Blessed is GOD that we have made it again to the Holy festival of Succot, a time auspicious for revelation of our righteous Messiah may he come quickly because the mercy of GOD is great !
GOD commands us to dwell in a Succah so that we can remember our exodus from Egypt. Remembering the “great hand” and the “out stretched arm” of great revelation by which GOD took us out of Egypt. The Succah also teaches us of the wasteful unnecessary nature of materialism. As during Succot we dwell in Succot as our ancestors did in the desert after leaving Egypt. They lived simply and had all that they needed. Such simple living allows the mind to be free to dwell on spiritual concerns. Such living can be compared to the manna in the desert. To some it tasted tastless or bad, to others it tasted as what ever they wanted to eat. It all depends on the way one looks at things. Many sages have went on self imposed exiles, To the extreme of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochi Who dwelled in the cave for 13 years and reached the greatest height of Holiness.
In a sense a Succah is as ones personal mishcon משכן (tabernacle) משכן is Gematria 410 equals קודש Holy. The Succah is a very Holy place.
Indeed, the word Succah itself teaches us this. The word Succah (spelled Samekh Vav Kaf Hey) has the same numerical value of 91 just as the two holy Names of G-d, YHVH (26) and ADONAI (65)=91, מלאך (angel) = 91. YHVH represents G-d’s hidden supernatural power and the Name ADONAI represents the Divine natural power. The word Succah also is numerically equal to the term (HaElohim, G-d), as in the statement that we recite at the end of Yom Kippur prayers HaShem Hu HaElohim (HaShem, He is G-d). “He is G-d” is the Succah. YHVH/ADONAI is the Succah. G-d is the Succah and we are commanded to dwell within “Him” for the week.
The four walls of Sukkah are a Mem Sofit that surrounds the one which sits inside its four sides. A Succah is a special kind of embrace of the Creator. According to Halacha a succah has to have two complete walls and the third one that is at least one Tepach long. The Sages compare the two walls with the two parts of the folded arm and the third wall with the hand, so this kind of Sukkah looks like the Arm of the Creator hugging the person sitting inside.
The “Scoch and walls of the sucah make “Tzel” (shade – shadow) + Mem= Tzelem (image) As it is written “God made man in His Image”
By sitting in Sukkah we reform our distorted “image”, distorted by sins, to the “Tzelem” given to us by our Creator. As it is written “God made man in His Image”
The Name of G-d used in the creation story is ELOHIM. The numerical value of this Name is 86, the same as the Hebrew term for “nature” (HaTeva). G-d is the author of nature, of the natural order. He created humanity and placed us to live in a Garden, not in a concrete jungle. G-d’s Name is often represented by the Hebrew letter Hey, the last of the four letters of YHVH. Add the numerical value of this letter Hey (5) to HaTeva (nature) and to ELOHIM (G-d) and again we arrive at the numerical value of Succah.
In parsha Shemini we are told that for 7 days the mishcon was dedicated and on the 8th day the presence of GOD was revealed. This is similar to on Succot we dwell in a Succah for 7 days and the 8th day is Smini Atzeret, a day of closeness. Or as the Ramba’n, peace unto him, said Smini Atzeret is “a day of binding together all emanations”.
Pesach is concidered our festival while Succot is said to be GOD’s. This reflects the idea that on Succot the arousal of Spiritual interaction is from below (by our Divine Service). Succah is a celebration of “real joy” from the spiritual gain of Ellul, Rosh Hashanah and Yom kipporim. It is the time to celebrate the blessing of our harvest physically and spiritually. It is an opportunity for us to experience our new spiritual garments. One does not really know how nice a garment is until it is worn.
The Ramba’m warns us that one’s arrogance, Honor of themselves or haughtiness can, Heaven forbid, prevent one from truly rejoicing to the fullest extent, becouse of this such a person is a sinner and a fool. Such must certainly be avoided as the main service of succah is to rejoice, especially on Simchat Torah. Just let go of your inhibitions.
Succah is a time of great joy for all mankind as on Succah in the Bait HaMigdash (Holy Temple) offerings are brought on behalf of not only Yisrael but for all 70 of the nations. Its written in the Prophets that after the Messiah comes even the nations will celebrate the festival of Succah. Succah is a time of bringing all mankind together returning to GOD. As Rabbi Nachman of Bresslov teaches that by shaking of the arba minim (Etrog Lulav Hadas Arovot) the nations become humbled and return to GOD. This service of waiving the arba minim is so powerful and important that the sages enacted that we should waive the arba minim all the days of the festival after the Bait HaMigdash was destroyed, even if they were only waved the first day in the Bait HaMigdash.
Rabbi Moshe Chyim Lazzato Teaches that by grasping the life force that flows within the Etrog (citron) that is closed with in Malchut of Asiyah (which is as grasping the whole world in your hand). You can also grasp the Nakavah, malchut of Atzilut (all potential will of GOD that is yet to be revealed). Through one’s Kavanah (intent) they can draw down new revelation from Arich of Atzilut (the source of revelation of Divine will) in to this world revealing what did not exist before.
The Bahir Teaches that a Succah is filled with Chuchmah (Divine Creative power- inspiration). It is this Chuchmah that gives us new understandings directing us to closer levels in the service of GOD, guiding us to greater revelation. It is further explained that the Scoch of the roof of the Succah is Netzauch (quanitity) and Hod (quality). According to the Quality and Quantity of our Divine service the Divine light is revealed throught the Scoch (roofing material) filling the Succah. GOD has left it up to us to illuminate the world we live in being a “light to the nations”. Letting them understand through our actions that everything we do is directed towards attaining life’s goal of unification with GOD by removing the dross of impurity that is brought on by nourishing the klipot (other side) in our thought speech and action. So that there can be more open revelation of GOD’s will in this world. Filling the Succah with light, as GOD’s voice would fill the משכן (tabernacle). Directing us immediately to Fulfill GOD’s will in this world with the arrival of our righteous quickly in our days.
