|Week of August 23, 2009 Shabbat Ki Teitzei Elul 9, 5769|
The Parasha is named Ki Teizei after the first two words. The first sentence is unusual. The Artscroll translation is "When you will go out to war against your enemies, and HaShem, Your God, will deliver them into your hand, and you will capture its captivity."
The first word is Ki spelled Caf Yood which has a Gematria of 30. the next word is Taitzai spelled Taf Tzadi Aleph. The ARI (Rabbi Issac Luria) gives us a hint to understand this phrase. He teaches that to the word Ki or 30 we should add the Taf from Taitzai. this makes a total of 430 which is 5 x 86. 86 is the Name of God (Elokim) in the frame of judgement. One spiritual teaching from this hint is spiritual Wars remove judgments and blockages in our life. So what is a spiritual War?
The word war ????? can be broken down into 2 words - the first 3 letters spell the word Salt and the last 2 letters spell the word What. A spiritual war is asking and answering the question What is Salt? Salt has a Gematria of 78 which is 3 times 26 (the Tetragramaton). 3 refers to the 3 column system taught in Kabbalah and the Tetragramaton is the Name of God referring to the frame of Mercy. When one fights a spiritual war one is learning what is salt (the essence of things) and bringing the full spectrum of Mercy into ones life while removing the 5 levels of judgment.
Our sages teach that this war that is referred to in this parasha is a spiritual war and the captive is our soul which has been captured by the Satan through our negative actions. They teach there is only one war - the war against our own evil inclination. This war is waged 24 hours a day 7 days a week with only one day off from the war in a year. That day is Yom Kippur.
Are you remembering to fight the war against Satan. Most of us do not even realize we are in a war. We think the war is physical. It is NEVER physical. The outcome of any war fought on a physical level is known because it must have been determined by the war on the spiritual level. The outcome of your spiritual war is ultimately known. You will prevail against Satan. It is just not known weather that will be this lifetime or the next. As long as you don't give up the fight it will be this lifetime in which you prevail. The hearing of the Torah gives us the energy to resist the SAtan and never give up the eternal fight against Satan and his strongest tool. Amalek. Amalek is a nation which represents doubt as it has the same Gematria. Does one have knowledge of HaShem, or Belief in HaShem.
In this weeks Parasha at the end of the Parasha is the section about Amalek. Lets learn the connection to the war more deeply.
Imagine someone standing in front of you with a pencil in their hand. They tell you i will drop the pencil and ask you "Will it fall to the floor?". Most people will answer "It will fall to the floor". Then comes the unusual spiritual question, "Do you know it will fall to the floor or do you believe it will fall to the floor?"
With this in mind, defining the difference between
belief which has aspects of doubt within it, and knowledge which is total certainty becomes easy.
Now lets us go to the hard part of this series of questions. Do you beleive in God? . . . or do you KNow God. What is the difference? it is your experience of God.
NO ONE can teach you to KNOW God except your own experience. That is why one of the hidden aspects of Judaism taught by Kabbalah is meditation using the Hebrew Letters. The ultimate meditative tool is the Amidah Prayer. Don't just say it experience it - use it to connect to God and use that experience to KNOW God.
This is the meaning of the Code word that the Sages gave us for the 110 verses in this Parasha. It is ??? which translates as "in Me". There is one other hint built into this information. 110 is also the Gematria of the word ?? Nes which means miracle.
You want miracles in your life - Know God which means experience God and learn the spiritual laws of Miracles and bring Miracles into your life with your removal of doubt and connection to CERTAINTY.
Within You is the ability to manifest all of your hearts desires both for the physical items and ultimately the spiritual desire which is to KNOW GOD!
Meditate on the word Vaday spelled Vav Dalet Aleph Yood or ????. This is a method to remove doubts. Visualize the life you want to live. Visualize the outcome of all of your dreams and have the certainty that your dreams are bing manifested completely and unequivocably in your life right now. No it is not the future it is the NOW that manifests miracles. when you want miracles in the future - when the future arrives it is the NOW - so realize the miracles NOW to manifest what you want. The more certainty the more manifestation in your life.
Work toward the spiritual level which will allow you to answer " NO, I KNOW God!" when someone asks "Do you believe in God?".
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