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The Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Sneur Zalman of Lebovich explains that the greatest distance between two people is when they stand right next to each other but each faces the opposite direction. The words “Return to Me, and I will return to you” embodies God’s request, that we turn our faces towards Him. then He will turn His countenance towards us, then we are face to face !

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UPDATED SEPTEMBER 26Th  2019

On “Rosh Hashanah” a man begins to understand his situation, his place, in his relationship with our Creator. Over the course of the next ten days, called the “Ten days of Teshuva” which concludes with “Yom Kipor”  (the Day of Atonement) he realizes more and more if and only if one chooses to make a sincere effort to come closer to the God.

Here we go

On Rosh Hashanah open

and enter the gates

opening new providence

forever

for this new year

What will be with you

what will be with all the nations of the world

what will be

its up to you

ROSH HASHANNAH Bs”d

It is on this day that Adam was created, Avraham and Yaakov were born and died, On Rosh ha’Shanah was the of healing of the infertility of Sara, Rachel, and Chana. Our Sages tell us that there were seven who suffered infertility: Sara, Rivka, Leah, Chana, the Shunamite woman who our Sages comment merited to conceive on Rosh ha’Shanah and the seventh to suffer this disability is Zion, the verse turning to Zion as follows: “Sing, O barren woman you who has given birth”  (Yeshayahu 54:1.) On Rosh hashanah Yosef went forth from prison. It is also on this day the slavery ended in Egypt. These are all aspects of redemption and this day always has the potential to make this year a time of personal and national redemption for Jewish people ultimately with the coming of machiach may he come quickly in our days. As on Rosh Hashanah the world’s future rests truely on your shoulders. Through your actions last year and more specifically the day it self will the world be given to the growth of evil ( war, pain, death, holocaust etc….) or will it be a year of blessing. The answer is according to our actions and the mercy of GOD. Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year”, as the head directs one’s limbs Rosh Hashanah directs the rest of the days of the year. That is why the month of “Tishri” is Libra, the scales. The world stands in the balance to judgment. In the Tanya its explained ” each year there descends and radiates a new and renewed light which has not been revealed before, this light conceals itself its manifestation depends on the actions of those below, Rosh Hashanah is a time of spiritual renewal”. This day you are invited to take part in a meeting of the “joint chief of staff” on an intergalactic scale. The only thing that limits our participation in a positive way is our separation from true knowledge of the creator’s ways of administration, that yields the power called true faith. Unfortunately, most people when they think of the Shofar associate it only with tradition as ceremonial activity. A symbolic act of commemoration. Nothing, but nothing, could be farther from the truth. The Shofar’s power is only revealed when the knowledge of its true purpose is within our consciousness. In other words, knowing why we sound the Shofar is the electrical current that turns it on. Knowledge empowers the Shofar !

   There are 10 revealed names of God in the Torah and there are 10 times shofar blasts are sounded, 10 sets of shofar blasts. These names correspond to the shofar blasts., which correspond to the 10 utterances emanations from which the world is created continually and nourished. In total there is 100 Shofar blasts including those in Mussaf (additional service). These coorespond to the 10 sefirot that contain 10 sefirot each (for example from Keter of Keter to Malchut of Keter and Keter of Chuchmah to Malchut of Chuchmah). Through the meditation, listening to these sounds is one way God has given us to participate in this judgment process. These Shofar blasts are like heat-seeking missiles that target, strike and remove nasty blockages that inhibit favorable providence and impede flow of Divine energy enlivening our Nefesh (animal soul) , Ruach (emotional soul) and Nashama (intellectual soul). In Emek HaMelech it is Taught that there are 12 sarufim of יהוהthat work “hashgacha” of Chesed. From the “windows” of 12 sarufim ofיהוהFrom the אלהים gives providence of Chesed. נגון rises in 6 and descends in 6. These are 12 supernal יהוה (permutations). In the time the Shofar is  blown with Kavana on Rosh Hashanah it arouses a voice above and then 7 voices descend from Ima Illah (Divine Understanding) to sweeten dinim on Z”a and Nakavah.

 

 

  The torah is The “blue print for creation”, it was given at Mount Sinai with a never ceasing shofar blast. Rabbi yitzchak Arama teaches “from the shofar we can draw out freedom for physical and eternal life”. The zohar teaches “by the shofar joy is given and GOD has mercy on the world “. With the prayer of Rosh Hashanah our mind and preparations are the only limits.

The Go-d has also told us wonderful powers are revealed to the world by eating lamb, pumpkin, fenugreek, leeks, beets, carrots, longbeans, white beans, black eyed peas, pomegranate, apples, fish head and dates on Roshhashanah inspiring abundance and growth as stated in tractate Kritot.

In the midrash R. Tihilifa states ” on Rosh Hashanah we are made before the Holy one as new beings “

This is the great day of judgment and we have a big job to do. This is a big year there is alot in the balence all can see this.We must change the judgment to one of mercy by our love of each other and GOD by teshuva (returning to GOD) according to his commandments actively on the day of Rosh Hashanah and the commitments we make in our hearts to manifest more of our love for GOD through his commandments in the coming Year. As GOD searches the Hearts and knows our thoughts !.

As we have said Adam was created on Rosh Hashanah. When Adam was created with Chava (Eve) they were created  united together in one body facing back to back on that day there were cut apart and reassembled each as a individual entity standing face to face. This reassembly and building for God willing “face to face” revelation is accomplished by our Rosh Hashanah prayers.

Blessings of growth awareness and peace to you, the world and all Yisrael in the coming year

Rosh Hashashanah SECRETS

On Rosh Hashanah is a awakening and tikun from above of Leah on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and awakening and tikun from below of Rachel on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah. Adam was created on Rosh Hashanah. When Adam was created with Chava (Eve) they were created united together in one body facing back to back on that day there were cut apart and reassembled each as a individual entity standing face to face. This reassembly and building for God willing “face to face” revelation is accomplished by our Rosh Hashanah prayers.The cutting apart of Adam and Chava is called the “Nesira”.
On the first day of Rosh Hashanah tikun  from above of Leah by
“Nesira” is completely accomplished. But the complete tikun and “Nesira” of Rachel begins on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah but  is not complete till Yom Kippor.The first day of Rosh Hashanah the “Nesira” of Z”a is from His head till his Teferet, where there stands Parzuf Leah. This is according to strict “din”. On the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah only part of Netzauch of Z”a has “Nesira”, this is Chuchmah of Nakavah and is called a lenient Judgement.

  The main thing of the judgment of Rosh Hashanah is to nullify the power of the judgment from the first 3 sefirot of the left of Binna (the strict letter of the law). As by this there is none who can stand. 2 corrections made by blowing of the Shofar include, first there is made the unification of the right and the left of Bina. The Tekia brings forth energy of the right. Shavarim brings the left. This causes the going forth of rachamim the central pilar from Bina. The 2nd tikun is the rachamim of bina being drawn into Z’a by the sound of the truah. This nullifies judgments against the Ruach. Bringing out manifesting this nullification is helped by arrousing strong teshuva against one inequities (lack of kavanah in Divine service), and sin. If one on Rosh Hashanah does not begin to arrouse strong teshuva Hashem then begins to seal writings concerning him. Then the will that Hashem wanted to reveal for that man is withheld and hidden away from him. Then it will even require a greater effort to arrouse. On Rosh HaShanah judgments of duchrah (masculine) cause the restriction of inspiration from above because of one’s sins and inequity. They try to prevent one from arousing his greatest possible Teshuva . But the blowing of the Shofar mitigates the judgment that comes to the right pillar of Chesed of Nakavah. The source of the giving of the Nefesh from being blocked by judments. The judgments from above are nullified as the Shofar causes Hashem to look at these judgments. The fulfillment of the commandments by all Yisrael in Teshuva as the Torah is a “fiery law” nullifies these judgements from above. The Tekia sound arrouses shattering of klipot nourishing of the right pillar, by this is strengthened Emuna. The Shavarim shatter klipot attacking the left pillar, this protects from bad dreams which are corrupt judgment. The Trua shatter klipot nourishing from the middle pillar. This causes new inspiration and perception to flash forth. The shofar sounds then allows for the trancendance of Rachamim (Mercy). On Rosh HaShanah it is like there is eminated the 4th day of creation when אלהי”ם formed 2 great lights. It is the time of completion of the first 3 sefirot of Binna. It was on the 4th day that physical creation was brought forth. It is from the first 3 sefirot of Binna that primary will is brought into revelation in the renewal of the mochin (brain) of Bina for the coming. Year.

