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.

 

In last year’s commentary on Mishpatim, I had explained that the Zohar teaches us that in this parasha we find the laws of reincarnation.
If you did not read it then I highly suggest you read it now before continuing with the rest of this article. Click Here: Mishpatim 5767

The Zohar explains in Mishatim that the Torah gives us good advice and we all depend on it. The Holy One, Bless be He, gives a protection to our souls so we can keep it away from negative influences. In other words, it protects us from “selling our soul to the Devil”. The common image of that is a dark deal between the Devil (Red eyes, Horns, Forked tail…) and a person where the devil promises special powers in return for the person’s eternal soul. This is a great invention by the negative side in order to distract us from the real truth that is very simple. We sell our soul to negativity, each time we prefer to satisfy the material and physical desires without making a connection to the light. The purpose of the soul is to seek and reveal the light, not the material things.

The Zohar explains that when the soul enters the body, its light disappears. The reason for that is to give us the ability to control the left side (negativity, Selfishness, body consciousness) and reveal greater light. It is like planting wheat seeds in the ground. They disappear and dissolve in the ground but then, end up growing 100 times fold.

Maybe even clearer example is how a man and a woman connect together. Their minds are with joint consciousness (higher light) and they transfer this mind’s energy to seeds that get planted deep in the dark. The seeds disappear and a new creation is formed with the purpose to reveal light.

When the soul comes out in a new body, it comes with the desire to grow and absorb all the energy they can connect to.

The mother’s breast milk is the closest source to the light. The milk is naturally produced because of the desire of the new born. It is amazing how this fluid contains all the life force a baby needs for a year or more to grow.
Many mothers know that the amount of milk in their breasts depends on the desire of the child to draw more. When the child stops or slows down his consumption, the milk production behaves accordingly.

Another example that teaches us how the light is drawn to the vessel(desire) upon its existence can be found in Kings 2 chapter 4:6. The Oil (light) stopped when there were no more vessels to fill.
My mother, G-d bless her soul, breast fed 8 children of her own and 3 other babies (in different times) since their mother was not there or didn’t have milk. It was while she was breast feeding one of us. A woman has two breasts to be able to feed more than one child at a time.
It is known that mother’s milk is the best for the mental and physical health of a child. The child seeks the missing light when he gets placed in the body and gets disconnected from the greater light.
Sarah the Matriarch was of almost 100 years old when she breast fed many other babies (400) to prove all the people that she delivered and nurtured Isaac. That is why it is said in the Torah Genesis 21:7 “הֵינִיקָה בָנִים, שָׂרָה ” that “Sarah would be nursing children”. The reference is to children, in plural, not singular, because she had only one child.

As the soul grows, there gets to be a change in the process at age 12 for female, Bat Mitzvah and 13 for male, Bar Mitvzah. Another part of the soul joins the existing one and a biological change also takes place. A girl is now able to bring children to the world and fulfill the Mitzvah of be fruitful and multiply. A boy now carries his own correction. He has a new file and every action he does affects his soul and future.

Their soul now must work to reveal light in the world and follow the precepts (Mitzvoth, מצוות ). מצוה is the act of revealing light. The first two letters מצ in את־בש (At-Bash is a Kabbalistic method of Gematria) become “יה ”. The word מצוה (mitzvah) becomes the name of G-d,” יקוק ”.

There are 53 precepts mentioned in this parasha to connect us to the 53 portions of the Torah. Also in Hebrew it is גנ , which is abbreviation for the word reincarnation of the souls in Hebrew “גלגול־נשמות ”. גנ also means gene. The connection to the Torah affects our Genes and the reincarnation process.

We read in Joshua (1:8) “לֹא-יָמוּשׁ סֵפֶר הַתּוֹרָה הַזֶּה מִפִּיךָ, וְהָגִיתָ בּוֹ יוֹמָם וָלַיְלָה, לְמַעַן תִּשְׁמֹר לַעֲשׂוֹת, כְּכָל-הַכָּתוּב בּוֹ: כִּי-אָז תַּצְלִיחַ אֶת-דְּרָכֶךָ, וְאָז תַּשְׂכִּיל. ”.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night that you observe to do according to all that is written there; for then you shall make your ways prosperous, and then you shall have good success”.

After Moshe was gone and Joshua took over the leadership, G-d gave him his best advice “follow the Torah”. G-d did not tell him to pray or call on him. Just follow the Torah. Everything is in the Torah. This is where we can draw the light that we miss from the time we were with the Light and before we were pushed into the body. I say “pushed”, because the soul knows what is going to happen and it resists the separation from the Light and returning to a body.

