Here we stand after the deep solemn days of contemplation and repentance of the 17th of Tamuz and the 9th of Av. Now with a period of rejoicing yet approaching of Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippor and climaxing with Succot. To prepare us further for these times we have Ellul. Elul is a time of introspection, repentance, reconciliation, and heightened spirituality a time to prepare to be judged and sentenced by God with what will be in the coming year, for you and the whole world. Elul is a time for personal growth. By “Teshuva” (repentance) they may take their Holy garment back. Just as we go from days of solitude to rejoicing at times. so is this pattern essential to learning. We see this in our Torah parsha.
In the parsha we are told again how Moshe went up to receive the tablets of the covenant for a second time. One major thing was different the 2nd time though as we are told that Moshe made the vessel, the ark in which to put the tablets of Stone. In the same way as Moshe prepared a vessel, the ark, for the tablets of stone. So did Hashem prepare all the people of Yisrael for their Divine mission. As we are told how Hashem led Yisrael 40 years in the desert to humble us, and try our hearts. As it is written ”And you shall remember all the way which the Yhv”h Elohech”a led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not. And he humbled you, and let you hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord does man live.” (8:2-3) He fed us Mana to show that all is sustained by the Holiness of spirituality. This was Necessary so that among other reasons Yisrael would then be ready to enter aretz Yisrael fearlessly, and yet know that it wasn’t their strength that would deliver the land into their hands. This process of solemn preparation is Necessary to prepare one for reception of Holiness of the Torah in rejoicing. As we see that a cup must be clean for water to be poured into it and remain clean. Or as skin is cleaned with alcohol before a injection is given. One must prepare as vessel for Kidusha. As the Magid of Koznitz teaches אשר קדישנו means being invited to Holiness in a individual way as קדושין (marriage). One needs to be sanctified to their creator, as He Himself is Holy. One must prepare to be summoned to sanctify themselves in every moment so there will be received their prayer and Torah. They must be Holy. Sanctified by mitzvot (commandments).1
One must prepare themselves for the coming Holiness. For this we go from the solemn days of the 17th of Tamuz, 9th of Av and the days of Ellul. Rabbi Nachman of Bresslove teaches that the Woman (Shechinah) comes becouse of the aspect of Ellul. This is the ”kavana” (intent) of Ellul. רצון (will) is made in Ellul. From Ellul comes tikun of ”blemishing the Covenant-Brit”. Ellul is a time where one’s “cavana” (intention) is “running and returning”. This refers to our running into Holiness, filling our days of Ellul with activities that will bring us higher in Holiness. But not only do we “run” to the God but in the month which precedes the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is the month called “Elul”, it is said concerning this time called “Ellul” that “the time the king is in the field.” At this time God, the King of Kings is accessible by all who go out into the fields of Holiness to find Him. “Ellul” is a acrostic (meaning that the first letters of the words of a verse spell it out ). The first letters of the words “Ani Ledodi V’Dodi Li” – ”I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me,” a quote from the Song of Love, or Shir HaShirim, by King Solomon in Hebrew spell our “Ellul”. As the verse alludes to Elul is a time of love. Avraham Abulafia teaches that if your heart runs return it to it’s place, by this is cut a covenant. By this way there is recieved 72 names.2 Moshe spent 40 days on Har Seni from Rosh Chodesh Ellul until Yom kippor. This is when he recieved the 2nd tablets. Ellul is the time for the”makiff” to become ”penimi”, creating a new beautiful garment called ”Chashmal”.3 From “teshuva” in “Ellul” there can be given to you the “Atz Chyim” (Tree of Life), which is the “ו” son of י”ה . Then you will be no longer called Servant, but “son of God”.1 This all brings us to Joyful Holy days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippor and Succot.
So let us fulfill as it is written in our parsha ”You take care to do all the commandments which I command you this day , that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers.” And “Every place where the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours; from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, to the uttermost sea shall be your border. There shall no man be able to stand before you; for the Yhv”h Elohecha”a shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that you shall tread upon, as he has said to you.(8:1,1124-25) In this blessing let us stand strongly against our enemies. Those within and without. So in all of this the people the Holy One has chosen ”as it is on this day”, meaning their seed after them forever will go from the exile of preparation to heights that we have never perceived with our righteous mashiach quickly in our days.