But if the tikun of Rosh HaShanah is the mochin (brain) of Binna why is Rosh HaShanah called “Yom Zichoron” Since the Zohar explains that zachor is Chuchmah ?

Rabbi Nachman explains that renewal is the root of memory. By our renewal of our relationship to Hashem in teshuvah there is revelation of the root of memory called Chuchmah .

On Rosh HaShanah the structure of Nakavah is renewed for the whole year. On Rosh Hashanah the Divine Guiding Powers for Nakavah’s behavior are set for the structure of nukva during the ten days of repentance and for entire year. One’s vessel to receive and act upon the will of Hashem is shaped at this time. This is determined by looking at what a man has done all year and his teshuvah on Rosh HaShanah this will shape his 10 days of teshuvah . . The Nakvah must be raised by the acts of Holiness in this world, because the Nakvah is the root of this physical world.

On this day it is possible to mitigate great judgments with miraculous power as Sarah, Rachel and Chanah were all barren (physically incapable of having children) they all conceived on Rosh HaShanah. On Rosh HaShanah Yosef was freed from prison and the forced labor of the slavery of Egypt ceased. In Gemore Rosh HaShanah, Rosh HaShanah is described as “a night of watching”. So let us give Hashem some thing really good to look at. Do the best that you can, and Hashem will do the rest. May it be the will of Hashem that this will be a year of personal and national redemption.

With him who is not here with us this day” -This means you

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YOU WANT PROTECTION-GOD CONTROLS ALL EVEN EVIL

And YHV”H said to Moses, ‘Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart…’” (Exudus 10:1).

Sometimes God takes away our free will.

Rabbi Yehuda opened the discussion, saying: “Happy is the people that know the joyful note; they shall walk, YHV”H, in the light of Your countenance” (Tehilim 89:16). How much should people walk in the ways of the Holy One, blessed be He, and observe the commandments of the Torah in order to merit the World to Come, and that they may be delivered from all Accusers above and below. For as there are Accusers in the world below, so there are Adversaries above whose functions are to ACCUSE people.

These Accusers are angels of judgment. They bring judgment so to direct us back to the right path and a means of refining us from evil we have done.

Those who observe the commandments of the Torah and walk the right path in fear of their Master, good Advocates are situated above them, as is written: “If there be an angel over him, an interpreter, one among a thousand…then He is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom’” (Job 33:23). Therefore, fortunate is he who observes the commandments of the Torah.

THIS IS REFERRING TO IN THE OTHER WORLD

Rabbi Chiya said to him: If so, why is it necessary to have an angel to intercede for the person, seeing it is written: “For YHV”H will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught” (Proverbs 3:26). “YHV”H will guard you from all evil” (Psalms 121:7). For the Holy One, blessed be He, sees everything that a man does in the world, both good and evil. And so He says, “‘Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him?’ Says YHV”H” (Jeremiah 23:24).

So many times are we saved from calamity by these angels, and don’t know. From God nothing is hidden. From us a lot is concealed, so to preserve free will.

Rabbi Yehuda said: Certainly it is so. But it is written: “And touch his bone and his flesh” (Job 2:5), and “although you did move me against him to destroy him without cause” (Ibid. 3). This shows that permission was granted to the Other Side to accuse in worldly matters, and they should be given into his hands. All these things are to stay concealed before the Holy One, blessed be He, and you have no right to investigate them, because they are the statutes of the Holy One, blessed be He. Humans are not permitted to be particular about them except for those truly Righteous who know the secrets of the Torah and go in the way of wisdom to know these hidden things in the Torah.

Why “bad things” happen is not always easy to understand.

Now there was a day…and the Adversary came also among them”

Rabbi Elazar begins by talking about Rosh Hashanah, Judgment Day.

This is the day the Bible refers to by “In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a day of remembrance of blowing of horns, a holy gathering.”

He says there are messengers who are appointed by God to watch over the actions of people, and at Judgment Day these messengers accuse those whose actions were improper. When people sin, they weaken ELOHE”M (manifestation of God in nature), but when they perform good actions they give might and power to Him. Rabbi Elazar speaks about “The Adversary also came among them,” and recounts the conversation between God and Satan wherein God distracts Satan from his accusation of Yisrael, by asking him if he has considered His servant Job. Satan always requests justice from God. We read that Job was judged as he had judged Yisrael, since he had been one of Pharaoh’s advisors. The Satan was given permission to afflict Job’s bones and flesh, but not to kill him. We are told that God does not want to destroy the whole world on the word of the Accuser, since the Accuser’s desire is always to destroy. The discussion turns to “The end of all flesh” which is the Satan, and “the end of days” that is in Holiness. On Rosh Hashanah those who come before God with repentance deserve to be written on the side of Life; those who come with evil actions are written on the Other Side, which is Death. We are told then of the balance, where the world is half Life and half Death, and the actions of one Righteous man or one wicked person can tip the balance so that all the world is written to Life or Death. A person should not be set apart by himself because he can be noticed and accused from above. Job, who was set apart, and who was tested severely, did not even then join the Other Side. He should, however, have given a part of his sacrifice to the Other Side because then the Other Side would have removed himself from the Temple. The conclusion of this section is that God judged Job, giving him first good and then bad and then good again; thus it is proper for a person to know good and bad, and to return himself to good.

Rabbi Elazar opened the discussion, saying: “Now there was a day when the sons of Elohim came to present themselves before God, and the Adversary came also among them” (Job 1:6). “Now there was a day,” refers to Rosh Hashanah, the day that the Holy One, blessed be He, rises to judge the world. Similarly, “And it happened one day, that he came there” (II Kings 4:11). That day was the holy day of Rosh Hashanah.

And the sons of Elohim came.” These are the appointed ministers whose mission in the world is to observe the actions of people. “To present themselves before God,” as is written: “And all the hosts of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left” (I Kings 22:19). But in the passage: “To present themselves before God,” “The Adversary also came among them.” The word “also” adds to THE CHILDREN OF ELOHIM, because they all came to accuse, and THE ADVERSARY also joined them because he was the greatest slanderer of them all. As soon as the Holy One, blessed be He, saw that they all came to accuse, immediately, “And YHV”H said to the Adversary, ‘From where do you come?’” (Job 1:7) Did not the Holy One, blessed be He, know where he came from: Rather only to allow the matter to the wishes of the Satan, MEANING THAT WITH THESE WORDS HE GAVE HIM AN OPENING TO ACCUSE AS HE WISHES.

YHV”H said to the Adversary, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on earth…’” (Ibid. 8).

The Satan works for God being the Evil inclination in man, THE ADVERSARY, Accuser and prosecute of the supernal court. Only with permission from God can he do anything. As we see here with Job “YHV”H said to the Adversary, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on earth…’” (Ibid. 8).

 Amalack wants you to think you are the “tail” and not the “head” , But Yisrael is the head as ישראל is  ראש לי  (my head) ,the same letters. So we have customs of eating from lamb and fish heads on Rosh Hashannah.

Rosh ha-Shanah prayer is essentially an amalgamation of shofar blasts and prayers in a single service.  This is the perfect model,for expressing the essence of this day as a day of : “Malkhuyot, Zikhronot, and Shofarot”    (Kingship, Remembrance, and Shofars)   .  It is this combination “Malkhuyot, Zikhronot, and Shofarot”     that gave rise to the pattern of the musaf prayer on Rosh ha-Shanah

To help us comprehend the fundamental structure of this prayer, lets consider the words of the prophet Isaiah:   

“Dull that people’s mind, stop its ears, and seal its eyes – lest, seeing with its eyes and hearing with its ears, it also grasps with its mind, and repent and saves itself” (6:10). It seems that the three fundamentals of sense and awareness indicated here – seeing with one’s eyes, hearing with one’s ears, and grasping with one’s mind – are what constitute the underlying foundation of the prayer ofMalkhuyot, Zikhronot and Shofarot.