When the soul leaves the body it travels toward the light. People with near death experience always tell the same story of “going through a tunnel” and at the end of it they see a great loving and comforting Light.
The “Tunnel” effect is the physical darkness surrounding the soul. When the soul reaches the end of the tunnel a complete separation from the body occurs and there is no turning back.

I know two people with such experience. Both have the same attitude and request towards death. They ask the people around them not to try and revive them if they are in a comma or similar state. They just want to go back to the Light they saw and felt.

Recently I was in Israel to sit Shiva for my mother and met a family friend who was in the hospital for over a year, hooked to a heart machine. They couldn’t find him a matching heart for all that time.
The one that they finally found had belonged to a famous 24 year old model that passed away very quickly due to a rare brain virus or disease. He was over 60 years when he got the new heart and now he is in great physical shape. Happy, smokes in chain and “enjoys life” as he says. When people ask him why he smokes, he answers that he doesn’t care to die. When he was in a coma state he saw his relatives and enjoyed a great time in the Light. It doesn’t matter to him that he can live a longer life with a perfect heart. He is a happy and fun person to be with.
I share this story with you not for you to start smoking and don’t care to die but to understand that being close to the light, gives you freedom. This where we came from and this is where we will return to.

Zohar Mishpatim holds one of the special sections with a lot of concealed secrets in it. This section’s name is Idra De Mishkanah, meaning, the “Assembly of the Tabernacle”. There is no mention of the known Tabernacle that held the Holy Ark. This section talks about the head, “The Head of the King”, the face, the hair, the eyes, the eye brows, forehead, nose, mouth and other related parts of the face. Then the Zohar talks about the Hebrew letters and the light related to them. This section is so hard to understand and even though Rabbi Ashlag in his translation and commentary to the Zohar, explains a lot on each part, it is still hard to understand. One thing obvious is that it talks about the dwelling (Tabernacle=Mishkan=dwelling place) of the soul in the body and the head is the king of the body. The face, “פנים ” in Hebrew and it also means Inner. The letters connect to the soul.

The Zohar reveals us that the Torah existed 2000 years before G-d decided to create the world. Then he created it while looking at the Torah. The Zohar says that the whole Torah is one holy name of G-d. If you take one letter out of it then you put a flaw in the Holy Name and transfer the Light to the other side.
We were with the Light, before creation that was done with the Hebrew letters of the Torah. That is why the Torah represents all our souls.

In Yitro, we received the Laws of the Torah. When we adhere to the Torah we complete our process in life and don’t need to reincarnate. Since we are not perfect, Mishpatim comes to explain the laws of reincarnation that is how to connect to the Light with every incarnation and how to set a perfect dwelling for the soul in the body. Our actions need to connect us to the Torah and draw the light to the soul.
The Letters of the Torah holds the light for our soul and it is the main source to draw the necessary light to sustain the soul in our body and make him happy to do the work assigned to him in this life.

We quoted the Zohar earlier that G-d created the world from looking at the Torah. We never had any doubts in the Zohar’s accuracy in every word it says but for the first time in 5768 years we have the scientific proof that the Zohar is absolutely correct. You can find it all in “The Divine Calendar” by Ezra (Jeff) Meiliken.
(http://www.DivineCalendar.com).

Next week is Parashat Terumah and we will read about the blue print and the process of building the actual Tabernacle. We are going there from the inner personal connection to the Light, out to the greater tool to draw light for the whole world.
Isn’t it so amazing and beautiful?
I’ll explain more on Terumah. Feel free to forward this article to any of your friends. Help them connect to the Torah and the Light. Give their soul a fresh breath of Light to help and strengthen them in their life process and work.

Zion Nefesh

 

The two Torah portions of Vaerah and Bo are connected with the 10 plagues. Vaerah brings the story of the first seven and Bo brings the last three.
The most important questions are why are there 10 plagues? Why did G-d harden Pharaoh\’s heart?

In this short article I will try to explain the amazing teaching the Torah gives us here. First remember that we just started the Book of Exodus and Jacob connected to Joseph to form the connection from the upper triangle of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet) to Joseph (Yesod).

Think of this as the power outlet on the wall ready to channel the energy out. Joseph is the source or the positive (hot wire). Having that setting, the spiritual system is with great potential of manifestation.

