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9 Gateways

Our sages recorded authentic gateways to come closer to G-d. We may duplicate their experiences. However, there are many prerequisites. Foremost, one must study the Torah to the point that questions arise. Second, having friends and being a teacher at times is a great merit. Third, one must be indifferent to insults and complements that is stoic. One must be secure in ones identity and immune from emotions of hatred. One must have time to study in peace and friends with whom to share ideas. One must have teachers of good character and good will. Happiness helps in general.

9.1 Sacrifices

Focus on studying the Torah according to ones sin:[970]

9.2 Equanimity or Stoicism

Equanimity – hishtavut - השתוות that is the controlled response to both good and bad in life is an ingredient to spiritual growth. The Sulam HaAliyah – the Ladder of Ascent by R. Judah Albotini discusses:[971]

Text 9-1: R. Judah Albotini’s Ladder of Ascent
Equanimity brings one to concentration of the soul, and concentration brings about the holy spirit, which brings one to prophecy, which is the highest level. If so, one of the necessary prerequisites for your path in concentration is that you first have the quality of equanimity that you not become excited by anything.

R. Isaac of Acre’s, Meirat Eynayim presents the gateway to equanimity as the study and attachment to the word of G-d.

Text 9-2: R. Isaac of Acre’s Light of the Eyes
Rabbi Isaac of Acre begins: “He who merits the secret of communion [with the divine] will merit the secret of equanimity (hishtawwut), and if he receives this secret, then he will also know the secret of hitbodedut, and once he has known the secret of hitbodedut, he will receive the holy spirit, and from that prophecy, until he shall prophesy and tell future things.[972]

In explaining the mystery of stoicism, Rabbi Abner related the following account:

A Sage once came to one who practices meditation and asked that he be accepted into their society. The Other replied, “My son, blessed are you to God. Your intentions are good. But tell me, have you attained stoicism (equanimity - hishtawwut) or not?”

The Sage said, “Master, explain your words.” The Meditator said, “If one man is praising you and another is insulting you, are the two equal in your eyes or not?” He replied, “No my master. I have pleasure from those who praise me, and pain from those who degrade me. But I do not take revenge or bear a grudge.”

The Other said, “Go in peace my son. You have not attained stoicism. You have not reached a level where your soul does not feel praise of one who honors you, nor the degradation of one who insults you. You are not prepared for your thoughts to bound on high that you should come and meditate (hitboded). Go and increase humbleness of your heart and learn to treat every thing equally until you have become stoic. Only then will you be able to meditate.” [973]

R. Isaac of Acre continues: “And the cause of equanimity is the attachment of thoughts to God, for cleaving and attachment of the thought to God causes man to feel neither the honor nor the contempt that people show him.”

R. Abner does not tell the sage how to achieve equanimity. Moreover if we consider R. Isaac’s suggestion, the sage appears already a scholar of the word of G-d, so what is missing in his life to achieve equanimity? Perhaps, the observance of commandments with ferocity and a fear of sin that brings one to full immersion in Torah beyond scholarship, essentially to swim in Her waters. Then he will become chosen of G-d and achieve R. Isaac’s description of attachment which leaves no room for anything other than equanimity.

Text 9-3: R. Eleazar Azikri's Sefer Haredim
It is written, “I have always placed God before me.” It is written in the book Hovot HaLevavot that it is inconceivable that a master and a slave, one being contemptible in the eyes of the other, or those who honor and those who despise him, should be equal in his eyes, as the hasid said to the man who wished to concentrate, “You cannot do so unless you practice humility and receiving insults, until you achieve equanimity.” ... And there are three conditions in this verse, shiviti – “I placed” or literally “I made equal” that is I make everything equal before me, my praisers and my condemners, for I am a worm.[974]

9.3 Wisdom

Meditation 9-1: Gates of Wisdom
On the 46th Day of the Counting of the Omer, I listened to the davening of P’sachyah, one who opens the gates of wisdom. Yah is the name of G-d associated with Hochmah.[975] To open the Gates of Wisdom, one must cling to the Shechinah:[976]

‘Open for me the gates of wisdom.’ I beheld a circumference of fire before the holy gates. I asked the L-rd what it means? “One must first obtain understanding before one can find wisdom.” How can I obtain understanding? “Through learning all of the time, one will obtain understanding.” I do learn. “Then walk through.” The wall of fire was all around me up to my eyes, but I approached the gates. I asked, “Do the gates open inward or outward.” “If you are worthy they open inward for wisdom will stay within. If with your own force, they will open outwards, but this wisdom will not last.” I walked through inward opening gates.

There I beheld a man in fetters on the ground. “This is Solomon whose wisdom was great and yet, lost.” I also saw a majestic king on a throne. This too is Solomon for there is still reward for the wisdom once had. I asked how can one hold onto wisdom? “This is only according to one’s wife for according to her wisdom will be her husband’s and he will come to think like her.” If one is single, “Hold onto the Shechinah with all your might, for she is the source of your wisdom. You must learn all the time to hold onto Her.”

An interesting Gemara explains how Solomon fell away:

Text 9-4: Sanhedrin 21b
R. Isaac said: When Solomon married Pharaoh's daughter, Gabriel descended and stuck a reed in the sea, which gathered a sand-bank around it, on which was built the great city of Rome.

R. Isaac also said: Why were the reasons of [some] Biblical laws not revealed? — Because in two verses reasons were revealed, and they caused the greatest in the world [Solomon] to stumble. Thus it is written: He shall not multiply wives to himself, whereon Solomon said, ‘I will multiply wives yet not let my heart be perverted.’ Yet we read, When Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart.

Again it is written: He shall not multiply to himself horses; concerning which Solomon said, ‘I will multiply them, but will not cause [Israel] to return [to Egypt].’ Yet we read: And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six [hundred shekels of silver].

And from Kings 1:10:28-29, Israel began trading – סחר with Egypt:

Text 9-5: Kings 1:10:28-29
And Solomon had horses brought from Egypt, and from Keve; the king’s traders received them from Keve at a price. And a chariot could be imported from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty; and so they were exported to the kings of the Hittites, and to the kings of Aram, through the traders.

From here, we learn even a trader should not return to Egypt. Is this not the same for a tourist? And on Solomon’s ultimate fate in the world to come:[977]

Text 9-6: Sanhedrin 104b
The men of the Great Assembly enumerated [those who have no portion in the world to come[978]] them. Rab Judah said in Rab's name: They wished to include another [sc. Solomon], but an apparition of his father's likeness came and prostrated itself [in supplication] before them, which, however, they disregarded. A heavenly fire descended and its flames licked their seats, yet they still disregarded it. Whereupon a Heavenly Voice cried out to them, ‘Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.[979] He who gave precedence to My house over his, and, moreover, built My house in seven years, but his own in thirteen, he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.’[980] Yet, they paid no attention even to this. Whereupon the Heavenly Voice cried out, ‘Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, ‘or whether thou choose; and not I etc.’[981]

Elihu defended Job against the condemnation of his peers as the Heavenly Voice defended Solomon against the condemnation of the Great Assembly, “Should He reward it according to your mind, when you refuse His judgment? Should He say, you shall choose and not I; therefore speak what you know.”[982] A later version on Solomon’s fate from the Midrash on Proverbs:

Text 9-7: Midrash Mishle
When the Sanhedrin wanted to put Solomon together with the three kings and four private persons [who have no portion in the world to come], the Shekhinah stood up before God and spoke before Him: Master of the World! “See a man skilled at his work” [Proverbs 22:29]. But those men want to count him among the enemies of light [the damned]. Whereupon a heavenly voice went forth and said: “He shall attend upon kings,” etc.


Sanhedrin104b above is interpreting this Mishnah:

Text 9-8: Mishnah Sanhedren 90a
MISHNAH. ALL ISRAEL HAVE A PORTION IN THE WORLD TO COME, FOR IT IS WRITTEN, ‘THY PEOPLE ARE ALL RIGHTEOUS; THEY SHALL INHERIT THE LAND FOR EVER, THE BRANCH OF MY PLANTING, THE WORK OF MY HANDS, THAT I MAY BE GLORIFIED.’ BUT THE FOLLOWING HAVE NO PORTION THEREIN: HE WHO MAINTAINS THAT RESURRECTION IS NOT A BIBLICAL DOCTRINE, THE TORAH WAS NOT DIVINELY REVEALED, AND AN EPIKOROS. R. AKIBA ADDED: ONE WHO READS UNCANONICAL BOOKS. ALSO ONE WHO WHISPERS [A CHARM] OVER A WOUND AND SAYS, ‘I WILL BRING NONE OF THESE DISEASES UPON THEE WHICH I BROUGHT UPON THE EGYPTIANS: FOR I AM THE LORD THAT HEALETH THEE.’ ABBA SAUL SAYS: ALSO ONE WHO PRONOUNCES THE DIVINE NAME AS IT IS SPELT.

THREE KINGS AND FOUR COMMONERS HAVE NO PORTION IN THE WORLD TO COME: THE THREE KINGS ARE JEROBOAM, AHAB, AND MANASSEH. R. JUDAH SAID: MANASSEH HATH A PORTION THEREIN, FOR IT IS WRITTEN, ‘AND HE PRAYED UNTO HIM, AND WAS INTREATED OF HIM, AND HE HEARKENED TO HIS SUPPLICATION AND THEY RESTORED HIM TO JERUSALEM, TO HIS KINGDOM.’ THEY [THE SAGES] ANSWERED HIM: THEY RESTORED HIM TO HIS KINGDOM, BUT NOT TO [HIS PORTION IN] THE WORLD TO COME. FOUR COMMONERS, VIZ., BALAAM, DOEG, AHITOPHEL, AND GEHAZI.[983]


The Doreshe Reshumoth – the Interpreters of Signs were a school in Israel that avoided the Babylonian exile. They preceded Hillel and Shammai and provided a more liberal interpretation of the last part of the Mishnah:

Text 9-9: The Doreshe Reshumoth
The Doreshe Reshumoth maintained: All of them will enter the world to come, as it is written, ‘Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver,’ Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me. [Thus:] ‘Gilead is mine’ this refers to Ahab, who fell at Ramoth-gilead; ‘Manasseh’ is literally meant; ‘Ephraim also is the strength of mine head’ — this alludes to Jeroboam, a descendant of Ephraim; ‘Judah is my lawgiver’ — this refers to Ahitophel, who is descended from Judah; ‘Moab is my washpot,’ to Gehazi, who was smitten on account of matters connected with bathing; ‘over Edom will I cast out my shoe’ — to Doeg the Edomite; ‘Philistia, triumph thou because of me,’ The ministering Angels exclaimed before the Holy One, blessed be He, ‘Sovereign of the Universe! If David comes, who slew the Philistine and gave possession of Gath to thy children. [and complains at Thy giving a share in the world to come to Doeg and Ahitophel], what wilt thou do with him?’ He replied, ‘It is My duty to make them friends with each other.’

That all people should be friends with each other is of such importance that God accepts this as His duty. The multiplicity of peoples living in the Land of Israel will live as friends in the world to come. Even sinners will have a portion in the world to come so that we may one day be friends:[984]

Text 9-10: A Portion in the Future
Hithro'a'i התרועעי – Associate with or ‘triumph thou’ is thus derived from rah – רע, and translated ‘make thyself a friend’. It may be observed that it is not taught here that they actually have a portion in the world to come as a right, but that they will nevertheless enter therein, God bearing their iniquities to make this possible. This is in accordance with the general attitude of Judaism that punishment is not everlasting.

God tolerates iniquities to make possible reconciliation.

9.4 Solitude

The importance of talking to God:[985]

Text 9-11: Solitude with God, Hitbodedut according to Breslov Hasidism
Solitude is a great virtue and a proper and very straight way by which to draw nearer to God, blessed be He. And every one ought to set aside a few hours a day, during which he will pour out his heart to God in the vernacular, such as Yiddish, which is spoken in these countries... For it is easier to converse well in the spoken language. And whatever he feels at heart, he will communicate to God, blessed be He, such as complaints and excuses and placating words and supplications, so that he will be able to approach Him. And every one should do so to the extent of his awareness of the flaws of his heart and how much he is distant from God... It is only by conducting themselves in this fashion that the greatest of the Tzaddikim attained their spiritual level.”

9.5 Gematria [TABLE]


One may sense the divine in many ways. These include prayer, conversation with G-d, a walk in nature, looking at the stars at night, etc. Writing is often a gateway. There is automatic writing where one lets one’s sub-conscious take control. Similarly, one who knows Hebrew may permute and count letters to open the mind for divine inspiration:[986]

Text 9-12: Excerpt from the Treasury of the Hidden Eden
Take the pen in your hand, like a spear in the hand of a warrior. When you think of something, uttering it in your heart with specific letters, also express it with your mouth.

Listen carefully, and “watch what emanates from your lips” (Deut 23:24). Let your ears hear what your lips speak, and with your heart, understand meaning of all these expressions. Write each expression down immediately.

Manipulate the letters and seek out other words having the same numerical value, even if they do not follow my path. And know that this will be your key to open the fifty gates of wisdom...

You will rejoice and have great pleasure. You will experience ecstasy and trembling – ecstasy for the soul, and trembling for the body... There will be no question that, through this wondrous method, you will have reached one of the Fifty Gates of Understanding. This is the lowest gate...
The Divine Presence will then rest on you, and the Fifty Gates of Understanding will be opened in your heart. From then on, you will realize Who is with you, Who is over your head, and Who is in your heart. You will then recognize the true way.