Verses of “Zikhronot”  (remembrance).  Comprise a historical overview of Divine Providence and how it has functioned, beginning with God remembering Noah in the ark, later remembering the merits of our patriarchs, which in turn led to the exodus from Egypt, and ultimately remembering the people of Israel in their exile, in days to come.

“Shofarot”  are a expression of  faith and something one experiences hearing its sounds.  Shofar involves faith as it is beyond words. Faith is the power that stirs up the spirit and excites feeling in a person’s soul.  Sublime awe is aroused by the verse, “With trumpets and the blast of the Shofar raise a shout before the Lord, the king,”   and with a sense of hope and renewal in the verse, “And in that day, a great Shofar shall be sounded; and the strayed who are in the land of Assyria and the expelled who are in the land of Egypt shall come and worship the Lord on the holy mount, in Jerusalem.” Also “All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blast of the Shofar and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they fell back and stood at a distance.”  

 

“Malkhuyot” of “tefila”  Proclaim God king on Rosh haShanah including the realization of everything being a creation of God, subject to Him and His dominion, but at the same time also accepting the yoke of the Lord’s kingship in awe and love.



Go out and do something Profound , with Torah !
March 29, 2017, 10:39 am
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The Torah does not use  a short orderly path to give over its teachings as should be expected of an  book of law. But instead is a DIVINE book alluding to EVERYTHING ! Its not possible to even understand the simple meaning of the Torah and its laws with out the deductive principles of the 13 ways in which the Torah is learned; as elucidated  from the sages. To understand Her secrets requires great effort and help from heaven.

Rashi commented that the first word of the Torah word “Barashith” by the vowel points on it does not follow the traditional rules of Hebrew grammar. The vowel called “sh’va” is under the letter bet in the word “Barashith”  means that the word must be in the “construct state” (s’michut) meaning it needs to be the first part of a noun-noun pair. So it should be translated as “In the beginning of.” If the text had wanted to say “In the beginning, God created,” there would have been a simple way of saying that by changing the vowel  “shiva” to “kamatz”. The see from this that the “normal” rules of Hebrew grammar do not apply to the Torah but it depends on another system ?

Rashi points out that in every other place in the Hebrew Bible that contains the word “barashith” , there are four more of them.  It works like this.  as we read, “ barashith mamlechut Yehoyakim,In the beginning of the kingdom of Jehoiakim.” The form of the word b’reishit can only mean “in the beginning of…,” and the word that follows it should be a noun that answers the question, “in the beginning of what?”

“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.

That is to say, every soul is a letter in the Torah and has its own part to play.”

The Torah is seamless. “Its beginning is lodged in its end, and its end in its beginning.”1

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.

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PARSHA Toldot

Our parsha is called “Toldot” (off spring). We see a pattern imerging Isaac, like Abraham finds himself forced by famine to go to Gerar, in the land of the Philistines. There, like Abraham, he senses that his life may be in danger because he is married to a beautiful woman. He fears that he will be killed so that Rebecca can be taken into the harem of king Avimelekh. The couple  pass themselves off as brother and sister. The deception is discovered, Avimelekh is indignant, explanations are made, and the moment passes. Genesis 26 reads almost like a replay of Genesis 20, that happened a generation before. Also Avimelekh says to Yitzchak, “you have become too powerful for us.” Centuries later, Pharaoh says, at the beginning of the book of Exodus, “Behold, the people of the children of Israel are greater in number and power than we are. Come on, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply and it come to pass, when there befall any war, that they join also with our enemies and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land” (1:9–10). The same word, “atzum” (power) appears in both cases.

This idea of the Jewish people being too “powerful” mentioned in both our passages are interesting as this is also one of the most common excuses for one of the deadliest of human phenomena, anti-Semitism.

There are those who say God is only love, God does not hate. The God said by His prophet ” I loved Jacob; but Esau I hated” (Malachi 1) Because Esau deliberately chose a course of wickedness. So the Prophet says of Esau ” They shall be called the border of wickedness” (Malachi 1, 4). From the side of Esav comes Amalek, the enemy  of The God and Israel as it says “God has war with Amalek from generation to generation” (Ex 17:6).

In the Torah its written “There were two boys in her womb. The first to come out was completely red, and clothed in hair; so he was called Esav. After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esav’s heel; so he was named Yakov” (Gen. 25:24-26). Esav is described as having a body covered with ” Seir” Hair, this is as that of demons who are said to have hair all over their body but are bald on their heads. It’s also written in the Torah: “They must no longer offer sacrifices to the “Seirim” (Demons)” (Vayikra 17:7). The word for hair has the same root as the word in the verse above describing demons.===This is so as Esav comes from the side of ס“ם (evil).

Asev is called a cunning hunter. Because he tries to  pass himself off as a hardworking, honest, and reliable. The Midrash compares Asev to a pig which has split hooves (Midrash Tehillim 80:6), but one the inside, his “midot” personality he is 100% “treif” (unkosher). This is what makes the Asev.s of the world so very dangerous. The sages tell us that In the Time-to-Come, Asev will don his “tallit” (prayer shawl) and sit among the righteous in “Gan Aden”. However, God “knows the mysteries of the world and the workings of the heart” will see right through Asev and, “The Holy One, Blessed be He, will drag him from them.” (Talmud Yerushalmi, Nedarim 12a)

 

Things are not as the appear. From a superficial reading of the Bible in our parsha it looks like Yaakov does evil by deceiving his father by dressing up to appear as Asev to get the blessing his father, Yitzchak intends to give to Asev. Such a act would certainly find great disfavor, but we see this is not so as at the end of the parasha, Isaac sends Yakov to Padan Aram to find a wife, and bestows on him Abraham’s blessing that he will inherit the land: “And Isaac called Jacob and blessed him…And God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a congregation of nations, and give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your seed with you, that you may inherit the land of your dwelling that God gave unto Abraham”. (Genesis 28:1-4). Obviously the actions of Yakov did not find disfavor with his father Yitzchak. From this we can learn a lesson to apply in our own lives. In truth Yakov did nothing wrong as Yakov was coming in the place of Asev to receive the blessings that he  had bought. So it was not wrong for him to say “I am Asev” since he had bought the right to stand in for Asev and get Asev’s Blessings that he had already paid for.

Ya’ạqov’s impersonating Ẹsav is one of the stranger stories in the Torah. This reminds us of Purim.

The parsha begins describing how Yaakov when he was born came out holding on to Asev’s Heel. Because of this he was called Yaakov, which comes from the world “akev” heel. Asev has been fighting against Yaakov since the time he was born. It is written: “In the womb he took his brother by the heel” (Hosea 12:4 ), We see from here that Asev tried to pull down Yaakov from his spiritual superiority even before they were born, and he has not stopped to this day. Amalak is a direct descendent of Asev. And of Him its written : “God has war with Amalek from generation to generation” (Ex 17:6). In the end Amalek will be destroyed forever !

 

Yaakov was the first to be father of twelve sons who were all righteous, and thus he became the father of the Jewish people.

It is explained in the Zohar that when Yaakov descended to Egypt, Adam’s soul entered him. Until he came to Egypt, Yaakov’s life was a long series of troubles. As Rashi lists them:

The trouble of Laban ,who deceived him and tried to steal from him, the trouble with Esau who tried to kill him, the trouble with Rachel his favorite wife, died in childbirth, the trouble with Dinah who was raped by Shechem, the trouble with Joseph his favorite son, who was sold and who he thought was dead, the trouble with Simeon who was detained in Egypt, the trouble with Benjamin who Joseph demanded be brought to Egypt. It was from successfully dealing with all these troubles that Yaakov was able to reveal the Nashama of Adam.

In this world Yaakov who is the Jewish people only emulate or appear similar to the people of Asev, the western world which is represented by asev’s heel. This being only a small part of their physical actions. Yaakov like Asev may work in jobs, eat food and reproduce yet only in the outward physical appearance does he do these functions like Asev. The foot represents Malchut. The physical manifestation yet even of this Yaacov only grasps only Asev’s heel, not his entire foot. Only in appearance sometimes does Yaakov perform physical functions like Asev. But in the realm of emotions, thought and needless to say spiritual motivation there is no compare. Spiritually is awareness and participation in the return of the Divine energy to its source, and the flow of this energy outward giving life animating our world, whether for healing, renewal or just finding a better taste in your food as all good comes from God. All happiness in life is there. The process of returning is also called repentance. such is the nature of the universe. Every thing returns to its root . Which is directly attached to its source. It is to be attached to the Infinite. The Eternal essence of the universe. Which is as a unfailing fountain of life that flows forever.

