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Some years the Shabot after Pasach we read parsha Shimini. This week we read Tazria. What is the reason for this sequence of parsha to be read at this time ?
Pasha Shimini describes the revelation of Hashem on the 8th day, after 7 days of consecration of the mishcon (tabernacle). The festival of Pessach occurs also for 7 days. The festival of succot is also 7 days, and on the 8th day we conclude with a separate festival called Smini Atzerot. In the Gemora Shavuot is called Atzerot. The sages tell us like Smini Atzerot, svavuot is the Atzerot of Passach. The sages also tell us that the days of counting of the omer, are like cholemoad (intermediate days of pessach) in sanctity. Atzerot means to bind things together. On Smini Atzerot the Ramban tells us “ All the emanations are bound together”. This refers to all the spiritual work that we do during the month of Tishri. So too on Shavuaot is a binding of all the spiritual work we peform on Pessach, and the days of counting the omer. Parsha Shimini comes right after passach to remind us of Shavuot which is like Shimini Atzerot. It being a time of binding all emanations. So we should during these intermediate days make the most of our time. So that there will be great revelation on Shavuot. When we receive the Torah anew. Hopefully at a level even higher then when it was given at first, then death and evil shall be no more. Next we must ask, How can this be accomplished ?.
The answer to this question can be found in our parsha. Tazria for the most part deals with laws regarding leprosy (not leprosy as we know it ,but a spiritual disease that looks similar). We know that for the most part this disease was caused by loshon hora . If a person spoke loshon hora they could get leprosy . It was also during this time period during the omer that Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students died, because of such a misuse of speech. As his students did not have respect for one another. It was the lashon hora that was the product of baseless hatred that destroyed our bait hamikdash . When we recieved the Torah at Sinai it says that we were so united and unified as a people, we were as one soul. It is this that we must accomplish if we are to accomplish our goal of recieving the Torah at a exulted level that will yield redemption. We see this from the redemption from egypt of פסח Pesach. As פסח means פ (mouth) סח (speaks). And specifically סח is a certain kind of speech, describing the speech of Yitzchak when he went out in the field to meditate. It is this intensity of speech, prayer that brings redemption. We see this in the fact that as we learn in the Zohar that Yitzchak perfected the attribute of Givurah, and the yhv”h of blessing “goa’l yisrael” (who redeems Yisrael) is in the Sefira of Givurah (severity-discipline-force).
Pasach, Rebbe Shimon tells us is the time of the redemption of speech from exile. In a general sense parsha tazria and metsora both speak of leprosy, and come to remind us that the way of redemption comes from the redemption of our speech from the sitra achra . So than we can offer prayer that will yield total and complete redemption. This is all illuded to in the beginning our parsha which talks about when a woman gives birth. This is an illusion to redemption which is like giving birth. As the sages speak in Gemore Sanhedrin of the birth pains of Mashiach, that precede the the coming of Mashiach. The sages say one by one that they would not want do live in those times, becouse of the trial that such a time will bring. This being alluded to by the period of uncleanness surrounding birth, which ultimately passes with the women being clean. So may we purify and perfect our powers of speech yielding complete Redemption.
Filed under: providence
Like when we were between the Reed Sea & a hard place – the advancing Egyptian army led by Pharaoh looking to recapture us, his cheap labor, the Hebrew slaves. Moses told us not to worry God will fight the battle. He sure did, wiped out the entire bunch of them in one fell swoop, also with water!
Japan supported Iran’s nuclear program, promised fuel rods
The foreign ministers on Japan and Iran met in Tehran in late February
Today, the Fukushima reactor’s spent fuel rod pool reached boiling point, raising new fears that the pool’s water will evaporate and the fuel rods will become exposed, which could lead to dangerous radiation emission levels. Last week the IAEA warned that if the reactor continued to emit radiation, the health hazard to the USA may have to be reassessed.