The first verse of Vaera reveals the desire of the Light to show more of its forces in this world.
Exodus 6:2, 3 "God also said to Moses, "I am the LORD. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them."
"וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹקים, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה; וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו, אֲנִי יְקוָק."
"וָאֵרָא, אֶל-אַבְרָהָם אֶל-יִצְחָק וְאֶל-יַעֲקֹב–בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי; וּשְׁמִי יְקוָק, לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם"
We see that G-d prepares Moshe for a greater revelation of light and asks him to prepare the people to connect to the new forced, (6:7)
וְלָקַחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם לִי לְעָם, וְהָיִיתִי לָכֶם לֵאלֹקים;
 וִידַעְתֶּם, כִּי אֲנִי יְקוָק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, הַמּוֹצִיא אֶתְכֶם, מִתַּחַת סִבְלוֹת מִצְרָיִם.

(6:7) I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
G-d wanted to fulfill his promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the process had to start now.  After Joseph established the channel of Yesod, the Light needed to flow to the world and like electrical system, the power needed consumers to keep the flow.  G-d needed the people for that and in many ways they had no choice but to accept.

That is the reason for the command to Pharaoh "שַׁלַּח אֶת-עַמִּי, וְיַעַבְדֻנִי" (Let my people go, so that they may worship me)

The completion of the Vessel

Moshe and Aharon with their willingness to walk the way of G-d became the base of the lower triangle. Moshe as the level of Netzah and Aharon as Hod complete the five sefirot that makes the vessel for the light (Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach and Hod). Yesod (Joseph) is the funnel to continue the Light from the vessel to the world.

With the upper three sefirot of Keter, Chokmah and Binah we have the magic of eight that causes a greater revelation of the light and Zeir Anpin has a face name (יְקוָק).
The Holy Ari, reveals to us that Zeir Anpin was born (start its revelation in the world) and that is why G-d assigned Moshe of 80 years old for the mission to bring this light to the world.  As I mentioned in the commentary to Shemot, Pharaoh was not aware of the spiritual force of יְקוָק. He couldn\’t accept any command from unknown G-d but since he was the head of the impure system and the desire for the self, the new revelation had to be the most negative place.

The Zohar teaches us, "A little light pushes away a lot of darkness". Pharaoh suffered because the Light chose to appear there, where the people of G-d were.
The ten plagues are the result of the revelation of the Light of Zeir Anpin.  We see how each plague is connected to the level of the Light revealed.

   1. Water to Blood – in the water (lower and basic element)
   2. Frogs – Lower level creatures connecting water and land
   3. Gnats – small and came upon men and animals.
   4. Flies – in the air and spread fast everywhere, including people and houses.
   5. Livestock Diseased – More significant plague that affect movement (horses, donkeys and camels) and food (cattle and sheep and goats).
   6. Boils – caused by the hand of Moshe and spread from the sky throughout the land of Egypt.
   7. Thunder and Hail – comes from the sky with deadly force.
   8. Locusts – Comes from unknown source into the land of Egypt and devoured all that was left after the hail–everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.
   9. Darkness – A paralyzing darkness on the physical and mind level.
  10. Death of the Firstborn – The last and final hit. Disconnecting the negativity from its source.

We see how the strength of the plague is getting stronger as it continues.  When the Light appears, darkness must go. This is why Pharaoh had no chance against the awesome light of Zeir Anpin.  This light matured later with the revelation on Mount Sinai and the giving of the Torah.

Exodus 13:1 "The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Consecrate to me every first born male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal".

This is the cost of keeping the first born alive. G-d took them under his protection and in order to keep them we have to go through the process of "redemption of the first born". This is a process where the parents bring the child to the Cohen to pay him to keep their son with them. This process is done 40 days after the child is born and in simple calculation we find out that it is on the tenth day after the ten month from the planting of the seed. Remind you of something?

If you have a first born child or you are a first born, it is never too late to go through the process. Consult your Rabbi.

On a personal level we learn to be responsible to our actions. There is an automated cause and effect system and we are all must follow its laws.  If we have a file with negative records we need to bring the light in and clear it. It may cause us some pain in the process but we will be free after that.

Many people that goes back to religion or spirituality, feels that effect and if they are not aware to the laws described above, they think that the system goes against them and if they gives up before paying the full payment.

In Isaiah 51:17 we read at the time before the final redemption "הִתְעוֹרְרִי הִתְעוֹרְרִי, קוּמִי יְרוּשָׁלִַם, אֲשֶׁר שָׁתִית מִיַּד יְקוָק, אֶת-כּוֹס חֲמָתוֹ; אֶת-קֻבַּעַת כּוֹס הַתַּרְעֵלָה, שָׁתִית–מָצִית"
Awake, awake! Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD the cup of his wrath, you who have drained to its dregs the goblet that makes men stagger.

