Rabbi Chaim Vital – 390 years ago today.

I almost forgot. I must thank my friend Yehuda Z. for calling me with his question and reminded me about tonight.
Today is the death anniversary of a great kabbalist, Rabbi Chaim Vital.

The Holy Ari came to this world mostly to teach him the secrets of Kabbalah so he can put them in writing for future generations.
Light a candle, read Zohar and Kitvei Ari and connect to his soul and energy. Meditate to have your mind opento the wisdom of Kabbalah and Zohar.

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I almost forgot and I thank my friend Yehuda Z. for calling me with a question and reminded me about tonight.
Today (beginning night of 4/13/2010) is the death anniversary of a great kabbalist, Rabbi Chaim Vital.

The Holy Ari came to this world mostly to teach him the secrets of Kabbalah so he can put them in writing for future generations.
Light a candle, read Zohar and Kitvei Ari and connect to his soul and energy. Meditate to have your mind opento the wisdom of Kabbalah and Zohar.

Today it is very significant because Rabbi Chaim Vital passed away 390 years ago. 390 = (Shmayim) Heavens. also 10 times the YHV (of the spelled out Holy Name)

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Rabbi Chaim Vital

Born: Tzefat, Eretz Yisrael, 1543

Died: Damascus, Syria, 1620

Rabbi Chaim Vital was the closest disciple of the great 16th-century kabbalist, the Ari – Rabbi Itzchak Luria.

Rabbi Chaim Vital learned nigleh, the revealed aspects of the Torah, under the tzaddik Rabbi Moshe Alshich, who was also the one to ordain (semicha) him as a rabbi.

The Ari’s teachings were all given orally, and he himself wrote very little in print. His faithful disciple, Rabbi Chaim Vital, recorded his master’s teachings in several books which have come down to us, generally known by the name Kitvei HaAri. Along with the Zohar, these books are considered to be the major source for kabbalistic study.

Rabbi Chaim Vital studied with The Ari for a period of less than two years (both men were in their 30’s !), until The Ari left the world. Yet the knowledge passed unto Rabbi Chaim Vital is vast and encompassing.

The Ari claimed that the soul of Rabbi Chaim Vital, was a very high soul, from the same root of soul of Rabbi Akiva and King Chizkiyahu , both the father (Rabbi Yosef Vital) and son (Rabbi Shmuel Vital) of Rabbi Chaim Vital were sparks of soul of the great Tana, rabbi Meir Baal HaNess. His son Rabbi Shmuel Vital was the one who put the finishing touches on the Eight Gates of Kitvei HaAri, and published them. Some other manuscripts (mainly Etz Chaim), Rabbi Chaim Vital wished not to published and took it to the grave with him.

Years later Rabbi Avraham Azulai and Rabbi Yaakov Tzemach dealt with Yichudim (special Kabbalistic meditations) and She’alot Chalom (dream meditation) until permission was granted to them by Rabbi Chaim Vital in a dream to dig at his gravesite and excavate those additional writings.

Rabbi Chayim Vital on the ARI…

” The Ari overflowed with Torah. He was thoroughly expert in Tanach, Mishnah, Talmud, Pilpul, Midrash, Agadah, Ma’aseh Bereshit and Ma’aseh Merkavah. He was expert in the language of trees, the language of birds, and the speech of angels. He could read faces in the manner outlined in the Zohar (2:74b). He could discern all that any individual had done, and could see what they would do in the future. He could read people’s thoughts, often before the thought even entered their mind. He knew future events, was aware of everything happening here on earth, and what was decreed in heaven. He knew the mysteries of gilgul [Reincarnation], who had been born previously, and who was here for the first time. He could look at a person and tell him how he was connected to the Supernal Man, and how he was related to Adam. He could read wondrous things [about people] in the light of a candle or in the flame of a fire. With his eyes he gazed and was able to see the souls of the righteous, both those who had died recently and those who had lived in ancient times. With these he studied the true mysteries. By a person’s scent he was able to know all that he had done, an ability that the Zohar attributes to the holy Yenuka [Child] (3:188a). It was as if all these mysteries were lying in his bosom, waiting to be activated whenever he desired. He did not have to mitboded [seclude himself] to seek them out. All this we saw with our own eyes. These are not things that we heard from others. They were wondrous things that had not been seen on earth since the time of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. None of this was attained through magic, heaven forbid. There is a strong prohibition against these arts. Instead, it came automatically, as a result of his saintliness and asceticism, after many years of study in both the ancient and the newer Kabbalistic texts. He then increased his piety, asceticism, purity and holiness until he reached a level where Eliyahu HaNavie (Elijah the prophet) would constantly reveal himself to him, speaking to him “mouth to mouth,” teaching him these mysteries. ”


Rabbi Chaim Vital wrote Sha’arei Kedusha (Gates of Holiness) as a guide to achieving ruach ha-kodesh (divine inspiration) and nevuah (prophecy). The text (in its forth chapter) even teaches how to use the holy 72 names. Yet, the largest portion of the book is dedicated to the preparations for these holy acts. The lion’s share of this material is musar (ethics), teaching us how to rectify and elevate our midot (personalities). It is these teachings that have made Sha’arei Kedusha a classic in the yeshiva world. That forth chapter of Sha’arei Kedusha and other kabbalistic works attributed to Rabbi Chaim Vital, were published under the title Ktavim Chadashim L’Rabbi Chaim Vital (Hebrew), and Otzrot Chaim

Who IS your leader, teacher, or rabbi?

