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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.



Wake of the Flood Parsha Noach –Secrets-all God does is kindness !

the flood

the flood

UPDATED November 27  2018

Noach Bs”d

 

NOACH

   There are many myths about a great flood. There is mention of a Great flood not only in the Bible but in in the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Babylonian work. The Romans and Greeks had the legend of Deucalion and Pyrrha, who saved their children and animals by floating away in a giant box. Pralaya in Hinduism, the Gun-Yu in Chinese mythology, Bergelmir in Norse mythology, in the arrival of the first inhabitants of Ireland with Cessair in Irish mythology, in the lore of the K’iche’ and Maya peoples in Mesoamerica, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa tribe of Native Americans in North America, the Muisca, and Cañari Confederation, in South America, Africa, and some Aboriginal tribes in Australia.

All God does is out of His Great love for us. Because of mankind’s wickedness due to the gross materialistic nature of the earth itself. God saw that the pure Divine soul He had imparted to mankind could no longer be connected to the polluted physical body that characterized mankind at this point. As a result, God decided to destroy these physical bodies, out of His love and concern for the needs of souls.

“And God said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the birds of the air; for I repent that I have made them.”

Thats why the name of God here by the flood YHV”H which is that of mercy when this appears as anything but merciful.

The only person called “Tzadik”  (righteous) in Torah was Noach (Gen 6:9) This has got to mean something !

Towards the end of the Parsha is mentioned the Birth of our father Avraham. Avram’s father Terach was a Idol maker only when he was having relations with his wife, Amtelai Bas Karnevo, during her menstrual period, did the Satan agree to let them give birth to the soul of Avraham. He thought that being born under such impure conditions and in such a family, Avraham would fail his task in this world.

The parsha of the flood is read as fall gets into full swing. The mazal of the  month of Cheshvan, when the reading of this parsah occurs much of the time, is the scorpion, known for its cold venom.  The mazal of the month of Cheshvan, the scorpion, is scary. . In the Torah, the scorpion generally appears with the snake, as in the verse that describes the “great and awesome desert” as the place of “snakes, saraph (a type of snake) and scorpion…” The pit into which Joseph was thrown by his brothers is also described as being empty, “containing no water”. Our Sages add that while there was no water in the pit, there certainly were snakes and scorpions.

The flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The number forty holds special significance in Torah. The sages tell us the planet Venus takes forty days to retrograde from it’s place as evening star into a position of being the morning star. Interestingly, the pre-embryo of an infant according to the Talmud is said to form in the first forty days. (Talmud Bavli, Yevamot 69b), In the Torah the number forty reminds of us of the forty-year journey of the exodus (Numbers 14:33-34). We should also take notice that Moses fasted and communed with G-d for forty days before receiving the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:28) and again a second time later in the exodus story (Exodus 34:28). The spies scouted out the land for forty days (Numbers 13:25). David and Solomon ruled for forty years each (2 Samuel 5:4, 1 Kings 2:11; 1 Kings 11:42). Goliath taunted Israel for forty days (1 Samuel 17:16), Egypt is prophesied to lay waste for forty years (Ezekiel 29:11-12), God tells Jonah to warn Nineveh they have forty days to repent or face destruction (Jonah 3:4). God gives the land a period of rest for forty years at a times (Judges 3:11; Judges 5:31; Judges 8:28). During the early kingdom the people of Israel did evil and God gave them an advisory in the Philistines to contend with for forty years (Judges 13:1), A mikvah – the ritual immersion pool, needs a minimum of forty seah of water.

According to the Torah , the Ark was 627 feet long and 104.5 feet wide, with 65,000 square feet of usable room on each floor!  This size makes it one of the largest boats ever built. One of the largest modern oil tankers, the “ARCO ENDEAVOUR,” is 846 feet long and 152 feet wide.

 

What’s the lesson for us today, there won’t be another flood?.

In the Torah it says “Make for yourself an ark”  In Hebrew the word “Ark” (תבה ) also means “a word.” . So this also alludes to the construction of words that we pray before God. By this we fix the world and make our ark explained the Ba’al Shem Tov, is that Noah was instructed to “go into the ark,” so we must “go into” our words that we pray.

