“The study of Torah”
Does not refer to a cerebral, academic approach to thousands of words on parchment.
This is not its end and purpose at all though intellect is a tool to “connect”
The Torah is understood as the medium through which the energy of The Creator is expressed in our physical dimension of existence.
The sinewy parchment, the coal black ink, and the primordial letters are all intricate components of a divine communication instrument serving one express purpose: to help willing students uproot all their character flaws, in order to attain similarity of nature and thus, closeness to the Light of The Creator.
The first Torah Scroll was shown to Moses by God “Written in black fire over white fire”.
We learn in the Zohar that when the Creator, Bina, gave the Torah to Israel at Mount Sinai. There were severa Holy “Merkavot” (Divine chariots) left side, as well as all the upper sanctities from the upper Holiness of the Torah, the right side. By this the Torah, the middle line, was given in flames of fire. The Torah was thus written in white fire, from the side of “Hesed”, over black fire, from the side of “Gevura”. The letters were flying and ascending through the air. In the air, the lower degrees would fly and rise up to the upper ones.
Moshe transcribed from that Torah of fire while God dictated the words. This very Torah was placed in the Holy Ark and twelve additional Torah Scrolls were gifted to each of the tribes.
From these original scrolls, additional Torahs were transcribed in precise detail. Even the letters were identical in appearance. Indeed each and every feature was prescribed by G-d. Thus the chain of Torah remained unbroken from the time it was given to us at Sinai.
Along the 3,516 years of Jewish history, not one of the Torah’s 304,805 letters has ever been changed and a Sefer Torah that exist in New York is exactly the same that exist in Japan. The words we read in synagogue today are exactly those recorded by Moses.
Come and behold: when the Holy One, blessed be He, wished to create the world, He did so with the Torah. And he continues to do so at every moment.
And every act that the Holy One, blessed be He, used to create the world was done with and according to the Torah. This is the meaning of: “then I was by him, as a nursling: and I was daily his delight” (Proverbs 8:30). Do not pronounce it as “a nursling,” (Heb. amon) but rather ‘a Artist’ (Heb. oman), BECAUSE IT WAS A instrument of HIS Art.
It is more than a book
When He wanted to create man, the Torah said to him: ‘If man is created, he will sin, and you will punish him. Would not Your handwork then be in vain? After all, he will not be able to endure the punishment.’ The Holy One, blessed be He, replied: ‘I created repentance before I created the world. IF HE WILL SIN, HE WILL BE ABLE TO REPENT AND BE FORGIVEN.’ In Hebrew Repentance is the word “Teshuva” It really means to “return” .
It refers to a aspect of Time travel. returning to a state before the damage was done
When the Holy One, blessed be He, created the world and created Adam, He said to it: ‘World, world, you and your nature are based solely upon the Torah, and for that reason I created man in you, to be occupied with the Torah. And if he does not Occupy with THE TORAH, I will return you to chaos.
It is the “energy” from the Torah that prevents this directing creation toward God’s desired goal. Yet there is also free will.
Everything is for man.’ This is the meaning of the verse: “I have made the earth, and created man upon it” (Yeshayah 45:12). The Torah proclaims to men to be occupied with and endeavor in the study of the Torah, but no one lends an ear.
Come and behold: whoever studies the Torah sustains the world and properly sustains every act in the world. There is no part within man that does not have a counterpart in the world.
So dont mess it all up by ruining your own life, as there are far reaching consequences .
Just as the body of man is composed of levels of parts that act together to form a unified body, so is the world. All the creatures in the world are hierarchical parts that act on and react with each other, so they will actually be as one body. Everything, WHETHER IT BE MAN OR THE WORLD, is part of the Torah, the Torah is made of different parts and sections that support each other. When they are all correct, they will become as one body.
The whole world and all in it is as one Organic Body !
Each soul has a source in a letter of the Torah
“It has been said that each of the letters of the Torah has some corresponding soul.
The last letter of the Torah is a Lamed. The first letter is a Beit. When we fuse its end to its beginning we form the word Lev; Heart.
The Lamed is from the word Yisroel; The Jewish People. The Bet is from the word Breishit; Creation.
The unity of the Torah creates a unity in the heart of all
The letters of Torah and tefila (meditation). The Torah letters are the building blocks of the universe. Each of the twenty-two Hebrew letters is a channel connecting the Infinite with the finite. Each is a particular state of contraction of spiritual light and life force. The shape of each letter represents its individual form of transformation of energy into matter. This can best be understood by comparison to the phenomena of thought and speech in the soul. Every letter which emerges in thought and speech is drawn from the inner essence of the intelligence and emotions of the soul.
Before Gods’s letters of creation combine into words, they are still unable to give life to individual creatures. In this state they are called “stones”. When the “stones” are combined into words, the “houses” thereby constructed receive power to give life even to physical creatures. Thus, the inner life of every creature is its name.
This is according to the teaching of Abraham is his “Safer Yetzera” (Book of Creation)
The letters of tefila are upward-bound channels that connect the soul to G-d. They are called “bricks”. (As opposed to the letters of Torah, or “stones”, which are God given, the letters of tefila, like bricks, are man-made.) Joined together, the bricks form “houses”. Thus, by uttering the letters of Torah and tefila, one becomes a partner bound with God in the action of creation. Though, we say the words many are not able to comprehend their creative power- just as in general we are insensitive to the continuous act of creation, the constant flow of letters into all beings. This, then, is the deeper meaning of the passage, “Our signs we do not see..”
