Godssecret's Weblog


PARSHA Titzaveh – FLOWING THE DIVINE ENERGY

Titzaveh Bs”d

It says in Psalms “your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”.David ha Melach (KING DAVID), peace unto him tells us that by the word of the Torah we have a lamp to direct our feet. This refers to the exact spots our feet touch, the minute details in our life. It’s light will also illuminate our path. We learn in the Zohar that oil refers to the power of Chuchmah (Divine creative wisdom). With the light of Chuchmah itself which is the level of secrets of the Torah, the inner aspect of the Torah which come to one as “flashes” of Divine inspiration yielding understanding, new understanding in the Torah. This same light of revelation, with the mercy of Hashem (GOD) will shine with Godliness at all times. So we may see the Godliness in all things as David said “a lamp unto my feet”. So we can see what thoughts, words and actions at all times will place us in the Holiest place. In our parsha we can get some illumination concerning this lamp as it is written “ You shall command the children of Yisrael to bring pure beaten olive oil for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.” From this we can see that that the oil to illuminate our path and guide our feet must be of high quality, as it says “pure”. Rav Dov Bear of Mezerich explains that “ Sin contains repentance as a olive contains oil”. At the time one returns to Hashem’s way the sparks of Holiness that gave vitality to the forces of separation (to evil) are raised up to the heavenly regions away from the “other side”.

Holy sparks are in every thing, a soul is a spark of The Divine similarly, every angel. Some sparks are not souls nor angels, they are all spiritual energy.

By Adam and Chava sinning with the Tree of Knowlege, their souls shattered into the sparks that fell below. Here is a analogy that will help explain this concept. A glass vessel falls to the floor and shatters into many pieces, all over the place. This is so with the sparks of Holiness. Currently, these sparks are trapped, surrounded by klipot (husks; shells) of the other side nourishing because of the sin of Adam and Chava with the Tree of Knowlege and our transgressions. Adam and Eve’s souls were huge their souls shattered into millions and millions of sparks. When there is sin, the soul falls, each time we are guilty of the sins the soul falls drops down falling even further as more sparks get dispersed.

Currently many of these sparks surrounded by klipot (husks; shells) are waiting for their tikkun (fixing). They are waiting to be liberated. Each person’s soul is connected to specific sparks in the world, others not so much. Do the will of God and liberate these sparks from these places. As we see when it says,

God establishes the footsteps of man, and He will favor his way” (Psalms, 37:23). This teaches us that God decides where our feet are going to take us. We then only need to do at these places whats is expected of us and then will the sparks get liberated and elevated to their source in Holiness. Right now, these trapped sparks are nourishing all the “klipot” which are the bad “middot” (character) traits and evil forces. We need to break these “klipot” and rescue their sparks taking them from the dominion of the “klipot” and putting them back again involved in Holiness. These sparks become one with our souls which strengthens us spiritually and the worlds also according to the system of unfolding called “histashalut”. By turning away from transgression and doing “teshuva” the Divine spark in exile that gave life to the “tiva” (evil desire) is released and raised up to its source as the “klipa” is shattered by the separation from the Divine spark it had swallowed which did sustain it. Thus is fulfilled the words of Rabbi Akiva “my falling is my rising”. As the spark by rising up to its source provides extra power to our soul instead of the “klipot” (forces of evil). By this a new light shines upon us. To make this clearer the Gerer Rebbe said “ We see that a candle and a wick give light by diminishing , likewise a man who dominishes his physical desires may give out spiritual light. This is suggested by the name of the source of physical desires, the soul in the blood called “Nefesh”. Its first letter “N” stands for “ner” (lamp), “f” for petilah (wick) and it last letter “sh” for shemen (oil). We are all lost in our individual exiles, we need to see the bars of our imprisonment and try to take ourselves out of our personal exiles, Then God shall do the rest.

Just as the olive must be crushed to give its oil, so must we crush our animal souls so that it may become as oil to illuminate our paths in the service of Hashem. As the olive oil is fine and pure so must we be of a most developed character to ascend to give light, so to ascend into Holiness beholding the Torah’s secrets.

Avraham Abulafia teaches desire is in partnership with the flow of Divine abundance that comes to his vessels. Desire comes from Atzilut. It is flow of אלה”י . By this he cleaves in the voices. There comes to him desire of love to be covered in the wings of the Shechinah, he receives anything from Chuchmah Elyonah So go in and ask for Chuchmah in great desire, desire of your nefesh. Ask so that you grow in comprehension unto all abilities. Preparations are necessary for Chuchmah of Navua (prophesy). You must work for this day and night. From the tiva (desire) for Divine names. This is the cavana (intention). Choice love and desire. These are the general principles. The name of Keter is to them all. It is the first cause close to thought that arouses the movement to ask, arouse will and thought. These are one thing and are not separated. רצון (will) rises up in all levels till reaching the level called חשק (desire) in all its completeness. חשק (desire) has no limit or end. It raises up thought from its beginning to completion. חשק is the end of all tiva (burning desire). It is a מופת (wonder). Devacut (cleaving) and חשק (desire) are one thing. One cleaves in חשק (desire). All this goes out from thought to actuality, then there is כח (power). The giving of חשק (desire) is a אות (spiritual sign) it is צבאו”ת אלהי”ם יהו”ה . Through this there will be a אות in our צבא (hosts). From the stones of the Cohain Gadol’s breast plate is חשק from the source of Binna. It is breath and חותם (a seal). חשק is אור עצום (essential light).1

