Génesis – 2

La primer cosa en el proceso de la creación fué preparar el sistema espiritual. tenía que estar allí antes de crear el mundo físico.

En esta parte quiero quedarme en el tiempo (si es que le podemos llamar así) antes de la creación. El Zohar y el Ari nos enseñan acerca de ese tiempo. La palabra " בְּרֵאשִׁית ", "En el Principio", implica " ב " " רֵאשִׁית ", que quiere decir dos principios, dos cabezas, y dos sistemas.

La primer cosa en el proceso de la creación fué preparar el sistema espiritual. tenía que estar allí antes de crear el mundo físico.

Para poder tener un mundo en el cuál podiamos ser los creadores, necesitabamos un "ambiente de trabajo", donde podíamos construir y crear algo nuevo. Este lugar o nivel es llamado Malkut, (Reyno en Español). Como Rabbi Ashlag explica, Di-s creó el deseo primero. Deseo era algo nuevo que nunca había estado allí. Di-s unicamente comparte y ama. El deseo era de recibir, de regir, de hacer. Necesitabamos este deseo como herramienta para vivir en este mundo y para ser un creador.

El Reino, era para nosotros para gobernar. Para eso Di-s hizo una Corona(Keter en Hebreo) que estaba disponible para emanar los poderes necesarios para iniciar y crear cambios en el mundo. Di-s tambien diseñó dos \’alimentaciones\’ o \’consejeros para la Corona\’ para seguir la iniciativa de la Corona, una con Sabiduría (Jokmah, energía masculina) Y una con Entendimiento(Binah, energía femenina). Cuándo ellos fueron reunidos trajeron el Conocimiento(Da\’at) que puede dirigir la energía y manifestarla como una obra nueva. Ahora que teníamos el Reyno potencial, y las tres fuerzas más altas, Di-s necesitaba un Rey. El Reino aún estaba lleno de Luz y no había mucho trabajo que hacer. Reyes fueron creados y \’murieron\’. El código está oculto en Génesis (36:31).

Este proceso está descrito en Kabbalah como el "Proceso del Rompimiento de los Recipientes"  
תהליך־שבירת־הכלים ". (Recipiente=la habilidad de contener y dirigir la Luz). Cada uno de los Reyes llegó a la existencia con el deseo de gobernar pero la cantidad de Luz que allí había era demasiado fuerte para sus Recipientes, y al no poder resistir, se quebraron. La Luz regresó a su origen y lo que quedó, fué el deseo de los Recipientes quebrados. Estos deseos son llamados Klipot (Klipa en forma singular). Los Klipot se quedaron con algo de la Luz que los recipientes habían tenido por tan breve momento. 

Los 7 Reyes vinieron y se fueron y dejaron 288 chispas de luz en las manos de los Klipot. Esta informacion está oculta en la palabra (Génesis 1:2) " מְרַחֶפֶת " "מת־רפח" (= Murió, 288). Este proceso creó el mundo de corrección, \’Tikkun\’. El tikkun es el proceso de llevar de regreso la Luz del  Klipa y elevarla a su Fuente. Originalmente, había 320 luces en el proceso. 288 " רפח " cayeron en los Klipa y 32 de ellas que son la Luz de la Torá se quedaron para el próximo proceso. 

Las palabras " תֹהוּ וָבֹהו ּ ", "sin forma y vacía", tienen siete letras por los siete Reyes. Todo es acerca del Deseo. El Deso atrae la Luz y nos dá la energía para continuar. La falta de Deseo podría convertir a una persona en vagabundo y en casos extremos, el alma que esta hecha de Luz, desea desconectarse del Recipiente débil y causa que el recipiente se quiebre al quitarse su propia vida. El alma entonces se va a buscar otro recipiente. Si esta información es demasiado nueva para tí y dificil de entender, leela una y otra vez. Email tus preguntas porque el entendimiento de cómo y porqué el mundo fué creado es un paso muy importante.

Cuál es nuestro propósito aquí, y cuál es el propósito individual de tu vida. Este entendimiento puede conectarte al  global GPS (ver previo artículo: http://rabbishimon.com/index.cfm/feature/109_25) y lleva tus deseos a la realización sin quebrar el recipiente.

Devarim – La Visión – Pasado, Presente y Futuro

Éste Shabbat es llamado "Shabbat Jazon", (Shabbat de Visión). El nombre es por la profecía que leemos después de la lectura de la Torah de ésta semana.

Éste Shabbat es llamado "Shabbat Jazon", (Shabbat de Visión). El nombre es por la profecía que leemos después de la lectura de la Torah de ésta semana.
Es el primer capítulo en Isaiah y también la primer profecía del profeta que trae la mayoría de las profecías de la redención final. Su nombre Isaiah signifíca: "Di-s redimirá". (Salvación de Di-s)
Aquí, voy a darte cada capítulo en su version en Español (NIV) y después de cada verso he agregado mi explicación. Sugiero que leas dos veces cada verso.

 1 La visión de Isaías el hijo de Amoz que él contempló concerniente a Judá y a Jerusalém en los días de Uzías, Jotan, Acaz y Ezequías, reyes de Judá.

