Le septième jour de Pessach – Pensées, actions et guérison

Un texte spécial pour le septième jour de Pesach. Cette lecture provient d\’une partie de Beshalach qui décrit l\’ouverture de la Mer Rouge.
 
Je dirai simplement deux choses importantes:
 
Un texte spécial pour le septième jour de Pesach. Cette lecture provient d\’une partie de Beshalach qui décrit l\’ouverture de la Mer Rouge.
 
Je dirai simplement deux choses importantes:
 
1- Exode 14:21

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 « Moise tendit sa main au dessus de la mer et Le Seigneur provoqua un fort vent d\’est toute la nuit qui fit reculer la mer et l\’assécha et les eaux furent divisées. »
Le verset indique en premier que la mer devint sèche et ensuite que l\’eau se divisa.
 
Ceci nous apprend que le résultat est déterminé par la pensée originelle. Les forces spirituelles sont à notre service du moment où nous créons le désir et que nous l\’exprimons.
 
Lorsque Moïse étendit sa main au dessus de la mer, il projeta ce qui allait se passer et ce qui s\’est passé en fait. La Torah ne se trompe pas. Au niveau spirituel, la terre était sèche avant que les eaux ne se divisent.
 
En exprimant nos désirs, la lumière vient les satisfaire. Il nous faut simplement faire la bonne action pour les manifester. Nachshon a du sauter dans l\’eau afin que la mer se divise.
 
 
2- Exode 15:26

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« et il dit: si vous suivez avec soin la voix de votre Dieu , faites ce qui est juste à ses yeux, prêtez une oreille à Ses commandements et respectez Ses lois, aucune des maladies qui se sont abattues sur les égyptiens ne vous atteindra, car je suis votre Dieu, votre guérisseur.»
 
Les premières lettres des 4 derniers mots se prononcent «אריך». C\’est le mot racine pour guérison «ארוכה» qui se réfère également à Arich Anpin qui est relié à la Séfira Keter. Arich est l\’endroit d\’où provient toutes les guérisons. C\’est le point de paix et de lumière infinies
 

La méditation de ce verset nous ouvre à la conscience d\’être un avec la lumière et nous attirons la lumière de la guérison. Ainsi que le verset le montre, soyez tout d\’abord dans la lumière et suivez le système spirituel et vous n\’aurez pas à souffrir des maladies qui viendront du côté sombre.

 

 

About the Seventh Day of Pesach – Thoughts and actions, healing

There is a special Torah reading for the seventh day of Pesach. This reading is from the portion of Beshalach. It describes the event of the splitting of the red sea.

  

There is a special Torah reading for the seventh day of Pesach. This reading is from the portion of Beshalach. It describes the event of the splitting of the red sea.
I\’ll bring just two special points,
1: Exodus 14:21

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The verse states that first, the sea became dry land and then the water split.
We learn from this, that the result is determined by the original thought. The spiritual forces are ready for us from the moment we create the desire and express it.
 When Moses stretched his hand over the sea, he projected what would happen and it indeed happened. The Torah does not make mistakes. On the spiritual level the land was dry before the actual splitting.
When we express our desires the Light is there to provide us fulfillment. All we need is the right action to manifest it. Nachshon had to jump into the water to make the sea split.
2. Exodus 15:26

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The first letters of the last 4 words are spelled as "אריך". It is the root word for healing "ארוכה" and also refers to Arich Anpin, which is related to the Sefirah of Keter. Arich is where all healing comes from. It is the point of infinite peace and light.
Meditation on this verse would inject the consciousness of being one with the light and draw the light of healing. As the verse says, first be with the light and follow the spiritual system, then you won\’t have to suffer the diseases that come from the negative side.

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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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.

The supernal accountant

In the second commandment we read,
Exodus 20:4 אָנֹכִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֵל קַנָּא–פֹּקֵד עֲו‍ֹן אָבֹת עַל-בָּנִים עַל-שִׁלֵּשִׁים וְעַל-רִבֵּעִים, לְשֹׂנְאָי, \”I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation\”

Does God want to scare us? \”I am not forgetting your sins!\” \”Be good or you will suffer the consequences!\”. \”I wont forgive!\” \”I will punish your children, grand children and great grand children for your sins!\”.
Here what God gives us here is an important advice and teaching about the spiritual system.
The world was created with the element of time built in it. We have a process to follow in this world. Everything that we want to create takes time.  In our mind (spiritual part of us), we can build (or/and destroy!) cities in an instant but in the material world, from thought to action takes time.

