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SIGNS in the firmament of the heavens- What the pattern of eclipses this year prognosticate

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ALL THINGS BRING US TO THE TIME

.   The “Mishkan” (Tabernacle) was completed during the month of Kislev its dedication was in Nissan. The construction of the first “Beit HaMikdash” (Temple) by  King Solomon began in the month of Iyar, and was completed in the month of Cheshvan.  The dedication of the Temple was nearly a year after the end of its construction in the month of Tishrei. The Bnei Yissaschar teaches that the future dedication of the third Temple will take place during Cheshvan.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;

and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.”

(Genesis 1:14)

  For the third time in less than a year on this coming Passover of 2015, the moon will dip into Earth’s shadow, turning its bright white globe a coppery red in a matter of minutes.

The total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century.

The action begins at 3:16 a.m. PST on the morning of April 4 when the edge of the moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow.

For the next hour and 45 minutes, Earth’s shadow will move across the lunar disk, ultimately covering the entire moon at 4:58 a.m. PST.

Some total eclipses last for more than an hour, in this case, totality spans just 4 minutes and 43 seconds since the moon will be skimming the outskirts of the Earth’s shadow, rather than passing centrally through it.

The pattern of eclipses on Jewish Holy Days correspond with significant events in history.

There will be a string of four “blood moons” in the year 5775, and one of them will shine over the Passover seder. Whenever this happened in the past, enormous events took place in Jewish history.

LUNAR ECLIPSES OF THE 20TH CENTURY

DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH (22 Total)

EVERY PURIM HAD AN ECLIPSE!!!

ALL BUT ONE OF THE 22 LUNAR ECLIPSES THAT OCCURRED IN MARCH IN THE 20TH CENTURY

OCCURRED ON THE EVE OF OR ON PURIM. [2]

THE ONE MARCH ECLIPSE

THAT DID NOT OCCUR ON PURIM OCCURRED ON PASSOVER INSTEAD.

DATE TYPE ECLIPSE NOTES

1904 March 02 Penumbral Purim 1: The 14th of Adar.

1904 March 31 Penumbral Passover: The 14th of Nissan.

On Sept. 24, the 1st day of Tabernacles, there was another Penumbral eclipse (The 1st & last of the 7 feasts).

1913 March 22 Total (North) [3] Purim 1 (Eve):

1914 March 12 Partial Purim 1:

1915 March 01 Penumbral Purim 2:

1922 March 13 Penumbral Purim 1 (Eve)

1923 March 03 Partial Purim 2 (Eve): Observed on the 16th of Adar as the day of rejoicing, because the 15th was the Sabbath day in 1923.

1932 March 22 Partial Purim 1: The 14th of Adar day of rejoicing.

1933 March 12 Penumbral Purim 1: The 14th of Adar. (Hitler rose to power as chancellor of Germany in 1933.)

1940 March 23 Penumbral Purim 1 (Eve):

1941 March 13 Partial Purim 1: The 14th of Adar. [4]

1942 March 03 Total (South) Purim 1: The 14th of Adar. (The Nazis hanged 10 Jews in Zduńska Wola, Poland to avenge the hanging of Haman’s 10 sons.)

1951 March 23 Penumbral Purim 2: The 15th of Adar. [4]

1959 March 24 Partial Purim 1: The 14th of Adar.

1960 March 13 Total (South) Purim 1: The 14th of Adar. U. S. Secretary of State, Christian Herter, stated desire to aid Israel in a 13 March 1960 meeting with Ben-Gurion. [5]

1961 March 02 Partial Purim 1: The 14th of Adar.

1978 March 24 Total (South) Purim 2: The 15th of Adar.

1979 March 13 Partial Purim 1: The 14th of Adar.

1980 March 01 Penumbral Purim 1 (Eve): The 13th of Adar when the Jews were fighting for their lives.

1988 March 03 Total Penumbral Purim 1: The 14th of Adar.

1997 March 24 Partial Purim 2: The 15th of Adar.

1998 March 13 Penumbral Purim 1: The 14th of Adar.

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The first and last of the Holidays Passover and Tabernacles, have had

lunar eclipses on historic dates such as when Israel was reestablished and when they

captured Jerusalem in 1967. We see a similar phenomenon occurring on Purim.

About Those Blood Moon Tetrads

Now it turns out there will be a group of total lunar eclipses, each one falling on a Jewish holiday. Typically there are two lunar eclipses a year, spaced about six months apart; you will see them if your side of the earth is turned toward the moon when they happen. Here is the schedule for this year and next year:

4/15/2014 (Passover)

10/8/2014 (Sukkot)

4/4/2015 (Passover)

9/28/2015 (Sukkot)

Blood Red Moons will occur like this ..

Passover of 5774 (April 15th 2014);

Tabernacles 5775 (Oct 8th 2014);

Passover of 5775 (April 5th 2015)

Tabernacles 5776 (Sept 28th 2015).

Intersperses within those dates are two solar eclipses :

Rosh Chodesh Nissan (March 20th 2015)

A hybrid solar eclipse” on Nisan 1 on 3/20/71 followed by another hybrid solar eclipse on Rosh Hashanah on 9/12/71 happened around the destruction of the Temple,”

Sunday’s early morning event – an annular solar eclipse that changes into a total solar eclipse – will be visible on the eastern coast of North America, although those living in Africa will experience it best.

Sunday’s eclipse (March 20th 2015) will become total, completely blocking out the sun and allowing those in its shadow to see stars during the day time. It is this shift from annular to total along its path that makes this a “hybrid” eclipse.

Rosh Hashanah Sept 13th 2015

Three Jewish holidays always happen when there is a full moon: Purim, Passover, and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). Therefore, it is not strange to have an eclipse on one of those holidays, and because Passover and Sukkot are exactly six months apart, when Passover gets an eclipse, Sukkot will probably get one, too. Of the 230 eclipses that occurred in the twentieth century, 37 were on Jewish holidays.

However, it is very rare for both eclipses to fall on Jewish holidays for two years in a row, and for all of them to be total not Eclipses.

The Book of Joel when speaking about end-time Biblical prophecies, mentions that in the last days, “the moon will turn to blood.”

They also point to the seven tetrads that have happened over the past two thousand years, Here are the dates for these tetrads:

162-163

795-796

842-843

860-861

1493-1494

1949-1950

1967-1968

Around eight months before the Temple was destroyed we find on 10/18/69 there was a partial lunar eclipse on the Feast of Sukkot.

A total solar eclipse followed this on Nisan 1-3/30/70, the beginning of the religious year.

Two weeks later there was a penumbral lunar eclipse on Passover on 4/14/70.

An annular solar eclipse followed this on Rosh Hashanah on 9/23/70.

Then another penumbral lunar eclipse on Sukkot on 10/8/70,”

In the blood moons of 1493 and 1494, the Jews were expelled from Spain.

1949-1950: This has been linked to modern Israel becoming independent in 1948. However, the first blood moon comes eleven months AFTER independence, and even the 1948 war was over by then.

The blood moons in 1949 and 1950 came right after the nation of Israel was born, giving the Jews a homeland for the first time in thousands of years.

And in 1967 and 1968 it was linked to the Six-Day War.

1967-1968: Well, maybe. The Six Day War happened between the first and second blood moons, and Israel took East Jerusalem, reuniting the city.

This would be totally unbelievable, if it wasn’t verified by the NASA.

Only one of these 4 lunar eclipses will be visible from Israel.

According to NASA data, there was a tetrad from 1493 to 1494 (there were three preceding tetrads that century as well, but they did not fall on Jewish holidays).

And that’s not the only series of blood moons linked to Israel, as NASA data shows that yet another tetrad unfolded between 1949 and 1950, a key time for Israel’s modern-day manifestation.

“In 1948, that’s the year Israel became a state,” he explained. “The thing that happened prior to that was the tragedy of the Holocaust, which ended in the rejoicing of statehood.”