The foundation (gateway of energy) is established by Torah and mitzvot (commandments). The soul possesses a unique, innate sense of purpose. Purposeless existence can cause him only frustration and despair. One’s ultimate purpose is inherent in the Torah, through which shines the Infinite “Light of Goodness” from its Giver.
So go out and do something Profound !
In addition to King David, there is a tradition found in the Talmud in Bava Batra 14:B that ten elders wrote portions of the book of Psalms these include ;
- Adam Psalm 92
- Malkitzedek Psalm 110
- Abraham Psalm 89
- Moses Psalms 90-100
- Heiman Psalm 88
- Yeduthun Psalms 39,62, 77
- Asaph Psalms 50, 73-83
- Assir ben Korah Psalms 42, 49, 78, 84, 85, 88
- Elkanah ben Korach Same as above
- Aviassaph ben Korach Same as above
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Rabbi Shimon was a incarnation of Moses and came to the world to reveal the Secrets of the Torah.
The time had come to reveal the Torah’s secrets, and he had been Heaven-sent to fulfill the mission.
Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai together with his son Elazar hid from the Romans, first in the Beth Hamidrash (House of Study) and later, whcn the danger became even greater, in a cave.
At the entrance of the cave, a carob tree started to grow, and running water started to flow. Thus, in a miraculous way; both father and son were sustained throughout their stay in the cave for thirteen years!
During these thirteen years, Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai and his son studied the Torah continually and they delved into the deepest secrets of the Torah and of God’s creation.
On emerging from the cave after an absence of 13 years, Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai became even more famous as a holy man and great Tanna (Teacher). They went to Tiberias to cure themselves in the warm waters of that town, as their physical condition was very poor due to their continued stay in the cave.
Tiberias was then considered to be an unclean town, as it was held to have been founded (by Herod Antipater – a grandson of Herod the ”Great”) on the site of a cemetery. When Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai and his son were cured by the hot springs of Tiberias, as a sign of gratitude they occupied themselves with finding out which part of the town was unclean, and they declared the rest of the town to be clean and therefore habitable even for Kohanim (Priests-who are not allowed to become defiled by the dead).
There are those who say concerning discovery of the Zohar that it was found in the Land of Israel by Moslem workers who were serving Christian masters. The Moslem workers unearthed some clay jars, inside of which were some ancient scrolls. The worker then took the scrolls to his Christian master who could not decipher them. The Christian master then went to a local, but trusted Rabbi who was indeed able to recognize and decipher the scrolls, and thus the Zohar was discovered. The scrolls were then smuggled out of the Holy Land in Jewish hands who traveled on a Templar ship. They made their way to Spain and into the hands of Rabbi Moshe DeLeon. It is allegedly he who then transcribed the scrolls and published the Zohar. The Christian masters were the Knights Templar who were searching the Temple mount at the time.
It is interesting to note that in 1290 the Zohar was published in Spain. Almost immediately, without any noticeable objections this body of teachings was embraced by the entire Torah world as the authentic teachings of the Tana Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai. The Zohar infused back into Judaism mystical knowledge that was lacking for a very long time. What we do know is that 14 years after the Zohar reached Spain and the gave Judaism needed rejuvenation, forces within the Church dealt a crushing death blow to the Templar movement. Do not let the secular academic view concerning the origin of the Zohar mislead you. Their opinion is what is to be expected by men with out faith, Wisdom of God. Know, R’ Yitchok M’ Acco was sent by the Ramban to investigate the Zohar. From him a document exists that brings witnesses that attest to the existence of the Zohar manuscript from which Moshe DeLeone made his copy which he published. In the Zohar are quoted and mentioned many earlier works which are now unknown such as Sifra de-Adam, the Sifra de-Hanokh, the Sifra di-Shelomo Malka, the Sifra de-Rav Hamnuna Saba, the Sifra de-Rav Yeiba Saba, the Sifra de-Aggadeta, the Raza de-Razin and many others.