The table below lists the Hebrew letters, their values, and their names in Hebrew and English. Here, the twenty-seven letters, including the final letters are divided into groups of three according to the Ayak-Bachar – איק בכר transformation where each group has the same small or reduced number.[987]

Table 9-1: Hebrew Letters and Numbers

Unity
Couples
Fertility
Rigor
Action
Love
Shabbas
Spiritual
War
אות
Number
דבר
Letter
Meaning
א
1
אלף
aleph
ox
ב
2
בית
bet
house
ג
3
גמל
gimel
camel
ד
4
דלת
dalet
door
ה
5
הא
heh
window
ו
6
וו
vav
peg
ז
7
זין
zayin
weapon
ח
8
חית
het
fence
ט
9
טית
tet
serpent
אות
Number
דבר
Letter
Meaning
י
10
יוד
yod
hand
כ
20
כף
kaph
palm of the hand
ל
30
למד
lamed
ox-goad
מ
40
מם
mem
water
נ
50
נון
nun
fish
ס
60
סמך
samehk
prop, support
ע
70
עין
ayin
eye
פ
80
פא
peh
mouth
צ
90
צדי
tzadi
fishing hook
אות
Number
דבר
Letter
Meaning
ק
100
קוף
kof
back of head
ר
200
ריש
resh
head
ש
300
שין
shin
tooth
ת
400
תו
tav
cross
ך
20 (500)
כף סופית
final
kaph
ם
40 (600)
מם סופית
final
mem
ן
50 (700)
נון סופית
final
nun
ף
80 (800)
פא סופית
final
peh
ץ
90 (900)
צדי סופית
final
tzadi

There are twenty-two principle letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Scribes to make it easier to recognize word separation added final letters. Originally, the Torah did not have spaces between words or vowels under letters. Practicing Gematria requires the following:

9.5.1 Amen

Meditation, calligraphy, and gematria go hand in hand. Here is the result of a meditation on the word Amen after reading the Psalms of David[989] and the Bahir.[990]

Text 9-13: Gematria of Amen
àîï
91
öà
îï = ö
FROM îï = ö THE TZADDIK BRINGS
G-D א INTO THE WORLD
אשר המתברך בארץ
éúáøê áàìä àîï
THAT WHICH HE BLESSES IN THE LAND IS BLESSED THROUGH THIS — AMEN
éäåä + àãðé
26 + 65 = 91
אילן
ROOT < LEAVES < SUN < G-D
THE TREE TRANSMITS ENERGY
FROM ROOT TO LEAVES
AND BACK DOWN AGAIN


The gematria of water – מים is 90, which equates to the letter Tzadi. The power of water is that it does not attach to anything. In this manner, the tzaddik descends to helping others, but does not absorb impure ways. Sinful ways roll off him. In addition, one can attach to a messenger of God, an angel per say, to elevate him or her. Attaching oneself to a messenger of God is to attach oneself to the Tree of Life as they are related:

Text 9-14: The Angel and the Tree of Life
Messenger – Malach – מאלך = 91 = אילן = Elon – Tree of Life


In the Torah, it says that the people believed in G-d and His servant Moses.[991] Thus, when one believes in G-d, one is led to believe in his True servant who becomes an emissary for the teachings of G-d. Such was Moshe Rabbeninu, Moses our teacher.

‘Amen’ means to ‘train’ and refers to training oneself in faith the same way one would train to be an artisan. Faith – Emunah leads to trust – Bitachon, which leads to joy. We must praise God as enthusiastically when something bad happens as when something good happens.

There is a story told, ‘Command – Tzah – צא teaches that one must strive to keep the commands to ascend and descend the Tree of Life. The Sefer Raziel teaches that there are 91 days in each season.[992] Each season is a covenant with the world, a promise for succession as well as return.[993]

Text 9-15: Praise to God
Two rabbis who were brothers went to visit Mezzirich, because they had heard so much about the Maggid. After visiting, they decided to leave because they were not so initially impressed. Sometime later, after they had thought things over, they decided to visit again with a question for the Maggid of Mezzirich on the meaning of a commandment found at the beginning of Tractate Berachot:

“How is it that we are commanded to praise God with the same level of joy
for something bad as for something good?”

He responded that he did not have time to answer the question, but if they would visit Reb Zusha they would find the answer. The two who were brothers were Rabbi Pinchas Horowitz (who would become the chief rabbi of Frankfurt al la Main) and Rabbi Shmelke Horowitz (who would become the Nickelsburg rabbi).

When they came to Reb Zusha, he was surprised to see them since he thought himself the least knowledgeable of men to answer any important question. Nevertheless, seeing that his Rebbe had asked them to ask him, he listened to the question. He replied that when he heard this commandment, he too could not understand the reason. In fact, he said, “to this day I still do not know the answer, because I do not understand how there can be something that Hakodesh Baruch Hu does for us that is bad.” Reb Zusha was a very poor man who had many difficulties getting by in life but to him nothing was bad.

Another story illustrating the importance of trust – Bitachon from Rabbi Akiva:

Text 9-16: Rabbi Akiva on Trust

Rabbi Akiva had set out one day on a journey. As was his custom, he took his donkey laden with his belongings, a rooster to wake him in the morning, and a candle to read the Torah by at night. When he arrived at a town in the evening, he could not find any inn that would accept him. Consequently, he was forced to sleep out in the forest. He thanked God and went to the forest. During the night a lion came and ate his donkey. He thanked God. A weasel came and bit off the head of his rooster. He thanked God. Also it rained all night long so he could not even use his candle. In the morning he rose up and walked into town to see if he could get a room, but when he got to the gates he saw that they were broken in and that the town had been attacked by brigands and many people were injured and robbed.

He thought about this and realized that if the innkeepers would not have turned him down he might have also been attacked and robbed. He realized that if the lion had not eaten the donkey, the donkey’s brae would have given him away. Similarly if the rooster had sounded his alarm he would have been revealed. The light of the candle also might have revealed him to the brigands. He thanked God for everything that had befallen him.

Another time a person sought the advice of the Maggid of Mezzirich. The Maggid of Mezzirich was Rabbi Dov Ber. “According to one tradition Rabbi Dov Ber held a teaching position in a village near Lemberg (Lvov) and traveled their each week to discuss intricate Talmudic passages with the Penei Yehoshua – the Face of Joshua, Rabbi Jacob Joshua.”[994]

Text 9-17: Maggid of Mezzirich on how to deal with troubling thoughts

He asked what am I to do with troubling thoughts that enter my mind during the day. I know they are impure but I cannot do anything about them and they interfere with my prayer. The Maggid said he did not have time to answer, but he sent him to Reb Wolf who owned and inn in a nearby town, who he said would surely know the answer. The man left and came to the inn of Reb Wolf at night. He knocked on the door at night, Reb Wolf saw him through the window but refused to answer. Consequently, as this was the only inn, the person went to sleep in the fields. Next day he returned and managed to rent a room in the inn and engage Reb Wolf in some conversation. No matter what he tried, Reb Wolf ignored him. Finally, when he was ready to leave, he offered to pay and after paying said that he had a few questions. At this point Reb Wolf said all his questions ‘had already been answered.’

“When you came to the inn the first night, I did not let you in though I saw you wanted to talk. Each day I ignored you. Finally, you gave up and decided to pay. You see you are the Baala Boose of your own mind.[995] You do not have to let an idea enter your house, i.e. your mind. If the idea wishes to have conversation, you can ignore it.”

There are seven forms of the verb for Amen:

Table 9-2: Seven Forms of the Verb Amen
Binyan or Building
Meaning
Past tense
Imperative
Kal – simple form
To bring up, to foster
Aman
Emon
Nif’al – passive form of Kal applied to oneself
To be true, to be faithful
Ne’eh’man
Heh’ah’mayn
Pi’el – intense form of Kal
To train, to educate
Ee’mayn
Ah’mayn
Pu’al – Passive from another
To be educated, to be skilled
Oo’mahn
Oo’mohn
Hif’il – causative form of Nif’al
To believe, to entrust
Heh’Eh’Meen
Hah’Ah’Meeh
Huf’al – passive of Hif’al from another’s point of view
To be believed
Hah’Ah’Mahn
Hah’Ah’Mayn
Hitpa’el – Reflexive upon oneself
To train oneself, to practice
Heet’Ah’Mayn
Heet’Ah’Mayn

9.5.2 One Hundred Blessings a Day

The Sha’are Orah teaches the importance of reciting one hundred blessings a day. David instituted this practice when he noticed a higher degree of illness in the people. The Sha’are Orah brings down that there were a hundred receptacles for the poles supporting the tabernacle. These receptacles are associated with Malchuts, the receptacle for G-d’s energy entering our world. Reciting blessings helps to disperse this bounty to the rest of the world. Koof – ק has the value 100 and is the result of the progression of G-d’s energy from 1 – Aleph – א to 10 – Yod – י to 100 – Koof – ק. The next step over is 2 – bet – ב, 20 – caph – כ, and 200 – resh – ר. Rearranging the letters and putting the columns together spells one hundred bracha or blessings.
Text 9-18: One Hundred Blessings a Day
א י ק + ב כ ר = א ק בריך

Now, proceeding upwards from the Koof to the Aleph, the ק represents Israel as they tithe to the Levites represented by י. Unless the Levites receive the proper tithe of 10 from the 100 they are unable to tithe the 1 – א to the Kohanim. The א represents the level of the Neshamah, which requires one hundred blessings a day to trigger the ten, which trigger the single quanta of energy uniting our soul with Hashem.

9.5.3 Nature

The word, hateva, meaning “the nature” has gematria 86 that is the same as Elohim. Elohim sustains the physical forces of nature. Reducing it to the “mispar Katan” the small number, i.e. single digit we get 8+6=14 and 1+4=5. According to the Tikkuney Zohar, the single digit number relates the word to the lowest world, Olam HaAsiyah, the World of Action.[996] A number in the tens relates to Olam Yetzirah, the World of Formation. A number in the hundreds relates to Olam Beriyah, the World of Creation.

The number 14 represents movement and challenge. Nature is always in motion and challenging us. The number 5 represents structure as in the hierophant card of the Tarot. There are 5 letters in the Hebrew name Elohim – אלהים. There are five books of Moses. This is a structure with a religious order. Nature is the Kingdom of G-d in this world.

9.5.4 Thought

The gematria of thought – מחשבה is 355. This is also the gematria of sefira – ספירה.[997] This teaches that the sefirot are aspects of thought. Immersing in Torah study attaches the subconscious to the sefira. The sefirot actualize the Torah onto ones midos or upon ones character. When an opportunity arises, one will choose good and not sin. To be with happiness – בשמחה, 355, is another prerequisite to attach to the thought of G-d and internalize the words of Torah.[998] The small number here is 13, which is ‘love’ and ‘unity’.[999] ‘Thought’, ‘sefirah’, and ‘happiness’ are higher manifestations of ‘love’ and ‘unity’.

9.6 Numerology [TABLES]

After studying Gematria for a few years, I ran across “Linda Goodman’s Star Signs” which describes an English version of Gematria that is based on the Hebrew phonetic sounds. Include program in appendix for doing this calculation. I would question the associateion of O with Ayin in all cases as it more commonly occurs with Vav’s ‘o’ sound.

9.6.1 Alphabet


Table 9-3: Development of the Alphabet and Numerical Values
Roman Letter Values for English Numerology
Hebrew Letter Values for Gematria
Greek Letters
A – 1
Aleph – א – 1
Alpha − Α − α
B – 2
Bet – ב – 2
Beta − Β − β
C – 3
Gimmel – ג – 3
Gamma − Γ − γ
D – 4
Dalet – ד – 4
Delta − Δ − δ
E – 5
Heh – ה – 5
Epsilon − Ε − ε
F – 8
Feh – פ – 80
Digamma − Φ − φ
G – 3
Gimmel – ג – 3
Gamma − Γ − γ
H – 5
Heh – ה – 5
Eta − Η − η
I – 1
Yod – י – 10
Iota − Ι − ι
J – 1
Yod – י – 10
Iota − Ι − ι
K – 2
Kaph – כ – 20
Kappa − Κ − κ
L – 3
Lamed – ל – 30
Lambda − Λ − λ
M – 4
Mem – מ – 40
Mu − Μ − μ
N – 5
Nun – נ – 50
Nu − Ν − ν
O – 7
Ayin – ע – 70
O − Ο − ο
P – 8
Peh – פ – 80
Pi − Π − π
Q – 1
Koof – ק – 100
Qopp − Θ − θ
R – 2
Resh – ר – 200
Rho − Ρ − ρ
S – 3
Shin – ש – 300
Sigma − − σ
T – 4
Tav – ת – 400
Tau − Τ − τ
U – 6
Vav – ו – 6
Upsilon − Υ − υ
V – 6
Vav – ו – 6
Vau − ς − ϖ
W – 6
Vav – ו – 6
Upsilon − Υ − υ
X – 5
Heh – ה – 5
Xi − Ξ − ξ
Y – 1
Yod – י – 10
Psi − Ψ − ψ
Z – 7
Zayin – ז – 7
Zeta − Ζ − ζ


Taking for example, “The Kabbalah Manual” gives us:
‘The’ = 14=5 ‘Kabbalah’ = 17=8 ‘Manual’ = 20=2 resulting in 15.
The major key number is 15 with minor key 6.

If one of the word numbers summed to 11 or 22 we would not reduce it, for example:
‘Jeff’=22 ‘Spiegel’ = 28 = 10 = 1 resulting in 23.
The major key number is 23 with minor key 5.

The number 22 is an architect number and is not reduced.[1000] This stems from the fact that there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet by which God created the world. Similarly 11 is the sum of the Hebrew letters Yod and Aleph that carry the qualities of creation from the word, ‘I will be’ or Eheyeh – אהיה. Hence this number is not reduced. If the sum of the numbers of a complete name, do not give a compound number, one adds the compound numbers of the individual names to get a compound number result.[1001]

Hebrew letters that are not in the English language are listed in the following table. Except for the het, which maintains a strong presence in English spelling, the other four letters have a diminished influence in English speaking countries.

Table 9-4: Missing Hebrew Letters in English
English Letter
Hebrew Letter Source
Tarot Symbol
ght – 8
Het – ח – 8
Chariot
? – 9
Tet – ט – 9
Hermit
? – 60
Samech – ס – 60
Devil
? – 70
Ayin – ע – 70
Tower
? – 90
Tzadik – צ – 90
Moon

Letters with a similar pronunciation have related meanings and may replace each other in a word. The Sefer Yetzirah divides them into five groups:

Table 9-5: Hebrew Letter Groups by Pronunciation
Group
Source
Letters
Formation
Guttural
Throat
א ח ה ע
Formed in the throat and back of the mouth with the pharynx.
Labial
Lips
ב ו מ פ
Formed by closing the lips
Palatal
palate
ג כ ק
Formed by contact between the palate and the back third of the tongue
Lingual
tongue
ד ט ל נ ת
Formed by tip of tongue against front of palate behind teeth
Sibilants
teeth
ו ס ש ר צ
produced by expelling air between the teeth with the tongue held flat

For example, the words for happiness – סמחand growth – צמח are related in this manner.

