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LEVELS OF HUMANS
The position of the soul and the body can be compared with a lame man sitting on the shoulders of a deaf person. When the lame heard pleasant music, and he wanted to dance, he gave the deaf person some wine and he started to hop. Thus, a little drink gives enjoyment to the body and then the soul has pleasure.
Ibor (un born) – Some what like zombies much of the time under the power of the “other side”. These souls have not yet been born to, they have no knowledge of the ways of Holiness.
Katnut (small conciousness)- Level of soul called “Nefesh” (Animal soul), These souls perform God’s commandments but only with their “hands and feet”, not with their hearts and minds. This level may last a long time, too long for most. They do not “know”, they perform God’s commandments only because they feel obligated.
Yonika (nourishing)- These souls have begun intellectually searching for the answers to the important spiritual questions, so this level is called “Yonika” (nourishing)., There souls also have “acquired” and serve God with their “Ruach” (Emotional Soul). They are growing Spiritually. They become more delighted with spirituality and become distance from physical desires that interfere with their spiritual goals.
Gadlut (Expanded consciousness) also called “Mochin” (Brain) and Yoled (Birth). Here one has gave birth by their thoughts speech and actions to Expanded spiritual consciousness, this is a realm most humans do not achieve. The rules of nature are different for these people. The God’s interaction with them is more revealed and closer. To these people all things not involving their spiritual growth is of no interest.
Man has a physical body from this physical world. He has an “Nefesh Behemit” (Animal soul), which is the evil inclination, from demons who dwell in the air. He has a “Nefesh Sachlit” (Intellectual soul) from the Ophanim angels of Asiyah. This is all referring to levels of the Nefesh of Asiyah. The other levels of soul are explained in other posts in this category
The Ar’I teaches that the Nefesh is manifest by the Name Elokim. The Ruach is manifest by the Name Yhv”h. The Neshamah manifest by the “miloy” (spelling-out) of the Name Yhv”h.
A person’s soul which is A part of GOD knows a lot more than we think.
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The early and later wise men concluded that the cause of the creation was so he could be complete in all that He does, by His great, lofty, and glorious Names. Then his desires could be actualized through man trough His great, lofty, and glorious Names. The energy and conciousness of each letter and the Divine names which they make up correspond to periods in time when their illumination is more revealed. The holy names help placing everything in its proper alignment.
The Great Name, which is the four-letter Name YHV”H contains in it He was, He is, and He will always be.
If the worlds had not been created and everything in them, the truth of God’s eternity, His past, present, and future, could not be taught and He would not be have been made known.
. The Name Adny which speaks of His mastery. If created beings did not exist, then He could not be called Master.
The world and man were created God’s naMES hIS Actions and abilities continue to be realized through the work of man by His great, lofty, and glorious Names.
If He did not emanate His light
then how could they have heard of Him and could “the earth is full of His Glory” be fulfilled?”
DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND
The Holy Blessed One, does not need anything. His Essence is complete.
He is perfect in every respect.
He is within all that exists.
HERE ARE SOME DIVINE NAMES
The Tetragrammaton: YHVH
The 7 Names:
El, Shaddai, Elohim, Adonay, Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh, YHVH, and Tzeba‘ot.
These are the names most commonly used for ‘God’ and in the Hebrew texts.
El • God
El Shaddai •
Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh • ‘I AM (all) I AM (BE-COMING)’
This name is formed by mixing YHVH with Adonay
The Name of 12 letters:
The 9 holy names
Ehyeh, Yah, YHVH, Adonay, El, Elo’ah, Elohim, Shadai, Tzevaot
This holy name from Ana Be’Ko’Ach prayer.
Another 42-Letter name
The ‘72 Names of God’
The ‘72 names of God’ as revealed in Exodus 14: 19,20,21
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Last week we learned that
A idea enters one’s mind as “chuchmah”. The idea evolves in his intellect by the power called called “Binah” (Understanding) by these powers one can come to have “Dat” (know) God and be in awe of Him.
Now lets continue with the text of the Tanya :
For when the intellect in the rational soul deeply contemplates and immerses itself exceedingly in the greatness of God, how He fills all worlds, and when one further contemplates how He surrounds all worlds how in His presence all creation is considered as naught.
One must do the work to arrive at this level of awareness of God it is innate in every soul but it must be aroused. Contemplate how God continually sustains all of creation with emanations of divine light, life-force. Light that clothes itself in every creation and there are also levels of Godliness that are to great to enter surround creation, until the creation is ready for this light to enter and serve its purpose. As higher levels of this light enter into a man’s soul….
There will be born and aroused in one’s consciousness and thought, awe for the Divine Majesty. To fear and be humble before His blessed greatness, which is without end or limit. The fear of God will be in his heart.
There are those who are “religious” they do what is required of them by religious law, but this does not guarantee one will feel for God in their heart. They may be only going through the motions of religious service. For most this is the beginning till they reach a real love and fear of God by “Dat” (knowledge) of His Presence. This is essential.
Next his contemplation will give birth to the attribute of Chesed (Kindness) expressed as a love of God, so that his heart will glow with an intense love of God like fiery flames, with a passion, desire and longing, and a yearning soul, toward the greatness of the blessed Ein Sof (infiniteness of God). This is as it is written: “My soul longs [for You]; indeed, it faints…,” and4 “My soul thirsts for G-d …,” and again,“My soul thirsts for You.”.