Every action we do affects our soul in a positive or negative way.

In a perfect world you\’d like to get your reward (effect) as soon as you do the action (cause) BUT in this case you would also get the negative effect of a negative action.

To keep the world in a stable state, the Creator created a distance between the effect and the cause. This is the purpose of time. It gives us the ability to correct causes before it effects us negatively or in other words, before we get \”punished\”.

We know that God does not punish us, just like we can not blame gravity for pulling us down when we jump off the window.
The Second Commandment tells us that we are responsible for the continuity in the world. A father should know that his actions affect the life of his child. He himself carries the consequences for the actions of his father. The link is very important to understand genetics, reincarnation and why things happen in a person\’s life.

In the beautiful prophecy of the future (Jeremiah 20:28 בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם–לֹא-יֹאמְרוּ )
we read עוֹד, אָבוֹת אָכְלוּ בֹסֶר; וְשִׁנֵּי בָנִים, תִּקְהֶינָה
\”In those days they shall say no more: \’The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children\’s teeth are set on edge.\”

This means that all negativity will be removed from existence. The Ten Commandments will be just a good memory of the work we did to get to the final peace.

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The Ten Commandments = The Ten Basic Spiritual Laws of the Universe

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One important thing to put in your mind before we try to understand the real meaning of the “Ten Commandments” is that there is no Ten Commandments.
The Torah in Exodus 20:1 tells us “וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלהִים, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה לֵאמֹר” \”And God spoke all these words, saying…\”

Nowhere has it been said “I command you”. I suggest to everyone not to treat those holy words as commandments. The Zohar says that the word command, “צו” in Hebrew is related to idol worshiping. We can understand why the Zohar states this when we know that G-d created the universe for us. If we can build and we can destroy, it means that we have free choice. Therefore G-d’s words cannot be commandments.
Idol worshipping happens when we follow a system that takes away our free choice. If you follow a spiritual (or any) leader blindly then you lose your connection to the creator. This is idol worship.
The verb “וַיְדַבֵּר” (and he spoke) that is used in the verse (20:1) comes before the ten sayings. And then comes “אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה” (all those words/sayings). The root is “דבר” and it is used for speaking and for things, “דְּבָרִים”. From this we understand that G-d speaks to us at the lower level, to the world of Malchut.
Speaking “דיבור”, comes out from the mouth and this is where thoughts form a connection to the physical world.
The words of G-d here are sayings, Utterances, statements but not commandments.

G-d has given us his best advice. Those are the basic rules of the spiritual system. If we want to connect to the Light of the creator, it is better for us to follow those guidelines

1. You shall have no other Gods but me.
There is only one spiritual system in the world. You see Positive, it is from G-d, you see negative it’s the same. There is only one G-d. It doesn’t matter if you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, green, yellow, black or red. One G-d and one system for everyone. Gravity affects everyone, a headache pill from the US or Europe can relieve the aches of most people on seven continents. G-d is everything; G-d is the system.
G-d is assuring us that he is looking for our benefits when he says (20:2) “אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִיך מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים”
“I am your G-d, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery”.
G-d is not commanding, he is saying, Look, I took you out of slavery, made you a free nation and whatever I am saying here is for your own good so you can keep and enjoy your freedom.

2. You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.
Disconnecting from G-d is losing control. The Zohar teaches us that we cannot represent spiritual forces in physical terms. All matter is under control of the negative side and transferring G-d’s image to matter, also transforms the positive energy of the Light and we create a disconnection. As a result, the correction process is activated. (20:4) “כִּי אָנֹכִי יְדוָד אֱלהֶיךָ, אֵל קַנָּא–פֹּקֵד עֲו‍ֹן אָבֹת עַל-בָּנִים עַל-שִׁלֵּשִׁים וְעַל-רִבֵּעִים, לְשֹׂנְאָי” “for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments”. (The English translation expresses the understanding of the verse, not the exact meaning. It is incorrect to translate “פֹּקֵד” as punishing since this root is also used for redemption.
Here G-d is saying, please listen and stay with me, otherwise I will have to activate a process of cleansing “אֵל קַנָּא”. “אֵל” is G-d’s name at the level of Chessed (Mercy) and “קַנָּא” is from the root of cleansing “נקי” and also has the same numerical value of “מקוה”, mikve (special spiritual cleansing pool). G-d also warns us that the process can go through the generations. (I expand more on that in the commentary of next week’s parasha of Mishpatim).

