheel to the space station orbiting earth.

G-d created the system of cause and effect with the built in force that tempts and offers us the wrong choices. The light of the creator is always there. The problem is that the force of negativity always attaches itself to the good and blocks us from connecting to it.

It is like a shell of the nut or of a fruit. We need to break through the Shell (Klipa in Hebrew) in order to get to the fruit. The harder the shell, the more potent is the fruit. Negative is always in the open. No effort is needed to connect to it. All the "easy to get" are from the negative. If you do not work for it, it is from the negativity. We all know the saying "easy come, easy go". If it comes easy, it is not ours and negativity can claim it back at any moment.

The Zohar brings a story about King Solomon that one time he held the king of all demons captive. King Solomon asked him to reveal the greatest secrets to avoid negativity. The king of demons told him that to avoid and to keep away negativity; a person should always buy in full price. Free gifts draw the negativity and let it get attached to us.

When we go to war we break the Klipa and we can expose and enjoy the fruit. The war is a payment to receive the Light. Understanding that negative force is always there puts us on guard and ready to battle.
We can consider him as a friend that encourages us to do our best. In the Olympic Games many of the contestants break their records because they have a strong opponent next to them.

To expand our vessel and be able to draw bigger light we need this opponent to challenge us everyday. Going down is easy. Climbing up is hard but on each step up you can feel the achievement and elevation of the spirit. The more you go down the more you feel the energy drain out.
When a person doesn\’t have challenges in life, it means that he is in the negative side.

A rich person knows that the moment he rests, he start losing. There is no resting on the way up. G-d gave us the Shabbat to rest from the daily battles. Thank G-d for Shabbat.

"כִּי-יִהְיֶה לְאִישׁ, בֵּן סוֹרֵר וּמוֹרֶה "
In (21:18), we find the story of the stubborn and rebellious son. This son is our negative actions. Father and Mother are Chokmah and Binah, which are the higher connections to the Light. When we do not use the GPS (G-d Provided System), we suffer the consequences. If we still do not follow the Light then we take our negativity to the open, "the elders of the city and the gate of his place". This action is done to break the inner shell (Klipa) and become exposed to the Light.

"וְלָקַח אֲבִי הַנַּעֲרָ, וְאִמָּהּ;
וְהוֹצִיאוּ אֶת-בְּתוּלֵי הַנַּעֲרָ,
אֶל-זִקְנֵי הָעִיר–הַשָּׁעְרָה "
The word in Hebrew for a girl is "נַּעֲרָה ", in the Torah (22:15) it is written as "נַּעֲר " that means a young man. The Torah reader in Shabbat must read it as "נַּעֲרָה ". The Zohar explains that this is the secret of the connection to our soul. The soul is light (Male) and the vessel is female. The Torah teaches us here how to reconnect to our pure soul (virgin) and how to remove negativity that was attached to it by our negative actions.
This word appears 13 times in the parasha, in chapter 22 to give us the power of purification.

We are in the month of Elul, a time that we use to cleanse "our bad history" with reflecting on our actions, doing "Teshuvah" and reciting the "Selichot". A main connection in Selichot is the 13 attributes of G-d. As you know the 13 attributes were mentioned first time when Moshe begged and prayed to G-d on behalf of the Yisraelites to avoid punishment for their negative actions.

There are 47 mitzvoth (out of the 613) to signify a lot of opportunities to draw the light into our life, especially in the month of Elul and before Rosh Hashanah.

We need to remember not to love  negativity even if it looks nice and easy on the surface. Losing the light is  harder and it takes longer to build than to destroy. Go to war against our negativity, expose it and cleanse it. If we have some history to clean, we should go back to the source, to the person, open up and cleanse any negativity that was  there.

 

Nitzavim-Vayelech – It\’s time for Mashiach to be revealed.

The whole Torah scroll is written in 248 columns. Every column starts with a word that begins with the letter "ו" except for six special columns. The first letters are "ביהשמו", The "ב" of "בראשית"is the first, there are four more in between and the last of the six is "ו". There is a great significance to the location of each of them but I want to focus on the last letter "ו" that completes the set.

