Filed under: PARSHA Achrey Mot, PARSHA KIDOSHIM | Tags: Achrey Mot (After Death) and Kidoshim
UPDATED April 24th 2016
Achrey Mot (After Death) Bs”d
It is written in Emek HaMelech that there were found Mishnyot of King Hezekia and Sidkiyah of Yuhudah and the prophets Chagi and Zacharia in Cairo it states in these Mishnyot that they hid the Temple vessels, the wealth of its treasury and these things will not be reveal till Mashiach ben David arrives. The first mishna states that the “mishcon” (Tabernacle) parochet, Menorah, the Ark, the head plate of Aharon, the breast plate and the silver horns, alter and show Bread tables were all hidden.
In this parsha we are told of the lots for the 2 goats one which will be brought to the Temple to be offered to God and the other will have brick tied between its horns and will will sent off into the desert to be thrown backwards off a cliff. This is one of the most shocking ceremonies in the Torah. We must lift our sins from ourselves and let them fall with the goat or God forbid someone else could become the “scapegoat” of this evil energy. The midrash tells us the “scapegoat” represents Asev. Asev is Edom and their job is to try to push Yisrael off the Torah path to sin as taught in Pesicta.
Our parsha begins speaking concerning Aharon’s sons who went to far spiritually, and this resulted in their death. If someone is buried on the day his soul departs in the Holy land the spirit of impurity has no dominion over over him at all. All who die do so by the angel of death, except those who die in in Aretz Yisrael, who die by a angel of mercy. They ascend into “Kodesh Elyon”1 All buried in artz yisreal are as buried under the alter and are thus atoned for.2 When a gentile dies in “Aretz Yisrael” his Nashama is pushed out and forced to roam in many wanderings until they leave “Aretz Yisrael”, and reach the impure region where they belong. As they have not prepared themselves by Torah and mitzvot. One who lives outside “Aretz Yisrael” draws upon themselves a strange “ruach”,one of impurity.When they die if their body is brought to “Aretz Yisrael” this is a abomination. They defile the land.3 The day of one’s death is called “יוםיהו”ה” (day of Hashem).4 When the Nashama goes out of its body it sees the face of the Shechinah. This “segulah” is specifically according to their actions while living, thus they merit to ”devacut” (cleaving to Hashem).5
Desire is in partnership with the flow of Divine abundance that comes to his vessels. Desire comes from Atzilut. It is flow of אלה”י (your god). By this he cleaves in the voices. There comes to him desire of love to be covered in the wings of the Shechinah, he recieves anything from Chuchmah Elyonah (supernal wisdom) So go in and ask for Chuchmah in great desire, desire of your nefesh. Ask so that you grow in comprehension unto all abilities. Preparations are necessary for Chuchmah (Divine wisdom) of Navua (prophesy). You must work for this day and night. From the tiva (desire) for Divine names. This is the cavana (intention). Choice love and desire. These are the general principles. The name of Keter is to them all. It is the first cause close to thought that arrouses the movement to ask, arrouse will and thought. These are one thing and are not separated. רצון(will) rises up in all levels till reaching the level called חשק(desire) in all its completeness. חשק(desire) has no limit or end. It raises up thought from its beginning to completion. חשקis the end of all tiva (burning desire). It is a מופת(wonder). Devacut (cleaving) and חשק(desire) are one thing. One cleves in חשק(desire). All this goes out from thought to actuality, then there is כח(power). The giving of חשק(desire) is a אות(spiritual sign) it is צבאו”תאלהי”ם יהו”ה. Through this there will be a אותin our צבא(hosts). From the stones of the Cohain Gadol’s breast plate is חשקfrom the source of Binna. It is breath and חותם(a seal). חשקis אורעצום(essential light).6
Rise to the level of Navua (prophesy) by making a markava (chariot) to Teferet (divine harmony-balance). There are 3 levels of navua. First level is from chitzonim (the otherside). This is when one’s thoughts are not their own but those of the otherside. This level is tuma (impurity) as Billam and Lavan. They go into pardes (upper world) peek and tread on the shoots and blemish there. They peek and die. There are those who go in peek tread on the shoots blemishing them and go out. One must be careful not to do this. 2nd is returning to the land. Then one can begin eating the herbs of the field. All the prayers of man his actions and tikun are accepted through this herb and there is accepted all that they do below. As it is invited from above. So it rises above. Behold the secret of the 72 names. They are the secret of the hachalot. All of them open to man according to judgment on his actions. There are many kinds of herbs and fruits. They are one level upon another. Till the upper navua. With the herb of the field they can enter in peace and go out in peace. This is secret of the Nefesh. There is a level above this. It is the supernal bread of Binna. This is secret of the Ruach (spirit). This is Hidden in the sefirot. In the shadow of Yisrael is nourished Sucat shalom for us. This is as it is said “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread”. A level above this is Trumah (holy portion) it is of Nashama. This is the secret of navua braking forth, until the navua of Moshe.
1Sulam on Zohar Trumah p.121a
3Sulam on Zohar Achray Mot p.72b,Trumah p.141b
4Zohar Vayikra p.217a
5Avodat Yisrael p.26
Parsha Kidoshim בס“ד
Our pasha begins by saying “Holy you shall be because I am Holy, I am Yhv”h Elohchem “. It’s interesting to note that this is not a question or a request, but a demand !. How can this be when Holiness is such a High level that the Ramcha”l says in Path of the Just that Holiness is a gift from GOD, it being the highest level. Yet we see here Holiness is the inheritance of all Yisrael. Holiness results in true selflessness creating harmony internally and externally. With true Holiness comes happiness to the one who is Holy and those who know him well.