Chassadim (powers of God’s giving are dat (knowledge) of Z”a (source of our ruach-emotional soul). The Chassadim are called “stomim” (closed) above the chest of Z’a are covered in the Yesod (gate way of Divine energy) of Imma (source of our Nashama-Divine soul of intellect). The Yesod of Imma is as a tent of “succah”.1
1Mhl p.5,sulam on zohar Chadash Vetchanon p.5
Tractate Bava Metzia1 where Rabba says in the name of Rabbi Yochanan That the Holy one in the future will make a Succah for the righteous to protect from the sun, and it will be made of the skin of the Leviathan. If a man will be worthy a succah will be made for him, if not a mere covering, if He is not worthy of this a necklace will be made for him, if he doesn’t merit this a Amulet will be made for him. The rest of the Leviathan will be spread out over the hills of Jerusalem by the Holy One, and its splendor will shine from one end of the world to the other as it is written ” The nations shall rise in your light and kings in the brightness of your rising ”
Also concerning the Leviathan Rabba said in the name of rabbi Yochanan The Holy one in the future will make a feast of the flesh of the Leviathan. Rav Dimi said in the name of Rabbi Yochanan the angel Gavreal will in the future hunt the leviathan, and if the Holy One does not help him, he will not be able to prevail over him.
1Tractate Bava Batra 74b,Zohar Chayah Sara p28
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The scoch (roof) of the Succah is Netzauch and Hod which we know are the gates of prophesy. Now, this is a amazing thing as after Succah they are only tree branches. During Succah God changes the nature of the roofing material and it becomes a conduit for Netzach and Hod by changing it grasping this unique nature of malchut of Atzilut and revealing it even in Malchut of Asiyah..
Water in Hebrew including the word itself is gematria 91 the same as Succah. Now we know during Succah God makes a judgment on “the water”. But succah is the time when the Makiff Chassadim descend and enter Z”a. Chassadim are the 5 times “light” is mentioned in the work of creation. By this Succah alludes to :
Revelation of Torah is Revelation of Chassadim.1 In the Torah in the story of creation are 5 times the word אור (light) this is “sitre Torah” (hidden Torah), 5 times מים (water) this is the written Torah and 5 times the word רקיע (firmament) this is the Oral Torah.2 Every drop of seed (penimi) is made by אמ”ר which is Rosh Teva אור (light), מים, (water) and רקיע (firmament). רקיע is secret of the light spreading out of by the spinal cord., The Divine act of Creation is referred to by the metaphor of אמ”ר speech. The root אמ”ר, “to say”, is an acronym for the first three primary creations: light (אור), water (מים), firmament (רקיע). These represent the three stages in the materialization of the creative seed, as taught by the Ar”i:
* light —the spiritual origin of the seed in the mind , before it is emanated, still only in potential in the God Head
* water— physical manifestation of seed , the energy after emanation
* firmament– the beginning of conception in the womb –. Shaping of the Energy so to create something in this physical world.
The existence of the parzufim are drawn by the order of אמ”ר. The order of from above to below is אמ”ר.
The firmament (רקיע), derives from the root, to stretch, represents all states of positive tension- energy fields- in nature. 5 lights of Binna are called rays of the sun. Binna is the sun. These are from Chesed to Hod. Moshe recieved from Chesed to Hod. These 5 are the 5 times light is mentioned in the first day of the work of creation. These are the Chassadim. They are the 5 fingers of the right hand. From Chesed Bina is complete mercy. The Givurot is 5 times “rekia” is mentioned on the 2nd day of creation.
What we are alluding to is that Succat reveals the highest forces of creation..The roof of the Succhah is Netzach and Hod which make the yesod , it is the rekia (firmament), heaven comes close to earth on Succot. From this rakia descends the makiff chassadim which as we said is the light of creation in Genesis. And as we began water in Hebrew including the word itself is gematria 91 the same as Succah. As during Succah the judgment on “the water” is made this we will discuss more later.
1Lekutey Mahoran p.58
2Avodat Yisrael p.1
In the spiritual worlds man is a microcosm of all Creation, he is the Yesod (gateway of energy) for the upper spirituals energies. On man himself he parallels the organ of the Brit milah (circumcision). The High Holy Days come to help us rectify “the” Yesod and connect us to flow of other divine powers that can come through our new “repaired” Yesod.
We eat and sleep in a Succah (Tabernacle) for the 7-day holiday of Succot, and on succah we work energy with the four species, the lulav towers above the etrog (citron), hadass and willow branches. The blessing that we recite in performing the mitzvah is over the “waving of the lulav.” The lulav is taken from the long, straight, upper branches of the date palm. In the holy Zohar, we find that the date palm, or “tamar”, represents the Tzaddik (the righteous individual) He conducts his life in utmost sexual purity, as in the case of Yosef, who was called Tzaddik, because he overcame the temptations of Potifar’s wife.
As we have said above “ The Yesod (gateway of energy) parallels the organ of the Brit milah (circumcision).”
Its written :
“The tzaddik (righteous man) flourishes like the date palm; he grows like a cedar in Lebanon” (Psalms, 92:13).
“Regarding, ‘flourishes like a date palm,’ just as a date palm does not grow (and bear fruit) unless the male be planted by the female, so the tzaddik cannot flourish save when husband and wife are united, when the male aspect of tzaddik, is united with the female aspect of tzaddik, as with Avraham and Sarah”.
The Tzaddik is associated with the sefirah of Yesod (he has developed a great flow of spiritual energy), as its says, ”Tzaddik yesod olam,” meaning ”the Tzaddik is the foundation of the world” (Mishle, 10:25). From this we see that the lulav, in its spiritual connection to the sefirah of Yesod, is a powerful tool to draw down Divine goodness to mankind.
Concerning the 4 species: 1) The Lulav 2) the 3 myrtle branches 3) the 2 willow branches & 4) the Etrog citrus fruit
The 4 Species – Lulav branch towering above the others
Just as the Tzaddik excells over others in spiritual energy and shelters his generation,
so too the lulav branch rises above and looks over the three accompanying species. In waving the upright, male symbol of the luluv, the embodiment of the Yesod, we activate the female aspect of the Yesod above, drawing down Divine blessing. We “excite” the Shechinah above with the Lulov.
Accordingly, the holiday of Succot is also known as the Festival of the Harvest, or the Ingathering, when we harvest our material and spiritual blessings at the start of the year from the mercy of God and the work we did in Elul , Rosh Hashanah, the days of Teshuva and Yom kippor.. The Hebrew word for ”the Harvest,” האסיף, has the same numerical value as Yosef, יוסף, once again hinting at the connection between sexual purity and the bounty of the Festival of the Harvest.
In its inner, spiritual essence, the lulav is like a healing laser beam whose light soars upward with our wavings to the furthest reaches of Heaven, healing the damaged Yesod and releasing its life-sustaining blessings. It opens up the Yesod-gateway of energy for more and greater quality flow. We wave the lulav toward the four directions of the compass, and up and down, a total of six directions, which parallels the Yesod, the sixth of the lower sefirot. All is Dependant on the Yesod-gateway of energy.