Here is an example of considering variations in the spelling of a name.

‘Mo’ = 47 = 11 ‘Spiegel’ = 28 = 10 = 1 resulting in 12 = 3.
‘Moe’ = 16 = 7 ‘Spiegel’ = 28 = 10 = 1 resulting in 44 = 8.
‘Moshe’ = 24 = 6 ‘Spiegel’ = 28 = 10 = 1 resulting in 52 = 7.

‘Moses’ = 22 ‘Spiegel’ = 28 = 10 = 1 resulting in 23 = 5.
‘Moshe’ = 24 = 6 C= 3 ‘Spiegel’ = 28 = 10 = 1 resulting in 10 = 1

The last is rewarding. The third gives charm from the first name. When a compound number is not a double than the summed numbers are added instead as in the example above with ‘Moe’.

‘Avi’ = 8 ‘Spiegel’ = 28 = 10 = 1 resulting in 36 = 9
‘Tzvi’ = 18 = 9 ‘Spiegel’ = 28 = 10 = 1 resulting in 10 = 1
‘Avraham’ = 20 = 2 ‘Spiegel’ = 28 = 10 = 1 resulting in 48 = 3

Here the first is under the scepter.

9.6.2 Single Numbers

These are the associations of the principle numbers:[1002]

Table 9-6: Principle Associations of the Numbers
#
Planetary
Ruler, Sign Ruled
and Trait
Vibration
Colors
Gems
Health
Treatments
Warnings
Foods
1
Sun
Leo
Initiate
Take charge, inventive, ego, protect the weak
Sunny gold, yellow, royal purple
Topaz, amber
Heart problems, lower back pain
Magnesium


2
Moon
Cancer
Sensitive
Imagina-tion, romance, love






3
Jupiter
Sagittarius
Expand
Fruition, optimism, expansion
Autumn colors: yellow, burnt orange, rust; turquoise, sky blue.
Turquoise
Overstrain of nervous system by overwork, lack of sleep; sciatica, neuritis, skin troubles, hip vulnerability.
Serenity. Avoid negative emotions, depression, stress, and overwork in these months:
Caution in December, February, June, and September.

4
Uranus
Aquarius
Base
Inventive-ness, individual-ity, genius, tolerance
Electric blue,
cobalt blue,
silver-gray,
ocean green
Sapphire, quartz, azurite, malachite
Mental disorders, melancholy, anemia, poor circulation, pains in the head and back
Electrical treatments,
hypnosis, mental suggestion, massage, whirlpools
Avoid all kinds of drugs, avoid highly seasoned foods, avoid red meat
Eat spinach
Principle herbs -sage
5
Mercury
Gemini
Virgo
Move

Pearl gray, light green, silver
Aquamarine, Platinum, Silver
Nervous, insomnia. Phantom pains in shoulders, arms, and hands.
Practice grace under pressure. Patience, sleep, rest, quiet surroundings.

Carrots, parsnips, sea kale, oatmeal, parsley
6
Venus
Taurus
Love

Pastels, pink, blue, brown green
Opals, copper
Infections in the throat, nose, upper lungs
Visits to the country. Live in the country.


7
Neptune
Pisces
Spirit

sea green
light yellow
aqua
pink
white





8
Saturn
Capricorn
Material

Black





9
Mars
Aries
Conflict


Diamond






9.6.2.1 Number 1

One denotes initiative.

One is for G-d above.

‘One’ people take charge, are inventive, do not like criticism, and may have a long way to go.

9.6.2.2 Number 2

Two denotes help.

Two are the Luhot, the Two Tablets that G-d provided us with His words. They are meant to be a help to live with G-d and each other.

9.6.2.3 Number 3

Three denotes giving.

9.6.2.4 Number 4

Four denotes our home.

At the time of the destruction of the Temple, the people did not have the four arms, only the arm of Halakha. They would learn at home and pray in the Temple. They did not learn in a house of a study, with others.[1003]

Table 9-7: Number Four
Four concepts
Reference to:
Reference to:
L’lmod – to learn
Mikra – scripture
Pshat – simple interpretation
Lamed – to teach
Mishnah – six commentaries
Remez – allusion
Lishma – to guard over the things we shouldn’t do
Talmud – the finishing, Gemara.
Drash – expounding
Laasot – to do the things we’re supposed to do
Halakha – the law.
Sod – secret

The number four represents work. Reb. Chiya ben Avi said in the name of Hulla, “Greater is the person who has delight in living off of his own work than one who has fear of heaven.”[1004] For a person with the fear of heaven, the passuk says, “happy is the man who fears G-d”, “Ashrei ish y’rat Hashem.” Further, for the one who lives by his own work the psalm says, “the person who eats by his own toil, he will be happy and his life good.” This means happy for him in this world and good for him in the world to come.

9.6.2.5 Number 5

Five denotes activities and thought. This teaches that the Five Books of Moses are for our action and thought.

9.6.2.6 Number 6

Six denotes love, beauty, and grace. While three denotes giving on the essential basis, six denotes an extra measure on the basis of love.

9.6.2.7 Number 7

Seven denotes spirituality, sharing, a promise (shevua), an appreciation of the beauty of the world that Hashem provided through the number six.

9.6.2.8 Number 8

Eight is material substance and immortality—a pair that often seem paradoxical. Nevertheless, eight teaches that proper use of wealth leads us to immortality as we cultivate the spirit that Hashem provided with the number seven.

The word Echad referring to one G-d, “Ain Od melvado” – “There is none beside Him”. This teaches that the Alpeh overrules the harmful influence of the Het that is 8 and the Dalet that is 4 when they are found together.

9.6.2.9 Number 9

Nine denotes rebirth. In nine months a person is made. In nine months we can remake ourselves with the tools of eight, the spirit of seven, the beauty of six, the thoughts and action of five, the foundation of four, the giving of three, the help of two, the initiative of one.

The indestructible 9 is the energy of change in the universe. The number represents tension which initiates change as in the 90 degree squares or 180 (1+8+0=9) degree oppositions of astrology.[1005] Focusing on the number 9 brings action to the will of G-d. Essentially the energy of 9 is the magic that transforms thought and will into action and deed.

Text 9-19: Abulafia and the Nine-letter circle
Abulafia incorporated the idea of the nine-letter number into a circle with the seventy-two letter Name. ...The nine letters within a circle reappear in Abulafia’s Sefer ha-Haftarah, where they appear within the circle of the letters of the forty-two letter Name, while preserving the number nine. ... The use of the concentric circles in order to combine the letters of various Divine Names likewise appears in other works of Abulafia, such as Imre Sefer and Gan Na’ul.[1006]

Meditating on the Seventy-two Letter Name in circles of nine brings forth redemptive energy. The circle itself adds a tenth component symbolizing the sefirot or the Tzelem of G-d. Meditating on the Forty-two Letter Name in circles of nine brings forth creative energy as in the creation of the world.

9.6.3 Compound Numbers

These parallel the 32 paths of wisdom from 10 to 32.

Table 9-8: Compound Numbers
Number
Description
Hebrew Meaning
Tarot Hebrew Letter
Tarot Interpretation
10
The Wheel of Fortune

yod – y10
action

11
A Lion Muzzled – A Clenched Fist
The Yod and Aleph represent a creative master number here.
kaph – k20
life
Reconciliation from two distinct forces is key to success here. Uniting the forces in a common goal will un muzzle the lion. The conflicting forces may be in oneself that one must reconcile.[1007]
12
The Sacrifice – The Victim

lamed – l30
coition

13
Regeneration – Change
13 is not an unlucky number, as many people believe. The ancients claimed that “he who understands how to use the number 13 will be given power and dominion.” The symbol of 13 is a skeleton or death, with a scythe, reaping down men in a field of new-grown grass, where young faces and heads appear to be thrusting through the ground and emerging on all sides. 13 is a number of upheaval, so that new ground may be broken. It’s associated with power, which, if used for selfish purpose, will bring destruction upon itself. There is a warning of the unknown and the unexpected. Adapting to change gracefully will bring out the strength of the 13 vibration, and decrease any potential for negative. 13 is associated with genius – also with explorers, breaking the orthodox and new discoveries of all kinds.
mem – m40
water

Menashe repentence was accepted directly by G-d according to the 13 attributes of repentence even though he had killed Isaiah. He was the 13th in lineage.[1008]
Death tarot card. Death is change and the regeneration of life.
14
Movement ... Challenge
Magnetic communication with the public through writing, publishing, and all media-related matters is associated with the 14. Periodic changes in business and partnerships of all kinds are usually beneficial. Dealing with speculative matters brings luck; likewise, movement and travel associated with combinations of people and nations can be fortunate. However, both gains and losses are sometimes temporary, due to the strong currents of change, which are ever-present. 14 warns of danger from accidents related to natural elements (This is not absolute, merely a warning to be cautious) There is risk involved in depending on the word of those who misrepresent a situation. It’s a mistake to rely on others. rely on the intuition, the self, the voice within. The “luck” of 14 includes speculative projects.
nun – n50
smell

David was the 14th generation from Abraham and like the full moon is kingdom represented the epitome of Israel’s success. The gematria of David is also 14.
Temperance tarot card. Movement, change in life while bringing more failures brings more successes in life. Movement brings temperance and balanced perspective.
15
The Magician
Yah – hy, the Creator’s name, “With Yah, G-d created the world.” Songs of praise, Shir Amalot, there are 15. Yishtabach contains 15 praises of Hashem. “15 was used to reflect the highest degree attainable in the praise of G-d.”[1009]
samech – s60
sleep

Represented by King Solomon who understood the 15 rungs of ascent.[1010] Solomon achieved completeness and peace in the Land of Israel.
The devil on the tarot card symbolizes addiction, but also magic. On the positive side there is enchantment, luck, good speech, magnetic charisma.
16
The Shattered Citadel
The Yod Vav letters from the name of G-d reveal the spiritual significance of the number. The reduced number being 7 carries the same vibrations. The compound number is a warning sign as these are the male letters of the name of G-d unbalanced. The seven reduces judgmental and prejudice qualities and gives a quiet magnetism and influence over others. The Hebrew word for fall has the magnified value of 160. Temperance with G-d’s help gives safety.
ayin – u70
anger

With Solomon’s son Rehoboam, the kingdom divided and thus begins the wane of the house of Israel.
Tower tarot card. Caution and heeding the message of G-d are keys to protection. Avoiding high positions and cliff edges minimize the danger of falling. Being acute to the messages of dreams helps as well.[1011] Advanced planning with careful detail circumvents the risk. Finding happiness without fame is key.
17
The Star of the Magi

peh – p80

Abijam
Immortality. Star tarot card.
18
Spiritual-Material Conflict
18 instances of the tetragrammaton compose 72 letters symbolizing the 72 Letter Name. This occurs in Psalm 29, the Shema, the Song of Moses, and the Amidah by intention.[1012]
tzadik – x90
taste

Asa was a good king.
Moon tarot card. Materialism striving to destroy the spiritual side. Bitter quarrels. Generosity, love and forgiveness are the solution to this influence.
19
The Prince of Heaven

koof – q100
laughter

Jehoshaphat was a good king.
Sun tarot card, victory over temporary failures and disappointment. Happiness and fulfillment, success.
20
The Awakening

resh – r200
peace

Jehoram
Judgment tarot card, at some point there will be an Awakening for the person and a new clear path will be pursued.
21
The Crown of the Magi

shin – c300
fire

Ahaziah
The Universe or World tarot card. The Crown of the Magi is the intelligence of fire. Success, advancement, elevation of a career.
22
Submission – and Caution
The master architect who builds with the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet.
tav – t400
grace

Athaliah
A Blind man, good, but fooled by others.
23
The Royal Star of the Lion

Joash was a good king
Success, protection from those in high places. Grace, no other number can stand in its way.
24
Love – Money – Creativity

Amaziah was a good king.
Another fortunate number of karmic reward. Association and assistance from people of high rank, financial success, gain through romance and magnetism. Warning from self-indulgence and arrogance.
25
Discrimination and Analysis

Azariah was a good king

26
Partnerships

Jotham was a good king
Compassion, unselfishness, ability to help others not always oneself.
27
The Scepter
This is Kaph Zayin. Life and a Sword equal a Scepter.
Ahaz
“Excellent, harmonious, and fortunate number with a touch of enchantment.”[1013] Promise of authority and command, rewards from labor, intellect, imagination, creative faculties. Karmic reward from previous incarnations.
28
The Trusting Lamb

Hezekiah was a good king.

29
Grace Under Pressure

Manasseh


30
The Loner – Meditation

King Tzikiyahu was the 30th generation from Abraham. His eyes were blinded in the captivity of Ashur and the 1st Temple was destroyed.

31
The Recluse – the Hermit



32
Communication





The number 16 has a terminal association. The Hebrew source meaning of the number is from the verb,
‘fall’ – nofel – נפל with gematria:
lamed + peh + nun = 30 + 80 + 50 = 160 => which can be reduced to 16 with the law of zeros.[1014]

In Genesis 6:1-4, the word refers to a people born of the result of the marriages of the Sons of G-d and the Sons of Men:

Text 9-20: Sons of God took Daughters of Men
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of G-d saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives, whomsoever they chose. And the Lord said: ‘My spirit shall not abide in man for ever, for that he also is flesh; therefore shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.’ The Nephilim – נפלים were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of G-d came into the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.

The Nephilim no longer live and many great kingdoms no longer exist. The numerological influence of sixteen refers to the shattered citadel that was once great but now the king and queen have fallen to their doom.

Who were the Nephilim? Who are the sons of G-d and sons of men? The sons of G-d are the descendants of Adam who bear the divine soul. The sons of men are people who were around at the time, the result of evolution. The sons of G-d being tempted by their bodies saw the beauty of the daughters of men and took them to be wives. Their sons became heroes pursuing greatness, but trait for trait like their father’s lust, away from the spirit of Hashem.

