• Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden with the freedom of choice, but they failed to inherit the earth. Why?
  • While on Mount Sinai, the Israelites had the golden opportunity to receive the Torah. When they failed to receive the Torah of the Tree of Life, they received the Torah of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Why?
  • Moses sent twelve spies to tour the Land of Israel right before the Israelites were ready to enter it. When the spies came back with their report, what they said about the land caused them their lives, and the Israelites were forced to wander in the wilderness for 40 years before they were allowed to enter and inhabit the Promised Land. Why?
  • During all the generations from Adam to Moses, many opportunities were given to bring about the Final Redemption, yet in every instance, it didn’t happen…

The seed of all failures in the world was planted on the first day of creation. And, the presence of the Primordial Snake in the Garden of Eden made all the difference. He was created to challenge us, to force us to choose between giving in to the gravity of the desire for the self or to seek the true fulfillment of the Light.

After the original sin, the Snake was sent out of the Garden with the power to control us. He had installed in us the desire for the self and had been given the freedom to “eat dust” all his life. Although we soon tried to hide it, we discovered that part of us was, in fact, made of “dust.” Yes, we are made of his food. As such, he can “eat” us, and he does it every single day of our lives.

Yet, there is hope. When God said, “You shall eat dust all the days of your life,” it was also clear that there would come a day when the Snake’s life would end. We are now very close to that day. Therefore, we should be happy about it, but we should also be very concerned. Why?

Remember the first fall? The Snake waited for the moment just before the first Shabbat—when Adam and Eve would have acquired full control over the world God created for them—to launch his attack. And, on Mount Sinai, he waited until the last fourth (six hours) of the last day prior to the receiving of the Torah to attack yet again.

That is his pattern: he lets you grow, allows you to build energy, and then, he attacks to take it away from you. He always hits when the desire for the self is strongest.

The Snake is the Erev Rav, the mixed multitudes that came out of Egypt with the Israelites. He has always right next to the Israelites whereever they may go. Because they are the Snake, the Erev Rav cannot draw the Light directly. And, because God “punished” them when he said to the Snake, “You shall eat the dust of the earth,” they must take from us.

The Erev Rav know they cannot exist in the full presence of the Light. Therefore, each time the Light has come close to us in preparation for its full revelation, the Erev Rav have done all that is possible to stop us from revealing the Light in its totality.

Now that we are closer to the coming of Mashiach, the Erev Rav are on the brink of awakening in full force—yet again—to stops us.

Zion Nefesh
AV 5769 (August 2009)

Edited by:  Mordecai O.

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I started writing this article a while back but withheld releasing it because I was afraid of the negative impact it might have. I was concerned it could be the cause of separation as a result of hatred. This, of course, is a big responsibility that cannot be taken lightly. However, having seen the development of recent events, I felt compelled to release the article at this time. In fact, this will be the first in a new series of articles to make us more aware of the times we live in.

Before I continue, I want to make it very clear that my intention is not to create hatred or to cause pain to anyone. Rather, I simply want to make us aware of a phenomenon that is manifesting (and gaining strength) in our world today. We need to become aware—and empowered with a new type of information—so we can make the best decisions of how to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

The “good” I refer to in the title of this article are the Israelites: you and the countless others who have the consciousness and intent to bring more light to the world. The “bad” are the Erev Rav. The Erev Rav (ערב רב), or the mixed multitudes, are the souls of the 2.4 million individuals who left Egypt alongside the 600,000 Israelites. The Zohar states that all the souls that came out of Egypt during the Exodus will be present in the final generation—our generation—before the dawning of a new age. This means we will find four Erev Ravs for one Israelite living among us today.

In recent news, we learned about a Jewish business giant filled with greed and a “grab all you can” attitude. We also read about rabbis and political leaders involved in criminal activities that included the trading of body organs. We should know that the people spoken about in the news are the Erev Rav. And, their acts have shamed all Israelites. (In fact, ערב רב has the same letters as רבב רע, which means evil flaw on the Israelites.) Therefore, it’s time for us to recognize who these individuals are and how to separate ourselves from them with the sole intent of seeking protection from their influence.

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In our generation, the generation preceding the coming of Mashiach, the Erev Rav have picked up tremendous strength—power and influence in all forms. These souls are “energy” parasites, clinging to the Israelites in order to consume their energy any way they can. Our work is to find ways of protecting ourselves, yet not have any hatred towards anyone, even if we are certain we are standing in front of an Erev Rav. Any form of hatred or harm caused to a single person, regardless of who they may be, creates negativity that dims the light of the Creator in this world. As Israelites, we must remember that everything in this world is filled with the light of the Creator (otherwise, it would not exist), and our role is to reveal it—not dim it.

I use the term Israelite because the Torah (the Bible) and the Zohar do not ever use the word Jews (יהודים). The Torah doesn\’t mention this word at all. In the Bible, all occurrences of this word related to the exile of Judah. There is instance in which the word Jew (יהודי) in the singular form is used: it is found in the scroll of Esther when referring to Mordechai, who was exiled with the tribe of Judah (hence, the root of the word Jew), another similar instance in Aramaic in the book of Daniel (5:13) \”הוּא דָנִיֵּאל דִּי-מִן-בְּנֵי גָלוּתָא דִּי יְהוּד\” . This exile specified in Jeremiah 52. In all other instances, the word used is always Israelites, the Sons of Israel.

The souls of the Israelites are rooted in the central column; they come directly from the lineage of Jacob the Patriarch, who was given the name Israel. The people known as Jews have a different spiritual process, which includes a greater responsibility to all the Israelites around the world. It is no coincidence that Jews can be found living nearly everywhere in the world since their role is to be a “lighthouse” for all of humanity. It is important to know this to ensure we are more clear on our roles and thus how best to distinguish between the Erev Rav and the Israelites. Many Jewish people are part of the Erev Rav. They were given an opportunity to redeem themselves because at one time they believed in system of the Torah and the Tree of Life.

I highly recommend you stay connected to the Zohar, especially the portions featured in the Daily Zohar newsletter (http://DailyZohar.com). These daily portions give you direct access to the sacred text of Tikkunei Zohar, which is what Moses told Rabbi Shimon would be the protection for our generation.

In this new series of articles, I will highlight sections from the Zohar and provide quotes related to the Erev Rav and their impact upon the world. Please read these new articles with the sole intent to be informed and to find the best way to protect yourself from the influence of the Erev Rav.

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