– La visión del futuro.
2 Oigan, ¡Oh Cielos! Escucha, ¡Oh Tierra!
Porque el SEÑOR ha hablado:
"Hijos he criado y educado,
pero ellos mismos se han sublevado contra mí.
– Llamando a los Cielos y la Tierra es como dirigírse a toda la Creación.
3 Un toro conoce bien a su amo,
y el asno el pesebre de su dueño,
pero Israel no conoce,
mi gente no entiende."
– En la naturaleza, un toro conoce a su amo y un asno sabe quien lo alimenta. La gente de Israel no se conecta a la fuente superior de la Luz, Jokmah y Binah.
4 ¡Ay de la Nación pecadora!
el pueblo cargado de error,
descendencia malechora,
¡hijos dados a la corrupción!
Han olvidado al SEÑOR;
han tratado con falta de respeto al Santo de Israel
y le han dado sus espaldas.
– No únicamente no atraían la Luz disponible del Santo de Israel; si no que transferían su luz hacia la negatividad.
5 ¿Porqué debes ser golpeado aún más?
¿Porqué persistes en la rebelión?
Toda tu cabeza está lastimada,
tu corazón entero está afligído.
– Legaste a un punto demasiado bajo.
6 Desde la planta del pie hasta la cabeza misma
no hay en él lugar sano–
sólo heridas y magulladuras
y contusiones frescas,
que no han sido tratadas ni vendadas
o ablandadas con aceite.
7 Tú país está desolado,
tus ciudades están quemadas con fuego;
tus campos están siendo comidos por extraños
enfrente de ustedes,
y la desolación es como un derribo por extraños.
– Todos los beneficios que estaban disponibles para tí, pasaron a la negatividad.
8 La hija de Zión está abandonada
cómo una cabaña en un viña,
cómo choza en un campo de melones,
cómo una ciudad bloqueada.
– El reyno de la Luz (Malkut) abandonado e indeseable.
9 A menos que el SEÑOR todopoderoso
nos hubiera dejado algunos sobrevivientes,
nos hubieramos convertido como Sodoma,
hubieramos sido cómo Gomorrah.
– Por la gracia de Dios la Luz se mantuvo fluyendo para sustentarnos.
10 Escuchen la palabra del Señor,
dictadores de Sodoma;
escuchen la ley de nuestro Di-s,
gente de Gomorrah!
– A todos los ambiciosos y aquéllos que no tratan a otros con dignidad humana.
11 "¿De que provecho me es la multitud–
de sus sacrificios?" dice el SEÑOR.
"Suficiente he tenido ya de holocaustos,
de carneros y de la grasa de animales bien alimentados;
no me deleito
en la sangre de los toros, corderos y machos cabríos.
– ¡Ya me cansaron! no necesito sus ofrendas. Están tratando de cubrir sus malas acciones con holocaustos y no los quiero.
12 Cuándo vienen a aparecerse ante mí,
¿quién es el que ha requerido ésto de ustedes,
para hollar mis patios?
– Quién te pidió que vinieras y tratars de conectarte conmigo? No vengsas con tu orgullo a profanar mis lugares Santos.
13 Cesen de traer ofrendas sin valor!
Sus inciensos son detestables.
Lunas Nuevas, Sabbaths y convocaciones–
No puedo soportar sus reunioes malvadas.
– Cesen todas sus ofrendas y oraciones, no las qui ero. Su lectura de la Torah en Shabbat es rechazada. (La lectura de la Torah en Shabbat es la máxima conexión de la semana y atrae la mayor cantidad de Luz).
14 Sus lunas nuevas y sus períodos de fiesta
mi alma ha odiado.
Se han convertido en una carga para mí;
me he cansado de llevarlos.
– Sus bendiciones mensuales y días festivos están llenos de egoísmo y me enferman.
15 Cuándo exitenden sus manos en oración,
Esconderé mis ojos de ustedes;
aunque ofrezcan muchas oraciones,
no escucharé.
Sus manos están llenas de sangre;
– Ni siquiera intenten levantar sus manos en oración. No alcanzarán niveles superiores. No quiero escucharlos cuándo actúan con ambición y egoísmo.
16 Lavense y purifíquense.
¡Tomen sus malas acciones
y apártenlas de mi vista!
Cesen de hacer el mal,
– Purifíquense de la negatividad y detengan sus deseos egoístas.
17 Aprendan a hacer lo correcto!
Busquen justicia,
corrijan al opresor.
Dicten fallo para el huerfano de Padre,
defiendan la causa de la viuda.
– Busquen el árbol de la vida y la columna central con las acciones correctas.
18 "Vengan, pues, y enderecemos los asuntos entre nosotros"
dice el SEÑOR.
"Aunque sus pecados sean cómo escarlata,
se les hará blancos cómo la nieve;
aunque sean rojos cómo el carmesí,
llegarán a ser como la lana.
– A como les prometí, les aydaré a purificarse.
19 Si ustedes lo desean y son obedientes,
comerán lo mejor de la tierra;
– Si tan sólo abren su deseo por ello, Yo otorgaré nada más que bienestar sobre ustedes.
20 Pero si se resisten y se rebelan,
serán devorados por la espada."
Ya que la boca del SEÑOR ha hablado.
– Su alejamiento del sendero es cómo una espada que los lastimará.
21 ¡Vean cómo la ciudad fiel
se ha convertido en una prostituta!
Estuvo alguna vez llena de derecho;
La justicia se alojába en en ella–
pero ahora, asesinos!
– Les dí la conexión al Árbol de la Vida y ahora dejan que la negatividad se apodere de él.
22 Tu plata se ha ensuciado,
tu vino favorito está diluído con agua.
– Sus falsos actos de compartir ya no son aceptados.
23 Sus líderes son rebeldes,
compañeros de ladrones;
adoran los sobornos
y persiguen los regalos.
No defienden la causa del huerfano de Padre;
el caso de la viuda no llega ante ellos.
– La estructura social se ha corrompido.
24 Por lo tánto el SEÑOR, el SEÑOR todo poderoso,
el poderoso Uno de Israel, declara:
"Oh, Me desembarazaré de mis adversarios,
y me vengaré de mis enemigos.
– Llegará hasta tal punto dónde yo tenga que forzar el proceso de purificación.
25 Volveré mi mano contra tí;
Purgaré por completo tu suciedad
y quitaré todas tus impurezas.
– No me detendré hasta que acabe con toda la negatividad.
26 Pondré a tus jueces cómo en los días de antes,
tus consejeros cómo en el principo.
Después de eso serás llamada:
La Ciudad de Justicia,
la Ciudad Fiel."
– Restauraré la conexión Jerusalém con los niveles superiores y crearé un flujo continuo de la Luz a éste mundo.
27 Zion será redimida con equidad,
y a los de ella que vuelven con justicia.
– El canal superior de Yesod (6th sefirah) sostendrá la columna central y atraerá a Jokmah y Binah (Padre Supernal y Madre) a todos los niveles (7 sefirot) del mundo material.