The whole Torah scroll is written in 248 columns. Every column starts with a word that begins with the letter "ו" except for six special columns. The first letters are "ביהשמו", The "ב" of "בראשית"is the first, there are four more in between and the last of the six is "ו". There is a great significance to the location of each of them but I want to focus on the last letter "ו" that completes the set.

The six letters known as "ביה־שמו" , translated to in "יה" , his name. "יה" is naturally related to the first two letters of the Tetragramaton and the top three sefirot of Keter, Chokmah and Binah. "שמו", "his name" relates to the future name of G-d with the final revelation of the Light with Mashiach, as it is prophesized "ביום־ההוא־יהיה־יקוק־אחד־ושמו־אחד", "on that day G-d and his name will be one".The deeper explanation of this verse will be at another time.

The special letter ו appears on the top of the column in (Deuteronomy 31:28)
"וְאָעִידָה בָּם, אֶת-הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת-הָאָרֶץ"

You may ask; if there are 242 "ו" on the top of the columns then why is this one special. The answer is in its position. Moshe is about to leave the world and he is completing the Torah (31:30), which is Zeir Anpin, and is represented by the Letter "ו" of the Tetragramaton.  The column that this Vav appears is on top of a unique column. There are three parts to this column. Few lines at the top and two narrow columns of parashat Ha\’azinu (I\’ll explain about this in Ha\’azinu).

The first letter of the Torah , "ב" of Bereshit,
" וְאָעִידָה בָּם, " and " בָּם ", relates to the 42 letters at the beginning of Genesis and it created the universe. It is know as the name of G-d of 42 letters.
" אֶת-הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת-הָאָרֶץ " , relates to the first action of creation, which formed heaven and earth. This is also related to (30:19) where we see the same message with the final promise to have full control over the physical realm as promised to our fathers, Avraham Yizaac and Ya\’Akov. Notice in this verse that G-d specifys the name of our fathers to us (like we do not know!).

Closing the circle is revealing Mashiach. The Vav completes the set of six letters and makes few amazing combinations. First is that the numerical value is "המשיח", "the Mashiach" and "משה־חי", "Moshe is alive". This is the beginning of the Shabbat of creation.

In Genesis we read about the "spirit of G-d is hovering over the water". Kabbalah teaches us that the Torah and the idea of the end and Mashiach were there before creation.  The Torah is the water that sustains the life. The spirit of Mashiach hovering over the Torah, is the  six letters.  They connect all parts of the Torah into one, the spirit of Mashiach.

I am writing this commentary to you from Israel and we\’ll stay here until after Rosh Hashanah.

I Know I have many points unexplained. Please email your questions and go to the website to follow changes and additions.

Ki Tavo – The ultimate way to boost our immune system.

The parasha of Ki Tavo conceals many diamonds and we\’ll dig them out a little later. The Israelites are about to enter the Land of Milk and Honey and Moshe tells them that they will become a nation , then he selects 6 tribes to go on the mount of blessings, Gerizim, and 6 tribes to go on the mount of Ebal, for the curses.

The Torah connects us to the Tree of Life. (Proverbs 3:18) " עֵץ-חַיִּים הִיא, לַמַּחֲזִיקִים בָּהּ ", so how come we read about so many horrible curses and diseases this Shabbat.

The secret here is that the curses are not really curses. They are huge light under cover.

If someone throws rocks at you, you will try to avoid them as much as possible but if you know that those stones have diamonds inside each one of them then you\’ll ask for more. You will hold on to them and won\’t let go because you know how precious they are.

The parasha of Ki Tavo conceals many diamonds and we\’ll dig them out a little later. The Israelites are about to enter the Land of Milk and Honey and Moshe tells them that they will become a nation , then he selects 6 tribes to go on the mount of blessings, Gerizim, and 6 tribes to go on the mount of Ebal, for the curses.