As to Yaakov the only purpose of being in this world and the underlying cause of all his actions is to serve The God. Thus it says ” And I will make your seed multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give to your seed all these countries; and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because Avraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” (26:4-5) Thus we must follow in The God’s ways to hasten this blessing.

It says in the Zohar that the world is as a living body. This is evident when we see that when Asev showed complete disregard for his birthright and sold it there was immediately after a famine in the land. If Asev is removed from his bond with Yaakov he becomes Asev “ha Rusha” It says in Pesicta that it is the job of Edom who is Asev to try to push Yisrael off the Torah path. When Edom disregards natural law founded on the love of their fellow men and makes the world a place of vicious competition “ a dog eat dog world” none can stand. This is why Yisrael must be a light to the nations. As the complete negation by Asev of his source of spiritual inspiration reveals Edom which represents his blood thirsty nature, The God should help us.

The sages tell us in Midrash Tanchuma and Rashi Bereishis that in many ways our matriarchs had a greater understanding and even deeper prophetic vision than their husbands. Sarah discerned the danger of leaving Yishmael in the household, while Avraham was biased and did not want to send away his son. In Zohar 1:137b we learn that Rivka understood the nature of  Asev better than Yitzchak did, she realized  Asev is a wicked son. Rivka received this prophesy when she went to the Yeshiva (School) of Shem and Ever. Why did Rivka go to the yeshiva of Shem and Ever for advice, when the greatest spiritual figure of her generation was her husband Yitzchak ? The midrash teaches that as the twins grew up, Rivka could not tell Yizchak about Esav’s evil deeds and just how far he had gone in his wickedness, lest Yitzchak blame her for having brought that evil soul from the house of Betuel and Lavan.  Rivka’s regular practice was therefore to praise Esav before Yitzchak.

Matters continued in this way until the time came for Yitzchak to bless Esav thanks to her own words of praise of Esav over the years, and she understood that she had to correct the warped situation that she, herself had created by hiding the truth from her husband. Here a lie for the sake of peace which at times is permissible was the wrong move . Yitzchak and Rivka booth strove to influence Esav to be true to Torah, but all their words were rejected as the true nature of Esav Detested holiness. The Midrash states (Sifri on Bereishiet 33:4), “There is a well-known rule that Esav hates Ya’akov.” Esav’s soul was the total opposite of Ya’akov’s, just as impurity is the opposite of purity.

 

In the Bible Yishmael and Aisav, each  have demonstrated their inner hatred towards Yakov and The God’s chosen people. However, when they function together against the Jewish nation, the dangers multiply exponentially, which arouses HaShem to act in His miraculous manner to save His chosen nation. In our parasha Toldot, Aisav joins forces with Yishmael when Aisav marries Machalat, daughter of Yishmael.

This inner hatred towards Yakov and The God’s chosen people is inherent in the Second World War in the collusion of the Arabs (Yishmoyal) led by the Mufti Haj Amin Husseini with Hitler in the Holocaust. It was also tactical Arab strategic policy to “cleanse” the land of its Jewish population.

This inner hatred towards Yakov and The God’s chosen people was inherent in England’s closure policy of The Holy land to Jewish immigration. Not even allowing those trying to escape the Holocaust to enter Israel when they had no other place to go !

Now we also see this inner hatred towards Yakov and The God’s chosen people with the joining of Aisav (the West) and Yishmael (Muslims) through the UN and its anti-Semitic policies which continue to try to weaken and destroy the Jewish State. This inner hatred towards Yakov and The God’s chosen people that Asev and Yismoyal share will do them no good and they did not succeed to do the evil they intend to do to the Jewish people  in the future.

Yakov, refers to degree of “Katnut” (small consciousness). This exists because a person has not moved forward risen above their ego, so to hold the will of God above their own., or even more have them become one.  “katnut” is a result of broken Kelim (vessels) and lack of development. When Yaakov reaches selfless expanded consciousness he is called Yisrael. In the state of expanded consciousness called “Gadlut” one has more vessels of bestowal. “Yisrael” means Yashar El (straight to God). He is called “Israel” Yashar El (straight to God), as he has the potential power to dominate the whole of creation, in a way bestowal, giving and sharing !

There is another way that is far from the God as it is written, “They are all as beasts” (Psalms, 49:13). These do not engage in correction of their souls.

In this parsha is described how the Palestinians envied Yitzchak’s properity so they blocked up Yaakov’s wells. This envy finally resulted in the king of the Palestinians asking Yitzchak to leave his country. So it has been in our exile. The properity of the Hebrew people is often followed by their persecution. Yitchak dug out the well’s of his father Avraham that the Palestinians had blocked up. He named the first well “Esek” which means contention. This well is said to correspond to the first Temple. The first temple was destroyed primarily because of idolatry which resulted in contention and division among the Jewish people. This contention eventually split Yisrael to 2 kingdoms. Finally all this resulted in the nations having contention with us and destroying the Temple. The 2nd well he dug out he called ”Sitnah” which means hatred. Because he had to fight much with the Palestinians as they hated him over it. This well corresponds to the 2nd temple which was destroyed because of baseless hatred. The influence of Hellenism divided the people and they developed baseless hatred which is still with us today. The next well he called ’”Rachavot” meaning wideness as in this place there was no strife. The sages say this corresponds to the 3rd Temple. This reminds us that we need to give each other a little breathing room, space for individuality. As in this ”wideness” we can all live together without fighting. Concerning this its written ”they strove not; and he called the name of it Wideness; and he said, For now the Yhv”h has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” The Sni Luchot ha Brit says that it says “now” in the verse because that the building of the 3rd Temple is in our hands to accomplish. The Vilna Gaon says concerning the verse we quoted in the beginning of this parsha, “But Asev  I hated” – “this refers to a superficial part of Esau, but the essential part of him, his head, was interred with the patriarchs.”. The Zohar states that “No one in the world honoured his father as Esau honoured his.” It is for this reason Jacob, said on his reunion with Esau, “I have seen you, and it is like seeing the face of G-d” (Gen. 33: 10) Asev has the potential. Rav Kook wrote that the brotherly love of Esau and Jacob, Isaac and Ishmael, will assert itself above all the confusion that evil brought on by our bodily nature has engendered. Asev will overcome them and transform them into eternal light and compassion. So may we see this accomplished now with the end to baseless hatred and the building of the Temple with the arrival of out righteous mashiach quickly in our days.

 

 

 

                                               

Chayah Sarah

 

Avraham bought a transdimensional doorway, vortex , star gate

Not only the family of Abraham see their great forefather in the cave of Machpelah in Chevron but all of humanity that can claim connection to this place, as all of humanity is descended from Adam and Adam and Eve are also buried there.

Abraham choosing Adam’s burial place as his own acts as a reminder to us that the role of the Jewish people is to be “A light to the nations”. Even if in many ways “Yisrael is a nation that dwells alone” separate from the rest of the nations. Machpelah is there to remind us that our ancestors are very near to the dust of Adam, father of us all.

It says in the Bible Avraham paid 400 shekals of silver to the people of Heth for the burial place of Sarah (gen. 23) in Hebron called Machpelah (the folded cave). This was equivalent in modern money to about 400 dollars, this was a highly excessive amount. For all of samaria King Omri paid 6000 shekals (kings 1 16:25), Jeremiah paid 17 shekals for a bigger plot of land (Jer. 32:9). According to Hamurabbi code average year wage of a working man at this time was 6-8 Shekals. (according at Aryh Kaplan)This was a tremendous amount of money.

Avraham had discovered the secret of that cave when pursuing the ox which he had intended to slaughter for his three guests, the angels. The ox had drawn him straight to the Cave of Machpelah (The folded cave). Avraham at that time saw a light shining in the cave and inhaled the sweet scent of Gan Eden that filled it. He heard the voices of angels exclaim ”Adam is buried here! Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov will rest here also!” Avraham then understood that this cave was the entrance to the Garden of Eden, and desired it for a burial place. When the soul leaves the body – it enters the Cave of the Machpelah which is where the entrance to the Garden of Eden is to be found. the Cave is full of light coming from the illumination of the Divine Presence.