Before Japan’s nuclear crisis, the world was facing a less hyped, although potentially even more dangerous nuclear crisis — the threat of a nuclear Iran. An unstable, whimsical, boisterous dictator was engaging in a covert nuclear weapons program, while calling freely to wipe the Jewish state off the map — and the world barely blinked an eye.
Isn’t it interesting then, to discover that the two nuclear crises are related.
Several weeks before the Fukushima accident, Japanese deputy minister for foreign affairs Bessho Koro visited Tehran to meet with Iranian Foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi and carry the message of a pro-Iran Japan (after all, if it’s profitable, why not?):
The Japanese deputy foreign minister said Japan supports Iran’s nuclear energy program and added that Iran has the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. He went on to say that Tokyo is determined to develop ties with Tehran. Salehi and Koro also discussed the latest regional developments and called for the expansion of cooperation between the two countries in all spheres.
What exactly are the latest regional developments? Iran suppressing democratic protests? The threat of Iranian-funded terrorism taking hold in the new chaos facing the Middle East? Gaza firing Iranian rockets on Israel? Where exactly are the regional developments that create an environment conducive between anything resembling the 21st-century world with one of the most oppressive and unstable regimes on the planet?!
And here’s what was in the works last February (via Israel Matzav):
Under the alleged compromise fuel swap deal that Japanese diplomats quietly briefed U.S. officials on earlier this month, some 70% of Iran’s low enriched uranium stockpile would be moved to Japan, according to what one Washington source, speaking anonymously, was told by the Japanese. Japan would then take responsibility for the stockpile, and ensure the delivery to Iran of fuel rods for nuclear medical use.
If there were any plans in the works for Japan to supply Iran with fuel rods for “medical use”, the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis “wiped them off the face of the earth”, so to speak. In the Politico article, there’s an interesting fact mentioned that creates an eerie connection between the future of Egypt and the latest nuclear crisis:
In addition, in November, a Japanese diplomat, Yukio Amano, succeeded Mohamed ElBaradei to become director general of the IAEA, in effect the top international nuclear negotiator in the world.
El Baradei, or the soft-on-Iran nuclear watchdog impostor, and the poster child for the Muslim Brotherhood’s PR campaign in seizing control of the new Egypt. Hashem works in interesting ways…
Meanwhile, Bill Koenig has tracked Japan’s deplorable track record of denying Israel’s right to build and defend itself. Check out what the Japanese foreign ministry had to say on March 11, 2010 – exactly one year to the day prior to when the earthquake and tsunami hit:
The Government of Japan deplores the decisions of the Government of Israel to give permission for the construction of 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem in addition to 112 units in West Bank just after the Israeli and Palestinian leadership’s acceptance of the start of indirect talks. The Government of Japan does not recognize any act that prejudges the final status of Jerusalem and the territories in the pre-1967 borders. Japan demands that the plans should not be implemented.
One message does seem to be clear from recent disasters: hey, idyllic countries far off there: stop using your God-given blessings to pick on Israel. God’s kingship in today’s world may be the most hidden it has ever been, but those with a pure and deep faith, a faith bequeathed to us from our ancestors, rooted deep in the soul, cultivated throughout the ages precisely for days such as these, know without a shadow of a doubt that “The Guardian of Israel does not slumber! “ and even though Exile feels like a state of slumber and abandonment, we know without a doubt that God is right here, about to save us from all our enemies, as present and as real as He was when He spoke to our people at Sinai, aware of our suffering and clearing the way for The final Redemption. The days are near when all the words of all the prophets regarding the Israel and the nations shall come to pass. We will see the fall of their enemies – This will come true before our very eyes. May it be so speedily in our days.
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Sins are destroyed over the Sanctity of Your Holy Name.
Sins are a breach in the Kedusha (Holiness).
Part of the sins will enter Kedusha (Holiness).
Through repentance out of love, sins become changed to merits.
All is corrected for Kedusha. (Holiness).