Another tetrad happened between 1967 and 1968, a period which saw the Six-Day War — a moment of “triumph” when Jerusalem was reunified and became the eternal capital of the Jewish people once again.

NASA data also shows that four blood moons emerged between the years 1909-1910, 1927-1928 and 1985-1986, but these also did not fall on the Jewish holidays.

NASA says the current tetrad of blood moons that started in April 2014 will last through Sept. 28, 2015. The last tetrad to occur happened between 2003 and 2004, though it did not fall on Jewish holidays.

NASA data does appear to show six others will happen this century, but none appear to have all four blood moons fall on both Passover and Sukkot as they do in 2014 and 2015.

All four can be seen from the western hemisphere.

Therefore God has a message of judgement in the eclipses directed at the Americas, not at Israel. Know, 

The redemption of Yisrael from Egypt occurred in the month of Nisan, when the Mars is dominant. 

More here

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2014.html#LE2014Apr15

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DEEP SECRET OF SUCCOT
September 18, 2013, 10:44 am
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UPDATED Oct 8 2017

SUCCOT בס”ד

Blessed is GOD that we have made it again to the Holy festival of Succot, a time auspicious for revelation of our righteous Messiah may he come quickly because the mercy of GOD is great !

The Sefat Emet teaches that the “Bali Teshuva” (one returning to God) has no place but the God give them one and it is the “Succcah”. Yisreal now after the work of ellul, Rosh Hashanah, the 10 days of “Teshuva” and Yom Kipor are all like “Bali teshuva” and they sit in the צל (shadow) of God, cast by the Succah. This place hashem gives us is much higher than we merit by our actions. It is for this reason that its said that “The place a Saddeek stands a complete saddeek cannot stand”

Our lives are a illusion. We think physical life is the true reality and God is distant. On Succot this illusion starts to break down. As in the Succah we can experience the joy of closeness to the God that comes from recognition of the true reality, awareness of Divine truth. Living is the Succah is like living inside the God !

GOD commands us to dwell in a Succah so that we can remember our exodus from Egypt. Remembering the “great hand” and the “out stretched arm” of great revelation by which GOD took us out of Egypt. The Succah also teaches us of the wasteful unnecessary nature of materialism. As during Succot we dwell in Succot as our ancestors did in the desert after leaving Egypt. They lived simply and had all that they needed. Such simple living allows the mind to be free to dwell on spiritual concerns. Such living can be compared to the manna in the desert. To some it tasted tastless or bad, to others it tasted as what ever they wanted to eat. It all depends on the way one looks at things. Many sages have went on self imposed exiles, To the extreme of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochi Who dwelled in the cave for 13 years and reached the greatest height of Holiness.

In a sense a Succah is as one’s personal mishcon משכן (tabernacle) משכן is Gematria 410 equals קודש Holy. The Succah is a very Holy place. The Sfat Emet says the Succah is a Marriage canopy for the marriage of Yisrael to Hashem, for this reason we build a Succah and dwell in it.

Indeed, the word Succah itself teaches us this. The word Succah (spelled Samekh Vav Kaf Hey) has the same numerical value of 91 just as the two holy Names of G-d, YHVH (26) and ADONAI (65)=91, מלאך (angel) = 91=אילן (tree alluding to the Tree of Life). YHVH represents G-d’s hidden supernatural power and the Name ADONAI represents the Divine natural power. The word Succah also is numerically equal to the term (HaElohim, G-d), as in the statement that we recite at the end of Yom Kippur prayers HaShem Hu HaElohim (HaShem, He is G-d). “He is G-d” is the Succah. YHVH/ADONAI is the Succah. G-d is the Succah and we are commanded to dwell within “Him” for the week.

The four walls of Sukkah are a Mem Sofit that surrounds the one which sits inside its four sides. A Succah is a special kind of embrace of the Creator. According to Halacha a succah has to have two complete walls and the third one that is at least one Tepach long. The Sages compare the two walls with the two parts of the folded arm and the third wall with the hand, so this kind of Sukkah looks like the Arm of the Creator hugging the person sitting inside. If the space between the “scoch” and the wall is more than 24cm, then the wall next to the space is invalid and cannot be used as one of the three minimum Succah walls. , The walls of the Succah must be constructed before the “scoch” is put in place or the Sukkah is invalid until the “scoch” is raised and lowered.

The “Scoch” and walls of the sucah make “Tzel” (shade – shadow) + Mem= Tzelem (image) As it is written “God made man in His Image”

By sitting in Sukkah we reform our distorted “image”, distorted by sins, to the “Tzelem” given to us by our Creator. As it is written “God made man in His Image”

The Name of G-d used in the creation story is ELOHIM. The numerical value of this Name is 86, the same as the Hebrew term for “nature” (HaTeva). God is the author of nature, of the natural order. He created humanity and placed us to live in a Garden, not in a concrete jungle. God’s Name is often represented by the Hebrew letter Hey, the last of the four letters of YHVH. Add the numerical value of this letter Hey (5) to Teva (nature) and to ELOHIM (God in nature) and again we arrive at the numerical value of Succah.

In parsha Shemini we are told that for 7 days the mishcon was dedicated and on the 8th day the presence of GOD was revealed. This is similar to on Succot we dwell in a Succah for 7 days and the 8th day is Smini Atzeret, a day of closeness. Or as the Ramba’n, peace unto him, said Smini Atzeret is “a day of binding together all emanations”.

Pesach is concidered our festival while Succot is said to be GOD’s. This reflects the idea that on Succot the arousal of Spiritual interaction is from below (by our Divine Service). Succah is a celebration of “real joy” from the spiritual gain of Ellul, Rosh Hashanah and Yom kipporim. It is the time to celebrate the blessing of our harvest physically and spiritually. It is an opportunity for us to experience our new spiritual garments. One does not really know how nice a garment is until it is worn.

The Ramba’m warns us that one’s arrogance, Honor of themselves or haughtiness can, Heaven forbid, prevent one from truly rejoicing to the fullest extent, becouse of this such a person is a sinner and a fool. Such must certainly be avoided as the main service of succah is to rejoice, especially on Simchat Torah. Just let go of your inhibitions. The Sefat Emet say that “simchah” (joy) is the vessel to draw “mym chyim” (living waters) which is “Ruach HaKodesh’. The main drawing of ‘Simchah” for the year is in the Succah.

Succah is a time of great joy for all mankind as on Succah in the Bait HaMigdash (Holy Temple) offerings are brought on behalf of not only Yisrael but for all 70 of the nations. Its written in the Prophets that after the Messiah comes even the nations will celebrate the festival of Succah. Succah is a time of bringing all mankind together returning to GOD. As Rabbi Nachman of Bresslov teaches that by shaking of the arba minim (Etrog Lulav Hadas Arovot) the nations become humbled and return to GOD. When we hold arba minim (Etrog Lulav Hadas Arovot) together we draw lights of the sefirot from the upper worlds to ourselves and the whole creation.

Total value of Hadas , Aravah , lulav and Etrog =. (610+277+68+69) = 1024 = ארון הברית (Ark of the Covenant)= 32 x 32

The Ar”i says the four species correspond to the 4 letters of YHV”H Hadas (Yud), Aravah (Hei), lulav (vav) and Etrog (hei). The numerical values of Hadas and Aravah = 346 = שמו these two species correspond to י”ה (Y-H) , שמו (the Name of YH)

Hadas and lulov together (68+69) equals 137  קבלה (Kabbalah)

Shake the lulov in the sukkah by this we can shake with our hearts, shake the world up, shake the world awake. We shake 4 species in 5  sets during the “Hallal” these coorespond to Keter, Chuchmah, Bina, Z”a and Nakavah (5 levels of soul).We wave them to the 6 directions, for a total of 30 shakings, 4 species x 30 shakings= 120 sarufim of Elokim. These corresponds to the 30 blasts of the shofar of Rosh Hashannah (outside of Mussaf).Shake the lulov in the sukkah by this we can shake with our hearts, shake the worlds and our souls. We shake 4 species in 5 sets to the 6 directions, for a total of 30 shakings, 4 species x 30 shakings= 120 sarufim of Elokim. These corresponds to the 30 blasts of the shofar of Rosh Hashannah (outside of Mussaf).