La lectura de Isaiah termina en el verso 27, para poder tener una nota positiva y esperanza para la visión del futuro.

Antes de que Moisés se vaya del mundo, revela la promesa de Di-s de pelear la batalla final por nosotros y quitar toda la negatividad.
El resto de la profecía de Isaías (Isaiah 1:28-31) nos dice que cuándo Di-s se revéle a sí mismo para todos y traiga la Luz de la redención, toda la negatividad y aquéllos que abandonarón la conexión con Di-s, arderán y dejarán de existir.
Qué es lo que necesitamos aprender de éste mensaje?
La profecía nos enseña que si no somos buenos unos con otros (verso 16, 17), no hay puertas abiertas para llegar a Di-s.
Ántes que hagámos cualquier ritual "religioso" o "espiritual" hay una regla simple, pero muy importante. Tratarse unos con otros con dignidad humana, con amor y sin una agénda personal.
Si miras a una persona en necesidad en tu camino al Templo, Iglesia, Mezquita o Synagogua, recuerda que Di-s queire que seas bueno con otros ANTES de que vengas a él.

Si llegas tarde a la misa porque ayudastes a otros, Di-s te mirará cómo un Padre cuándo está orgulloso de los logros de su hijo. No lasimes a nadie, no hagas trampa y no mientas, especialmente a tí mismo. Si aún tienes negatividad que limpiar y te encuentras en un lugar de adoración, dá una simple oración desde el fondo de tu roto corazón. "Di-s, ayúdame a limpiar mi acción, ayúdame a amar a otros cómo a mí mismo". Tan sólo rep telo una y otra vez and hasta que sientas que la Luz llega a tí. (Ésto lo hice yo mismo muchas veces en el pasado hasta no sentir más furia u odio hacia otros). Sólo después, era que tomaba un libro de oraciones en mis manos.

 

 

Isaiah 1

Beha\’alotecha – La puerta del Mesías.

Hay dos versos especiales en Beha\’alotcha, (Números 10:35-36) que están separados de otras partes de la Toráh por dos letras Nun "נ" escritas al revéz y volteadas hacia abajo. La mayoría de los kabalistas consideran esos dos versos cómo libros separados de la Toráh. Esto hace a la Torah tener siete libros en total.

Este artículo quizás sea de alguna manera complicado para muchas personas. Rezaré para que puedan entenderlo, pero de cualquier modo el hecho de que leean éste artículo conectará su alma al lugar que aquí estoy revelando.
Zohar Beha\’alotcha habla acerca de dos Mesías, Mesías ben David y Mesías ben Efraim. El primero es la columna derecha y el sefirot de Jokmah, Jessed y Netzach. El segundo, es la columna izquierda y los sefirot de Binah, Gevurah and Jod.
Moisés es el sefira Da\’at (conocimiento), (un sefira que aparece cuando Jokmah y Binah estan conectados). El Zohar nos dice que Moisés (llamado en el Zohar Raya Meheimnah, que en Arameo es: "El Fiel Pastor"), sostiene ámbas columnas y todos los aspectos de la columna central (Keter, Da\’at, Tiferet y Yesod) están conectadas a él.
Hay dos versos especiales en Beha\’alotcha, (Números 10:35-36) que están separados de otras partes de la Toráh por dos letras Nun "נ" escritas al revéz y volteadas hacia abajo. La mayoría de los kabalistas consideran esos dos versos cómo libros separados de la Toráh. Esto hace a la Torah tener siete libros en total.
El primer verso tiene 12 palabras, como el último verso de la Toráh y el segundo verso tiene 7 palabras como el primer verso de la Toráh. El primer verso tiene la palabra: "ובנחה" valor numérico: 71 pero al lector de la Toráh se le instruye leerla cómo "ובנחו", valor numérico de 72. La pronunciación es exactamente la misma pero la energía revelada es totalmente diferente.
El principio y el Final se encuentran aquí atados.Podemos ver las dos manos manteniendo la Toráh unida. Las dos letras "Nun" son cómo paredes. De un lado de los dos versos vemos la columna derecha, la presencia de la Luz del Creador (Números 10:34) y el otro lado en el principio de un nuevo Capítulo, la Nación con sus quejas, sus deseos egoístas y muerte (Números 11:1).
Dentro de cada 72 horas, necesitamos leer de la Toráh. Esto sucede en Lunes, Jueves, Sábado en la mañana y Sábado por la tarde.
Antes de la lectura de la Toráh, se lleva a cabo un proceso especial. Una persona se dirige hacia el Arka (donde se coloca el rollo de la Toráh), agarra las puertas o las cortinas con ámbas manos y abre. En éste momento, la congregación empieza a recitar los primeros dos versos especiales.

 

 

Donde quiera que el Arka se levantaba, Moisés dijo: "Asciende, SEÑOR!
Que tus enemigos sean esparcidos; que tus enemigos huyan ante tí."
El rollo se saca para su lectura. Despues de la lectura, el Arka se abre de nuevo y la Toráh es devuelta a su lugar. Esta vez recitamos el segundo verso especial.
"וּבְנֻחֹה, יֹאמַר: שׁוּבָה יְהוָה, רִבְבוֹת אַלְפֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל"
Cuándo se ponía en descanso, él dijo: "Regresa, SEÑOR,
a los miles incontables de Israel."
Y agrega un verso del final de Lamentaciones, 5:21.
"הֲשִׁיבֵנוּ יְהוָה אֵלֶיךָ ונשוב (וְנָשׁוּבָה), חַדֵּשׁ יָמֵינוּ כְּקֶדֶם"
Restauranos a tí, Señor, para que podamos regresar; renovar nuestros días a cómo antes.
Cuándo tomamos la primera letra del nombre de todos los sefirot obtenemos el valor numérico de 546 el cuál es exactamente "ישראל" 541+5 (1 por cada letra de la palabra "ישראל"). Las últimas tres palabras de la Toráh son: 
"לְעֵינֵי כָּל-יִשְׂרָאֵל" "ante la mirada de todo Israel". La primera letra de las tres palabras forma: "כלי" (recipiente). Las últimas letras "ללי" valor numérico de 70.
El recipiente es los dos versos en Números 10:35-36. La Luz es lo que está oculto dentro de los siete libros de la Toráh.
Cuándo todo Israel (todas las 12 Tribus) se unan como Uno y se conecten a la Toráh, el Mesías será revelado (ביהשמו). Las dos especiales (al revéz) Nuns (נ) caeran y la Luz del Arka Santa se esparcirá a travéz de los siete libros de la Toráh. Las 19 (12+7) palabras unirán el principio y el fín de la Toráh, cerrando el circulo e inundando la existencia con la Luz que nos espera desde el día de la Creación.
Recemos para que éste día llegue hoy, Amén.