The Hebrew words explain better that when we finish paying for our negativity (cleansing by the Light), we will wake up to (Isaiah 51:22) "כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנַיִךְ יְקוָק, וֵאלֹהַיִךְ יָרִיב עַמּוֹ, הִנֵּה לָקַחְתִּי מִיָּדֵךְ, אֶת-כּוֹס הַתַּרְעֵלָה–אֶת-קֻבַּעַת כּוֹס חֲמָתִי, לֹא-תוֹסִיפִי לִשְׁתּוֹתָהּ עוֹד"
 (Isaiah 51:22) "This is what your Sovereign LORD says, your God, who defends his people: "See, I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again."

Let us pray for the day, hopefully today, to see G-d takes away from us all pain and suffering and reveal Mashiach, Amen.

 
 
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.

 

 

 

  

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.
 

Understanding cancer from Leviticus 12-15 (Tazria, Metzorah)

Lung cancer took away the last breath of my mother.  She was 83 years old.

My niece died at age 40 from throat cancer. She left behind young kids not to mention the pain of parents that had to bury a child. Another close relative went through breast cancer and thank G-d she is well now and is a changed person. I have a close friend who used to be a pediatric oncologist until she had her own children. It was too painful for her to see children suffering and dying. She is now specializing in a different medical field.

I went to Israel to sit Shiva for my mother and on the last day of the Shiva we heard about the death of a 13 years old girl. She died from bone cancer. A day after her bat mitzvah she felt pain in her leg and the doctor diagnosed the cancer. A year later she was gone. There are support organizations in Israel that provide chairs and tables for families sitting Shiva and for the many people that come to condole.

When we rose from the sitting a truck came to take the chairs and tables directly from my mother’s home to this girl’s family.

I stood there looking how they load the chairs on to the truck. I was thinking about the cycle of pain, about mourners that sat and will sit on those chairs. What kind of memory those chairs have? If they could speak, how many stories of pain and tears could they tell?

When will it stop? I asked myself. Only G-d knows that. On those moments I remember Isaiah 25:8
בִּלַּע הַמָּוֶת לָנֶצַח, וּמָחָה אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה דִּמְעָה מֵעַל כָּל-פָּנִים
Death will be swallowed forever and G-d will wipe tears from all faces.

Until that time we must accept the process. We are living under the shadow of the tree of knowledge good and bad. It is the reality of work and rest, joy and pain, smiles and tears, life and death. This is the world of time. Illusionary but controlling.

Now we are back to the parasha of Metzora and the secret of cancer. The story of Metzora begins in the previous parasha, Tazria. In Tazria only the first eight verses talk about the seed and birth of a child. A woman becomes impure immediately upon delivery. She needs to go to the priest with offering to cleanse her.  Why is that? If she delivers a pure infant, why does she need to be cleansed, what is wrong with that?
The simple answer is that when a child comes to this world it involves the negative side. The Zohar explains that when a woman starts screaming with contractions, G-d sends the snake to open the womb.

G-d brings in the soul. The primordial snake made Eve and Adam sin. They brought mortality to their life and to the world. 

The Snake caused “the process” (mortal life and time) by disconnecting Adam and Eve from the Tree of Life. He is now in need to open the physical gate so the soul and body can join the process.

The material, the physical body, belongs to the snake and when we die, the body goes to the ground and the spirit ascends. There is a separation between soul and body or light and vessel.

Please remember or underline this point. Body and soul are two separate elements. They are joined together by the power of Kabbalah (=137= the fine structure constant. See http://www.137.com/137/ on this special number). This constant is used to calculate the movement of particles inside the atom. It is like the soul of the matter. You are invited to go deeper into nuclear physics to discover the Light of the Creator. Discover G-d.

Some of you may want to read some answers about cancer by now. I promise to answer all the questions the way the Light guides me to. It is important to learn about the seed before you plant it. If you want to have an apple tree in your garden, you won’t pick just any seed and expect it to grow apples.

You will make sure that the seed is of an apple tree. You don’t want to wait months to find out that you have a spruce tree growing. It may be nice but not what you were expecting.
We established that the body and soul are two different elements joined together to make a human being. Again Genesis 2:7
 וַיִּיצֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם, עָפָר מִן-הָאֲדָמָה, וַיִּפַּח בְּאַפָּיו, נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים

Then G-d formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

Biblical Leprosy and Cancer.