We do 18 shaking in each one of the 5 sets being 91 total shakings per day.

30 daily shakenings x 7 days, there are 210 total shakings, as in the 210 years of Egyptian exile. And when the 3 shakings per direction are considered, there are 210 x 3 or 630 total shakings in the 7 days. 630 is 10 x 63 ס”ג, the יהו,ה of Binah. The number 10 always corresponds to the 10 sefirot

 

This service of waiving the arba minim is so powerful and important that the sages enacted that we should waive the arba minim all the days of the festival after the Bait HaMigdash was destroyed, even if they were only waved the first day in the Bait HaMigdash.

Sephardim shake towards the south then north, east, up, down, west. One needs to turn his body and face to  the direction  he is shaking. Ashkenazim shake east then south .west, north, up, down. Face forward and shake clockwise. By Ashkenazim don’t have to turn their body to face the direction nut just shake the “lulav” towards that direction while facing forward. From the south we draw chesed. From the North Givurah. From the East Teferet. From above Netzauch. From below Hod and from the west is Yesod.

 

Rabbi Moshe Chyim Lazzato Teaches that by grasping the life force that flows within the Etrog (citron) that is closed with in Malchut of Asiyah (which is as grasping the whole world in your hand). You can also grasp the Nakavah, malchut of Atzilut (all potential will of GOD that is yet to be revealed). Through one’s Kavanah (intent) they can draw down new revelation from Arich of Atzilut (the source of revelation of Divine will) in to this world revealing what did not exist before. Masters of the Mishnah (Sucah 34B) say, If it lost it’s “Pitom” it is not valid. Etrog (Hebrew) is Gematria 610 same as
“parnasa” (livelihood). Hadas + Arovot=65 = אדנ”י

 

  On Succot water was poured on the alter and the Cohaniam would walk around the  alter 1 time with willow branches  which after each day would be collected and set against the base of the alter. All this was done as a “Halacha Moshe MSinia” there is no verse concerning these mitzvot in the Torah itself.

The Bahir Teaches that a Succah is filled with Chuchmah (Divine Creative power- inspiration). It is this Chuchmah that gives us new understandings directing us to closer levels in the service of GOD, guiding us to greater revelation. It is further explained that the Scoch of the roof of the Succah is Netzauch (quanitity) and Hod (quality). According to the Quality and Quantity of our Divine service the Divine light is revealed throught the Scoch (roofing material) filling the Succah. GOD has left it up to us to illuminate the world we live in being a “light to the nations”. Letting them understand through our actions that everything we do is directed towards attaining life’s goal of unification with GOD by removing the dross of impurity that is brought on by nourishing the klipot (other side) in our thought speech and action. So that there can be more open revelation of GOD’s will in this world. Filling the Succah with light, as GOD’s voice would fill the משכן (tabernacle). Directing us immediately to Fulfill GOD’s will in this world with the arrival of our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days.

Chassadim (powers of God’s giving are dat (knowledge) of Z”a (source of our ruach-emotional soul). The Chassadim are called “stomim” (closed) above the chest of Z’a are covered in the Yesod (gate way of Divine energy) of Imma (source of our Nashama-Divine soul of intellect). The Yesod of Imma is as a tent of “succah”.1 The first day of Sukkot we begin recieving “makiff chassadim” (surrounding lights), also it is the fifth day of the entering of the “Aor Penimi” (Inner Light) which began after Yom Kipor, this gives this day a special intensity. We draw these Surrounding Light by being in the Sukka  when we eat, sleep, learn, and dwell,

1Mhl p.5,sulam on zohar Chadash Vetchanon p.5

The Sefat Emet teaches Succah alludes to Olam Haba and Gan Aden. Therefore it is said that some will merit a succah from the Skin of the Leviyaton. Tractate Bava Metzia Rabba says in the name of Rabbi Yochanan That the Holy one in the future will make a Succah for the righteous to protect from the sun, and it will be made of the skin of the Leviathan. If a man will be worthy a succah will be made for him, if not a mere covering, if He is not worthy of this a necklace will be made for him, if he doesn’t merit this a Amulet will be made for him. The rest of the Leviathan will be spread out over the hills of Jerusalem by the Holy One, and its splendor will shine from one end of the world to the other as it is written ” The nations shall rise in your light and kings in the brightness of your rising ”

Also concerning the Leviathan Rabba said in the name of rabbi Yochanan The Holy one in the future will make a feast of the flesh of the Leviathan. Rav Dimi said in the name of Rabbi Yochanan the angel Gavreal will in the future hunt the leviathan, and if the Holy One does not help him, he will not be able to prevail over him.

1Tractate Bava Batra 74b,Zohar Chayah Sara p28

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The scoch (roof) of the Succah is Netzauch and Hod which we know are the gates of prophesy. Now, this is a amazing thing as after Succah they are only tree branches. During Succah God changes the nature of the roofing material and it becomes a conduit for Netzach and Hod by changing it grasping this unique nature of malchut of Atzilut and revealing it even in Malchut of Asiyah. סכך=100 alluding to the 100 names of Chuchmah. The lights of Imma, which are drawn into Z”a are 100, which is the secret of the “100 Blessings”  a person  says every day; these are the name ס”ג  plus 37, (the value of the letters filling ס”ג)  together these equal 100. Among these are hidden and the revealed lights of Z”a .  All 100 of these lights pass through this “schach”, which is the keter of Z”a , just that the light of the schach is in the aspect of Surrounding Light. (Safer Lekutim- Ar”i)

Water in Hebrew including the word itself is gematria 91 the same as Succah. Now we know during Succah God makes a judgment on “the water”.

Succah is the time when the Makiff Chassadim descend and enter Z”a. “Makiff Chassadim” are Surrounding Lights of Dat. Succah gives Dat to everyone in Yisrael. So that they may know God. Dat for the whole year comes in Succot. The lights around us we have not managed yet to achieve in our soul. In these “Makiff Chassadim” is the Divine abundance needed for the goals we need to achieve. They give us our enthusiasm abilities and insights we will need to obtain our goals,and overcome obsticles and problems in the year and years to come, Chassadim are the 5 times “light” is mentioned in the work of creation. By this Succah alludes to :

Revelation of Torah is Revelation of Chassadim.1 In the Torah in the story of creation are 5 times the word אור (light) this is “sitre Torah” (hidden Torah), 5 times מים (water) this is the written Torah and 5 times the word רקיע (firmament) this is the Oral Torah.2 Every drop of seed (penimi) is made by אמ”ר which is Rosh Teva אור (light), מים, (water) and רקיע (firmament). רקיע is secret of the light spreading out of by the spinal cord., The Divine act of Creation is referred to by the metaphor of אמ”ר speech. The root אמ”ר, “to say”, is an acronym for the first three primary creations: light (אור), water (מים), firmament (רקיע). These represent the three stages in the materialization of the creative seed, as taught by the Ar”i:

* light —the spiritual origin of the seed in the mind , before it is emanated, still only in potential in the God Head

* water— physical manifestation of seed , the energy after emanation

* firmament– the beginning of conception in the womb –. Shaping of the Energy so to create something in this physical world.

The existence of the parzufim are drawn by the order of אמ”ר. The order of from above to below is אמ”ר.

The firmament (רקיע), derives from the root, to stretch, represents all states of positive tension- energy fields- in nature. 5 lights of Binna are called rays of the sun. Binna is the sun. These are from Chesed to Hod. Moshe recieved from Chesed to Hod. These 5 are the 5 times light is mentioned in the first day of the work of creation. These are the Chassadim. They are the 5 fingers of the right hand. From Chesed Bina is complete mercy. The Givurot is 5 times “rekia” is mentioned on the 2nd day of creation.