 

וַיְהִי בִּנְסֹעַ הָאָרֹן, וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה:
קוּמָה יְהוָה, וְיָפֻצוּ אֹיְבֶיךָ, וְיָנֻסוּ מְשַׂנְאֶיךָ, מִפָּנֶיךָ

Tzav – Purification of the soul

When the Torah talks about death it is almost never about termination of life as we know it. The first time we read about a warning of death as a result of an action is in Bereshit (Genesis) where G-d tells Adam and Eve "Do not it (eat) from the tree of Knowledge…" "כִּי, בְּיוֹם אֲכָלְךָ מִמֶּנּוּ–מוֹת תָּמוּת" "in the day that you eat from it you will surely die."

 
\”ונכרתה־הנפש־ההוא־מעמיה\” \”And that soul shall be cut off from his people\”.  This warning appears four times in the parasha. What does it mean?

 When the Torah talks about death it is almost never about termination of life as we know it. The first time we read about a warning of death as a result of an action is in Bereshit (Genesis) where G-d tells Adam and Eve \”Do not it (eat) from the tree of Knowledge…\” \”כִּי, בְּיוֹם אֲכָלְךָ מִמֶּנּוּ–מוֹת תָּמוּת\” \”in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.\”

We know that Adam did not die and in fact he lived 930 years.  The death that the Torah is talking about is a spiritual \”cut off\”, a disconnection from the root of the soul. \”ונכרתה־הנפש־ההוא־מעמיה\” can be read as \”ונכרתה־הנפש־ההוא־מעמ–יה\”, which means \”and the soul shall be cut off from the nation of \’יה\’.\” We know that those two letters represent the first two letters of the Tetragrammaton and that they relate to the higher Sefirot of Chokmah and Binah.

Kabbalah teaches us that there are five levels to the soul (Nefesh, Ruach, Neshamah, Chaya and Yechida). We will not expand on all the levels here but we need to know the life force given to us is called Nefesh and it is in the blood, as it said in Deuteronomy 12:23, \”רַק חֲזַק, לְבִלְתִּי אֲכֹל הַדָּם, כִּי הַדָּם, הוּא הַנָּפֶשׁ; וְלֹא-תֹאכַל הַנֶּפֶשׁ, עִם-הַבָּשָׂר\”  \”Only be steadfast in not eating the blood; for the blood is the soul (life); and you shall not eat the soul (life) with the flesh.\”

When blood stops circulating in the body life stops and the soul separates from the body.

The actions of a person affect the blood. The purpose of the sacrifices is to cleanse the blood by bringing the animal to the Kohen to be slaughtered and burned on the altar. The Kohen follows a specific process to remove the impurity from a person. The way the blood is handled is very important in the process. The Zohar explains that the evil inclination spirit (Yetzer Hara) burns in a person like fire and only the Kohen can remove the spirit of impurity from the person with fire because the Kohen is from the right.

The fire on the Altar should stay on at all the times in order to keep all the impure spirits away. \”אֵשׁ, תָּמִיד תּוּקַד עַל-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ–לֹא תִכְבֶּה\” \”Fire shall be kept burning upon the altar continually; it shall not go out.\” Repeating this verse multiple times will help to overcome and stop the evil inclination from invading a person\’s thoughts.

 The Torah forbids us from eating the flesh with the blood because as explained above the animal soul is in the blood, and if eaten it gets connected to the person, contaminates his soul, and causes a disconnect from the pure root of the soul.

A process of cleansing is necessary to purify the soul again.

Before Yom Kippur we do the Kapparot to remove judgments from ourselves. This is the closest action to the sacrifices done in the Temple. When properly done a person should watch while the Shochet (\”שוחט\”) slaughters the bird and lets the blood drip to the ground, then the person should take soil and cover the blood with a special blessing. The soul of the bird takes the judgment away from us and we cover the blood in a symbolic burial process.  Giving the bird to the needy or eating it is adding an additional positive action to the process and helps elevate the animal soul to a higher level. It is known that the animals brought for sacrifices in the Holy Temple were waiting in line for their turn to be scarified. On a soul level they knew that being scarified will elevate their soul to a higher level.

 The Jewish people have the responsibility to be a Holy Nation \”וְאַתֶּם תִּהְיוּ-לִי מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים, וְגוֹי קָדוֹשׁ\” \”and you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.\” Following the Torah keeps us on the higher level of \”יה\”.

Rabbi Avraham Azulai (\”Chessed L\’Avraham\”) writes that eating or not eating Kosher will not make your life longer or shorter. The Jewish soul must keep kosher for the purity of the soul. The 613 mitzvoth is our guide to follow in order to keep us at a higher level, closer to the light of the creator and be able to be part of a Holy nation. Otherwise we get \”cut off\”.

