Complete the Process

Most people think the cleaning ends with the searching and the burning of the chametz erev Pesach, but that’s on the physical plain. During the 8 days of Pesach is when the real cleansing takes place. We are no longer cleaning our homes, but our souls.

Think of the process as the preparations for  a marriage. After the courtship and the engagement and the fasting and the mikve–all processes of readying ourselves and cleansing our bodies, minds, and emotions–we’re ready for the true binding of the souls that only happens with the 7 encirclings under the chuppah and the 7 days of 7 blessings (Sheva Brachot). On the 8th, the two souls are fully joined. Just like after the 7 weeks of 7 days of the Omer, after which we’re ready to receive (be joined with) the Torah on Shavuot (more on the Omer in coming articles).  The process prior to the spiritual binding takes a lot of work and effort and the spiritual consciousness must be there as well.

It’s also akin to the process of birth. There’s the process of conception and 9+ months of gestation during which the parents and especially the mother must keep her body (the fetus’ home) as clean an environment as possible.   It takes a lot of work and effort and the spiritual consciousness must be there as well. Then there’s all the effort and pain in the birthing, but it still takes another 8 (7 +1 ) days before the soul is set in the infant, and the circumcision and/or baby naming can take place.  This is the spiritual time.

We’ve done a lot of work and effort and put the spiritual consciousness into our Pesach (Passover) cleaning and preparation, but it’s only during the 8 days of Pesach that our souls are cleansed. Right now, our souls are being shown their spiritual homes and all the chametz in them that was missed, and back on the physical plain more challenges will come up accordingly. How we deal with them, gives support to our souls’ efforts to cleanse away the last vestiges of chametz (blockages) from our lives. And how our souls deal with what’s put in front of them determines what our lives will look like after Pesach.

So support your local soul and make all your Pesach connections with the right consciousness, with your heart in them.  And eat only Pesadichah food and lots of matzah (MZH); this not only affords your soul the physical restriction that it needs to achieve freedom (the main purpose of Pesach) but connects it to Moshe (MShH), the redeemer.

G-d willing (B”H) on the 8th day, the purification of your soul will be complete and your life will be in a new and better place.

Chag Sameach

Pesach Sameach

Shabbat Shalom

With Love,

Ezra

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Aaron, the Hero

My daughter’s kindergarten class reenacted the Passover story and one of the questions asked of the kids was who was the hero? My daughter answer Aaron, “because he went with Moses to see Pharaoh,” while most of the kids said Moses. Now, my daughter usually right on most matters so I put some addition thought into it, and of course as I’ve mentioned multiple times, Aaron is the only person in the Torah whose name is associated with he word “Moshiach.”

And while neither Moses, nor Aaron, nor Abraham have parshot (portions) named after them, Moses’ name is mentioned 616 times,which is the numerical value of “H’Torah” (The Torah), representing all 5 Books of Moses. The numerical value of Aaron’s name is 256, which is the same as Devarim, the last of the 5 Books, and Abraham’s numerical value of 248 is the same as Bamidbar, the 4th of the 5 Books. Moreover the sum of the names of the 5 Books is 2480 or 10 x 248 (Abraham), which is fitting since the Zohar tells us we were given the 10 sefirot (dimensions( in the merit of Abraham. And is we add Aaron and Abraham together plus the kolel of the letters in the 3 Names (Aaron, Abraham, and Moses), which is 12 for the 12 tribes, we get 256 + 248 + 12 = 616, (H’Torah).

But getting back to my daughters point, G-d spoke to Moses directly, so how hard was it for him obey and visit pharaoh? Not to downplay Moses role, but Aaron, had to take it on faith that Moses was talking to G-d and stand before pharaoh–that takes real courage and convictions. So I guess Aaron was the real hero.

And like Abraham and Moshe, while they don’t have one of the 54 portions named after them, they have Books and the entire Torah feeding off their energy.  That Aaron’s is the last Book (Devarim) is interesting because we know that the full cycle of the 27 letters in the alef-bet, or 54, as in 54 x 107 = 5778, the 107th triangular number and the year prophesied by the tzaddikim for the arrival of Mashiach and the numerical value for Aaron’s name, 256 + 107 = 363, the value of H’Moshiach (The Messiah).

While both brothers Moshe and Aaron are the 26th generation in the lineage of Adam, both are also of the soul root of Moshiach, and while we work to bring the great redeemer, let us not forget that both men stood before pharaoh and that like Moses, Aaron will be there at the end of the 107 cycles of 54.  And that to be the hero of the story, we must summon up our own great courage and faith.

Chag Sameach and Happy Pesach!

Cleansing Part III

Still cleaning and cleansing…

In the last installment in my personal pursuit to clean out my home and life and thus my soul, I mentioned the connection to Tzav and the last line of the 42-Letter Name (Ana B’koach), which is ShKVZYT.
What I neglected to point out was that the middle two letters (ShKVZYT) of that last line spell Tzav, of gematria 96, and the Torah portion of Tzav begins with the phrase Vydaber Adonai El Moshe Lemor Tzav. And while in previous articles we’ve discussed in length that the phrase Vydaber Adonai El Moshe Lemor is found 70 times in the Torah connecting to Da’at, and the shorter phrase Vydaber Adonai El Moshe is found 91 times, connecting to the unification of the YHVH with Adonai, we can now mention that the still shorter phrase Vydaber Adonai (G-d Speaks) is found 96 times, connecting to Tzav, “Commands” and this portion that deals with the purification of the soul and of the high priest, Aaron and his sons.

