|Week of April 11, 2010 Shabbat Tazria Metzora,Iyar 3, 5770|
Chodesh Tov for the month of Ziv (Light) - another name for Iyar. Iyar is the month of healing which connects to this week's Parashiot.
The name of this weeks Parasha is Tazria Metzora. It is a double Parasha. We read two Parashiot which have similar energy. Tazria is translated as a disease called Leprosy. Metzora is a person who has this disease. The Rabbi's teach that the disease of Leprosy no longer manifests in our generation. This is because there are so many people doing the actions of Loshon Harah that everyone deserves to be a Metzora. Since the purpose of this disease and any disease is to be a wake up call to indicate something is wrong spiritually. Therefore the shock of having this disease or any disease is the wake up call to change our ways. it is supposed to generate in our thoughts and actions. This no longer worked because people do not respond to things that become common place. When was the last time you had a common cold? Did you ask yourself what mistake you have done spiritually? No, you probably just took some over the counter pills and waited for your body to heal yourself. Making the pharmaceutical companies wealthy is not the reason that people become sick. People become sick, through HaShem's Mercy. HaShem sends you these illnesses to wake you up and is sending you a message to change.
Most people think that since the illness of Leprosy does not happen again it is not speaking to me, in my life, today. THEY ARE INCORRECT. Every Word, Letter, and Dot in the Torah Scroll speaks to each soul in each generation in each year of his/her life. If only we were open to hear/see the message.
In our generation we have many plagues and diseases. Cancer, Heart Disease, Aids to name of few. The Zohar taught 2000 years ago (or 1000 years ago if you follow the Academic Kabbalists(Professors who study the words but do not live the idea)) that Heart Disease was caused by anger which causes the wrong type of Cholesterol to be brought/fed to the Heart. The Zohar taught that Cancer is a lack of light (which is why the Tumor appears on the XRay as darkness) and a manifestation of the Desire to Receive for Oneself Alone. All diseases come to us as a wake up call. Just like all natural disasters come to wake up those who experience it or hear about it. Each illness comes as a wake up call to the person who manifests it in their body and each person who hears/sees about it as well.
Tazria/Metzora teach a very strange lesson. When one suspects that one has this disease of Leprosy, one goes to the Cohen to diagnose it. Why? Does not the person who gets sick truly know why they get sick? In our generation this might not be true as so many of our generation is separated from Spirituality and are far from HaShem. Yet in the days of the Temple Why did the Metzora have to go to the Cohen? Did he not know he was ill? Did he not know what he had done wrong spiritually? and even more unbelievable is the following rule: The Metzora was not sick (did not have the disease) until the Cohen said he was sick! What is this all about and what can we learn about our behavior today?
To understand this spiritual lesson, we have to understand some aspects of Hashem's Mercy and How HaShem communicates with us. Yes HaShem communicates ALL the Time. Most people are not listening. So how does he communicate? Through the Verses that connect to your Name is one way. See the link on the Yeshshem Web Site. Another way of HaShem speaking to us is through sending us an illness. Each of these methods and all of his methods have a specific purpose. The speaking through the verses is about learning what is your job / Tikune to do while in this lifetime. The speaking through illness is telling you what you have done wrong spiritually and what you need to do in the form of Tikune and Tshuva (Correction and Repentance) in order to fix the World as well as your world (Tikune Olam and Your Personal Tikune).
To teach the lessons about illness I will use myself as an example. I came into the world at a specific time and place to the parents i had chosen to assist me in the teaching of my life lessons for this lifetime. I arrived as an Asthmatic Baby and spent the first 11 months and later as a 3 year old in a Oxygen crib and bed. My parents were secular and did not know the lesson i am teaching you here. The Zohar says that an Asthmatic is someone who brings an Angel with him who sits on his chest and makes the breath of life more difficult. My mother chose a doctor who experimented with me by giving me Allergy shots starting at 3 weeks old. My last Asthma attack was as a 10 year old do to this process of the Allergy shots on the physical level and my own spiritual work in removing the additional entity sitting on my chest. This work was done on the unconscious intuitive level and i only came to understand it later in my life as part of my learning Kabbala.
Even so, this illness being in my Keter, which is my seed level teaches that i always have a need to be especially careful connecting to the central column (restriction and balance) which is what Childhood Asthma and Enphysema and other "chest" colds are telling us.
