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THE LADDER UP !
December 1, 2011, 2:22 pm
Filed under: Amida, meditation, Parsha Vyatze, Shemona Esray

 

UPDATED April 17Th 2016

Vyatze

Bs”d

The higher we climb the ladder, the higher the top of the ladder reaches. The ladder is learning Torah and mediation.

First Yaakov sees all the angels of God rising from the earth and descending from the heavens. The sages say these were the angels who supervise the nations of the world. While on top of the ladder is God who alone supervises the providence of Yisrael, the whole world and all in it. If they will only draw close to him and follow his will God would give them everything. Next are born the 12 tribes. These 12 sons of Yaacov who entered Egypt with their families numbered  70 in all as listed in Exudus. These parallel the 70 nations of the world listed in Genesis.

The ladder of Jacob’s dream is  prayer. Jewish prayer (meditation) is a teaching passed down from their Prophets. It is written in the Zohar that the ladder in Jacob’s dream is a metaphor for prayer (Tikunei Zohar #43).In the dream, the ladder represents prayer as the connection between man, situated at the bottom of the ladder, and God who appears at the top of the ladder.  The numerical value of “sulam”, ladder equals 136, the same as “kol”, voice. The ladder is the voice of prayer rising from the heart of man who is firmly entrenched in the physical world below, till it reaches the heavens and God who is ever present above the ladder. Through the act of prayer man’s consciousness rises from rung to rung, and although standing on the earth, his or her spiritual awareness is truly elevated to the heights of heaven.

    The Zohar tells us Jacob instituted the evening prayer called “Mariv”, Jacob’s prayer is very different. Rabbi Shimon say that it is optional , even if now everyone prays “mariv” daily. He says this because Jacob’s prayer is on the level of Divine visions fighting angels and seeing ladders to heaven. Yakkov was not himself totally responsible for these experiences, his thoughts were from elsewhere. These visions come to him from God.Their “Yichud” (unification) meeting is brought about by God. From Him comes the vision. Not everyone is seeing visions so Rabbi Simon says “Mariv” is optional,

AND KNOW

During the second temple period the last of our prophets and our sages who were of highest spiritual level of Divine knowledge saw the future spiritual decline of our people so instituted three daily prayers of 18 blessings. On the simple meaning the three daily prayers – morning, noon and evening correspond to daily offerings in the temple. In these prayers every letter, every word has enormousness spiritual depth. Even now, when we are no longer on such high spiritual level we can still invoke their inherent spiritual powers by carefully following our sages instructions concerning how to “work” these “prayers”.

The morning prayer can be roughly divided into two parts – ascending though each spiritual world to request Light and then bringing the Light down into each spiritual world as we descend. Here is the basic structure of the prayer:

1. Morning Blessings & Korbanot – Asiyah (going up)

2. Kaddish (eliminate Klipot from Asiyah before getting to Yetzirah)

3. Piskei De-Zimra – Yetzirah (going up)

4. Kaddish (nullify Klipot from Yetzira before getting to Beriyah)

5. Sma – Beriyah (going up)

6. Shmone Esray (silent prayer of 18 blessings) – Atzilut

7. Ashrei – Beriyah (bringing the Light down)

The seventy voices of a woman giving birth correspond to the seventy words in Psalm 20, which begins, “ G-d answer you on the day of pain.”

8. Kaddish (nullify klippot)

8. Song of the day (each day connects to a specific aspect of the soul), bringing the Light down)

9. Kaddish (nullify klippot)

10. Aleinu – brings the Light down to our world

The Kadish is said at the conjunction of worlds, as between Yetzera and Bria. Kaddish is said in Aramaic which attracts Klippot. The Holy AR”I explains that when the klipot attach themselves to its words the Kadish brings them to much higher level, and there they are eliminated.

There is no Kadish between Beriyah and Atzilut, as Klippot don’t exist on this high level.

Our Holy prophets through our sages have left us much instruction on how to invoke the inner and surrounding lights and make many corrections in spiritual worlds.

We must do our best to understand the deep meanings in our prayers. By this we may make the needed corrections and attract the needed lights for the final redemption.