The lulav corresponds to the letter vav. Like the lulov the letter vav is long and straight, as the organ corresponding to the Yesod. The letter vav has the numerical value of six, paralleling the sixth sefirah of Yesod. By waving the lulav three times forward and three times back, for a total of six wavings, we actualize the flow of the Yesod. It is the perfect tool to fix clean and refine the Yesod-gateway of energy.
Aiming our secret spiritual weapon toward the six directions multiplies this flow of bounty into our lives. Also, it is the letter vav in the middle of God’s Name (Yhv”h) that connects the first two letters, Yud and Hai, representing the upper spiritual worlds, with the final letter Hai, representing our world. Once again, this hints that the vav-lulav-Yesod represents the channel that brings Divine blessing from the upper worlds to our world, ultimately revealing “Hashmal,” (the inner voice of God). We only need to open up this Yesod-gateway of energy, and draw flow.
The Maharil (“Laws of Lulav”) notes that the first and last letters of the Torah, bet and lamed, and the first and last letters of the Tanach (prophets and Writings), vav and lamed, make up the letters of lulav. This once again hints that the lulav-yesod is the central axis that joins one end of our holy writings with the other, encompassing the entire Torah. We see from this the whole Bible hints at the Lulov reminding us of its importance.
The Ariza”l points out that the word, lulav (לולב) has the same gematria (numerical value) of 68 as the word ”chaim” meaning life (חיים). This is because of the life force that flows from the lulav-Yesod, to the feminine principle of Malchut, represented by the etrog, which symbolizes the fruit of the womb. When we raise the lulav and etrog together, we unite the male and female principles of Creation in a spiritual unification, called Yichud. This unification of Masculine and feminine give birth to new spiritual forces for our souls and the worlds. We create the arousal of new providence.
Etrog- corresponds to the heart
Lullav- corresponds to the vertebra
Etz Avvot- corresponds to the eyes
Arravot- corresponds to the mouth
Thus each of the arba minim corresponds to the corresponding aspect of the person’s spiritual and physical correction.
The Kabbalist elder, Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi, stresses the importance of grasping the lulav at the bottom of its stem, and not in the middle, so that the hands do not act as a barrier separating the upper spine of the lulav (the Yesod) from the etrog (the Malchut). Rather, the lulav and etrog should be held together at the bottom of the four species, so that the flow of Divine illumination from the Yesod to the Malchut, stimulated by the waving, is not interrupted.
The three hadassim (myrtle leaves) channel the energy of the sefirot of Chesed, Givorah, and Tiferet. When combined with the two aravot (willows), symbolizing Netzach and Hod, all of the seven lower sefirot are united in a perfect unity. All these Divine powers are channeled through the Lulov.
Concerning the Succah itself.
The Succah has the energy of the Clouds of glory which protected the Jewish People in the desert when they left Egypt. The Zohar teaches that these Clouds which extended like pillars towering over the encampments of the Jews, embodied the all-encompassing flow of Divine energy contained in the Yesod. Again by the Yesod all the Energy flows through.
The Ariza”l states, it is preferable to recite the blessing over the lulav, and to wave it, inside the succah. This brings about a powerful union between the all-encompassing aspect of the surrounding lights of the Yesod, the succah, with its inner aspect, the lulav. The lulov is a symbol of the spine which lies inside the body. Thus the succah becomes an electric power plant of high-voltage spiritual energy from both within and without, generating the supreme joy and renewal of the holiday.
Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Hakohen Kook, the first chief Rabbi of Israel, writes that: ”The succah inspires such supernal joy that it cannot be a permanent dwelling, only temporary. Light waves of joy continuously flow, one wave ascends and immediately, without pause, a second wave, brighter and more joyous than the first, descends and spreads.”
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov teaches that succah depends on Tikun HaBrit because the succah represents the Clouds of Glory, and those who damaged the Brit through sexual transgression were cast out by the Cloud.”
Even though the Jews were protected by the invincible Clouds of Glory on their departure from Egypt, the evil nation of Amalek succeeded in its unprompted attack, as the Torah records: ”Remember what Amalek did to you on the way of your leaving Egypt, how he met you (karcha) by the way and killed the hindermost of you who were feeble in your rear” (Devarim, 25:17-18). Rashi explains the word ”karcha” in its root meaning of ”keri,” an impure emission of semen. Rashi relates that Amalek seduced the weaker Jews into sexual transgression, and when the holy Cloud vomited them out, Amalek pounced on them and killed them. Only those Jews who guarded their sexual purity were protected by the Cloud.
Have a happy holy Holiday !
A Succah must be at least 10 “amot” high
by 7 “amot” wide, thus 70 square amot is a Succah.
This is :
י is 10 sefirot (energy of Height)
ה is 7 sefirot (energy of width)
ו is 10 sefirot (energy of Height)
ה is 7 sefirot (energy of width)
These are the potential energies we have to work with.
70 includes all the power of all the
angels that work things in this world.
They are under the command of the angel called Matto”t
(Here is more on this infinite Wisdom)
The “Thum” (depths) has 70 ”sarim” (supernal princes) that are ”chitzon” (external) that surround Aretz Yisrael.1 The 70 nations receive their flow from אלהים of “din” according to their actions, while Yisrael draws from the 13 “dikna”. Yisrael draws power from the 13 “dikna” sweetening the dinim of אלהים.2 Above “ Artz Yisrael” in the “rekia” is a opening called גבילו”ן. Under this opening are 70 others, 70 “memunim” guard them from 2000 “amot” away, in the secret of “tachum Shabat” (Shabat limit). This opening goes up and up till reaching the כסא (the throne) which is Malchut. Its authority spreads from the opening over “Aretz Yisrael” until the opening called מגדו”ן, where the “rekia” over “Aretz Yisrael” ends.1 In The Torah are 70 explanations in “loshon Hakodesh”, which is Yesod, which contains 70 sefirot of Z’a. Each of its 7 sefirot containing 10.1
1Sulam on Zohar Vayikra p.20a
1Sulam on Zohar Vayachal p.209b
2Tefilot Ramcha’l #303
By the Arba minim (4 Species) we can
access all these energies and reveal them
for the betterment of the world and our selves !
The exiles who returned from Babylon celebrated one of the greatest Succoth ever:
Ezra-Nechemiah 8:13-18 On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Nehemiah the scribe to give attention to the words of the Law. They found written in the Law, which HaShem had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in booths during the feast of the seventh month. And that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make booths–as it is written. So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves booths on their own roofs, in their courtyards, in the courts of the house of God and in the square by the Water Gate and the one by the Gate of Ephraim. The whole company that had returned from exile built booths and lived in them. From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this. And their joy was very great. Day after day, from the first day to the last, Nehemiah read from the Book of the Law of God. They celebrated the feast for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the regulation, there was an assembly.