What we are alluding to is that Succat reveals the highest forces of creation..The roof of the Succhah is Netzach and Hod which make the yesod , it is the rekia (firmament), heaven comes close to earth on Succot. From this rakia descends the makiff chassadim which as we said is the light of creation in Genesis. And as we began water in Hebrew including the word itself is gematria 91 the same as Succah. As during Succah the judgment on “the water” is made this we will discuss more later.

1Lekutey Mahoran p.58

2Avodat Yisrael p.1

In the spiritual worlds man is a microcosm of all Creation, he is the Yesod (gateway of energy) for the upper spirituals energies. On man himself the organ of the “Brit milah” (circumcision) corresponds to the “sefira” Yesod . The High Holy Days come to help us rectify “the” Yesod and connect us to flow of other divine powers that can come through our new “repaired” Yesod.

We eat and sleep in a Succah (Tabernacle) for the 7-day holiday of Succot, and on succah we work energy with the four species, the lulav towers above the etrog (citron), hadass and willow branches. The blessing that we recite in performing the mitzvah is over the “waving of the lulav.” The lulav is taken from the long, straight, upper branches of the date palm. In the holy Zohar, we find that the date palm, or “tamar”, represents the Tzaddik (the righteous individual) He conducts his life in utmost sexual purity, as in the case of Yosef, who was called Tzaddik, because he overcame the temptations of Potifar’s wife.

As we have said above “ The Yesod (gateway of energy) parallels the organ of the Brit milah (circumcision).”

Its written :

The tzaddik (righteous man) flourishes like the date palm; he grows like a cedar in Lebanon” (Psalms, 92:13).

Regarding, ‘flourishes like a date palm,’ just as a date palm does not grow (and bear fruit) unless the male be planted by the female, so the tzaddik cannot flourish save when husband and wife are united, when the male aspect of tzaddik, is united with the female aspect of tzaddik, as with Avraham and Sarah.

The Tzaddik is associated with the sefirah of Yesod (he has developed a great flow of spiritual energy), as its says, ”Tzaddik yesod olam,” meaning ”the Tzaddik is the foundation of the world” (Mishle, 10:25). From this we see that the lulav, in its spiritual connection to the sefirah of Yesod, is a powerful tool to draw down Divine goodness to mankind.

Concerning the 4 species: 1) The Lulav 2) the 3 myrtle branches 3) the 2 willow branches & 4) the Etrog citrus fruit

The 4 Species – Lulav branch stands taller above the others

Just as the Tzaddik excells over others in spiritual energy and shelters his generation,

 In waving the luluv, the vessel of the Yesod, we activate the female aspect of the Yesod above, drawing down Divine blessing. We “excite” the Shechinah above with the Lulov.

Accordingly, the holiday of Succot is also known as the Festival of the Harvest, or the Ingathering, when we harvest our material and spiritual blessings at the start of the year from the mercy of God and the work we did in Elul , Rosh Hashanah, the days of Teshuva and Yom kippor.. The Hebrew word for ”the Harvest,” האסיף, has the same numerical value as Yosef, יוסף, once again hinting at the connection between a “Sadeek” being able to receive the bounty of the Festival of the Harvest.

In its inner, spiritual essence, the lulav is like a healing laser beam whose light soars upward with our wavings to the furthest reaches of Heaven, healing the damages and releasing its life-sustaining blessings. It opens up the Yesod-gateway of energy for more and greater quality flow. We wave the lulav toward the four directions of the compass, and up and down, a total of six directions, which parallels the Yesod, the sixth of the lower sefirot. All is Dependant on the Yesod-gateway of energy.

It is written, “I said I will אעלה (go up) in the date palm” (Song. 7:10),אעלה is the “rosh haTeva” (first letter abbreviation) of the 4 species, אאתרוג עערבה ללולב ההדס The4 species, correspond to the four in the chariot, the one who rides upon it is the יהוה (Zohar Tikunim And one needs to make a circle around, just like by the altar. (Page 29B) It says in the Mishnah “you put it forth and bring it back to He, Who the four directions of the world is His, one raises it and lowers it to He Who the heavens and the earth are His”.(Sucah 37B). One needs to shake it eighteen times in the six directions, which is the seal of the “east is יהו . (Zohar Tikunim)

The lulav corresponds to the letter vav. Like the lulov the letter vav is long and straight, as the organ corresponding to the Yesod. The letter vav has the numerical value of six, paralleling the sixth sefirah of Yesod. By waving the lulav three times forward and three times back, for a total of six wavings, we actualize the flow of the Yesod. It is the perfect tool to fix clean and refine the Yesod-gateway of energy.

The 4 species we pray with on Succot are weapons of war taken in the right hand and with these weapons of war the Jews are sealed to be victorious in their judgement. Zohar compares it to a king that made a judgement and a war against seventy nations, and he did not know who would win the judgement, he said look at those that are sealed with weapons of war in their hands, and you will know who will win the judgement. (Zohar Tikunim) Aiming our secret spiritual weapon toward the six directions multiplies this flow of bounty into our lives. Also, it is the letter vav in the middle of God’s Name (Yhv”h) that connects the first two letters, Yud and Hai, representing the upper spiritual worlds, with the final letter Hai, representing our world. Once again, this hints that the vav-lulav-Yesod represents the channel that brings Divine blessing from the upper worlds to our world, ultimately revealing “chashmal,” (the inner voice of God). We only need to open up this Yesod-gateway of energy, and draw flow.

The Maharil (“Laws of Lulav”) notes that the first and last letters of the Torah, bet and lamed, and the first and last letters of the Tanach (prophets and Writings), vav and lamed, make up the letters of lulav. This once again hints that the lulav-yesod is the central axis that joins one end of our holy writings with the other, encompassing the entire Torah. We see from this the whole Bible hints at the Lulov reminding us of its importance.

The Ariza”l points out that the word, lulav (לולב) has the same gematria (numerical value) of 68 as the word ”chaim” meaning life (חיים). This is because of the life force that flows from the lulav-Yesod, to the feminine principle of Malchut, corresponds to the etrog, which symbolizes the fruit of the womb. When we raise the lulav and etrog together, we unite the male and female principles of Creation in a spiritual unification, called Yichud. This unification of Masculine and feminine give birth to new spiritual forces for our souls and the worlds. We create the arousal of new providence.

Etrog- corresponds to the heart

Lullav- corresponds to the vertebra

Hadassim- corresponds to the eyes

Arravot- corresponds to the mouth

Thus each of the arba minim corresponds to the corresponding aspect of the person’s spiritual and physical correction.

The Kabbalist elder, Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi, stresses the importance of grasping the lulav at the bottom of its stem, and not in the middle, so that the hands do not act as a barrier separating the upper spine of the lulav (the Yesod) from the etrog (the Malchut). Rather, the lulav and etrog should be held together at the bottom of the four species, so that the flow of Divine illumination from the Yesod to the Malchut, stimulated by the waving, is not interrupted.

The three hadassim (myrtle leaves) channel the energy of the sefirot of Chesed, Givorah, and Tiferet. When combined with the two aravot (willows), symbolizing Netzach and Hod, all of the seven lower sefirot are united in a perfect unity. All these Divine powers are channeled through the Lulov.

Concerning the Succah itself.

The Sefat Emet teaches that the redemption from Egypt was not because of our merit. So it took great Divine providence from supernal Chesed,  as accusations were chasing them. For this reason Yisrael had to live in Succot when they left Egypt as they needed its protection. As it is written “God spread a Succah of peace on Yisrael”. A Succah causes blessings of Holiness to descend on those who dwell in it, so that they will recognize where they are dwelling. For this reason there is a “mitzvah” of dwelling in a Succah to recieve its blessings. The Succah has the energy of the Clouds of glory which protected the Jewish People in the desert when they left Egypt. The sages tell us our Succah like the clouds will keep the Israelites unharmed, guarded and protected. When it is said that the Sukka is in memory of those clouds, it reminds us that by sitting in the Succah we attract defending powers, of the “Lights of “chassadim  (God’s kindness) that surrounds the worlds during the days of Sukkot. The Zohar teaches that these Clouds which extended like pillars towering over the encampments of the Jews, embodied the all-encompassing flow of Divine energy contained in the Yesod. Again by the Yesod all the Energy flows through.