1. Sulam on Zohar Achray Mot p.61b
Avodat Yisrael p.34
2Safer ha Cheshek
3Lekuty Mahoran 6:3, p.45,#21, Sulam on Zohar Mishpotim p.115a, Kadoshim p.83a
Filed under: 32 Paths, Angels, healing arts, heart, Organs of the body, Spinal cord
UPDATED APRIL 28 2015
The Biblical Temple incense possessed the power to ward of pestilence, as can be seen from the aftermath of the Korach rebellion, when Aaron used the incense to stop the spread of the plague. It is forbidden to burn Biblical Temple incense for private use. The Ar”i teaches to Specifically, meditate on the first instance of the word “ samim” [spices] in this verse, permuting it according to the system of ayik-becher. This will produce a specific Name of G-d, i.e., mem-tav-kuf-vav. Rabbi Chaim Vital do not remember how the Ar”i said it is to be pronounced.
The heart understands and the tongue decides.1 One must bring their voice over upon their heart, then to their spleen this will renew “simcha.” (joy)2 By the spinal cord a sadeek can connect to a higher emanation, bina, while being rooted in the lowest malchut.3 The liver separates impure blood from pure blood. When any part of the body is burning up from heat this illness is caused by the מרה (gal bladder). It can engulf the body as a storm at sea. The Shechinah calms the waves.4 The spine connects teferet to yesod.5 There is a unique bone at the bottom of the spine called, it is known as היולי (primal energy). it is from the עפר (dust) of Bina, as the luz bone (in the top of the spine at the neck).6 From the Gal Bladder comes evil, it cleaves to the liver.7 We also find in the Zohar that the kidneys and the gal bladder are called advisers and falsifiers. They can excite a person causing him to engage in falsehood. While the stomach and spleen are the happy ones who gladden people.8 The kidneys prompt one to action. While the heart discerns understanding. The tongue shapes and the mouth articulates.9 Ideally man has 32 teeth these are the 32 paths of Chuchmah (Divine creativity-wisdom). Becouse of inequity there are struck these paths causing pain to the teeth. This is why one tooth is damaged instead of another. Each has its own power. They receive Chuchmah of brain.10 The heart is the secret of malchut containing 32 paths of wisdom within. It is chuchmah from the left from bina, called breath. It is a consuming fire because chuchmah is revealed with strong judgments. The judgments guard the chassidim of the hands.11 The judgments are only silenced by the chassadim. Which is the secret of the ruach (spirit) in the two wings of the lungs.12 רוח חיים (living spirit) in the lungs it is the aspect of “makiffim” (Surrounding lights). It is the hand of man under the lungs. From here is drawn the aspect of light of the hands.13 Blood of the heart is crowned with chassadim (powers of giving) in the lungs. The wings of the lungs are wings of the “caruvim”.14 There are 2 chambers of the heart one with blood and one with air. The one with blood is the dwelling place of the “yetzer hora”.15 From the kidneys go out “navua”, prophesy. They are netzauch and hod of Teferet of Z’a (Source of the Emotional soul). (Kidney )כוליה = ע”ב of Arich. 16 It rests on the heart of man. Its called nefesh in the heart. If the lungs merit song of Ruach Hakodesh (The Holy Spirit) we say the caruvim spread there wings to receive three “chayot” ) Angels) of the marcava. The four winds of the world are emanated from the four wings of the Chayot. They correspond to four legs of the thrown. The heart is an aspect flesh from the side of the ox.17
1. 1midrash Rabbah Kohalet
1. 2safer ha paliyah
1. 3Sni luchot Ha Brit mishpatim
1. 4sulam on zohar Pinchas p134b
1. 5safer ha paliyah
1. 6Shoshan Sodot
1. 7Safer HaKanah
1. 9midrash Rabbah
1. 10Safer HaKanah
1. 11sulam on zohar Pinchas p.166
1. 12sulam on zohar hakdamah Tikunim p.290
1. 13Lekutey Maharon p.30
1. 14sulam on zohar hakdamah Tikunim p.291,Safer ha Brit
1. 15Sulam on Zohar Mishpotim p.107b
1. 16R. Semach on Idra p.8
1. 17zohar tikunim-perush metak mdavash p.993