Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Money, Children and Wife Redemption of Pesach

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The Sages teach in the Gemara that whoever steals money from someone else, it is as if he also stole the victim's children and also had relations with his wife.

This is so because the soul - Nefesh - has the same root as money does, as is hinted to in the verse depicting the obligation to pay on time the daily wager: "For he [the daily wager] has risked his life (literally: elevated his soul) for his pay. The usage of "elevated his soul" shows the connection between the soul and the money/wage.

Thus, stealing money is akin to stealing one's soul. And since the Nefesh - lower soul - is said to refer to a person's wife and kids (they being the Nefesh vis-a-vis the man who is called the "Neshama of the family"), stealing money is akin to stealing those who are the "Nefesh of the family" - i.e. the wife and the kids.

The analogy of this is similar to a tree with branches and fruit. The stem of the tree is compared to the wife. The branches are compared to monetary sustenance and the fruit are compared to the offspring/children. The one irrigating the tree is the husband. When someone cuts off ("steals") the branches, he automatically cuts off the fruit/children. And with less branches and leaves the tree stem also becomes weaker, benefiting much less from irrigation alone.

What can a person do to prevent himself of being robbed, thus possibly losing his kids and wife potentially of actually?

There is an extremely evil trait which is the key to allowing the thief in. This is the evil trait of anger. Anger, like money, is also rooted in the Nefesh/soul, as is hinted to in the words of the Sages: whoever gets angry, devours his Nefesh/soul with his wrath. Thus, anger also affects the soul - i.e. the children and wife.

Furthermore the word used for anger, CheMaH, is similar to the word ChoMaH - a wall - which is a reference to a person's financial sustenance/wall which serves to protect him and keep him on his feet. The etymological similarity comes to show that when a person is destined to receive an influx of wealth (i.e. wall/ChOMaH) from Above, the Satan sends a person a test of anger/CheMaH to ruin this influx and change it into anger.

And when this anger is activated, with no walls to protect him, a person is susceptible to being robbed both physically and spiritually, potentially or actually losing out on his family also.

Charity and Tefilin both have the power and ability to help a person overcome his anger and by extension the damage caused by theft.

To explain: charity is an act of giving. One only gives when one has what to give. The ability to give is dependent on a person's attitude. If a person does not covet what other people have, and thus appreciates what Hashem has given him, he will always find that he radiates with Hashem's benevolence and thus has what to share and help with to others, whether it be monetary assistance, or actual physical help. Feeling self-worth and self-value enables a person to be able to help and give to others.

Anger on the other hand is generally generated when a person is not happy with himself, coveting what others have, basing what is to be considered as "normal" on others and their lifestyles. The anger activated when "things don't work out" is because a person is predisposed as to how things "should work out" rather than accepting that everything happening is from Hashem alone.

By giving charity, one tips back the scale. activating the self-worth attitude which eventually gives a person an upper hand in overpowering tests of anger.

Thus, giving charity is truly a remarkable advice in helping a person to overcome anger and of course avarice.

Tefillin along with the Tefillin straps are meant to purify and cleanse a person's mind from extraneous and distorted attitudes and perspectives.

The Tefillin boxes are placed on the place of the brain. This is meant to connect a person with a "higher level of consciousness", giving him meaning and direction in how to make decisions and conclusions in life.

But sometimes a person's mind is so distorted and "far-off" that levels of consciousness don't even "jive" with that person. His mind is in the category of the hairs of the head - totally extraneous. What is needed then is a holy "pipeline" to enter, relate and extract a person from such an extraneous attitude.

This is the concept of the Tefilin straps which extend from the Tefillin boxes, similar in a sense to long hair growing from the skull's hairline.

With a person's mind "in-tune" to proper ways of thinking, a person is more prone to recognize the damage caused by anger and avarice, and thus work to fixing it.

(Based on Rebbe Nachman's teachings found in Likutey Moharan lessons 68-69. To hear audio presentations on these concepts, please listen to: LIKUTEY MOHARAN LESSONS 68-69)

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Based on all this, we can better appreciate concepts found in the story of Pesach.