The first three blessings and the last three blessings of the Amida are ten sefirot of בלי מה ( without what) corresponding to the two names יהוה אדני and their eight letters, which are ten, Being the lower Shechinah אדני from below to above from אני to אין. Plus ten from יהוה above to below from the middle pillar. (Tikunim)

       The Arizal taught that prayer itself is comprised of four sections or rungs on a ladder and that these sections relate implicitly to the four ascending worlds of Kabbalah. The first rung of prayer comprises the preliminary morning blessings until the prayer Baruch Sheamar, which begins the next section. The morning blessings correspond to the world of Assiyah, action. The series of blessings thank God and acknowledge His goodness in providing for all the basic abilities and requirements enabling us to function in the practical world of action.In this section we create a vessel in this physical world for the coming blessings of our meditation. We fix our own physical bodies.

The second rung consists of the section of prayer referred to as Pesukei D’Zimrah, Verses of Praise. These prayers are comprised of the psalms of David, inspiring praises to God for creating the beautiful world we live in. This section corresponds to the world of Yetzirah, formation. Nature both reveals and hides God. It is for us to search for God and praise His manifest creation, maintaining a sense of awe even when ”grown up.” This world relates to our emotional attachments and response to the world around us. This section of the meditation fixes the soul level called “Ruach” (Spirit) , the Emotional soul.

The next section of prayer is centered around the recitation of the Shema, the ultimate unification of the NAME OF GOD in His creation. This section begins with a description of how the angels daily praise God and leads into the Shema, the revelation of the soul’s understanding of the nature of God’s unity. The beginning of this section represents the angels ascending and descending on the ladder and culminates with man standing humbly, yet elevated, ready to speak directly to the Creator. This once again teaches us that ultimately the soul is rooted in a higher place than even the angels. This third rung corresponds with the world of Briyah, creation and relates to the intellect. This level is the Soul called “Neshama” (soul of Divine intellect). This level of the soul is a part of the God itself. By the Meditation of the “Sma” we unify the Divine name YHV”H with our self and everything in a more revealed way preparing us for the work of the next level.

The final rung on the ladder of prayer is the recitation of the Amida, the silent prayer. This corresponds to the world of Atzilut, emanation, where man encounters God who appears above the head of the ladder, in a state of intimate union. At this level a man joins God as a partner in creation. This level is actual “emanation” of the powers of creation. This prayer- meditation is another ladder itself having 18 levels corresponding to the 18 vertebrae of the Spine. It is taught in the Yerushalmi Berachot that one hundred twenty elders and eighty prophets ordained the Amida meditation (the standing prayer). This hints at its awesome depth. Infinite Divine names fill these 18 levels. The simple level of this meditation is known. Its secrets are not taught in public but are only passed down on a one to one basis.

By the traditional prophetic meditations and the implementation of the ancient knowledge which supports the meditations the fountains of well springs will open up and flow for anyone . Anyone who does the work.

While approaching the ladder of Holiness to enter the upper worlds one must elevate this physical world by their actions. Observe, to accomplish the gathering of  Holiness of the giving birth to the extended family of the 70 children of Yisrael first Yaakov had to go through great treachery and deceit from Lavan. The greatest revelation of light founding the world came from the patriarch Yaakov and his wives as they gave us the foundation of the Hebrew people, but at what cost. Such hardship one has to undergo to reveal the Shechina in this world. One cannot expect it to be easy. Its written in Safer Giloyah Raza that the evil forces are always trying to get permission from the supernal court to try to test and trouble one who can or is trying to increase Holiness in this world. On top of all the trouble with Lavan , his own brother Asev wants to kill him.

All the sufferings we endure in this world make us stronger. Like a runner who jumps over bigger and bigger hurdles. After each Klipa (obstacle) is overcome it reveals its spark of vitality, its light which then enlivens us. Each time we do good and turn from evil we show to God how much we love him. It is by these ”opportunities” which seem as hardships we can give thanks to God for. As it is by these ”opportunities” that we earn our entrance fee into the world to come, and from such comes our portion.

It can be observed from the parsha that that just as Yaakov thought that he married Rachel but in the morning found it was Leah. So to in the time of the morning, time of revelation of new light the true nature of people becomes revealed, and this new nature may make one appear as though they went through a total transformational experience. Then one may have difficulties in\ their relationships dealing with one who appears to them as a different person then they once knew. But by overcoming obstacles  causing confusion they can come to great results as with Yaakov and Rachel. As their first child was Yosef who saved all Yisreal in Egypt and from his descendants will arise Mashiach ben Yosef who will overcome our enemies. Yaakov had to work 7 more years to marry Rachel. Needless to say all the trouble that the wicked sorcerer Lavan inflicted upon Yaakov, and his financial treachery. His daughter Dina gets raped. Then, to top it all off, he spends the next 22 years thinking his son Yosef was killed by wild animals.