Then the Levites start to recite a set of twelve curses loudly. All of those curses begin with the word " אָרוּר ", cursed, and ends with " וְאָמַר כָּל-הָעָם, אָמֵן " except the first one which is said in plural form " וְעָנוּ כָל-הָעָם וְאָמְרוּ, אָמֵן ", this one is for the whole nation and it connects them as one. The next eleven curses are in a singular form " וְאָמַר " "and all the people say Amen."

Before the first "curse", they were still separated but after that they became one. A similar situation happened in the wilderness when the nation was standing at the bottom of Mount Sinai and it was said " ויחן־העם ", in singular form.

The eleven curses have the power to break negativity like the eleven incenses, the high priest used to burn in the Holy Temple . We recite this process three times in our daily connections (Twice in the morning and one in the afternoon).

The diamonds I was talking about are in the four words of " וְאָמַר כָּל-הָעָם, אָמֵן ".

The sum of the first letters from each word is 32. The sum of the last letters is 320. The sum of the middle letters is 151. The Zohar reveals us that the first curses in the Torah are found in the book of Leviticus, chapter 26 and are 32 verses. And the ones in this parasha are 53 verses. Total number of curses is 98.

The beginning letters " וכהא " sums to 32 and is used as a bridge to connect the previous curses to the first and the last letters of the Torah " ב ל ".

The middle letters sum to 151, which is equal to " מקוה " (the place of ritual bath that cleanse us from spiritual negativity).

The last word " אָמֵן ", Amen, is the most important spiritual tool we have. This is the Diamond. In Hebrew " יהלום " Both words equal to 91. " יקוק " and " אדני " also sum to 91. The first name relates to the upper levels and we are not allowed to read it as a regular word, instead we use the lower name of " אדני ".

We say Amen after every blessing. This is done to connect the upper and lower. And draw the specific light of the blessing to us.

The Zohar and the Talmud say that the light that is revealed and drawn by a person that answers Amen to a blessing is greater than the one that says the blessing. The reason is that with the word Amen, we use two names of G-d and with the blessing use only one name. Every Amen we say creates an angel that carries the light down. Angel in Hebrew is " מלאך " and it is also equal to 91.

Now why use curses and how is it connected to our immune system?

When we were young and sometimes acting foolish, our parents used to yell at us and warn us from bad things that could happen if we don\’t correct our actions. Did they hate us? No.

We know now that they were motivated by love and care. They gave us "on the head" and threatened us with punishments to avoid hurting ourselves.

G-d brings the Yisraelites to the Land and tells them (27:9) " הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה נִהְיֵיתָ לְעָם " ,"Today, you became a nation". Now they are on their own, standing by the spiritual gates of The Land. Josef (Sefirah of Yesod) is buried there and when Abraham had come to the land, this place was also his first stop.

This is the beginning of the nation and the connection to the Land. G-d is letting them go but not before He injects the vaccine against negativity into their consciousness,.

The Levites are the ones that served in The Holy. Whatever they did was related to holiness. Those curses were recited for proper execution. They had the strong voice that carried the Light. The curses are the injection of Light that the Yisraelites needed before they started their journey as a nation in the Holy Land .

The Torah tells us how the High Priest takes away the negativity from the nation of Israel during the Yom Hakipurim process. The Cohen choose a special goat, place the negativity on the head of the goat and send it with a person, that can handle the negativity, to the desert. (Leviticus 16:21). The Levites are not involved in this process.

Some communities have the tradition of reading the part of the curses in lower or whispering voice. This is a big mistake. It should be the opposite.

The clearer we hear the curses, the stronger the immunization process gets. The Levites said the curses in loud voice (27:14).

We need to hear all the curses well. Every " אָרוּר " that we hear, beat the negativity inside of us every " אָמֵן ", cleanse.

KiTavo is always read just before Rosh Hashanah and it gives us the best preparation for the two days of Judgment. The count of curses is 98 and it is equivalent to the word " צח " (shiny clean), and also to the word " סלח " "forgive".

Do not miss the Torah reading this Shabbat.

Devarim – The Vision – Past Present and Future

This Shabbat is called "Shabbat Chazon", (Shabbat of Vision). The name is after the prophecy that we read after this week\’s Torah reading.