When we translate the dimensions of the ark, as given in the Torah, into their corresponding letters:

  • 300 cubits length – ש
  • 50 cubits width – נ
  • 30 cubits height – ל

We get the three letters that spell לָשֹן , the Hebrew word for tongue and language. This is a beautiful illustration of what we just said above. The words are only the external aspect of speech. The inner aspect is infused into the words by energizing it with all the powers of the soul. To the point where the Divine Presence speaks from one’s throat.

“And the earth was corrupted before Hashem, and the earth was full of violence (chamas – in original Hebrew text).” Rashi says corrupted here refers to sexual transgression. It was because of sexual transgression that Hashem brought the flood, destroying the world. Improper sexual behavior is the opposite of Holiness. Because of this it arrouses the stern judgment of Hashem. This is why Bilam saw to send the gentile women of Midian to go and seduce the Jewish men. By their transgression with the women of Midian Hashem brought a plague killing thousands in Yisrael. The judgement of Hashem was only reversed by Pinchas when he killed Zimri with Cozbi the women of Midian. By this Pinchas was given the ”Brit (covenant) of peace”, Similar to in our parsha as it says ”I will establish my covenant with you and all who enter the ark with you.” The word covenant appears 7 times when God makes his covenant with Noah. these allude to the 7 commandments God gave to Noah and all mankind. Called the Noachite Covenant. they correspond to the 7 colors in the rainbow. which was the sign of the covenant god had made with Noah. It is by the fulfillment of these 7 commandments that are inherent in the nature of man that he comes into harmony with god. these are the 7 laws :

These universal commandments are known as the “the seven laws of Noah”.

These 7 laws include :

1.Do not worship Idols

2.Do not use the Name of God in Vain

3.Do not kill

4.Do not act in a sexually immoral manner

5.Do not steal

6.Do not eat the limb of a living animal-no animal cruelty

7.Establish courts of Justice

These seven laws of the Righteous Gentile are similar to the 613 laws of the Torah for the Jew. They have many different levels of understanding and many details of application. Most aspects of the Torah are included within them. The non Jew can Receive his blessing and dwell in the tents of Shem (which became the heritage of the Hebrew people) or he may find himself with Noah’s son Cham (Ham) instead and Cham castrated his father, he is not a nice guy.

Noah used the Name יהו”ה  in blessing Shem and the Name Elohem”e  in blessing Japheth. Shem (340)=  (יהו”ה   (26 )  +   שד”י   (314 .  Noah also says, “ Let  יהו”ה be the God of Shem,” using the Name יהו”ה .The covenant is the Brit, the Brit is the covenant (Brit meilah- circumcision). Its desecration is desecration of all. This is why sexual transgression is so severe before Hashem. Severe enough to bring the destruction of all flesh, the flood. The Torah commands the death penalty for certain transgressions, but they can only be applied on the testimony of 2 witnesses of the transgression. And only after the 2 witnesses warned the transgressor to refrain from sin, but the transgressor does not accept the rebuke but then does the transgression. Then the witnesses must testify concerning the sin before a court of 72 judges. Only then can the death penalty be applied. This is the process of conviction for murderers, idolatry and all other transgression with the death penalty. To this is one exception. When a Jew has sexual relations with a gentile, its a mitvah to kill them both. No witness or court is required to pass judgment. As Pinchas killed Zimri. This is so, as this transgression is so detestable before Hashem. For this reason we must stand strong concerning the standards of conversion, against the ”new Judaism’s” of conservative and reformed. (These started in Germany before the Holocaust-flood). Like wise the issue of who is a Jew. We must hold by the truth as stated in the Torah and defined in the Gemore. Not being influenced by political concerns as this is foolishness. Not all the Russians brought to Isreal can be called Jewish for the sake of citizenship or marriage. Only those who can prove their Jewish identity. It is from Noach that the earth became divided. The Jews Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov came from Shem. From Noach’s 2 other sons descends the 70 nations of the world, as listed in the Torah. These 70 Nations correspond to to the 70 names of the Nashamot that descended from Yaakov. The descendents of Cannan are cursed and Shem blessed. Becoming the Nation of Yisrael. Concerning who is jewish we must be truthful and recognize the truth of our tradition which has not changed since receiving the Torah at Sinai which is written in the Torah recorded in the Mishna and clarified in the Gemora. As upon these things the ”brit” (covenant) rests, as we see in our parsha. Transgression against these values leads to utter destruction. We see this from our parsha as it is written ”The earth was sexually corrupted before Elohy”m and the earth was full of chamas (violence)”. In this generation we above all are aware of Chamas (Terrorist group). Hashem must save us, as we must guard the brit . To guard the brit we are as Noach in the ark. Protected from the waters of the flood. The destructive forces aroused by the evil deeds of the generation. God commanded Noah to build the Ark, but Noah still had to build it. One needs to take time, effort and cost making their spiritual ark. To do this one must act as a man of faith.