There were seven clouds of glory in the desert, one to their right, and one to their left, one before them, and one after them, and one above their heads, and one the Shekhinah in their midst. The pillar of cloud would precede them, killing snakes and scorpions, burning brush, thorns and bramble, leveling hillocks and raising low places, and making a straight path for them, a straight continuing highway, as it is said, “The ark of the covenant of the Lord traveled in front of them…and the Eternal’s cloud kept above them by day… Num 10:33-34.” ( Sotah 4:2).

R. Akiba says: The sukkot were the clouds of glory (Sifra to Leviticus, Emor 17:11) as it says in psalms

He made darkness His screen; dark thunderheads, dense clouds of the sky were His sukkah round about him (Ps 18:11-12)

Cloud as a vessel of the Shekhinah, The Divine Presence. Such clouds hovered over the tents of the matriarchs . Moses ascended into heaven to receive the Torah enwrapped in clouds .

The Ariza”l states, it is preferable to recite the blessing over the lulav, and to wave it, inside the succah. This brings about a powerful union between the all-encompassing aspect of the surrounding lights of the Yesod, the succah, with its inner aspect, the lulav. The lulov is a symbol of the spine which lies inside the body. Thus the succah becomes an electric power plant of high-voltage spiritual energy from both within and without, generating the supreme joy and renewal of the holiday.

Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Hakohen Kook, the first chief Rabbi of Israel, writes that: ”The succah inspires such supernal joy that it cannot be a permanent dwelling, only temporary. Light waves of joy continuously flow, one wave ascends and immediately, without pause, a second wave, brighter and more joyous than the first, descends and spreads.”

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov teaches that succah depends on Tikun HaBrit because the succah represents the Clouds of Glory, and those who damaged the Brit through sexual transgression were cast out by the Cloud.”

Even though the Jews were protected by the invincible Clouds of Glory on their departure from Egypt, the evil nation of Amalek succeeded in its unprompted attack, as the Torah records: ”Remember what Amalek did to you on the way of your leaving Egypt, how he met you (karcha) by the way and killed the hindermost of you who were feeble in your rear” (Devarim, 25:17-18). Rashi explains the word ”karcha” in its root meaning of ”keri,” an impure emission of semen. Rashi relates that Amalek seduced the weaker Jews into sexual transgression, and when the holy Cloud vomited them out, Amalek pounced on them and killed them. Only those Jews who guarded their sexual purity were protected by the Cloud. The Marachot Elokim teaches that the “Hakafot” of Sukkot allude to supernal days and worlds.

Have a happy holy Holiday !

The Sukkah must measure at least 7 “tefachim” long by 7 “tefachim” wide equaling 49, like the 49 gates of Bina. This is the smallest area in which a person could reasonably be expected to sit. Even if the Sukkah is very long, it must still measure at least 7 “tefachim” wide.

A Succah must be at least 10 “Amot” high

by 7 “tefachim” wide, thus 70 square “tefachim” is a Succah.

This is :

י is 10 sefirot (energy of Height)

ה is 7 sefirot (energy of width)

ו is 10 sefirot (energy of Height)

ה is 7 sefirot (energy of width)

There is no limit to the size of a Sukkah except in terms of height, the “schach” must not be higher than 20 “amot” from the floor of the Sukkah (approx. 10 meters). When properly constructed, the sukkah is a conduit for expanded consciousness and channels divine abundane into the world. The Succah walls are Surrounding Lights of the Netzach, Hod and Yesod of Imma. The schach brings light from the lower half of tiferet of Imma, from her chest level and below. This part of tiferet is the keter of Z”A  and “hovers”over Z”A  and Nukva. Just like the  “schach” hovers over the Succah and we dwell beneath it. , The height of the  “schach” can be no higher than twenty “amot” becouse Z”A  and Nukva  each have ten sefirot – therefore together they total twenty “amot” . If the   “schach” above twenty”amot” , one is unable to perceive its light.  The Sages in Gemora Shabbat say that a succah thickly covered like a house so that one cannot even see the stars in it, it is valid, but ideally the stars should be visible from within the succah . Concerning this it is said “Spread upon us the sukkah of Peace”. The idea is that the Yesod of Imma  spreads out like a kind of tent, or sukkah, on the body of Z”a from the place of his chest, and spreads until his netzach, hod and yesod  and all the chasadim of the body of Z”a  are above this barrier (the Succah of Yesod Ima) for they ascended from below to above, for the barrier is penetrated and they rise. And through these

The Sages Tractate Shabbat say that a succah thickly covered like a house so that one cannot even see the stars in it, it is valid, but ideally the stars should be visible from within the succah . Concerning this it is said “Spread upon us the sukkah of Peace”. The idea is that the Yesod of Imma  spreads out like a kind of tent, or sukkah, on the body of Z”a from the place of his chest, and spreads until his netzach, hod and yesod  and all the chasadim of the body of Z”a  are above this barrier (the Yesod of Ima), for they ascended from below to above, for the barrier is penetrated and they rise. And through these openings in the schach, and at this barrier,  lights descend, and are visible from below via the openings in this barrier, resembling the stars of the heavens. This is what I heard from my master [the Ari], of blessed memory, at a different time; and it seems not connected to what we said at the beginning [that the schach is at the level of  keter of Z”a , not at his chest level], but this needs in depth investigation. (Safer Lekutim- Ar”i)

in the schach, and this barrier, these lights descend, and are visible from below via the perforations of this barrier, resembling the stars of the heavens. This is what I heard from my master [the Ari], of blessed memory, at a different time; and it seems not connected to what we said at the beginning [that the schach is at the level of Zeir Anpin‘s keter, not at his chest level], but this needs in depth investigation. (Safer Lekutim- Ar”i)

 

 

These are the potential energies we have to work with.

70 includes all the power of all the

angels that work things in this world.

They are under the command of the angel called Matto”t

(Here is more on this infinite Wisdom)

The “Thum” (depths) has 70 ”sarim” (supernal princes) that are ”chitzon” (external) that surround Aretz Yisrael.1 The 70 nations receive their flow from אלהים of “din” according to their actions, while Yisrael draws from the 13 “dikna”. Yisrael draws power from the 13 “dikna” sweetening the dinim of אלהים.2 Above “ Artz Yisrael” in the “rekia” is a opening called גבילו”ן. Under this opening are 70 others, 70 “memunim” guard them from 2000 “amot” away, in the secret of “tachum Shabat” (Shabat limit). This opening goes up and up till reaching the כסא (the throne) which is Malchut. Its authority spreads from the opening over “Aretz Yisrael” until the opening called מגדו”ן, where the “rekia” over “Aretz Yisrael” ends.1 In The Torah are 70 explanations in “loshon Hakodesh”, which is Yesod, which contains 70 sefirot of Z’a. Each of its 7 sefirot containing 10.1

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1Sulam on Zohar Vayikra p.20a

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1Sulam on Zohar Vayachal p.209b

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1Safer HaKanah

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2Tefilot Ramcha’l #303

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It is so pleasant to lay down and look up through the leaf roof of the Succah and see the stars !