In Gemore Batzah Rabbi Yishmoyal states that ” The Torah was given to Yisrael because they are worthy of it, and it were not given to them no nation could withstand them.” Just as the body must have a heart, and a brain to function properly. For the world to be in its proper order all Yisrael, as the verse says “Must be Holy”. This is reflected in the teaching of Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah)in Tanna DebEliyahu that “If it were not for the Torah the world long ago would have been destroyed”. So when people of this generation say “Holiness is unattainable”. Know that this is ever so far from the truth. This reflects what Rabbi Nachman of Breslov said “a plague of atheism is coming to the world”. The Torah’s teachings are eternal, and we can be Holy. Next we must ask how can this be attained ?
In order to become “kadosh”—holy one must first remove all that which is forbidden As long as you eat forbidden foods and engage in forbidden activities, kedushah (Holiness) will not be with you.
Acting according to Human dignity is what the Torah calls “derech eretz” which literally means “way of the land,” but it is explained as meaning acting with consideration for others. Without derech eretz, Torah will not will not work.
One cannot attain Holiness
Concerning this it is written :
“Yhv”h spoke to Moshe (Moses), saying: Speak to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for holy am I, Yhv”h, your God.”(VaYikra-Leviticus 19:1-2)
But then the examples start flowing in:
“You shall not steal, you shall not deny falsely, and you shall not lie one man to his fellow… You shall not cheat your fellow…a worker’s wage shall not remain with you overnight until morning… You shall not curse the deaf, and you shall not place a stumbling block before the blind… With righteousness shall you judge your fellow… You shall not be gossip monger among your people, you shall not stand aside while your fellow’s blood is shed… You shall not hate your brother in your heart… You shall not take revenge and you shall not bear a grudge against the members of your people…”(ibid 11-18)
All culminating in the famous verse beseeching us to “love your fellow as yourself” (ibid).
If one engages in Holy actions his thought will always follow those Holy actions he engages in. He will be Holy. A man is formed according to his actions. Let them Be Holy.
Without derech eretz, Torah will not will not work. One cannot attain Holiness
This is the beginning of the way upon which all depends
The Torah world itself has absorbed unholy life patterns into their lifestyle. Some things from the material world can be used in a holy manner, and made holy to God through usage. But many are fooling themselves and are only “drowning” in materialism. They are comprising on holiness, and this is spiritually entrapping them. Getting trapped in dark places is not difficult in this generation as Biblical prohibitions which in early generations were seen as disgusting , grotesque and repulsive as eating mice are now seen as “politically correct” and their Biblical prohibition is seen by “modern” society as disgusting , grotesque and repulsive. Homosexuality being a prime example.
The sages say in Gemora Yavamot “You shall be Holy because I am Holy” is a admonition for people to sanctify themselves in that which is permitted to them (eating, talking, playing). This means one must make all aspects of one’s life part of their Divine service. Physicality should not be a snare preventing spiritual growth and awareness. But all thoughts speech and actions of our lives can be a place for God to dwell with us. For example : eating can be a self serving meal, or truly one’s table their alter, and their meal is an offering to GOD. The sages teach its for this reason we wash our hands as the Cohenim washed their hands for a offering. Yet this is only one example and a obvious one. In other areas of one’s life which appear more secular their relationship to the spiritual is less apparent. One needs to humble themselves to see the next improvement. In the Beginning of our parsha we are commanded concerning the Shabat. Shabat itself is called Holy. Right next to the commandment of shabat we are commanded against being involved in Idolatry. As the sages say that observing shabat is equivalent to fulfilling the whole Torah. Forsaking Shabot is as engaging in idolatry. The nature of Shabot is illuded to in Tikuney Zohar as there we learn that the 3 pillers of the ש of שבת channel all sustenance to the world. Its right pillar are all the commandments and its left piller all prohibitions. All lights gather together in its central piller which is the SHECHINAH herself. ש looks like a manorah. In the Torah it says ” The Manorah (lamp in temple) must be made from one solid piece of Gold”. Moshe Alshich teaches from this that our life which is directed by Torah must be just this. Showing no interference from outside influences, Heaven forbid. Its written “don’t worship strange Gods”, A Chassidic rebbe once said this really means God should not be strange to you. But we must know GOD in all aspects of our life. Its also written “Don’t make yourselves molten gods”. The simple meaning here is against making Idols. “Don’t make yourselves molten gods” can be understood also as meaning to not make ourselves as ”molten gods” when we don’t concern ourselves with what GOD wants of us. By our actions not being becouse of Divine will. We make ourselves as our own idol. This is also as its written in the Torah ” You will serve other gods who you do not know”. As they don’t realize this. One must always give more to GOD. As Rabbi Nachman says filling each moment with greater Holiness. Reflecting the revelation ”the whole world is filled with his glory”. Also “YHV”H is one and his Name is one” . When it will be seen fulfilled the purpose of life as explained by Rabbi Shimon all knowing that ” YHV”H is Elohe”m “. Then we will recognize the transcendent quality of GOD in all the natural ”mundane” things around us. As Teva (nature) has the same numerical value as Elohe”m . We also see in our parsha Kedoshim that we will inherit the Land. Only if we what it says in the Torah
“ You shall keep all of My statutes and all of My laws and do them so that you will not be expelled by the land to which I am bringing you there to reside therein. (Verse 24) And I have said to you [that] you shall inherit their land, and I shall give it to you that you may inherit it, a land flowing with milk and honey, I am YHV”H, your God who separated you from the other peoples.” (Verse 22)
The inheritance of the Land of Israel, is acquired only
through fulfilling what God asks of us in His Torah .May we see this soon With the coming of our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days.
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