It is the first chapter in Isaiah and also the first prophecy of the prophet that brings most of the final redemption prophecies. His name Isaiah means "God will redeem".

Here I bring you the actual chapter in English translation (NIV) and after each verse I\’ve added my explanation. I suggest you read each verse twice.

 

 

This Shabbat is called "Shabbat Chazon", (Shabbat of Vision). The name is after the prophecy that we read after this week\’s Torah reading.

It is the first chapter in Isaiah and also the first prophecy of the prophet that brings most of the final redemption prophecies. His name Isaiah means "God will redeem".

Here I bring you the actual chapter in English translation (NIV) and after each verse I\’ve added my explanation. I suggest you read each verse twice.

Isaiah 1

 1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

         The vision of the future

 2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth!

             For the LORD has spoken:
       "I reared children and brought them up,
       but they have rebelled against me.

 

         Calling Heaven and Earth is like addressing the whole creation.

 3 The ox knows his master,
       the donkey his owner\’s manger,
       but Israel does not know,
       my people do not understand."

         In nature, an Ox knows his master and a donkey knows who feeds him. The people of Israel did not connect to the upper source of the light, Chokmah and Binah.

 4 Ah, sinful nation,
       a people loaded with guilt,
       a brood of evildoers,
       children given to corruption!
       They have forsaken the LORD;
       they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
       and turned their backs on him.

         Not only they didn\’t draw the available Light from the Holy one; they transferred their light to negativity.

 5 Why should you be beaten anymore?
       Why do you persist in rebellion?
       Your whole head is injured,
       your whole heart afflicted.

         You reached a lower point.

 6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
       there is no soundness–
       only wounds and welts
       and open sores,
       not cleansed or bandaged
       or soothed with oil.

 

 7 Your country is desolate,
       your cities burned with fire;
       your fields are being stripped by foreigners
       right before you,
       laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.

         All the benefits that were available for you went to negativity.

 8 The Daughter of Zion is left
       like a shelter in a vineyard,
       like a hut in a field of melons,
       like a city under siege.

         The kingdom of the light (Malchut) left undesired.

 9 Unless the LORD Almighty
       had left us some survivors,
       we would have become like Sodom,
       we would have been like Gomorrah.

         By the grace of God the Light kept flowing to sustain us.

 10 Hear the word of the LORD,
       you rulers of Sodom;
       listen to the law of our God,
       you people of Gomorrah!

         To all the greedy ones and those who don\’t treat others with human dignity.

 11 "The multitude of your sacrifices–
       what are they to me?" says the LORD.
       "I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
       of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
       I have no pleasure
       in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

         I\’ve had it with you! I don\’t need your offerings. You are trying to cover your evil actions with burnt offerings and I don\’t want them.

 12 When you come to appear before me,
       who has asked this of you,
       this trampling of my courts?

         Who asked you to come and try to connect to me? Don\’t come with your pride to desecrate my Holy places.

 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
       Your incense is detestable to me.
       New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations–
       I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

         Stop all your offerings and prayers, I don\’t want them. Your Torah reading on Shabbat is rejected.  (Torah reading of Shabbat is the highest connection of the week and draws the most Light).

 14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts
       my soul hates.
       They have become a burden to me;
       I am weary of bearing them.

         Your monthly blessings and holidays are full of selfishness and it makes me sick.

 15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
       I will hide my eyes from you;
       even if you offer many prayers,
       I will not listen.
       Your hands are full of blood;

         Don\’t even try to raise your hands in prayer. You will never reach higher levels. I don\’t want to hear you when you act with greed and selfishness.

 16 wash and make yourselves clean.
       Take your evil deeds
       out of my sight!
       Stop doing wrong,

         Cleanse yourself from negativity and stop your selfish desires.

 17 learn to do right!
       Seek justice,
       encourage the oppressed.
       Defend the cause of the fatherless,
       plead the case of the widow.

         Seek the tree of life and the central column with the right actions.