(תורה (611) = (65) אדנ”י + (90) פי+ סוד(70) + סכות (486

Torah= Succot is Secret of the mouth of GOD

This world, like the succah, is temporary. Rabbi Akiva advised that Succot is a way to keep us from excessive pride at the sight of our abundance of blessings, so we are told to go out in live in a “Succah”. The only constant, is GOD’s presence and our choices to respond to Him or not. The sages tell us the Succah is a mitzvah that surrounds us that can actually envelop us in the “Clouds of Glory” which God provided to protect the Hebrews in the desert when they left Egypt. at that time. The Ramchal explains, in Derech GOD, that the seven clouds of glory that surrounded us in the desert, define us. GOD envelops us; the earth and its limitations do not hold us down. From these “Clouds of Glory” we attain a higher consciousness. This consciousness gives us the ability to define ourselves uniquely according to the will of God. As when we were surrounded by the clouds of glory when we left Egypt and found our national identity. This consciousness from being surrounded by the energy of the “Clouds of Glory” –the Succah. Is alluded to by our equation :

Torah= Succot is Secret of the mouth of God

As in this environment being surrounded uniquely by God we can hear His voice, if one listens closely. Concerning “Succot is Secret of the mouth of God” The Vilna Goan teaches that the word succah uses letters from four of the five organs of the mouth which produce speech. The letter samech is from the group of letters that are formed by the teeth. The vov is from those that formed by the lips, the kof, from those formed by the palate, and the hey from the throat. The missing group is the one of the letters that is formed by the tongue. These letters are left unsaid in their natural position, surrounding the tongue. The Gaon tells us that they protect the tongue by remaining silent. Thus that which is sounded is built up on a foundation of silence. The word succah thus introduces a new concept. The word itself tells us that speech that is an offshoot of the inner silence that reflects constant awareness of the presence of GOD. In the Silence in the Succah may we merit to the conciousness of hearing from “the mouth of God”. The will will be easier for us to achieve if we silence our own mouths from speaking evil.

The Goan concludes by telling us that Succot has the power to subserviate the side of us that is drawn to evil speech. The Maharal tells us that our speech is our window to our inner lives. If we wish to experience joy and faith, part of the picture is redefining our speech. For this reason our equation states :

Torah= Succot is Secret of the mouth of God

The partition between thought and speech is so delicate, that unless we change our patterns of thought, we will find it almost impossible to change our patterns of speech.

When water is poured on the alter in the Holy Temple on Succot all receive The Ruach HaKodesh (The Spirit of Holiness). All night every night of Succot were great celebrations in the early morning the water was poured on the altar. Jonah the Prophet it says in the Talmud Yerushalmi received his prophetic inspiration from the water sacrifice, when he was overcome with great joy. A Succah itself is a place Of new surrounding lights that yield Revelation.

תורה= (611)= הדבש יכפר

Torah= the Honey that will atone

As we learned before “ The honey of the Torah is the Torah’s secrets. They bring revelation of the level of one soul called “Chayah” . This is the Soul of Divine creativity and inspiration. To achieve the small still voice, Divine creativity and inspiration one must be pure and Holy. One must have atonement for past misdeeds to achieve this. The Zohar says, “Come and see! No man

is ever purified except with the words of Torah”. Therefore, it is only after we learn Torah that we remove personal impurities. Yet how we can learn secrets of Torah before purification? The answer is that this level of Torah learning, the “Sod”, secrets of the Torah its revelation requires the purity provided by atonement, so atonement is in its power. Once the inner part of our soul has been touched by Torah the outer layer is ready to grasp it and allow it to penetrate the soul. The Zohar above refers to this Godly element of our soul suggesting that Torah purifies it.

On Sukkot we receive the “Katnut” of a new higher level. The planning of the whole year work starts on Sukkot.

Cloud as a vessel of the Shekhinah, The Divine Presence. Such clouds hovered over the tents of the matriarchs . Moses ascended into heaven to receive the Torah enwrapped in clouds .

In the Succah we have guests, these guests are called “Ushpizin” in Aramaic. Each day of the holiday. we welcome Biblical Patriarchs into our Succah each brings to us new spiritual forces. On the first day we  invite Avraham, the power of  Chesed. On the second day we invite Yitchak, the power of Givurah. On the third day we invite Yacob, the power of Teferet. On the fourth day we invite Moses, the power of Netzauch. On the fifth day we invite Aharon the Priest, the power of Hod. On the sixth day we invite Yosef HaSadeek, the power of Yesod.. On the seventh day we invite King David, the power of Malchut, the Kingship of the God.

A pillar of cloud hovered over the altar in the Temple. on Yom Kippur, and its appearance was an augury of the future (Yoma 21b). The presence of the cloud diminished and eventually disappeared due to the sins of Israel. Bar Nifli, “son of a cloud,” is a title for the Messiah, who will appear riding one, according to the Book of Daniel (7:13). Virtuosos of Kabbalah, such as Moses Cordovero, sometimes had pillars of cloud appear over or around them (Sefer ha-Hezyonot).

 



A drop in the Bucket- and its Infinite
September 24, 2010, 9:04 am
Filed under: succah

A Succah must be at least 10 “amot” high

by 7 “amot” wide, thus 70 square amot is a Succah.

This is :

י is 10 sefirot  (energy of Height)

ה is 7 sefirot (energy of width)

ו is 10 sefirot (energy of Height)

ה is 7 sefirot (energy of width)

These are the potential energies we have to work with.

70 includes all the power of all the

angels that work things in this world.

They are under the command of the angel called Matto”t

(Here is more on this infinite Wisdom)

The “Thum” (depths) has 70 ”sarim” (supernal princes) that are ”chitzon” (external) that surround Aretz Yisrael.1 The 70 nations receive their flow from אלהים of “din” according to their actions, while Yisrael draws from the 13 “dikna”. Yisrael draws power from the 13 “dikna” sweetening the dinim of אלהים.2 Above “ Artz Yisrael” in the “rekia” is a opening called גבילו”ן. Under this opening are 70 others, 70 “memunim” guard them from 2000 “amot” away, in the secret of “tachum Shabat” (Shabat limit). This opening goes up and up till reaching the כסא (the throne) which is Malchut. Its authority spreads from the opening over “Aretz Yisrael” until the opening called מגדו”ן, where the “rekia” over  “Aretz Yisrael” ends.1 In The Torah  are 70  explanations in “loshon Hakodesh”, which is Yesod, which contains 70 sefirot of Z’a. Each of its 7 sefirot containing 10.1

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1Sulam on Zohar Vayikra p.20a

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1Sulam on Zohar Vayachal p.209b

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1Safer HaKanah

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2Tefilot Ramcha’l #303

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A drop in the Bucket- and its Infinite
October 7, 2009, 7:35 am
Filed under: arba minim, Matto"t, succah, Succot, Uncategorized

A Succah must be at least 10 “amot” high

by 7 “amot” wide, thus 70 square amot is a Succah.

This is :

י is 10 sefirot  (energy of Height)

ה is 7 sefirot (energy of width)

ו is 10 sefirot (energy of Height)

ה is 7 sefirot (energy of width)


These are the potential energies we have to work with.

70 includes all the power of all the

angels that work things in this world.

They are under the command of the angel called Matto”t

(Here is more on this infinite Wisdom)

The “Thum” (depths) has 70 “sarim” (supernal princes) that are “chitzon” (external) that surround Aretz Yisrael.1 The 70 nations receive their flow from אלהים of “din” according to their actions, while Yisrael draws from the 13 “dikna”. Yisrael draws power from the 13 “dikna” sweetening the dinim of אלהים.2 Above “ Artz Yisrael” in the “rekia” is a opening called גבילו”ן. Under this opening are 70 others, 70 “memunim” guard them from 2000 “amot” away, in the secret of “tachum Shabat” (Shabat limit). This opening goes up and up till reaching the כסא (the throne) which is Malchut. Its authority spreads from the opening over “Aretz Yisrael” until the opening called מגדו”ן, where the “rekia” over  “Aretz Yisrael” ends.1 In The Torah  are 70  explanations in “loshon Hakodesh”, which is Yesod, which contains 70 sefirot of Z’a. Each of its 7 sefirot containing 10.1

  1. 1Sulam on Zohar Vayikra p.20a

  1. 1Sulam on Zohar Vayachal p.209b

  1. 1Safer HaKanah

  1. 2Tefilot Ramcha’l #303

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Fill your Etrog-wife-world with lights
October 6, 2009, 7:29 am
Filed under: arba minim, succah

A beautiful wife is like a Etrog (citron). The etrog is a manifestation of your merit in this world. The state of your aspect of the “Shechinah” (Divine Presence)Man is the Groom and the Etrog is the Royal Bride. The body of the Groom contains 6 directions. These directions are his Kindness, discipline, balance, power of determination and ability of focus on detail. His way he works with the powers. The mentalities of the body are the   “rachamim” (mercies) of these 6 directions. When the Etrog is taken with the (Lulov -Palm branch) these mentalities are drawn into it (from Heaven through the Lulov). The lights of mercy enter the Etrog. The root of “Rachamim” (Mercy) is “dat” (Knowledge). Before mercy can enter the Etrog it must be illuminated by “dat”. Lights of mental powers are drawn into the Etrog, and the Etrog is illuminated. Then all these “new” energies illuminate you and the whole world.