The bondage of slavery of the Jews under Pharaoh and Egypt was meant to "steal" all influx of the Jews. For "whatever a slave owns automatically belongs to his owner". 

Thus, as so-called owner of the Jews, Pharaoh intended to diminish the Jewish populace by stealing their wealth. This is the concept of killing the Jewish boys born by throwing them into the Nile River. Specifically the boys were killed, since if there is no one to irrigate the trees, the trees will whither and expire along with their branches and fruit (see above).

However, the righteous women, the true heroines of Jewish survival in Egypt, believed that Hashem would redeem them. With this self-worth/value attitude, they filled jugs with water and brought them to the fields for their weary husbands to drink and wash with. The Midrash adds that Hashem brought many tiny fish into these water jugs so that they had food to eat too.

By this true act of kindness and charity, the women were able to quench their husbands thirst and re-energize them with love and self-worth too (breaking any anger towards Hashem due to their seemingly difficult situation). 

These "weary" men were turned on and cohabited with their wives "under the apple trees of the fields", bringing in much more Jewish children who were sustained in hiding by Hashem's direct Providence (the Midrash states that these women gave birth to these children - 6 in one shot - and left them alone in the field for fear of the Egyptians finding out about them and killing them. Hashem miraculously created 2 stones for each babe to suck on, one producing milk and the other honey, thus sustaining these babes until the time of the Exodus from Egypt).

Thus, the damage caused by Pharaoh's enslaving the Jews to steal their money and souls was reversed by the acts of charity of the righteous women in Egypt. They brought in more souls, leading to the rightful possessions of the booty the Jews eventually took back from Egypt at the splitting of the Red Sea.

This is also the reason why Tefillin are mentioned in the sections dealing with the leaving of Egypt (these sections are the ones placed in the Tefillin boxes). For in order to value oneself and one's ability to do acts of charity, one needs a clear head - the concept of Tefillin and their straps. 

(This possibly also explains the reason why specifically men must wear Tefillin and not women, since it is they who have to work more on getting the right perspectives in life in order to recognize the immense value of charity).

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May we merit this Pesach holiday to truly be free - free from anger and avarice. And may we merit doing many acts of charity, thus strengthening Jewish values - especially the values of the Jewish home and family, which are the keys to Jewish survival and continuity, Amen.

Chag Kasher VeSameach
Meir Elkabas

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

BREAKING THE PIPELINE OF HAMAN AND ACHASHVEROSH

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THE GARDEN OF EDEN

The Zohar teaches that the Garden of Eden basically refers to 2 elements:
  1. Eden being that which is beyond this world, something which is above the laws of nature - Prayer.
  2. Garden being that substance which is irrigated by Eden/Prayer - the Torah (the Written Torah is broken down into 53 sections read throughout the year - 53 being the numerical value of Garden in Hebrew - GaN).
Now the vegetation that grows in this Garden of Torah are the Jewish souls which flourish and develop specifically through the Torah - i.e. Torah Study. But, the ability of the Torah to do so comes from Prayer.

So, depending on how much a person connects to Prayer, so too will he be helped by Hashem through his prayers, but the answers will specifically come about through Torah Study.


TORAH STUDY

Specifically, Torah study refers to the clear clarification of Torah Law. Since in the transition of Torah Law the procedure follows the pattern of what are called "Halakhic disputes" - i.e. one opinion [in the Mishnah, Talmud and later Halakhic codifiers] permits while the other forbids - until the finalized law is clarified. This final Torah/Halakhic clarification is meant to also clarify the good from the bad inside a person, and specifically through this does the answer to ones Prayers come out from potential to actual.

(This is the case since Hashem is always sending down bounty and blessings to a person and mankind. It is just that the admixture of good and evil within a person causes the bounty to go elsewhere. By sifting and separating the good from the bad, the bounty automatically comes back to its rightful destination.)


THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND BAD

This format of Torah Law needing to be sifted and clarified is due to the blemish caused by Adam and Eve's eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad. Since then, everything in the world has this admixture - everything. Thus, this format also enables the Bad of the Tree of Knowledge to be found in the Torah too. For this reason it must be sifted out through the clarification of Torah Law.


FALSE LEADERSHIP AND POWER

However, since until fully clarified, the Torah learned still contains the admixture of bad within it, this gives room for false leadership and power to rise, all the while receiving it from the Torah itself. These false leaders not only attract the masses to follow them, but they use their power to get the masses who follow them to bring down the true Torah followers too.

So, just like the Garden of Torah gives development and flourishing to those Jewish souls sincerely learning the Torah, so too the false leaders and powers use the evil found in the unsifted Torah to nourish their followers through the evil attributes, attitudes and perspectives that they inculcate them with.


BREAKING THE PIPELINES

To battle these false leaders and their masses, an outstanding Tzaddik and Rav is needed in order to enter their "pipelines" and break the connection.

However this Tzaddik must be "above" the admixture of Good and Bad found in the Torah. He must be so firmly rooted in Eden/Prayer which irrigates the Garden/Torah, that the Bad has no effect on him whatsoever. Only such a complete tzaddik can fearlessly enter the pipelines/channels connecting the masses to their evil leaders and break the connection, thus allowing for the sincere disciples of the Torah to properly develop and flourish in becoming Tzaddikim in their own right.

(for more on this subject, please see: LIKUTEY MOHARAN LESSON 8 and listen to: THESE AUDIO CLASSES)

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THE ROOTS OF HAMAN

The Talmud teaches that Haman is rooted in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad. "HaMin HaEtz... Hashem asked Adam, "could it be that from the tree [of Knowledge of Good and Bad] that I told you not to eat of... HaMin being etymologically similar to Haman. This clearly shows Haman being rooted in the evil admixture found in the non-clarified Torah law [which parallels the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad].

At the close of the 70 year exile after the destruction of the First Temple, Haman saw and felt that it was an opportune time to wipe out the Jews, along with their connection to the Torah. The 70 years of exile corresponded to the "70 holy perspectives that the Torah is properly expounded on". Seeing that the Jews were still not redeemed he figured that the Jews had lost their ability to properly receive life and vitality from the Torah, and he thus seeked to transfer the bounty to himself and the realm of evil.


ACHASHVEROSH

Achashverosh accepted the advice and suggestions of Haman, showing that in a sense Achashverosh (which translates as the brother/subservient to the head/Rosh) represented the masses following the advice of the false leader - a.k.a. Haman.

Using Achashverosh's power, Haman devised the ploy that led to Vashtiy's death in order to allow for the capturing of Esther into the realm of evil.


ESTHER

Esther - meaning "concealment" - because of her personal righteousness and pedigree (being descended from King Shaul), represented the spiritual essence and status of the Jewish people at the time. Her being taken captive by the evil side - Achashverosh - was meant to swallow up and conceal the inner ability of the Jewish Nation's ability to learn the Torah properly, thus preventing life, bounty and sustenance from the realm of Prayer/Eden. With this, Haman prepared for his next plan to destroy the Jews altogether. But first, he had to take care of Mordekhai.


MORDEKHAI

Mordekhai, being from the Sages who sat in the High-Court of the Sanhedrin located in the Holy Temple before it's destruction, was the last connection of the Jews to clarifying the laws of the Torah. Haman figured that Mordekhai did not have the ability to enlighten the Jews with clarity in Torah Law (seeing that 70 years passed and the Jews were still not redeemed). But, Mordekhai had no fear of Haman (whenever Haman passed Mordekhai, not only did Mordekhai not bow or bend to Haman, but he would even stick out his shoe showing the contract inscribed on the sole which stated Haman's being sold as a servant-for-life to Mordekhai).

The fact that Mordekhai didn't bend to Haman, got Haman worried, and he wanted to get Mordekhai out of the picture.



THE POWER OF THE TZADDIK/PRAYER

What Haman did not know and realize is that the decree to annihilate the Jews only brought out Mordekhai the Tzaddik's power from potential to actual. The decree, coupled with Esther's captivity, pushed Mordekhai forward using full-force his power of prayer and to get the Jewish people to pray and fast too.