In the Book called Zohar is included a number of sections or books including Sifra diTzni`uta/Book of the Concieled (ספרא דצניעותא). There is a tradition that this teach originally was from Yaakov Avinu (Jacob in the Bible). The Idra Rabba/ (The Great Assembly), at this gathering were 9 of Rabbi Shimon’s friends, they gathered to discuss great and deep secrets of Kabbalah. The nine are: Rabbi Eliezer his son, Rabbi Abba, Rabbi Yehuda, Rabbi Yossi bar Yaakov, Rabbi Yitzchak, Rabbi Chezkiyah bar Rav, Rabbi Chiyya, Rabbi Yossi and Rabbi Yisa. Before the Idra was over, three of the students died: Rabbi Yossi bar Yaakov, Rabbi Chezkiyah bar Rav, and Rabbi Yisa. The Idra Zuta/The Smaller Assembly (אדרא זוטא),The Smaller Assembly,” distinguishing it from the Greater Assembly, “Idra Rabba,” . In the Idra Zuta Rabbi Shimon‘s colleagues gather again but this time only seven in number, after the three mentioned above died. At this gathering Rabbi Yichak dies and Rebbi Shimon reveals the highest secrets and leaves the world himself. The book Ra`aya Meheimna, (The Faithful Shepherd) is the largest “book” included in the book of the Zohar. In it Moses comes down. He is called, the “Faithful Shepherd”. He teaches and reveals to Rashbi and his Holy Friends, secrets of the Torah’s commandments. Another book found scattered throughout the Zohar is called Midrash haNe`elam (The concealed Midrash) (מדרש הנעלם) Midrash haNe`elam is located within the Zohar in parashat Vayera, Chayei Sarah, Toldot and the Zohar Chadash (pp. 2b-30b; 46b-47b (in the Zohar Chadash edition by Rav Reuven Margoliot), and in parashat Balak, Ki Teitze, and the entire Zohar Chadash on Shir haShirim, Ruth, and Eikah. The Midrash haNe’elam is mostly about the upper level of soul called Nashama. The Idra deVei Mashkana (Assembly of the Tabernacle) is mainly with the secrets of prayer, and is found in the Zohar Vol. 2, parashat Mishpatim (pp. 122b-123b). The Hachalot writings (Palaces) describe the palaces of Gan Eden, and Gehinom, and contains many matters related to prayer. They are found in the Zohar Vol. 1, parashat Bereishit (pp 38a-45b); Vol. 2 parashat Pekudei (pp. 244b-262b, Hachalot of holiness and then pp. 262b-268b, The Hachalot of impurity. The part of the Zohar Raza deRazin (Secret of Secrets) deals with revealing the nature of a man accoding to reading the features of his face and hands. It is found in the Zohar Vol. 2,parashat Yitro (pp. 70a-75a). The Saba deMishpatim (“The Elder in parsha Mishpatim) is Rav Yaba the elder, he explains there regarding the transmigration of souls, and punishments of the body in the grave. It is found in the Zohar Vol. 2, parashat Mishpatim (pp. 94a-114a). Tosefta are paragraphs containing the beginnings of chapters on the wisdom of the Kabbalah of the Zohar, and it is dispersed in all three volumes of the Zohar. Sitrei Torah is a part of the Zohar concerning hidden secrets of the soul and the secret of Divinity, and they are dispersed in the Zohar Vol. 1. There is also Tikunei haZohar it is composed of seventy Tikunim (corrections) involving and explaining the word “Bereishit” (בראשית). Also there is the Zohar Chadash (The New Zohar) (זוהר חדש). It was first printed around the year 1558, some thirty years after the first edition of the Zohar was printed. The Zohar Chadash is similar to Zohar itself and is arranged according to the parsha of the Torah and the Megillot. Within Zohar Chadash is what is called Sitrei Otiyot (“Secrets of the Letters”) and Midrash haNe`elam,. There is Midrash haNe`elam on the megillot: Shir haShirim, Ruth, and Eikhah. There is also Tikunei Zohar Chadash, תיקוני זוהר חדש.
Rabbi Aba said that after Rabbi Shimon uttered the word ”life”, all his words ceased. The light in the room was so great that Rabbi Aba could not look, and two voices were heard saying ”For length of days, and long life”, and then, ”He asked life of you”. We are told of the miraculous events that happened during the rest of that day. Rabbi Aba said, the holy luminary barely finished uttering ”life,” when his words ceased. I was writing and was about to write more, yet heard nothing. I did not raise my head, because the light was great and I could not look. I then trembled and heard a voice calling and saying, ”For length of days, and long life…” (Proverbs 3:2), AND THEN I heard another voice, ”He asked life of You…” (Psalms 21:5). All that day the fire did not cease from the house and no one reached him for they could not because of the light and fire that encircled him. I was prostrated all that day on the ground, crying loudly. After the fire was gone, I saw that the holy luminary, the holy of holies, was gone from the world, wrapped around and lying on his right side with a smiling face. Rabbi Elazar his son rose, took his hands and kissed them, while I licked the dirt under his feet. The friends started crying. Rabbi Elazar his son prostrated three times and could not open his mouth. He then started saying, Father, father, there were three that BECAME one again.
THAT IS, THERE WERE THREE GREAT MEN IN THE LAND, RABBI ELAZAR, RABBI SHIMON BAR YOCHAI HIS FATHER AND HIS FATHER-IN-LAW RABBI PINCHAS BEN YAIR. NOW RABBI ELAZAR IS ORPHANED OF HIS FATHER-IN-LAW AND HIS FATHER RABBI SHIMON AND ONLY ONE REMAINS IN THE WORLD. NOW, AFTER THIS GREAT TREE IS GONE, UNDER WHICH THE BEASTS OF THE FIELD USED TO WALK AND IN WHICH BOUGHS DWELT THE BIRDS OF THE SKY AND WHICH HAD FOOD FOR EVERYONE, NOW the beasts will wander and the birds THAT USED TO DWELL IN ITS BOUGHS will sink into the chasm in the great sea, and the friends, INSTEAD OF THE FOOD THEY RECEIVED FROM IT will drink blood.
Rabbi Chiya rose to his feet and said, Up until now the holy luminary used to protect us. Now is the time to strive to honor him. Rabbi Elazar and Rabbi Aba rose and took him to a bed made like a ladder.
