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Ci Tavo בס”ד

This parsha is most appropriate before Rosh Hashanah. Our parsha begins discussing the offering of the First fruits of the soil as a thanksgiving offering. By this offering we affirm that YHV”H is our God, and that we walk in his ways. Then the parsha warns all Yisreal of the curse we inherit if we neglect to fulfill what the Torah asks of us or if we do what it has forbidden to us. Also we are informed of the blessings we will have if if we do what is asked of us in the torah. It becomes clear its either one or the other. The Magid of Koznitz teaches that from doubt one can come to confusion of thoughts this is the main curse as because of this one may cannot achieve cleaving to GOD.1 One must be a master of spiritual war against confusion of thoughts.2 The ways of GOD are not as our own so many times one may not see the blessings or these curses but be sure enough in God’s way, according to his Timing they will come. The Torah is a covenant, contract and set forth here are part of its terms. So let us realize by reading the curses, that which has already come upon us, and also remember what GOD did to Pharoe and all his country. The Ramchal teaches the curses in our parsha are contained in 53 verses, corresponding to the 53 parsha of the Torah itself. Alluding to the fact one can lose everything eternal. 53 is the numerical value of ”gan” referring to Gan Aden (Garden of Eden). These curses allude to the judgment of the World to Come. The first curses (in parsha Bichucoty) are concerning judgments in this world, they are in 32 verses.3 In the world to come one has alot more to lose.

 

 

 

Remember and understand what is written in our parsha ” You have seen all that the Yhv”h did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land. The great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles. Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, until this day. (29:1-3) This alludes to the fact that we do not have knowledge of spiritual awareness readily accessible to our human form. For if we did we would never think of transgressing. It is for this reason that so many waste their lives not involving themselves at all with the work of their soul for which purpose they were created. If our perceptions were not as they are there would be no free will. One must always force themselves to think, meditate so as to attain awareness of GOD and their true Divine nature. That we are the people who GOD took through the desert 40 years and our shoes and clothing did not wear out. He provided us Manna from heaven and a miraculous well of water that followed us where ever we went. Then we will be faithful to GOD and the terms of this covenant. Concerning the blessings of the Torah the Zohar teaches us David woke at midnight and praised the GOD until the name ascended upon it’s throne at the hour when the light of the day appeared. If you work to establish the Holy name all the blessings of heaven will abide with you.4 Aretz Yisrael receives flow of blessing from the supernal land, the Spiritual realms. If we do the spiritual things GOD asks of us we will be sure to see the Torah’s blessings.5 Then all the people of the earth will see that GOD’s name is called upon us with the arrival of the Messiah quickly in our days.

 

 

 

1. 1Avodat Yisrael p.1

 

 

 

1. 2Avodat Yisrael p. 10

 

 

 

1. 3Tikunim Chadashim-Ramcha’l p.101

 

 

 

1. 4Zohar Bichukoty p113a

 

 

 

1. 5Shoshon Sodot



DOWN TO THE “SOUL” OF ONE’S FEET————- LOVE !

 

Akev

 

Here we stand after the deep solemn days of contemplation and repentance of the 17th of Tamuz and the 9th of Av. Now with a period of rejoicing yet approaching of Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippor and climaxing with Succot. To prepare us further for these times we have Ellul. Elul is a time of introspection, repentance, reconciliation, and heightened spirituality a time to prepare to be judged and sentenced by God with what will be in the coming year, for you and the whole world. Elul is a time for personal growth. By “Teshuva” (repentance) they may take their Holy garment back. Just as we go from days of solitude to rejoicing at times. so is this pattern essential to learning. We see this in our Torah parsha.