The Torah does not tell us anything about Avraham’s relationship with Yitzchak after his marriage to Rivka or with his grandsons.

Avraham’s death is recorded in Genesis 25:8 and the birth of Yaakov and Esev is recorded later on in the same chapter. But the Torah does not record events in chronological order, that is know, as we can observe.

According to Genesis 25:7, Avraham lived to the age of 175 and according to Genesis 21:5 Avraham was 100 years old when Yitzhak was born, which means that Yitzchak was 75 years old when his father died. Since Isaac was forty years old when he got married and sixty when his twin sons were born, Avraham had 35 years to spend with his married son and daughter-in-law, and fifteen years to spend with his grandsons.

The midrash “fills in the blanks”. As there we learn that the day of Avraham’s death, is the same day Yaakov forced Esev to sell him the birthright. Yaakov was cooking lentils—a traditional meal for mourners—As Yaakov was beginning the mourning period for his own grandfather, Avraham.

The blessing Avraham received in his old age (Gen. 24:1) was that Esau did not rebel in his lifetime as we find in Gemore Kiddusun 5:18; b. Baba Batra 16b. On the verse that describes Yaakov cooking lentils, Rashi writes:

And on that day, Avraham died, so that he would not see Esau, his grandson, falling into bad ways.

In Genesis Rabbah (63:12), Rabbi Simon states that on the very day Avraham died, Esau committed two sins: murder and rape of a married woman; Rabbi Berechiah adds robbery to the list. Rabbi Yisrael Chait suggests that this was no coincidence, rather it was Avraham’s death that brought about Esau’s sinful behavior.

Esau saw Avraham as an image of immortality because Avraham was righteous. This image of Avraham prevented him from sinning. Esau projected upon Avraham the image of immortality. This fantasy of immortality prevented Esau from living the life of a wicked person. Upon Avraham’s death when this fantasy of immortality was shattered, so was Asev ‘s Morality. Avraham’s death had removed all impediments to Asev for sinning.

From this parsha we can learn some of the secrets of the cave of Machpelah (Translates to the “folded cave”). To do this lets go back first to parsha Lech Lecha where we find God tells Avraham to “Arise and walk through the land in the length of it and the width of it for I will give it to you.” Then Avraham removed his tent and camped in the plain of Mamre which is in Chevron and there he built a alter to GOD. After seeing all the land Avraham decided to go to this special place. “The plain of Mamre which is in Chevron and there he built a alter to GOD.”

In this weeks parsha we find “Avraham Buried Sarah in the cave of Machpelah which is before Mamre. The same is Chevron in the land of Cannan and Avraham was old well stricken in age and GOD blessed him in all things” We must ask what does it mean “the Same is Chevron in the land of Canaan” ?. And why after telling us of the burial of Sarah in Machpelah does the verse conclude saying ”GOD blessed him in all things” ?.

The name Machpelah means folded. In the Zohar we are told that the field and cave rests on a 2 fold area namely the world above and world below. Thus through this spiritual gate all souls pass when they leave this world. At this place the vail of the physical world wears thin giving one potential for greater Divine awareness. Machpelah is in Chevron also called Keryat Arba Meaning “the city of 4”. If one goes to Machpelah they will find in the cave the graves of Adam and Chava, Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchak and Rivka and Yaakov and Leah. Yuhuda gathers from the 4 corners of the earth. This is Chevron (Chevron means to join together). There in Chevron GOD requests to join them as one. As we say in the Amida “gather us together from the 4 corners of the earth”. Every man who occupies in Torah is Chevron. Keriat Arba is also called chevron it is the place the 4 corners of the earth are gathered. There dresses tohu, vohu, choshech, thum in the earth (these are the klipot, forces of concealment of the Divine light) and the 4 chyot haKodesh (angels) are revealed (through these forces of concealment of the Divine light to varying degrees according to one’s merit) in the 4 yesodot (elements). A soul dresses itself of these forces of concealment of the Divine light that are upon one’s soul when they enter the world. When they leave this world they divest them selves of these garments, some require to have removed more of these “klipot” (forces of concealment of the Divine light) that they added upon their soul by their evil behavior while being in this world, it would be better for them if this is not so . One has a certain spiritual innate awareness filtered, diminished by these forces of concealment of the Divine light one can purify their soul and have greater spiritual awareness. These klippot “tohu, vohu, choshech, thum” are involved in the idea of the green kav (beam of light) that surrounds the world.. When You say the Sma (unification meditation) with your heart mouth and thought this is Chevron (Hebron). There goes out a ruach (spirit) during saying of the Sma from the 4 letters of יהו”ה (YHV”H). This is Chevron. It is the joining of the Nashama (Higher soul), Shechina (The Divine presence), the 4 letters of יהו”ה and Keriat Arba. Galut (exile) is the opposite. The 4 galut correspond to the 4 orlah (unclean husks). Galut is separation. They are not then “one nation in the earth”, as the name יהו”ה no longer rests upon them. Death is when the Torah doesn’t rest from above, and rises from below away from the 4 yesodot. All who the Torah separates from, their Nashamah (Higher soul) is destroyed. The Nashama is the precious throne that Chevron unifies, it is the Shechinah (Divine Presence).1

Rivkah lowered her pitcher from her shoulder to her hand, before Eliezer drew near to have a sip.  Our Sages teach that this detail hints to her “tzniyus” (modesty) when serving a man.

We are told that the cave is before Mamre. This place is where earlier Avraham built a alter to GOD. The word Mamre means rebellious. This refers to the ones that were buried there first. The first to be rebellious Adam and Chava. Its also interesting to note that Mamre in Hebrew has the same letters as Amran the father of Moshe a man who never sinned. The opposite of the rebellious Adam and Chava. It will be from Amram’s son Moshe who brought down the Torah from mount Sinai that the world will be redeemed from its current rebellious state. As we learn from the Oar haChyim that the final redemption will occur in the merit of Moshe. The redemption has been so long delayed because Moshe refuses to invoke his merit, his merit being the merit of Torah study that is so lacking in these later generations. So may it be that soon in our days that we will see the realization of the blessing given to Avraham from GOD to be blessed in all things with the coming of our righteous Mashiach (Messiah) quickly in our days.

1. 1Zohar Chadash Tikunim p.119,139,238

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Also in our parsha Eliezer  on this mission to get Yitzchak a wife, by this merited to escape the curse of his forebearer, Canaan and enter the blessing that rules over Abraham and his descendants. This is a amazing thing when you think about it, how great the effects of our actions can be.

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THE SECRET CAVES OF THE PATRIARCHS IN HEBRON

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This is the natural opening of the Cave of Macpelah at Hebron. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their wives were buried here.

King Herod  built an enormous wall around the cave. And today that wall, called the Tomb of the Patriarchs, is the best preserved Herodian building anywhere in the Holy Land. The walls are massive. At the corners there are stones that are 25 feet long and five feet high and weigh around 200 tons. The stones have a margin around the edges, just like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Herod’s builders covered the area inside the wall with a stone floor, and that floor is still in place today.

Most unfortunately, the keys to MACHPELAH and with them the responsibility, for this site was given to the Waqf, by the then Minister of Defense, Moshe Dayan. They also prevent any possibility of entering the underground tombs.

Moshe Dayan, an amateur archeologist, when realizing the consequences of his action, tried to seek information concerning the underground caverns. (Perhaps he was searching for artifacts to add to his personal collection?!) In any case, any formal or official investigation was impossible. He therefore decided upon an unusual method to quench his curiosity. Within the large hall, called “the Yitzhak Hall” there is a hole in the floor, from which candles are lowered into the cave below. According to prevalent rumors, this was an entrance into the Caves of the Machpelah themselves. However, the diameter of the hole was extremely narrow – 26 centimeters. No adult could possibly fit through this opening, but Dayan found a solution. A 12 year old girl named Michal, young but courageous, agreed to be lowered into the underground room.

