Posted In: Va'era, Moses, Speech, Well Being Posted On: December 27,2013
In this section, Moses was concerned that the Israelites would not believe that he communicated directly with God. What we can take from this is that in essence, we are talking about humanity today. Moses said that if the Israelites do not listen to him, how would Pharaoh listen? On one level, these verses teach us that we must first tackle our own problems before going after the larger issues; we must first convince ourselves of the purity of our intentions and our sincerity before taking on the world. The Zohar explains that besides expressing the humility of his nature through his words to God, Moses was saying that the Israelites were not familiar with his level of consciousness. He was implying that words would have no meaning to them, since his understanding is beyond words; the Light that is not in the realm of physical reality. We cannot accomplish miracles without an understanding that the non-rational, metaphysical part of our consciousness is the only aspect that will... Read More
The Zohar raises the question regarding the first verse of the portion of Shemot. The English, as well as other translations, says “These are the names of the sons of Israel who came into Egypt,” but the word haba’im does not mean “came.” If you know Hebrew you know that the word ba’im is not in past tense, but the present, it could almost be in the future tense. Did we not read in the previous portion that Jacob, Joseph and everyone else died, so what does it mean that these are the names of the children of Israel that come now? The Zohar also reminds us that the Bible begins by using the elevated name of Jacob, which is “Israel,” and then later uses the name “Jacob.” What is the significance of interchanging these names? How many times does the Bible have to tell us they came? In the Book of Genesis we were told that Jacob went down to Egypt, so what is the Bible indicating to us? Viewed superficially, these verses do not make sense, so we must look to the Zohar, which says that... Read More
The first verse of Vayechi says that Jacob lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years. The Zohar asks why do we have to know that Jacob went down to Egypt and lived there for 17 years, when obviously, from the previous portion, we know that he was living there. Here the Zohar give us the remarkable revelation that the prophecy Jacob achieved in Egypt, like the prophecy of Moses, who lived the crux of his life outside Israel, was of a level of consciousness that no other prophet ever came close to achieving. They both gained the level of understanding and consciousness known as nevua only because they were outside of the land of Israel. We know the power of the land of Israel and why it is called the Holy Land is because it is where the center of energy is located. If Israel is where we can draw the maximum intensity of energy, why does the Zohar conclude that Vayechi Yacov or “and Jacob lived,” means that Jacob revealed all of life’s existence—past, present and future, from the beginning... Read More
Never, in 48 years, have I been without a Zohar, it is that important. But sometimes we do forget the importance of the Zohar, which is the only answer. In the portion of Vayigash, the Bible says that Yehuda “came close” to Joseph and began to plead with him about the destiny (the judgment) that would be forthcoming on his younger brother Benjamin, who was accused of being a thief. Yehuda began to repeat everything that was mentioned in the previous portion concerning his family, his brothers, and his father. He went on and on, and they all began to cry, and then Joseph revealed who he was and beckoned that his father be brought down to Egypt to him. If we are to simply glance over any translation of this biblical story, the Zohar says it reveals nothing because in almost every verse there are contradictions, and ridiculous statements. For instance, why did Joseph, knowing his father was in pain for 17 years, finally reveal himself now? What is this all about? Why do we persist in... Read More

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