|Week of October 16, 2010 Shabbat Vayeira Cheshvan 15, 5771|
This week the Parasha of Vayeira is read. It is always read during the month of Mar Cheshvan. It also shows us the amazing mercy of our Creator. Come learn How!
Genesis Chapter 18 Verse 1 to Chapter 22 Verse 24. There are 147 Verses and the code words is אמנון . There are 6 Spaces in the Parasha. Please see the last two years email for an explanation of the code words and Spaces in the Parasha.
Maftir: Chapter 22 Verse 20 to 24. This is 5 Verses with 1 space.
Kings 2 Chapter 4 Verse 1 to Verse 23. This is 23 Verses and 1 Spaces. There are 2 places where the word is pronounced differently than it is written. Please see below for locations.
Kings 2 Chapter 4 Verse 1 to Verse 37. This is 37 Verses and 2 Spaces. There are 3 places where the word is pronounced differently than it is written. The locations and words are as follows:
1) Verse 3 the word is written - שכניכי while pronounced שכניך. Both would be translated as "your neighbors". The additional Yood, written in the Scroll, changes the Gematria from 400 to 410. 410 is the Gematria of the word Kadosh. When one reads the story of the Haftara, this women is borrowing vessels from her neighbor. The change in Gematria implies that these vessels she is borrowing from her neighbors also have an additional level of Kedusha or Holiness.
Here is the Verse for you to evaluate yourself.
ויאמר לכי שאלי-לך כלים מן-החוץ מאת כל-שכניכי [שכניך] כלים רקים אל- תמעיטי where Parenthses means spoken word in place of the written word.
Then he said: 'Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
2) Verse 7 has the word בניכי written in the scroll while the word spoken is ובניך Both words translate as sons, yet the Sephirotic relationships change by changing a Yood to a Vav. Yood represents the Sephirah of Chochma while Vav represents the Sephira of Zeir Anpin.
3) Verse 16 where the word in the scroll is אתי while the spoken word is את. This word Et, according to the Zohar, always means the Schina (Female aspect of HaShem or the Sphirah called Malchut). With the additional final Yood it becomes My Schina and changes the Sephirotic relationships in the Verse.
Dots: In this Parasha there are 2 sets of dots. This is the only Parasha in which that occurs. We are taught by Rabbi Avraham Azulai the author of "Chesed Avraham" that there are 10 Parashiot with dots and that these 10 Parashiot (plural of Parasha) relate to the 10 days of Awe between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur. This Parasha relates to Rosh HaShana as the Talmud teaches us that Rosh HaShana is one Long day not two days. As this Parasha has 2 sets of dots it is clear that it of all of the Parashiot with dots relates to Rosh HaShana.
The first set of dots is at Chapter 18 Verse 9. There are dots over the Aleph Yood and Vav on a word of 4 letters spelled אליו. The second set of dots is 1 dot over the letter Vav in the last word of Chapter 19 Verse 33.
Hashem's Mercy is amazing. We thought the Holidays were last month, in Tishrai. We all knew that the Holidays gave us a chance to do Tshuva and now we think that time is over. And now HaShem gives us another chance to finish our Tshuvah that we have not completed. Actually (as taught by Rabbi Azulai) we have from this reading until Chanukah to make Tshuvah and change our year. Not with respect to money or freedom or most of the issues but with respect to healing and health because this Parasha is the energy of Techiat HaMaytim (resurrection of the dead) and Mind Over Matter. So is there any issues of health that you need to change? Do you need to cleave closer to HaShem which is what Mind Ovr Matter represents? Then Now is Your Opportunity!
As promised, this year i will give some insights into the Haftarot. The simple story is actually two stories. One is about a widow who has nothing left to feed her children. She approaches the Prophet Elisha who tells her to borrow vessels from her neighbors and proceeds to become comfortable from the oil that miraculously appears in her home. The other story is about a child who is promised to a Matron and then Has V'Shalom (God Forbid) dies. Then the Prophet ressurrects the child.
The energy of the Haftara starts with Mind Over Matter as explained by the opening story of the women who approaches Elisha for help with her financial needs. The midrash teaches that this women is actually the wife of Obadiyah the Prophet who spent all of his wealth supporting over 100 Prophets that were under death threat from one of our negative kings. He died and His wife ran out of money etc. There are many amazing spiritual lessons and laws taught by this story when we connect to understanding that Obadiyah was a convert from Rome/Edom. We will read his one message as we approach Chanuka on the Parasha of Vayishlach. I hope you will remember this discussion of Elisha and the women and the oil when we learn about miracles in Chanuka!