One misty night, Dayan ordered the Muslim guards to leave the building. He told them that they must leave for “reasons of security”. They had no idea what was about to take place. Using the dark night as a cover, Michal was brought to the site. The opening was uncovered and Michal was lowered into the underground room. The spectators were filled with suspense and worry when the girl disappeared from sight.

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Michal found herself in a round room, whose floor was covered with coins, candles, and written notes. Looking around, she saw a narrow, dark corridor, to the south. The brave girl entered this hallway and after 17 meters discovered a stairwell. In total darkness she climbed the steps. After 15 steps she found a wall blocking her way. A large stone prevented her from continuing. She tried to move the stone, but to no avail. It wouldn’t budge. Having no other choice, she turned around, descended the stairs, and headed back to the small room via the narrow corridor. There, she was lifted out of the room back into the Yitzhak Hall. She was happily received, and was totally unharmed.

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The surprised Dayan wrote out the findings and sketched the underground caves as described by the 12-year-old Michal: a circular room, a corridor, and the stairs. The caves themselves remained a mystery and were not drawn.

A group of us, from Hebron-Kiryat Arba, and in particular the staff of “Midreshet Hebron” were filled with awe at the thought of entering the underground Caves of the Machpelah. Moshe Dayan’s story piqued our curiosity and determination to find a way into the caves. We could not, of course, enter the same way that Michal entered, via the small circular entrance. However, the other side of the corridor caught our attention. She related that she had climbed stairs that were blocked off by a stone. Where could that stone be?

We measured the distance she had spoken of and revealed that the stone was on the other side of the Yitzhak hall, covered by Arab prayer-rugs. The area was always occupied by Arabs. How could we succeed in moving that stone, thereby allowing us to descend into the caves?

The Arab guards, employed by the Waqf, were not overly alert or awake at that time of night. They left their place of work and went to sleep. When we saw this, we brought with us a big chisel to the midnight prayer service. In the middle of the service, we began to sing and dance. During the dancing, some of us made our way to the Arab pray-rugs, lifted them, and revealed the stone. It was held in place by metal bars, attached to surrounding stones. We began hammering on the rock with the chisel, and after a while it began to move. Finally, the stone opened. It is difficult to describe the emotions we felt when we saw the stone move off the small opening under it. We entered, our hearts pounding with excitement. We found stairs that led down into the darkness. We descended slowly. The stairs led to a narrow, dark corridor. We walked slowly through the corridor, stooping down, using flashlights to guide our way. We reached the circular room and looked around. It was round and dark. On the wall were three stones, but no cave was visible. Where was the cave? Were all our efforts in vain?

Several minutes later an additional mystery presented itself. It seemed to us that we felt a breeze. How could this be? Blowing wind originating from above ground? Looking down at the ground we saw several stones that appeared to be stuck, one to the other. The wind seemed to be originating from between them. Within moments, emotions flying, the stones were uplifted and…. the cave – a cave of rock, leading into the earth.

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We crawled in a very narrow opening into a circular cave, carved in the stone, deep in the earth. The cave was filled with dust, to its very edge. It was impossible to stand or sit, only to crawl. We continued inside until it widened, and then, a second cave. This cave was smaller than the first, but here awaited us another surprise. It was also filled with dust, but among the dust were bone and remnants of pottery scattered around, some of which were in good condition.

Wind blew in the caves, but the sounds of our hearts pounding was audible. No living being had been this close to the Patriarchs in thousands of years. Each one of us spent some time considering the significance of being in the Caves of the Patriarchs, and of prayer here, adjacent to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah, and even to the tombs of Adam and Eve, by the entrance to the Garden of Eden, where souls and prayers ascend. Silent prayer, in the presence of our Forefathers.

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Following this tremendous spiritual experience, we began to examine the cave itself. The bones captured our attention. Were these the bones of the Patriarchs? We knew that it is written that Righteous ones, even in death, are called living, and that the Patriarchs, called the “slumberers of Hebron” wake and pray for mercy. As we investigated, it became clear that the pottery belonged to the First Temple Era, the Era of the Judean Kings. The Jews of Hebron, and the Jews of all of Judea, understanding the importance and significance of the Caves of the Machpelah, were directed to bring both the bones and the pottery into the underground caves themselves.

This discovery closed an information gap concerning the Caves of the Machpelah, continuing from the days of our Patriarch Ya’akov, the last Forefather buried in the Cave, through to the days of Herod, who built the huge structure above the Cave.

After several hours, as dawn approached, we were forced to leave these sacred caverns, so as not to be caught below. We concluded an unforgettable spiritually uplifting experience. We were privileged to reveal the underground Caves of the Machpelah, to pray there, to reveal ancient Jewish pottery from the Era of the Kingdom of Judea within the Caves, and, even if only for a few moments, united, as Sons with their Fathers.

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The Macpelah at Hebron

Ze’ev Yevin of the Israel Department of Antiquities and Stanley Goldfoot were our helpful field guides during our brief 1983 radar and seismic exploration of the tomb of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah Rebecca and Leah at Hebron.

The building over the traditional site of the cave purchased by the Patriarch (Genesis 23, 25:7-10, 49:28-35) is known to the Jews as the Macpelah, and to the Arabs as the Haram el Khalil. The building is Herodian embellished by minarets and roof decorations dating from the time the Moslems overcame the Crusader control of the Holy Land, or later. The subterranean rooms under the building were last opened to the outside area at the time of the Crusaders when the caves or rooms were used for intrusive burials. In 1967 Moshe Dayan lowered a small girl with camera through a small hole in the floor thus gaining some information on the basement rooms, as well as ending a 700 year old ban on non-Moslems entering the Haram. Since 1967 the site has been both a mosque and a synagogue, and it is of course a hallowed spot for Christians since Abraham is not only called “the friend of God” but also “the father of all who believe” in the Bible.

Very little is actually known about the caves or even the rooms under the floor of the Macpelah, so my colleagues and I were exited to probe through all four outside walls of the building on a one-day visit. (We asked for, but could not obtain, permission to make cart radar and seismic soundings vertically downwards through the floor inside the building – that viewing geometry would no doubt give very useful results).

Figure 6: Geophysical crew conducting radar and seismic measurements into the caves beneath the Macpelah. All four outside walls of the building were sounded in the one working day available.

Our one day of radar and seismic data collection brought us far more echoes and reflections than we could expect to interpret in many months of labor! All we had time for was to map and tabulate hundreds of echoes and write our friends in Israel a short letter report. Our conclusions: the subterranean rooms and caves under the floor of the Macpelah are many and complex. We can only hope the entire underground complex will be excavated and explored by the archaeologist in the near future. We would love to be on hand to do more geophysical work, especially if it became possible for us to view downwards through the floor of the building.

Chayah Sarah                                   BS”D                                                                        From this parsha we can learn some of the secrets of  the cave of Machpelah. To do this  lets go back first to parsha Lech Lecha where we find Hashem (God) tells Avraham to “Arise and walk through the land in the length of it and the width of it for I will give it to you.” Then Avraham removed his tent and camped in the plain of Mamre which is in Chevron and there he built a alter to Hashem. After seeing all the land Avraham decided to go to this special place. “The plain of Mamre which is in Chevron and there he built a alter to Hashem.”

In this weeks parsha we find “Avraham Buried Sarah in the cave of Machpelah which is before Mamre. The same is Chevron in the land of Cannan and Avraham was old well stricken in age and Hashem blessed him in all things” We must ask what does it mean “the Same is Chevron in the land of Cannan” ?. And why after telling us of the burial of Sarah in Machpelah does the verse conclude saying ”Hashem blessed him in all things” ?.