Special Note: All the references to the Zohar is from The Zohar with Peirus Hasulam by Rabbi Yehuda Halevi Ashlag, ZT\”L.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach
By: Zion Nefesh

This week we have a special contribution from Ezra (Jeff) Meiliken, mathematician, Torah scholar and Torah Decoder. He is the author of the book \”The Genesis Prayer: The Ancient Secret That Can Grant You Miracles\"\"\”. \”The Divine Calendar\” and \”There\’s Nothing Random About the Universe\”

According to Chazal, including Rabbi Chaim Vital and Rabbi Abraham Abulafia, utilizing gematria is the deepest level of understanding of the Torah we can have, and a brief review of the first verse of this weeks\’ portion Tzav reveals why. The Torah is a highly complex matrix of knowledge, blessings, instructions, insights, technology and their underlying codes. Within this matrix, as with most processes in the universe, the beginning sequence, or as some refer to it, the seed level, is what sets the tone for the whole portion. And so it is with Tzav. The first verse of Tzav, (\”וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר\”) is an oft repeated one in the Torah and it contains 5 words or 18 letters: VYDBR YHVH EL MSH LEMR (\”וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר\”). When we look at the underlying standard gematria (222, 26, 31, 345, 271) of this seeming simple verse, \”And God spoke to Moses, Saying,\” we see that the first two words sum to 248, the same value as Racham and Richem (\”רחם\”), Mercy. The next two sum to 376, the same as Shalom, Peace, and the final word breaks down directly to Lo Mar (\”לא־מר\”), \”No bitterness\” so we see the verse is actually a blessing for us of \”Mercy, Peace and No bitterness,\” and since the very next word is Tzav, to command, this is what G-d is offering us and commanding of us.

But the coding is even more beautiful than that because this simple 5 word, 18-letter verse also connects us to Creation and the purity of the seed level of the Torah, through its first word and verse in multiple ways. When we add all 5 words together we get a total standard gematria value of 895 and then add to that 18, the kolel for the 18 letters, we get 913, as in the value of the Torah\’s very first word, Bereshit (\”בְּרֵאשִׁית\”) (\”In the Beginning\”). Moreover, this verse is repeated 6 times in this portion (Leviticus 6:1, 6:12, 7:22, 7:28 and 8:1) and according to Chazal, 6 always stands for the letter vav, and Zeir Anpin and the six extremities (physical directions), which are all one and the same and are represented by the six sefirot (Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod and Yesod). These six are broken down into the upper three and the lower three, corresponding to the upper and lower triangles of the Magen David (Star of David). This is important because when we add up the numerical value of three verses we get 895 + 895 + 895 plus 15, the kolel for 15 words in the three verses and add 1, the overall kolel for the equation, we get 2701, the exact value of the Torah\’s very first verse.

That this verse is repeated 6 times in this portion and that it is first found here at 6:1, and first found in the Torah at Exodus 6:10, is no coincidence either: in the same way that there were 6 days of creation; and that all but 6 of the columns in the Torah start with the letter vav, whose numerical value is 6; and that 60% of the verses in the Torah begin with a vav (6): or that the sum of the square roots of all five words is 60.60; or that the 18 letters, which everyone knows represents Chai (life), is 6+6+6; or that the little known small gematria code for this verse (61422, 1565, 13, 435, 3142) plus the kolel of 5 and of 18 for the words and letters sums to 66,600; or that the sum of the 24 permutations of the value for the Torah\’s first verse, 2701 is 66,660; or for that matter that the six alephs in the first verse spelled out have the combined value of 666. So why 6? Most kabbalists know the letter vav, Zeir Anpin and the 6 sefirot to be a channel from the upper divine consciousness to us, malchut (kingdom), but according Rabbi Chaim Vital of blessed memory it\’s also protection (just like the Magen David) for us, a way and a space for us to process everything mitigated with mercy as opposed to facing severe judgment directly; it\’s a connection to the YHVH.


There is much more in this verse for more advanced students of gematria and Kabbalah, such as the numerical value of the first word (VYDBR) in the oft used gematria atbash being 424, the same Mashiach Ben David and the third or middle word, El, being 42 as in the Shem Mem-Bet, and that the small gematria value of the last word (LEMR) is 3142, the same as that of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh (I Am that I Am), but it\’s noteworthy for everyone that the first letter of each of the 5 words spells out Yom El (\”יום־אל\”), or G-d\’s Day, once again referring to the 6 days of Creation through the 6 verses, helping us to recreate, refresh and renew our world and lives as we prepare for Pesach–there are no coincidences in the Torah, only deep technology to help and inspire us.


By: Ezra (Jeff) Meiliken

Why does Moshe not appear in the Haggadah?

Through the ages, this question has occupied the minds of many, and there are some good answers out there. When I ponder this question, however, I immediately see the Final Redemption.

We have learned from the Torah and the sages that Moshe was the first redeemer and will also be the last redeemer. And, in many of my articles about the Torah portions, I have made the connection between Moshe and Mashiach.

For hundreds of years, we have celebrated Passover and each time have followed the steps in the Haggadah in, more or less, a robotic way as we enjoy the family gathering and the heightened feeling of either the fine or cheap wine.

 

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It is after the third cup of wine that we pour a special one for Elijah the Prophet. We open the door and invite him to join our Seder. And, at this point, we recite 32 words (120 letters): 20 words from Psalms 79:6-7, 6 words from Psalms 69:25 and 6 words from Lamentation 3:66.
Without going into the numbers, it is here that we find a section that states, “Pour your wrath upon  … all the nations that do not recognize the name and annihilate them.” And, in last week’s Shabbat “Hagadol,” we read in the Haftarah from Malachi 3:23, “הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי שֹׁלֵחַ לָכֶם, אֵת אֵלִיָּה הַנָּבִיא–לִפְנֵי, בּוֹא יוֹם יְהוָה, הַגָּדוֹל, וְהַנּוֹרָא.”

 

We see here a clear connection between the holiday of Passover and the Final Redemption. On the one hand, we read in the Haggadah the story and discussion of the first redemption, while on the other we create the opening for the Final Redemption, when we invite Eliyahu—Elijah the Prophet—to the Seder.

The Seder will take place on the night of the first full moon of the year (Nissan, Aries, Taleh). And as we already know, this year we have the additional blessing of the Sun the morning before the Seder Night. The Sun is in its 207th cycle of 28 years since Creation, and 207 is the numerical value of Light and Endless: “אור”and “אין סוף”,

So we ask again: why is Moshe not in the Haggadah?