Who has ever seen such confusion of the friends! The whole house emitted good fragrances. They raised him on his bed, and none served him but Rabbi Elazar and Rabbi Aba. Bullies and armed people came from the village of Tzipori.
They WANTED HIM TO BE BURIED THERE AND CAME TO TAKE HIM BY FORCE. They thought his merit would protect them.
The inhabitants of Meron drove them away and shouted at them in their multitudes, because they did not want him to be buried there,
BUT WHERE THEY THEMSELVES LIVED.
After the bed left the house, it rose in the air and fire burned before it. They heard a voice, ’Come and gather to the feast of Rabbi Shimon. ”shall enter in peace to them that rest in their graves”‘ (Isaiah 57:2). . When he entered the cave they heard a voice inside the cave, ’This is the man who caused the earth to tremble, who provoked kingdoms. How many prosecutors in the firmament are quieted today for your sake. This is Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai, with whom his Master glorifies Himself daily. Blessed is his portion above and below. How many supernal treasures await him. Of him it says, ”But go you your way till the end be, for you shall rest, and stand up for your allotted portion at the end of the days”‘ (Daniel 12:13).
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Of Blessed Memory alone was given permission to reveal the great mysteries contained in the hidden teachings and to distribute free gifts (Zohar III:124b).
Prior to Rabbi Akiva’s passing, this great teacher of the Jewish people summoned his two beloved disciples, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and Rabbi Meir baal HaNess. They asked Rabbi Akiva which of them would be replacing him. Rabbi Akiva said, ”Rabbi Meir shall take over the position as head of the Yeshiva.” Then turning to Rabbi Shimon he said, “It is sufficient that your Creator and I know the level your greatness” (Talmud Yerushalmi, Sanhedrin 2).
Rabbi Shimon said, ”I have the power to correct the entire world; I can exempt the whole world from judgment.” (Talmud Sukkah 45b).
Rabbi Shimon was leaving the cave where he and his son Rabbi Elazar had been in hiding from the Romans for thirteen years. They were talking about the righteousness which exists in the world when Rabbi Shimon said ”It’s enough that you and I are in the world.” Another time he said, ”I myself have sufficient merit for the entire world.” (Talmud Shabbat 33b; Sukkah 45b)
These teachings only reveal a small degree of Rabbi Shimon’s greatness and give only a partial glimpse of the true benefit he brought into the world. This being the case, we celebrate the passing of the True Tzaddik, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. This in itself is a great wonder, an obvious contradiction. How can we celebrate and enjoy Lag B’Omer, when it recalls the day when such great good and benefit was taken from the world? What kind of celebration is this? On the contrary, we should rend our garments, as for the destruction of the Temple; as our sages taught, ”The passing of a Tzaddik is more severe than the Temple’s destruction!”
Many miracles occurred when Rabbi Simeon and his son were in the cave, until Elijah the Prophet came and informed them that the Emperor had died, and they could come out into the open. They taught the Torah to many disciples, also instructing them in the Mystic science known as Kabbalah, revealing to them many secrets which now form the holy Zohar.
For hundreds of years the teachings of the Zohar were handed down from one generation to the next until a great scholar, Rabbi Moshe the son of Rabbi Shem Tov de Leon – who lived about 650 years ago, published the holy Zohar that Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai had compiled.
From that time on, the Zohar has been widely studied by the Jews, and is considered to be very holy. Many great scholars studied the Zohar and found it to be an unending source of inspiration to uplift the soul and to reach the loftiest heights in the service of G-d.
Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai died in Meron on Lag B’Omer, and his Yahrzeit is celebrated to this day. Many thousands of Jews with their children gather in Meron, in the Upper Galilee, where they spend the night and day of Lag B’Omer in prayer and study, and are inspired by the holy teachings of ”Bar Yochai.”
After 32 days of the Omer (paths Chuchmah), days of preparation so to receive knowledge of GOD. Then on the 33rd day of the Omer, the Upper Wellsprings of Divine Knowledge open up, and and we are then given as a gift knowledge far beyond our learning. For, just as the Rashb”i, on Log B’Omer that year, revealed great lights of Secrets of the Torah at that time, Lag B’Omer each year acts as a conduit for Divine light to those who desire, and are prepared, to receive it. The 33 day of the omer is the sefira Hod of Hod (splendour of splendour). From these powers is the revelation.
Log B’Omer was a special day already back in the time of Moses in the desert, for it is the day on which the mana began to fall, just after the matzah they had taken from Egypt ran out.
updated July 25th 2016
This Parsha teaches concerning the holidays Pesach, Shavuos, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkos and Shmini Atzeres. Pesach, Shavuos and Sukkos with Shmini Atzeres are called “regalim” which literately means feet. Only by their observance does one have what to stand on ! On these holidays the Jewish people came to the Temple and brought sacrifices and God willing we will do this again soon. Rosh Hashanah with Yom Kippur are a bit different and called “Yomim Noraim” (days of Awe )
Emor the Ramban tells us means speaking softly. This is in contrast to vyadaber (most of the laws revealed to Moses are done with this expression of speech) which is language of severity. Emor is instruction to God’s beloved Cohaniam. It is the Speech of lovers. In the kindness of God we should merit this in some of his secrets.