From the days of Joshua ben Nun (about 1400 B.C.E) till the days of Nehemiah (about 530 BCE) which is about 870 years
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It is so pleasant to lay down and look up through the leaf roof of the Succah and see the stars !
(תורה (611) = (65) אדנ”י + (90) פי+ סוד(70) + סכות (486
Torah= Succot is Secret of the mouth of GOD
This world, like the succah, is temporary. Rabbi Akiva advised that Succot is a way to keep us from excessive pride at the sight of our abundance of blessings, so we are told to go out in live in a “Succah”. The only constant, is GOD’s presence and our choices to respond to Him or not. The sages tell us the Succah is a mitzvah that surrounds us that can actually envelop us in the “Clouds of Glory” which God provided to protect the Hebrews in the desert when they left Egypt. at that time. The Ramchal explains, in Derech GOD, that the seven clouds of glory that surrounded us in the desert, define us. GOD envelops us; the earth and its limitations do not hold us down. From these “Clouds of Glory” we attain a higher consciousness. This consciousness gives us the ability to define ourselves uniquely according to the will of God. As when we were surrounded by the clouds of glory when we left Egypt and found our national identity. This consciousness from being surrounded by the energy of the “Clouds of Glory” –the Succah. Is alluded to by our equation :
Torah= Succot is Secret of the mouth of God
As in this environment being surrounded uniquely by God we can hear His voice, if one listens closely. Concerning “Succot is Secret of the mouth of God” The Vilna Goan teaches that the word succah uses letters from four of the five organs of the mouth which produce speech. The letter samech is from the group of letters that are formed by the teeth. The vov is from those that formed by the lips, the kof, from those formed by the palate, and the hey from the throat. The missing group is the one of the letters that is formed by the tongue. These letters are left unsaid in their natural position, surrounding the tongue. The Gaon tells us that they protect the tongue by remaining silent. Thus that which is sounded is built up on a foundation of silence. The word succah thus introduces a new concept. The word itself tells us that speech that is an offshoot of the inner silence that reflects constant awareness of the presence of GOD. In the Silence in the Succah may we merit to the conciousness of hearing from “the mouth of God”. The will will be easier for us to achieve if we silence our own mouths from speaking evil.
The Goan concludes by telling us that Succot has the power to subserviate the side of us that is drawn to evil speech. The Maharal tells us that our speech is our window to our inner lives. If we wish to experience joy and faith, part of the picture is redefining our speech. For this reason our equation states :
Torah= Succot is Secret of the mouth of God
The partition between thought and speech is so delicate, that unless we change our patterns of thought, we will find it almost impossible to change our patterns of speech.
When water is poured on the alter in the Holy Temple on Succot all receive
The Ruach HaKodesh (The Spirit of Holiness). A Succah itself is a place
Of new surrounding lights that yield Revelation.
תורה= (611)= הדבש יכפר
Torah= the Honey that will atone
As we learned before “ The honey of the Torah is the Torah’s secrets. They bring revelation of the level of one soul called “Chayah” . This is the Soul of Divine creativity and inspiration. To achieve the small still voice, Divine creativity and inspiration one must be pure and Holy. One must have atonement for past misdeeds to achieve this. The Zohar says, “Come and see! No man
is ever purified except with the words of Torah”. Therefore, it is only after we learn Torah that we remove personal impurities. Yet how we can learn secrets of Torah before purification? The answer is that this level of Torah learning, the “Sod”, secrets of the Torah its revelation requires the purity provided by atonement, so atonement is in its power. Once the inner part of our soul has been touched by Torah the outer layer is ready to grasp it and allow it to penetrate the soul. The Zohar above refers to this Godly element of our soul suggesting that Torah purifies it.
On Sukkot we receive the “Katnut” of a new higher level. The planning of the whole year work starts on Sukkot.
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In the 10 days of Teshuva is made the “Nesira” (cutting)
Bina cuts the Klipa from Z’a The function of the “Nesira” (cutting)
is to mitigate Givurot.
Now we have 10 Days to purify refine
to push away evil
and draw good
10 days where detailed changes can be made
providence for this New year
Big cleansing is coming
on Yom Kippor
In the ten days of repentance there is an opening in heaven for successful repentance as the structure is still incomplete until Yom Kippor. During the ten days of repentance it is easier to repent than on other days, because the Abba and Ima are building the Nakavah. While during the rest of the year Nakavah is built by Z”a.
One must let go of who he is now if he wants to attain a new, higher and more exalted level than before. A greater self cannot be built on a lesser self. The lesser self must first be “disassembled”. There are many places where one sees this universal truth. The “Nesira” is made according to our actions.
In order to turn from back to back to face to face this is by “nesira”. Z”a must receive sufficient light so to enable the “shared” back to double. One for him and one for her. They are separated Sefirah by Sefirah till they are 2 separate parzufim (Z’a and Nakavah). This is the last step of the Nesira. Then they become as “New souls”.The back of Teferet of Z”a is the third leg of the “kesay” (throne). Nesira and growth bring one face to face with Z”a. Standing at right side of Z”a which is first leg of “kisay” called “Rosh Pina”.
In the 10 days of Teshuva is made the “Nesira” (cutting). The “Nesira” from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippor reveals Bina , Ima called “upper Teshuva”. This is Yovel. Where the children will return to their borders. By teshuva there returns the power of Hashem. The “nesira” of the penimi is on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Nashamot are raised up. Nesira of Chitzon is on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the worlds are raised up, refined, female aspect. Only by “dinim” taken in “nesirah” is Nakavah’completed. The “dinim” are taken from back of Z”a from Ketter till the end. These “dinim” complete Nakavah. Before the nesira Adam included “Zachor and Nakavah” (male and female) as one.
Ima ( Face of GOD that emanates Bina – the Nashama , soul of Divine intellect), cuts the Klipa (shells of spiritual impurity. Forces of concealment of light) from Z’a. “Nesira” is a,surgical uncoupling made by spiritual surgery. In the Bible “nesira” was the process that sawed apart Adam from Eve, who were originally created as a single androgynous being, who were faced back-to-back. The “nesira” only severs back to back, ineffective bonds with in our souls. This uncoupling actually initiates a higher more rectified recoupling. One where the masculine and feminine aspects of the soul are joined not back to back as before, but face to face. This union of of the masculine and feminine aspects of the soul, occurs in a way similar to that with earthly man and woman, being preceded by a period of arousal and stimulation of what is called “hibuk and nishuk” — hugging and kissing. By this the souls powers will be more revealed , and can function better. The soul is then able to get more flow of Divine light from the GOD. This “hibuk and nishuk” — hugging and kissing making the unification is from the “teshuva” (repentance) of these days called the 10 days of teshuva. By the intensity of the “hibuk and nishuk” — hugging and kissing, the passion of teshuva is the nature of the structuring of the new unification of the masculine and feminine aspects of the soul.