 18 "Come now, let us reason together,"
       says the LORD.
       "Though your sins are like scarlet,
       they shall be as white as snow;
       though they are red as crimson,
       they shall be like wool.

         As I promised you, I will help you purify yourself.

 19 If you are willing and obedient,
       you will eat the best from the land;

         If you just open your desire for it I will bestow only good upon you.

 20 but if you resist and rebel,
       you will be devoured by the sword."
       For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

         Your going away from the path is like a sword that will hurt you.

 21 See how the faithful city
       has become a harlot!
       She once was full of justice;
       righteousness used to dwell in her–
       but now murderers!

         I gave you connection to the Tree of Life and now you let negativity have a strong hold on it.

 22 Your silver has become dross,
       your choice wine is diluted with water.

         Your fake sharing acts are no longer accepted.

 23 Your rulers are rebels,
       companions of thieves;
       they all love bribes
       and chase after gifts.
       They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
       the widow\’s case does not come before them.

         Social structure is also corrupted.

 24 Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty,
       the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
       "Ah, I will get relief from my foes
       and avenge myself on my enemies.

         It will come to the point where I will have to force the cleansing process.

 25 I will turn my hand against you;
       I will thoroughly purge away your dross
       and remove all your impurities.

         I won\’t stop until I remove all negativity.

 26 I will restore your judges as in days of old,
       your counselors as at the beginning.
       Afterward you will be called
       the City of Righteousness,
       the Faithful City."

         I will restore the connection of Jerusalem to the upper levels and create continuous flow of the light to this world.

 27 Zion will be redeemed with justice,
       her penitent ones with righteousness.

         The upper channel of Yesod (6th sefirah) will hold the central column and will draw chokmah and Binah (Supernal Father and Mother) to all levels (7 sefirot) of the material world.

The reading from Isaiah ends at verse 27, in order to have a positive note and hope for the vision of the future.

Before he passes away from the world, Moses reveals God\’s promise to fight the final battle for us and remove all negativity.

The rest of Isaiah\’s prophecy (Isaiah 1:28-31) tells us that when God reveals himself to all and brings the light of redemption, all negativity and those who left the connection with God, will burn and cease to exists.

 

What do we need to learn from this message?

The prophecy teaches us that if we are not good to each other (verse 16, 17), there are no open door to God.

Before we do any "religious" or "spiritual" ritual, there is one important and simple rule. Treat each other with human dignity with love and without any personal agenda.

If you see a person in need on the way to your Temple, Church, Mosque or Synagogue, remember that God want you to be good to others BEFORE you come to him.

If you are late to the service because you helped others, God will look at you like a father is proud of his child\’s achievement. Don\’t hurt anybody, don\’t cheat and don\’t lie, especially to yourself. If you still have negativity to cleanse and you find yourself in a place of worship, have a simple prayer from the bottom of your broken heart. "God, please help me clean my act, help me love others like myself". Just repeat it again and again and again and again until you feel the light comes in. (I did it myself countless times in the past until I felt no more anger or hate toward others). Only then I took a prayer book into my hands.

One bad apple…

God is telling Moses to inform the children of Israel that they are about to enter the Land that he chose for them as inheritance.  God gives specific instructions to remove and destroy the inhabitants of the Land with all their idols and places of worship.

What is the connection? Why should they suffer? They didn\’t do anything bad. Where is the sin (cause) to bring a punishment (effect)?

 

וְהָיָה, כַּאֲשֶׁרדִּמִּיתִי לַעֲשׂוֹת לָהֶם–אֶעֱשֶׂה לָכֶם

Numbers 33:55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants ofthe land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thornsin your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.

Numbers 33:56 And then I will do to you what I plan to do tothem.\’"

God is telling Moses to inform the children of Israel that they are about to enter the Land that he chose for them as inheritance.  God gives specific instructions to remove and destroy the inhabitants of the Land with all their idols and places of worship.