We see from this weeks parsha we either desecrate the the name of God or sanctify it. To desecrate the name means to make it profane. This does not refer as much to one who the name of God is not on their lips. As much as to the one who speaks the name, but not with the proper due כבוד (Honor). The name is spoken with lack of respect. The name is used in a empty or profane way. Thus it says in our parsha :
“ profane not my holy name” (Leviticus 22:2)
Also in the parsha it is stated
“They shall therefore keep my ordinance, lest they bear sin for it, and die therefore, if they profane it; I YHV”H do sanctify them.” (22:9)
This admonition comes after telling us not to eat unkosher meat. From the severity of this language we can see a little how defiling eating uncosher food makes a Jew. Obviously
One cannot eat such and expect to attain Holiness.
In this parsha it also says:
“ Neither shall you profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the people of Israel; I am YHV”H who sanctifies you,” (22:31)
Many times is it repeated in this parsha “don’t desecrate, profane My Name”, and opposite this it is written “I sanctify the children of Yisrael”. Thus we have to not desecrate by doing what God despises, and has made forbidden. As this desecrates God’s Name, and what do we have without the name ?. Desecration of the name is a very serious matter. Concerning this the Prophet Amos warns in chapter six:
“A man’s uncle, and the one who burned him shall carry out the bones from the house, and he shall say to who is at the sides of house, is there any more with you, and he shall say none, they shall tell them hold your tongue, this is for not mentioning the name YHV’H ” (6:10) The Radak teaches that his friend that comes to burn his body shall carry the limbs from the house. They need to take out these bodies to burn them, because of the stench of decaying corpses. People taking out the bones will rebuke anyone who laments over their dead saying, ” silence, this happened because they did not mention the name of God”. The Metsudat David states that these people that were burned deserved their fate for they did not mention the name of God. The Prophet Joel states ” It will be all who call in the name YHV’H shall be delivered ” (3:5). We see from this that there is nothing left if the Holy blessed name is not on one’s lips.
How much better is it to sanctify all things in the Divine Name, fulfilling mitzvot and making all our actions for heaven.
Concerning one who desecrates the name by working on Yom Kipor the Torah says :
“ And whatever soul it is who does any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.” (23:30)
This destruction of the soul explained by Rashi is that the soul is “cut off”. The Torah also states that those who desecrate the name of God and those who desecrate Shabbot are also “cut off”. Rabbi Addah bar Ahava said in the Gemora “The sanctity of shabot is equal to that of Yom Kipor”. As there are 39 categories of forbidden labor on Shabot, so are there 13 attributes of mercy in 3 worlds. These 39 attributes of Mercy provide life force. By transgressing we “cut” these 39 conduits of God’s mercy, cord by cord. Till all 39 , God Forbid, are cut and then there is no life force. But God is very long suffering. In conclusion :
“On that day it shall be eaten up; you shall leave none of it until the next day; I am YHV”H (Leviticus 22:30)
The sages say every expression of “On that day” refers to the time of the day of judgment, the time of revelation of Mashiach. So here too we can understand that as the Rambam says after all the offerings have been made to completely atone for idolatry, we will no longer need sin offerings at the Temple. But the sages do tell us that in the time of Mashiach we shall still bring the thanks giving offering and as the verse says it will be a complete offering with none left over. This illudes to the ability to perform the mitzvot in a way that is not lacking. God willing with the Temple built soon and the rising of the pleasant scent of the Holy offering and may we see this quickly in our days !
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They spoke with each other what they could not speak before this. They emerged from that opening and sat in the garden underneath the trees. They said to each other, Since we were here and saw all this, if we die here, we will most certainly attain the World to Come. They sat down. A sleep fell upon them. In the meanwhile, the one appointed (a supernal Holy spirit) came and woke them up. He told them to get up and go into the orchard outside. They went out. They noticed the scholars of the word of GOD, who talked of this verse: “In this wilderness shall they be consumed” (Numbers 14:35), but not in another place, THAT IS THAT THEY WILL MERIT THE WORLD TO COME. “And there they shall die” , but not in another place, MEANING THAT THEY WILL HAVE THE LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME. That concerns the bodies – THAT EVEN IN THIS WORLD, THEY WILL ONLY DIE FROM THE ASPECT OF THE BODY – but not their souls, WHICH WILL BE similar to the denizens of the Garden, MEANING THE SOULS WILL MERIT THE GARDEN OF EDEN.
As there are souls which as its written in the bible are “cut off” :
“For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for its life; therefore I said to the people of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any kind of flesh; for the life of all flesh is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.” (lev 17)
This is referring to even in the upper world. The merit of the soul is given to another and it as a individual soul ceases to exist. It will not be given a chance at another incarnation. It has wasted all its chances.
The appointed one told them to leave. They left with him. He asked them, Did you hear something on that level? They said, We heard that a voice was saying that whoever stops shall be stopped, whoever curtails shall be curtailed and whoever curtails shall be prolonged. He said to them, Do you understand what this means? They said no. He said to them, Did you see that great eagle and that child that picks grasses? This was Rabbi Ila’i from Netzivin, he and his son. They arrived here and they saw him and his boy and this cave. As soon as they entered into this darkness, they were not able to stand it and died.