And not as Nimrod who was a “gilgul” (reincarnated) as Nebuchadnezzar. This is why he built a statue in the Dura valley like Nimrod also did. This statue was around 90 feet high and 9 feet wide (where a cubit is about a foot and a half). As its written :

“ Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and builded it in the plain of Dura in the country of Babylonia.” (Daniel 3)

We also learn from our parsha from The Tower of Babel about the power in numbers. When people gather on a project if enough people are involved Heaven looks down, Lets give God something real good to see. This is a call to all men of faith.

Remember the Ark is where the Torah is kept. The ark of the covenant, this is where we want to be. In the future there will be a new ”ark”, which will be our succah. It will be our Succah which will protect us during the war of Gog and Magog. This Succah is made from our Mitzvot. From the noga (sparks of light) we raise up. It will be made from the skin of the Leviyaton. From the shade of this Succah the righteous will be protected from the heat of the sun which will destroy the wicked, and be healing to the righteous. These things as The Rambam says in Hilchot Malachim are hidden and concealed and the way the way they come about is left to be seen with the arrival of our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days

 



PARSHA REAH-Re’eh DO WHAT GOD WANTS AND ALL WILL BE “OK”
August 1, 2013, 1:53 pm
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UPDATED                                    AUG 20th,    2017

Raey bs”d

 

 

Our parshah focuses on “The Place.” God will choose” for his future Temple. When the God wants The Torah to refer to this, singular location, it uses the term   “The place that God will choose ”

It is interesting, on one hand the Torah lets us know The God has a particular place in mind, but in Torah the definitive place is not affirmed, revealed. No place in particular is specified; Jerusalem is never mentioned by name. This combination of the assurance that such a place will indeed be chosen, yet the place itself is unknown, leave the reader of the Torah to notice this strange and unsettling combination.

We are introduced to the Idea of a of PLACE of Holiness in Sefer Shemot, with Moses at the burning bush:

“Remove your shoes from your feet, for the PLACE on which you stand is HOLY” (3:5)

Sometime the Holiness of the the Place is only temporary; it vanishes when God’s manifestation departs from the vicinity. Like at the burning bush and at Mt. Similarly with the Tabernacle in the Desert which was set up in many locations. When the Tabernacle was dismantled and the camp disbanded, the “kidushah” (Holiness) disappeared leaving not a trace. This is seen from in Megilla (9b):

” The sanctity of Shilo is fully released, whereas the sanctity of Jerusalem is never released.”

Shilo a the place that the Tabernacle stood for approximately 300 years from Joshua’s time (Joshua ch.18) to the time of Samuel (I Samuel ch.1-4). Yet the sanctity of Shilo is fully released after the Tabernacle was no longer there.

Futher directing us towards building the Holy Temple the Torah says :

“You shall not act as you have acted here, every man as he pleases, because you have not yet come to the resting place (Menucha) and allotted land (Nachalla) that the Lord your God is given you. When you cross the Jordan and settle in the land … then you must bring everything that I command you to the place that the Lord your God chooses to establish His name…” (Devarim 12:8-11)

In Jerusalem everything changes. The city itself is Holy. It is ,  the eternal chosen  place for His Name to dwell upon in His Temple. The “Kedusha” (Holiness) is and forever will be permanent. Just as regards the rest of Eretz Yisrael and it’s  Shmittah produce, their sanctity will never lapse as the Rambam points out (Hil. Beit Habechira 6:16) Rambam further explains that :

“The (Temple) Altar is on a precise location, never to be adjusted. It is tradition that the place upon which King David and Solomon built their altar at the threshing floor of Aravna (see II Samuel ch.24) was the very site upon which Avraham built the altar upon which he bound Isaac; the same site upon which Noah built an altar when he came out  from the Ark and that was the same altar upon which Cain and Abel offered their sacrifices, and it was there that Adam offered sacrifices when he was created, and from that very site, he was created. The sages said: Man was created from the place of his atonement.” (Rambam Hil. Beit Habechira 2:2)

