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Why are Elijah the Prophet’s parents not mentioned in the Bible ?

UPDATED July 31st 2016

In the book of “Melachim” (Kings) Eliyahu (Elijah), the prophet appears without any introduction, nothing is said about who this man is. Historically he is viewed as a mystical figure at times appearing to people throughout the generations. He appears in various situations and helps the Jewish people. At the time of the Northern Kingdom. when people were worshiping idols and committing other transgressions. Eliyahu gathered the people on Mount Carmel and publicly demonstrated God’s power. The people were tremendously impressed and at Eliyahu’s command they killed the idolatrous priests of Baal. Eliyahu never died but ascended to heaven alive. . We are promised by the prophet Malachi that Eliyahu will announce the coming of Moshiach.. And we will wait for his  every day.

 

Who is the Biblical prophet  Elijah’s parents?


The Bible doesn’t really say.


Is that not strange ?


Elijah  is one of the most talked about prophets

There is a tradition that Elijah the Prophet (Eliyahu) will come before the Messiah, to inform the world of the advent of the Messiah .


‘Behold, I am sending you Eliyahu the prophet before the ‘Day of GOD’ …’ (Malachi 3:23)

There is an order to the coming of the Messiah, that Eliyahu comes first to foretell of his coming. This, however, is effective only when the Messiah comes in his appointed time. But if we merit and the redemption will be hastened, as expressed in,”He is leaping over the mountains, skipping over the hills” – GOD  then changes the order, as a sign of His love because of merits and good deeds. This is expressed in the Rambam’s concise words.


During the time of King Ahab’s rule, he and his wife Jezebel encouraged all the people in his kingdom to worship the idol, Baal. Ahab’s evil wife Jezebel hunted down God’s people, the prophets, and had them killed. Ahab was resting, relaxing and feasting in his palace when all of a sudden he was hit by a burst of cool night air. The wind startled him but imagine his surprise to see a strange man appear with the wind saying these words, “The Lord God of Israel,whom I serve says there will be no dew on the ground nor rain from the sky in the next few years except at my word”. Just as soon as the stranger appeared and spoke God’s message,he also disappeared. King Ahab was not only scared of the man but also angry that someone would come into his presence uninvited. The stranger’s name was Elijah and he was remembered as one of the most well known prophets of God.


God told Elijah that he should look for a poor widow who would be gathering sticks. One day, the widow’s son became very ill and stopped breathing and died.  Elijah asked for the boy and carried him up to his room. Elijah began calling out to God upon his knees. He cried out, “Lord, I beg of you to give this boy life again”.  God answered his prayer and revived the child. The little boy began breathing normally again and opened his eyes. He then ran downstairs to his mother who cried out to Elijah “Now I know you are a prophet who truly speaks the word of God!”


There are four levels in the Soul of  Pinchas. The first was that of the Nefesh of Pinchas with which he was born, a single soul even though it was the combination of two drops (sources of soul called Nefesh), one from Yosef and one from Yisro. The second level of the Soul of Pinchas was the Nefesh of Nadav and Nefesh of Avihu, which came in secret of ibur (both these souls entered Pinchas when he became Jealous for God and went to kill Zimri and Cosbi.) and was also called “one soul,” as is known from the Zohar: Nadav and Avihu were two limbs of one body (0f the same root Nefesh)   (Achry Mot 57b). 
Nadav and Avihu were sparks from the “good side” of the soul of Kayin. Even if he was the first murderer ever, there was also a good side to him.   Nadav only had Kayin’s Ruach , which is the secret of the verse, ‘With Your generous spirit (ruach nedivah) sustain me’ (Tehillim 51:14). His Nefesh came from his elder, Aminadav father of Elisheva his mother, and thus, he took the last three letters (nun-dalet-bais): Nadav. However,  Avihu, both the Nefesh and Ruach  of Kayin , and that is why he is called ‘Avihu’ (‘he is my father’), to indicate that all of his levels were from Kayin, who received the Nefesh from Adam himself, the ‘father of the entire world.’ This is the meaning of ‘Avihu’- he is from Adam, the ‘father of the entire world’.”

   The third was a Nefesh called Eliyahu HaTishbi  (Elijah) from the  root of Gad, and the fourth level was Eliyahu from the root of Binyomin. (son of Jacob) (The Ar’i shar gilgulim chap32)

Pinchas was a “gilgul” of Yosef .

  According to the Zohar, Pinchas the son of Eleazar was the incarnation of our Patriarch Isaac (Zohar III:236b, 237a). Both names are Gematria 208. Esau was reincarnated into Zimri, the son of Salu. Cain was reincarnated into Esav (Tikkun Zohar 69:118b). Esau later was reincarnated into Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair’s donkey (Chullin 7a), and Pinchas into Rabbi Akiva. During the time of Pinchas, “Those who died in the plague were 24,000” (Numbers 25:9), this is like Rabbi Akiva lost 24,000 of his students as they did not show respect for one another. One should not think they acted evil but that Sadeekem are judged by God to the fineness of a single hair.

(Yebamot 62b).


Pinchas is Eliyahu

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Death, Passing and the After life
November 16, 2008, 8:37 am
Filed under: angel of death, Angels, Death, Gan Aden-Garden of Eden, Nefesh Ruach Nashama, sleep

During sleep and upon death of a righteous individual, the soul travels a certain course as it ascends to the Upper Worlds. Many visions of the future are seen when one is asleep dreaming but they need to be remembered on waking and are usually obscure and need an explanation

Sleep is 1/60 of death

If the soul is righteous, it is welcomed to the Upper Worlds by the Patriarchs, specifically Yaakov. When an individual strives to understand his purpose in life and seeks the truth of the Creator, his soul will seek to reunite with the Light of the Creator upon leaving this world.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of mankind journeys through this physical world without any inkling of his true purpose, or understanding as to the meaning of his existence. Consequently, a man who directs no effort towards spiritual enlightenment and blindly pursues the material world, will automatically seek the path of negativity when it departs its physical existence. The paths of the spiritual world mirror the pathways we forge in the physical world.

