Lech Lecha Bs”d
After Hashem told Avraham that his decedents shall be as the stars of the sky its said that he had Faith in Hashem and it was counted for him as Righteousness. This contains an important lesson. As the mitler Rebbe said peace unto him, Emuna (faith) is the Yesod (foundation-gateway of energy) of every Mitzvah. Or as the Maharall of Prague explains in Givurot Hashem that it is a Jew’s faith which sustains him in all his endeavors. Or as we can learn out from our verse ” He had faith in Yhv”h and it was counted to him as Righteousness”. The Zohar tells us that sedek (Righteousness) is Yesod (foundation-gateway of energy). Yesod being as a gate allowing varying degrees of revelation. The degree is determined by the extent of ones emuna . It is through this that we can be as the Malbim understands the Jewish people “a mighty force”. Meaning for the revelation of Hashem’s light in the world.
Being as Avraham foresaw when seeing the heifer, goat and ram were divided in half when a thick darkness fell, a smoking furnace and a torch of fire passed between them dividing them. The smoke and fire being emissaries of the Shechinah. The darkness and fire being the same which was revealed at Sinai. This act of dividing the 2 carcasses is a pact demonstrating that 2 parties are a one. Through the cloud, smoke and fire. The Chuchmah of Hashem’s Torah. At Sinai there was cloud, smoke and fire as its written :
“These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice which was not heard again. And he wrote them in two tablets of stone, and delivered them to me.” (deut 19:5)
“And Mount Sinai was altogether in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount trembled greatly.”(ex18:19)
We also see a covenant made in a cloud after the flood as its written :
“I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth.” ( 13:9Gen)
We also see the the cloud, smoke and fire as Hashem’s force in the Desert as its written :
“ And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night” (ex 21:13)
It was these same forces that protected Yisrael and led the Egyptians to destruction as its written:
“And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these; so that the one came not near the other all the night. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked to the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and brought confusion to the army of the Egyptians,”(20-24:14Ex)
We also see the mystery of the cloud, smoke and fire as Hashem’s force in :
“And I looked, and, behold, a stormy wind came from the north, a great cloud, and a fire flaring up, and a brightness was around it, out of its midst, as the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also out of its midst came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man. And everyone had four faces, and everyone had four wings.” (Ezek 4-6:1)
This is the Mystery of the Markava (chariot). The deepest of secrets.
Only because of this oneness created through our covenant with Hashem are we compared to the stars through which Hashem guides mazel the providence of creation. So too, each of us continue to take part in the creation which is continual. It is up to us whether Mashiach will come to us because of our great suffering in wars, or He will show his glory miraculously to the world without Yisrael needing to suffer at all.
A way of revealing this oneness revealing the shechinah hastening the Mashiach’s arrival is shown by Melchizedek king of Shalem who brought forth bread and wine and then blessed Avraham in the name of Hashem maker of the Heaven and earth. This is similar to what we do every Shobot when we have bread on our table and we make a blessing on wine in Kidush in the name of Hashem remembering the work of creation. The future is set in motion with Avraham’s decedents promised the land of Israel, and their nature as said before will be a mighty force. While the decedents of Yishmoyal (the Arab states) are given their blessing ” And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him” (16:12). This makes it clear that our Arab neighbors are not a people that Hashem has blessed with the quality of being a cooperative, brotherly, understanding, compassionate people of peace. But their nature is quite the opposite. Violence being a major role of theirs in the world. It is from this understanding that we should deal with them. If he is blessed by Hashem to be a maniac can we hate what Hashem has intended him to be ?. Should we hate the mentally ill if their disposition is violent ?. Or should they be cured of their mental illness. One thought should never be fooled by Yishmoyal’s facade it he talks as a peaceful people. It is clear that our Arab neighbors are not people that Hashem has blessed with the quality of being a cooperative, brotherly, understanding, compassionate people of peace. But their nature is quite the opposite. Violence being a major role of theirs in the world. It is from this understanding that we should deal with them. But violence is best avoided we should seek peace first. Violence is only a last resort.
As Hashem said to Avraham “I will give of you to the nations”. The Hamak Hadavar explains this as meaning that you will be a teacher of wisdom to the nations. Concerning the words ” Kings shall come from you” the Hamak Hadavar explains Kings will come from the decedents of Avraham who will suppress the idolatry of the nations” May we see this completely realized with the arrival of the King know as Mashiach quickly in our days !
Nothing is mentioned more times in the Zohar than how important it is to rise at midnight and study the Torah. This is said and repeated over and over again. Get up out of bed in the middle of the the night learn the secrets and find out why !