There may be an allusion to Adam Kadmon, primordial man in Daniel 7:13 who contained all the souls of man. In this sense the Sons of God who took daughters of men are the souls of humanity who took wives from humans who existed from evolution but were not from Adam and Eve and did not possess a divine soul.

9.6.4 Higher Compound Numbers


Table 9-9: Higher Compound Numbers
Number
Meaning
33

34
same as 25
35
same as 26
36
same as 27
37
Sensitive nature, good and fortunate friendships, public magnetism, productive partnerships. Emphasis on love and romance and need for harmony, happiness and success from partnerships.
38
Same as 11 and 29
39
Same as 30
40
Same as 31
41
Same as 32
Communication – magical power to persuade and charm.
42
Same as 24
43
Revolution, upheaval, strife, conflict, war, vibration of disappointment and failure.
44
Same as 26
45
Same as 27
46
Same as 37
47
Same as 29
48
Same as 30
49
Same as 31
50
Same as 32
51
Nature of the warrior, sudden advancement in whatever one undertakes. Favorable for protection in military or naval life. Also threats from dangerous enemies.
52
Similar to 43.

9.7 Star Wisdom [FIGURES]

9.7.1 Recording Star Patterns in a Journal

Kaplan’s commentary on Sefer Yetzirah states the way to understand the meaning of the night sky is to see your own star patterns.[1015] This is similar to seeing shapes in cloud patterns; but one’s own imagination will reveal the inner meaning of the constellation. There is reference to using Ptolemy’s Almagest[1016] for diagrams of the stars and constellations, but better yet, is to go under the heavens oneself and examine the stars often.[1017]

Table 9-10: Constellation Imagination
Constellation
Seeing
Small ram horns indicate initiative with limited power. A beautiful horse heading downwards indicates pleasant journeys to uncommon places.
Short reaching but greatest power is on the left, with long reaching mighty power on the right. These are the horns of Taurus, the strongest of the constellations. Taurus is an ant with a small body and short legs, but with large pincers on his head for carrying large loads. From the ant we learn the mastery of work.
Similar to the Taurus with the short power of the two brightest stars establishing the left pillar and the longer ranging power of smaller stars building the right pillar. Between the pillars of Gemini are two paths, one reaching the highest thoughts, the other strong in creative desire. The Gemini is a house, stable on the outside, but with an unbalanced quest within.
Cancer is the butterfly, beautiful and delicate in emotion, but glorious in being. Those who cherish them discover the Garden of Eden. The Cancer is close to the Pollux star, her precious Gem(ini) and her heart flitters above the flower of a hydra’s head.
The creative curve of Leo is also a unicorn, proud of its horn, though it be faint, seeking a playful life. Leo’s truest beauty shines first in its chest, by heart or breast, and second in its tail showing its flare.
The constellation of Virgo is firmly grounded in Spica, the magnitude 1 star and source of her power. The Virgo will not stray far from her grounded ways, though she reaches far and wide in her life. She is a beautiful and dependable person, comfortable and enabling activities.
Like the Little Dipper, a tail ending in a box. The Libra’s mind is expansive at first with ideas, but traps itself in a box of decision making. Libra is a strong sign that fills the world with beauty and discipline, but who can help her in her need, when she tosses aside those who love her? The Watcher, G-d, will guard her.
The head of Scorpio seeks for knowledge and plums the depths of earth or the heights of heaven. Its body is long like a snake that carries its head where it desires. The Scorpion head is beautiful, kind, and considerate. We must care for the Scorpion for s/he does not know her/his own loneliness, thinking that her/his exoskeleton will protect her/him forever. In truth, s/he will shed this skeleton in each growth cycle, vulnerable again to hurt.
Sagittarius is an exploring crab, slowly seeking out and discovering the world around. The Sagittarius is careful and methodical.
The precise dancer of life seeks the perfection of the body in motion and pleasure. Capricorn is a lady in a gown speeding off towards her love with her gown sweeping back behind her.
Aquarius is a gardener with her arms and legs on the earth planting and tending the world. G-d created the world for Aquarius and Aquarius for the world. How He loves her she might not know, as she loves the world.
Pisces is a sharp point pursuing his interests in life. He stays close to the ground, while his mind soars the heavens. Like an Ibex on the dessert hills of Ein Gedi, each Pisces has a spring, a source of life.




July 10, 1996
Last night I noticed Draco serpenting its way up and around Ursala Minor and then up into its head. The North star is at the tail of Ursala Minor which is 69 to Ursala Major. All constellations hang off of Draco like a Tallis in Hebrew.[1018] In the sky Draco swirls closely around the North star and its size and position give it the appearance that all other constellations descend from it.

Figure 9-1: The Dragon, Big and Little Dipper

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Sefer Yetzirah refers to the seven planets and twelve signs as set in the Teli.[1019] The Teli may have originally meant a ball with a line attached to it for capturing animals and Draco is precisely in this shape. There is also the connotation of items hanging from the Teli from the word Tallis mentioned above. Other authorities identify the Teli with the Pole Serpent or Leviathan. Overall the Teli is the Dragon of the Universe from which the guiding constellations descend.[1020]

Corona Borealis – The Northern Crown – August 5, 1996
The crown can be found by first locating Arcturus and then looking higher up in the sky. The crown reminds me of the sefira Keter whose Hebrew name means crown.. There is a dual star system in this constellation that flares up once every 80 years for a single night!

Figure 9-2: The Northern Crown

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The Southern Cross
The stars below the equator are also amazing to see. Perhaps most amazing of all is Procyon in Canis Minor below and between Gemini and Cancer. The star is 0.4 magnitude and filled with the colors cool blue, sparkling Red, and white (kind of like the US Flag). If you are at the equator (Singapore) and look up to the right you will see Canopus (white), and above to the right Achernar, and then Fomalhaut. Below and between the last two is the Southern Cross with its leader Al Nair.


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At 5:30 AM, August 27th, 1998, I see Procyon, Serius and Adhara, and Canopus, Achernar, and Fomalhaut rising to the right. They are G-d’s lights in the Southern sky. They are beautiful. I learned in Singapore that G-d created all people with a special love and each is precious and has distinct importance.

Meditation 9-2: Dreaming Regression and Adam and Eve
August 27th, 1998 – 8:00 AM.
I dreamed of tracing my identity and another back through ancestors. I saw in myself different objects and in the other person objects that did not match. Finally, I saw an apple in me and then in her the same apple and I was as Adam and she as Eve. The apple turned into a tree with many fruits and the tree was growing as a fruitful vine extending into the reaches. I heard my father call my name, Jeff, with his youthful voice. Then I awoke refreshed and happy. I looked outside and the sun was shining. “When you can see the sunrise in Singapore you have found a prize” – Tao Cheng.

Meditation 9-3: Viewing Constellations in the Night Sky
May 30th, 2001
Saw the pattern of the spade pointing towards the north in the night sky. The spade is the sword suit in Tarot or wind in astrology and is ominous. The north represents wealth. Forming constellations by gazing at the night sky is a form of divination.

9.7.2 Star Meditation

Kaplan’s Jewish Meditation, P.67 describes:

Text 9-21: Kaplan on Meditating on the Stars
One type of meditation mentioned in the Zohar (1:1b, 2:231b) involves contemplating the stars. The Zohar provides a biblical source for this type of meditation, from the verse, “Lift your eyes on high, and see who created these, the One who brings out their host by number, He calls them all by name . . .” (Is. 40:26).

Have you seen the stars in the night, they eliminate headaches with their twinkling light.[1021]

Looking at the stars at night is a healing activity. They remind us of the grandeur of the heavens and lift us beyond the daily stress of life.[1022] For a life of contentment and simplicity, one should choose to live in a place where the stars shine bright. Looking at the stars bestows wisdom on the gazer. Learning the movements of the stars bestows understanding. Both together bring knowledge.

9.7.3 Astrology

From Abraham Avinu, we learned to gaze at the stars and learn their meaning.[1023] Hence the Sefer Yetzirah, the Book of Creation, traces its origin to Abraham.

The twelve Hebrew Lunar months associate with astrological signs, but do not necessarily coincide with them. In kabbalah a person’s astrological sign is according to their Hebrew month birth date, not the position of the Sun. In my case I was born March 6th, 1962 at 8:35 PM in Brooklyn, NY. On the Hebrew calendar, this is the date Adar II 1, 5722 under the sign of Pisces and the forth day of the week.[1024]

The Talmud shows that while our sages were aware of astrology, they also knew that good deeds subjugate negative influences. By default a person may live under the influence of the stars, but with might and courage he may rule his stars.[1025] Star positions that have conjunctions are magnified and have strong influence. Also the planetary ruler of the ascendant sign is significant in regard to the statements below.[1026]

Text 9-22: Tractate Shabbat on the Birthday of the Week
It was recorded in R. Joshua b. Levi's notebook: He who [is born] on the first day of the week [Sunday] shall be a man without one [thing] in him — What does ‘without one [thing] in him’ mean? Shall we say, without one virtue? Surely R. Ashi said: I was born on the first day of the week! Hence it must surely mean, one vice. But Surely R. Ashi said: I and Dimi b. Kakuzta were born on the first day of the week: I am a king and he is the captain of thieves! — Rather it means either completely virtuous or completely wicked. [What is the reason? Because light and darkness were created on that day.] He who is born on the second day of the week will be bad-tempered — What is the reason? Because the waters were divided thereon. He who is born on the third day of the week will be wealthy and unchaste. What is the reason? Because herbs were created thereon. He who is born on the fourth day of the week will be wise and of a retentive memory. What is the reason? Because the luminaries were suspended [thereon] — He who is born on the fifth day of the week will practice benevolence. What is the reason? Because the fishes and birds were created thereon. He who is born on the eve of the Sabbath will be a seeker. R. Nahman b. Isaac commented: A seeker after good deeds. He who is born on the Sabbath will die on the Sabbath, because the great day of the Sabbath was desecrated on his account. Raba son of R. Shila observed: And he shall be called a great and holy man.

R. Hanina said to then, [his disciples]: Go out and tell the son of Levi, Not the constellation of the day but that of the hour is the determining influence. He who is born under the exalted influence of the Sun will be a distinguished man: he will eat and drink of his own and his secrets will lie uncovered; if a thief, he will have no success. He who is born under Venus will be wealthy and unchaste [immoral]. What is the reason? Because fire was created therein. He who is born under Mercury will be of a retentive memory and wise. What is the reason? Because it [Mercury] is the sun's scribe. He who is born under the Moon will be a man to suffer evil, building and demolishing, demolishing and building, eating and drinking that which is not his and his secrets will remain hidden: if a thief, he will be successful. He who is born under Saturn will be a man whose plans will be frustrated. Others say: All [nefarious] designs against him will be frustrated. He who is born under Zedek [Jupiter] will be a right-doing man [zadkan] R. Nahman b. Isaac observed: Right-doing in good deeds. ‘He who is born under Mars will be a shedder of blood. R. Ashi observed: Either a surgeon, a thief, a slaughterer, or a circumciser. Rabbah said: I was born under Mars. Abaye retorted: You too inflict punishment and kill.

It was stated. R. Hanina said: The planetary influence gives wisdom, the planetary influence gives wealth, and Israel stands under planetary influence. R. Johanan maintained: Israel is immune from planetary influence. Now, R. Johanan is consistent with his view, for R. Johanan said: How do we know that Israel is immune from planetary influence? Because it is said, Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the nations, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the nations are dismayed at them: they are dismayed but not Israel. Rab too holds that Israel is immune from planetary influence. For Rab Judah said in Rab's name: How do we know that Israel is immune from planetary influence? Because it is said, and he brought him forth from abroad. Abraham pleaded before the Holy One, blessed be He, ‘Sovereign of the Universe! one born in mine house is mine heir.’ ‘Not so,’ He replied, ‘but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels.’ ‘Sovereign of the Universe!’ cried he, ‘I have looked at my constellation and find that I am not fated to beget child.’ ‘Go forth from [i.e., cease] thy planet [gazing], for Israel is free from planetary influence. What is thy calculation?

Because Zedek [Jupiter]1 stands in the West? I will turn it back and place it in the East.’ And thus it is written, Who hath raised up Zedek from the east? He hath summoned it for his sake.

From Samuel too [we learn that] Israel is immune from planetary influence. For Samuel and Ablat were sitting, while certain people were going to a lake. Said Ablat to Samuel: ‘That man is going but will not return, [for] a snake will bite him and he will die.’ ‘If he is an Israelite,’ replied Samuel. ‘he will go and return.’ While they were sitting he went and returned. [Thereupon] Ablat arose and threw off his [the man's] knapsack, [and] found a snake therein cut up and lying in two pieces — Said Samuel to him, ‘What did you do?’ ‘Every day we pooled our bread and ate it; but to-day one of us had no bread, and he was ashamed. Said I to them, "I will go and collect [the bread]". When I came to him, I pretended to take [bread] from him, so that he should not be ashamed.’ ‘You have done a good deed,’ said he to him. Then Samuel went out and lectured: But charity delivereth from death; and [this does not mean] from an unnatural death, but from death itself.

From R. Akiba too [we learn that] Israel is free from planetary influence. For R. Akiba had a daughter. Now, astrologers told him, ‘On the day she enters the bridal chamber a snake will bite her and she will die.’ He was very worried about this. On that day [of her marriage] she took a brooch [and] stuck it into the wall and by chance it penetrated [sank] into the eye of a serpent. The following morning, when she took it out, the snake came trailing after it. ‘What did you do?’ her father asked her. ‘A poor man came to our door in the evening.’ she replied, ‘and everybody was busy at the banquet, and there was none to attend to him. So I took the portion which was given to me and gave it to him. ‘You have done a good deed,’ said he to her. Thereupon R. Akiba went out and lectured: ‘But charity delivereth from death’: and not [merely] from an unnatural death, but from death itself.

From R. Nahman b. Isaac too [we learn that] Israel is free from planetary influence. For R. Nahman b. Isaac's mother was told by astrologers, ‘Your son will be a thief.’ [So] she did not let him [be] bareheaded, saying to him, ‘Cover your head so that the fear of heaven may be upon you, and pray [for mercy]’. Now, he did not know why she spoke that to him. One day he was sitting and studying under a palm tree; temptation overcame him, he climbed up and bit off a cluster [of dates] with his teeth.