Jerusalem is special because God chose it. God chose Jerusalem because it is the most significant place upon the globe! The God spoke through out forefather, Yaakov, at this Holy Place when he said concerning it “This is none other than the House of God; This is the doorway to Heaven.” (Bereshit 28:17)

In our parsha we are told of a blessing in fulfilling God’s commandments “ Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse” (Deuteronomy 11:26). So it is every day in fulfilling the commandments.This promise can be a blessing or a curse. If we keep the commandments, it is a blessing, but if not, ownership of the land will be a curse to us, for the nations’ jealousy will be aroused in anger against those who dwell in the land. As the the right to dwell in the land is conditional upon doing what God wants, and not transgressing God’s laws.

  The reward is the Holy one’s blessing, Blessed is His Name. Heaven forbid in not fulfilling the commandments we are asking for the curse. Not fulfilling the commandments we are told is as worshiping other God’s as its written ”if you will not obey the commandments of yhv”h Elohache”m, but turn aside from the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which you do not know (Deuteronomy 11:28) . This is similar as written in the psalms “They do not know, nor will they understand; they walk in darkness”(Psalms 82:5). We have been given the way of life by God in his commandments, this is our way, the way of out forefathers, peace unto them. To act in any other way would be to act irrationally, by the wind of folly. Its truly a way we “do not know”, because if one knew where that path leads they would certainly stay clear of it. 

GOD commands in our parsha us not to “add to or subtract from the Torah”. Torah is perfect. If we change the Torah what we have left will no longer be Judaism. Rather some religion of our own making which is as the spiritual cesspool of a false prophet. Which undermines the very foundations of the Torah its moral and spiritual nature.

   The Torah given at Sinai was given in the utmost clarity about GOD as the Source of it’s revelation and content. Even a prophet can never add or subtract anything from the Torah. A prophet can only temporarily suspend the laws of the Torah, as Eliyahu did on Mt. Carmel. The Torah will never change, challenging this principle challenges the very foundation on which the Torah is based. The Divine nature of the Torah. This was done in Germany with the creation of Reform and conservative Judaism before the holocaust and all know what happened there.

At the Sinai experience the entire nation reached the highest levels of prophecy. This provided us with the base to our belief in GOD and His Torah.

All the principles we need to apply to any new situation are already contained within the Torah, there cannot be any new situation can’t be understood by these principles.

Someone who causes others to sin is worse than someone who physically murders, for a murderer only kills a body in this world, one who causes others to sin is depriving, murdering the person from their portion in the World to Come. Just as there is a Torah obligation to save a person’s physical life, there is a similar obligation to save his life spiritually.

     It is a positive command to listen the Sages’ explanation of the Torah, as the verse states “according to that which they will teach you, you should do.” There is also a command not to dispute the Sages’ rulings, as the verse states “do not go away from that which they will tell you left or right.”

The Torah was given in such a way that it requires the Sages to explain its laws.

The Sanhedrin during the 2nd Temple period and before prepared the Torah laws for codification. The Sages of each generation are not as great as a previous generation. So their ruling have binding authority on subsequent generations. A Sage who refuses to accept the final decision of the Sages and continues to tell people the law according to his own opinion which opposes the rulings accepted by the sages undermines the whole chain of continuity and viability of the Torah on earth and threatens GOD’s entire plan for the world. Such a person gets the death penalty (even now in some way from Heaven). As he is as a false prophet and murderer taking away one’s portion in the world to come. As these false “Rabbis” with their own opinions are denying the wisdom of the sages of Yisrael who’s intellects were operating at a level called רוח הקדש (The Holy Spirit), a phenomenally high spiritual level, which allows access to a much higher plane of understanding than normal intellect.

The early sages of the Sanhedrin who gave us the foundation of the codification of Torah law had to speak a majority of the languages of the world, understand science, medicine, astrology, astonomy and be familiar idolatrous practices of the time in order to decide their status.   

Members of the Sanhedrin had to be lovers of people, well liked and in good standing in the community. They had to be outraged by oppression and all manner of untruth and moral perversion, feel themselves accountable to GOD rather than man. They had to be physically attractive, trustworthy, and wealthy yet not materialistic.