The life force of transgression is stolen energy from Holiness..
It creates a state of separation from Divine consciousness.
He does not appreciate Divine work.
He is like a mule having no longing for the Creator, craving for the Torah.
But by repentance out of love.
He is very rich.
Since, there is not more than 613 Mitzvot, but sins and transgressions are endless.
And his have become merits, Holy energy revealed.
Spirituality is called that which will never be lost.
All your spiritual possessions will stand with you, but your transgressions are not like this.
They can be nullified or even turned into merit.
A place in spirituality is called the place of reality.
A imaginary thing is not called a real place.
It is the domain of evil imagination—Delusion
There are seventy faces of the Torah.
Torah is understood according to the degree one is in.
Anyone can come to any of the seventy degrees.
THEY JUST NEED TO DO THE WORK.
Likewise as all the sayings of our sages when they explain the verses of the Torah.
All that was because they, too, each explained from their attained degree.
Each degree in spirituality is a reality.
A fool cannot be righteous.
One does not sin unless a spirit of folly has entered them.
This is evil imagination.
One who is a fool all his days, is not in reality.
Rabbi Yochanan said, ‘The Creator saw that the righteous are few, He stood and planted them in each generation.
He dispersed them in all the generations to be an infrastructure and existence and foundation for the sustenance of the world.
So do not be mistaken to say “well, every one does this.”
We must understand.
Beginning in the work of God, receive Torah wisdom.
He will not give wisdom to the fools.
A sage is one who longs for wisdom.
He has a craving for wisdom.
A fool is one without a desire for wisdom.
DON’T BE A FOOL.
A fool is completely incapable of achieving sharing, he only wants for himself alone.
He is no longer capable of having a choice, since he is completely incapable of overcoming his selfishness.
And a craving for wisdom he has not.
Therefore he is a fool.
In truth that there can be choice even for a fool.
The Creator made a correction for him.
Its called “teshuva” (repentance), which literally means “to return”. He must return himself to the state his personality was in before he embraced selfishness !
Now he is incapable of entering the quest for Divine knowledge, incapable of bestowal, giving, sharing.
He is a fool
As long as he is counted among the scornful, he will not repent, return to the point from before he came to error.
HE IS STUCK IN A RUT.
This poor soul does not have any desire and craving for spirituality.
Instead he has selfish desires and cravings to overcome.
He will receive new powers of Holiness.
Only after he wants to overcome those selfish desires and cravings.
He has a choice and no excuse.
The God wants the best for even the fool.
If he would only learn.
A person has the choice of going to a place where they will be righteous.
Then he will receive all the powers that he lacks by the nature of his own qualities from God.
The strength needed to rise to the degree of the righteous.
But as a fool he would have no hope of approaching the Creator, and hence, would not have a choice.
Yet each person has the power of choice, to approach and draw near to the God.
DON’T BE A FOOL
Whose interest is only to receive for themselves, by which they are separated from the Creator, who is only to bestow.
Thus, they are naturally separated opposites.
The wicked in their lives are called “dead.”
As the will of the Godly soul is living inspiration.
But he only knows his body, whose end is death.
WAKE UP !
when a person cleaves to God a single authority is made.
And that person unites in His uniqueness.
Then the body becomes a clothing for his soul.
Go on the path of truth.
Engage in the needs for your soul.
Do good deeds.
Bestow contentment upon the Creator, by cleaving to God in selfish loving actions, good deeds and prayer.
Then you will be able to acknowledge the good that God has done for you, by making you wise and strong, by which He has brought you closer to Him.
Spirituality is important, it is the life of your soul.
But it means nothing to fools.
Understand what is written, that the Creator said, “Return unto Me, and I will return unto you.”
Then you will experience “from an awakening from Above”
PLEASE GOD !