But in the end all the deceit that Lavan worked against Yaakov only turned to blessings, as will all the curses in the Torah to those who merit such. As Yaakov saw in his dream that God took great concern for him, and the ordeals that he had to go through in the house of Lavan. God rewarded him greatly as he multiplied exceedingly in good when he left Lavan’s house. He was blessed in a supernatural way. Fulfilling the teaching of the Torah that that the righteous are put to sufferings in a natural way, but their deliverance comes about with signs and wonders.

The Rabbis note that parsha (Vayetze) does not begin on a new line. Instead it is separated from the previous parsha (Toledot) by only eight spaces. Most parshas do begin on a new line. Out Of the 52 Torah portions, there are very few parsha that do not begin on a new line and these parsha are called “closed”.

GOD has His reasons for everything He does. Sometimes we can’t figure out  why  things happen. Yaakov. His life becomes incredibly miserable. Here is a good man, who listens to his mother and does what she tells him to do and all he gets is more than twenty years of headaches, as it appears. 

Yaakov couldn’t figure anything out in this parsha – from start to finish it was all confusion to him. That it why it is a closed parsha – Parsha S’tuma. But by close observation we can see that Yaakov decieved his brother Asev taking his rights as first born and his paternal blessings. And we see Yaakov deceived by Lavan making him marry Leah instead of Rachel. Yaakov’s  son’s deceive him for 22 years allowing him to think Yosef is dead for 22 years. The Ar”i tells us these same 10 sons of Yaakov who sold their brother Yosef were incarnated as the 10 Martyrs killed by the Romans. Rabbi Akiva was the only one who is said to have entered and left “Pardes” in Peace. A Divine voice announced concerning him that the merited the Eternal life of the world to come, but Rabbi Akiva died as one the the 10 Martyrs killed by the Romans. Rabbi Yuhuda Ben Baba was the only sage of his Generation who was not killed by the Sadukee king Alexander Yanai but he also was one of the 10 Martyrs killed by the Romans. The God’s ways are not our ways and are very hard to understand, if even possible ?

One must not wait for miracles for deliverance from evil, and one cannot expect providence above nature to always protect them. They need to seek a natural way to deal with the trials of this world. Here again we learn the lesson ” one must deal with the wicked with subtly”.  In last weeks parsha Yaakov used guile to get his blessings, taking them away from the wicked Asev.  In our parsha Yaakov sneaks away from Lavan with his belongings because he  feared that Lavan may never let him leave, or take his rightful possessions with him if he were to announce his departure. This is the 2nd parsha in a row this lesson is taught, so we should take heed.  ”One must deal with the wicked with subtly”. The crooked cannot be made straight, so they must be dealt with accordingly.

Everyone in the world has a unique mission. There are a certain number of missions that have to be accomplished in the world. Our sages tell us that if a person doesn’t address himself to his own purpose and mission in life, the fellow next to him who does, will get his portion and the other guy’s portion in this world and the next as well.

Asev sold his birthright, he gave up his “mission”, he lost his blessings. GOD gave Yaakov exceptional strength. He had to be as strong as Esav but using the physical power for God. He would need to apply this strength in various situations – sometimes to bash in heads, sometimes to show superhuman control, and other times to go to war. This is why the Torah has to tell us about Yaakov’s awesome strength.

Yaakov comes to the well at the beginning of the parsha, he meets some

shepherds who are from Lavan’s territory, and they are all waiting to gather together enough people to remove a huge boulder covering the well. The Torah off handedly tells us that when Rachel comes along, Yaakov turns into Superman and is able to lift the massive boulder off the well as easy as pie. As the Talmud says, it was as easy as removing a cork from a bottle.

The blessing Yaakov gave to Yehuda was: “His hands will be against his enemy.” Who was the greatest descendent of Yehuda? King David, who was a red-haired fellow  with a ruddy complexion (Asev is called Edom which means red). He killed hundreds of thousands of enemies of the Jewish People. He was the archetype of what Esav could have been.