It is this driving yearning aroused, awoke in the soul which will impel one to work towards great levels of closeness to God and Divine experience. There can be applied to this the words of the Song of Songs by King Soloman “ Many waters can not satisfy love” One can never get enough.
This loving thirst is derived from the element of Fire in the divine soul. As students of natural science affirm, and so it is in Etz Chayim, the element of Fire is in the heart.
The Heart warms the blood by the warmth of emotion. The heart which is a “vessel” of our emotional soul called “Ruach” inspires our actions. The things that we emotionally strive after are the seat of our passions. Ideally all our desires should as flames of fire causing us to run in the service of God.
While the source of [the element of] Water and moisture is in the brain, As explained in Etz Chayim, Portal 50, [the source of the element of Water] is the level of Chochmah (Divine creative wisdom) which is called “the water of the divine soul.”.
Water always flows from a higher place to a lower one. This is the nature of the Divine wisdom we are talking about here. It is not something of this world but descends from above to it. From this creative wisdom come all new ideas. All inventions are revelations of Divine wisdom. “Chuchmah” is said to come as a flash of lightening. It is the enlightening moment. It flows from Heaven as water.
The rest of the remaining five Emotional powers are all offshoots and branches of fear and love
Love and fear are the driving forces behind the expression of the 5 other emotional powers-sefirot. (they were explained in the last section) All of these sefirot are born of Chochmah (Divine Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding), as is explained elsewhere.
The meaning of Dat (knowledge), may be found in the verse, “And Adam knew Eve,” “Dat” implies attachment and union. Dat binds one’s mind with a very firm, strong bond and firmly fixing one’s thought on the greatness of the blessed Ein Sof, without diverting his mind from it. For even one who is wise by Divine inspiration and understanding in the greatness of the blessed Ein Sof, yet, unless he applies his Daat and fixes his thought firmly and diligently he will not produce in his soul true fear and love, but only vain fancies. Thus, Daat provides the substance and vitality of the emotional attributes. It comprises Chesed and Gevurah; that is to say, love with those other emotional attributes that are its offshoots, and fear with its offshoots.
Dat (knowledge), binds the intellect to the emotions. It is a unique power. When one has Knowledge they “feel it”. If they don’t they do not “know”.
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Shalit and the Miraculous Dollar
The amazing story of how Jerusalem Shlucha Chana Canterman befriended Aviva Shalit and the 20 year old dollar from the Lubavitcher Rebbe that resulted in recent blessings.
By COLlive reporter
Aviva Shalit, mother of the now released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, placed a phone call Monday to Chana Canterman, a Chabad representative in Jerusalem, to update on her son’s health.
“He’s fine! He’s fine!” Mrs. Shalit joyfully said.
The connection between the two who live in the same country but spend time in different spheres began when the Shalit family began campaigning for their son outside the prime minister’s residence.
Sgt. Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas terrorists on 25 June 2006 in a cross-border raid via underground tunnels near the border with Gaza.
Chana and her husband Rabbi Eli Canterman, the Shluchim in the Talbiyeh neighborhood in Israel’s capital, were one of the volunteers who provided meals for the Shalits in their protest tent.
The Cantermans had the Sunday shift and have since become close friends with the Shalit family, visiting them often and praying together for Gilad’s release from Hamas captivity.
Chana would spend hours shopping and cooking beautiful meals for the family, a friend of the Cantermans said.
“Slowly they had to bring larger amounts of food each week because everyone would visit on Sunday because they loved her cooking,” the friend said.
Naturally, they became close friends with Aviva and her husband Noam Shalit, providing not only food but emotional and psychological support during this time.
“When I flew in to New York for the annual Kinus Hashluchos convention on 24 Shvat, I asked Aviva what I could bring her back from the U.S.,” recalled Mrs. Canterman in an interview with COLlive.com.
“She told me, ‘All I want is Gilad. I don’t need presents.’ All she thought about was her son.”
The Cantermans also made sure to come by for holidays, in addition to the Sunday visit. For Purim, they organized a festive meal for family and guests, and brought them Matzah on Pesach. During Lag BaOmer day, children came to the tent to say the 12 pesukim (holy passages).
On April 17th, the day before last Pesach, Chana Canterman brought a special gift to Aviva Shalit along with her meal: a dollar bill that she had received from the Lubavitcher Rebbe that was to be given to a worthy charity.
“Take this dollar,” said Chana, “and may it be a Segulah (merit) that Gilad be released this year.”
Aviva accepted the dollar gratefully and carried it with her wherever she went.
“It was a very depressing period for the family,” Canterman recalls. “We wanted to give them an opening of hope and strength to continue waiting for the healthy return of their son.”
On the same day the Shalits received the dollar, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Shalits he replaced the official mediator from Chagai Hadas to David Medan.
Miraculously, Medan began to receive messages from the Hamas with signs of Gilad Shalit being alive and in stable condition.
On Rosh Hashana, Rabbi Canterman came by to blow shofar for them. A week later, they heard that Gilad was going to be released on Tishrei 20 – on Chol Hamoed Sukkos.
The next day, Mrs. Canterman texted Aviva Shalit asking her if she can check the date written on the dollar from the Rebbe (Chabad chassidim often write on the bill when it was received).
Mrs. Shalit excitedly replied that the date on the dollar that Canterman received over 20 years before from the Rebbe, was Tuesday, 20 Tishrei, the date that Gilad Shalit was released by the terrorists.
And the year that dollar was given? 5751 – the Hebrew year chassidim spelled out as “the year we will see miracles and wonders.”
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