The name Machpelah means folded. In the Zohar we are told that the field and cave rests on a 2 fold area namely the world above and world below. Thus through this spiritual gate all souls pass when the leave this world. At this place the vail of the physical world wears thin giving one potenial for greater Divine awareness. Machpelah is in Chevron also called Keryat Arba Meaning the city of 4. If one goes to Machpelah they will find in the cave the graves of  Adam and Chava, Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchak and Rivka and Yaakov and Leah. Yuhuda gathers from the 4 corners of the earth. This is Chevron (Chevron means to join together). There in Chevron Hashem requests to join them as one. As we say in the Amida “gather us together from the 4 corners of the earth”. Every man who occupies in Torah is Chevron. Keriat Arba is also called chevron it is the place the 4 corners of the earth are gathered. There dresses tohu, vohu, choshech, thum in the earth and the 4 chyot haKodesh (angels) are revealed (through them) in the 4 yesodot (elements). In the idea of the green kav.  When You say the Sma with your heart mouth and thought this is Chevron. There goes out a ruach (spirit) during saying of the Sma from the 4 letters of יהו”ה. This is Chevron. It is the joining of the Nashama, Shechina, the 4 letters of יהו”ה and קרית ארבע. Galut is the opposite. The 4 galut correspond to the 4 orlah (unclean husks). Galut is separation. They are not then “one nation in the earth”, as the name יהו”ה no longer rests upon them.  Death is when the Torah doesn’t rest from above, and rises from below away from the 4 yesodot. All who the Torah separates from, their Nashama is destroyed. The Nashama is the precious thrown that Chevron unifies, it is the Shechina.1

Just  after Abraham concluding his mourning for Sarah he  turns to the task of finding a wife for his son, Isaac.. The Torah let’s us know that this will be the last act of the patriarch, introducing this topic with the words, “Abraham was old, well along in days, and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all.” The Ramban tells us that the reference to “all” is an allusion to “one of the secrets of the Torah, a great matter, namely that God has an attribute called “all”. It is the “Yesod”  (foundation) of everything. Instead of seeing Abraham’s blessings only in the abundance in his life, in the good things he owned, he saw “all”  as blessing, the fullness of his life. For Avrahham all his life he saw as a blessing. As the verse says “Abraham was old, well along in days, and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all.” All or in Hebrew is כל  which the Zohar says the “Sefirah Yesod” it says also . Yesod is “sadek” (righteousness), understand this. “Avraham was blessed in all” in all these things Avraham was blessed,  In the last few parsha we have seen Abraham leave his father’s house, smuggle his wife and nearly loose her and his own life to two different lustful kings, expel Hagar and his son Ishmael, suffer the feuds between his own servants and the servants of his nephew Lot, wage war with a victorious coalition of kings to save his nephew, arguing with God about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and being ordered to kill his beloved son, Isaac. What a life. “Avraham was blessed in all” in all these things Avraham was blessed, and he saw it that way. Our Sages tell us that Sarah had attained a greater level of prophecy than Avraham.

Life is full of light in many ways . With eruptions of joy,sorrow, achievement, defeat,connection, isolation, vitality, illness and everything in between.. To see the hand of God only in one’s happiness and success is to not see God in the fullness of one’s life. To edit God out of the unpleasant aspects of life, is a big mistake. As all is the providence of God. Such a view can take away one’s passion and ability to live enthusiastically and deal correctly with any given situation. It is only when we embrace God in the totality of life’s experiences that can we truly live. By allowing ourselves to dwell with the God in the suffering that has come upon us, God forbid, and in the ecstasy, in the disappointment, pain along with the delight, we can experience the fullness of being alive, the holiness of being itself.

 

We are told that the cave is before Mamre. This place is where earlier Avraham built a alter to Hashem. The word Mamre means rebellious. This refers to the ones that were burried there  first. The first to be rebellious Adam and Chava. Its also interesting to note that Mamre in Hebrew has the same letters as Amran the father of Moshe a man who never sinned. The opposite of the rebellious Adam and Chava. It will be from Amram’s son Moshe who brought down the Torah from mount Sinai that word will be redeemed from its current rebellious state. As we learn from the Oar haChyim that the final redemption will occur in the merit of Moshe. The redemption has been so long delayed becouse Moshe refuses to invoke his merit, his merit being the merit of Torah study that is so lacking in these later generations. So may it be that soon in our days that we will see the realization of the blessing given to Avraham from Hashem to be blessed in all things with the comming of our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days.

1. 1Zohar Chadash Tikunim p.119,139,238

THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD ESPECIALLY THOSE THINGS WHICH THE GOD HAS FORBIDDEN HE HAS MADE  TO APPEAR TO MAN AS VERY DESIRABLE,

WHILE SPIRITUALITY , TORAH AND THE TREE OF LIFE DO NOT OUTWARDLY APPEAR ATTRACTIVE NOT DESIRABLE , THEY ARE NOT REALLY SEEN AT ALL. ONLY AFTER ONE INVESTIGATES TORAH DOES ONE SEE IT HAS THE GREATEST PLEASURE AND FINDS IT MORE DESIRABLE THAN ANYTHING ELSE

IT IS LIKE ALL THE FORBIDDEN THINGS LOOK DESIRABLE AND ARE OUT IN THE OPEN BEFORE US , WHILE THE LIGHT OF THE GOD IS HIDDEN IN A CAVE, THAT CALLED TORAH AND ONLY WHEN ONE GOES INTO THE CAVE DOES ONE FIND THIS “TORAH” WAY AND ARE ABLE TO INVESTIGATE IT AND FIND IT MORE DESIRABLE THAN ANYTHING ELSE ! THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY APPEAR !

 

 

 



When God comes out of Hiddeness

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PARSHA                                                         Bo             

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In this parsha is what is most likely the greatest story ever told. The Story of the Hebrews being redeemed by God and taken out of Egypt.  Upon knowledge of this depends the first, of the Ten Commandments to believe in God. For this reason it is written: “I am God that took you out of Egypt…”. Thus all the Commandments, depend on ones’  belief in the Story of the Hebrews being redeemed by God. As by this knowledge, the God of the Hebrews is their Commander and there is reason to do the commandments in His Torah.

Pharaoh was most stubborn he refused to admit that there is a King of the Universe who was the God of the Hebrews. This is because Pharoah is the same letters in Hebrew as ‘arof’ meaning ‘back of the neck’ this alludes to the fact that Pharoe who represents the evil inclination only wants us to see things from a view from the “back”. He wants to keep God and His intentions hidden. He want us to have nothing to do with the ‘face’ of God  which is called  “Holiness”. He wants to keep us in the “dark” not knowing whats going on “really”. Not recognizing or understanding our personal Divine providence as it effects our lives !

In the very beginning of our parsha GOD informs Moses to go into pharoe and GOD than tells Moses that he will harden his heart to his requests. This happens time and time again. One can only ask what is going on ? What is the use of even going in to Pharoe and asking to “let the people go”, if there is not even a chance of Pharoe conceding to his request. Moses went to Pharoe time and time again asking to “let the people go” only each time to face failure. The Aor ha Chyim says Moses must have despaired. From here we can obviously learn a number of lessons. Take to heart that like Moses, even when we go on a mission to accomplish something that is in accordance with the will of GOD. We may find that it may come only after great difficulty.We must serve GOD with joy even if the difficulties we face create situations that could lead to despair. We must serve GOD with joy and not despair. We can see from the occurrences in our parsha that the difficulties we face are also part of GOD’s plan. We can grow from such things that “appear” as problems, by drawing joy from GOD’s wellsprings. Thus negating the despair, as we know that this too is GOD’s will. Through this one learns to illuminate the darkest hour, and how to reach deep into the well of GOD’s delight. When one faces “low tides”, hard times one realizes GOD is blessing through withholding his blessing. By this we grow and our soul reaches to its source in the delight of GOD in its root and source. When we need to reach far above to see the light.   It says “and the people took the dough before it was leavened, the kneading troughs bound in there clothes on their shoulders. And the children of Isreal did according to the word of moses and asked the Egyptians for Jewels, silver, gold and raiment. And GOD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Sight referring to Chuchmah (Creative Divine inspiration). As when we make GOD’s will our own. Then being joined with it, so to the will of GOD all around us becomes fulfilled in Chuchmah from which the world is created continually which is fulfilled according to our needs. From this we see when we take our dough, representing our physical concerns and give them less priority then our spiritual concerns when they come into conflict. GOD blesses us in the Physical in more ways than we can imagine. As Yisrael walked out of Egypt in possession of all its physical wealth.   The dough which was to become matza they put in their garments, on their shoulders. Just as we are instructed by the sages to put the Afficomen (last matzah of pessach seder) on our shoulders and then hide it. The eating of the afficomen is called in the seder tzphon (hiddeness). Thus we see when we take our physical concerns as said before and put them aside, as the afficomen is put aside till later in the seder. Then after we are satiated we eat the afficomen which is called in the seder tzphon (hiddeness) then we shall inherit the tzphon (hiddeness) of GOD as described in the song of songs “The cleft of the rock, in the secret of the stairs” reaching to the heights of Godly vision yielding the most profound delight. Thus will be fulfilled again as said in our parsha “And it came to pass on that very day it came to pass, that all the hosts of Yhv”h went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night of watchfulness to Yhv”h for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is a night of watching kept to Yhv”h by all the people of Israel throughout their generations.” Thus we will see as our sages say the redemption from the final exile will be like that from Egypt.

