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January 21, 2019

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Glossary – BaMidbar (In the Desert) – Weekly Torah Portion

Tribes

Tribes are a part of the will to receive, which is divided into HBD, HGT, NHY. In all of them there is HaVaYaH (YodHeyVavHey), and HaVaYaH times three is twelve. Our general will to receive is divided into twelve parts that—when corrected—are called “tribes.”

The Holy of Holies

The Holy of Holies is GAR of Bina, the absolute quality of bestowal.

Army

The army is all the desires that can join the head, faith, the shepherd.

Banner (Flag)

A banner is the task that I assume. Each part and each group in the twelve tribes has its own banner, which indicates how each part progresses and corrects itself. The banner is unique to each tribe, hence the division into twelve tribes remains even after they achieve the corrected desire, the land of Israel.

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Glossary – BeHukotai (In My Statutes) – Weekly Torah Portion

Reward

Reward is what a person wants to have. You cannot give a person something that that person does not want. A reward is the thing that one desires. It is a good execution of the thing toward which that person would like to advance. That person cannot be elsewhere because he or she is correcting the desire. The execution itself is the reward, as it is written, “The reward of a Mitzva (commandment)—Mitzva.”[9] The reward of a Mitzva (commandment) is to know the Metzaveh (commander). To know means to connect, as it is written, “And Adam knew his wife again” (Genesis, 4:25).

Punishment

Punishment is the opposite of reward. It is what a person neither wants nor likes. It is a degree where a person understands that progress is rewarded, and the opposite of that is the punishment. The reward and punishment are not egoistic, where a person does something and receives the reward elsewhere.

Fear

Fear means being afraid of failing to correct. Everything happens due to our effort and request of the light that reforms to come and correct us. It is possible that we did not work sufficiently in order to draw it.

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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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Glossary – Emor (Say) – Weekly Torah Portion

 

Cohen (Priest)

A priest is the highest degree in man’s correction, where one becomes similar to the Creator in all of one’s desires, in one’s entire make-up, and is in a state of bestowal and love. By that one matches oneself with the Creator and achieves Dvekut (adhesion) with Him. This is the purpose of creation.

Tuma’a (Impurity)

Tuma’a is intention for oneself. All manners of Tuma’a are the same intentions under different names, such as Pharaoh, Balaam, Balak, and all the other wicked.

It is to the contrary with the same desires once they have been corrected to aim to bestow. The desires remain the same, but the names one receives instead are Cohen, Levi, and Israel.

Curse

A curse means that a person discovers that he or she cannot agree with the Creator on the desire that one is in. A person discovers it as Balaam, Balak, and so forth. Such a person discovers the term of the upper force, the Creator, nature, which requires that a person works in order to bestow, in love and giving. Also, the person discovers that his or her desires are opposite, working in order to receive. Out of that desire a person curses, resists, collides with the Creator, and is opposite in form.

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How to Enter Noah’s Ark

How to Enter Noah's Ark

Noah, the well-known character from the Torah, represents a stage in one’s spiritual development, when one realizes one’s egoism is evil, and that the person cannot save himself from it because it is his entire nature.

One then understands that only the higher force, outside the person, can make a change. This is why the person builds the Ark. In other words, in response to the person’s appeals, the Upper Light creates the property of Bina (bestowal) in the person, and then he remains inside it so that his egoistic desires and properties will no longer rule over him. When he enters the Ark, he ascends above egoism and enters the realm of bestowal, isolating himself from his egoism, his nature.

Today every one of us and the entire world as a whole is beginning to feel that we are in a threatening state – the state of Noah before the flood. We are being threatened by the inner (individual) and outer (worldwide) flood (egoism), which we have brought upon ourselves and cannot overcome on our own.

The salvation from the flood is to hide in the Ark, meaning that for every person and for everyone together to acquire the property of bestowal, to ascend above our egoism. Everything will then reach harmony, just like all the species of creatures that were in the Ark, and we will make the transition to renewed life. [Source: Dr. Michael Laitman, “Noah’s Ark Is Our Only Salvation Today,” in Laitman.com – Michael Laitman’s Personal Blog]

 

How to Enter Noah’s Ark

Everything comes from above, from the same source, but if a person tries to set a strong environment on the right side to support him, by this he realizes his freedom of choice. And then on the left side, Nature organizes disturbances.

Caught between these two opposing forces, a person is completely confused; crying, feeling helpless to the extent that he needs to either escape or hope for a miracle.

Then, in this hopeless condition, when a person has almost drowned in the treacherous questions “Who?” and “What?” and cannot get out of them, the idea of the ark suddenly becomes born within. He understands that he will be saved only if he gets the property of Bina, bestowal, that will be higher than all his requests.

These requests will remain, a person cannot completely get rid of them; it does not depend on him. But if in spite of all these problems, he enters the ark, deciding that these turbulent murky floodwaters, all these doubts and problems are not related to him, he can be saved. [Source: Dr. Michael Laitman, “The Ark of Unity on the Stormy Flood of Life,” in Laitman.com – Michael Laitman’s Personal Blog]

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