The Hebrew people at Mount Sinai when they received the Torah were raised by this to a very high level of revelation. They were free, refined of the sin of Adam and Eve in Gan Aden and because of this the Divine presence could be drawn in them. They could have lived for ever. If they had not sinned with the Golden calf. Once they sinned this level of Divinity could no longer rest upon the children of Israel so a “Miscon”, (Tabernacle) and Temple were needed. Moses stayed on this Holy higher level, he had to wear a vail. He was too much for people to behold. Looking at Moses must have been like looking at a “Miscon” condensed in one person, that would be very bright.

May this Divine desire bring Mashiach soon in Mercy.

 



HOW TO TOUCH HEAVEN AND HAVE HEAVEN TOUCH “YOU”

 

 

Vyatze

 

Bs”d

 

First Yaakov sees all the angels of God rising from the earth and descending from the heavens. The sages say these were the angels who supervise the nations of the world. While on top of the ladder is God who alone supervises the providence of Yisrael, the whole world and all in it. If they will only draw close to him and follow his will God would give them everything. Next are born the 12 tribes. These 12 sons of Yaacov who entered Egypt with their families numbered 70 in all as listed in Exudus. These parallel the 70 nations of the world listed in Genesis.

 

The ladder of Jacob’s dream is prayer. Jewish prayer (meditation) is a teaching passed down from their Prophets. It is written in the Zohar that the ladder in Jacob’s dream is a metaphor for prayer (Tikunei Zohar #43).In the dream, the ladder represents prayer as the connection between man, situated at the bottom of the ladder, and God who appears at the top of the ladder. The numerical value of sulam, ladder equals 136, the same as kol, voice. The ladder is the voice of prayer rising from the heart of man who is firmly entrenched in the physical world below, till it reaches the heavens and God who is ever present above the ladder. Through the act of prayer man’s consciousness rises from rung to rung, and although standing on the earth, his or her spiritual awareness is truly elevated to the heights of heaven. The Arizal taught that prayer itself is comprised of four sections or rungs on a ladder and that these sections relate implicitly to the four ascending worlds of Kabbalah. The first rung of prayer comprises the preliminary morning blessings until the prayer Baruch Sheamar, which begins the next section. The morning blessings correspond to the world of Assiyah, action. The series of blessings thank God and acknowledge His goodness in providing for all the basic abilities and requirements enabling us to function in the practical world of action.In this section we create a vessel in this physical world for the coming blessings of our meditation. We fix our own physical bodies.

 

The second rung consists of the section of prayer referred to as Pesukei D’Zimrah, Verses of Praise. These prayers are comprised of the psalms of David, inspiring praises to God for creating the beautiful world we live in. This section corresponds to the world of Yetzirah, formation. Nature both reveals and hides God. It is for us to search for God and praise His manifest creation, maintaining a sense of awe even when ”grown up.” This world relates to our emotional attachments and response to the world around us. This section of the meditation fixes the soul level called “Ruach” (Spirit) , the Emotional soul.

 

The next section of prayer is centered around the recitation of the Shema, the ultimate unification of the NAME OF GOD in His creation. This section begins with a description of how the angels daily praise God and leads into the Shema, the revelation of the soul’s understanding of the nature of God’s unity. The beginning of this section represents the angels ascending and descending on the ladder and culminates with man standing humbly, yet elevated, ready to speak directly to the Creator. This once again teaches us that ultimately the soul is rooted in a higher place than even the angels. This third rung corresponds with the world of Briyah, creation and relates to the intellect. This level is the Soul called “Neshama” (soul of Divine intellect). This level of the soul is a part of the God itself. By the Meditation of the “Sma” we unify the Divine name YHV”H with our self and everything in a more revealed way preparing us for the work of the next level.

 

The final rung on the ladder of prayer is the recitation of the Amida, the silent prayer. This corresponds to the world of Atzilut, emanation, where man encounters God who appears above the head of the ladder, in a state of intimate union. At this level a man joins God as a partner in creation. This level is actual “emanation” of the powers of creation. This prayer- meditation is another ladder itself having 18 levels corresponding to the 18 vertebrae of the Spine. It is taught in the Yerushalmi Berachot that one hundred twenty elders and eighty prophets ordained the Amida meditation (the standing prayer). This hints at its awesome depth. Infinite Divine names fill these 18 levels. The simple level of this meditation are known. Its secrets are not taught in public but are only passed down on a one to one basis.

