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|Week of July 25, 2010 Shabbat Eikev Av 20, 5770|
Don't forget to utilize the Tzadikim who have left our world as tools to assist you in your Tshuva as preparation for Rosh Hashana. I can hear you say it now, HOw do we do that. Go to the Yeshshem website and click on the Hilula inquiry on the right side of the website - then click on the list of Tzadikim for the month of Av. Just follow the instructions. Each of these Tzadik and Tzadeket are waiting to assist you. Don't loose this opportunity it can not come again in the same way because today is no longer today. Soon we will start to hear / know the Shofar. Yet you can do the work of Tshuva prior to this. Ask the Tzadikim for help! Do your hear thier answer. It is a resounding YES.
This week the Parasha is Eikev. The essence of the Parasha is unity. How do we know this? Read below!
The Zohar for this portion speaks about Blessing before and after eating. It explains the Verse from Chapter 8 Verse 10. The verse says You will eat and be satisfied and Bless HaShem. The Rabbi's tell us to Bless the food before we eat and to ALSO Bless after we eat. A literal reading of the Verse does not say that. It says eat and be satisfied and then Bless. So why do we say a Blessing before we eat when we are still hungry and not satisfied? Why do most of the other religions teach to Bless before they eat but not after? Why are we doing this so uniquely (Both before and After). The Zohar explains what happens when we say Blessings before and After we eat. And what has all of this to do with unity?
The Zohar explains and the ARI elucidates that the Blessing Before activates the spiritual elements of the Food. Essentially, using the metaphor from the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov, the sparks of light that have fallen into the Klipot (Shells of darkness which we call negativity). Please remember there is no coincindence that this food came to you to eat. There is a spark of light that only you can elevate. There is a spiritual cause behind this food being eaten by you. If you do not say the Blessing which is part of the spiritual system than that spark must be arranged to find itself into other food that you will eat at another time, again being given the opportunity to say a Blessing to activate the spiritual process.
Look at all the effort you make the Creator go through to bring that spark back to your table when you miss the opportunity to say the Blessing. Why not say the Blessing and save the Creator all that effort? Or do you think that he already knows you won't say the Blessing for this spark at this time and has already caused the spark to leave the food leaving only the negative aspect of the food which is what leaves our body as waste? Why do you think people get fat? or lack nutrition from their meals no matter how expensive the food is?
What is the effect now that man has started to manipulate the genes of our food supply? Are you aware that there is indication that the gene that man in the form of the Patent Holder Monsanto Company put into the seeds of tomatoes, corn, etc., genes that creates its own pesticide (poison). This gene has been found in rats and may produce the pesticide in the belly of the rat. This well designed poison is now in rats and mice that eat the food with that gene. Do you think that it might be in our human food supply now?
Why not say a Blessing as protection, just in case the salad you are eating or the French Fries come from this source. Always remember the adage of the Capitalistic System. "The Rocket that delivered men to the moon was built by the lowest bidder". The same people built the Challenger (the space ship that was blown up on take off about 15 years ago) as well because they also were the lowest bidder.
Where does your market get its food? The lowest bidder? Are you eating food that has been changed by man in the form of the Monsanto Company from America? How can we insure our food supply is safe. The Torah tells us Bless, Eat, become satisfied and Bless again. You can be certain that the sages knew through prophecy and Ruach HaKodesh what would happen to our food supply. Don't you think it is a good idea to protect yourself with a Blessing before and after eating?
The Zohar and the ARI also teaches us that the Blessing after eating - and being satisfied is actually the process of taking that spark that is now in your body and sending that through the 4 worlds to land in the Sephera called Binah, also known as the energy store. This spark is waiting in Binah's storage of energy. Waiting for you to need extra spiritual energy and ask for it. This is why the Bearcat Hamazon has 4 Blessings built into the structure of the Blessing.
I hope you begin to catch a glimpse of the beauty of this system of cause and effect we call our world(s). Let me put it a clear step by step process.
Before our worlds creation - sparks fell into the Klipot. You were sent into this world to elevate some of these sparks back to their source. In exchange for this work you will receive energy (fulfillment of your desires). Food comes to your table - you say a Blessing activating the spark to prepare it for its coming redemption. You eat the food becoming satisfied. You say the Blessing after the meal which redeems the spark from the physical world (your body). Now that spark is waiting for you to need some additional spiritual energy that it will be happy to provide as appreciation for its redemption. Can you see the beauty of this system?
Three different times in this Parasha the Torah uses the word Command (Mitzvah) in the singular when the correct grammar usage would have us say Mitzvot (Commands - in the plural). It is actually from these word errors/changes that we learn about the essence of the Parasha being unity. I mentioned it earlier and now you know how the sages determine these internal essences. They look for anomolies in the Grammer usage in the Hebrew Words in the Torah and from this develop a sure understanding about what is the internal eveidence.
We know that we have 613 Mitzvot 365 (equivalent to the days in the Solar Year) Do not Do Mitzvot and 248 (equivalent to the number of parts of the Body) Do Mitzvot. The sages teach that the 365 Do Not's protect us from falling into the negative side of the system, while the 248 Do's cause us to move closer to HaShem. First protect than elevate. This is why the First Mitzvah was "Do not eat from the Tree of Knowledge etc". Than came "Be Fruitful and Multiply". Remember the spiritual law - We must first be clean in order to connect to the Holiness of HaShem.
Now our sages teach us that there is only 1 Mitzvah and that all of the others help us achieve that level of consciousness. The one Mitzvah is Vahavta LeraiAcha Camocha! Love your Neighbor as Yourself! Are you ready to grow your consciousness to this level? No - most of us are not. That is why we are given Mitzvot - not as Commands - but as Connections. Either Protecting us from loosing energy to the negative side or raising us to a higher level of consciousness. You want more? You have to do more!
This world is perfectly Just! Are you doing more in order to give pleasure to the creator? Are you doing more to receive for yourself alone? Only you and the Creator know the answer? These actions that you do when you have the consciousness of oneself alone cause chaos to come back to the person. This is why bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people! Why not stop being busy with other people (what they have that i don't, what they are doing that i am not) and change yourself so that you come closer to the creator! solely to give pleasure to the creator. It is an amazing system.
There are 10 spaces in this Parasha. Ten is the number of the Letter Yood which is the First Letter in the name of Hashem. Ten is the number of the Sephirot which is really one unity. Ten is also one in small Gematria. This is consistent with the energy of the Parasha which is still UNITY! What are you doing to bring unity, to our world? During this 6 or 7 weeks leading up to Rosh HaShana HaShem is closer to you, making it easier to do Tshuvah. You will need Tshuvah to manifest the energy of the year 5771 which is Taf Shin Ayin Aleph? Look for the meaning of that year soon!
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