 

In the parsha we are told again how Moshe went up to receive the tablets of the covenant for a second time. One major thing was different the 2nd time though as we are told that Moshe made the vessel, the ark in which to put the tablets of Stone. In the same way as Moshe prepared a vessel, the ark, for the tablets of stone. So did Hashem prepare all the people of Yisrael for their Divine mission. As we are told how Hashem led Yisrael 40 years in the desert to humble us, and try our hearts. As it is written ”And you shall remember all the way which the Yhv”h Elohech”a led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not. And he humbled you, and let you hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord does man live.” (8:2-3) He fed us Mana to show that all is sustained by the Holiness of spirituality. This was Necessary so that among other reasons Yisrael would then be ready to enter Aretz Yisrael fearlessly, and yet know that it wasn’t their strength that would deliver the land into their hands. This process of solemn preparation is Necessary to prepare one for reception of Holiness of the Torah in rejoicing. As we see that a cup must be clean for water to be poured into it and remain clean. Or as skin is cleaned with alcohol before a injection is given. One must prepare as vessel for Kidusha. As the Magid of Koznitz teaches אשרקדישנו means being invited to Holiness in a individual way as קדושין (marriage). One needs to be sanctified to their creator, as He Himself is Holy. One must prepare to be summoned to sanctify themselves in every moment so there will be received their prayer and Torah. They must be Holy. Sanctified by mitzvot (commandments).1

 

One must prepare themselves for the coming Holiness. For this we go from the solemn days of the 17th of Tamuz, 9th of Av and the days of Ellul. Rabbi Nachman of Bresslove teaches that the Woman (Shechinah) comes becouse of the aspect of Ellul. This is the ”kavana” (intent) of Ellul. רצון (will) is made in Ellul. From Ellul comes tikun of ”blemishing the Covenant-Brit”. Ellul is a time where one’s “cavana” (intention) is “running and returning”. This refers to our running into Holiness, filling our days of Ellul with activities that will bring us higher in Holiness. But not only do we “run” to the God but in the month which precedes the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is the month called “Elul”, it is said concerning this time called “Ellul” that “the time the king is in the field.” At this time God, the King of Kings is accessible by all who go out into the fields of Holiness to find Him. “Ellul” is a acrostic (meaning that the first letters of the words of a verse spell it out ). The first letters of the words “Ani Ledodi V’Dodi Li” – ”I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me,” a quote from the Song of Love, or Shir HaShirim, by King Solomon in Hebrew spell our “Ellul”. As the verse alludes to Elul is a time of love. Avraham Abulafia teaches that if your heart runs return it to it’s place, by this is cut a covenant. By this way there is recieved 72 names.2 Moshe spent 40 days on Har Seni from Rosh Chodesh Ellul until Yom kippor. This is when he recieved the 2nd tablets. Ellul is the time for the”makiff” to become ”penimi”, creating a new beautiful garment called ”Chashmal”.3 From “teshuva” in “Ellul” there can be given to you the “Atz Chyim” (Tree of Life), which is the “ו” son of י”ה . Then you will be no longer called Servant, but “son of God”.1 This all brings us to Joyful Holy days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippor and Succot.

 

 

 

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  The feet exist at the lowest level so must be protected to prevent flow of Divine light to the powers of evil. So let us fulfill as it is written in our parsha ”You take care to do all the commandments which I command you this day , that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers.” And “Every place where the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours; from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, to the uttermost sea shall be your border. There shall no man be able to stand before you; for the Yhv”h Elohecha”a shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that you shall tread upon, as he has said to you”.(8:1,1124-25) In this blessing let us stand strongly against our enemies. Those within and without. So in all of this the people the Holy One has chosen ”as it is on this day”, meaning their seed after them forever will go from the exile of preparation to heights that we have never perceived with our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days.

 



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Parsha Kidoshim בס“ד

Our pasha begins by saying “Holy you shall be because I am Holy, I am Yhv”h Elohchem “. It’s interesting to note that this is not a question or a request, but a demand !. How can this be when Holiness is such a High level that the Ramcha”l says in Path of the Just that Holiness is a gift from GOD, it being the highest level. Yet we see here Holiness is the inheritance of all Yisrael.

In Gemore Batzah Rabbi Yishmoyal states that ” The Torah was given to Yisrael because they are worthy of it, and it were not given to them no nation could withstand them.” Just as the body must have a heart, and a brain to function properly. For the world to be in its proper order all Yisrael, as the verse says “Must be Holy”. This is reflected in the teaching of Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah)in Tanna DebEliyahu that “If it were not for the Torah the world long ago would have been destroyed”. So when people of this generation say “Holiness is unattainable”. Know that this is ever so far from the truth. This reflects what Rabbi Nachman of Breslov said “a plague of atheism is coming to the world”. The Torah’s teachings are eternal, and we can be Holy. Next we must ask how can this be attained ?