God is specific, "this is your land and you can divide itamong yourselves". Then comes verse 33:55 (above), which we can easily understand. If we leave some of them in the land, they can cause trouble. It makes complete sense. But when we come to 33:56 (above), it doesn\’t make much sense.Here God is saying that whatever he planned to do to them, will be done to the Israelites.

What is the connection? Why should they suffer? They didn\’t do anything bad. Where is the sin (cause) to bring a punishment (effect)?

 

This is a point where we should understand the reason forthe whole creation. God made this world for us with a perfect system of cause and effect. On the Seventh day, God turned on the main switch and the world started running on the basic principles of cause and effect. God is the system.God is in every Atom of existence, ready to empower every desire that we have.We can do good or bad with that force, it is our choice.

In verse 33:56 the Torah teaches us that if we leave room for negativity, it will invade every part of our existence, the eyes represent the consciousness and the sides are our outer existence.

The Hebrew text explains the effect deeper than the simple English translation. It uses the root word "image", like in "\’Letus make man in our image". This is the process of evolution fromspiritual to material. When the chaos is the manifestation of the forces of negativity,if we let it stay in our dwelling then we will have chaos as well.

"One bad apple spoils the barrel"

Get rid of negativity from yourself and your environment. Aslong as you fight it out you\’ll be in good shape, but if you give up and let itin, chaos will rain.

Shoftim – Do you want to knock on heavens door?

In Deuteronomy 20 we have the first set of instructions on what to do when we go out to war against our enemies. The next set is in the next chapter and is read from the Torah in the next parasha of Ki Teitze.

כִּי-תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה עַל-אֹיְבֶךָ, וְרָאִיתָ סוּס וָרֶכֶב עַם רַב מִמְּךָ–לֹא תִירָא, מֵהֶם:  כִּי-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ עִמָּךְ, הַמַּעַלְךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם
"When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you"

In Deuteronomy 20 we have the first set of instructions on what to do when we go out to war against our enemies. The next set is in the next chapter and is read from the Torah in the next parasha of Ki Teitze.

Moses delivers this message and tells the people that in the case of going out to war, we should not fear because God that elevates us from Egypt is with us.  Why does Moses mention Egypt and what is the connection to going out to war.

The word Egypt "מִצְרָיִם" appears 50 times in the Torah. The last appearance of this word is in the verse before the last verse of the Torah. Egypt symbolizes the strongest level of desire for the self and therefore draws a lot of negativity. When Israelites were in Egypt they reached the 49th level of negativity. God sent Moses to elevate us from that negativity and connect us to the highest level of light in this world, the Torah.

Moses reminds us that God brought us up and he is with us on our path to reach to the 50th gate of Light, which is the Level of Binah. Reaching that heavenly gate requires us to go to war against the negativity that is holding us down.  The encouragement that God is with us is to support us in keeping the fight to win against negativity and make progress in going toward the gate.

The High Priest, the Kohen, that is the channel of the light to the world, tells the people to keep their certainty because God is walking with them to fight for them against their enemies and will bring them to salvation.

Now the next step before going to war, the officers will talk to the people and send home those who fall into few categories. One of them is a person that built a house and didn\’t settle in it yet. This one should go home.
20:7 if anyone become pledged to a woman and not married her?  He should go home.
In 20:8 "Is any man afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his brothers will not become disheartened too." He must go home before corrupting the others with his fears and weak heart.
Without going into all the hidden codes and symbols in these verses, we need to learn that the wars that the Torah talks about are always against the negativity that surround us and the negativity inside of us.

The people that are not permitted or free from going to war are those with incomplete vessel. They cannot hold the light and they must go home.
The weak hearted one doesn\’t have the certainty and therefore no affinity with the light. He has a flawed vessel.  It is also the same reason to why you cannot sacrifice an animal with a flaw. (see  17:1)

This week we read the codes to fight to remove negativity from our environment. Next week is the war on the individual level.

The lesson is that with certainty with the Light, we can channel the light to do the work for us and remove negativity from our environment to bring us closer to the 50th gate, to the level of Binah.

