|Week of January 2, 2010 Shabbat Shmot Tevet 23, 5770
The name of this Book and Parasha is Shmot which translates as Names. Each Name of the 5 Books of Moses has both a Hebrew Name and and a Latin/English Name. Lets review them!
Genesis - Beraishit; They both translate as Beginning.
Exodus - Shmot; They have different translations. Exodus relates to the major theme in the book (which is Redemption and Freedom) while Shmot means names.
Leviticus - Vayikra; They have different translations. Vayikra means "called" and Leviticus relates to the Tribe of Levi and the Cohanim which means Priests.
Numbers - Bamidbar; They have different translations. Bamidbar means Desert while Numbers refers to the Censuses that are part of the Story.
Deuteronomy - Devarim; They have different translations. Deuteronomy refers to the "repetition" and Devarim means Words.
In Short the Latin/ English meanings follow logically from the simple stories in each book while the Hebrew Names must be learned from an intuitive level. What is the intuitive level of Shmot = Names? The book starts with the names of the Tribes of Israel and concealed within this book are the 72 Names of God and the 72 Names from the Tzadikim.
Now use your own intuition to connect to the message that HaShem is sending to you! Are you listening? Did you hear? Want to learn how to develop your listening powers and your psychic tools? Start the study of Kabbalah by reading/saying out load or scanning while your lips move up and down the Ana Bekoach.
The next step will be to gain a visual chart of the 72 Names of God and the 72 Names of the Tzadikim. Once you have these being said or scanned every day, you will be ready for the next step which is to create a chart of your own Name within these charts. You can find a sample of the 72 Names of HaShem on the web at this address. You can receive your own chart by sending a small donation to Yeshshem.com. These charts make a great Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah Gift. They also make a wonderful Birthday or anniversary or graduation present.
The spiritual essence of the Parasha of Shmot is Redemption. The Book of Shmot tells the story of the First Redemption of the Jewish Nation. There have been 3 Redemptions of the Jewish Nation and our prophecies say there will be four. The 3 redemptions have been 1) Egypt or Mitzraim; 2) Persian or Bavel;3) Greek or Yawanei spelled Yood Vav Vav Nun; 4) Roman or Edom Hebrew spelled Aleph Dalet Vav Mem Sofit.
These redemptions also apply on a personal level to our daily lives. Egypt represents narrowness or limitation. Bavel represents confusion. Greece represents the Wisdom of Science or Western Civilization being used as a Idol. The Roman Redemption, which the Talmud calls Edom after the Nation of Esav, our cousins, from the twin brother of Jacob, represents the elimination of our egos and the elevation of our physical lives to the spiritual. All of this information comes from an analysis of the name of these nations in Hebrew.
Before we answer the question What is a redemption lets learn about the 6 Spaces in this Parasha. 6 is the number of the Letter vav in Hebrew and usually represents the concept of a Hook or channel/pipe. That is what these spaces relate to... being a Hook and being a channel or pipe.
Lets understand the message of this Parasha. This redemption as representative of all 4 redemptions. First lets understand the last 3-400 years of History from the perspective of the Children of Israel. The Jewish World was led by the Rabbi's of their time. They taught that we know all of the Mitzvoth... see we have a list of them (see the Rambam's list). The Rabbi's taught that we know all there is to know about these Mitzvoth especially the method of doing them. They emphasized study of the Mitzvoth and Torah as the most important aspect of Torah. As the leaders these Rabbi's thought of themselves as the Head of the Jewish Body and by example looked down upon the other parts of the Jewish body. After all - the Head is the most important part of the Body is it not? The people who did not study, the people who needed to feed their families with work and jobs. The other Jewish People who looked to the Head for direction were considered significantly below the Learned Rabbi's by the Learned Rabbi's. This led to a seperation within the ranks of the Children of Israel.
Along came the Baal Shem Tov in the Ashkenazic World with his teachings and the Ramchal in the Sefardic World. They taught that the body has to be unified not seperated. That a Mitzvah must be done with the emotional passion of the Heart. They taught any action that is done with passion and is an action that helps others is a Mitzvah - a connection to God.
We - The Children of Israel - are still learning this Lesson. We are still attempting to learn the spiritual lesson of the equality of the Head and Body. In kabbalah we are taught the concept of the Head of the Heart and the concept of the Heart of the Head. Learning this lesson will bring the Mashiach - the consciousness of Ahavat Hinam - Love for NO REASON. The unity of the children of Israel even if they see themselves as part of the head, or part of the body, part of the legs, or part of the internal organs. Even if they call themselves Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Renewal, Christian, Moslem, Hindu, Shinto, Buddist or Secular, they are still part of the Children of Israel, which is the Head of the Human Race. AND the Children of Israel must learn the truth - the equality between the Head and the Body of the Human Race. This is the teaching in this Parasha.
I would like you to look at two words in this Parasha. The first word is in Chapter 3 Verse 15. The Hebrew word is spelled Lamed Ayin Lamed Mem Sofit. It is read with the Cholam vowel and so is translated as LeOlam - Forever. Yet it actually means Hidden. It is from this verse that we learn the the Tetragramaton is to remain concealed. We also learn that the answer to the question "Is the Head or the Heart more important?" is to also remain concealed.
the Other word is in Chapter 4 Verse 2. The word is spelled Mem Zion Hay and is pronounced Mah (Mem Hay) Zeh (Zion Hay). This is an example of the Torah concept of a Keri Ukestiv. This is a word written one way and pronounced as if it is spelled a different way. The spelling Mem Zion Hay means "From This" and the Mem Hay Zion Hay means What is this? which is the way it usually is translated. These Keri Ukestiv teach many spiritual lessons. Using Gematria this one teaches the unity of the Physical World (Mem Zion hay - gematria 52) and Parnasa or sustenance (Mem Hay Zion Hay - gematria 57). One learns from this that even if one learns Torah one must still work for his living as well as the converse Even if one works for his living it is recommended to study Torah. With this in mind I am announcing the start of a new class in Basic Kabbalah starting on February 16 2010. This class will be translated into Spanish and Croatian as well as other languages. Please email me for more information.
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