Moshe was the first redeemer and, as the sages tell us, he will also be the last redeemer. Because the month of Nissan is known as the month of redemption, we are not allowed to visit the dead in the cemetery or even to eulogize people that just passed away. Thus, if Moshe were in the Haggadah, it would be as though we are talking about history and the dead. Yet, Moshe never died; in fact, he is biding his time to enter the land of Israel and bring about the Final Redemption. He is not mentioned in this particular story of the past because he is in “the story of the future.”

During this Passover, may we merit to see the Light of Redemption and hear the announcement of the coming of Mashiach from Elijah himself.

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Body and Soul – Part 2

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Fetus in the womb by Leonardo Da Vinci

In part 2, we go to ground zero—the beginning of creation, before the formation of the body.

In the beginning, there was nothing. On the other hand, we can also safely say that everything was already there. Well, there was nothing material but only the thought of creation, the endless energy of creation. You need not be religious or spiritual to accept that premise; just stay on this path to explore the how and why of it (the answer to why is simple but will be answered in a later chapter).

When you think about the initial stage of the body, you probably think about a fetus in a womb. Yet, the body is actually the sum of all the processes involved in bringing the body to its current state.
It all starts with a thought.

Before a building is built, there is a desire by someone to have a building. Then the architect envisions and designs the entire building in his mind before he draws the first line. To put pencil down on paper requires thought; where to put the first dot and draw a line to another point requires thought. The architect won’t be able to draw the first line if he does not have the beginning and the end of it already in his mind. All this happens before any materials are brought in to build the building.

The thought of the original desire and the architect are joined together to set the course of the building. You can see and experience the thought as you enter the building—if it was made for leisure or work, perhaps comfortable or not. So, the thought is a significant part of the whole process, and it will remain with the matter created during its entire existence.

There would be no fetus if there was no connection between male and female. Their act begins with the thought to unite their abilities to procreate. While one brings a seed, the other supplies the vessel to hold and nourish the seed.

Their thoughts start the connection on the spiritual level and gradually—through a process, the connection generates matter (the seeds) that is implanted in the vessel (womb רחם). Then, the vessel takes care of the growth process which is a transformation of energy to what we refer to as matter. This creates a fully functioning body: one that thinks, talks, and creates more of its own kind. The key word is continuity. Please remember this term as it’s a key to the whole of existence; this will be discussed a little later in this series.

The way the body forms in the womb teaches us that this amazing process is actually a spiritual transformation. The famous “Material Girl” turned spiritual after giving birth to her first child. A mother that is fully aware of this amazing process cannot be non-spiritual. The mother does not simply assemble body parts to form a little person. She transforms the elements of Air, Water, Earth and Fire into energy in mysterious ways which ultimately result in the creation of another living being. And, all it took to start this process were a desire and a thought.

For those of you wondering about unwanted pregnancies (“accidents,” rape, etc.), please note that those are outside the natural and pure process. Those types of pregnancies relate to the evolution of corrupted thoughts.

To be continued…

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Tzav – Purification of the soul

ונכרתה־הנפש־ההוא־מעמיה\” \”And that soul shall be cut off from his people\”.  This warning appears four times in the parasha. What does it mean?

 

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When the Torah talks about death it is almost never about termination of life as we know it. The first time we read about a warning of death as a result of an action is in Bereshit (Genesis) where G-d tells Adam and Eve \”Do not it (eat) from the tree of Knowledge…\” \”כִּי, בְּיוֹם אֲכָלְךָ מִמֶּנּוּ–מוֹת תָּמוּת\” \”in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.\”

We know that Adam did not die and in fact he lived 930 years.  The death that the Torah is talking about is a spiritual \”cut off\”, a disconnection from the root of the soul. \”ונכרתה־הנפש־ההוא־מעמיה\” can be read as \”ונכרתה־הנפש־ההוא־מעמ–יה\”, which means \”and the soul shall be cut off from the nation of \’יה\’.\” We know that those two letters represent the first two letters of the Tetragrammaton and that they relate to the higher Sefirot of Chokmah and Binah.

Kabbalah teaches us that there are five levels to the soul (Nefesh, Ruach, Neshamah, Chaya and Yechida). We will not expand on all the levels here but we need to know the life force given to us is called Nefesh and it is in the blood, as it said in Deuteronomy 12:23, \”רַק חֲזַק, לְבִלְתִּי אֲכֹל הַדָּם, כִּי הַדָּם, הוּא הַנָּפֶשׁ; וְלֹא-תֹאכַל הַנֶּפֶשׁ, עִם-הַבָּשָׂר\”  \”Only be steadfast in not eating the blood; for the blood is the soul (life); and you shall not eat the soul (life) with the flesh.\”

When blood stops circulating in the body life stops and the soul separates from the body.

The actions of a person affect the blood. The purpose of the sacrifices is to cleanse the blood by bringing the animal to the Kohen to be slaughtered and burned on the altar. The Kohen follows a specific process to remove the impurity from a person. The way the blood is handled is very important in the process. The Zohar explains that the evil inclination spirit (Yetzer Hara) burns in a person like fire and only the Kohen can remove the spirit of impurity from the person with fire because the Kohen is from the right.

The fire on the Altar should stay on at all the times in order to keep all the impure spirits away. \”אֵשׁ, תָּמִיד תּוּקַד עַל-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ–לֹא תִכְבֶּה\” \”Fire shall be kept burning upon the altar continually; it shall not go out.\” Repeating this verse multiple times will help to overcome and stop the evil inclination from invading a person\’s thoughts.

 The Torah forbids us from eating the flesh with the blood because as explained above the animal soul is in the blood, and if eaten it gets connected to the person, contaminates his soul, and causes a disconnect from the pure root of the soul.

A process of cleansing is necessary to purify the soul again.

Before Yom Kippur we do the Kapparot to remove judgments from ourselves. This is the closest action to the sacrifices done in the Temple. When properly done a person should watch while the Shochet (\”שוחט\”) slaughters the bird and lets the blood drip to the ground, then the person should take soil and cover the blood with a special blessing. The soul of the bird takes the judgment away from us and we cover the blood in a symbolic burial process.  Giving the bird to the needy or eating it is adding an additional positive action to the process and helps elevate the animal soul to a higher level. It is known that the animals brought for sacrifices in the Holy Temple were waiting in line for their turn to be scarified. On a soul level they knew that being scarified will elevate their soul to a higher level.