3 times in the parsha it is said to rejoice. “shall rejoice before Yhv”h “(12:12) and “you shall rejoice in all that you put your hand to, you and your households, because Yhv’h Elohache”m has blessed you. (12:7) . As our Father Avraham did we should rejoice in our portion which is our blessing. Serve God in Joy. Not just doing the mitzvot, but doing them Joyfully, as a true expression of love. We should put great thought into our mitzvot so to beautify them. Concerning this we are instructed that Nothing illuminates the eyes of a man as secrets of the Torah. Rabbi Shimon bar Yochi said secrets are the “light”. If one learns correctly they will pray correctly, do mitzvot correctly all in simcha in good spirit. If one prays and knows “cavanot”(spiritual intention) of Teffila there is no greater joy in the world than this.1 Whoever can perform the “mitzvot” as is proper, and his words are correct arrouses God. But “sadeekem” who have knowledge concerning the essence of the meaning of the physical requirements of the Mitzvot and their words, and know how to have “cavana” (proper intent) in their hearts and are arroused in the “mitzvot”. They get blessings from the place of thought, and God is close to them. When they call to God he is ready and there for them. They interact with Divine providence.2 Rejoice doing the mitzvot to the best of your ability. This will result in the blessing mentioned in the first verse of parsha.

What exactly is this blessing ? In the Parsha the very famous verse

 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a special people to himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.” This chosen nature given to Yisrael by God in this verse does not say Yisrael will be exceptionally safe or exceptionally forgiven for their sins. The exceptional nature of Israel is that the eye of God is always upon them so to correct them for their transgression so to raise them continually to a higher level of existence spiritually so that they may fulfill their purpose in the world. Concerning this Rabbi Yuhuda ha Nassi says : ” Consider 3 things and you will not be ruled by sin. There is a seeing eye above, a hearing ear and all your deeds are written in a book”. Even with this  oversight-judgement of Israel their history is “exceptional” in the historical context of the nations. There are no more Amorites, the Roman empire is long gone, Sparta is fallen, Bavel is no more but Yisrael and the Hebrews are still a very powerful force in the world. The nation of Israel is exceptionally blessed !


The result of the blessing for one thing is we will be Holy people as it is written “Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own treasure among all peoples; for all the earth is mine; And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.(Exudus 19:5-6) To reach this blessing the path is spelled out in the laws of the Torah. Together these laws make the path that is “ right in the eyes of Yhv”h Elohech”a “(13:19). Know, There are those who serve God as slaves, they do not cleave in the Ayn-sof , except by histashalut (gradual unfolding). While those who serve God out of love cleave in God with out any “meshach” (screen-filter) separating.3 In the parsha we are told a way to help us fulfill the way of the Torah as its written “And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Yhv”h Elohech”a redeemed you ” (15:15). By remembering we were slaves, we can appreciate our freedom and rejoice in the way of the Torah. And by remembering the strong arm by which God redeemed us from Egypt with miracles while plaguing the Egyptians, and finally drowning them in the sea. We can realize the greatness of God and the love he has for us and thus we can Love God as is proper, and be in awe of him. Then we will be sure to see our righteous Mashiach quickly in our days.



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

 

Akev

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 



WELL OF DELIGHT HIDDEN

WELL OF DELIGHT HIDDEN

Bo Bs”d

Bo Bs”d

In the very beginning of our parsha Hashem (God) informs Moses to go into pharoe and Hashem 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 Hashem. We may find that it may come only after great difficulty.We must serve Hashem with joy even if the difficulties we face create situations that could lead to despair. We must serve hashem with joy and not despair. We can see from the occurrences in our parsha that the difficulties we face are also part of Hashem’s plan. We can grow from such things that “appear” as problems, by drawing joy from Hashem’s wellsprings. Thus negating the despair, as we know that this too is Hashem’s will. Through this one learns to illuminate the darkest hour, and how to reach deep into the well of Hashem’s delight. When one faces “low tides”, hard times one realizes Hashem is blessing through withholding his blessing. By this we grow and our soul reaches to its source in the delight of Hashem 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 Hashem gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Sight referring to Chuchmah (Creative Divine inspiration). As when we make Hashem’s will our own. Then being joined with it, so to the will of Hashem 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 out physical concerns and give them less priority then our spiritual concerns when they come into conflict. Hashem 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.