Whenever the Torah is studied at night a thread of hidden light descends and plays upon them who are involved in their learning (at midnight). The cloud moshe entered on Sinai was from the primordial light. It is the light of chassadim, Hashem’s power of giving producing fulfillment of commandments and their result.1 Moshe dressed within the holiness of a cloud of this light wearing it as a garment. By this he was able to change his flesh from physical to spiritual in nature. enabling him to handle more light.2 Moshe entered a cloud which was the angel Michia’l. Its written “He founded darkness around him ערפל and ענן (cloud) ”. These are Chesed and Givurah of Atik.3 The rainbow in the cloud gave moshe’s soul its garment. So it could go up to the mountain, and through this garment he could see the sites and feast there.4 In flesh is “Ofanim”. To the East “Chayot” to the west. To the south is image of Man, it is the Chayah of Chuchmah. And Sarafim (north).5 The cloud acts as a barrier and as a garment. The light of the cloud is sweetened from the joy of the nefesh, and strengthened by divine service.6 There are 2 clouds the one moshe entered and stayed in on Sinai for 40 days. It is Malchut. The other cloud was upon the “mishcon”, this one Moshe could not enter. It was Bina.7 A cloud decended and pushed aside spirits from adam.8 Our world has a spiritual source thats fine and brilliantly shines, but the world is ruled by evil.9 After the first day of creation this light was never fully manifest again, but it does renew daily the works of creation. As it is written ” He builds the world with chuchmah”.10 This is chuchmah of the left from imma as said before. Rabbi Ashlag teaches on the Zohar that the light of the day is chassadim. Chuchmah is the secret of 1000. Chassidim are the aspect of 100.11
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UPDATED DEC 29
The kings of who ruled the land of Edom express the energy of the world of Tohu. The order of creation that preceded the rectified order of Tikun. In that world the sefirot could not interact with each other. They were excessivey severity judgemental and selfcentered. By exhibiting these qualities a individual regresses to this level, before the level of “tikun” (fixing) was brought into the world, which enables humans to attain great levels of Closeness to God.
According to judgements of the left light is concealed. From The stones in the Thum (depth) goes out water which is Chassadim (force of Hashem’s giving). Concerning this water King Salomon writes “many waters will not satisfy love (song of songs 8:7). One can never give enough for this love.1 This water goes out through holes in the “mesach” (screen-filter) of “tzizum” (contraction) to sustain the world. It states ” Ruach Elokim moves on the face of the waters” (the sages say this “ruach” is Machiach). ” Ruach Elokim moves on the face of the waters” The magid of Koznitz says the waters referred to here are Torah. The stones within “Tohu” of “bohu” are Nh’y (quantity quality and way of revelation) of Binna (Divine Understanding). They put out water into the “thum” which is the Yesod (gate way of energy). Placed upon “kav tohu” is stones of “Bohu”. The הוא of תהו is the “klipa” (force of concealment) of the אגוז (nut), this is the outer klippah, it is green. Within this “klipa” is “Bohu” it is stones of מפולמות (wonder). From which goes out water. Ruach is the voice resting on bohu. It grasps and guides it as is needed. This is “The voice of יהו”ה is on hte waters” (Psalm 24:3). “Ruach אלהי”ם is on the face of the waters”. “Face of the waters” is these stones sunk in the “thum”. It is called this as waters go out of these stones. Tohu is under שד”י , Bohu צבאות and is called רעש, darkness אלהי”ם, Ruach is יהו”ה.1 “יהו”ה spoke to you face to face out of the midst of fire” which was sent forth by wind and water. The fire, wind and water all came from the shofar. It contained them all.1 It is Noga that surrounds the crown (Yesod) within which is מ “ל which is essence of “chasmal” (parzuf בשר -flesh of atzilut). This is the aspect of “atz Dat tov” of Atzilut. “This Chasmal” is “chayot” of consuming fire. 2 “makiffim” on the head of Z’a called ל ” מ of צל”ם (Netzauch and Hod, Yesod is penimi). There are 7 “makiffim” to Z’a. These are drawn with great force. The 7 “makiffim of Z’a are the aspect of מ “ל of צל”ם (6 corners of Imma). מ”ל Of חשמל is gematria 70 being 70 names. It is the ע of ערפל (cloud of thick darkness). This cloud is the energy of fire and the angel גבריא”ל. It is source of Chasmal. ערפל also siezes in the yesod of water which is מיכא”ל. ׂערפל is Givurot of Atik. (Botzina Kardanita)1
In the Pre Atz Chyim we are told that the Ar’i and Chyim Vital took a boat to myriam’s well and drank the water there and received “Ruach ha Kodesh”.
