Posted In: Pesach, Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: March 20,2014
I have attempted for a long period of time now to explain the true purpose behind each of our holidays. This has become necessary as the idea of holidays, as represented by conventional religion, has veered astray of the original intent presented on Mount Sinai. The holiday of Pesach (Passover), the biblical story concerning the Exodus from Egypt, is one that has become filled with contradiction, misinterpretation and, unfortunately, corruption. Let me say from the very outset that scripture strongly indicates the Israelite never had any intention of leaving his beloved Egypt. This was stated repeatedly throughout that period of forty years when the Israelites sojourned in the wilderness after having left Egypt. (Numbers, Ch. 11:18, Ch. 20:5, 21:5). Therefore, to view Pesach as a celebration of time in which the Israelite joyfully left bondage and became free is a complete distortion of the truth. To the contrary, the Israelites were literally pushed out of Egypt by Pharaoh after he... Read More
I have to admit that before Kabbalah when we came to Tzav or Vayikra, it was the most unimportant reading of the entire year to me. Who wants to hear about how the High Priests sacrificed this animal and that animal, and what the high priests had to do to prepare and so on? Who was interested? The most boring section of the Torah for me was the sacrifices; and yet the Zohar says the reason why we have the reading of Tzav is so that we can understand that the sacrifices are not directed towards God. It was not directed towards the appeasement of the wrath of God, but rather the contrary. Every section in the portion of Tzav is directed towards the cleansing of a certain aspect of pollution in 99 percent reality, which is the metaphysical. Trying to remove the physical pollution in the world is like treating cancer with a band aid, and yet that is where society has been led. Scientists have been led in that direction—treating the symptom, treating what is observable. That doesn’t help.... Read More
The portion of Vayikra talks almost exclusively about the different practices of animal sacrifices. It says that the existence of animal sacrifices is virtually a universal system since time immemorial. However, we have learned from the Zohar a completely different idea; the true word for sacrifice in Hebrew (“korban”) is not sacrifice. Korban comes from the word “krav” which means “war”. Ask any Hebrew speaking person what korban means, and they will tell you it means war. How do you reconcile war with a sacrifice to God? Rav Shimon bar Yochai made it very clear that the Lightforce of God has one characteristic—to share. There is no aspect of negativity whatsoever within God or the Lightforce of God. How can there be a wrath of God to appease? It doesn’t make any sense. But if you say there is an angry God, then we can understand the Holocaust. God got angry and killed people in His moment of wrath. We know that is not true. I would not worship, I would not even appeal to, a God that... Read More

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