3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
G-d gave us the power to speak and manifest energy. When we speak, we activate the four elements of nature, air, fire, earth and water.
Air is obvious, fire is the warmth of the vapor, water is the moist in the vapor and the earth (soil) is the minerals in the vapor.
When we speak we create angels positive or negative, based on the words we use. Misusing the power that G-d gave us, could hurt us if we don’t keep our words in the positive frame.

4. You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
The Shabbat is the day where Malchut (female energy) has a connection with the spiritual system (Binah) and draws the energy for the whole week. The Hebrew word “זָכוֹר”, is related to male energy and connection to the light. This is the blessing that G-d is giving us here. The spiritual system is in a rest state and to connect we need to be in affinity with it. Any new creation (work) creates disaffinity and takes away the ability to connect and draw the light for the rest of the week. We can look at it as the only day where we can refill our energy tanks for the week.
A spiritual person connects to his wife on Friday night because of the high level connection and the great blessings they can draw from this (when done properly.)
The main tool to connect to that energy comes through listening to the Torah reading on Shabbat.
One of the important spiritual connections on Shabbat is the Kidush (The blessing over the wine) where we recite this paragraph word by word.

5. Respect your father and mother.
The Ari explains that even if the father and mother are not worthy of any respect (negative people, even murderers etc…), we required to do so for a simple reason that since they are the cause to our existence, then the light comes to us through them. We are connected with a spiritual umbilical cord. We cannot reveal light in our life when we do not respect our parents.
The Ari adds that we should respect our older brothers and sisters because they came before us and we are fed through the same line.

6. You must not kill.
Any form of disconnection from the light is killing. Hurting others creates some form of death. Evil tongue is a form of murder

7. You must not commit adultery.
Sexual act performed with a person that you don’t have a spiritual connection with creates a drain of positive energy and brings chaos.

8. You must not steal.
We cannot enjoy or benefit from anything that we did not earn by our efforts.

9. You must not give false evidence against your neighbor.

We need to watch from getting trapped by the illusion of the five senses.

10. You must not be envious of your neighbor’s goods.
You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Everyone has his own process in life. Envy will connect us to the negative spiritual process of the other person. Be happy with what you have.

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Tu B’Shvat – an opportunity to bless ourselves.

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(Jeremiah 17:8) וְהָיָה כְּעֵץ שָׁתוּל עַל-מַיִם \”For he (man) shall be as a tree planted by the waters\”

(Deuteronomy 20:19) כִּי הָאָדָם עֵץ הַשָּׂדֶה \”For is the tree of the field a man\”
(Genesis 1:27) וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ, בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ:  זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם \”So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.\”

When it says that G-d created us in his own image. \”בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹקים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ\” It is exactly so. Image in Hebrew \”צֶלֶם\”, which has the same numerical value as Tree, \”עץ\”. It is the Tree of Life that is inside and outside of us.

We are the fruits of the Tree of Life and as such we carry its seeds inside of us. That gives us the ability to create life. When God said \”Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth\”, He gave us this gift. We became part of the Tree and it makes us like the Creator.

A bone in Hebrew is \”עצם\”. It also means essence. The letters are a combination of the word for Tree \”עצ\” and the final letter Mem. The letter Mem has four sides and it shaped like a square.

Without going too deep we understand from the codes of the Hebrew Alpha-Bet that our essence is connected to the Tree. We know from Kabbalah about the invisible and indestructible bone in our body called \”עצם הלוז\” \”bone of luez\”. It is the actual connection to the Tree. This bone is the seed for the resurrection of the dead when the time will come. Mashiach will re-connect us to the Tree of Life.
Like the tree we bring out fruits, which grow to be trees. The trees make more fruits in a cycle that creates continuity in the world.

In Tu B\’Shvat we have the opportunity to connect to the Tree of Life when we bless the different kind of fruits. That action actually bring blessings on ourselves at the seed level.

The attached PDF is a wonderful collection of information assembled by one of the members on the mailing list, read it to get more important information on this special day of blessing.

May we all have a blessed Holiday and renew our seed and connection to the Tree of Life. Amen.

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