|Week of May 23, 2010 Shabbat Behalotcha,Sivan 16, 5770|
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.
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 your area and if you are interested to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The name of the Parasha this week is Behalotcha. Please read the previous years email (link is to the left) to better understand this email.
The subject of the Menorah and its preparation and Lighting by Aaron HaCohen leads off this Parasha. This subject seems to be out of order in the Torah. A better location would be in the book of Leviticus not here in the Book of Bamidbar. The answer given by the sages is that Aaron was feeling distant from the light because he was not able to bring a offering for the inauguration of the Mishkan in the desert.(The midrash teaches that the Heads of the Tribe waited too long to make a donation to the building of the Mishkan and therefore were the first to donate to the inaguration. After these 12 donations on the First 12 Days of Nissan, there was no representation from the Tribe of Levi. Aaron was the leader of the Tribe of Levi and he was feeling distant because the Tribe of Levi was not included in these offerings.) Therefore HaShem put his service here in Bamidbar right after the offering of the other Heads of the Tribes to represent the actions of Lighting the Menorah as an aspect of the Tribe of Levi.
It is from this story and midrash that we learn the essence of this Parasha. Yearning for the Light.
In the Highest study of Kabbalah called Ten Luminous Emanations by Rabbi Ashlag he reveals the process of creation which he calls the 4 phases. The reason for Creation is to reveal HaShem in the physical world (This is a metaphor). The 4th phase which he explains is the reason for creation is something he calls Yearning. This comes about when one has experienced the pleasure from tasting something (Metaphor) and then loosing it. This causes someone to yearn to have it back. This is the reason why there is loss in this world. Of course Kabbalah teaches a less painful method of learning Yearning!
There are 26 spaces in this Parasha (if one counts the spaces before and after the upside down Nuns - see explanation below). 26 is the Gematria of the Name of HaShem - Yood Kay Vav Kay! This is a hint as to the subject of our yearning. Getting Closer to God!
There is a dot over a Letter Hay in the word Rachokah in Chapter 9 Verse 10. This word means "to be distant", remote, or to reject. Following the teaching related to dots, (When there are more letters without dots ignore the letter with the dot) the Resh Chet Koof spells the same word (Rechoka) except it is a Shoresh (root) rather than the conjugation. What is missing here (Rechoka)? What is this dot meant to teach us? The word has a Gematria of 308 which is the Hebrew word spelled Shin Chet. This word means to bend, bow down, or be depressed. This dot is teaching us about the spiritual lesson to always be happy. In this case there were people who were doing a Mitzvah carrying Joseph's Body to Israel for burial. They so desired to be close to HaShem that they were "down" that they could not bring the Pesach Sacrifice even when they were already connecting to the light by doing the Mitzvah regarding burial of a body. The dot comes to teach us that we can never have a negative effect from doing a Mitzvah and also that we will be distant from the light if we allow ourselves to "be down".
There is another unique item in this weeks Parasha. That is the two upside down Nun's. These are at Chapter 10 before Verse 35 and after Verse 36. The sages teach that there are two understandings about these "Letters". One is that these 2 verses are not in their proper place. They belong after Chapter 2 Verse 17 which is discussing how the camp traveled with the Mishkan and these verses are describing what Moshe said when he was told to start the camp moving. The other explanation is that there are actually 7 Books (taught by King Solomon) of Moshe not 5. As such the book of Numbers is 3 books itself. They are from Chapter 1 Verse 1 to Chapter 10 Verse 34, These 2 Verses are a book of its own (Chapter 10 Verse 35 and 36), and Chapter 10 Verse 37 till the end of Numbers. In this explanation the spaces before and after the backwards Nuns represent the 4 spaces that one would expect to be between each book.
I would also like to present a Kabbalistic understanding about the Nun's. It is taught in Kabbalah that the Nun is connected to the consciousness of falling (The Hebrew Word Noflim). The Nun's being backward and upside down represent the opposite of falling and therefore are our protection shield against falling spiritually as well, especially in this Parasha that deals with Yearning which can only be built by loosing something we enjoy.
By the way please be aware of a spiritual law of creation that one must fall in order to go higher. This is why Joseph had to go to prison in order to become a Leader of Egypt. This is why Jacob had to leave his home and go to Lavan to meet Rachel and Leah prior to bringing the 12 Tribes and reaching the level of perfection called Tiferet.
In our life we must fall in order to go higher! For most people this seems like pain and suffering. For one who studies Kabbalah this is part of a process and there is not pain or suffering. How do you want to live your life? With pain and suffering or without? The choice is yours! Study Kabbalah or not!
Please look at Chapter 12 Verse 13. This is a very famous verse which has a famous phrase. The phrase is El Na Refah Na La! This is translated as, Please God Heal her Now! When Moshe said this phrase Mirriam was healed immediately. We also can utilize this phrase for its purpose of healing. To do this one must have certainty in the following spiritual law. Words (said by us, or to us, or about us, or by HaShem) always manifest in our physical reality. This is the reason why we need to be so careful with our words. All of our words become the judgments of the spiritual courts during our Day of Judgment (when we die).
There are 5 words and 11 Letters in this phrase (El Na Refah Na La). When one understands Why there are 5 words representing the 5 worlds. When one understands that there are 11 Letters to connect the negative aspect of the physical world to the 10 Sephirot and also to know that the negative forces need to be limited to its minimum need for energy (just enough to stay alive and not enough to do damage in the world) than one can manifest these words whenever one needs to do so. Of course only in a sharing consciousness. One can not say these words for himself but can ask someone to say them for him.
In Kabbalistic Minyans these words are said 3 times (right for sharing, left for receiving, and center for balance) whenever a Healing Mishabayrach is said. Feel free to add these words, quietly in a whisper, if your Minyan does not say them.
Of course i direct you to the message in last weeks email. Do you need to see something in order to believe it or Can you believe it so that it becomes manifest in your life and the universe you create each instant with the help of HaShem? To understand these ideas more clearly, refer to my emails from Emor and Behar.
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Announcement 3: This is a weekly e-letter about the Parasha. Sometimes there will be all of the links - sometimes due to time limitations there will not be be all of the links.
One of the main purposes of the Mitzvah of Hearing the Torah on Shabbat Morning is to receive the Metaphysical Energy we will need during the next week. Please strive to hear the Torah Reading each week for this benefit.
Chanoch Ben Yaacov
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