Yaakov in Hebrew is the same letters as Akev (heel), which is also the same letters as in the name Akiva. Rabbi Akiva was a reincarnation of Yissachar the son of Yaakov, whose’s soul came from the level of Akev (heel), The soul level of the heel of Asev that Yaakov repaired.

The vast majority of Jews have not assumed the mission they are supposed to. Someone else must pick up these unattended missions. There is much we must and can do. Then we will see the Hands are the hands of Asev and the voice is that of Yakov with the revelation of the Messiah quickly in our days.

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Torah and Souls before Creation

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UPDATED Feb 16th, 2018

The Zohar tells us Jacob instituted the evening prayer called “Mariv”, Jacob’s prayer is very different. Rabbi Shimon say that it is optional , even if now everyone prays “mariv” daily. He says this because Jacob’s prayer is on the level of Divine visions fighting angels and seeing ladders to heaven.  Yakkov was not himself totally responsible for these experiences, his thoughts were from elsewhere. These visions come to him from God.Their “Yichud” (unification) meeting is brought about by God. From Him comes the vision. Not everyone is seeing visions so Rabbi Simon says “Mariv” is optional,

Through  “Kriat Shema”  [saying of the Shema] the S”M  (Evil force) is  killed – for the Tetragrammaton which is the sword of the Holy One Blessed be He – about it is said, (Psalms 149:6) “The lofty praises of א”ל God are in the throat,” through the reading of the Shema “A double edged sword,” of the Holy One Blessed be He, is “In their hand” – of the children of Israel to kill the S”M. As our sages have said (Berachot 5a) anyone who reads the Shema on his bed. when he goes to sleep at night, it is as if he holds a double edged sword in his hand

We begin the 18 blessings of the “Amidah” prayer  “G-d open my lips and my mouth …” –  the initial letters of these words [in the original Hebrew] make up the word אשתו [his wife]

Rabbi Gamaliel instituted the 19th blessing of the Amidah that curses informers, unbelievers, and the wicked. The 19th blessing or curse begins, “And for the slanders let there be no hope.” The first word beginning with a vav, “And”, combines the blessing with the previous blessing in order to maintain the eighteen blessing limitation of the Amidah according to the Mishnah as , “RABBAN GAMALIEL SAYS: EVERY DAY A MAN SHOULD SAY THE EIGHTEEN BENEDICTIONS.”  Nevertheless, the Gemara explains the intention that we recite the name of God specifically eighteen times to compose the Great Name (the Seventy-two Letter Name).

Matto”t and “Shemona Esray”and “Sma”

When Hashem comes down in the “Sma” it is said about the “Chayot” , “And I hear the voice of their wings” (, Tikunny Zohar, Ezekiel. 1:24)

In the “Shemona Esray”  is included  eighteen blessings and through it is unified the two names as יאהדונהי and the connection of these two names needs to be done in quietness. The secret of the matter “When they stood their wings softened” (Eze. 1:25), when the Jews stand in shemona esray the Chayot angels soften their wings so no one will hear their voice. Because there is the “Still fine voice” (Kings 1 19:12), the Holy of Holies is the “Shemona esray” because there the king comes.

The “small quiet voice” is the י from the name יהו”ה, and it is from the אדנ”י, from there comes the king who is יהו”ה

(Zohar Tikunim)

This is מטטרון in the image of the “sadeek”, the foundation of the worlds. The river of Dinar is from the side of Gevurah. The river of Plagav (division) is from the side of Chesed, streams of water, which is the river of Kevar כבר. What is כבר? It is the angel מטטרון, who is the רכב chariot of the middle pillar. “And he rode on the כרוב Kruv and flew” (Psalms 18:11), which is the “chariot of fire and horses of fire” (Kings 2 2:11), which include 600,000 chariots. From the side of the tzadik the חי (life) (18) of the worlds, he includes חי myriads (18,000) of chariots. “The chariots of Hashem are two myriads, two thousand שנאן angels” (Psalms 68:18). As the Rabbis of the Mishnah have taught , two thousand שאינן (that are not from) the two myriad . Every myriad is ten thousand. Two myriads is twenty thousand, two thousand שאינן that are not. We remain with (Page 4B) eighteen thousand that descend with מטטרון to receive the eighteen blessings, “Shemona Esray”, of the Jews prayer, to raise them before The Holy Blessed One.