The disease described in Metzora is called Tzara’at, “צָּרַעַת”. This word is usually translated to Leprosy. One interesting point to discuss is that the Torah uses the same term for a house.

Lev.14:34 “When you come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession”.

I found many bible translations that use the word Mildew as a translation to Tzara’at.

This is bad translation. To get to the deeper meaning of the word, we take apart its elements and examine carefully. The key is in the word “צָּרַעַת”. It is built from “צָּרַ” (=enemy) and “עַת” (=time or period of time). From this we understand that this disease relates to an enemy that is created in time. When we look at another permutation of the name we see “רַע” and “צַָּת”. “רַע” translates to “bad” and also is abbreviation for “selfish desire” (Ratzon Atzmi). “צַָּת” has numerical value of 490, which is equal to 10 times “חולה” (sick) (=49). When we find 10 times of a word value, we know that it goes to the whole spiritual depth of its meaning.


Words are at the level of Malchut (world of action).They are the manifestation of thoughts (spiritual). For example the word “טל” (Dew) =39 and the 390 = “שמים” (skies, heavens). The origin of dew is from the skies. There are ten heavens, the seventh touches the eights (spiritual). When someone say s “I am in seventh heaven”, they mean “uplifted” and their psyche is free of limits. 

The other important word mentioned in the parasha is “נֶגַע”, (=plague). It is the same root word as “touch”. The first two words are “נֶגַ” =53 and the third is “ע” = 70. The 53 is for the number of portions in the Torah and it is also the numerical value for the word “גנ”, which means gene. Also it is the abbreviation for “גלגול־נשמות” (literally means rolling of souls to describe reincarnation of souls). Our genes carry the history of previous lives. We find physical similarities between parents and children because of “the rolling of the souls” that come through the parents. The kabalistic term is “reshimu”. The meaning of it is like putting water in a wood barrel that was used to have wine. When you drink the water you can still taste the wine that used to be there. This is the “Reshimu” of the wine. Whiskey producers store it in used wine barrels of to give a deeper taste to their whiskey. The above examples relate to material things but it is similar with the souls.

During the year and in every Shabbat, we read from the Torah. The Torah scroll is rolled forward each Shabbat to advance to the end of the book. BUT there is no actual end to the Torah because at the same day (not Shabbat) that we read the “end” of the scroll we immediately connect it to the beginning. The Torah is rolled back from the “end” to the beginning to continue the reading.
 

I will continue with the exploration of cancer, causes, immune and the ultimate cure in coming articles.

 

 

 

The Ramak, Rabbi Moshe Kordovero, in his commentary to the Zohar said that after the destruction of the Second Temple, The Holy One, Blessed be He, sent a holy angel, the souls of Rabbi Shimon and his friends to create support to the Shechinah by their writings of The Zohar.

Any one that connects to the Zohar read and studies from it, even without understanding reveals the Light the Zohar is dealing with.

The Zohar is written by Rabbi Shimon as a tool us, for the last generations before the coming of Mashiach to reveal the Light and help bring the final redemption. The Zohar in the commentary to parashat Naso, quoting Raaya Meheimnah (in Aramaic the Faithful Sheppard, which is Moshe Rabeinu) that by the Merit of the Zohar Yisrael will come out of exile.
What is the support of the Shechinah? Why Rabbi Shimon needed to do that? How the Zohar support that?

Before my explanation please remember the commandment of You shall not make for yourself an idol or Image to worship, which means that we should not imagine G-d in any way physical. Images of G-d create limitation that can not apply to the G-d.

IN the process of creating the world, as the Ari Hakadosh explains in the Tree of Life writings, the Light of the creator created a space to create the physical existence for us and removed himself from it. There was a separation of Light and vessel. Before creation the Light and the Vessel were one. The Shechinah is the female aspect of the Light that is close to us (spiritually) and gives us the ability to connect to the supernal Light.
To understand this spiritual system I use the example of electrical circuit. A circuit has ground, consumers (components like a light bulb etc…) and a power source. When a desire to connect aroused (turn on the switch), the power source (Power of electricity) provide the electromagnetic wave of photons (light units) at the speed of light.

The Shechinah is like the ground part of the circuit, without it nothing could happen, no flow of Light. We are the consumers and without the Light force, we are nothing but darkness (death). The light force is always there waiting for us the desire it and connect. The Light provides its energy without questioning the consumer why they want it.


