|Week of June 20, 2010 Shabbat Balak, Tammuz 14, 5770|
Happy Fathers Day! Is this a Jewish Holiday? Anything having to do with Love and appreciation is always Good!
There is a special mediation taught by the ARI to be said and connected with during the 3 week period between the 17th of Tammuz (a public fast day) and the 9th of Av (also a public Fast Day). Look for this meditation on the Yeshshem Website around the 15th of Tammuz (the Full Moon).
Announcement regarding Teaching:
This summer i will be traveling to meet students as well as teach Beginning Classes in various areas. My schedule is to be
in San Diego, Ca. from June 22 till July 21. San Diego Class Schedule and additional Information
in New Mexico from July 23 till Labor Day
If you know of anyone who lives in these areas or who might be interested please contact them and keep them informed on the time and locations of the physical classes. Of course all classes will be available by live conference call and some will be available by Skype as well.
There are tentative discussions regarding teaching in Mexico as well. We will keep you informed.
I am also looking to meet other students and teach in other locations as requested. Please send an email indicating the physical area of interest. Also if you are interested to host a teacher to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parasha for this week is Balak. Balak is the King of Moav. The midrash teaches that Balak has lost most of his Kingdom to another King. This King was defeated by the Children of Israel, which then consecrated the Land to HaShem. Now he (Balak) is very frightened and asks Bilamm a famous Magician to assist him (for money and any thing else he wants).
Another midrash teaches that togther these two people have the essence of doubt (spelled Amalek / Safek) and Confusion (Bilbul in Hebrew). This comes from rearranging the letters of both names. Bilaam is spelled Bet Lamed Ayin Mem Sofit. Balak is spelled Bet Lamed Koof. The nation of Amalek is spelled Ayin Mem Lamed Koof. The gematria of Amalek which is 240 is also the gematria of the word Safek in Hebrew. Safek means doubt. Take the letters Ayin Mem from Bilamm and Lamed Koof from Balak. This is where the energy of doubt is generated within the essence of these two magicians. The letters that are left after this are Bet Lamed from Bilamm and Bet from Balak. These three letters form bilbul which means confusion. When Balak and Bilamm act in unity they channel the energy of doubt and confusion. This happened during the story of this weeks Parasha and is a spiritual warning for us in our life today.
This is a truly unusual Parasha for 2 reasons. One is there is a column in the Torah Scroll that does not start with a Vav (like all but six columns). It starts with a Mem. The other reason is that there are only 2 spaces in this Parasha. The number two represents, innately, the energy of separation. This is because as soon as we are no longer in unity then there must be separation.
The Kabbalah teaches that these 6 columns that do not start with a Vav make a Hebrew Letter Sequence that deals with and assists us in Healing ourselves. Therefore we receive the energy of Healing during this reading. This Healing does heal the body but is not limited to healing the body. The root of sickness (lack of healing) is separation. This energy of healing assists us at the root of separation which comes from having these 2 spaces in this Parasha. In fact the 2 spaces act like a vaccine and assists us in raising our consciousness to the Level of Mind Over Matter.
To continue this discussion about Mind Over Matter, from last week, i am going to focus on the understanding of that Old Wives Tale about Evil Eye. Do You know what is Evil Eye? It is the one that no modern person will believe because the scientific community can not measure it. So it must be a superstition and just not true. Chas V'Shalom that you will think like this and therefore never strive to correct yourself from doing this spiritual mistake.
Evil Eye works like this:
You see something that you want. Lets say a New Rolls Royce that belongs to someone else that you don't even know. So you start the process; Your eye unites with your selfish consciousness and you start to take the energy of the Rolls Royce away from the person. Actually nothing happens in our world yet. In the spiritual world - your noticing the car raises a question in your Satan (within You). Why does he have it and i don't? Then your Satan communicates with the Quantum consciousness Satan and starts him asking Why does he have the Rolls Royce? Does he merit to have it?
The truth is we truly never merit to have anything! Yet HaShem is merciful and gives us many things that we do not have the merit to possess. When the Satan asks about our merits and goes to HaShem - Hashem must take it away as we do not normally have the merit. So this man will lose the Rolls Royce in this world and you will not get the car either. You both loose. That is the energy of evil eye.
I am sure that you see how this relates to Mind Over Matter. In fact, when you get a thought like this. I want something the other person has you have two choices. Ask yourself why you want the item. Is the thought coming from HaShem and is sent to you to motivate your working to merit this item? or is it coming from Satan and is designed to make you jealous. If it is jealousy throw that thought away. If it is from HaShem thank the person for being a channel to you from HaShem and tell him to have many more Rolls Royce's in his garage at home.
Bilamm was jealous of Moshe and the Children of Israel. He wants to Curse them but HaShem tells him not to. This is not like HaShem telling you and me. Bilamm has learned to be a Prophet. Once he reached this level he abused the relationship and fell to the level of a magician. Yet the midrash reminds us "There is no other Prophet like Moshe except Bilamm from the other Nations.