The Pesikta Rabbah explains the order and reason for the creation of the constellations:[1027]

Text 9-23: Pesikta Rabbah on the Creation of the Constellations
Why did the Blessed Creator create the universe during the month of Nissan (whose sign is Aries)? Because when G-d decided to create the universe, He told the Master of Darkness ‘Depart from Me, for I wish to create the universe with light,’ (the sheep of Aries is white).[1028] Whereupon the Master of Darkness (whose sign is Taurus, the ox, who is black) asked, ‘And after light, what will you create?’ And G-d answered, ‘Darkness’, the sign of the month of Iyar (Taurus). ‘After darkness, what will you create?’ ‘Twins, (Gemini) for man is destined to see through both light and darkness, and Gemini is in the form of man.’ ‘And afterwards, what will you create?’ ‘The sign of the Crab (Cancer), for man, when he rises from his toil and reaps from it’ ‘will become strengthened like a lion (Leo).’ ‘ Then I will create the virgin (Virgo), because man will then be happy, like a virgin at her nuptials. After that I will create Scales (Libra), for then, man’s deeds will be measured as on scales. Afterwards I will create the Scorpion (Scorpio), for when man’s deeds will be weighted, it will be discovered that he also sinned, and he will have to descend to Purgatory; whereupon I will create the Bow (Sagittarious), for man will surely plead for mercy and he will then be sprung from punishment, like an arrow from a bow. Then I will create the Goat (Capricorn), for when man ascends, he will dart like a mountain goat.[1029] I will then create the Dipper (Aquarius) to pour upon him the cleansing waters. Last, I will create fish (Pisces) to show that just as the evil eye has no effect on fish in the water, who are hidden from sight, so too Israel rises above this mundane world and neither star nor hour has absolute determination over it.’

So, the Pesikta ends with its dissolution stating that Israel is free to make its own destiny.[1030]

9.8 Divination

9.8.1 Dream Questions

Shailot Holam, asking a question through a dream is a tool for divine inspiration. The method involved writing a question on a piece of paper, putting it under ones pillow and in the morning inspecting the paper for a succinct answer.[1031]

9.8.2 Dreidle

Hanukah is a holiday appropriate for reflection and divination. After the candles are lit at night and the prayers and songs are sung, one sits and reflects on the candles. One admires there beauty and wonders about life. One starts spinning the dreidle.

Choose a dreidle made of wood that is small and a table with a table cloth. Then ask a question while the candle still burn and spin the dreidle in the light (of Shabbas candles) or a table light.

There are five meanings:

Table 9-11: Dreidle Spinning
Letter
Meaning
Gimel
yes is the answer
Heh
half and half
Nun
no
Shin
no and a loss
does not land on a face
the answer is under your own control and effort

Because there is a fifth possibility one must find a dreidle small enough and of G-d’s perfection that it does not always land upward.

9.8.3 Lots of Jonah

This is the technique of drawing lots to determine because of whom a situation has arisen. Practiced by the fellow shipmates of Jonah or by Joshua in identifying the cause of a plague, the technique relies on G-d’s providence to manifest through lots.

9.8.4 Maggid

One who fills his or her life with holiness may acquire an angelic speaker who speaks through his or her own voice. This was the way of the circle of Joseph Tzayach. Amongst his circle were Joseph Karo and Nathan of Gaza who were possessed by maggidim. Also the Arizal and Chaim Vital spoke through a maggid.[1032] The all night study of Shavuot was often a time at which a person would acquire a maggid.

9.8.5 Page Turning

This technique practiced by Aryeh Lev is described in “A Tzaddik in Our Time.” Here Aryeh Lev uses the practice with a Holy Tanach to identify the correct association of bones with the fallen soldiers in a dead squadron.

9.8.6 Urim and Thumim

Another example of divination occurs in the Torah when the High Priest would consult the Urim and Thumim – תמים for a complete lighted answer to an important question.[1033] The King of Israel might ask for guidance with the Urim and Thumim in matters of national interest when meeting with the High Priest.

Text 9-24: King Saul asks for a Complete Answer
Saul then said to the Lord, the G-d of Israel, “Bring a complete answer.”
Jonathan and Saul were indicated by lot, and the troops were cleared.
(Samuel I 14:41-42)

“Bringing a tumim” was a way for a king to uncover a hidden reason for G-d’s will in a situation. The root of the word, Tam – תם means perfect, complete, or simple. Nevertheless, the greatness of Israel is summed up with the following:

Text 9-25: No Augury is in the House of Jacob
No harm is in sight for Jacob, no woe in view for Israel.
The Lord their G-d is with them and their King’s acclaim is in their midst.
G-d who freed them from Egypt is for them like the horns of the wild ox.
Lo, there is no augury in Jacob, no divining in Israel:
Jacob is told at once, yea Israel, what G-d has planned.
(Numbers 23:21-23)

9.8.7 Verse of a Child’s Study

This technique involves simply asking a child what verse they are studying in Heder, and understanding that the verse pertains to oneself in some inadequacy that one needs to work on.[1034]

9.8.8 Crystal

The crystal ball transforms images into new images. Let the mind flow freely and choose forms that have meaning. One may defocus the eyes to let alternative images come into focus. One may ask questions and scry for an answer. What is scrying? This is similar to gazing at the stars in the night sky and putting the points together according to the inspiration of the mind. In scrying, one lets the mind reform the swirls of reflections in the crystal into an image by inspiration as an answer to a question.

9.8.9 Tarot

The ability to do correct divination depends on the state of the diviner. In this manner, one catches obstructing angels off guard, obtaining a more accurate reading. The Tarot as well as most fortune telling is inaccurate for predicting the future as we have free will. They are most accurate for learning the story behind past events. They are also accurate for revealing the present.

There are 56 cards for the Minor Arcana and 22 cards for the Major Arcana. The Minor Arcana include four suits of ten cards corresponding to the four elements and the ten sefirot reflected in each of them. Nevertheless the symbols on the Rider cards do not match in meaning. For the purpose of divination it matters little as long as the user has a clear understanding of each card. The four suits associate with the four letters of the tetragrammaton.[1035] The Yod is Water or Cups from Abba-Father, Hochmah consciousness. The first Heh is Fire or Wands from Imma-Mother, Binah consciousness. The Vav is Air or Swords from Zer Anpin, the central six sefirot. The final Heh is Earth or Pentacles from Bat-daughter, Shechinah consciousness.

In addition, there are four court cards in each suit: Page, Knight, Queen, and King. They reflect messengers or personal representations in the divination. The Major Arcana include 22 cards corresponding to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The image on the card corresponds to the meaning of the associated Hebrew letter. The numbering of the major arcana should begin with the Magician as aleph – 1, the High Priestess as bet – 2, the Empress as gimmel -3, the emperor as dalet – 4. There are also overtures of numerology in the associations of the cards with these numbers. Intrinsically the cards have no power, even their symbols are subjective but they serve as a channel for divine communication.

Waite had the following to say on the association of the Hebrew letters with the Tarot Cards: [1036]

Text 9-26: Waite on the Fool Tarot Card
The supposed Hebrew symbolism of the Tarot, which in justice to Papus, is laboriously elaborated – though apart from all inspiration – becomes disorganized if there is any doubt as to the attribution of its Trump Cards to the Hebrew Alphabet. Now there is one card which bears no number and is allocated therefore according to the discretion of the interpreter.[1037] It has been placed in all cases wrongly, by the uninstructed because they had nothing but their private judgment to guide them, and by some who claimed to know better because they desired to mislead. It happens, however, that they also were at sea. I may go further and say that the true nature of Tarot symbolism is perhaps a secret in the hands of a very few persons, and outside that circle operators and writers may combine the cards as they like and attribute them as they like, but they will never find the right way.”

The twelve elemental Hebrew letters correspond well with twelve of the Major Arcana trumps. The remaining ten trumps correspond better with a numerological meaning.[1038] There has been some attempt to associate them with the seven Hebrew double letters with correspondence to the seven planets and three Hebrew mother letters, but the symbolic meaning is off. Instead, English numerology has a better fit.

Table 9-12: Hebrew Alphabet and the Tarot Major Arcana, Trumps, Up

Wands Up
Fire
Pentacles Up
Earth
Swords Up
Air
Cups Up
Water
Hebrew Letter Source
Major Arcana Up
aleph – א – 1
Ace of Wands
Keter, beginnings



aleph – א – 1
Magician
The rod up is the upper yod and pointing downwards is the lower you.
bet – ב – 2




bet – ב – 2
High Priestess
Bet is the home - בית, the spiritual center of the high priestess.[1039] The number two is akin to sensitivity, emotion, partnerships, and the psyche.
gimmel – ג – 3




gimmel – ג – 3
Empress
Mother or creator. Three infers a child. Gimmel associates with fortune and reward on the Hanukah dreidle or sevivon - סביבון.
Dalet – ד – 4




dalet – ד – 4
Emperor
Knowledge sustains power. Four also denotes the stability of a structure or kingdom.
heh – ה – 5

Loss, destitution, shattered hopes and loss of faith.


heh – ה – 5
Hierophant
The priest or servant of G-d in the upper and lower temples.[1040]
vav – ו – 6




vav – ו – 6
Lovers
Vav is the channel from Zer Anpin – son - small face of God to Nukvah – receptacle - daughter Presence.
zayin – ז – 7




zayin – ז – 7
Chariot
Zayin denotes a weapon of victory like a chariot. The seventh day of the week is a time of victory from the workweek.
het – ח – 8




het – ח – 8
Strength
Het is a fence that protects.
tet – ט – 9




tet – ט – 9
Hermit
Tet is like the serpent removed from the rest of the world and yet, part of G-d’s plan. The hermit is similar. Also there is creativity here.
yod – י – 10




yod – י – 10
Wheel of Fortune
New beginnings, auspicious time, like the yod is a point beginning. The tip of the yod is Keter as the full yod is Hochmah. Keter is the will or the primal thought of creation.
Kaph – כ – 20




kaph – כ – 20
Justice
The Kaphot are the ‘hands’ or pans on each side of the scale of judgment.
lamed – ל – 30




lamed – ל – 30
Hanged Man
Hung up on learning and cannot act.
mem – מ – 40




mem – מ – 40
Death
Rebirth, water washes clean and renews life. Mikvah experience of renewal.
nun – נ – 50




nun – נ – 50
Temperance
There are 49 levels to fall before the 50th level of ultimate destruction or 49 levels to rise before the 50th level of ultimate salvation. The 50th day after the Counting of the Omer is Shavuot, revelation of God achieved through complete temperance with life.
samech – ס – 60




samech – ס – 60
Devil Magic
Supports and connections. An allusion to magic but is not magic at all but something real. Sometimes we hide behind supports, getting too dependent on what is secure. This too is the devil and letting go of security is the beginning of freedom.
ayin – ע – 70




ayin – ע – 70
Tower
Struck by lightning and king/queen falling from it. The Ayin Ra or evil eye is the Tower that brings others down. Another eye is the Ma’ayan, the spring or fountain, that rises up and returns a person to a higher place.
peh – פ – 80




peh – פ – 80
Star
Hope and nourishment from one place to the next. Peh is an opening, a pitcher that pours water upon the land.
tzadik – צ – 90




tzadik – צ – 90
Moon
Associated with Pisces and the dreamer. This was Joseph the Righteous. Psychic power is here but sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between prophecy and delusion.
Upright the card represents deception. Self-righteousness is a deception for a person is not as s/he seems. Also, the more righteousness, the greater the tests of temptation. Also denotes a child of God so the Moon stood in relation to the Sun.
koof – ק – 100




koof – ק – 100
Sun
Koof is laughter, light like the sun. Completeness in the power of ten.
resh – ר – 200




resh – ר – 200
Judgment
Resh is war and peace, the process of judgment.
shin – ש – 300




shin – ש – 300
World
Shin is the Shamayim, the heavens of fire and water that are the source of the world in creation.[1041]
tav – ת – 400




tav – ת – 400
Fool
While the fool is not aware that he may be stepping off a cliff, the Tav, the ┼ symbolizes the intersection of choices. One cannot know which path will be the best and like the Fool chooses one and walks on.

The Magician and Fool are like the head holding the tail of the dragon. From the beginning, the Magician knows his fate and the Fool’s sacrifice is not without purpose.[1042]



Table 9-13: Hebrew Alphabet and the Tarot Reversed
Hebrew Letter Source
Wands Down
Fire
Pentacles down
Earth
Swords Down
Air
Cups Down
Water
Major Arcana Down
aleph – a1



A
Magician
The rod up is the upper yod and pointing downwards is the lower you.
bet – b2



B
High Priestess
The bet is the home, the spiritual center of the high priestess.[1043] The number two is akin to sensitivity, emotion, partnerships and the psychic.
gimmel – g3



C
Empress
dalet – d4



D
Emperor
heh – h5

Loss, destitution, shattered hopes and loss of faith.

Loss, destitution, shattered hopes and loss of faith.
Hierophant
vav – w6



F
Lovers
zayin – z7


Return of a possession or to the original state

Chariot
het – j8



H
Strength
tet – f9



I
Hermit
yod – y10



J
Wheel of Fortune
new beginnings, auspicious time, like the yod is a point beginning. The tip of the yod is Keter as the full yod is Hochmah. Keter is the will or the primal thought of creation.
kaph – k20



K

lamed – l30



L

mem – m40



M

nun – n50



N

samech – s60





ayin – u70



O

Peh – p80



P

Koof – q100



Q

Resh – r100



R

Shin – c300



S

tav – t400



T

vav – w6



V

vav – w6



V

vav – w6



V

heh – h5



X

yod – y10



Y

zayin – z7



Z



Kabbalah Tree of Life reading

Queen of Pentacles® - greedy woman
Queen of Cups® - non-intuitive woman Page of Swords® - no swift action
Hanged Man – Enlightened Three cups – women grimacing®
Justice – Upright will be served
Four Swords – Knight waiting - Patience Wheel of Fortune - Victory
King of Pentacles®
Eight Pentacles – Man working hard outcome

9.9 Tzaddik

The term tzaddik means a righteous, holy person. Seeking out a “true” tzaddik is always a gateway to spiritual elevation. The “true” tzaddik is actually a person who has very little to say but when he speaks everyone feels that sHe is being directly spoken to even in a group setting. I present my own experience in meeting a true tzaddik:

Meditation 9-4: Nikelsburg Rabbi
January 12, 1993 – 9:30 AM

I had an audience with the Tzaddik of Nikelsburg, Rabbi M. Lebovits. He is spiritual heir and a descendent of Rabbi Smelke of Nikelsburg, a student of the Baal Shem Tov. His silence conveys understanding. He suggested reading Psalm 128 daily. He asked some questions, listened to answers and stories, and seemed to understand what was said and not said.