 

In order to become “kadosh”—holy one must first remove all that which is forbidden As long as you eat forbidden foods and engage in forbidden activities, kedushah (Holiness) will not be with you.

Acting according to Human dignity is what the Torah calls derech eretz, which literally means “way of the land,” but it is explained as meaning good manners—the Torah’s idea of good manners. Without derech eretz, Torah will not will not work.

One cannot attain Holiness

Concerning this it is written :

Yhv”h spoke to Moshe (Moses), saying: Speak to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for holy am I, Yhv”h, your God.”(VaYikra-Leviticus 19:1-2)

But then the examples start flowing in:

You shall not steal, you shall not deny falsely, and you shall not lie one man to his fellow… You shall not cheat your fellow…a worker’s wage shall not remain with you overnight until morning… You shall not curse the deaf, and you shall not place a stumbling block before the blind… With righteousness shall you judge your fellow… You shall not be gossipmonger among your people, you shall not stand aside while your fellow’s blood is shed… You shall not hate your brother in your heart… You shall not take revenge and you shall not bear a grudge against the members of your people…”(ibid 11-18)

All culminating in the famous verse beseeching us to “love your fellow as yourself” (ibid).

Without derech eretz, Torah will not will not work. One cannot attain Holiness

This is the beginning of the way upon which all depends

The Torah world itself has absorbed unholy life patterns into their lifestyle. Some things from the material world can be used in a holy manner, and made holy to God through usage. But many are fooling themselves and are only “drowning” in materialism. They are comprising on holiness, and this is spiritually entrapping them them

The sages say in Gemora Yavamot “You shall be Holy because I am Holy” is a admonition for people to sanctify themselves in that which is permitted to them (eating, talking, playing). This means one must make all aspects one’s life part of their Divine service. Physicality should not be a snare preventing spiritual growth and awareness. But all thoughts speech and actions of our lives can be a place for God to dwell with us. For example : eating can be a self serving meal, or truly one’s table their alter, and their meal is an offering to GOD. The sages teach its for this reason we wash our hands as the Cohenim washed their hands for a offering. Yet this is only one example and a obvious one. In other areas of one’s life which appear more secular their relationship to the spiritual is less apparent. One needs to humble themselves to see the next improvement. In the Beginning of our parsha we are commanded concerning the Shabat. Shabat itself is called Holy. Right next to the commandment of shabat we are commanded against being involved in Idolatry. As the sages say that observing shabat is equivalent to fulfilling the whole Torah. Forsaking Shabot is as engaging in idolatry. The nature of Shabot is illuded to in Tikuney Zohar as there we learn that the 3 pillers of the שof שבתchannel all sustenance to the world. Its right pillar are all the commandments and its left piller all prohibitions. All lights gather together in its central piller which is the SHECHINAH herself. שlooks like a manorah. In the Torah it says ” The Manorah (lamp in temple) must be made from one solid piece of Gold”. Moshe Alshich teaches from this that our life which is directed by Torah must be just this. Showing no interference from outside influences, Heaven forbid. Its written “don’t worship strange Gods”, A Chassidic rebbe once said this really means God should not be strange to you. But we must know GOD in all aspects of our life. Its also written “Don’t make yourselves molten gods”. The simple meaning here is against making Idols. “Don’t make yourselves molten gods” can be understood also as meaning to not make ourselves as ”molten gods” when we don’t concern ourselves with what GOD wants of us. By our actions not being becouse of Divine will. We make ourselves as our own idol. This is also as its written in the Torah ” You will serve other gods who you do not know”. As they don’t realize this. One must always give more to GOD. As Rabbi Nachman says filling each moment with greater Holiness. Reflecting the revelation ”the whole world is filled with his glory”. Also “YHV”H is one and his Name is one” . When it will be seen fulfilled the purpose of life as explained by Rabbi Shimon all knowing that ” YHV”H is Elohe”m “. Then we will recognize the transcendent quality of GOD in all the natural ”mundane” things around us. As Teva (nature) has the same numerical value as Elohe”m . With the coming of our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days.

