“Earth” is equivalent to the sefirah of Malkhut, which is associated with the earth. Therefore earth – like Malkhut – represents the Oral Law. And the Oral Law is the source of the spirit of every living being, as the verse states: “Let the earth bring forth living creatures, each according to its own kind”Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Likutey Moharan I, 12:1).[1] Torah 12:1 “Tehillah … Continue reading Malkhut

Parashat Chukat-Balak / פרשת חקת־בלק

“This is the ordinance of the Torah” Rabbi Yosi draws a distinction between the Torah itself, that is Zeir Anpin, and the law of the Torah, that is Malchut. Rabbi Yehuda says that the verse, “and this is the Torah,” means a union of total perfection, including male and female, but the verse, “this is the ordinance of the Torah,” means Malchut without Zeir Anpin.1. … Continue reading Parashat Chukat-Balak / פרשת חקת־בלק

39 – Shlach Lecha

1 “Send you men” Rabbi Chiya says that when the sun begins to set, the energy of the sun, Zeir Anpin, is less powerful, and that is when the left dominates and judgments pertain. At that time one must pray.1. “And Hashem spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Send you men, that they may spy out the land of Canaan…’” (Bemidbar 13:1). Rabbi Chiya opened the discussion … Continue reading 39 – Shlach Lecha

Terumah Zohar

“Who is she that looks out like the dawn”This section opens with the verse, “And The Creator spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Yisrael that they bring Me an offering, ofevery man whose heart prompts him…” Rabbi Chiya points out that The Creator put all other nations under His ministers but chose to overseeYisrael Himself, having a wish to be specially connected … Continue reading Terumah Zohar

Parashat Mishpatim / פרשת משפטים

“And these are the judgments which you shall set before them”Rabbi Shimon says that the title verse refers to the rules concerning reincarnation – the judgments of souls that are to be sentenced according totheir punishable acts. Rabbi Shimon opened with the words, “And these are thejudgments which you shall set before them” (Shemot 21:1). ALSO INTHE ARAMAIC TRANSLATION, IT SPEAKS OF JUDGMENTS. Theseare the … Continue reading Parashat Mishpatim / פרשת משפטים

Advanced Parsha Zohar18 – Yitro

1 “When Jethro…heard”Rabbi Chizkiyah begins a discussion to do with raising up the hands. It is important to raise them only in prayer and blessing, as the ten fingerscorrespond to the ten potentates who receive blessings, and to the ten sayings. The lesson turns to the King and priest above, and the King andpriest below, and we learn that there is a King and a … Continue reading Advanced Parsha Zohar18 – Yitro

Advanced Parsha 08 – Vayetzei Zohar

1 “And Ya’akov went out from Be’er Sheva…”In this section of secret Torah teachings, Rabbi Chiya discusses the symbolism and meaning of Ecclesiastes’ resonant verse, “The sun also rises,and the sun goes down, and hastens to its place where it rises again.” The verse refers to Ya’akov, when he was in Be’er Sheva and went to Charan,where Beresheet tells us he “tarried…all night, for the … Continue reading Advanced Parsha 08 – Vayetzei Zohar