The assistant asked for a Hebrew name and mother’s Hebrew name, address, and phone number before entering the room. The Rebbe asked for family origin.

When I discussed the Nothingness of Keter that I saw or the book Bahir that I studied, his face lit up and I heard a sigh. There was something in his silence. Even when he spoke to the congregation, a silence in him waited. This was like the silence of Keter, waiting for the word to come forth to manifest the will of G-d. This is a wonderous silence. I never saw his face turn from anyone who questioned him. His soul was safe from the outside world.

Before the tzaddik gives his blessing, he asks questions to raise within him the energy for the blessing.

Joseph represents the essence of the tzaddik. In Jacob’s blessing over Joseph, he states in Genesis 48:24, “But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel.”

Text 9-27: The Shepherd, Rock of Israel
From there is the shepherd, the rock of Israel – larcy }ba huwr \cm

The Bahir 91 explains:

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the head cornerstone.”
It ascends to the place from which it was graven, as it is written,
“From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel.”

The Bahir, section 187 describes the character of the Shepherd:[1044]

It is thus written (Isaiah 11:3), “I will grant him a spirit of the fear of G-d,
And he will not judge by the sight of his eyes,
He will not admonish according to what his ear hears.”
He will incline all the world to the pan of merit.
From there counsel emanates, and from there health emanates to the world.
“From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel.”
This is the place that is called “There.”

The Bahir 193 shows that the Supernal Tzadik nourishes Israel:
“From There is nourished the Rock of Israel.”
What is the meaning of “from There”?
We say that this is the Supernal Righteous One – צדק עליון.
What is He (the Tzadik above)?
He is the Reward, the great hidden Light, which is called Socher – ñåäø
And the splendid rock below is called Dar – דר
And the rays these are the rays from His Hand,
they are from the five fingers [of his right hand].

The Tzadik above refers to “the Reward, the great hidden Light,” Socher, that is Hashem; the tzaddik below is as the splendid rock Dar, that is His representative in this generation. Habakkuk 3:3-6 is the biblical source text of the above:

G-d came from Texan, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah.
His Glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
And His brightness was as the light; and He had rays of light coming out of His hands;
And there was the Hiding of His Power.

Before Him went pestilence, and burning coals went forth at His feet.
He stood, and measured the earth: He beheld and drove asunder the nations;
And the everlasting mountains were scattered, and the perpetual hills did bow:
His ways are everlasting.

9.10 Measure for measure

The principle of mido-cnegdo-mido is the universal way that Hashem corrects our behavior. (See 2.7 Judges – Shofteem)

Table 9-14: Measure for Measure
Deeds
Reward/Punishment
Working too hard to the point of idolatry or violating the Shabbat.
One loses ones job.
Ate too much or with a lust for food
Stomach ache
Eating pig or non-kosher sea animals
Acid-reflux
Walked someplace he shouldn’t have gone
Hurt his feet

TBD – let me know if you know?
Knee injury
TBD – let me know if you know?
Backache
TBD – let me know if you know?
Toothache
TBD – let me know if you know?
Earache
Breaking the Shabbat
Stoning (sequilla), thrown off a building 15 feet in height, then he is stoned if he isn’t already dead.
Today he may fall off a roof by accident or is attacked by a wild animal and thrown to the ground.
If a person commits a crime by burning (serapha).
Burning (s’neifa), molten led is poured down the throat.
Today a person may be burned to death by a fire or bit by a snake suffering the burning poison.
Embarrassing a person
Committing murder.
Headache for embarrassing a person,
Head cut off by sword. Today, he may be attacked by bandits or killers that kill him by knives.
Adultery
Choked to death.
Today, he may die by drowning or a sickness where there is affixation.
Gehazi, student of Elisha, desired the money of Naaman.
Because of this he was given the leprosy that Naaman had overcome.
Haman desired to destroy the Jews
Instead he was destroyed
Be happy with what you got and you will keep what you have.
Seek that which is not yours, and what is yours will be lost.
Samson looked and desired for a forbidden item.
Samson was punished by having his eyes blinded.

Samson served the Jews loyally for twenty years. “I never asked a Jew for a favor.”
Samson’s last words were remember me so that I can take one revenge for my two eyes. One eye should have been sufficient punishment for the Pigam (singlular) mistake of a Tzadik and for this he asked Hashem to compensate him for the loss of both eyes. For this, he killed more Philistines in his death than while he lived.
King Asa made the wise students, the Talmedei Hochamim, come up and serve him in his army. He would also call a groom and bride up from the Chuppah and make them serve in the army.
King Asa suffered a foot ailment or pains in the legs where he could not walk well.
Avraham Avinu tried to bring the people to his side to have the same level of faith. Avraham would offer his guests sumptuous meals. At the end the guests would want to bless him, but he would say, how dare you, “Bless Hashem, for he is the one who created the food.” The person would feel ashamed and be brought close to Hashem.

When Judah sent the garments of Joseph back to his father, he said, “I care not, please recognize this, and see if you can recognize who are these from.” This caused his father so much suffering.
For this, Tamar sent Judah his tokens with the same expression, “To the owner of these things, that is whom I am pregnant from” – “I care not, please recognize this, who do these belong to”, because she did not want to embarrass him.[1045]
However, Judah recognized his mistake.
Judah confessed, she is more righteous (mimeni) then me or from me. You saved my child Tamar from fire. Judah knew she was right, but how did he know that she wasn’t a prostitute-zonah with other men, because he knew the whole thing was his cause.
Because of this Hashem added the full name of Hashem to his name. A person who confesses commits a Kiddush Hashem, a holiness of G-d, because he did not hide his crime. Because he saved three lives, Hashem saved three lives of his descendents measure for measure.[1046] Because he said she was right and never committed a sin, Hashem would bring the entire kingdom of Judah from which David and the holy nation will come. This is all written up because so much Kiddush Hashem came from this act.[1047]
Isaiah committed sin by saying, "In the midst of a people of unclean lips do I dwell" (Isa. vi.).
For this, the slander which is compared to fire, he was punished with fire, with the live coal taken from the altar (Isa. vi.).[1048]
Elijah spoke that “only he is left that is righteous”
For this he is required to visit every Passover seder to bear witness to the righteousness of Israel.


9.11 Purification

This consists of immersion in water.[1049]

Text 9-28: Miriams’s Well
Of special interest is the tradition concerning Miriam’s well, which is located at the Sea of Galilee—whoever immerses himself in it, or drinks of its water, experiences mystical exaltation and attains the wisdom of the Kabbalah.

The Mei Hashiloach teaches an interesting point when explaining how Jacob’s form of blessing adhered closer to the will of God than Isaac’s whose blessing was the judgment of God according to Torah.[1050]

Text 9-29: HaMei Shiloach
The blessed God supports the pure of hand, for the hands are branches of the heart, and his heart was pure and refined; then the result was that Yakov would bless without (or independent of) his own knowledge. Therefore it is written (Psalms 16:5), “You support my fate,” as Yakov Avinu always looked toward the understanding and the will of the blessed God. Therefore he said, “I knew, my son, I knew,” “guiding his hands intentionally,” placing Ephraim before Menashe.[1051]

One can look at someone’s hands and be able to look into their heart for the “hands are branches of the heart”. This is different from chiromancy. Instead, one is looking at the quality of the skin, its color, its hue, the shape of the fingers for softness or hardness will reflect the heart of the person.

9.12 Mishnah

Studying the Mishnah Perkei Avot is a gateway to Kabbalah. Maimonides explains the connection in his introduction to his commentary:[1052]

Text 9-30: Maimonides on Perkei Avot
The compiler of the Mishnah began with Avot for two reasons: First, to proclaim that the Haskamah (accepted norms of the scholars) and the Kabbalah (the age-long traditions) represent the full truth as received by each generation from those who preceded it.

Joseph Caro gives examples connecting Mishnah and his experiences with the Voice of Straight Words:[1053]

Text 9-31: Joseph Caro's Maggid Mesharim
No sooner had we studied two tractates of the Mishnah than our Creator smote us so that we heard a voice speaking out of the mouth of the saint, may his light shine...

Then slumber came upon me, and I slept for about half an hour. I awoke in distress since he did not converse with me at length as previously. I began once more to rehearse the Mishnah and before I completed two chapters, the voice of my beloved began to knock in my mouth, saying, ‘Although you imagined I had forsaken you and left you, do not think I really will leave you before I have fulfilled my promise not to withhold good from your mouth.’

Memorizing helps one build a better memory. Strive to memorize new teachings and prayers. One can then recite the teachings while driving or walking.[1054] After memorizing, review the teachings or psalms to make them permanent. Nevertheless, one should continue to seek out and memorize new teachings for this expands the memory further.

Studying Gemara increases reasoning skills. Gemara trains one in the process of logical deduction and analysis. One may experience inspiration in technical areas of work. In general one will experience an improvement in reasoning in all matters.

“G-d commanded Moses that the written Torah should not be recited from memory, and that the Oral Torah should not be written down. The Oral Torah was recited from memory, and was thus given over from one person to another.”[1055] Hence, our sages focused on memorizing Mishnah. Others recite T’hillim from memory. Most have memorized the Shema. While we are permitted to memorize our prayers, others are careful to recite the Shema from the Siddur. The Shema says, “And you shall teach them to your children and speak of them when sitting in your house, when walking along your way and when you lie down and when you rise up” implying these words are known by heart.

Why was the Oral Torah not written down? This was to teach us that the essence of learning Torah is by watching and living with religious people. We learn the details of Torah by observing their ways.[1056] “Greater is the serving of talmudei hochamei than learning from them.”

9.13 Soul

Judaism presents five major levels to the soul:

Table 9-15: Five Levels of the Soul
Soul
Meaning
Manifestation
Nefesh
Body
Health
Ruach
Spirit
Positive morale
Neshamah
Soul
Moral sense
Chaya
Community Soul,
Principle purpose of life
Sixth sense
Yechidah
One soul with G-d
Prophecy

The Nefesh is our body, which is part of our soul. In the world to come, G-d resurrects us into an eternal body. Today, the English word, ‘flesh’ contains the same ‘fesh’ sound and derives from the Hebrew word.

The Ruach is the spirit one feels by standing looking at the ocean or feeling G-d’s breeze run with ones body. The ruach is the spirit we know and feel with Hashem.

The Neshamah is our moral consciousness. When we feel guilty for sin and know the right thing to do, it is from our Neshamah that we know this.

The Chaya is our community consciousness. The Chaya is our source of a sixth sense, of knowing how others are feeling without being there. Chaya is the principle purpose of life.[1057] It is universal; it is the community’s soul. We should attach to Chaya consciousness to understand the purpose of life.

Yechidah is the part of our soul that is always with G-d. This is our direct channel of communication with Hashem.

9.14 Seven Tests

According to our qualities, we are tested.

Table 9-16: Seven Tests
Quality
Sage
Hesed
Kindness
Abraham was tested in kindness by whether he would forsake Sodom or plead on their behalf. Sodom whose values differed utterly from Abraham’s would have nothing redeemable in the eyes of Abraham.
Gevurah
Strength and discipline
Isaac was tested in strictness by his acceptance of the Akeidah, his personal sacrifice.
Tiferet
Beauty and truth
Jacob was tested in truth by living in the house of Lavan. He dealt with Lavan in a straight manner though he was treated in a crooked manner.
Netzah
Eternity and victory
Moses was tested with eternity by rejecting the offer of his children starting a new chosen people to Hashem.
Hod
Light of thankfulness
Aaron was tested in gratitude by resolving disagreements between husband and wife, between Israelite and Israelite, even between Moses and the people.
Yesod
Foundation righteousness
Joseph was tested in righteousness in his observance of his father’s teachings in the house of Pharaoh and his denying the seductions of Potiphar’s wife.
Malchut
Kingship and
presence of God
David was tested in kingship by persevering according to the will of God. His desire to build a temple in Jerusalem was to bring the presence of God close all the days of his life. He desired that the greater splendor be in the temple more than his own dwelling.
G-d tested his leadership to see whether he would lead according to His will.


Each of us has qualities that G-d tests us in. If we are compassionate, we will be tested for True compassion. If we are wise, we will be tested for True wisdom. If we are helpful, we will be tested during a time of True need of help.

9.15 Self-talk

One can conduct a self-hypnosis session out loud talking to one self. This takes advantage of the ears, our most powerful spiritual conduit.[1058]

Text 9-32: Learn by Speaking Teachings so Thy Own Ear May Hear
Our Rabbis said: Do you wish not to have pains in your ear nor in any of your limbs? Then bend your ear to Torah, and you will inherit life, as it is said: “Incline your ear and go to Me; listen, and give life to your soul.”

This is the advantage of talking to G-d, and letting G-d talk through one, providing answers. This is also an effective way to do self-hypnosis without a tape recorder.

Meditation 9-5: Q&A with Hakodesh Baruch Hu
What of our prayers when we pray for what we need most?
I hear prayers all the time. And I answer prayers all the time, but you must be a Man and pursue what you really need yourself.

What of the past failures and the future?
The past is over and the future may ALWAYS be better than what might have been. Do not live in regret as one may make any future possible.

What of Torah stories such as the Sons of God taking daughters of men to marry?
I have given through divine inspiration the Torah, but the specific contents is according to the experience and ideas of man. The Torah contains these ideas and you may interpret them as you see fit.

What of Gematria and other numerical techniques revealing secrets in the Torah.
They are significant though the Torah was written before these ideas were understood. Again they are an interpretation that is valid.