The Shechinah is destined to join Hashem when Shelah the descendant of Jacob attains his mature form called Shiloh which is gematria Moshe. Shelah and Shiloh are spelled exactly the same, except that Shiloh possesses an additional י .

   Before the Redemption from Egypt The God told the Jews to circumcise themselves and to sacrifice a lamb before leaving Egypt, because both of these acts were done with self-sacrifice and complete trust in God. The lamb sacrifice entailed taking one of the gods of the Egyptians, holding it prisoner for four days, and murdering it before their eyes without fearing the consequences.  Circumcision required inflicting a large painful open bleeding wound in one’s self, just hours before beginning an arduous foot trek into the desert. We see from these 2 acts that redemption comes through self-sacrifice and complete trust in God.

And may we see the face of our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days.



MAKE LOVE WITH GOD
December 22, 2013, 9:50 am
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USING YOUR SEXUAL ENERGY IMMORALLY GIVES POWER DIRECTLY TO THE OTHER SIDE FOR WAR DEATH AND ALL BAD THINGS !

INCREASE THE POWER’S OF GOOD, OF GOD IN THE WORLD INSTEAD !

DON’T BE A SPIRITUAL DESTROYER

BE A LOVER OF GOD !

The prohibition to have relations with a “Nidah” (women during her period) or before she goes to the “mikveh” (ritual bath)  after her period, can save a couple from so much hardship. By a women’s period negative energy goes out through her and by this she purifies the whole world and herself, but a residue of this negative energy called “Tumah” is left until it is removed by emersing in a “Mikvah”   It is known in contemporary medical research that such relations can bring various deceases including cancer to the couple, look it up your self.

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The children conceived through such relations can also have various child diseases. The Kaballah teaches that the spiritual makeup of these children suffers greatly.

Sexual morality is so important in spirituality as the force that motivates the sexual act is the same force, will which should also be channeled towards spiritual ascention, to the side of holiness as it is most strong force. It is this force that should animate us towards running towards making our “tikun” (correction). It will be by this strong revealed aspect of Divine will that the Divine Presence shall be reedemed from exile !

It is these sparks, this force, will that we need to raise out of exile in the klippot where it has fallen. Then the Soul will be able to so spiritual service as is proper with a intense love when it has been raised from lower desires, those which are distant from Holiness. Such as sexual desires only for one’s pleasure alone. Then just as one make’s love with their beloved and they are one so shall it be with The God and the Shechinah being together in a revealed complete unification with the complete redemption !



ITS NOT SO OBVIOUS SOMETIMES- PARSHA MIKETZ
November 28, 2013, 8:52 am
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Mekaitz Bs”d

From this parsha we can learn many lessons. We are given to see that the ways of GOD in fulfilling his will are hidden from our pitiful level of Consciousness. We also learn some of the mechanisms involving tikun (fixing of the world) and teshuva (repentance). We also see how GOD returns sparks of light to their source in harmony.

We know that everything that happens in the world is only directed ultimately by the will of GOD but much of this most people will never understand. As His way are not our ways and His thoughts are not as our thoughts. We certainly can not comprehend the awesome nature of the intricate workings with in the creation. It is like the Captain of a ship may choose to take the ship in a indirect path to get to a chosen destination. To the passangers it may look wrong to take this out of the way course , but they don’t know about the bad weather that is in the way of the direct course or the jagged rocks seen by the captains sonar.

  One would not expect that after Yosef does the right thing refusing to have sex with Potihpar’s wife the God would have him sent to prison for 12 years. The sages say that the night before Yoseph’s release from prison he was taught the Seventy Languages by the Archangel Gabriel and the Seven Wisdoms by the Archangel Matto”t. One would have never thought that Yosef who was sold as a slave would end up running all of Egypt. But everything happens for a reason and that is so to eventually bring our Mashiach and redemption. This will bring the world to perfect harmony. To accomplish this everything must be brought and set in its rightful place of order. To do this we have the process called tikun. We are in this world to make tikun as individuals but also to work on the tikun of our nation of Yisrael and the world as a whole. But this job is not left for us to work alone, but that GOD through his providence is also making tikun in this world of His.

Leah’s daughter Dina, who was kidnapped and raped by Shekhem son of Hamor. Gave birth to Asenath.. Jacob hid the baby beneath a “Sneh” (bush, hence her name), and gave her a gold amulet engraved with holy names on it to protect her. Asenath vanishes, turns up in Egypt and is adopted by Potifar, priest of On, who raised her as his own. When she grew up, Joseph had by then become a prince in Egypt.  When Joseph passed Asenath’s house, she felt he was her true intended mate and tossed her gold amulet at him. When he saw the holy name in Hebrew on the amulet, Joseph knew that she was from his father’s house and that she is his long lost niece. Joseph and Asenath married and begot two sons—Menashe and Efraim.

From the parsha we can get some instruction on how to understand and go about in this process of elevation called teshuva. If a person will do their part the Holy one Blessed is His name will do a corresponding action. As we know a action below is followed by a action above. From this process of action and reaction GOD gives us many times what we need to do to bring our lives and all else back to proper order. He does this by creating a action in this world that can take many forms, but one most common as we see involved in the story of Yosef’s life is chastisement. The troubles and complications that come to make difficulties in our lives. As we see regarding Yosefs brothers when they came to Egypt. We find Yosef acting harshly towards them accusing them of being spies and thieves. This persecution leads them to realize their faults saying “GOD has found the inequity of His servents” “We are guilty concerning our brother since we saw the anguish of his soul, and he called to us, but we would not hear. Becouse of this all this has come upon us” We see from these statements that the chastisement brought on Yosef’s brothers by him gets his brothers to feel sorrow for their deed and suffer for it, worry about it, feel shame, humility and ultimately realize that it was not just a coincidence or a random thing of nature that all the trouble befell them, but that these troubles were directed by GOD becouse of their own deeds (with Yosef). And not only were these things brought on by GOD but they were a measure for measure response to their own actions. This helps to explain why Benyamin was given 5 times more food then his other brothers as it was becouse of jealousy that the brothers brought their father a evil report concerning Yosef. Now GOD through Yosef and Benyamin is giving them the opportunity to be in a similar situation but this time not become jealous. By this they partially heal the damage done to their souls. Yosef taught his brothers and us that even when we don’t agree, and even when we have arguments, we remain brothers. No matter what happens . In ANY case – we DON’T abandon a brother.

All the steps mentioned above above from feeling sorry about their improper actions to realizing GOD’s hand in all that happens are part of the process of teshuva as described in the book “Gates of Teshuva” and many other Holy works. Working with this process one can then by tesuva remove impurity and disorder and accordingly gain in purity and ultimately reach the state that is called Holiness where he has visions, dreams of prophesy and can understand them as they reach Ruach ha Kodesh.

In the Beginning of our parsha Yosef tells pharoe what GOD has told him pharoe’s dream means. In the same way that only GOD knows the true meaning of a dream, we can see that only GOD knows fully how the creation operates. Every event in Yoseph’s life is a prophetic allusion to the task of Mashiach ben Yoseph. It is for us to look around so to see the Holy ones signs and symbols that will direct us to his path of truth so that we will ultimately see the redemption with the building of the Holy Temple with the Mashiach in Mercy quickly in our days.

Rav Yitzchak of Akko and other great sages of Torah so to grasp a idea that is elusive and incomprehensible would stand and drink a strong glass of wine and think over the matter. In a state of being asleep and non asleep he would comprehend the matter and stand up and write it down.



MUSIC AND SPIRITUALITY
November 21, 2013, 5:19 pm
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