With prayer activated so much this led to the re-irrigation of the Garden of the Torah through the Eden source of Prayer. 

With this connection re-established, Mordekhai used Esther's captivity in the realm of Achashverosh as the means to enter the pipeline of evil connecting Haman to Achashverosh. With Mordekhai's advice and merit, Esther - with the spirit of the Torah - faced both Haman and Achashverosh, successfully breaking their connection (as outlined in the Megillah story). This also led to the destruction of all those who followed and were connected to Haman's pipeline of evil.

With Haman's pipeline to Achashverosh and the masses destroyed, the rightful honor and glory returned to the Jewish people, leading eventually to the return to the Holy Land and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.

But before this, the Megillah stresses the great power and honor bestowed upon Mordekhai. This shows that the credit rightfully rests with Mordekhai, who represents the true and complete Tzaddikim found in every generation, who push and encourage the Jews not to give up and to keep on praying for the doors to open. Indeed this is the key for Jewish survival until the final redemption comes, to follow and find the advice and guidance of the true Tzaddikim.

(taken and adapted from Likutey Halakhot, Choshen Mishpat, HaOseh Shaliach LiGvot Chovo #3)

May we merit on Purim to receive the light of Mordekhai and Esther - the light of Prayer and Clear Torah Study, until we merit that all bounty, blessing, life and vitality come back to us - to the right address, Amen.

Sincerely

Meir Elkabas

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Thank you and Tizku LeMitzvot.




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A PURIM OPPORTUNITY IN JERUSALEM

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Dearest friends

Shalom from Jerusalem

Purim is less than 2 weeks away

As one of the Mitzvot of the Purim festival is "Matanot LaEvyonim" - giving [monetary] gifts to the needy - we are presenting you a special opportunity:

Fulfill this mitzvah with the needy residing in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Your gift will be distributed on Sunday, the 14th of Adar (March 12th) to anonymous and worthy families.

With the consultation and authorization of a halakhic authoritiy (Rabbi Weinstock of the BaDaTz, Jerusalem) you can fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot LaEvyonim in this manner.

To send your support, please follow this paypal link: PURIM SUPPORT

If the link is in Hebrew, please follow these instructions:
  1. 1st line - fill in the purpose of transaction (i.e. Purim)
  2. 2nd line - put in the amount in USD
  3. 3rd blue line is to continue to following page
At this point everything should be in English

Please also submit your full name (if applicable: Hebrew name) so that we can mention it at the holy cites here in Israel.

Thank you, be well and may we all merit to the light, joy, and salvation of Purim.

Sincerely

Meir Elkabas

Thursday, December 22, 2016

THE CHANUKAH OIL - THE BREATH OF LIFE

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In the physical makeup of man, Hashem in His infinite wisdom designed mankind with the faculty of breathing.

Asides from eating and drinking, man's sustenance and survival must also come from breathing in air. Why? Why is food and drink not enough to survive? Why this whole dependency on oxygen in order to live?

The Breath/Spirit of Life
"With the word of Hashem the Heavens were made, and with the breath of His mouth all of their Hosts" (Psalms 33).

On this verse, the sages explain that the "word of Hashem" alludes to the first, Creative act of the Heavens hidden in the first word of the Torah - Bereishit. Whereas the breath of His mouth hints to the second utterance of Creation found in the second verse of the Torah: "And the spirit of the Lord (spirit also meaning breath i.e. an utterance) was hovering over the surface of the water".

This water, the Zohar explains, is the Torah itself. In other words, the Creative force which initially made the Hosts of the Heavens, can also be found in the Torah. From this water/Torah emanates the spirit/wind/breath of the Lord which continues to sustain all living beings.

This is necessary since food and drink only offer life to survive from the present point in life and onward. However, since the way we live our lives can cause us also to have lacking which eventually affect the quality of our lives, what is "also" needed is a re-boot energizer which can help us fill up the lack which we tend to just drag on with us.