Each Nashama (Soul of Divine intellect) reveals torah according to the source of its soul. These seventy faces of the Torah Parallel the seventy children of Yaakov who entered Egypt. These souls express themselves as sixty myriad. Moshe included all these source souls so he knew all 600,000 explanations to the Torah.1 The Torah Moshe was given in ”pardes” (Heavenly orchard)He taught to all Yisrael. All ”chidushim” (new ideas) in the Torah are through the Nashama of Moshe that illuminates in each and every sadeek by Moshe’s קרני הוד (horns of light) in each and every generation.2 

Dat (knowledge) is where Moshe spreads out to the 600,000 root souls of Yisrael. One sees the Shechinah (Divine Presence) according to their dat (Knowledge in their hearts). The humility of  Moshe attained all levels of dat , by attaining all levels of humility. By recognizing he was only flesh and unable to do “avodat GOD” (service of GOD) he came to be dependent on the “chayot” (angels of the ruach). This is how the merit of moshe is earned.3 Moshe was joined with mida (attribute) called צור (Rock) which is Malchut.4 Rabbi Yisrael Rozin teaches that one who serves GOD and learns Torah by their own power will not have the help of GOD. In truth these things are ruled by the power of ”Kidusha”  and when accomplished properly they are not doing the work at all, but GOD does.  GOD walks before him giving him Dat and intellectual powers, He walks before him. GOD sanctifies him at all times more and more by him subduing himself and his humility. In truth he is nullified to GOD, he becoming טפל (himself being secondary).5 Moshe did not tremble when he heard the sound of a angel or the Supernal King.6 Moshe went up to the “rekia” (firmament) and learned Torah from the angel Matto”t every day near sunset for 40 days. During that time Moshe spent 1000 years learning the secret ot Matto”t . Matto”t showed him things of the (depth) תהום which he could not understand, such as how many letters are between א and מ ?.7 

The 49 gates of Binna are 49 faces of purity from Matto”t it is the vowel ”cholem”. Moshe is Teferet as it says ”a crown of Teferet (beauty-balance) on his head”. All light of Torah is revealed from Binna (Divine understanding) dressing in Teferet. This is the secret of  Z’a and Moshe. The 50 gates allude to the 2 ”Yichudim” (unification of God) of the ”sma”. At the 50th gate vessels turn to light, because of a lack of Malchut of Malchut of vessels and a lack of Ketter of Ketter of lights.The 50th gate reveals complete tikun (fixing). The first ה of י ה וה has 50 gates Bina.

“ HEAR Israel YHV”H is “Eloheynu” (our God) YHV”H is “echad” (ONE)

 “I will exalt him because he knows my name.” Call out through saying of the “Sma”, and he will answer you, as it is written, “Then you shall call out and Hashem will answer you” (Isa. 58:9).

  Through the 49 letters one unifies twice every day by meditation of the Shema they open the fifty gates of freedom and the dwell with the “Shechinah” (Divine Presence), the correspond to the fifty times there is mentioned the going out of Egypt in the Torah. The sound of the music (of “Sma” goes up with the word אחד (one).

(Zohar tikunim)

We are to meditate on “echad” (ONE) . This word is spelled alef-chet-dalet; The word alef means “leader” (aluf); the numerical values of chet and dalet are 8, and 4. We are to consider and intend that the God “ of the world” is master of the “chet (8) being the seven heavens and earth, and the dalet ( 4) , the four directions. Thus, the chet signifies God’s mastery over the “verticle” dimension including the spiritual realms “above” the physical universe and the dalet signifies GOD’ mastery over the horizontal dimension of space.

Malchut is not underneath netzach-hod -yesod but behind them, as is known. Malchut stands behind the netzach-hod-yesod of Z”a. It follows that the “feet” of Malchut extends down only as far as does the lower extremity of netzach -hod-yesod of Z”a. This being the case, Malchut does not occupy any “verticle” space by itself at all. This is true on weekdays, when Malchut is back-to-back with Z’ Anpin. It is also true on Shabbat, when they turn to face each other that the Malchut occupies “vertical space”.