The original “nesirah” between Adam and Eve took place in ten stages as each stage was a distinct sefira/emanation being separated from its cooresponding feminine aspects. This took place almost instantly in the Garden of Eden. Now takes place over a period of ten days. The ten days of “teshuva” (form Rosh Hashanah till Yom Kipor). Each of the ten days is the division of the Back to back masculine/feminine soul aspects “cut” into separate male and female aspects, and these at the same time are cleansed of klipa (negative energy). The feminine aspect of Keter/Crown is “cut” from the masculine aspect of Keter/Crown, the feminine aspect of Chochma/Widsom from the masculine aspect of Chochma/Wisdom and so on.
In the Bible this process is seen in the creation of Eve where is says God took “tzaila” (mistranslated as “rib”) it really means a “side” being the feminine side of Adam. This “side” ran the length of his body from his head/keter to the malchut at his feet. This process of God taking the side from Adam to make Eve is called the “nesira”. In the process “klippot” (negative energy), “dinim and gevurot”, the Divine unmitigated constricting energies which prevent revelation of Divine flow are sweetened by their root”. The “lower feminine” (Eve)- The Nefesh (animal soul) is refined by the Imma (source of the Nashama).
After there has grown up the parzuf Nakavah at the back of Z”a. Then falls the ה”א which is the “mochin” (brains) of Abba and Ima to Nakavah, but not through Z”a. Then she is נסרת (cut) from Z”a and there is taken מנצפ”ך back Givurot of Ima. These are sweetened and aspect of ה”א.
Nakavah receives from Givurot of Z”a before the Nesira and she receives another set of givurot after the “nesira”. These מנצפ”ך are received by “tikun chatzot”, as then is fixed all Leah’s limbs. The final nesirah/division and “re-constructive surgery” to create her reproductive organs takes place in the malchut, the 10th day which is Yom Kippur. For this reason we wear a large tallit/prayer shawl at night as well as during the day of Yom Kippur. The tallit causes the energy of Ima (the Nashama- Soul of Divine intellect) to spread her wings around her daughter one’s “nefesh” animal soul which it raises upward joining the Ruach (emotional soul) and the Nefesh (the animal soul) together is a renewed face to face unification. Simply put, during the 10 days of Teshuva is refined, made vessels for 10 aspects of light. Being vessels of the ten Sefirot : Keter, Chochmah, Binah, Chesed, Gevurah, Teferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, Malchut. We will fill these vessels on the festival of Succot with the upper light.
The ”Nefesh”- malchut/kingdom now refined from the purifications of the 10 days of teshuva is cosmically “sealed” as the now fully developed Divine Female. This is known as the”chotem”, the “sealing” that takes place on Yom Kippur and is reflected in the expression we greet each other with, “G’mar Chatima Tova” – May you have a good “sealing [in the Book of Life]”.
The Holy One reviews what mankind has done every year to see how to restructure the Divine presence in the earth and the Soul of each individual during the 10 days of repentance.
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Here we go
On Rosh Hashanah open
and enter the gates
opening new providence
for this new year
What will be with you
what will be with all the nations of the world
what will be
its up to you
ROSH HASHANNAH Bs”d
It is on this day that Adam was created, Avraham and Yaakov were born and died, Sarah Rachel and Channah were visited by GOD delivering them from their bareness and conceived, Yosef went forth from prison. It is also on this day the slavery ended in Egypt. These are all aspects of redemption and this day always has the potential to make this year a time of personal and national redemption for Jewish people ultimately with the coming of machiach may he come quickly in our days. As on Rosh Hashanah the world’s future rests truely on your shoulders. Through your actions last year and more specifically the day it self will the world be given to the growth of evil ( war, pain, death, holocaust etc….) or will it be a year of blessing. The answer is according to our actions and the mercy of GOD. Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year”, as the head directs one’s limbs Rosh Hashanah directs the rest of the days of the year. That is why the month of “Tishri” is Libra, the scales. The world stands in the balance to judgment. In the Tanya its explained ” each year there descends and radiates a new and renewed light which has not been revealed before, this light conceals itself its manifestation depends on the actions of those below, Rosh Hashanah is a time of spiritual renewal”. This day you are invited to take part in a meeting of the “joint chief of staff” on an intergalactic scale. The only thing that limits our participation in a positive way is our separation from true knowledge of the creator’s ways of administration, that yields the power called true faith. There are 10 revealed names of God in the Torah and there are 10 times shofar blasts that that are sounded. These names correspond to the shofar blasts., which correspond to the 10 utterances emanations from which the world is created continually and nourished. Through the meditation, listening to these sounds is one way Go-d has given us to participate in this judgment process. The torah is The “blue print for creation”, it was given at Mount Sinai with a never ceasing shofar blast. Rabbi yitzchak Arama teaches “from the shofar we can draw out freedom for physical and eternal life”. The zohar teaches “by the shofar joy is given and GOD has mercy on the world “. With the prayer of Rosh Hashanah our mind and preparations are the only limits.
The Go-d has also told us wonderful powers are revealed to the world by eating lamb, pumpkin,fenugreek,leeks,beets,carrots, longbeans, white beans, black eyed peas, pomegranate, apples, fish head and dates on Roshhashanah inspiring abundance and growth as stated in tractate Kritot.
In the midrash R. Tihilifa states ” on Rosh Hashanah we are made before the Holy one as new beings “
This is the great day of judgment and we have a big job to do. This is a big year there is alot in the balence all can see this.We must change the judgment to one of mercy by our love of each other and GOD by teshuva (returning to GOD) according to his commandments actively on the day of Rosh Hashanah and the commitments we make in our hearts to manifest more of our love for GOD through his commandments in the coming Year. As GOD searches the Hearts and knows our thoughts !.