At the age of 19 i received an Appendix attack and that organ was removed. The Appendix has no physical function according to the Doctors. The Kabbalist explain that it is the Central Column (restriction) within the digestive system. When i learned Kabbalah i realized that the removal of my Appendix makes my need for restriction to be stronger. This is because the body is not doing restriction on its own. So it is necessary for me to do additional conscious restriction.
At the age of 58 i had trouble catching my breath when i just walked up a flight of stairs. i went to the Doctor and he suggested i go to the emergency because he suspected i was having a heart attach. Of course since it was Friday afternoon i waited till Sunday morning so i could keep Shabbat. The Doctor told me that i was potentially doing additional damage and if fact during that Shabbat i realized that, for me, keeping this particular Shabbat was really due to my anger about being told what to do by this doctor. This was really me ego. I had been learning Kabbala and was informed about some of the spiritual laws especially about sickness and healing. I spent that Shabbat doing Tshuva about anger as that is the relationship between heart disease and our reactions.
I spent a week in the Hospital, received five stents in one artery and a pace maker was also installed. According to the tests there had been no heart damage Belie Ayin Harah (without the Evil Eye - a phrase that tells the spiritual worlds not to manifest these words).
At the age of 60 i had a routine colonoscopy. During that procedure the Doctor decided that i had Colon Cancer. The Doctor's recommended surgery. Again i was aware of the spiritual laws and started to investigate what is the spiritual meaning of cancer of the colon. For me it was revealed that i was doing something incorrectly in the Havdala ritual which seperates Holyness from the Mundane, just as digestion seperates the energy of the food from the waste products. I did Tshuva about this issue and went through the operation which removed 100% of the Cancer. There was no need for radiation or chemotherapy or anything else with this issue.
The spiritual lessons about my illnesses are to teach you the truth. All illnesses, from a slight pain in your knee to a serious life threatening illness are wake up calls. By going to a physical Doctor and a spiritual Doctor one can get to the spiritual cause of this wake up call. If one does Tshuvah about this cause, one will not have to have this wake up call again and maybe not even the chaos of the operations as well.
The Torah says the Children of Israel (us) will grow up to be a Nation of Cohanim. The spiritual lesson that Tazria and Metzora teach about the Cohen is learning the lesson that the Aaron HaCohen and his Children and descendants were taught about the sacrifices.
The Cohanim were taught that it is necessary for the Cohen to know why he is in the middle of this process (whatever action he is being asked to perform). What is his mirror (the person bringing the sacrifice or asking about his Leprosy) showing him about himself. The Cohen must know where he is spiritually (his level) in order to determine weather the person who might be ill IS actually ill. or is this a message for the Cohen. If The Cohen does not know where he is spiritually he can not know if the mirror (the person coming to him for his service (sharing)) in front of him is in need of spiritual healing. or if he himself is in need of that healing.
Once the spiritual Doctor called a Cohen knows where is his spiritual level than he can help the person realize what spiritual level he has damaged and advise him about what to do Tshuvah upon. Knowing the Spherot is a helpful tool in this regard. Of course only the person who has become sick can say what he truly damaged because he is the only one that truly knows his own consciousness during his actions.
Learn this lesson well. You have something that might be illness. Don't ignore it! Go to the secular Doctor for his information. Go to the spiritual Doctor ( i recommend someone knowledgeable about the Spherot) for his information. Then do the Tshuvah and make the life choices that both Doctors recommend. If the spiritual Doctor seems to be in conflict with the medical doctor. Ask yourself what is this supposed to teach you and you will find your balance.
This spiritual lesson will become more and more meaningful in the next few years as it becomes more clear to more people about spiritual cause and physical effect.
There are 9 spaces in the portion of Tazria and 7 spaces in the portion of Metzora. The number 9 refers to the Sperah of Yesod as well as Zeir Anpin (the spiritual world we call Heaven). The number 7 refers to the Sperah of Malchut which is our physical world. This brings us to the Metaphorical teachings that healing comes about through the unity between Zeir Anpin and Malchut. Between the Vav and the Lower Hay of HaShem's Name. Our illnesses come from our actions that separate these; Our healing comes from the repair of those actions. Tshuvah is the tool that repairs and heals.
Know that the Letters used within the Ana Bekoach for the month of Iyar are the Pey and the Vav. Their Gematria is 86 which is the Gematria of both Elohim and "HaTeva (Nature)". Nature brings the judgment of Elohim. Tshuva brings us to the level of miracles which repairs the spiritual nature of the Sephirot.
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