The Nature of Miracles

In this week’s portion we read about the magical breastplate of the High Priest, the one in which a parchment was hidden inside that contained the 42-Letter Name of G-d to activate the so-called magic.

If you are doing the Ana B’koach (42-Letter Name of G-d) properly, which means in the course of doing an action (helping yourself to manifest something) then you should be seeing what are called miracles regularly. If not, you should read The Genesis Prayer. Miracles, Nes (NS) are nothing more than a shift in reality, and we know our reality is nothing more than an illusion, so shifting it, while it seems to many like some great endeavor, is really nothing special at all, and takes no great effort on your part or on the part of the universe.

That said, much more happens when we initiate a miracle. As theBaal Shem Tov teaches when you cause a miracle to happen, you open up a channel for the whole world to follow. “Initially, a miracle is above nature [but] After the first time it happens, though, it becomes part of nature.” [You} opened up a new channel of bringing Divine beneficence into the world.”

The Hebrew word for miracle – nes (NS)- means elevated and when we spell out the letters nun and samech and add 2 for the kolel we get 228, the same as for Baruch, blessing, so we are in essence creating a blessing, by channeling the miracle. And if you prayed for (used the Ana B’koach to create) that miracle of behalf of others, you are in essence praising G-d, which is the the true higher level of prayer, the ones that according to the Baal Shem Tov, get answered first.

The Baal Shem Tov further explains that this is the same with studying and revealing new Torah incite: “This is what happened to the Beis Yoseph (Rabbi Yoseph Karo). He toiled and toiled until he reached an understanding of a certain text. But shortly afterwards he overheard someone saying that very same interpretation, and he became very upset. The Ari z”l explained to him, “You opened up the channel so that others can receive the same.”

“After a new channel of Divine effluence has been opened, whether this is a new channel of wisdom or a new channel of serving Gd, this becomes a natural path that causes a new path of material blessing to open as well.”

But being this powerful channel comes with new responsibilities as you may have already realized in your lives. You have elevated yourselves and the world and now you must do even more to maintain your new spiritual stature. The Baal Shem Tov continues, “However, one must not follow this new path in a rote way and remain stuck there. Instead, one must continue to ascend to higher levels to open up yet another new path.”

Whether it’s spreading miracles or our Torah knowledge and secrets we are all powerful channels now and have been given new and greater responsibilities to do more and continue blazing the paths for the world and our brethren. We all must make sure we are doing our part and B”H we will open the channels to bring Mashiach and the geula (final redemption) in their appropriate time for as many people as possible.

Shabbat Shalom

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Getting Down with the Dow; An Odd Alignment

Why the following coincidences should have occurred this year, is still an open question and only time will reveal G-d’s secrets as they unfold for us. Through countless revelations and as explained in depth in The Divine calendar and There’s Nothing Random about the Universe, the time of the geula, final redemption will be in a few short years starting at 5777.78 and throughout 5778, so it’s not far fetched that with the universe falling into alignment with this swiftly approaching date that the plunging dow would set some benchmarks in accordance.

And so we see that on 9/29/08, on erev Rosh Hashonnah, 5769, on the dawn of the final 9 years the plunged a record 777.78 points. Many of us took that as a sign, as it soon became obvious to the world that all the kings men couldn’t put humpty-dumpty back together again, the world as we knew was irreparable broken and nothing our leaders (political and financial) could do would make it right, no matter how much of our money that they threw or planned to throw into the abyss.

But then on 10/10/08, the day after Yom Kippur, the dow fell to its lowest point of intra-day trading since who knows when at 7773.73.

And on 2/10/09, the day after Tu B’Shvat, the Rosh Hashannah of the trees (connected with the tree-of-life) the dow closed at 7888.88. And we know that the 8‘s must play some significant role as nearly all the biblical and significant historic Jewish calendar dates end in 8, including the latest year of Israeli statehood in 1948 and the year prophesied for the Moshiach, messiah, in 2018.

No one can plan these quirky alignments of numbers, and for all the trading days they only occur rarely, and of late have not occurred on any dates not associated with the Jewish Holidays, which it must be said are all based on cosmic windows and not to commemorate historic events.

So the question of who could arrange for these odd alignments of dates and numbers and why has the same answer.

If man couldn’t have caused this arrangement that leaves only G-d, and if G-d is aligning these dates and the numbers that we think control our fortunes it must be to show us who is really in control. He may have other reasons, of course, and time will reveal these as well, but it’s enough to know that the solution for the darkness that is befalling us is not to be found in the hands of our brethren–the bankers, lawyers, politicians, pundits, financial wizards, and gurus, nor in the reporters and newscasters–it’s found in ourselves and in the understanding of what G-d wants from us.

We can only ask what will Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, and Tish B’Av bring?

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