If the ה (malchut) is not in its proper place (behavior not a vessel for blessing), then blessings only spill over. As a cut sideways cannot hold water. Rabbi Nuchunyah ben Hakana in safer HaKanah says that as a poor man can always ask for water, you can ask Hashem for אין which is “Keter Elyon”. This is asking for blessing from the Ayn sof which is the atribute of Ketter called אין . One seeking this blessing will never be turned away.1
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Whenever the Torah is studied at night a thread of hidden light descends and plays upon them who are involved in their learning (at midnight). The cloud moshe entered on Sinai was from the primordial light. It is the light of chassadim, Hashem’s power of giving producing fulfillment of commandments and their result.1 Moshe dressed within the holiness of a cloud of this light wearing it as a garment. By this he was able to change his flesh from physical to spiritual in nature. enabling him to handle more light.2 Moshe entered a cloud which was the angel Michia’l. Its written “He founded darkness around him ערפל and ענן ”. These are Chesed and Givurah of Atik.3 The rainbow in the cloud gave moshe’s soul its garment. So it could go up to the mountain, and through this garment he could see the sites and feast there.4 In flesh is “Ofanim”. To the East “Chayot” to the west. To the south is image of Man, it is the Chayah of Chuchmah. And Sarafim (north).5 The cloud acts as a barrier and as a garment. The light of the cloud is sweetened from the joy of the nefesh, and strengthened by divine service.6 There are 2 clouds the one moshe entered and stayed in on Sinai for 40 days. It is Malchut. The other cloud was upon the “mishcon”, this one Moshe could not enter. It was Bina.7 A cloud decended and pushed aside spirits from adam.8 Our world has a spiritual source thats fine and brilliantly shines, but the world is ruled by evil.9 After the first day of creation this light was never fully manifest again, but it does renew daily the works of creation. As it is written ” He builds the world with chuchmah”.10 This is chuchmah of the left from imma as said before. Rabbi Ashlag teaches on the Zohar that the light of the day is chassadim. Chuchmah is the secret of 1000. Chassidim are the aspect of 100.11
We learn from chassidut that an external aspect of love is born from reflection on the closeness of the divine, while a more inward love is generated by reflection on the greatness and loftiness of the blessed ayn-sof.12 In Ayn Sof are no desires or “Bozinin Nahorin” (illuminating lamps) these are only found beginning in Atzilut. Ayn Soff cannot be comprended so it is called Ayn.13 It states in the Zohar in parsha Yitro that those who separate from Rebbi Shimon separate from all. Rabbi Yehuda Bay Elloy said so great is the loss of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochi. Now no one knows and no one has permission to reveal. How important beneficial is it to be regularly involved in the Zohar. Becouse of the shattering of vessels we need to sustain and stand up the worlds renewing them. Until there stands up the Nashamot of Rasb”i and his friends who are able to raise things to their source. They are able to do the elevations and “tikunim” that are needed. They decend by the letter ט . The Ar”i Rashb”y and his friends are from the “givurot of gadlut”.14 How many times its explained in the Zohar how important it is to learn the Torah at Midnight. We learn from the Zohar that a redemption comes to the children of men who call out at night. It redeems them from their separation from Hashem because of blemish from their sins. In Tikunim we learn night is imma which is malchut of the world of Bria.15
With the secrets of the Torah one must be careful. As the Zohar compares revealing secrets to one unworthy as revealing nakedness. This allows flow to the “chitzonim” (other side) heaven forbid. The wicked reveal secrets, it is as if they kill people.16 The desire to learn secrets of the Torah, Kaballah in particular is a great gift from Hashem. Yaakov Abuchitzera teaches that the Nefesh in a man is “elohot”, but עצמות (essence) of Hashem does not enter into man in this world until he removes his courseness and dresses in a spiritual garment so to be able to handle the light. One must be careful when entering into the Dat of “Misa Markava”. They must guard them selves as with those involved in this work the “sitra achra” (other side) wants to accuse above. If they are lacking in dat, or don’t have complete “emuna” they will be far from accomplishing this learning, his Nashama will not receive. If his Nefesh is not coming from a place of truth, these things will be far from him. But a Nefesh with a “tiva”, and complete emuna eats and is satisfied.17 A big secret in sitri Torah is to portion כבוד (honor) to the last attribute (Malchut), becouse emuna makes miracles and נפלאות (wounderous things). Emuna in the name make נסים (miracles). All the blessings we say on miracles illude to keter as from here they come.18 Every day has barriers that guard as thorns. So that those who are unfit cannot enter the vinyard. There are many types of Guardians. There are snakes and scorpions to protect the good. If there were no barriers the wicked could then access the secrets. These confuse the mind of the wicked. Preventing the entry of those who do not belong.19 Its taught by Rabbi Moshe Cordevero in Shur kuma that by divine providence and knowledge there are those who there does not illuminate upon them the secret of the zohar. It being concealed and hidden. To them there is not vision bursting forth, but the kabbalah remains hidden.20 In a sense in the torah that they learn they don’t find more and more. There are laws to revealing Kaballah. There is that wisdom which is necessary, one must posses it. But to reveal only so that one will say “so what”, is a great destroyer. Other wisdom requires heavenly permission to reveal. The words must be given from above, and there are those secrets which are only shared with the few who are worthy. Those who fear Hashem and guard the holiness with all their heart and soul21. Rabbi Moshe Cordevero also teaches that people who don’t have Chumash, Mishna,Gemora and occupy in Kaballah there is no doubt they are in error completely. If one has not seen the light of “pilpul” there will not come the light from Kaballah upon them. They will only come to error.22 Rabbi Nachman of Bresslov teaches that once one completes the whole talmud they are deserving of the “zelem Elokim” (divine image).