So when G-d speaks, the universe commands.  It doesn’t sound as if we have much free will in the matter. And while we are free to choose not to listen to G-d, eventually the universe will bring us around, and the longer it takes, the tougher the road will be.   This is why we need to cleanse our souls. This is why we should take this amazing opportunity of Pesach and Pesach preparation to do just that.

Now, the part about the cleansing that I haven’t mentioned yet is that when we clean out the gook and garbage from from our minds, souls and consciousness, it first rises to the surface before we can wipe it away. And what that means is that things can get really tough for us in these days of cleansing, and that we must grab hold of these opportunities to overcome our dark blemishes or they’ll sink back down and block us for another year.  I can tell you first hand, it’s not easy; the universe will throw everything it can at us because earlier in our lives and in earlier lifetimes when G-d spoke to us we didn’t take it as a command, and we’ve been paying the price ever since.

And if we’re cleansing and cleansing with the right consciousness, the universe (and a multitude of angels) are saying “He’s ready to listen now, so all those commands get repeated and we’re given new opportunities to follow them.  Only this time, there may be many of them coming at once, and it can be really difficult to see the light in all them. But know this, if you weren’t capable in overcoming and dealing with them, you wouldn’t be receiving these opportunities.  Try really hard to listen to the messages coming your way in this period because G-d will be speaking to you. He wants you to succeed.  The more garbage you get rid of, the more holy you become.

Shining The Light

I haven’t written much this week. I’ve been too busy cleaning and cleaning. Every Pesach (Passover) we invite Eliyahu Hanavi and H’Mashiach into our homes and lives and if we’ve made the proper environment for them they will come.

This Erev Pesach we will be doing the Blessing on the Sun, whose brightness burns at 5778 K. As previously discussed, the Blessing of the Sun connects us to creation and the first 28 letters and/or 7 words of the Bible. This special Blessing happens only every 28 years, and we will be entering the 207th cycle since Creation and 207 is the gematria of “Light.” This Pesach, more than any other since the exodus 66.6 jubilee years ago, a great light will be revealed (the process will begin), and while the darkness easily hides our filth, impurities and sins, in the bright light of the Sun all gets revealed.

This Torah portion, not by coincidence is Tzav, and its all about the cleansing of our souls, which by the way is not what Mashiach is coming to do. He is coming to help elevate them; we must do the cleansing first.

The portion (parsha) Tzav discusses the purification process that Aaron HaCohen and his sons had to go through in order to do their jobs in the Tabernacle as channels for all of Israel. This process lasted 7 days, and on the 8th is the final completion, which we’ll read in the next portion, Shemini (the Eighth). Of course, this is akin to the process of the Brit Milah and the circumcision (the removal of the negativity on 8th day).

The process of the 7 years will begin this Pesach, making the 8th year, the Brit (Covenant) of Moshiach in 5777.78-5778.28 HC (2018 CE), the same years as G-d’s Covenant with Abraham (2018 HC).

So if the prophesies of the tzaddikim are correct, the process of the cleansing of our world and souls in order for the Light of Moshiach to be fully revealed will take 207 (Light, Ohr) cycles of 28 years plus 7 years, which fully reflects the 28 letters and 7 words of Creation.  It’s then that we add the 1 (One) for the 1st verse, and can receive the One.

So with the Light about to intensify greatly, I’ve been spending my time cleansing. The process of 7 and 1 (the 8th day/year), is the process of  the physical and the spiritual.  We must work through the first 7 sefirot (dimensions) before we get fully disembodied and get beyond the influence  of negativity, which is why we must cleanse for 7 + 1 days.  This is why we must eat Matzah and not chametz for 7 + 1 days during Pesach.

Our homes are metaphors for our bodies and both of them are vessels for our souls, which have inner and surrounding Light, one metaphysically being the vessel for the other.  Any chametz in our homes  and bodies will be revealed by the great light to come, and will be reflections on our souls.  Every room relates to a different part of our body, and different aspect of our soul.  Every window and doorway is another portal of our soul. Floors and ceilings; malchut and keter.   And the dirt in the deepest cracks is the blockages built up in the deepest recesses of our minds and souls.

Even if this wasn’t the final cycle, a great Light is revealed every Pesach , which is the only reason that Pesach occurs when it does every year.

So clean, clean, clean, and bring the spiritual into your physical world.  As you clean, meditate that every bit of chametz you are wiping and washing away is an impurity and blockage from your body, your relationships, and your soul.

The portion Tzav begins with the phrase that makes the unification of the spiritual and physical words we’ve already discussed, “G-d is speaking to Moses.” He’s also speaking to us.  We can bridge the gap.  He’s given us the spiritual technology and all the tools to reveal it.  If we reverse the letters of Tzav, we get the numerical value of 906, which is not only when King David was born, 906 BCE, but the numerical value of the last line of the 42-Letter Name (Ana B’koach).

Do the physical cleansing.  Do the meditations to make your efforts pay off on multiple levels. And do the Ana B’koach, concentrating on the last line (ShKVZYT), the one aligned with the energy of manifestation/David and Mashiach who will manifest through the House of David.  Remember, when you clean your house, you are also cleaning His.  If you do it with that as your consciousness, all your blockages will be removed and you’ll bask in the Light, rather than burn.

Shabbat Shalom