That child, his son, stands daily in front of Betzalel (the man who by the Holy spirit made the tabernacle in the desert), when he descends from his high School, and said to him three things, prior to Betzalel’s divulgence of the concealed secrets of wisdom. All his sayings are concealed secrets, since “neither has the eye seen, that Elohim, beside You” (Isaiah 64:3). That is what is said: Whoever stops, shall be stopped means whoever ceases from the sayings of Torah in order to speak of vain matters, his life will be ended from this world. His judgment remains for the World to Come. Whoever curtails shall be curtailed means that whoever cuts short the Amen and does not extend it leisurely, BUT SAYS IT ABRUPTLY, shall have his life shortened in this world. Whoever curtails shall be prolonged means that whoever said Echad (Eng. ‘One’) must hurry with the Aleph OF ECHAD and shorten its pronunciation, and not dally with this letter at all. Whoever acts this way shall have his life extended. (this is referring to the mediation on the oneness of God in all creation)
THE APPOINTED ONE told them, Go out from here. You are righteous AND DESERVING A HIGHER LEVEL. They emerged. The appointed one presented them with a rose, WHICH IS THE SECRET OF manifestation of the Divine presence IN THE ASPECT OF Divine creativity and inspiration. When they left, the opening of the cave was concealed and was not visible at all. They noticed the eagle, WHICH IS THE SECRET OF THE FACE OF AN EAGLE in the Divine Chariot (see the vision of Ezekial) from which souls are emanated and other energy, which descended from a tree and entered into a different cave. They inhaled the scent of the rose, AS THE ILLUMINATION OF Divine wisdom IS CALLED SCENT, and entered there. (certain scents can effect your mind) They discovered the eagle on the mouth of the cave. He told them, Enter friends, the truly righteous, since I have not felt the gladness of having company since the day that I have been here, except through you.
They entered another orchard, MEANING TO ANOTHER LEVEL, and the eagle was with them,. When they arrived at those scholars of the Mishnah (a compilation of ancient oral teaching explaining the Bible) , the eagle converted back to the shape of a man, MEANING TO THE SECRET OF THE FACE OF A MAN with a glowing robe like them, and sat together with them. He said to the MISHNAH SCHOLARS that were seated, Give honor to the Mishnah scholars that arrived here, since their Master shows them great wonders. One of them said to them, Have you a sign THAT YOU ARE WORTHY OF BEING HERE? They replied, Yes. They slipped out two roses and smelled them, THEREBY ALLUDING TO their Holy actions AND Divine understanding they possessed THAT ARE COMBINED TOGETHER IN THE SECRET OF THE TWO ROSES. They said, Be seated, deans of the school. Be seated, truly righteous men. They held on to them and they sat. At that time, they learned from them thirty Divine ‘laws’ that they did not know of before, and other secret meanings in the Torah.
They then returned to the sages, and they found them studying and saying: “I had said, ‘You are angels (Heb. Elohim), all of you sons of the most High, Nevertheless, you shall die like men, and fall like any prince ‘” (Psalms 82:6), MEANING “I had said” during the time when you acted before listening, for “You are Elohim…” However, since you were drawn after your bad inclination, “nevertheless, you shall die like a man…” (Ibid. 7), just like the death of man brings him to dust in order to erase the bad inclination in his corpse. It is that bad inclination that dies and decays within.
Rabbi Ila’i said to them: truly righteous men, enter and see, since permission is given to you to proceed to the area where the veil is spread. Praised is your lot. They rose and entered a place where there were scholars of secrets, whose faces were bright as the sunlight. They said: Who are these? He said to them: These are the Agadah scholars, and they properly see the light of the Torah, daily. They remained and listened to several new illuminations in the Torah, but were not given authority to join with them.
Rabbi Ila’i told them to enter another area and look around. They entered into another garden and also saw, BESIDES OTHER THINGS, people digging graves. Immediately they die, and immediately reincarnate with bright holy bodies, SINCE THESE WERE THE DECEASED OF THE DESERT. They said to him, What is this? He replied to them, They do this every day and, when they die, the evil filth which they received before immediately decays. They quickly rise up with bright new bodies, with these holy bodies that they had when they stood on Mount Sinai, exactly as you see THEM, since all stood on Mount Sinai with bodies totally free of dirt. As soon as they drew upon themselves the Evil Inclination, they again had other bodies other than the bodies they had prior to that, strange bodies – MEANING THAT THE FILTH OF THE SERPENT WAS AGAIN UPON THEM. About this, it is written: “And the children of Yisrael stripped themselves of their ornaments by the Mount Horeb” (exudus 33:6).
The souls that heard the voice of God on Mount Sinai became refined to a tremendous level , but when they sinned by the golden calf , which is a mystery in of itself they fell from that level. They lost their spiritual “ornaments” they got at Mount Sinai. It is possible to attain these “ornaments” once again while in this world through great spiritual works, and behavior of selflessness and self sacrifice.
A voice stirred and said, Go and congregate there. Aholiav stands on his spot and there are chairs before him. Suddenly, everything disappeared and they saw nothing. They remained alone under the trees in the garden. They noticed another door. They entered there, saw a chamber and sat down there. There were two youths there. They raised their eyes and saw a dwelling that was embroidered in all the kinds of artistry and colors existing in the world. On it was spread a curtain of sparkling light, at which the eyes were not able to gaze. Beyond that, they saw nothing.