After the destruction of the second Temple, we lost the \’main power outlet to the world\’ (the Holy Temple) and the operator (Kohen) can not use it to draw the Light for us. (See my commentary to parashat Emor on the work of the Kohen).

G-d gave us Rabbi Shimon to create alternative system to sustain the world and to allow flow of Light.
Rabbi Shimon and his friends were ten special souls that had the ability to connect the spiritual to the physical. The Zohar is written in codes and concealment to cover its high energy in order to protect the people that deal and study from it. The most important work is Tikunei HaZohar, which is 70 ways to look at the first word of the Torah, Bereshit "בראשית". Tikkun means correction and those 70 corrections establish a connection between the Light and the vessel through the 7 sefirot (with ten levels in each of them). In other words, The Holy One and the Shechinah can connect without the Holy Temple.

With the Zohar tool we can connect and create the unification of upper and lower to draw the light.
Now about the 33rd day of the Omer. Rabbi Shimon had the power to control reality and death could not touch him. The Angel of death complaint to G-d that Rabbi Shimon doesn\’t let him do his work. There is a story in the Zohar that shows how Rabbi Shimon stop the angel of Death from taking the soul of Rabbi Yitzchak, one of his students and promise to bring his soul when he himself leave the world.

Rabbi Shimon chose the 33 day of the Omer to leave the world because it was at the level of sefirat Hod of Hod.
There are seven weeks in the counting and each week represents a different Sefira, beginning with Chessed to Malchut. The sefira of Hod represent the completing of the vessel. After Hod comes Yesod, which is the funnel to the Light to the last Sefira of Malchut.

At the Level of Hod of Hod the vessel is complete and the opening the sefirah of Yesod (to channel the Light) is formed.
The counting of the Omer is completed a day before the Holiday of Shavuot, when the Torah is given to us. The counting process builds our vessel to receive the Light of Torah in Shavout. On the 33rd day, the Ari explains judgments stops and the light of mercy reveals and begins to flow. That is why the plague that killed 24000 of Rabbi Akiva\’s students stopped on that day.

When a tzaddik leaves the world his energy and all his revelation of light remains in this world. Rabbi Shimon selected this day so we can have the support of his work, the Zohar and draw its light to our life.

In the Zohar, Idra Zuta is a description of the last teaching of Rabbi Shimon and how he left the world.
 
B"H and by the Merit of Rabbi Shimon and the Zohar, we will see the Final Redemption today. Amen.
 
 
 

Terumah deals with the materials, measurements and methods that were needed to build the Tebernacle. The discussion on the parasha is one of the longest in the Zohar and it gives us the real meaning behind the simple story. 

Most of the articles in Zohar Terumah discuss the connection between Binah and Malchut. Rabbi Shimon said that when G-d created the world (level of Malchut, represented by the last letter "ה" of the Tetragrammaton, "יקוק"), it was in the same process as Above (Binah, represented by the first "ה" of "יקוק").

The Zohar and The Ari explain that in the process of Creation, Malchut that was only Judgment got elevated to Binah to connect and draw energy of Mercy in order to sustain its existence. They are parallel to each other to allow flow of the energy. That is why Malchut and Binah use the same letter ה. in the weekly cycle; Shabbat is when we are elevated to Binah to draw the light for the whole week. All that we need comes from Binah. Yom kippur is the highest level of connection to Binah.

In every Morning Prayer we recite a special song of the day and announce “היום־יום־שלישי־בשבת־קודש” “Today is the (day name) day of Holy Shabbat”. This tells us that every day receives energy from Shabbat, which is Binah..

When it is said "ויקחו לי תרומה" (And they will take for me donation), obviously G-d doesn’t need our Gold, Silver and Copper but out of his love to us he asks us to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle. See articles Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 on http://www.RabbiShimon.com. The verse that completes the story of creation says, "אשר ברא אלהים לעשות"  “that G-d created for us to make” Genesis 2:3. It all depends on our actions.

Of the 3 metals, Gold represents left Column and Isaac, Silver represents Right Column and Avraham, Copper represents Central column and Jacob. At the beginning of the silent prayer (Amidah) and in many other prayers we use the patriarchs as a key to open the upper gates for us. The daily prayers also relate to them, Morning is Chessed for Avraham, Mincha is Gevurah for Isaac and Arvit is Tiferet for Jacob.