During the plague of darkness Yisrael went to the houses and places of the Egyptians asking them to give them their gold and silver and other things of value and then they went and took all they could find for their was light to Yisrael while the Egyptions were in a fearful darkness unable to move, with a “darkness that could be felt”. It wasn’t an ordinary darkness. There was something that made it scarier. The Etz Chayim says that this darkness was the primordial darkness that existed before the creation. The Egyptions felt like there was “some thing” lurking in the dark waiting to get them. Something that can’t be seen, is scarier then something that can be seen. The Me am’ Lo’ ez says, “The darkness was such that it was virtually impossible to breathe.” As they were so afraid.

During the plague of DARKNESS Last time 4 out of 5 died when they were taking the money from the egyptions. The prophets told us that the next redemption shall be as the first.

In the Talmud in tractate Magilla we learn that once Jerusalem is built, the kingdom of David will come, as the Prophet Hosea states ” The children of Israel will return and seek YHVH their God and David their King ” (3:5). But the jewelry, watch, houses, expensive wig, and the quicksand that is the “good life” is more powerful than the commandments. Take to heart one of the last teaching of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochi from Zohar Chadash Tikunim as there we learn In the last exile God will not send us out from the host country of our exile till we take alot of money, like we did before leaving Egypt. So it shall be in the last exile. With this money we will be required to make an offering to God. But the evil inclination will come close seeing all the things God has given them, and will want these things for himself. This will be the time to run from the devil, the desire of your evil inclination. All who are strong with their Nashama (soul of Divine intellect) will guard to be close to God. Then God will cause him to bring these things to serve Him. So don’t die in the plague of darkness take what your have and leave you Egypt (your host country of exile) in haste.

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



REDEMPTION DEPENDS ON YUHUDA MAKING TIKUN WITH YOSEPH

UPDATED                                                       January 4th         2017

In the beginning of our parsha when Yosef tells his brothers that Benyamin must stay because the chalice was found in his bag. Yuhuda makes the tikun (fixing) for his past behavior of abandoning his brother and selling him as a slave, by volunteering his own life as he says “ Let me remain as a slave, but let the lad go ”. Thus he does the opposite of the transgression he made against Yosef which caused such grief to his father Yisrael. As with Yosef who he sold into slavery, here he offers himself as a slave. Yuhuda does the opposite of the transgression making a complete tikun. After this Yosef reveals himself. The redemption will come unexpectedly as the revelation of Yosef to his brothers. It is also interesting that just about everything that happened to Yaakov happened to Yosef. This one was hated by his brother and that one was also hated. Both had a brother who wanted to kill them. It is written that Yosef looked just like Yaakov. Its also interesting to note that Yaakov tricked his father Yitzchak taking the blessing away from Asev by wearing Asev’s coat deceiving his father Yitchak. Later Yaakov himself is deceived with his Son Yosef’s coat when Yuhudah brings it back bloody and pretends Yosef is Dead. And finally Yuhudah can get back his belongings from the women who he gave them to. Yuhudah said “I was fooled by the women who wanted a goat”. Safer ha Yashir says that when Yakov’s sons returned from Egypt and wanted to inform Yakov that Yosef was alive and the ruler of Egypt they were afraid their father may die from shock on hearing this news so they had Serach the daughter of Asher play music to Yakov and sing “Yosef lives and rules Egypt”. Yakov said to Serach “The mouth that told me Yosef lives shall not taste death. Serach was one of those who left Egypt entered the Holy land and lived till the time of King David. She was the “wise woman” who turned Sheva ben Bichri over to Joab, She also did not die but entered Heaven alive ! After seeing Yuhudah sell his brother Yosef one might think that he would be the last person from whom God would choose the Messiah to come from but Mashiach precisely comes from Yuhuda. But we understand why as in the end Yuhuda does the opposite of his sin against Yosef and offers his own life instead of handing over Benyamin to Yosef. Not only this but Yuhudah dared to challenge Yosef, who was the viceroy of Egypt, the second most powerful man in the world in his day. So to try to save his brother Benyamin. To act in such a was was very dangerous. Yuhudah went from being callous when he sold Yosef to being caring and loving, he was willing to suffer the same fate he forced on Yosef to protect Benyamin. The Yuhudah who sold Yosef was not the same Yuhudah who stood out on a limb to protect Benyamim. He was a changed man, he made complete “tesuva”. We also see this between Yuhdah and Tamar when Yehuda say “She is more rightious than I”. It is for this reason Mashiach comes from Yuhudah, as it is know that David HaMelech opened the way for people to do “Teshuva”. They say the only reason it appears that David sinned was to show others the way of “teshuva”. Rabbi Avahu said in Gemore Brachot that in a place a “Bal Teshuva” stands a complete sadeek cannot stand.