To be continued
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Aza and Azael are the two angels who argued with God against the creation of man.
They believed that if they were put in physical incarnation they would be much better at serving God than Humans. They were wrong and fell to lust for human women and desires honor and power. Our sages of blessed memory have said that when the Holy One, blessed be He, created man, He created him in the Garden of Eden and commanded him to observe seven commandments. When he sinned AT THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE, and was driven out of the Garden of Eden, those two celestial angels, Aza and Azael, said to the Holy One, blessed be He, ‘If it would have been us on earth, like man, we would have been virtuous.’ The Holy One, blessed be He, then asked them, ‘Would you be able to overcome the evil inclination THAT IS IN CONTROL ON EARTH?’ They said, ‘We can.’ The Holy One, blessed be He, immediately dropped them from heaven to earth and the scripture reads: “There were Nefilim in the earth” (Beresheet 6:7) and also: “mighty men.” As soon as they descended to earth, the evil inclination seized them, as it is written: “And they took them wives of all whom they chose” (Ibid. 2). They sinned and were deposed from their sanctity. These Angels were subsequently banished to the Mountains of Darkness (they are in India). Bila’am, a powerful, evil sorcerer who is spoken of in the Bible, lived during the time of Moses. Bila’am would travel to these mountains to draw all of his strength from the negative forces dwelling there. Aza and Azael, who rebelled the Holy One, blessed be He, caused them to fall from heaven, they were forced to put on and to live with the garments of the earth. They could not divest themselves of these garments AND COULD NOT RETURN TO THEIR FORMER RESIDENCE WITH THE REST OF THE ANGELS. THEY REMAINED FOREVER ON EARTH. Subsequently, they were seduced by earthly women. They exist to this day, teaching sorcery to people. They begot sons, whom they called ‘mighty’ and ‘giants’. The Nefilim are referred to as “sons of Elohim,”.
Kayin’s descendants walked the earth, they resembled both the celestial angels above and the humans below. THIS IS BECAUSE KAYIN DESCENDED BOTH FROM THE FILTH OF (do not pronounce) SAMAE”L , WHO MATED WITH Eve AND WAS AN ANGEL, AND FROM THE SEEDS OF ADAM. the descendants of Kayin were the sons of the Elohim, because when Samael injected his filth into Chavah, she conceived and gave birth to Kayin. Consequently, his appearance was not similar to that of the rest of humanity FOR HE WAS CONCEIVED THROUGH AN ANGEL. All those who descended from Kayin were called the sons of the Elohim, BECAUSE THEIR APPEARANCE WAS THAT OF ANGELS CALLED ‘ELOHIM.’
Even those Nefilim, who are the children of Aza, Azael and Naamah are called THE SONS OF THE ELOHIM.
“The Nefilim were on the earth…” (Beresheet 6:4)
These, appear to men in the form OF HUMAN BEINGS. And how, you may ask, do they transform themselves FROM THE SHAPE OF AN ANGEL TO THAT OF HUMAN BEINGS? As we have learned, they can transform themselves into all kinds OF SHAPES, and when they come down INTO THIS WORLD, they clothe themselves with the garments of earth’s atmosphere and take on human form.these, as we have discussed, appear to men in the form OF HUMAN BEINGS. And how, you may ask, do they transform themselves FROM THE SHAPE OF AN ANGEL TO THAT OF HUMAN BEINGS? As we have learned, they can transform themselves into all kinds OF SHAPES, and when they come down INTO THIS WORLD, they clothe themselves with the garments of earth’s atmosphere and take on human form.
“men of renown (lit. ‘name’)” (Ibid.) who made use of the name. What is the name? It is the Holy Name, and they used it, for unholy things.
When Joshua and the spies surveyed the land of Israel they came across Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai. They were the offspring of the Nefilim (lit. ‘fallen ones’) that the Holy One, blessed be He, dropped from the HEAVEN to the earth, and they produced offspring from the daughters of the earth. From them emerged the mighty men of old, as is written: “The same were mighty men of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:4). “Of old” MEANS they were present from the time the world was created and “men of renown” are Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, MEANING THAT THEIR NAMES WERE WELL KNOWN IN THE WORLD.
When the spies reached those giants, they put in front of them the staff of Moses and were saved. Due to this staff, they were saved. If you think that those giants simply left them alone, IT WAS NOT SO. The giants in fact came to capture them, but they put the staff in front of the giants and saved themselves. Rabbi Yehuda said, Moses passed on to them the Holy Name. Due to this, they were saved and survived (by the staff with the Holy Name).
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UPDATED APRIL 28 2015
Rabbi Acha was walking with Rabbi Yehuda on the way. As they were walking, Rabbi Yehuda said it is written, “The virgin of Isreal is fallen; she shall no more rise” (Amos 5:2). I came to Rabbi Shimon with a darkened face. He said to me, from the look on your face what is in your heart is seen. I said to him, indeed my mouth and heart speak the same. He said to me, speak up. I said to him, it is written, “The virgin of Isreal is fallen; she shall no more rise.” So if a man who is angry with his wife and she goes away, she will never go back to him. If so, woe to the children who are exiled with her. He said to me, is what the friends said about this not sufficient to you? I said, I have heard what they say, and it is graceful. But my mind is not yet clear about it.