The Zohar tells us that, during the generation before the final redemption, most of the leadership in Israel will be comprised of the Erev Rav. Today, we find such individuals as heads of Yeshivas, judges, and politicians; many of them are even famous. And, although the “stench” of their negative actions is also out in the open, most of us don’t even realize it.

In his introduction to The Tree of Life, the book based on the teachings of Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari), Rabi Chaim Vital, the Ari’s top student, writes that he once fell into deep sadness because he felt the great suffering in the world with no sign of Mashiach’s arrival. He quotes a portion in the Tikkunei Zohar (Tikkun #30) that discusses how the soul of Mashiach is delayed—generation after generation—simply because of all the negativity we create and the fact that people connect to the Torah expecting to be rewarded with earthly goods. Rabbi Vital also said that the acts committed by the Erev Rav today would be similar to those of the generation of the Flood: the building of “towers” solely to glorify themselves yet claiming it’s all for the sake of Torah.

The Zohar reveals that the souls of the Erev Rav come from the negative side. During the 130 years that Adam stayed away from Eve, he sinned by connecting to a female from the other side, which resulted in the creation of all the negative souls that have since incarnated as the Erev Rav. Moses knew what took place soon after Creation and took the opportunity to correct the “Sin of Adam” by allowing the Erev Rav to join the Israelites in the exodus from Egypt. By taking them along on the spiritual journey to the Land of Israel, he hoped to elevate their souls, even though God had advised him against it. Because the Creator did not agree with Moses’ decision, the Torah refers to the Erev Rav as “the Nation” not as the Children of Israel.

When Moses went up Mount Sinai to receive the Torah, the Nation was committing the sin of the Golden Calf. At that point, God said to Moses, “Go down, for the people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.” (Exodus 32:7). God is clearly saying, “The Nation that YOU hoped to bring to a higher level of consciousness…” Therefore, the responsibility for the sin of the Golden Calf rests on the shoulders of Moses for trying to fix the whole system with the Erev Rav.  This is the reason why Moses “descended” from his spiritual level and the second Torah given was from the Tree of Knowledge Good and Evil instead of from the Tree of Life. Again, the Primordial Snake managed to connect the people to the wrong spiritual system. (See my previous article in the series for a detailed explanation.)

The win the fight against the Erev Rav is a constant struggle that happens in every generation. The sages tell us that the generation that didn’t see the arrival of Mashiach and the reconstruction of the Holy Temple—because they fallen under the influence of the Erev Rav, yet again—is also the generation that destroyed it (passing up the opportunity to rebuild the Temple is the act of destruction). We have failed every time. Why are we under the spell?

The great army of the Snake is comprised of the Erev Rav. They “dress” in a skin similar to yours, in order to make you feel comfortable when you are next to them, so they can befriend you. Yet, when you don’t see them, they change their skin because they actually don’t like you; in fact, too much light burns their skin. And, like vampires, they are after your blood—your soul—and must stay in the dark where they feel comfortable. The darkness is the selfish desires, the chasing after wealth and fame solely for the sake of self-glory. They want to be heads while their essence is tails.

In places of worship, you will find many of them in their expensive seats to show they are better than others. Because many of them are rich, they make large donations to the community in order to appear generous, but it’s all about them. And, to seem respectable, the Erev Rav also engage in business with the leaders of their community, many of whom are, in fact, also part of the army of the Snake.

We should know that the Erev Rav will not touch the Zohar. They will not engage with it because they cannot handle its great light. And, because they follow Erev Rav leadership, many good people still don’t connect to the Zohar. Their supposed leaders will provide many “good” reasons why they should not connect to the Zohar.

Allow me to remind you that this knowledge about the Erev Rav is not to be used against anyone. Therefore, never single out an individual and accuse him of being an Erev Rav. A small mistep could be spiritually dangerous for you. As we all know, hurting others brings about the manifestation of negativity, regardless of who gets inflicted with the pain.

Other than doing our spiritual work, our job is to avoid any form of association with the Erev Rav, as well as other forms of negativity. If we follow the Erev Rav, sooner or later (and this is usually during a critical moment in time), they will reveal their true “skin” and make us fall yet again. Watch out!

By: Zion Nefesh, Av 5769, August 2009
Edited By: Mordecai O.

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