What of the Greek philosophers: Plato, Pythagoras, etc? What of their religion?
They are the minim or conspirators that have attempted to philosophize away my revelation. They are otherworldly, while I say this world is most important. They are not the source of Jewish ideas, but simply the first to carefully record earlier ideas.

What of Kabbalah?
My truest revelation was to the simple shepherds who were my prophets. I am not really unknowable all that much. The Ayn Sof idea is appropriate in that I have no boundaries but I do speak to my prophets directly. I am not talking through your voice by an angel, but directly. I am really quite simple, though the kabbalists have made a lot of complications.

What of the spiritual world?
I am truly in the physical world. It is as David says, “the dead cannot praise” Me.

What of the afterlife?
Do you really want to know the answer here? There is a dispersion of the soul after death mostly. For some who have not achieved enough merit, they may seek to be reborn. The soul is conceived by a mother and father as a completely new thing most of the time. The soul represents their aspirations. Occasionally a former soul meets these aspirations and is reborn.

What of the Zohar?
Truly the prophet who wrote this book is beloved and close to me. He saw my Image. The classic Jewish man with a semi-bitter attitude is really quite in my image.[1059] I am pragmatic.

What of all the angels flying before you in blue skies and praising You?
If it pleases them I allow it. The praise does nothing for Me. I find their grandizement amazing. I am really quite simple.

What of Jesus and Christianity?
Jesus was not Me and not Divine.

I am one, there is no one else besides Me.   There is no divine son of G-d.  There is no division in Me, there is no trinity.  There is no godhead, I was before, am now and forever, will be beyond description or division.

For every soul born of a woman there is a human father. 

What of religions?
Most religion is self-serving and divisive. I am really not a fan of any religion. Overall, all people should see themselves from the same first mother and father, Adam and Eve. They are all brethren. That they divide themselves from each other based on religion is not very sensible. They may limit their ability to marry in this manner.

But isn’t it better to marry someone with a similar background and values?
It can help, but this is not always an issue of religion.

When we ask You to provide us with what we need, what do You think?
I hear this prayer all too much. I provide for your needs always, but you do not see what I have given or pursue the answers to your prayers.

What of the Jews?
They are indeed my chosen people. They are a simple people after my own image. Their ways are simple and good.[1060]

9.16 Sparks

Two hundred and eighty eight holy sparks were lost when the sefirot shattered during the creation.[1061] The following verse from Genesis alludes to them:[1062]

Text 9-33: Spirit of God Hovered and the Sparks Entered
And the Spirit of God hovered [merahefet] over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)

The word ‘hovered’ – merahefet – מרחפת consists of ‘288 (holy sparks)’ – רפח and ‘died’ – מת. The holy sparks are buried in physical objects and physical reality. One can develop and apply physical objects to benefit the Shekhinah, the female aspect of G-d, permeating our world, which elevates these sparks:[1063]

Text 9-34: Hasidic Prayer by Louis Jacobs on the Holy Sparks
By using the things of the world in a spirit of consecration man release these ‘holy sparks’ and redeems them for the holy. By thus elevating the ‘holy sparks’ man provides the Female (the Sefirah Malkhut), the Shekhinah, with the ‘female waters’ which enable Her to be united with the Male (the Sefirah Tiferet) and so assist the ‘sacred marriage’ by means of which harmony is promoted in the Sefirotic realm and the divine grace can flow.

The 288 holy sparks are also four walls of creation each sustained by the Seventy-two Letter Name of God. As four represents the sides of creation so seventy-two represents their heights. Seventy-two stands for AV – עב, the chain of letters in the expansion of the Redemptive Name of God – יוד הי ויו הי – 15+22+15+20, four layers above Atzulut.

There are the ‘Two Hands’ of fifteen in the expanded Name. Fifteen[1064] relates to the left side of the tree, since the first ‘Heh’ represents the partzuf for Mother that is from Binah and the second ‘Heh’ represents the partzuf for Nukvah who is from Malchut and leans to the left. The first ‘Heh’ is the hand that gives the coin, the second ‘Heh’ is the hand that receives the coin. Elevating holy sparks by visiting places and using material for good purposes breaks the bonds of materialism and releases magic.[1065] For example, one may dance even to secular music on Purim, with joy releasing the holy sparks bound in the songs.

The traditional interpretation of the 288 sparks sees the shattering of the vessels taking place at the level of Adam Kadmon, the primordial structure at the highest level. Adam Kadmon included the four expansions of the Tetragrammaton with its highest level—Av.[1066] The sparks then fell through the four worlds of existence, Atzulut, Beriyah, Yetzirah, and Asiyah.[1067]

Text 9-35: Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan on the Two Hundred and Eighty-eight Sparks
The number 288 is 4 x 72, while 72 is 6 x 12. The number 72 thus alludes to the power of the twelve months and tribes in the six days of the week. This is then multiplied by 4, since this concept of 72 exists in all Four Universes.

Two hundred and eighty-eight is the gematria of ‘perach’ – פרח, which means flower as a noun or verb. At the beginning of creation the image of a flower emerges from the midst of the divine name Eloah, see Figure 14-1: Eloah, the Flower, Forty-Two, and Creation. Hence, the word ‘flower’ alludes to the 288 Sparks of Creation. A tzaddik or a righteous person may appear as a flower because of a lifetime spent elevating the divine sparks, see Meditation 6-1: Former Chief Hasidic Rebbe of Jerusalem.

Here is the opinion of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev:[1068]

Text 9-36: Rabbi Levi Yitzchok on the Two Hundred and Eighty-eight Sparks
The root and source of the Tree of Knowledge consists of the 288 Sparks. Before they fell and were broken; their root was very high. But as a result of Adam’s sin these 288 Sparks fell and were broken. They descended lower and lower until they were clothed with a combination of good and evil in the “Glowing Husk” and in physical things.

Man’s main task in this world is to “transform darkness into light.” he must therefore raise up these Sparks, elevating them higher and higher until they return to their Root and Source.

The ARI teaches that one way to elevate the sparks is through the giving of a coin of charity.[1069]

Text 9-37: Isaac Luria on the Two-hundred and Eighty-eight Sparks

When a person gives charity, he takes in his hand a coin, which in Hebrew is Perutah (פרוטה). He should mediate on this word, and contemplate that the letters of Perutah and PRaT VH (פרט וה, a detail of VH—the 288 have fallen to the lower letters of the name of God into our world) are the same.

The Root of all Judgments is the 288 Sparks [which fell from Atzilut to Beriyah when the Vessels were shattered]. Add to this [a unit representing] the whole, and you have 289, [the numerical value of PRaT (פרט)].

Hence, the gift a coin, larger probably being better, has significance in elevating holy sparks. Finally, there are extraneous thoughts that enter ones mind during prayer that are from the fallen sparks. There are mixed opinions on elevating thoughts with the general opinion being if one can do so that is good, but if they are overwhelming one is better pushing them aside.[1070]

Text 9-38: Baal Shem Tov from Toldot Yaakov Yosef on Elevating Sparks
I heard from my master [the Baal Shem Tov] that this [fixed prayers are not a supplication] can be proven through the extraneous thoughts that enter one’s mind during worship. These thoughts come from the Broken Vessels, and the 288 Sparks that one must separate each day. [These extraneous thoughts enter one’s mind during prayer in order that] he rectify and elevate them. The extraneous thoughts of one day, however, are not at all the same as those of the next. This evidence should be obvious to one who considers it.

The secret of elevating thoughts is a very advanced form of prayer where after a thought has occurred, one considers the sephira that has a quality similar to the thought and then mentally pronounces the Name of God associated with that quality and then the Tetragrammaton with the corresponding vowels of the sephira.[1071]

Text 9-39: Rabbi Zevi Elimelech on Elevating Strange Thoughts of the 288 Fallen Sparks
From the above it follows that in the main the occupation of elevating thoughts is only for the remnant called by the Lord, but so far as the masses are concerned the evil thought must be rejected so as to fulfill the command, ‘That ye go not about after your own heart’ [Num. 15:39]’. Nevertheless, after he has pushed it aside it is proper for him to have in mind and to depict to himself those divine names, which are required for the thoughts to be elevated, each one according to its respective category. For instance, when he has a thought of love he should depict the name El and the Tetragrammaton pointed with the vowel segol – אֶ. When he has a thought of fear he should depict the name Elohim and the Tetragrammaton pointed with the vowel sheva, and so forth. There is no need to deal with this matter at any greater length. In manuscript we have profound expositions of the topic. But for the present this is sufficient for the enlightened. May the Lord our God be with us.

The vowels and names here are:[1072]

Table 9-17: Names of God and the Tetragrammaton for Elevating Thoughts
Sefira
Name of God
Vowels and
Tetrammaton
Keter
Ehyeh asher Ehyeh – אֶהְיֶה אֲשׁר אֶהְיֶה
Kametz - אָ
יָהָוָהָ
Hochamah
Yah - יָהּ
Patach – אַ
יַהַוַהַ
Binah
YHVH – pronounced Elohim
Tzere - אֵ
יֵהֵוֵהֵ
Hesed
El – אֵל
Segol - אֶ
יֶהֶוֶהֶ
Gevurah
Elohim - אֱלׂהִים
Sheva - אְ
יְהְוְהְ
Tiferet
YHVH - יהוה
Holam – אֹ
יֹהֹוֹהֹ
Netzah
YHVH Tzavaot – יהוה צְבָאוֹת
Chirik - אִ
יִהִוִהִ
Hod
Elohim Tzavaot – אֱלׂהִים צְבָאוֹת
Kibbutz - אֻ
יֻהֻוֻהֻ
Yesod
Shaddai, El Chai – שׁדַי אֵל חַי
Shurek - אוּ
יוּהוּווּהוּ
Malkhut
Adonai - אֲדׂנָי




Reading the Torah with letters, awareness of their beauty – the crowns, with vowels, and with notes gathers all the sparks together.[1073] Pronouncing vowels and especially notes according to inspiration with understanding of the words is the heart of reading Torah while the intellect is the preserved tradition.

Text 9-40: Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh on the 288 Sparks
The two hands which act together to form all reality, chesed (72) plus gevurah (216) = 288 = 2 times 12 squared. 288 is the number of nitzotzot "fallen sparks" (from the primordial cataclysm of "the breaking of the vessels") which permeate all of created reality. Through the "dual effort" of chesed and gevurah, not only to form reality, but to rectify reality (through the means of "the left arm repels while the right draws near"), these fallen sparks are redeemed and elevated to return and unite with their ultimate source. In a universal sense, this is the secret of the coming of Moshiach and the resurrection of the dead.[1074]

Since we know the first hand, ‘Heh’ is Binah and the second hand, ‘Heh’ is Malchut, we arrive at the Rabbi’s interpretation by seeing that Binah reaches across to Hesed, and Gevurah reaches down to Malchut. As a mother is inclined to redeem her child; redemption, the quality of the 72 Letter Name of G-d crosses over to unbounded Hesed – Loving-kindness. This is the raising of the 72 fallen sparks of Hesed. Furthermore, Malchut always reaches up to Gevurah, the source of her strength, her financial security—essentially her means to making a nest whereby she transforms the restraint of Gevurah into the creation of a new world.[1075] This is the raising of the 216 fallen sparks of Gevurah. Together they raise all 288 fallen sparks. The two-hands raise the fallen sparks back to heaven.[1076]

Finally, one will awaken from the dead as holy sparks, and this is the resurrection on the Day of Judgment.[1077] As God asked Ezekiel “if these bones can live?” and Ezekiel replied, “O God only thou knowest”; our bones are renewed and we are covered in flesh and sinews once more, enwrapping the holy sparks of God. This is the true ‘awakening’ from the death of materialism that we experience while we are y[1078]live.1078

Text 9-41: Zohar 1:7b on Resurrection

‘“O Lord, I have the report of thee, and I am afraid”’ (Habak. III, 2), he said. ‘This verse did Habakkuk exclaim at the time when he reflected on his own death and his resurrection through Elisha. Why was he named HaBaKkuK? Because it is written, “At this season when the time cometh round, thou shalt be embracing (HoBeKeth) a son” (II Kings IV, 16), and he-Habakkuk-was the son of the Shunammite. He received indeed two embracings, one from his mother and one from Elisha, as it is written, “and he put his mouth upon his mouth” (Ibid. 34).

In the Book of King Solomon I have found the following: He (Elisha) traced on him the mystic appellation, consisting of seventy-two names. For the alphabetical letters that his father had at first engraved on him had flown off when the child died; but when Elisha embraced him he engraved on him anew all those letters of the seventy-two names. Now the number of those letters amounts to two hundred and sixteen, and they were all engraved by the breath of Elisha on the child so as to put again into him the breath of life through the power of the letters of the seventy-two names. And Elisha named him Habakkuk, a name of double significance, alluding in its sound to the twofold embracing, as already explained, and in its numerical value (H. B. K. V. K. =8. 2. 100. 6. 100) to two hundred and sixteen, the number of the letters of the Sacred Name. By the words his spirit was restored to him and by the letters his bodily parts were reconstituted. Therefore the child was named Habakkuk, and it was he who said: “O Lord, I have heard the report of thee, and I am afraid” (Habak. III, 2), that is to say, I have heard what happened to me, that I tasted of the other world, and am afraid. ... R. Simeon then wept and said: ‘I also from what I have heard am seized with fear of the Holy One, blessed be He.’ He then raised his hands above his head

9.17 Torah Reading

The Torah is written without vowels, chanting notes, and periods. Hence, one must understand the context to know the end of the sentences. Notes are too numerous to memorize. Instead one should focus on the meaning of the text and add the notes as one recognizes the groupings of words. There is great zehus, merit, in learning the Torah portion each week. This ranks at the same level as kibud av v’im, honoring thy mother and father.

When reading the Torah in front of a congregation one will be corrected for each error in word pronunciation. This may interfere with the kavanah of the reader. Perhaps this is not always good as one may have a deep feeling for the words.[1079]

Text 9-42: Reading the Torah is a Delight for God
Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov said that a person can read the Torah and see lights on the letters, even though he does not understand it fully. Since he is reading with great love and enthusiasm, G-d does not pay attention to the fact that he may not be reading correctly.

This is very much like a child who is very much loved by his parents. Even though it cannot speak well, its parents have great enjoyment when it asks for something.