The second part of the story is about the Resurrection of the Dead. The Midrash teaches us that the child who is resurrected is Habakuk the Prophet. We read part of his prophecy on Shavuot. So it clearly teaches us about the Resurrection of the Dead as he (the child Habakuk) has already experienced that during his life.
We learn from this Haftara that in order to fulfill the prophecy of Techiat Hamaytim (Ressurection of the Dead) we must first learn the lesson of Mind Over Matter.
Why does the Sephardim not read all of the story as the Ashkenazim do? The answer is the same as last weeks email. Lech Lecha 5771. The Sephadim only need to receive the energy of the Keter (Crown or Seed) while the Ashkenazim need all of the energy including the manfestation. 37 Verses read by the Ashkenazim represents the concealed aspect of the name of God dealing with Binah the energy store. 23 Verse read by the Sephardim represents all of the Hebrew Letters including the 1 concealed letter we will receive from the Mashiach. 23 also represents the energy of the physical body which starts with 23 pairs of chromosomes in its DNA.
Lets talk about Avraham, during this Parasha, tries to save the towns of Sodom and Gemorah (I always wondered why the G is there when the Hebrew word is Amorah (spelled with an Ayin not a Gimmel).
Avraham is a reincarnation of Noach. Noach is a Tzadik in his generation, yet he did not try to change the mind of HaShem in destroying the world. From the Midrash we are taught that Noach tried to change people to do Tshuvah. Just as many of our spiritual masters and teachers do to us today. Yet Noach did not try to argue Hashem in changing his mind. This is considered a mistake by the Upper Worlds. Avraham corrects that mistake when he argues with Hashem about the destruction of Sodom and Amorah.
Lets look at the numbers that Avraham uses in the argument with HaShem to see what they are teaching us. The sequence is 50, 45, 40, 30, 20, and 10.
50 relates to the 50 Gates of Binah (understanding) This relates to the Energy store, and growing above the physical worlds to the World of creation.
45 is the Gematria of the word/name Adam and stands for the level of Sepherot of Zeir Anpin.
40 relates to the letter Mem; when spelled out Mem Yood Mem is the word water and represents the Sepherot of Chesed (Loving Kindness).
30 relates to Lamed which means teacher.
20 is the Gematria of Caf which means Palm and relates to the Sephera of Malchut or manifestation.
10 relates to Yood which relates to HaShem.
Therefore, one could say the following:
Avraham was saying to us: It is Man's Job/spiritual work (45) to manifest (20) Binah (50), by teaching (30) about Hashem's (10) Love (40) in the physical world (20).
Lets turn our attention to a few of the questions that adults should ask about the Binding. Most of us learn about the Binding of Issac as children in Chedar (Jewish school). The mistake is we rarely relearn the story as adults. As adults we should realize that Issac is 37 and Avraham is 137 years old. Therefore Issac is under the duty to defend himself. So why does he allow himself to be bound?
Why did he (Avraham) go with his two young men, in addition to Issac,and who were they? The Midrash tells us that they were Elezar his servant and Ismael his son. Why did they not go all the way? Why take them at all? Why do we need to know that they went with Avraham and Issac?
Lets also look at Chapter 22 Verse 5:
ויאמר אברהם אל-נעריו שבו-לכם פה עם-החמור ואני והנער נלכה עד- כה ונשתחוה ונשובה אליכם
And Abraham said unto his young men: 'Abide ye here with the ass, and I and the lad will go yonder; and we will worship, and come back to you.'
This verse does not make sense. Did Abraham know that Issac would return with him and therefore there was never going to be an actual sacrifice of Issac but only a binding? And finally why do we call this section of the Torah "The binding of Issac" and not "the sacrifice of Issac"? The midrash says that Issac died and was resurrected. This is consistant with the energy of the Parasha and the teachings from the Zohar that Issac did die and he was resurrected and he represents (is a metaphor) the soul after the Mashiach and the resurrection. So there was an acutual sacrifice. So again i ask why do we call it the binding of Issac?
These are questions that i hope will motivate you to study the Zohar on your own! If after a while you become frustrated and need an answer to these questions write to me but i suggest you consider these questions as you grow spiritually and you will find that your answers will come to you.
One last spiritual suggestion for this week. Many of us are not certain about Techiat HaMaytim (Resurrection of the Dead). We question the teachings (in our hearts if not in our mouths) that every human being will be resurected. We ask all kinds of incredulous questions like Where will everyone live? Where will the food come from to feed all us? And do i really even believe that the Mashiach will manifest?
If one wants to resolve these questions the tool to use is the essence of certainty. Certainty is a connection to HaShem that is unbreakable. Certainty is being able to read a prophecy from the Book of Prophets and know that it will come true in your life. We at Yeshshem have a developed some charts that can be used as a tool to strengthen your connection to Certainty. You are welcome to use them.
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