By the saying of the Sma, the S”M is killed as the name of God, יהוה, is the sword of the Holy One Blessed be He. Concerning it, it is said, “The lofty praises of God are in the throat” (Psalms 149:6) through the saying of the Sma, is the “ double edged sword,” of the Holy One Blessed be He that is in the hand of the children of Israel so to be able to kill the S”M. As our sages have said in Talmud tractate Berachot that anyone who reads the Sma on his bed when he goes to sleep at night, it is as if he holds a double edged sword in his hand and all the more so the reading of the Shema in the morning and evening prayers which are commandments of the Torah themselves.

The forty nine faces of purity are the forty nine letters of the section of the upper unification, which is the twenty five letters of Shema Yisroel, and the twenty four letters of the second section of the unification which is “blessed is his honorable name, his kingship forever”. Of theכה) 25) letters it says about them, “כה (so) shall you says to the house of Yaakov” (Exo. 19:3). The 24 (כד) letters include within them the twenty four books of the Bible which is the כד (vessel) that is drawn from the sea of the Torah. It says about it “and tell over to the Jews”, and what do we draw from it? This כד (vessel) is the Shechinah (Divine Presence), which includes the twenty four books of the Torah, this is the “tzadik”, which is the river that flows from the upper Eden. The letter ו‘ comes down, which is the son of י”ה.

Tzitzit” are the throne, by “Tefilin” Hashem descends upon the throne, because the Jews call to him through the “Sma”. When Hashem sits upon the throne, we need to stand for him through the prayer of the Amidah. His three legions come through the melodies, songs, and songs of praises. They set up the throne for Hashem through the Tzitzit, and they bring him down through their tefilin, and they stand before him in prayer. But for the wicked this is the tying up to all their accusers.

(Zohar Tikunim).

 

Matto”t in “Malachim” is the aspect of Moshe among ”Nashamot”.8 Before there was created the world all the “ruchot”of the Righteous were hidden in the ”Nashamot” of the Righteous.9 All leaders of every generation were present before GOD in their forms before He created the world. All Nashamot were carved before GOD in heaven with the same form they would have in this world. All the Torah that these souls learn in this world they already knew before entering it. This is all true concerning the righteous. All who are not so, those who distance themselves from GOD. Before they decend to this world they decend into the “thum Raba” (the great abyss). They are stiff necked before entering this world. They throw away the קדשא חולקה (Holy garment of the upper world) GOD gave them, and wander in Nakavah of Thum Raba. Then they decend to this world. By Teshuva they may take their Holy garment back.10 125,000 levels of Nashamot of the Righteous GOD had chosen before creation. They are sent into this world in every generation, and are bound to the “bundle of life” (source of Nashamot).11 There was a earlier Torah existing 2000 years before creation this was hidden with the original light of the first day. This is the Torah of “Y’H”, but our Torah is only the Torah of “V’H”. The Torah starts from chesed (KINDNESS) as from here the world was created. Originally the world was created in judgment, these were the worlds that were created and destroyed. Yet this strict guiding power still interacts in this world with the Righteous. With those who possess the soul level of “Chyah (Soul of Divine creativity wisdom)  and “yachidah” (soul of unification with all). These are people who have access to the ancient Torah, which is superior to the Torah that has been revealed. These people GOD had in mind before he created the World. 12

 The Zohar says that 2000 years before the world was created GOD played with the Hebrew letters. In another place it says that GOD was looking in the Torah and creating the world. This teaches us that the Hebrew letters are above all dimensions. When a “sofer” (Scribe) writes a Torah scroll he must be clean physically and spiritually, His consciousness should be pure and must go to the Mikveh before he starts writing. Before writing each letter he should touch the scroll with the ink to make a tiny mark and meditate on the letter “י” (Yod)

1.        1shar mimori chazal-ar’i p.85

1.        2Avodat Yisrael p.25

1.        3Maor Eniyim

1.        4Shoshan Sodot

1.        5Avodat Yisrael p.11

1.        6Sulam on Zohar Hazinu p.286b

1.        7safer ha paliyah

1.        8Sulam on Tikunim p.96,machashif halavon yaakov abuchizera p.250

1.        9Sulam on Zohar Chadash Achri mot p.26

1.        10Sulam on Zohar Achray Mot p.61b

1.        11Zohar Achray Mot p.68b

1.        12sni luchot ha brit