The same is true when a person recites words of Torah with love [and devotion]. G-d has great delight, and does not pay attention to the fact that he does not read it correctly.[1080]

The crowns on the Torah letters do not correspond to vowels or notes, but like a true gift of adornment are free of practical meaning. The letters, crowns, vowels, and notes correspond to the ascent through the worlds Asiyah, Yetzirah, Beriyah, and Atzulut.

The Torah layout of words is another key to the inspiration of the text. A tikkun is a text with layout of words in duplicate to the Torah for learning to read a Torah portion from the scroll. A verse falling out entirely on one line or on the top of a Torah page may have extra significance. Spaces between words or the size of letters are other keys.[1081]

While, studying with a friend is much better than studying Torah alone, to write what one learns is as if one has acquired a friend:[1082]

Text 9-43: The Quill shall be your friend
The 14th of Menachem Av 5701 (1941) marked fifty years since my father told me to begin recording the stories he told me. When the Tzemach Tzedek began writing on Talmudic and Chassidic subjects, the Alter Rebbe said to him: ‘Uknei l’cha chaver’[1083](lit. acquire a friend for yourself); ‘read v’kaneh l’cha chaver’ – “the quill shall be your friend.”

My father once quoted the Alter Rebbe, “v’kaneh etc..., the quill shall be your friend” – and elaborated: This refers to the quill of the heart, meaning that whatever one learns one must experience emotionally.

9.18 Walking

Walking is a form of meditation, helping one to talk with G-d. One may walk in the beauty of nature, or even on a treadmill, the key is the walking. The runner’s high is a physical experience akin to meditation.

9.19 Messiah

The messiah symbolizes redemption, may one speedily come in our days. This is an important belief for spiritual growth. To believe that this is the time of the messiah is a tremendous tool, because redemption symbolizes being brought closer to G-d. If we believe with all our heart that these are the days, that we will see in these times, and that we will return to our homeland in these days then we contribute to the restoration of Zion.[1084]

9.20 Graves

Visiting graves is a way of honoring the dead by remembering what they lived for. One may be inspired by the soul of the departed, as there is a remnant of the soul that remains with the bones until the day of resurrection. One may learn secrets to the Torah from these righteous souls such as how to preserve Torah learning:[1085]

Text 9-44: Repeat your chapter three times...
One of the students of R. Simeon bar Yohai had forgotten what he learned. In tears he went to the cemetery. Because of his great weeping, he came to him in a dream and told him: “When you wail, throw three bundles, and I shall come.” The student went to a dream interpreter and told him what had happened. The latter said to him: “Repeat your chapter three times, and it will come back to you.” The student did so and so indeed it happened.

9.21 Havurah

Fellowship or having a havurah, namely friends to grow spiritually with, is so great in importance that one should exile oneself to a place of Torah. [1086]

In remote places, there is little choice and folks of different religions can gather and inspire each other. Some fear losing their own identity, but would it be worse to lose your spirit? Friends can appreciate each other’s religious differences. At last resort, exile ones religion to obtain fellowship and peace, suppressing dogma to share with friends and unifying with G-d. In mystical union, a person becomes a living Torah, expressing the bible with his own spirit. Perhaps this is even possible in exile.

9.22 Meditation

See 14 Hypnotic Meditation on p.677.

9.23 Memory


Think emote[1087] look create know

Repetition rehearsal recite elaborate connect teach

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[970] See Text 2-78: Rabbi Yaakov Culi quoting Zohar on the Offerings and Table 2-12: Offerings on p. 104.
[971] Studies in Ecstatic Kabbalah, Moshe Idel trans., pp. 122-124.
[972] Studies in Ecstatic Kabbalah, Moshe Idel trans., pp. 112-113
[973] Meirat Eynayim, Light of the Eyes, Rabbi Isaac of Acco, Quoted in Chaim Vital’s Shaarey Kedushah part4, trans. in Meditation and Kabbalah, Aryeh Kaplan, p.143.
[974] Studies in Ecstatic Kabbalah, Moshe Idel, p.132.
[975] Chabad Salt Lake City, morning service, 46th Day of the Counting of the Omer, 6/9/05
[976] Inspiration during the morning prayer from Psachyah Lichenstein, Chabad Salt Lake City, 6/9/2005 – 46th day of the Omer.
[977] Soncino Talmud translation of Sanhedrin 104b
[978] Origins of Kabbalah, Schloem, p.165
[979] Proverbs 22:29
[980] He shall stand before kings in Paradise (Rashi). He shall not stand before mean men in paradise.
[981] Job 34:33 Soncino commentary note 38 states, “It would appear from this passage that the men of the Great Synagogue were regarded as the actual arbiters of the matter, save in the case of Solomon.”
[982] Job 34:33
[983] Balaam: v. Num. XXXI. 8, 16; Doeg the Edomite: v. I Sam. XXI, 22; Ahitophel: v. II Sam. XV; Gehazi: v. II Kings V, 20.
[984] Soncino Sanhedren 105a note 3 and Cf. M. Joseph. Judaism as Creed and Life, pp. 146-147
[985] Likutey Moharan part 2, par.25
[986] “Treasury of the Hidden Eden”, Abraham Abulafia, trans. in Meditation and Kabbalah, Kaplan. p.85.
[987] Midrash Tannaim, described further in “Torah, Light, and Healing” by Matityahu Glazenson.
[988] BCI is a program offered by the Brandeis Bardin Institute. The program is aimed at college youth from the ages of 18-25 and consists of a 1 month intensive Jewish learning experience.
[989] see The Psalms of David by James Freemantle, William Morrow Press. This most beautiful work was published by the son of .... ... spent mostly of his life working on the calligraphy and illustrations in this work which was dedicated in love to whose wife.
[990] Bahir 95, 119
[991] See 3.1.3, Exodus 14:31, Midrash Rabbah Exodus 22:3,
[992] The Book of the Angel Rezial, ed. and trans. Steve Savedow, p.11
[993] Feb 3rd 2003.
[994] The Great Maggid, p.22
[995] Boss of your own mind
[996] Torah, Light, and Healing, Matityahu Glazerson, Aronson, 1993, page 22
[997] Torah, Light, and Healing.
[998] Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom, Aryeh Rosenfeld, Tape 28.
[999] Small number of 355 is: 3+5+5=13
[1000] Linda Goodman’s Star Signs, Linda Goodman, St. Martin’s Press p.200.
[1001] Linda Goodman’s Star Signs, Linda Goodman, St. Martin’s Press pp. 216-217.
[1002] Linda Goodman’s Star Signs, Linda Goodman, St. Martin’s Press pp. 65-80.
[1003] Berachos 8a.
[1004] Berachos 8a, towards bottom – “Amar lai rabbah.”
[1005] Linda Goodman’s Star Signs, Linda Goodman, St. Martin’s Press, pp.176-178.
[1006] The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia, Moshe Idel, p.24.
[1007] Linda Goodman’s Star Signs, Linda Goodman, St. Martin’s Press, pp.250-251.
[1008] Prophets_23
[1009] The World of Prayer, Elie Munk, Vol. 1, page 36.
[1010] http://gematriot.blogspot.com/2009/06/uphill-or-downhill.html
[1011] Linda Goodman’s Star Signs, Linda Goodman, St. Martin’s Press, pp.195, 212 and 254.
[1012] Ibid, page 121. Berachot 28b mentions the correspondence of 18 names of G-d in the listed prayers but does not mention that they multiply to 72 letters. Munk quotes Bereshis Raba 15:14 and Ramban on Exodus 6:3 to make this point on page 85.
[1013] Linda Goodman’s Star Signs, Linda Goodman, St. Martin’s Press, pp.261.
[1014] Ibid.
[1015] Sefer Yetzirah, Aryeh Kaplan, 1st Ed., 1990, Ch.5 p.220
[1016] http://home.comcast.net/~erniew/astro/almagest.html displays the stars in each constellation.
[1017] http://www.dibonsmith.com/graphics.htm presents constellation diagrams fairly uncluttered.
[1018] The Tallis is a prayer shawl warn in the mornings having strings called Tzitzit descending in the four corners. This also symbolizes the higher Tallis in the heavens but more importantly the presence of Hashem surrounding our lives.
[1019] Sefer Yetzirah 6:1, Aryeh Kaplan trans. Page 231.
[1020] Ibid. page 233.
[1021] Jan 3, 1997
[1022] Watching the stars at night eliminates eye strain headaches.
[1023] See Text 2-20: Abraham and the Stars p.57
[1024] Here are two good web sites for getting your Hebrew birthday: http://www.chabad.org/calendar/birthday.asp. Also http://www.partner.org.il/ at the lower right hand corner.
[1025] Above the Zodiac, M. Glazerson, p.11.
[1026] Tractate Shabbat 156A-156B
[1027] Pesikta Rabba ch.4 quoted by Rabenu Bachaya in Kad HaKemach quoted by Glazerson in Above the Zodiac, p.12.
[1028] The Master of Darkness is the supernal Israel whose sign is the Taurus. Even today Israel Independence Day, its birthday is in Iyar.
[1029] The mountain goat climbs with joy, feeding on young grasses, nourished by the first waters of heaven.
[1030] Kabbalah Centre, Berg.
[1031] Rabbi Goldberg, Ahavas Torah, June 3, 2001, San Jose, CA.
[1032] Shabbatai Zvi, Goldish, Chapter 2: Nathan of Gaza and the Roots of Sabbatean Prophecy, p.7.
[1033] Exodus 28:30
[1034] Heder – literally room but referring to Jewish elementary education.
[1035] The Holy Kabbalah, A. E. Waite, quoting Eliphas Levi p. 555. In general Waite discredits the ideas of Levi as being without fact and of imagination not inspiration.
[1036] Ibid p. 556.
[1037] Fool card which has number 0 but has been placed incorrectly in correspondence with the letter Aleph.
[1038] see Linda Goodman’s Star Signs
[1039] Compare this with the Hierophant whose operating location is a sanctuary, a temple.
[1040] The upper and lower gardens of Eden.
[1041] Tolerates Big Bang theory.
[1042] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouroboros
[1043] Compare this with the Hierophant whose operating location is a sanctuary, a temple.
[1044] Such was the manner of Levi Yitzhak of Berditchov who would always find the good in his fellow Jew when he spoke to G-d.
[1045] Rather to go to death than to commit worshipping idols, adultery, or murder. Embarrassing a person is a form of murder.
[1046] The three who survived the fire under King Nebuchadnetzar.
[1047] Aryeh Rosenfeld, Gemara Shir on Sotah, Track 4, http://www.breslov.org/ra/rr/ey/sotah/track_04.ram.
[1048] Midrash Tanhuma
[1049] An Introduction to the Kabbalah, Moshe Hallamish, p.63
[1050] See 2.1.8 Parsha Toldot p.79
[1051] Living Waters, Parshat Vehechi, p.101
[1052] Mishnah Avot, Pinhas Kehati, p.1.
[1053] Maggid Mesharim, Yosef Caro presenting, trans. in Jewish Mysticism An Anthology, Dan Cohn-Sherbok, pp.144-145.
[1054] Driving or walking particular to places of Jewish learning and prayer.
[1055] Me’am Lo’ez, Aryeh Kaplan trans. Page 2.
[1056] Berachos 2a, CD-Daf, audio commentary Rav Fishel Schachter.
[1057] Rabbi Immanuel Schochet
[1058] Torah, Light, and Healing, chapter 22 – The Ear Gateway to the Body, page 153.
[1059] The Kotzger Rebbe.
[1060] December 26th, 2001, hypnosis session, followed by a dream, and another hypnosis session. Hypnosis works better when one is well-rested and this was the case in the second session.
[1061] Meditation and Kabbalah, Kaplan, page 231, 337n63, 289, 340n64
[1062] Hasidic Prayer, Louis Jacobs, p. 106.
[1063] Hasidic Prayer, Louis Jacobs, p. 106.
[1064] Also see Linda Goodman’s Star Signs, Linda Goodman, ‘Magic and the occult description of the numerology of 15’
[1065] see Text 9-40: Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh
[1066] Light Beyond, Aryeh Kaplan, 237:n29, 220:n26, 109:n19, 220, 307
[1067] Aryeh Kaplan summarizes Etz Chaim, Shaar RaPaCh Nitzutzim (sparks) in Light Beyond, 220:n106
[1068] Light Beyond, Aryeh Kaplan, p. 237.
[1069] Meditation and Kabbalah, Aryeh Kaplan, p. 231
[1070] Light Beyond, p. 220.
[1071] Hasidic Prayer, Louis Jacobs, Chapter IX – “The Elevation of ‘Strange Thoughts’”, p. 118.
[1072] Meditation and Kabbalah, Aryeh Kaplan, p. 126, 185.
[1073] This is the channel of twenty-two.
[1074] http://www.inner.org/sefirot/sefgevur.htm, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh.
[1075] Illustrating how Malchut is the source of Keter (the force of creation) in the subsequent world below. The end of each Tree of Life is the beginning of another. Moshiach of Malchut represents salvation and the Ribono Shel Olam’s resurrection of the dead in the world to come. Binah expresses the 72 Letter Name in her redemptive connection to Hesed. Malchut magnifies redemption three-fold, into the creation of a new world for the resurrection of the dead. This is the raising of the 216 sparks. The Shechinah creates the new world by the power of gevurah, channeling the 216 fallen sparks into a new world by tzimtzum. Yet, this is a raising of the 216 fallen sparks because Keter is above Malchut though in different worlds.
[1076] See Text 10-62: Abulafia on the 216 Letter Name of God
[1077] This is depicted in the tarot card of judgment, number 20.
[1078] Linda Goodman’s Star Signs, p. 257.
[1079] Meditation and Kabbalah, Kaplan, page 288
[1080] Lekutim Yekarim #3
[1081] See The 26 Letter Name
[1082] ‘HaYom Yom’, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson Z”l for Menachem Av 14.
[1083] Perkei Avot 1:6
[1084] Zion is a homeland in service to G-d, which is to love each other, e.g. homeland of Israel.
[1085] Kabbalah New Perspectives, Moshe Idel, p.77 quoting the Midash Rabbah Ecclesiastes 10:10
[1086] See Table 2-12. Fellowship is connected with offerings.
[1087] Connect with emotion

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