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Filed under: anger
“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.” – Miles Davis
PARSHA SHIMINI בס”ד
This parsha stands right in the middle of God’s Holy Torah. In particular the verse :
“And Moses made diligent search concerning the goat of the sin offering, and Moses diligently inquired and behold it was burn’t, and He was angry with Eleazer and Itamar the sons of Aaron that were left”
In the midst of the Torah God shows us an incident where the greatest Prophet and teacher of Yisrael Moses loses his temper. There are other incidents in the Torah where Moses is brought to anger, but only after excessive abuse and irritation. This is not the case here.
Besides it seems strange to think that the father of all prophets, our teacher Moses gets angry. From this we must learn a lesson and a deep one, as this verse sits in the center of the whole Torah. It is something for Moses to forget a law as he was the one who received the Torah directly from God. We can see from this that if anger can cause Moses to forget a law of the Torah, how much do we need to be aware of anger, and guard ourselves from it. If anger could cause Moses the father of all prophets to forget a law, how much could we lose ?
Anger may do more harm than any other emotion. One days anger can destroy your whole life. The overall effects of anger are enormous. Through anger the mind and the body can both become disturbed. One who starts off in in anger many times comes in the end to regret. Always be gentle. Don’t be rough and inconsiderate. When one is unkind to others this behavior inevitably rebounds back on you. Such behavior will cause destruction to one’s connection to the spiritual realms. One must allow wisdom to direct their emotions. know that receiving insults, abuse, and mistreatment in silence is a tremendous help in dealing with relationships. You have to work at having balanced, healthy relationships. You can’t run away from yourself.
To understand this anger the word for anger in our verse is קצף which has a numerical value of 270, this is the same as רע (evil-270).
( א=1, 2=ב, 3=ג,4= ד, 5= ה, 6= ו, 7= ז, 8= ח , 9= ט, 10=י , 20= כ, 30= ל ,40= מ,50= נ,60= ס,70= ע,80= פ,90= צ,100= ק, 200= ר, 300= ש, 400= ת )
Before going into this we must note as taught by Rabbi Yochanon in the name of Shimon HaSadeek that a Chuchum (wise person) who does not become angry over the acts of the wicked is a serpent, and is not really wise at all. Its taught that the hatred of evil is revelation of the essence of one’s soul called Yachida.
Rabbi Sneir Zalman teaches us in the Tanya that anger which breaks forth as rage is as worshipping idols. For if one really believed that all happens in this world is God’s doing, why would they be angry ?. We see from this that anger is from a lack of emuna (belief-faith) in God and his providence. Elijah the prophet teaches in His book Tanna DebiEliyahu that one should eat 1/3, drink 1/3 and leave 1/3 over for when they get angry (dont over eat). As it is taught in the Zohar that the fat on the stomach has a aspect that causes it to hide one’s correct thought processes and intellect. This causes one’s brain to be ruled primarily by severity and aspects of kindness become restricted. This leads us back to what Rabbi Sneir Zalman said that “ anger reflects a lack of faith”. The Mitler Rebbe teaches that faith is a light that surrounds Chuchmah (creativity inspiration wisdom). From this we see that anger causes a disruption in the process of thought that leads to creative inspiration. In such a state to put it simply one can’t think clearly. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochi tells us that memory is a aspect of the light of Chuchmah (creativity inspiration). Memory is as wisdom which comes as a flash of lightening.
It may be as the sages teach us concerning King David that it really was not within his nature to sin but his life comes to teach us about teshuva (repentance-returning to God). So too Moses’s anger in our parsha only occurred to teach us of the effects of anger, and that even the greatest Holy people can be come angry, and we must all guard ourselves from this. May it be that from the Matza we ate on Pasach called the “bread of faith” that our faith will be of such a high level that even anger will not be able to interfere with the awareness that this faith brings. And together we will see revealed the Chuchmah (creativity inspiration wisdom) that accompanies this faith, which is described as a “New light from Zion” with the Temple being built and complete peace when everyone will know God. And may we see this quickly in our days.