Blessings of growth awareness and peace to you, the world and all Yisrael in the coming year
Rosh Hashashanah SECRETS
The main thing of the judgment of Rosh Hashanah is to nullify the power of the judgment from the first 3 sefirot of the left of Binna (the strict letter of the law). As by this there is none who can stand. 2 corrections made by blowing of the Shofar include, first there is made the unification of the right and the left of Bina. The Tekia brings forth energy of the right. Shavarim brings the left. This causes the going forth of rachamim the central pilar from Bina. The 2nd tikun is the rachamim of bina being drawn into Z’a by the sound of the truah. This nullifies judgments against the Ruach. Bringing out manifesting this nullification is helped by arrousing strong teshuva against one inequities (lack of kavanah in Divine service), and sin. If one on Rosh Hashanah does not begin to arrouse strong teshuva Hashem then begins to seal writings concerning him. Then the will that Hashem wanted to reveal for that man is withheld and hidden away from him. Then it will even require a greater effort to arrouse. On Rosh HaShanah judgments of duchrah (masculine) cause the restriction of inspiration from above because of one’s sins and inequity. They try to prevent one from arousing his greatest possible Teshuva . But the blowing of the Shofar mitigates the judgment that comes to the right pillar of Chesed of Nakavah. The source of the giving of the Nefesh from being blocked by judments. The judgments from above are nullified as the Shofar causes Hashem to look at these judgments. The fulfillment of the commandments by all Yisrael in Teshuva as the Torah is a “fiery law” nullifies these judgements from above. The Tekia sound arrouses shattering of klipot nourishing of the right pillar, by this is strengthened Emuna. The Shavarim shatter klipot attacking the left pillar, this protects from bad dreams which are corrupt judgment. The Trua shatter klipot nourishing from the middle pillar. This causes new inspiration and perception to flash forth. The shofar sounds then allows for the trancendance of Rachamim (Mercy). On Rosh HaShanah it is like there is eminated the 4th day of creation when אלהי”ם formed 2 great lights. It is the time of completion of the first 3 sefirot of Binna. It was on the 4th day that physical creation was brought forth. It is from the first 3 sefirot of Binna that primary will is brought into revelation in the renewal of the mochin (brain) of Bina for the coming. Year.
But if the tikun of Rosh HaShanah is the mochin (brain) of Binna why is Rosh HaShanah called “Yom Zichoron” Since the Zohar explains that zachor is Chuchmah ?
Rabbi Nachman explains that renewal is the root of memory. By our renewal of our relationship to Hashem in teshuvah there is revelation of the root of memory called Chuchmah .
On Rosh HaShanah the structure of Nakavah is renewed for the whole year. One’s vessel to receive and act upon the will of Hashem is shaped at this time. This is determined by looking at what a man has done all year and his teshuvah on Rosh HaShanah this will shape his 10 days of teshuvah .
On this day it is possible to mitigate great judgments with miraculous power as Sarah, Rachel and Chanah were all barren (physically incapable of having children) they all conceived on Rosh HaShanah. On Rosh HaShanah Yosef was freed from prison and the forced labor of the slavery of Egypt ceased. In Gemore Rosh HaShanah, Rosh HaShanah is described as “a night of watching”. So let us give Hashem some thing really good to look at. Do the best that you can, and Hashem will do the rest. May it be the will of Hashem that this will be a year of personal and national redemption.
“With him who is not here with us this day” -This means you
YOU WANT PROTECTION-GOD CONTROLS ALL EVEN EVIL
“And YHV”H said to Moses, ‘Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart…’” (Exudus 10:1).
Sometimes God takes away our free will.
Rabbi Yehuda opened the discussion, saying: “Happy is the people that know the joyful note; they shall walk, YHV”H, in the light of Your countenance” (Tehilim 89:16). How much should people walk in the ways of the Holy One, blessed be He, and observe the commandments of the Torah in order to merit the World to Come, and that they may be delivered from all Accusers above and below. For as there are Accusers in the world below, so there are Adversaries above whose functions are to ACCUSE people.
These Accusers are angels of judgment. They bring judgment so to direct us back to the right path and a means of refining us from evil we have done.
Those who observe the commandments of the Torah and walk the right path in fear of their Master, good Advocates are situated above them, as is written: “If there be an angel over him, an interpreter, one among a thousand…then He is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom’” (Job 33:23). Therefore, fortunate is he who observes the commandments of the Torah.
THIS IS REFERRING TO IN THE OTHER WORLD
Rabbi Chiya said to him: If so, why is it necessary to have an angel to intercede for the person, seeing it is written: “For YHV”H will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught” (Proverbs 3:26). “YHV”H will guard you from all evil” (Psalms 121:7). For the Holy One, blessed be He, sees everything that a man does in the world, both good and evil. And so He says, “‘Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him?’ Says YHV”H” (Jeremiah 23:24).
So many times are we saved from calamity by these angels, and don’t know. From God nothing is hidden. From us a lot is concealed, so to preserve free will.
Rabbi Yehuda said: Certainly it is so. But it is written: “And touch his bone and his flesh” (Job 2:5), and “although you did move me against him to destroy him without cause” (Ibid. 3). This shows that permission was granted to the Other Side to accuse in worldly matters, and they should be given into his hands. All these things are to stay concealed before the Holy One, blessed be He, and you have no right to investigate them, because they are the statutes of the Holy One, blessed be He. Humans are not permitted to be particular about them except for those truly Righteous who know the secrets of the Torah and go in the way of wisdom to know these hidden things in the Torah.
Why “bad things” happen is not always easy to understand.
“Now there was a day…and the Adversary came also among them”
Rabbi Elazar begins by talking about Rosh Hashanah, Judgment Day.
This is the day the Bible refers to by “In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a day of remembrance of blowing of horns, a holy gathering.”
He says there are messengers who are appointed by God to watch over the actions of people, and at Judgment Day these messengers accuse those whose actions were improper. When people sin, they weaken ELOHE”M (manifestation of God in nature), but when they perform good actions they give might and power to Him. Rabbi Elazar speaks about “The Adversary also came among them,” and recounts the conversation between God and Satan wherein God distracts Satan from his accusation of Yisrael, by asking him if he has considered His servant Job. Satan always requests justice from God. We read that Job was judged as he had judged Yisrael, since he had been one of Pharaoh’s advisors. The Satan was given permission to afflict Job’s bones and flesh, but not to kill him. We are told that God does not want to destroy the whole world on the word of the Accuser, since the Accuser’s desire is always to destroy. The discussion turns to “The end of all flesh” which is the Satan, and “the end of days” that is in Holiness. On Rosh Hashanah those who come before God with repentance deserve to be written on the side of Life; those who come with evil actions are written on the Other Side, which is Death. We are told then of the balance, where the world is half Life and half Death, and the actions of one Righteous man or one wicked person can tip the balance so that all the world is written to Life or Death. A person should not be set apart by himself because he can be noticed and accused from above. Job, who was set apart, and who was tested severely, did not even then join the Other Side. He should, however, have given a part of his sacrifice to the Other Side because then the Other Side would have removed himself from the Temple. The conclusion of this section is that God judged Job, giving him first good and then bad and then good again; thus it is proper for a person to know good and bad, and to return himself to good.