 The Jewish people have the responsibility to be a Holy Nation \”וְאַתֶּם תִּהְיוּ-לִי מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים, וְגוֹי קָדוֹשׁ\” \”and you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.\” Following the Torah keeps us on the higher level of \”יה\”.

Rabbi Avraham Azulai (\”Chessed L\’Avraham\”) writes that eating or not eating Kosher will not make your life longer or shorter. The Jewish soul must keep kosher for the purity of the soul. The 613 mitzvoth is our guide to follow in order to keep us at a higher level, closer to the light of the creator and be able to be part of a Holy nation. Otherwise we get \”cut off\”.

Special Note: All the references to the Zohar is from The Zohar with Peirus Hasulam by Rabbi Yehuda Halevi Ashlag, ZT\”L.

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VaYikra – The power of the letters

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\”ויקרא־אל־משה־וידבר־יקוק־אליו־מאהל־מועד־לאמר\”

The Torah has five books. The number five in Kabbalah represents the Ten Sefirot as Keter, Chokmah, Binah, Zeir Anpin (six levels) and Malchut. The first book, \”בראשית\” (Genesis) is Keter, \”שמות\” (Exodus) is Chokmah, \”ויקרא\” (Leviticus) is Binah, \”במדבר\” (Numbers) is Zeir Anpin and \”דברים\” (Deuteronomy) is Malchut.

The process of transformation from Spiritual to physical is called \”השתלשלות\”, evolving. Keter is coming from the unknown and the source of the light, Chochma, channels the light and Binah begins the process of manifestation or the forming of the vessel. (To simplify, vessel is a container of light with ability to create or cause an action in this world).

The book of Bereshit is the source of everything in this world.  Shemot (= names in Hebrew) brings the revelation of the light through the process and the miracles of breaking the bondage to Egypt, the revelation on Mount Sinai and the completion of building the Tabernacle.

In Vayikra (Leviticus) we have the tools to activate and use the light. The first verse \”ויקרא־אל־משה\” with small Aleph initiates the connection of the Light through the Tabernacle and the Torah as \”לוחות־העדות\” is in the Arc. Rabbi Yosef Gikatilla in \”Saarei Orah\” (part \”א\”) explains that the Aleph is for Ohel Moed \”אוהל־מועד\”. The call to Moshe from Ohel Moed is a connection of the Light from the level of Malchut, the small Aleph.

The Zohar begins the parasha with Rabbi Elazar quoting Yeshayahu (Isaiah) the prophet saying to king Ahaz, \”שאל־לך־אות־מעם־י׳־אלוקיך\”, then asking the question \”What\’s the difference between the first and the last generations?\” and answers that the first generations knew the supernal wisdom of the letters and how to combine them into powerful tools to control actions in this world. Even the wicked ones in Yisrael, Like King Ahaz knew the letters of Binah and the Letters of Malchut.

The letters are the secret of the vessel and the light, which comes from Binah with the essence of Zeir Anpin and worlds of Briah, Yetzirah, Asiya (Creation, Formation, and Action).

Those are the letters given to Moshe on Mount Sinai and contain in the Torah.
There are 16 occurrences in the Torah with different size letters. Ten large letters connect us to the level of Binah and six small letters connect us to Malchut of Zeir Anpin.

The first letter of the Torah is the letter \”ב\” of \”בראשית\”. It signifies that the seed of the Torah is in Binah. That is where the energy comes to Zeir Anpin (The Torah). The first verse of the Torah says \”בראשית־ברא־אלקים־את\” that is, in the beginning G-d created “את”. Hebrew Aleph Bet was created first and \”את\” is the first and the last letter of it. The Zohar says that 2000 years before the world was created G-d played with the Hebrew letters. In another place it says that G-d was looking in the Torah and creating the world. This teaches us that the Hebrew letters are above all dimensions. When a scriber (\”סופר־סתם\”) writes a Torah scroll he must be clean physically and spiritually, His consciousness should be pure and must go to the Mikveh before he starts writing.

Before writing each letter he should touch the scroll with the ink to make a tiny mark and meditate on the letter Yod, \”י\” (to connect the letter to the upper levels) as a start for the actual letter. There are many rules on writing a Kosher Torah and even if one of them is broken, it invalidates the whole Torah Scroll and it can not be used as a tool to draw the light. There are many printing devices that can print a magnificent and accurate Torah scroll, but without the needed consciousness it cannot be used.

A person that orders a Torah scroll must choose the scriber that is going to do the writing carefully, in order to have the best channel of light possible for him and for the people that will read and listen to the reading from it.

The top of every column in the Torah scroll begins with the letter \”ו\”, the columns in the Torah are like the letter \”ו\”, and only in six places the letters at the top of the columns are different. Those letters spells \”ביה־שמו\” numerical value \”המשיח\”, \”The Mashiach\”

In ten places in the Torah there are 32 dots above the letters, representing 10 Sefirot and the 22 letters of the \”א־ב\”. They channel the 32 paths of wisdom (Chokmah). The first letter of the Torah is \”ב\” and the last one is \”ל\”, together it is \”לב\” (numerical value 32) which also means \”Heart\”.

There are 32 teeth in the mouth for the same reason. (To channel that energy). It says \”Life and Death by the hand of the tongue\”, \”חיים־ומות־ביד־הלשון\”. This tells us that we are constructed to be channels for the light and that we have the ability to build or destroy with our words.

The Ari Hakadosh in the beginning of \”Shaar Ruach Hakodesh\” (Part of Kitvei Ha\’Ari) said that with every word we say we create an angle; positive or negative depending on the word. The positive angles help us in time of need and the negative angels create blockages when we don\’t need them.

The letters of the Torah and the words we hear from the reader on Shabbat are very important connections for us to draw the necessary energy from the reading. When we hear the process of sacrifices in the Tabernacle to cleanse a person from impurity, we also connect to the same energy.

