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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.



DON’T YOU FEAR ME SAYS THE LORD-LOVE GOD

 

Devarim בס”ד

Near the beginning of our parsha We are reminded of the generation that all died in the desert because of the affair of the spies as it’s written ”And you came near me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by which way we must go up, and to what cities we shall come.” But after the spies brought back the evil report our parsha tells us concerning the people. “And you murmured in your tents, and said, Because the Lord hated us, he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites. Where shall we go? our brothers have discouraged our heart”. For this sin of fearing the nations and not believing in GOD the whole generation was forbidden to enter the land, and as it says in Bamidbar “Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all who were counted of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, all of you shall not come into the land, concerning which I swore to make you live in it, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun”. We should have learned this lesson by now.

Fear only GOD.

The beginning of the mitzvah of fearing GOD is to know that ”Elokenu” is the ד“ו parzufim (masculine and feminine aspects of GOD). These are the Written and Oral Torah by whose ruling we were taken out of Egypt.1 Fear embraces humility and humility embraces “chasidut” (piety). So by fear of sin one gets all these qualities.2 All the time one is only occupied only in the simple meaning of the Torah they see themselves as poor and dead. The main part of the Torah is its secrets. One who has the fear of GOD without Chuchmah (Kabbalah) will not reach the ”midot” (attributes) of ”chassidut” (piety). Fear of GOD is Chuchmah, turning away from evil is Bina.3

If a man gives his heart and dat to the fear of GOD, behold the letters of יהו”ה cleave in his heart. One who merits this has no lack. But if his heart lacks fear of GOD, the letters of יהו”ה are far from him. This is the greatest possible lack. This is what it means “Make Me a migdosh (temple), and I will dwell in them”. One sanctifies their heart so as to have dwell in it יהו”ה 4 The level of soul called ”Chayah” does not go out to a man except by receiving chuchmah. One who merits Chuchmah and dat their goes to him the fear of GOD.5 Growing in fear and ”Kidusha” as is proper this causes ”zivug” of Zu”n, and Abba with Imma to become complete as is proper. Through this is complete purification to man.6 When chuchmah is united to bina, the fear and awe of GOD can arise from the level of keter. Bina is called love but from chuchmah is complete love.7

Last weeks parsha said “But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those whom you allow to remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall harass you in the land where you live. Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do to you, as I thought to do to them.”

So it is about time we stop this foolishness such as releasing terrorists as good will gestures. What could be a worse desecration of graves of Jewish martyrs who died in the Arab terrorist attacks than releasing terrorists as “good will gestures”? What could be a worse slap in the face of their grieving friends and relatives? The government spits upon the thousands of murdered and maimed Jewish women, children, civilians in order to stage a ”peace process show”

American President Obama throughout his term has wanted to force Isreal to give their land settled cities to their enemies who wish to send rockets upon central Israel and kill all the Jews. We must stop this government’s evil cowardly retreat from Yuhuda and Shamron. The disengagement from Gaza and the destruction of the Gush Katif Jewish settlements has created a pure terrorist state at Israel’s border. How many more such enclaves do we need ? The Israeli establishment plans to demolish more Jewish settlements and evict more Jews from their homes before transferring the territories to Arab rule. International law doesn’t justify such moves. Forced population transfer is a war crime. Forcible transfer is a form of ethnic cleansing. The International Criminal Tribunal convicted Yugoslavian officials for exactly the crime Israelis committed in Gush Katif. Instead lets get rid of the terrorists not nurture them. It by no means is our responsibility to provide the Palestinians with water, electricity and humanitarian aid. But it is the primary responsibility of the government to protect it citizens. So we must as it says in the verse “drive out the inhabitants of the land”, we must deal with the terrorists as enemies as is proper. Not with ”good will gestures”, and only receiving evil in return. Remember as it says in our parsha ”GOD Elohecha gives you this land as inheritance”. Then we can come to see the fullness of our inheritance with the Bait HaMikdash built and our righteous Mashiach (Messiah) quickly in our days.
Amen !
 
The Vilna Gaon teaches that the last ten Parsah of the Torah hint to what will happen during the last one thousand years of history. The Vilna Gaon explains that the spiritual root of the ten Torah portions of Devarim is in the ten Sefirot of the world of Asiyah. The history of the last ten centuries can be viewed according to understanding of ten Sefirot that direct Hanhaga (God’s providence) over the universe, in its corresponding century.Keser – Crown, Chochma – Wisdom, Bina – Understanding, Chesed – Kindness, Gevurah – Strength, Tiferes – Harmony, Netzach – Perseverance, Hod – Splendor, Yesod – Foundation, Malchus – Royalty.The projections of these Sefiros are in everything including the human body. Even though some knowledge of Kabala will enhance the understanding of this booklet, such knowledge is not required. One can learn a lot from this article even without it.

Let us study the history starting with year 5000, i.e. 1240 by secular calendar. According to the Gaon’s arrangement we have the following correspondence:

Parsha Sefira  Jewish year  Secular year

Devarim  Keter 5000    1240-1340

Vaeschanan Chochma  5100-5200  1340-1440

Ekev Bina 5200-5300   1440-1540

Reay Chesed   5300-5400  1540-1640

Shoftim Gevurah 5400-5500 1640-1740

Ki Setze Tiferes   5500-5600   1740-1840

Ki Savo Netzach     5600-5700 1840-1940

Nitzavim-Vayelech Hod    5700-5800 1940-2040

Haazinu Yesod             5800-5900 2040-2140

VeZot HaBrachah Malchus    5900-6000 2140-2240

Nitzavim and Vayelech are considered one Parsha thus, there are 53 Parsha in the Torah, like the gematria of the word “Gan” – garden. If we were to consider Nitzavim and Vayelech separately, we have a total of 54 Parsha.

Parsha Nitzavim and Vayelech.

Terrible curses continue being described in the beginning of this Parsha. Such expressions as “Sulfur and salt burned all the soil … like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah …” may well be hinting also to the devastation caused by the continuation of World War II.

After the terrible curses are described, the Torah predicts our return to Hashem and renewal of the observance of commandments. This passage is speaking to our generation. In the previous generations some people left traditional Judaism, and their descendants continued the downhill slide and assimilated even further. The concept of return to Torah observance was virtually unknown. In our day this is quite common. People who were born into families with completely irreligious backgrounds come back to Halachic Judaism and they often succeed in bringing their parents along with them.