On the simple level we see the tikun of the elder brother Yuhuda, as he being the leader of the brothers he should have stopped the evil from being perpetrated, so he needs to make the tikun . But what deeper implications are seen by this sequence of events. We know the 12 sons of Yisrael the fathers of the 12 tribes correspond and are conduits of the 12 mazzolot (constellations). Each being a aspect of the Shechinah. We know of Yuhuda that from his tribe came David haMelech, and will come Masiach. The tribe of Yuhuda is a conduit of the sefira Malchut (the Divine presence and rulership of Hashem). Yosef is known as “Yosef ha sadeek”, a sadeek (righteous man) is a conduit of the sefira Yesod (gate way of divine energy that creates Divine providence). In the beginning of the parsha Yosef ha sadeek was not known to his brothers, they did not recognize him. This is similar to what goes on today in “secular” Isreal. The Sadeekem who Yosef represents are not recognised for the value of the work they do, their contribution to society by the “secular” Jews of the world or the Government in control of the State of Israel. It is in the merit of their work that we are able to live. It is necessary for Yuhuda, Malchut (the government) to make its tikun. Secular Jews must make their tikun for throwing Yosef, sedek (righteousness) in the pit and selling it into slavery. This is reminiscent of the words of the Prophet Amos “ So says YHVH for three transgressions of Yisrael or four, I will not return them. For selling a righteous man for money” (2:6). Meaning that the Jewish people need to raise the value of the service of Hashem in their own eyes, and the value of those among them who dedicate their life to this work. They must give the talmid chuchmim (Holy Scholars) the respect due to them. Know we are commanded to stand up when a talmid chuchmim enters a room as before a Torah scroll itself. This says a lot. Its necessary For the Jewish people to recognise the greatness of their true Torah Leaders and their disciples, and help them with their needs when they can. Its written that a Rabbi who prevents a student from doing an act of kindness to him, is withholding from his student the good of heaven. When we realise how great a service those who learn Torah are providing for us, as it is written in the midrash “ if it were not for the sages who sit and learn torah the world long ago would have been destroyed”. Thus it is a travesty that those who learn Torah in collels are some of the lowest paid workers. It is truly in the merit of those who learn and observe the Torah that the Jewish people have it so good, and have not been destroyed. In earlier generations all the Levi and Coheniam dedicated their lives to the Service of Hashem and most of the Jewish people learned some level of Torah. Now all is resting on the shoulders the few who occupy in Torah, so give them their due. It is said Yosef feared God just as much when he was a slave as when he was ruler of Egypt.

The sages tell us that when Yaakov saw the wagons sent by Yosef to get him he then believed his son  Yosef was still alive. , “Agalot” (wagons) has the root of “igul” (circle). The wagons were a sign that Yosef still remembered the last lesson of Torah he had heard from his father about the “sefirot iggulim” (circular sefirot), the way the God dresses in nature. This also reminded Yaakov that it would be ok to go down to Egypt as the Egyptian exile to came was a part of the God’s plan to ultimately bring the ultimate redemption for the Jewish people. With this message Yosef was telling Yaakov not to be afraid to descend into exile. This reminds us that at times Mercy is of the aspect of judgment and this then is God’s loving kindness. This is so as the nature of this physical world is a duality and multiplicity of good and evil. Only through the 32 paths of the sefirot called “Yoshir” (upright) , one can completely transcend this natural pattern of duality and multiplicity and draw pure miraculous mercy from Heaven.

 

The numerical value of יוסף “Yosef” (Joseph) is the same as קנה “kinah” (jealousy) 156 including 1 for collel. When Yoseph’s brothers all saw that Joseph personified the masculine principle and they all personified the feminine principle, they became very jealous of him. Thus we see that the numerical value of “Yosef” (Joseph) is the same as “kinah” (jealousy).

With this we can understand  that Yuhuda-Mulchut (the government) does its tikun by recognizing the value of its righteous inhabitants. By doing this they recognize Hashem. Then Yosef will be revealed this being the true value of righteousness, what the sadeekem represent. Thus recognising the Greatness of Hashem and His Torah. Then will Manifest the Power of Mashiach ben Yosef and the Mashiach of the House of David with the Temple built quickly in our days.

And may it be that we see this Greatness very soon in a complete redemption.