 

While approaching the ladder of Holiness to enter the upper worlds one must elevate this physical world by their actions. Observe, to accomplish the gathering of Holiness of the giving birth to the extended family of the 70 children of Yisrael first Yaakov had to go through great treachery and deceit from Lavan. The greatest revelation of light founding to the world came from the patriarch Yaakov and his wives as they gave us the foundation of the Hebrew people, but at what cost. Such hardship one has to undergo to reveal the Shechina in this world. One cannot expect it to be easy. Its written in Safer Giloyah Razia that the evil forces are always trying to get permission from the supernal court to try to test and trouble one who can or is trying to increase Holiness in this world. On top of all the trouble with Lavan , his own brother Asev wants to kill him.

 

All the sufferings we endure in this world make us stronger. Like a runner who jumps over bigger and bigger hurdles. After each Klipa (obstacle) is overcome it reveals its spark of vitality, its light which then enlivens us. Each time we do good and turn from evil we show to God how much we love him. It is by these ”opportunities” which seem as hardships we can give thanks to God for. As it is by these ”opportunities” that we earn our entrance fee into the world to come, and from such comes our portion.

 

It can be observed from the parsha that that just as Yaakov thought that he married Rachel but in the morning found it was Leah. So to in the time of the morning, time of revelation of new light the true nature of people becomes revealed, and this new nature may make one appear as though they went through a total transformational experience. Then one may have difficulties in their relationships dealing with one who appears to them as a different person then they once knew. But by overcoming obstacles causing confusion they can come to great results as with Yaakov and Rachel. As their first child was Yosef who saved all Yisreal in Egypt and from his descendants will arise Mashiach ben Yosef who will overcome our enemies. Yaakov had to work 7 more years to marry Rachel. Needless to say all the trouble that the wicked sorcerer Lavan inflicted upon Yaakov, and his financial treachery. His daughter Dina gets raped. Then, to top it all off, he spends the next 22 years thinking his son Yosef was killed by wild animals

 

 

But in the end all the deceit that Lavan worked against Yaakov only turned to blessings, as will all the curses in the Torah to those who merit such. As Yaakov saw in his dream that God took great concern for him, and the ordeals that he had to go through in the house of Lavan. God rewarded him greatly as he multiplied exceedingly in good when he left Lavan’s house. He was blessed in a supernatural way. Fulfilling the teaching of the Torah that that the righteous are put to sufferings in a natural way, but their deliverance comes about with signs and wonders.

 

 

 

 

 

The Rabbis note that parsha (Vayetze) does not begin on a new line. Instead it is separated from the previous parsha (Toledot) by only eight spaces. Most parshas do begin on a new line. Out Of the 52 Torah portions, there are very few parsha that do not begin on a new line and these parsha are called “closed”..

 

 

 

 

 

GOD has His reasons for everything He does. Sometimes we can’t figure out why things happen. Yaakov. His life becomes incredibly miserable. Here is a good man, who listens to his mother and does what she tells him to do and all he gets is more than twenty years of headaches, as it appears.

 

Yaakov couldn’t figure anything out in this parsha – from start to finish it was all confusion to him. That it why it is a closed parsha – Parsha S’tuma.

 

 

 

One must not wait for miracles for deliverance from evil, and one cannot expect providence above nature to always protect them. They need to seek a natural way to deal with the trials of this world. Here again we learn the lesson ” one must deal with the wicked with subtly”. In last weeks parsha Yaakov used guile to get his blessings, taking them away from the wicked Asev. In our parsha Yaakov sneaks away from Lavan with his belongings because he feared that Lavan may never let him leave, or take his rightful possessions with him if he were to announce his departure. This is the 2nd parsha in a row this lesson is taught, so we should take heed. ”One must deal with the wicked with subtly”. The crooked cannot be made straight, so they must be dealt with accordingly.

 

Everyone in the world has a unique mission. There are a certain number of missions that have to be accomplished in the world. Our sages tell us that if a person doesn’t address himself to his own purpose and mission in life, the fellow next to him who does, will get his portion and the other guy’s portion in this world and the next as well.

 

Asev sold his birthright, he gave up his “mission”, he lost his blessings. GOD gave Yaakov exceptional strength. He had to be as strong as Esav but using the physical power for God. He would need to apply this strength in various situations – sometimes to bash in heads, sometimes to show superhuman control, and other times to go to war. This is why the Torah has to tell us about Yaakov’s awesome strength.

 

Yaakov comes to the well at the beginning of the parsha, he meets some

 

shepherds who are from Lavan’s territory, and they are all waiting to gather together enough people to remove a huge boulder covering the well. The Torah off handedly tells us that when Rachel comes along, Yaakov turns into Superman and is able to lift the massive boulder off the well as easy as pie. As the Talmud says, it was as easy as removing a cork from a bottle.

 

The blessing Yaakov gave to Yehuda was: “His hands will be against his enemy.” Who was the greatest descendent of Yehuda? King David, who was a red-haired fellow with a ruddy complexion (Asev is called Edom which means red). He killed hundreds of thousands of enemies of the Jewish People. He was the archetype of what Esav could have been.

 

The vast majority of Jews have not assumed the mission they are supposed to. Someone else must pick up these unattended missions. There is much we must and can do. Then we will see the Hands are the hands of Asev and the voice is that of Yakov with the revelation of the Messiah quickly in our days.