Zevulun and Yisasschar, two of Jacob’s sons made a special deal. Zevulum was a traveling businessman and didn’t have much time for spirituality. Yisasschar dedicated himself to the study of Torah and spirituality. They agreed to equally share the gain of their dealings, Zevulun shared his profits with his brother in return for equal share of Yisasschar’s spiritual light. The Ramchal, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, a great kabbalist tells us that a Torah study can bring you closer to the level of Yesod (the funnel of the light to the world and it is above Malchut). A person supporting the needs of a Torah student draws the light from Binah to himself. We can understand this now because a supporter and a contributor to the continuation of Torah studies in this world behaves like the light of Binah.

G-d wants to open a channel of light for us and all we need to do is to put some effort from our side. We just left Egypt, and G-d made the Egyptians to like the Israelites and give them their gold, silver and clothing. Now G-d gives us the opportunity to give back from what he gave us.

In Chronicles1 we read the story of King David on how he collected Gold, Silver and other precious items from the people to build the Holy Temple. In 29:14 he says
וְכִי מִי אֲנִי, וּמִי עַמִּי, כִּי-נַעְצֹר כֹּחַ, לְהִתְנַדֵּב כָּזֹאת
כִּי-מִמְּךָ הַכֹּל, וּמִיָּדְךָ נָתַנּוּ לָךְ
“"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”

It is a great lesson from King David to make us understand that it is all from the Creator. Even the richest person in the world cannot take his gold with him to the grave. Sooner or later they will be robbed and they cannot do or say anything about it. Even the great Pharaohs and their gold inside the Pyramids could not keep the thieves away.

When we give back we create movement that is critical to keep our being and to add to it. Everything in this world is in movement. Even the hardest metal consists of molecules and atoms in a constant movement in space. That is what gives it identity. Resting state is actually a transformation state.

We were born with the desire for the self. It is the engine that makes our heart pump and circulate the blood in the body to keep it alive. That is why desires come from the heart. It holds the desire to live. Imbalanced desires hurt the heart. People that know their desires and how to balance them have healthy hearts. Feel your heart beat in different situations to realize this truth.

Increased desire for the self creates “Fat” (blockages) and enforces the laws of entropy on the spiritual and physical level. To keep a healthy and balanced diet you need to “burn” the same or more energy you draw into yourself. This process is called Terumah” “תרומה” in Hebrew.

When we give away from what we have we create a transformation, a movement that keeps us connected to the system and with the cycle of life (Elevation to the light).
No movement forces us into a state of losing our identity and to a negative transformation (Entropy, decay). We need to renew all the time. The best fuel for that is to connect to the light by giving from our energy. Whatever we have comes from the Creator whether it is money, knowledge or time. When we give to others, we act as the Creator from the level of Binah. Giving Terumah (Donation) creates Temurah (change) and draws the light of Binah.

In Zohar Terumah (With Hasulam # 537) Rabbi Chia says “It is time to act for G-d” (Psalms 119:126) and he explains that as long as people occupy themselves with the Torah, all the worlds, heaven and earth are held in existence. When they neglect the study and connection to the Torah, the worlds become weaker.

Here we understand that it all depends on our actions. WE need to connect and draw the Light from Binah for our personal strength and for the whole world. Every action that draws light to the world brings us to the final revelation of the Light in this world and to seeing the third Temple on the Holy Mount in Jerusalem.

 
 


The Zohar opens with "תצוה ואתה" to help us make a connection between Zeir Anpin "ו" (the upper level) and Malchut "אתה" (our level).

The 8 garments of Kohen Gadol (Aharon) and 4 garments of simple Kohen are significant in their work of the Kohen to draw the Light to this world. Total number of garments is 12, which is very significant. The breast plate also has 12 stones. 12 permutations of the "יקוק", 12 tribes, 12 months and 12 signs of the Zodiac. The Tabernacle was initiated on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, which is the first month of the year.
G-d instructs Moshe to teach Aharon and his sons all that they need to know to serve and draw the light and remove any negativity or impurity from the Israelites. G-d also warns the Kohen to follow the rules exactly or he will die. The description of the Kohen clothing includes little bells that the Kohen should have while serving in the Holy.

The Kohen\’s work was actually for us. He used to put himself in great risk going into the Holy of Holies to draw the light for us and for the whole world. If the Kohen didn\’t do his work correctly then he would die in the Holy of Holies.

When the Kohen went into the Holy, he had to focus his consciousness in the action to draw the light to the world. This had to be on pure spiritual form because if his body created limitation and if for one split second he thought of him self then the great energy of the Light would burn them. We know that before the destruction of the temples, the Kohanim would die almost every year.

 The Jewish people need to be "ממלכת־כהנים־וגוי־קדוש", “A nation of priests and holy nation”. Our duty is to be pure and serve as a channel for the whole world. (That is why jews are spread all over the world.).