Achrey Mot (After Death) Bs”d

Our parsha begins speaking concerning Aharon’s sons who went to far spiritually, and this resulted in their death. If someone is buried on the day his soul departs in the Holy land the spirit of impurity has no dominion over over him at all. All who die do so by the angel of death, except those who die in in Aretz Yisrael, who die by a angel of mercy. They ascend into “Kodesh Elyon”1 All buried in artz yisreal are as buried under the alter and are thus atoned for.2 When a gentile dies in “Aretz Yisrael” his Nashama is pushed out and forced to roam in many wanderings until they leave “Aretz Yisrael”, and reach the impure region where they belong. As they have not prepared themselves by Torah and mitzvot. One who lives outside “Aretz Yisrael” draws upon themselves a strange “ruach”,one of impurity.When they die if their body is brought to “Aretz Yisrael” this is a abomination. They defile the land.3 The day of one’s death is called “יוםיהו”ה(day of Hashem).4 When the Nashama goes out of its body it sees the face of the Shechinah. This “segulah” is specifically according to their actions while living, thus they merit to ”devacut” (cleaving to Hashem).5

Desire is in partnership with the flow of Divine abundance that comes to his vessels. Desire comes from Atzilut. It is flow of אלה”י(your go-d). By this he cleaves in the voices. There comes to him desire of love to be covered in the wings of the Shechinah, he recieves anything from Chuchmah Elyonah (supernal wisdom) So go in and ask for Chuchmah in great desire, desire of your nefesh. Ask so that you grow in comprehension unto all abilities. Preparations are necessary for Chuchmah (Divine wisdom) of Navua (prophesy). You must work for this day and night. From the tiva (desire) for Divine names. This is the cavana (intention). Choice love and desire. These are the general principles. The name of Keter is to them all. It is the first cause close to thought that arrouses the movement to ask, arrouse will and thought. These are one thing and are not separated. רצון(will) rises up in all levels till reaching the level called חשק(desire) in all its completeness. חשק(desire) has no limit or end. It raises up thought from its beginning to completion. חשקis the end of all tiva (burning desire). It is a מופת(wonder). Devacut (cleaving) and חשק(desire) are one thing. One cleves in חשק(desire). All this goes out from thought to actuality, then there is כח(power). The giving of חשק(desire) is a אות(spiritual sign) it is צבאו”תאלהי”ם יהו”ה. Through this there will be a אותin our צבא(hosts). From the stones of the Cohain Gadol’s breast plate is חשקfrom the source of Binna. It is breath and חותם(a seal). חשקis אורעצום(essential light).6

Rise to the level of Navua (prophesy) by making a markava (chariot) to Teferet (divine harmony-balance). There are 3 levels of navua. First level is from chitzonim (the otherside). This is when one’s thoughts are not their own but those of the otherside. This level is tuma (impurity) as Billam and Lavan. They go into pardes (upper world) peek and tread on the shoots and blemish there. They peek and die. There are those who go in peek tread on the shoots blemishing them and go out. One must be careful not to do this. 2nd is returning to the land. Then one can begin eating the herbs of the field. All the prayers of man his actions and tikun are accepted through this herb and there is accepted all that they do below. As it is invited from above. So it rises above. Behold the secret of the 72 names. They are the secret of the hachalot. All of them open to man according to judgment on his actions. There are many kinds of herbs and fruits. They are one level upon another. Till the upper navua. With the herb of the field they can enter in peace and go out in peace. This is secret of the Nefesh. There is a level above this. It is the supernal bread of Binna. This is secret of the Ruach (spirit). This is Hidden in the sefirot. In the shadow of Yisrael is nourished Sucat shalom for us. This is as it is said “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread”. A level above this is Trumah (holy portion) it is of Nashama. This is the secret of navua braking forth, until the navua of Moshe. 7

1Sulam on Zohar Trumah p.121a

2Shoshon Sodot

3Sulam on Zohar Achray Mot p.72b,Trumah p.141b

4Zohar Vayikra p.217a

5Avodat Yisrael p.26

6Safer haCheshek-Abulafia