More on the Holy Hut & its “Mystical tools”
October 3, 2009, 6:11 pm
Filed under: arba minim, Sexuality, succah, Succot, Yesod

sukkah

In the spiritual world of the sefirot, where man is considered the microcosm of Creation, it is the Yesod (gateway of energy) that parallels the organ of the Brit milah (circumcision). The High Holy Days come to help us rectify this very fundamental aspect of our lives, and connect us to flow of other divine powers that can come through out new “Yesod”


Jews eat and sleep  in a  Succah (Tabernacle)  for the 7-day holiday of Succot

On succah we work energy with the four species, the lulav (Date palm branch) commands center stage, not only in towering above the etrog (citron), and willow branches, but the blessing that we recite in performing the mitzvah is over the “waving of the  lulav.”  The lulav is taken from the long, straight, upper branches of the date palm. In the holy Zohar, we find that the date palm, or tamar, represents the Tzaddik (the righteous individual) He conducts his life in utmost sexual purity, as in the case of Yosef, who was called Tzaddik, because he overcame the temptations of Potifar’s wife.


As we have said above “ The Yesod (gateway of energy) that parallels the organ of the Brit milah (circumcision).”

Its written :


“The tzaddik (righteous man) flourishes like the date palm; he grows like a cedar in Lebanon” (Psalms, 92:13).


“Regarding, ‘flourishes like a date palm,’ just as a date palm does not grow (and bear fruit) unless the male be planted by the female, so the tzaddik cannot flourish save when husband and wife are united, when the male aspect of tzaddik, is united with the female aspect of tzaddik, as with Avraham and Sarah” (Zohar, Bereshit 82a).

The Tzaddik is associated with the sefirah of Yesod (he has developed a great flow of spiritual energy), as its says, “Tzaddik yesod olam,” meaning “the Tzaddik is the foundation of the world” (Mishle, 10:25). Thus Yosef, who guarded his sexual purity, became the earthly channel of the Yesod to bring the blessing of G-d’s bounty into the world. From this we see that the lulav, in its spiritual connection to the sefirah of Yesod, is a powerful tool in rectify sexual transgression and drawing down Divine goodness to mankind.


Concerning the 4 species: 1) The Lulav branch towers above 2) the 3 myrtle branches 3) the 2 willow branches & 4) the Etrog citrus fruit


The 4 Species – Lulav branch towering above the others

Just as the Tzaddik excells over others  in spiritual energy and shelters his generation, so too the lulav branch of the date palm rises above and looks over the three accompanying species. In waving the upright, male symbol of the luluv, the embodiment of the Yesod, we activate the female aspect of the Yesod above, drawing down Divine blessing. We “excite” the Shechinah above with the Lulov.


Accordingly, the holiday of Succot is also known as the Festival of the Harvest, or the Ingathering, when we harvest our material and spiritual blessings at the start of the year from the mercy of God and the work we did in Elul , Rosh Hashanah, the days of Teshuva and Yon kippor.. The Hebrew word for “the Harvest,” האסיף, has the same numerical value as Yosef, יוסף, once again hinting at the connection between sexual purity and the bounty of the Festival of the Harvest.


In its inner, spiritual essence, the lulav is like a healing laser beam whose light soars upward with our wavings to the furthest reaches of Heaven, healing the damaged Yesod and releasing its life-sustaining blessings. It opens up the Yesod-gateway of energy for more and greater quality flow. We wave the lulav toward the four directions of the compass, and up and down, a total of six directions, which parallels the Yesod, the sixth of the lower sefirot. There are many Kabbalistic meanings of the lulav and its wavings that come to remind us that our connection to G-d is directly influenced by our level of sexual purity, symbolized by the lulav, in its mystical association to the Yesod and the organ of the Brit. All is Dependant on the  Yesod-gateway of energy.

Rabbi Yekutiel Zalman Zev points out that the lulav can to be seen to represent the letter vav. Pictorially, the letter vav is long and straight, like the lulav and the organ corresponding to the Yesod. The letter vav has the numerical value of six, paralleling the sixth sefirah of Yesod. By waving the lulav three times forward and three times back, for a total of six wavings, we actualize the flow of the Yesod. It is the perfect tool to fix clean and refine the  Yesod-gateway of energy.


Aiming our secret spiritual weapon toward the six directions multiplies this flow of bounty into our lives. Also, it is the letter vav in the middle of God’s Name (Yhv”h) that connects the first two letters, Yud and Hai, representing the upper spiritual worlds, with the final letter Hai, representing our world. Once again, this hints that the vav-lulav-Yesod represents the channel that brings Divine blessing from the upper worlds to our world (“The Secret of Hashmal,” pg. 429; see also, Tikunei Zohar, 134a). We only need to open up this  Yesod-gateway of energy, and draw flow.


The Maharil (“Laws of Lulav”) notes that the first and last letters of the Torah, bet and lamed, and the first and last letters of the Tanach (prophets and Writings), vav and lamed, make up the letters of lulav. This once again hints that the lulav-yesod is the central axis that joins one end of our holy writings with the other, encompassing the entire Torah. We see from this the whole Bible hints at the Lulov reminding us of its importance.


The Ariza”l  points out that the word, lulav (לולב) has the same gematria (numerical value) of 68 as the word “chaim” meaning life (חיים). This is because of the life force that flows from the male principle of the lulav-Yesod, to the feminine principle of Malchut, represented by the etrog, which symbolizes the fruit of the womb (Shar HaKavanot, Succot, 5; and see also, Zohar, Pinchus, 266b). When we raise the lulav and etrog together, we unite the male and female principles of Creation in a spiritual unification, called Yichud. This unification of Masculine and feminine give birth to new spiritual forces for our souls and the worlds. We create the arousal of new providence.

This union of the lulav and etrog helps to rectify the spiritual blemishes caused by sexual transgressions whereby the holy, life force of the seminal seed was not channeled from the Yesod of the husband to the Malchut of the wife in the proper Torah fashion.  Such transgressions include masturbation, pre-marital sex, forbidden familial relations, adultery and other sexual wrongdoing.


The Kabbalist elder, Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi, stresses the importance of grasping the lulav at the bottom of its stem, and not in the middle, so that the hands do not act as a barrier separating the upper spine of the lulav (the Yesod) from the etrog (the Malchut).  Rather, the lulav and etrog should be held together at the bottom of the four species, so that the flow of Divine illumination from the Yesod to the Malchut, stimulated by the waving, is not interrupted.


The three hadassim (myrtle leaves) channel the energy of the sefirot of Chesed, Givorah, and Tiferet. When combined with the two aravot (willows), symbolizing Netzach and Hod, all of the seven lower sefirot are united in a perfect unity. All these Divine powers are channeled through the Lulov.


Concerning the Succah itself.

The Succah has the energy of the Clouds of glory which protected the Jewish People in the desert when they left Egypt.  The Zohar teaches that these Clouds which extended like pillars towering over the encampments of the Jews, embodied the all-encompassing flow of Divine energy contained in the Yesod (Tikkunim 148b). Again by the Yesod all the Energy flows through.

