|Week of June 14, 2009 Shabbat Shlach Lecha Korach ,Sivan 28; Tammuz 5, 5769|
Outside Israel the Portion of Shelach Lecha is read.
Slach Lecha has 119 verses. This ??? word which has the Gematria of 119 means "to go on vacation". Something the Elders of the Tribe who were sent to see the land in advance of the nations entry did not do! We will also discuss this a little later as it is a very important spiritual lesson to learn from it.
The code word the SAges gave us is ??? which has many meanings. Some of them are refugee, survivor, to discharge, to deliver, to spew, to eject, to escapte, and to rescue. Also it has the meaning of giving birth.
The story is about Moshe being told by HaShem that he should send "spies" to "see" the land before the Nation enters the Land. As part of this story and the result of the Spies report which is considered LaShon Harah (evil speech) HaShem repeats 9 of the 13 attributes of Mercy He showed / told Moshe earlier. The rest of the simple story level has information about the Sacrifices (which Kabbalistically means getting closer to HaShem) and ending with the Mitzvah of Tzitzit.
There are many questions thtat can be asked about this portion. I choose to reveal to you the relationship between the 13 attributes and the 9 attributes of Mercy. There are 13 Attributes which relate to the Head and the 9 Attributes (although the same words) relate to the Body. 13 + 9 = 22 which connects to the 22 Letters of the Hebrew Aleph Bet, which represents all of the spiritual and physical energy and power in our universes.
Let us now return to the issue of the Spies. The Hebrew word that is translated as Spies can also (and more meaningful) be translated as Tourist.
What is the difference between a Spy and a Tourist. They both look at the same physical scenes. Yet they "see" different things. The spiritual lesson here is that Moshe sent the people to "See" the Land as tourists. Moshe asked to see if there were a TREE (singular) in the Land referriing to the Tree of Life. It is much easier to see positive aspects when one realizes that this world is a vacation world. Everybody is passing through as part of our spiritual journey from the Endless World to the Endless World. When one "Sees" this world as a tourist one sees the positive aspects. A tourist looks to see what one can learn about the people the culture while the Spy looks to defeat his enemy.
There is only one enemy of us. That is the negative force that veils our seeing things as a Tourist. The reason we think that this world is permanent when it is just a vacation world of joy and happiness.
When we see unhappiness in our life or in this world we can change our perception and stop being a spy and choose to remember we are tourists just visiting. While we visit we still must remain true to our spiritual self and do our spiritual work which is to Fix ourselves by fixing what is wrong in the physical world. Personal Tikune is fixed by self evaluation being a Spy to our true motives. Tikune Olam is done by doing something uncomfortable for us like sharing time in an old age home or a hospital or teaching a homeless man how to get and keep a job. It is not just giving money although that is important because it is uncomfortable for us to do so. Remember $1 may not be uncomfortable but to give more may not be beneficial for the recipient. What is the solution? Give $1 to the number of people that makes you uncomfortable with the Total!
In Israel the Portion read is Korach.
The portion of Korach seems to be an easy Parasha to understand. The story is simple. A wealthy powerful man from the Tribe of Levi (who had friends from the Tribe of Reuben - because they camped near each other) did not like that Moshe was a proponent of Nepatism. After all Moshe appointed his brothe Aaron has high priest and all of his children to the end of time would be the only Priest for the Nation of Israel. Also the only Prophets were Moshe Aaron and Miriam all brothers and sisters. What was someone who wanted __________ (you fill in the blank - but don't forget to also add ... and to be a politician), supposed to do to accomplish his goal.
As i said it is simple to understand! In fact almost all of the 95 ??Verses are about this story and how it got resolved. Yet for the record this story continues to be manifested today. Don't you want to be important like a politician?
The code word the Sages give us is Daniel ?????. The word for 95 in Hebrew means "The righteous Man". the code word means both the Name Daniel and "God (of Mercy) is my Judge". There is a connection between this number and the Megillat Ester (the Scroll of Ester) which is read on the Holiday of Purim.
Before i explain the connection between Purim and 95 lets understand a deeper level about the story of Korach.
The Zohar says that Korach wanted to make Left Right and Right Left. What does that mean? HaShem created the Universes in a balanced way. there are 3 columns - Right which is sharing; Left which is receiving; and Central which is balance between them. How does the unvierse acheive balance between them. The left accepts control by the right. This means one needs to have a consciousness of sharing which is slightly "more" than ones consciousness of receiving. By the way, the words are easy to say but hard to understand that is why Kabbalah is a lifetime study - (Are you ready to start? write for some free recordings in English or ask Tamar for some written translations in Croation.)
Korach never learned this. he wanted the receiving to be more than the sharing. That is what Left becoming right means.
This is clearly not part of HaShems plan! That is why the earth swallowed him forever. Remember the Yam Suf when the Sea Split - Moshe and students of Kabbalah can also control earthquakes. When the reading gets to this point in the story ask the reader to stop and have the congreation meditate for 2-5 minutes on the concept "the earth (which is the desire to receive expand in a balanced way and does not have to do so in a method of geographical plates moving over one another.") I have seen this work repeatedly year after year for the past 14 years.
Now lets return to understanding what 95 verses teach us. In the Scroll of Ester we have two words that have a Gematria of 95. They are "The King" ????? and "HaMan" the villian of the story. The Zohar explains that whenever it says HaMelech it is a code word for God as opposed to the way most people understand the story it is talking about King Achasverous.
When we understand this concept of Right and Left - HaShem and "the Villian or the negative force" having the same Gematria being equal. And we understand that balance comes form the Right being slightly More than the Left we can understand the spiritual message in this Parasha. Our job in this physical world is to maintain balance. to share what we receive. How do we do that is up to our free choice. Any time we don't do it - we are reliving the conflict between Moshe and Korach which leads to earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Yes it is uncomfortable to share what you receive because you worked for what you have received. Yet if you realize that you are a tourist who has the job of keeping balance by sharing what you recieve you will find that you receive more and have less chaos.
Don't beleive a word i say but try it for yourself. You will prove my words through your own experiences.
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