The Torah tells us about the Cities of refuge. If someone killed another person by accident, they used to go to those refuge cities. They can leave the city only after the Kohen died. The reason for this is that if the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) did his work perfectly then all the negativity would be removed and there would be no openings to have "accidents".

This process also teaches about the importance of consciousness while doing a Mitzvah. We all know that if a man says a blessing and meditate for the others and they say Amen then it is like they did it themselves. Our work in this world is to do for others, from the High Priest to every one of us. "מצ־וה" is a connection to the light. The "מצ" in אתבש (gimatria method) makes "יה"  and together it forms the name of G-d.

The Zohar describes the affect of doing the spiritual work to bring our souls to a higher level and warns us with the harms of anger. Anger causes the good parts of our souls to leave our body and immediately get by impurity and negative entities. We loose everything that we have earned to that point and it takes us a much greater work to regain what we already had. The Zohar calls this situation "עבודה־לאל־זר", work (worship) another G-d. When our pure soul leaves, another negative soul enters and from that moment on we start serving that negative soul. This is the reason that after getting angry we feel emptiness. Even if we find a good reason to get angry on someone and "give it to him", we can never enjoy that "victory" over the other person.
Anger is fire and it burns. In another palce The Zohar says that being angry on Shabbat, is a great " חלול־שבת", desecration of Shabbat.

When a righteous person is angry, it is good because his anger is for the sake of Torah and in order to help the other person. As it says "The Torah is Fire". A righteous person never "looses himself in anger", he always thinks in the ways of Torah and for the others. 

 

 

 

There is an article in the Zohar Tezaveh that talks about walking in the desert and snakes. The Zohar says that G-d directed us to the desert in order to give us the opportunity to fight the snake and control him. The first sin was with the snake and therefore at the beginning of everything we do he always waits for us. In Genesis 4:7 we read “…לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת רֹבֵץ”, “sin couched at the door”.

Why does the Zohar connect the snake with Tezaveh?

Tezaveh is the only parasha that Moshe’s name does not appear (from his birth till his death).

G-d instructed Moshe on what he needed to do to prepare Aharon and his sons for the priesthood.   He was the first Kohen, the original channel for the Light to the holy tabernacle. The Zohar teaches us that the Light gets to be revealed from the concealed. If you lit a candle on a sunny day, you wouldn’t be able to see its light but you could easily see its light in the dark. Moshe had to conceal himself in order to accomplish this important mission without disruption.

In Terumah he prepared the Tabernacle, which is the vessel. Now he prepares the priests to be the channel for the Light. Moshe did not want to risk involvement of the primordial snake in the process. He did his job with humility. If we read the parasha carefully we realize how much work was required from him to prepare Aharon and his sons for the holy job.

One of the tools to channel the Light was (Exodus 28:30) “וְנָתַתָּ אֶל-חֹשֶׁן הַמִּשְׁפָּט, אֶת-הָאוּרִים וְאֶת-הַתֻּמִּים” “the Urim and the Thummim” (in simple translation “Lights and perfections”). These special codes activated the breastplate,” חֹשֶׁן” and gave it the power to be like a “know it all” computer.   

The first letter of “אוּרִים” is Alef, “א” and the first letter of “ַתֻּמִּים” is Tav, “ת” .  The אand ת represent the beginning and end of the Alef bet and the full revelation of the light in the world through the Hebrew letters.

The breastplate was called “חֹשֶׁן” and it has the same letters of “נחש”, snake, and has the numerical value of 358 (= mashiach). The “מ” of Mashiach is the middle letter of the Alef Bet and together with the Alef and Tav, it makes “אמת”, which is the seal of G-d. In the Torah, the word Mashiach appears only together with the Kohen, (Leviticus 4) “הַכֹּהֵן הַמָּשִׁיחַ”.

The power of the Kohen was to break the hold of “the Snake”, which represents all negativity, falsity and the illusion of this world.

Because of the first sin, we made the snake our partner for life. To avoid his negativity, we need to hide our actions form him, especially at the start of everything.

The Zohar tells us to “crush the snake’s head”. The verb that the Zohar uses is specifically “לכתת־את־ראשו” “to crush”. The root word “כתת” has numerical value of 820. It has a lot of meanings and the most significant one is that it is the same as “Love thy neighbor as thyself” and “אהבת־חנם unconditional love+ “שדי”, the holy name that gives us protection. This is the light that takes away the power of the snake and keeps us safe.

Love unconditionally.
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