The Ariza”l states, (Shar HaKavanot, Succah 1), and it is recorded in the Mishna Berurah, that it is preferable to recite the blessing over the lulav, and to wave it, inside the succah. This brings about a powerful union between the all-encompassing aspect of the surrounding lights of the Yesod,  the succah, with its inner aspect,  the lulav. The lulov is a  symbol of the spine which lies inside the body. Thus the succah becomes an electric power plant of high-voltage spiritual energy from both within and without, generating the supreme joy and renewal of the holiday.


Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Hakohen Kook, the first chief Rabbi of Israel, writes that: “The succah inspires such supernal joy that it cannot be a permanent dwelling, only temporary. Light waves of joy continuously flow, one wave ascends and immediately, without pause, a second wave, brighter and more joyous than the first, descends and spreads.”


Rabbi Nachman of Breslov teaches that this supreme, climaxing joy of the holidays, attained in the mitzvah of succah, can only truly be experienced by the person who has rectified his sexual sins (Likutei Halachot, Laws of Succah, 1).  “After Yom Kippur, when we merited the seal of the holy Brit through the rectification of the Brit and our prayers, immediately after this, we begin to build the succah, because the succah depends on Tikun HaBrit because the succah represents the Clouds of Glory, and those who damaged the Brit through sexual transgression were cast out by the Cloud.”


Even though the Jews were protected by the invincible Clouds of Glory on their departure from Egypt, the evil nation of Amalek succeeded in its unprompted attack, as the Torah records: “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way of your leaving Egypt, how he met you (karcha) by the way and killed the hindermost of you who were feeble in your rear” (Devarim, 25:17-18).  Rashi explains the word “karcha” in its root meaning of “keri,” an impure emission of semen. Rashi relates that Amalek seduced the weaker Jews into sexual transgression, and when the holy Cloud vomited them out, Amalek pounced on them and killed them. Only those Jews who guarded their sexual purity were protected by the Cloud. So too, Rabbi Nachman explains, only a Jew who guards the Brit in sexual purity can experience the transcendental joy of the succah.

May it be the will of the Almighty that with our lulavs upraised in our hands, we all be triumphant in our war against the spirit of Amalek, which lurks in the impure cultures of the world, seeking to blemish our holiness.


Have a happy holy Holiday !



Living in the Holy Hut
October 1, 2009, 4:01 pm
Filed under: arba minim, chassidim and givurot, parzufim, succah, Succot

It is so pleasant to lay down and look up through the leaf roof of the Succah and see the stars !


SUCCOT בס”ד

Blessed is GOD that we have made it again to the Holy festival of Succot, a time auspicious for revelation of our righteous Messiah may he come quickly because the mercy of GOD is great !

GOD commands us to dwell in a Succah so that we can remember our exodus from Egypt. Remembering the “great hand” and the “out stretched arm” of great revelation by which GOD took us out of Egypt. The Succah also teaches us of the wasteful unnecessary nature of materialism. As during Succot we dwell in Succot as our ancestors did in the desert after leaving Egypt. They lived simply and had all that they needed. Such simple living allows the mind to be free to dwell on spiritual concerns. Such living can be compared to the manna in the desert. To some it tasted tastless or bad, to others it tasted as what ever they wanted to eat. It all depends on the way one looks at things. Many sages have went on self imposed exiles, To the extreme of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochi Who dwelled in the cave for 13 years and reached the greatest height of Holiness.

In a sense a Succah is as ones personal mishcon משכן (tabernacle) משכן is Gematria 410 equals קודש Holy. The Succah is a very Holy place.


Indeed, the word Succah itself teaches us this. The word Succah  (spelled Samekh Vav Kaf Hey) has the same numerical value of the two holy Names of G-d, YHVH (26) and ADONAI (65). YHVH represents G-d’s hidden supernatural power and the Name ADONAI represents the Divine natural power. The word Succah also is numerically equal to the term (HaElohim, G-d), as in the statement that we recite at the end of Yom Kippur prayers HaShem Hu HaElohim (HaShem, He is G-d). “He is G-d” is the Succah. YHVH/ADONAI is the Succah. G-d is the Succah and we are commanded to dwell within “Him” for the week. The Name of G-d used in the creation story is ELOHIM. The numerical value of this Name is 86, the same as the Hebrew term for “nature” (HaTeva). G-d is the author of nature, of the natural order. He created humanity and placed us to live in a Garden, not in a concrete jungle. G-d’s Name is often represented by the Hebrew letter Hey, the last of the four letters of YHVH. Add the numerical value of this letter Hey (5) to HaTeva (nature) and to ELOHIM (G-d) and again we arrive at the numerical value of Succah.

In parsha Shemini we are told that for 7 days the mishcon was dedicated and on the 8th day the presence of GOD was revealed. This is similar to on Succot we dwell in a Succah for 7 days and the 8th day is Smini Atzeret, a day of closeness. Or as the Ramba’n, peace unto him, said Smini Atzeret is “a day of binding together all emanations”.

Pesach is concidered our festival while Succot is said to be GOD’s. This reflects the idea that on Succot the arousal of Spiritual interaction is from below (by our Divine Service). Succah is a celebration of “real joy” from the spiritual gain of Ellul, Rosh Hashanah and  Yom kipporim. It is the time to celebrate the blessing of our harvest physically and spiritually. It is an opportunity for us to experience our new spiritual garments. One does not really know how nice a garment is until it is worn.


The Ramba’m warns us that one’s arrogance, Honor of themselves or haughtiness can, Heaven forbid, prevent one from truly rejoicing to the fullest extent, becouse of this such a person is a sinner and a fool. Such must certainly be avoided as the main service of succah is to rejoice, especially on Simchat Torah. Just let go of your inhibitions.


Succah is a time of great joy for all mankind as on Succah in the Bait HaMigdash (Holy Temple) offerings are brought on behalf of not only Yisrael but for all 70 of the nations. Its written in the  Prophets that after the Messiah comes even the nations will celebrate the festival of Succah. Succah is a time of bringing all mankind together returning to GOD. As Rabbi Nachman of Bresslov teaches that by shaking of the arba minim (Etrog Lulav Hadas Arovot) the nations become humbled and return to GOD. This service of waiving the arba minim is so powerful and important that the sages enacted that we should waive the arba minim all the days of the festival after the Bait HaMigdash was destroyed, even if they were only waved the first day in the Bait HaMigdash.


Rabbi Moshe Chyim Lazzato Teaches that by grasping the life force that flows within the Etrog (citron) that is closed with in Malchut of Asiyah (which is as grasping the whole world in your hand). You can also grasp the Nakavah, malchut of Atzilut (all potential will of GOD that is yet to be revealed). Through one’s Kavanah (intent) they can draw down new revelation from Arich of Atzilut (the source of revelation of Divine will) in to this world revealing what did not exist before.


The Bahir Teaches that a Succah is filled with Chuchmah (Divine Creative power- inspiration). It is this Chuchmah that gives us new understandings directing us to closer levels in the service of GOD, guiding us to greater revelation. It is further explained that the Scoch of the roof of the Succah is Netzauch (quanitity) and Hod (quality). According to the Quality and Quantity of our Divine service the Divine light is revealed throught the Scoch (roofing material) filling the Succah. GOD has left it up to us to illuminate the world we live in being a “light to the nations”. Letting them understand through our actions that everything we do is directed towards attaining  life’s goal of unification with GOD by removing the dross of impurity that is brought on by nourishing the klipot (other side) in our thought speech and action. So that there can be more open revelation of GOD’s will in this world. Filling the Succah with light, as GOD’s voice would fill the משכן (tabernacle). Directing us immediately to Fulfill GOD’s will in this world with the arrival of our righteous quickly in our days.

Chassadim (powers of God’s giving are dat (knowledge) of Z”a (source of our ruach-emotional soul). The Chassadim are called “stomim” (closed) above the chest of Z’a are covered in the Yesod  (gate way of Divine energy) of Imma (source of our Nashama-Divine soul of intellect). The Yesod of Imma is as a tent of “succah”.1

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