(For Your Information) Bilamn comes from the familiy of Job who comes from the House of Terach the Father of Abraham. There is a spiritual message in understanding the Beginning stories of the book of Beraishit. Initially each of the first 10 generations could have completed the Tikune of the Sin of Adam and Chava. Some did achieve this level (like Chanoch and Methusalah) but most did not. The next 10 generations help build the 70 nations and ultimately brought Abraham who started the Hebrew (crossing over to the spiritual while living in the physical) level of consciousness. This became known as being Jewish. For religious and historical reasons Being Jewish came to be based on birth from a Jewish Mother or by choice of conversion. Bilamm could have been Jewish but made a different choice. Today we make this same choice many times per day. When we think we are doing spiritual work with the consciousness of selfishness, we may think we are being Jewish but we are falling to a lower level, away from the level of "Jewish".
An other aspect of Evil Eye is how does it relate to Loshon Harah (Evil Speech). They are the same thing from two different levels. One can not completely stop Evil Speech until one eradicates Evil Eye from within oneself. In fact the idea of Hinat Sinam (Hatred for no reason) comes from Evil Eye.
When you walk into a room and dislike intensely another person that you have never seen before, you should realize that you or he did Evil Eye to each other in another lifetime. Which did it first. Trust me, it was probably you who did it and your soul knows that you need to balance the universe by letting him do it back to you and YOU don't want to loose what you have.
Think about this! What should you do now that you are aware of this spiritual law?
Work on removing the desire to receive for one self alone and increase the desire to receive in order to share. The tool that best serves this spiritual work is restriction. Listen to the classes from my website about restriction again and again. RESTRICTION is the only method to not loose what you have when you actually meet this person. This will happen in this lifetime or the next. It will happen. Hopefully you are practicing restriction so that you do not need to loose any thing. Your possession; your money; your health; your family; or......
I am writing a very brief explanation of Restriction here. Do not think you can understand Restriction from this explanation. Listen to the class recordings also. Restriction is a 3 Step Process; 1) Stop your reation; your reaction is always selfish even if you think you are doing it for sharing; 2)Look at Why you have this reaction; know that you will always initially lie to yourself; 3)Choose a proaction (positive action) and do it for the sake of sharing.
Please look at Chapter 25 Verse 1. This is right after the first space in the Parasha. And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moab. This is where the Children of Israel are committing Harlotry with the Daughters of Moav. How horrible! How could our righteous forefathers have done such a thing? My husband, son, father would never do that! or would they?
Lets look at the word for harlotry and also the word for Shittim ( a location name). Shittim comes from the Root (Shin Tet Hay) which means "to jest" or "to ridicule" or "to mock". Harlotry comes from the shoresh / root Zion Vav Hay that means prostitute or to commit adultery. Or it may come from the Shroesh Zion Vav Nun Sofit which means to feed or sustain or to maintain.
Perhaps the Torah is not talking about Harlotry but the men (our forefathers) were mocking the Moabites. Just as they (our fathers) did through out our history dealing with the Halacha that a Moabite (male) may not marry into the Children of Israel or convert. Yet a Moabite (female) may do so. As our Mother Ruth - the great grandmother of King David. Throughout our history High souls who did actions that had great influence on people always came through relationships and marriages that are questionable based on Torah Halacha. Among these are Lot and his daughters, Jacob marrying two sisters, Tamar and Yehuda bringing the lineage that eventually leads to Mashiach, Ruth and Boaz. There are many other examples as well. We learn from this that even within mocking and illicit relationships there are sparks of souls that need to be elevated. They need to come through these manners for some reason which will eventually be revealed by Mashiach.
Lets understand what the Midrash says about this situation. The midrash says that Bilamm told Balak I can not curse them but HaShem hates sin so seduce them. Between these two men (Bilamm and Balak) they concocted/created a truly amazing scheme to hurt/weaken the Children of Israel. When the men of Israel came to town the Moabites had set up a series of small tents selling linen. Linen is needed for some of the Mitzvoth so they knew the men would want to purchase it. Outside of the tent they set an old Harlot (not very appealing, attractive, or threatening). She would say to them go inside and sample the linen wares. When the man would go inside he would be faced with an attractive women enticing him to lie down and sample the linen. As he became aroused/seduced the women would say "I will only sleep with you if you serve my God". The Israelite man said of course not. The Harlot said all you have to do is defecate in front of my idol. That is how we serve him. (they were not lying).
Look at the place Shittim. Does it remind you of an English swear word? (Sh_t)
How sophisticated are our enemies? Do you think they have changed over the centuries? Or just become smarter through experience? Remember the Children of Israel is a code word (not just for Jews) for anyone on a spiritual path.
Beware the tricks of our enemies. Which is really only one: the desire to receive for one self alone.
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