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Psalms Commentary – Psalm 61: To the Choirmaster

Psalms Commentary: Psalm 61

Psalm 61
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. To David.

Hear my cry, O Creator,
listen to my prayer;
2 From the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
3 For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.
4 May I dwell in your tent forever!
May I take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
5 For you, O Creator, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
6 Prolong the life of the king;
may his years endure to all generations!
7 May he be enthroned forever before The Creator;
appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!
8 So will I ever sing praises to your name,
as I perform my vows day after day.

We see that the person has gone through a lot in his path, until he discovers that the Creator conceals and reveals Himself, and secondly, protects the person with His wings and cover, and thirdly, protects him practically with His support.

It is hard for a person to connect two forms of guidance, where on one hand, everything comes from the Creator, and on the other hand, he needs to request that the Creator help, protect and cover him. Protect him from what? From the enemies that the Creator Himself arranges for the person?

The Creator organizes His guidance in two lines so that the person can stabilize himself in the middle line. As such, the person is quite confused, and doesn’t exactly know how to be together in all the states, until he acquires the two lines, stabilizes the middle line, and then he has understanding and mutual work with the Creator such that he understands that there is reciprocity, guidance and learning which brings the person to adhesion with the Creator.

Until then, however, in each and every generation, in each and every state, there are states which come and confuse the person a lot in terms of the extent to which he needs to correct the vessels (Kelim) to discover the unity of the Creator’s guidance – in terms of the apparent bad or evil that appears through the uncorrected vessels, and in terms of the good that shines in the corrected vessels – which give the person the ability to perceive through two lines, in which the person constructs himself. The person, the human being (Adam), is the middle line.

Psalms Commentary – Psalm 61: To the Choirmaster” is based on the Daily Kabbalah Lesson of May 4, 2014, “Preparation.” You can watch and/or download this lesson in video and audio formats from the Kabbalah Media Archive.

What is the Creator? What does it mean that the Creator reveals and conceals Himself? Why is the Creator referred to as “Him,” in masculine form? What are the left, right and middle lines in a person’s spiritual work? What is “adhesion with the Creator”? What does it mean, that a person “corrects his vessels (Kelim)” and what are these “vessels” that the person corrects? What does it mean that the human being (Adam) is the middle line? All these questions and more are dealt with in the Free Kabbalah Course, which provides the fundamental principles and tools by which to correctly approach the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is recommended to take the Free Kabbalah Course before approaching the Daily Kabbalah Lessons with Dr. Michael Laitman. Click the banner below to sign up…

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BaHar (On Mount Sinai) Parsha – Weekly Torah Portion

BaHar

Leviticus, 25:1-26:2

This Week’s Torah Portion | May 4 – May 10, 2014 – Lyar 4 – Lyar 10, 5774

In A Nutshell

The portion, Bahar (On Mount Sinai), deals primarily with what appears to be laws of finance. It begins with Moses being on Mount Sinai, receiving from the Creator the Mitzva (commandment) of Shmita (omission of cultivation) of the land every seventh year, and the Mitzvot (plural of Mitzva) of Yovel (jubilee, 50th year anniversary). The Creator gives His blessing to it so that the sixth year will be so productive that enough produce will grow to last for the next three years, to observe the Mitzvot of Shmita and Yovel without worrying about sustenance.

Later, the portion details laws of selling a house or property, redemption of a house or a field from one person to another, laws of the lot of the Levites, forbidding selling of towns or houses that belong to them, laws of selling a person from Israel to slavery, how to treat such a person, and laws prohibiting idols, pillars, and figured stones.

 Commentary by Dr. Michael Laitman

The laws that this portion details are spiritual laws. Shmita [1] is a profound and sacred matter. It exists only in the land of Israel, in a desire aimed toward the Creator, in order to bestow, toward love of others. The Shmita can occur in a desire only in a process of correcting the soul.

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Glossary – BaHar (On Mount Sinai) – Weekly Torah Portion

Economy

In spirituality, economy relates to the question, “How do I sustain my soul?” The light may enter the soul only when it is in Dvekut (adhesion) with the Creator. To the extent of Dvekut with the Creator, so is the measure of fulfillment by the Creator. This is how the Creator “sustains” the soul. It is possible to achieve it by correcting the desire. As a person corrects each desire from reception to bestowal, one is promptly filled with the upper light to the extent of one’s correction. This is called “sustaining,” and this is the proper economy.

Selling of Property

When we cannot work with a desire because it is too big or because it offers such a pleasure that we cannot work with it, we sell it. There are corrections in our desires that belong to the great desires, Levush and Heichal. We leave them out of the boundaries where we are working, taking them out of our domain and depositing them for the time being.

Shmita (Omission of Tilling of Land every Seven Years)

Shmita is connection to the degree of Bina, when the upper light corrects everything that happened and gives us strength for the next degree. This is why there are special rules concerning debt and selling of items, under the tutelage of Bina, the great quality of bestowal.

Crop (Yield/Grain)

Crop is reward in the will to receive. Through it, a person begins to actually work with the vessels of bestowal in order to “feed” the world.

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