He said to me, woe to the generation where there are no shepherds, and the flock wanders and goes without knowing whither, neither right nor left. Assuredly this verse needs to be familiar, and everything is revealed to those who look through the way of the Torah in a true way. Come and see: For all the exiles of Isreal, He set a time and limit to them all.
God set a limit to the time period of all the exiles of the Jews, except the last. Concerning the first exile of the Hebrews. The Egyptian exile had been foretold to Abraham at the famous Covenant Between the Pieces (Genesis 15:13). “And God said to Avram: You must surely know that your offspring will sojourn in a foreign land; they will enslave them and hurt them for four-hundred years.” Ultimately, the Egyptians went “above and beyond the call of duty” in their fulfilment of “they will enslave and hurt them.” – “They embittered their lives with strenuous work (Shemos/Exodus 1:14). In the end, the Jews were in Egypt for only 210 years. It was the intensity of their subjugation that facilitated their premature emancipation.
Jeremiah prophesied the 70-year exile of Babylon, the first temple exile. (Jeremiah 25:1)
In them all, they turned to the Holy One, blessed be He, and the virgin of Isreal, returned to her place in the time decreed. On the last exile, it is not so, for she will not return as in the times of the other exiles. This verse teaches this, for it is written, “The virgin of Isreal is fallen; she shall no more rise” and not written, ‘is fallen; I shall no more raise her’.
There is an allegory of a king who was angry with the queen and cast her away from her palace for a certain time. At the appointed time, the queen immediately returned and came before the king. It happened so once, twice, thrice. On the last time, she went far away from the king’s palace and the king cast her from his palace for a long time. The king said, This time is different than other times. She will not come to me but I shall go together with all the retinue of my palace and seek her.
When he reached her, he saw her lying in the dust. Who has ever seen the glory of the queen at that time and the entreaties of the king before her? Eventually the king held her in his hands, raised her and brought her to his palace and swore to her that he would never separate from her again, nor stay away from her.
The Holy One, blessed be He, will do likewise. Whenever the Community of Isreal was in exile, when the time came, she returned and came before the King. But in this exile, the Holy One, blessed be He, Himself will hold her hands, raise her, reconcile Himself to her and bring her to His palace. Come and see: It is indeed so as written, “The virgin of Isreal is fallen; she shall no more rise” BY HERSELF. Therefore, it is written, “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen” (Amos 9:11). She will no more rise as in other times, but I shall raise her, SHE WILL NOT RISE OF HERSELF. This is why it is written, “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen.” I will raise up the tabernacle of David. What is the tabernacle of David? It is the virgin of Isreal “that is fallen,” as in the words: “is fallen.” It is to the glory of the virgin of Isreal and to her praise THAT SHE WILL NO MORE RISE OF HERSELF, BUT THE HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE, WILL RAISE HER. I have learned this at that time.
Rabbi Yehuda said, Surely you have persuaded me and it agrees with me. This is the explanation of this matter. This agrees with another explanation, which I have heard but forgotten, but now I have regained it. We learned what Rabbi Yosi said that the Holy One, blessed be He, will proclaim about the Community of Isreal saying, “Shake yourself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem” (Isaiah 52:2); namely, like one holding his friend’s hand, saying, Shake yourself and rise. So will the Holy One, blessed be He, hold her and say, Shake yourself, arise.
Rabbi Acha said to him: All the retinue of the King’s palace started also TO SPEAK TO HER in this language: “Arise, shine; for your light is come” (Isaiah 60:1), for the King is here. Surely then, when the King makes peace with her, it is her glory and the joy of everyone. On every occasion, she came before the King and rose before Him, as written, “And she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the king” (I Kings 1:28). This time it is not so, but the King will come to her and placate her and return her to His palace. Hence, it is written, “Behold, your king comes to you” (Zecharyah 9:9) and not you to him. He “comes to you” to pacify you and to raise you. He comes to you to perfect you in everything and He comes to you to raise you to His palace and join you in a CONSTANT everlasting union, as written, “And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness” (Hosea 2:22).
This is referring to the ultimate redemption.
Exile is like widowhood, as in exile the Divine Presence must exist without her Husband (God). The Shechinah, descends into the lower worlds in order to sustain them.
If the Shechinah ” the Jewish people”— were not be in exile— they would be found unworthy of union with the God in the Holy land and they would have to die as did their brethren when 2 Temples stood. Therefore, God preferred that the Shechinah remain in exile. Rather than many dying.
Concerning exile Babylonia corresponds to the head, as it is written: “ are the head of gold.” Media and Persia correspond to the two arms, Greece corresponds to the body, and Edom and Ishmael correspond to the two legs. This is why the latter two exiles are long. The final stages of the exile as “ heels of the Messiah,” at that time it will be necessary to elevate the Divine sparks that have fell to the lowest places called, the the feet.
In every generation a spark of the Messiah comes into the world. If the generation is worthy he is revealed as the Messiah. If not, he dies or is killed as a martyr, as happened to Rabbi Akiva in the time of Ben Koziva, and in many other cases we do not even know about.