Opening the 50th gate will bring the final redemption. This is the reason why Egypt mentioned 50 times in the Torah. The final appearance is in the last two verses of the Torah.  The last letters of the last 4 words of the Torah spells "יִמְלֹךְ", which means, will reign. 

The song of the see sang after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and broke out of the bondage of Egypt. That moment represent the past present and future of the redemption.

In Exodus 15:18 (at the end of the song of the see) we read "יְהוָה יִמְלֹךְ, לְעֹלָם וָעֶד." "God will reign forever and ever".  We see the code word that represents the opening of the 50th gate and the revelation of the Light of Binah.  The numerical value of the 4 words is 376, which is the same value for the word peace "שלום" as in the finale peace. "יְהוָה מֶלֶךְ, יְהוָה מָלָךְ; יְהוָה יִמְלֹךְ, לְעֹלָם וָעֶד" is in our daily prayer. It says God is king, God was king and God will reign forever and ever.

The first 6 words that connect present past and future equal 358, which is Mashiach. The whole 8 words with the kolel (608+8) = 616 = "התורה", "The Torah".  No need to add explanation here. We can see the light clearly.

God wants us to hold his hand and to come closer and open the gate. This is the purpose of creation. We had thrown down in order to come up. The road is there, paved and with huge signs of light. Turn on your GPS.  Let us all go there.

 

Re\’eh – I found the sons of God…

And you are one of them! Are you?

Before you treat me like a crazy person, please go to Deuteronomy 14:1 "You are the children of the LORD your God…". The Hebrew words used are " בָּנִים אַתֶּם, לַיקוָק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם" and there is no mistake when referring to "Sons".

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And you are one of them! Are you?

Before you treat me like a crazy person, please go to Deuteronomy 14:1 "You are the children of the LORD your God…". The Hebrew words used are " בָּנִים אַתֶּם, לַיקוָק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם" and there is no mistake when referring to "Sons".

Remember that we are in the book of Deuteronomy, which is the last book of the Pentateuch and it represents Malchut, the level of manifestation. Since we are talking Torah here, the manifestation is revelation of the previous 4 books. Like the light of the sun traveling in space, you know it is there and can find many hints to its existence (Heat , Radiation etc..) but you won\’t see it until it is reflected from a material object.

The light of the whole Torah is revealed here by Moses. The book itself is also called "Mishneh Torah", which means the "repeated Torah".

The name of this portion is "Re\’eh" and it means "To see". The numerical value is 206 and with the Kolel (adding 1 for the whole) = 207 = Light (אור) = Secret (רז). When we add the letter Yod we have ראיה = seeing and its numerical value is 216. This number represents the 72 names of God (216 letters) and the female aspect of the light in Malchut.

Now let\’s reveal the real secret of this verse. The whole verse says "You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead". This means a simple thing: "Death has nothing to do with the body".

Ask any physicist about what happens to the body after death? Is it gone? He will answer you that the body is still in existence, just in a different form. The atoms of all people from the past are still traveling in space (don\’t look up to the sky) and you may even be inhaling the atoms of Abraham or Mozart or … at this moment.

The Zohar comments about this verse that we are the sons of God when we connect Chokmah (Aba = Father) and Binah (Ima = Mother). This connection to father and mother put us in the state of Son of God. This can be achieved when we act with consciousness above the material. When you read the parasha you find many examples on how to connect higher. I will bring just one example that demonstrates how much God gives us the opportunity to connect to him and get certified as "Son of God".

In 15:7-10 God tells us to be generous and help the poor. In 15:11 we read "There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward those of your people who are poor and needy in your land.", Again "There will ALWAYS be poor people in the land.". God promises us an endless supply of poor people. When we see poor people we should not think that someone else will take care of them. We should do that willingly and with open heart. Only then you can have the God\’s blessings like a good son.

Connect to Father and Mother and start with your own parents. Treat them with all the respect and love  and not just because it is the fifth commandment; "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you" ,but because it is the closest connection you have to supernal Father (Chokmah) and supernal Mother (Binah). Give them a call and say you love them. If your parents passed away then share this article and/or the lesson of it with other people.


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