Rabbi Elazar opened the discussion, saying: “Now there was a day when the sons of Elohim came to present themselves before God, and the Adversary came also among them” (Job 1:6). “Now there was a day,” refers to Rosh Hashanah, the day that the Holy One, blessed be He, rises to judge the world. Similarly, “And it happened one day, that he came there” (II Kings 4:11). That day was the holy day of Rosh Hashanah.
“And the sons of Elohim came.” These are the appointed ministers whose mission in the world is to observe the actions of people. “To present themselves before God,” as is written: “And all the hosts of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left” (I Kings 22:19). But in the passage: “To present themselves before God,” “The Adversary also came among them.” The word “also” adds to THE CHILDREN OF ELOHIM, because they all came to accuse, and THE ADVERSARY also joined them because he was the greatest slanderer of them all. As soon as the Holy One, blessed be He, saw that they all came to accuse, immediately, “And YHV”H said to the Adversary, ‘From where do you come?’” (Job 1:7) Did not the Holy One, blessed be He, know where he came from: Rather only to allow the matter to the wishes of the Satan, MEANING THAT WITH THESE WORDS HE GAVE HIM AN OPENING TO ACCUSE AS HE WISHES.
“YHV”H said to the Adversary, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on earth…’” (Ibid. 8).
The Satan works for God being the Evil inclination in man, THE ADVERSARY, Accuser and prosecuter of the supernal court. Only with permission from God can he do anything. As we see here with Job “YHV”H said to the Adversary, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on earth…’” (Ibid. 8).
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In parashat Nitzavim we read:
הַנִּסְתָּרֹת לַיקֹוָק אֱלֹהֵינוּ וְהַנִּגְלֹת לָנוּ וּלְבָנֵינוּ עַד עוֹלָם לַעֲשׂוֹת אֶת כָּל דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת:
Concealed acts are the responsibility of the Lord our God [to judge]; but overt acts are the responsibility of us and our children unto eternity, to carry out all the words of this Torah.
In the Torah scroll, it appears a with dot over the ע of עד, meaning unto. Why is only half the word dotted?
עד is a word that suggests continuity. A dot on only one of the word’s only two letters breaks it up. Maybe this is suggesting we may not know the secret things now, but in the world to come we will ? We simply have to do the best we can now with what we know.
If we don’t read the phrase לנו ולבנינו, us and our children because of the dots on them, which at times denote the marked world is “like” erased. Then the verse would start “Concealed acts are the responsibility of the Lord our God, and overt acts also.”
This verse is the longest run of dots in the Torah, eleven of them in all. Immediately before the dots is an eleven-letter phrase – ליהוה אלהינו. There is a tradition that when letters are dotted it is like the words are erased and not read. There can’t be dots on the 11 letters of ליהוה אלהינו as we don’t ever erase God’s name. We wouldn’t even the suggestion, so we wouldn’t put those eleven dots above ליהוה אלהינו. But since are exactly the right number of dots for ליהוה אלהינו . We would read the verse “without God”? as “Concealed acts and overt acts are the responsibility of us and our children unto eternity…”. The “clippa” nourish from 11 sources.
The parsha begins ”You stand this day all of you before Yhv”h Elohech”a”. The sages say the day referred to here is Rosh Hashanah.
As every word of the Torah is precious. One can find so much meaning to its voice. Its written ” Not with you alone will I make this covenant and this oath; But with him who stands here with us this day before Yhv”h Elohech”a and also with him who is not here with us this day” (29:13-14). The Torah is Eternal as hinted by ” also with him who is not here with us this day”.
Its further written ”you will enter into covenant with Yhv”h Elohech”a, and into his oath, which the Yhv”h Elohech”a makes with you this day. That He may establish you today for a Nation to himself ”. This is what it is to be the Nation of Israel. The nation of GOD. Who here makes a covenant with us. Concerning this Covenant a few verses later GOD reminds us ”It should come to pass, when one hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart, Yhv”h will not spare him (18-20). But now standing in front of the Jewish people are noble men but they are not educated in Divine wisdom-Torah Knowledge. Many even naked of knowledge of Torah law. Only with knowledge is one given free choice. One would not know that the creator has forbidden growing two different types of plants close together unless one read this in the Torah. Then we know what to do. Without this knowledge there is not free choice. Without knowledge of the Torah one ends up with a different kind of life, so the generations changed. Most of us have heard stories of our religious ancestors. But a lack of Torah knowledge can rip away faith in the Divine God, the giver of the Law from generations. Creating a Jewish culture with different values not necessarily focused concerning piety, holiness, or respect for Torah, which is their heritage. Jewish youths found delight and closeness to God meditating on the Midrash (Ancient Jewish spiritual texts). When the House of learning Torah was the community gathering place. Today instead they gather at basketball games and parties. Yet the mitzvoth are not profane or ordinary, but they are Holy purifying and sanctifying the Jewish people revealing Godliness and also in all worlds. In a generation where every one wants to be part of the fad and fashion and no one wants to be left out. It is difficult to live as an individual with the uniqueness and distinctiveness of the one God and one people. Thus there is intermarriage, indifference and assimilation. Yet there are those that see GOD as omnipotent and believe it is under his laws, values and concepts we must love. Others can be found among our people that do not believe in a God that is effected by man. It will be between these and those that the future of the Jewish people and The State of Israel will be decided. Will Jerusalem be a reflection of the Heavens of Holiness; this cannot be accomplished by secularism alone, nor by impassionate religion resulting from spiritual starvation, creating a comfortable convenient Judaism. Which is something like playing ” Charade ”. The parsha concludes saying ” love Yhv”h Elohech”a, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave to him; for he is your life, and the length of your days; that you may live in the land which Yhv”h swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
So let us all , as in this parsa accept upon ourselves the kingship of GOD this RoshHashanah, and become the nation of Israel spoken of here in our parsha so that we may see the words in our parsha fulfilled ”. And Yhv”h Elohech”a will put all these curses upon your enemies, and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.” (7:30) With the arrival of our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days.