If one seeks the light and acts for it in this world they are taken by it, and to it when they transcend this world.

The return of the soul to its original source is vital. It is through this process that the Creator absorbs the souls, which allows them to be born anew each morning.

One is in a certain sense is a new creation when they wake up each morning. Their soul is renewed by the God when they sleep.

This otherworldly journey occurs each night, whether or not we are cognizant of it. An individual’s degree of awareness, however, and their personal level of spirituality [righteousness] determines the particular course the soul travels and the heights it can attain. The higher the soul ascends is directly proportionate to the measure of Light it receives.

 

This portion awakens a deeper awareness of the Light our soul can achieve if it is righteous, as well as the ability to ascend to greater heights and receive greater revelations of spiritual energy during sleep.

ZOHAR LIGHTS

Rabbi Aba opened the discussion with the text: “Who shall ascend into the mountain of Yhv”h ? Or who shall stand in His holy place?” (Tehilim 24:3). Come and behold: no man is aware of the reason for his existence in the world. As the days pass by they rise up and stand before the Holy One as they were all created. How do we know that they were created? Because it is written: “The days were created” (Psalms 13 9:16).


And when the days depart from this world, they all approach the Supernal King. When a person is in this world, and he is not aware of nor does he look for the reason he was created. For him, every day is considered as if it passes by in emptiness. And when the soul leaves this world, it does not recognize the path through which it is elevated, because the path that leads up, to the place where the luminous sublime souls shine, WHICH IS THE GARDEN OF EDEN, is not shown to all souls. After it departs from him, the soul follows the same way that person followed while in this world. Come and behold: if a person is drawn after the Holy Oneand longs for the light while in this world, then later, when he departs from this world, he also follows THE HOLY ONE. And he is shown a path to climb that rises upward TO THE PLACE WHERE SOULS SHINE. It follows and continues the same path that his desire followed and longed for each day while in this world.

So do much good while you still are in this world !

When the soul leaves the body it reaches the gullet (pharynx), where it remains until it confesses and retells all that the body did together with it in this world. Then the soul of the righteous is happy with what it has done, and is happy with its deposit. We have learned that Rabbi Yitzchak said: The soul of the righteous feels great desire for the moment when it shall leave this world, which is worthless, so that it may enjoy itself in the world to come!

A man who sins and recieves “corait” (cut off) causes the cord of his Nashama (higher soul) to be separated from him, leaving him only with a ruach (emotional soul) and a nefesh (animal soul).1 The gematria (numerical value) of corait (soul cut off)=rashiam(evil doers). The wicked turn mercy to judgment, righteous people do the opposite.2 The lowest place in Hell is called Avadon. Where souls never rise from but parish, heaven forbid, as when a soul recieves “corait” all aspects of the Nashama are cut off. The wicked  can take another person’s portion in Hell in addition to their own.3 Righteous people when they pass on from this world see the light of the wheel of intellect. His Nefesh is separated from his body according to the level of his cleaving in the light, he sees the light according to his merit. 4 Sages of Divine wisdom die in a way by which they are not slaughtered in a way disfiguring them with disease as others.5 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 Supernal Holiness 6 The day of one’s death is called day of Hashem (The Lord) .1 When the Nashama goes out of its body it sees the face of the Shechinah. This “segulah” (miraculous wonder) is specifically according to their actions  while living, thus they merit to “devacut” (cleave).2 When the soul is ready to leave its body. It then asks leave of each limb, and its seperation from the body is only with great violence. As it says in the Song of Songs “ Love as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave”.3 The Main punishment and pain come at the hand of destroying angels who lead the soul to Hell. There appears to him that he is still in this world. They decieve him in all kinds of ways. This can last for hundreds of years. One must stubbornly refuse to listen to  what they say. Tell them all you want to do is see the sadeek ! 4After one is buried there come four angels. the grave should be equal to the height of the man. After one is buried his Nashama returns to his body as when he was alive. The four angels seize the man and strike him with rods of iron. As a man cleans a garment. This removes the dust and earth cleaving to him. He needs to be buried deep so that there is enough room to remove the filth from him. If one purifies themselves by their “yesurim” (sufferings), mitzvot,  “misim tovim” (acts of kindness) and by learning torah. By working with their body till it is time to leave this world, he wont need much of this purification of the grave, because most of the filth will already be removed from him. But a wicked man does not remove the filth in his life time, but he even strengthens it very much. Therefore it will take a great strong effort to remove this filth from him in the grave. But one buried on the sixth day of the week after the fifth hour doesn’t require this purification as the holiness of Shabot removes the filth from him.5

1. 1Zohar Vayikra p.217a

1. 2Avodat Yisrael p.26

1. 3Zohar Barashit p.244b

1. 4Lekutey Maharon p.137

1. 5shar mimori chazal-ar’i p.87-88

1. 1safer lecutim-ar’i p.85

1. 2shar mimori chazal-ar’i p.59

1. 3Safer Hachalot-gr”a p.6,Patachy Chotom p.224

1. 4safer ha paliyah

1. 5Sulam on Zohar Tzav

1. 6Sulam on Zohar Trumah p.121a