When it says \”ונשלמה־פרים־שפתינו\” \”we will pay sacrifices with our lips\” it means that the power of the words are like the sacrifices in the Temple . Since the Temple is not accessible and we can not bring sacrifices to the Kohen to remove any negativity from ourselves, we read and recite the process that was done in the Temple. With this knowledge and the Ari\’s teaching on creating angels with our words, we can begin to understand the reason for all the different prayers we recite on a daily basis, Shabbat and Holidays.

Another revelation from Zohar Vayikra is about Moshe who couldn\’t go inside the cloud in the Tabernacle. \”ולא־יכול־לבוא־משה־אל־אהל־מועד־כי־שכן־עליו־הענן\”. The question is why he couldn’t go inside the cloud now when he could be in the cloud on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights before. The Zohar explains that on the Mountain the cloud was from Malchut and on the Tabernacle, it was from Binah. All the chariots and the vessels of the supernal Tabernacle were in this cloud.
That was the hidden process that came from the left column of Binah, called \”Mishkan and Ohel Moed\” to establish the presence of the Shechinah in the lower levels and to give us support.

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Body and Soul – Part 1

This series of articles is dedicated to the elevation of the souls of my Father and Mother, Yichye ben Chaim and Yehudith bat Nechemia. After they both passed away I felt strongly to write about the body and souls and how they are working together in this existence, we call life.

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“When both parents are gone it closed a chapter of a generation. Their descendants inherit their spiritual path. This determines the ability and the kind of spiritual work they\’ll do. If the parents were spiritual and in their actions they were sharing and helping others, then it would be easy for the children to follow that path. If not, then they\’ll have harder work. The age of the parents at the time they passed away is also an indication on the spiritual work of the children. This is the secret behind the first commandment, which I wrote about in a previous article on http://rabbishimon.com.”

 What is a Generation?

The word for generation in Hebrew is “דור” and it comes from the root word “דר”, which means to dwell or dwelling. Our souls dwell in material body and in a material world to be able to act and make changes that affect the soul. To explain it simply imagine electrical power, it won’t affect any thing until it is channeled through a device. Without the electrical power this device is just a simple matter. (This is not completely true because there is no matter, only what we perceive as matter.

”דרי מעלה” and “דרי מטה”, Upper and lower “Dwellers”.

The sages refer to two kinds of “dwellers”, upper and lower. They do not refer to the tenants in the floor above or below you, they refer to the souls that dwell here with us, in the limited body and the souls in the supernal worlds (notice plural form).

When a soul passes away she receives a special clothing to match her spiritual level. It determines the level of freedom in the spiritual realm. The higher the soul, so is the ability to move between levels.

After the first seven days the soul can disconnect from the material level and start ascending. This process could take usually up to a year, when the flesh of the body dissolved in the ground.

Now when the body consciousness of the person is strong then it takes longer time for the soul to leave the body. This is very painful process. The soul must be separated form the body in order to continue with the spiritual process. This process is called “Hell”.

Righteous people, that dedicate their lives for the service of others, may keep their body intact in the ground. Their spiritual work elevated their material body to a higher consciousness where there is no negativity and therefore no decay.

They have shorter process to separate the soul from the body. They experience little or no pain. That explains why the sages said that even righteous people pass through the gates of hell.

To understand what the fire of hell is, look at fire as the element or tool, which transforms matter to “spiritual”. Fire evaporates water quicker than other “solid” materials. As the body consciousness gets “thicker”, it requires more fire for the process.

The sacrifices in the Holy Temple were such transformation. The priest transfers the “sins” to the animal and the fire consumed the material body and released the negative energy. There are different types of sacrifices and this is for another paper. Just understand that fire transform and actually separate matter to energy. Because matter does not disappear from existence, it transforms.

If the body disappeared it doesn\’t mean that its energy lost.

to be continued…
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My Father passed away and he is happy (a message from the other world)…

On February 26th morning my father passed away in his sleep. He was over 85 years old and was taken to the hospital the evening before with stomach pains. He was being treated and stayed in the hospital for observation and follow up. Later he fell into a sleep and never woke up.

He was 85 years old and he had raised seven children, four boys and three girls.

Why is he happy?

He appeared to my sister in a dream and told us that he is on his way up and he is happy. He looked like a person who was just released from prison. He looked very healthy like in his best days.

My mother passed away a little over a year earlier and now that my father passed away, it closed a chapter of a generation. From now on it is up to us to continue and do our part.

When both parents are gone then their descendants inherit their spiritual path. This determines the ability and the kind of spiritual work they\’ll do. If the parents were spiritual and in their actions they were sharing and helping others, then it would be easy for the children to follow that path. If not then they have harder work. The age of the parents when they are gone is also an indication on the spiritual work of the children. This is the secret behind the second commandment, which I wrote about in a previous article on http://rabbishimon.com.

My mother had a hard life with a lot of suffering. She became an orphan and homeless at a young age. Such situation indicates building a new spiritual path or correcting a big tikkun from her parents or before. Remember that a woman shares a tikkun with her soul mate even prior to their marriage. My mother was born in Yemen and the authorities of that time used to take all orphans and convert them to Islam. To save her and to keep her faith the community arranged a quick marriage for her at age 14.

Three years later her husband became ill and in a week he passed away leaving her with two infants. Her brother whose wife had died shortly after giving birth to a son offered my mother to come and stay with him, nurse and care for his son. She had a temporary place to live with food and shelter for her two children until she married my father.

My father also lost his father at a young age and had to work for a living harder than other youngsters at his age. After my parents got married they walked many miles to the airport where they can take a plane (old WW II Dakota) from Yemen to Israel. The story of my parents life was full of challenges. My parents always took care to educate their children on generosity, sharing and being happy with what you have.

There is only one thing that I am sad about and it is the fact that my father and mother passed away before the revelation of Mashiach. I was hoping that they could pull longer to see Mashiach, who I believe is already amongst us, awaiting “the day”.

May the souls of my parents ascend to higher levels and get resurrected soon, Amen.

Next article will be on what is a generation and the process of the soul after leaving the body.