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UPDATED Dec 6th, 2016
Ci Tavo בס”ד
This parsha is most appropriate before Rosh Hashanah. Our parsha begins discussing the offering of the First fruits of the soil as a thanksgiving offering. By this offering we affirm that YHV”H is our God, and that we walk in his ways. Then the parsha warns all Yisreal of the curse we inherit if we neglect to fulfill what the Torah asks of us or if we do what it has forbidden to us. Also we are informed of the blessings we will have if if we do what is asked of us in the torah. It becomes clear its either one or the other. The Magid of Koznitz teaches that from doubt one can come to confusion of thoughts this is the main curse as because of this one may cannot achieve cleaving to GOD.1 One must be a master of spiritual war against confusion of thoughts.2 The ways of GOD are not as our own so many times one may not see the blessings or these curses but be sure enough in God’s way, according to his Timing they will come.
There are eleven ingredients of the incense, the eleven goat wool coverings of the Tabernacle, and the eleven curses of our parsha. Holy life force can not enter the ten evil sefirot, for the holy does not mix with the profane. Rather, it hovers above them and enlivens them from afar. Therefore their number is eleven.
Of the eleven curses . The first, “ be he who makes a graven or molten image,” corresponds to the evil known as Arich Anpin of kelipah.
“All” is the “Sadeek” (righteous one) the yesod, it unites Z”A and Nukavah, namely, the ו”ה of the Name Yhv”h, which equals 11
Joseph saw 11 stars in his dream which foretold the future. Joseph was the eleventh son of the patriarch Jacob, and he died at the age of 110, remove the zero and you have 11.
. Over the words “for us and our children“(in parsha Nitzavim) there are 11 dots. In the Book of Daniel, Chapter 7, the prophet speaks of a vision of “horns” which symbolize the various regimes that we will encounter in our exile. The last and smallest of these horns will be the 11th. After this 11th “horn” the messianic period will be ushered in.
The Torah is a covenant, contract and set forth here are part of its terms. So let us realize by reading the curses, that which has already come upon us, and also remember what GOD did to Pharoe and all his country. The Ramchal teaches the curses in our parsha are contained in 53 verses, corresponding to the 53 parsha of the Torah itself. Alluding to the fact one can lose everything eternal. 53 is the numerical value of ”gan” referring to Gan Aden (Garden of Eden). These curses allude to the judgment of the World to Come. The first curses (in parsha Bichucoty) are concerning judgments in this world, they are in 32 verses.3 In the world to come one has alot more to lose.
Remember and understand what is written in our parsha ” You have seen all that the Yhv”h did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land. The great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles. Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, until this day. (29:1-3) This alludes to the fact that we do not have knowledge of spiritual awareness readily accessible to our human form. For if we did we would never think of transgressing. It is for this reason that so many waste their lives not involving themselves at all with the work of their soul for which purpose they were created. If our perceptions were not as they are there would be no free will. One must always force themselves to think, meditate so as to attain awareness of GOD and their true Divine nature. That we are the people who GOD took through the desert 40 years and our shoes and clothing did not wear out. He provided us Manna from heaven and a miraculous well of water that followed us where ever we went. Then we will be faithful to GOD and the terms of this covenant. Concerning the blessings of the Torah the Zohar teaches us David woke at midnight and praised the GOD until the name ascended upon it’s throne at the hour when the light of the day appeared. If you work to establish the Holy name all the blessings of heaven will abide with you.4 Aretz Yisrael receives flow of blessing from the supernal land, the Spiritual realms. If we do the spiritual things GOD asks of us we will be sure to see the Torah’s blessings.5
In our parsha Verse 15 begins a general description of the dire consequences if we don’t keep the “mitzvoth” (commandment) including: disease, pestilence, heat, drought, sterility, defeat, death, blindness, madness, and dismay. Verse 30 begins to describe these punishments in even more horrible detail, and the descriptions continue to the end of the chapter. On account of these curses, this chapter is called the “Tochachah” (Warning).” Some have custom that the “Tochacha” is read quietly, without the usual chanting.
If we look at the Torah chronologically where its 53 parsha correspond to years the world will exist and we are told the world as we know it will only exist till the Biblical year 6000 and we are now in 5776 (2015) we find that ci Tavo corresponds to 1840-1940 at this time period some settlements were founded in the Holy Land, for the purpose of observing the mitzvot applicable to the land. These mitzvot can only be kept in the land of Israel and the early settlers wanted to renew the observance of these commandments. (Unfortunately, our nation did not withstand the test, and pretty soon, new kibbutzim were organized by completely irreligious Jews who did not keep any commandments, and later founded the secular State of Israel.)
This week’s parsha, Ki Savo, according the chronology of the Torah spoken of above, corresponds to the time period of the Holocaust. This parsha lists the worst curses in the Torah and is indeed testimony to the worst period in late Jewish history. Here the Torah warns what would happen when Jews turn from the ways of God and run after the ways of the nations and it was accurate to its last bitter detail.
Towards the middle of the Parsha, the Torah describes eleven curses for those who do not keep the commandments. The curses end with the words: “Cursed is the man that will not uphold the words of this Torah”. The entire second half of the Parsha is devoted to the terrible curses that will befall our nation if we don’t observe the commandments. This portion of the Torah is read quietly – for these are the sad words of rebuke.
Speaking from historic perspective, it is well known that the majority of the Jewish people abandoned the observance of the commandments during this century. By the time of World War II, most of our nation did not keep the mitzvot. The fast momentum at which the Jewish people were going astray was astonishing. Then the punishments started befalling us. On the saddest day of our year – the Ninth of Av, World War I started. The Russian revolution, pogroms in Ukraine, an unstable economy in Europe and the Great Depression in US were just prelude to the worst punishments still to come – with the outbreak of World War II at the end of the century. Which dealt a terrible punishment to the Jewish nation.
It was decreed from on High that European Jewry could no longer be the bedrock of the Jewish nation it was uprooted including its very foundation. Not only did all those who ran from Judaism die just because they were Jewish- kiddush Hashem, but nearly all the Torah giants, their students and communities were gathered to the Creator. Every single Jew who survived Hitler’s, may his name be blotted out, quest for world dominion was hand picked by God to be the new foundation, the new building blocks of the new Jewish Nation..If you are alive today you have been hand-picked to save the Jewish people. So lets do spiritual things GOD asks of us we will be sure to see the Torah’s blessings.Then all the people of the earth will see that GOD’s name is called upon us. In the merits of all the Ba’alai Tshuva the world over may we soon see the coming of the Mashiach and the building of the 3rd and final Temple, speedily in our day. Amen, kain yehe ratsone.
1. 1Avodat Yisrael p.1
1. 2Avodat Yisrael p. 10
1. 3Tikunim Chadashim-Ramcha’l p.101
1. 4Zohar Bichukoty p113a
1. 5Shoshon Sodot