This re-boot energizer to fill up the lacks is found in the air we breathe. It emanates from the Torah, to show us that the spirit of life is in the Torah, This spirit of life can give us life and remove all that lacking. But it is up to us - i.e. how much we receive qualitative spirit/breath of life is dependent on how much we are close to the Torah

The Tzaddik and the Counter-Tzaddik
But since the average person is not so directly connected to the Torah, we must receive this life-force from the Tzaddikim who are totally attached to the Torah.

Thus, dependent on how close one is to these caliber of tzaddikim who receive the spirit of life/vitality from the Torah, so too do we receive more directly this vitality of life/spirit to fill up our lacking.

The question is, what about those people who are not close/attached to these Tzaddikim at all, or better yet, those who are opposed to these Tzaddikim, or even better, the gentile nations who have no connection whatsoever to the Torah and tzaddikim - how can they receive this breath of air/vitality/life if there is no connection [at all]?

For this, there exist false leaders who receive the spirit of life/vitality from the Torah but in an impure format. These false leaders, by distorting the Truth of the Torah, give rise to the falsehood found in the Torah and connect to the Torah from there.

To explain: in order for the Torah to give instruction and guidelines regarding how to discern what is permitted, kosher or pure, the Torah must also make mention of what is forbidden, non-kosher and impure. Thus the Torah's mere mentioning forbidden, non-kosher and impure give these false attributes technically a "part" in the Torah

For the sake of free will, any leader who falsifies the Truth of the Torah will inevitably be indirectly connected to the Torah but from the improper and distorted side.

From these leaders, those who are not close to the true tzaddikim receive their life/vitality/breath-of-life indirectly from the Torah. The thing is that the vitality/life that fill their lacking is short lived with a sad ending. As opposed to those who receive life/vitality through the true tzaddikim, their lacking in the long run is filled properly.

The Pipelines of the Wicked
Not only do the wicked have their own "pipelines" of receiving their distorted vitality and life-force from the Torah [through their false leaders], but they also try to attack and damage the "holy" pipelines of the worthy individuals connected to the Tzaddikim. This damage is reflected in addictions, depression, anger, haughtiness etc.

More than this, when the wicked try to override the people trying to be good with their evil traits and attributes, it becomes nearly impossible for the good people to receive their breath-of-life/energized vitality from the True Tzaddikim.

What is needed then is to sigh, groan and take a deep breath (krechtz in Yiddish). What this does is draw more of the influence of the True Tzaddikim into our beings, thus breaking the influence of the evil pipelines trying to override the holy pipelines.

The heart is then able to expel the lack (which is felt and located mainly in the heart) through the sigh/groan/deep breath, allowing for renewed and "non-lacking" oxygen/breath-of-life to enter the lungs and bring fullness and completeness to a person.

(for more on these deep concepts please see: LIKUTEY MOHARAN LESSON 8
and listen to the following playlist: LIKUTEY MOHARAN LESSON #8)


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The Chanukah Victory
The Chanukah story and miracle illustrate these concepts.

The Greeks wanted to detach the Jews from the Torah, and then inculcate the Jews with their negative traits and desires. They wanted the Jews to be influenced by their negative and impure pipelines.

Matityahu, the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) who was the True Tzaddik of the generation could not take it any longer, and after sighing and groaning over the miserable situation, he was filled with enhanced spirit-of-life from the Torah, and, along with his sons and few followers (those who maintained a solid attachment with him, the True Tzaddik), were able to pursue and subdue the Greek army and remove their influence from the Jews' Torah observance and from the Holy Temple.

The Miraculous Oil
When the victorious Jews then entered the Holy Temple to purify it from all the impurity injected by the Greeks, they found a tiny jug of pure olive oil [fit to light the Holy Menorah] sealed with the seal of the High Priest.

It was "specifically" because it was sealed with the seal of the High Priest - the True Tzaddik - that the Greeks were unable to open the jug and taint the holy oil.

The seal is the power of the Tzaddik's purity and attachment to the Torah that doesn't let the Greek's evil traits to overcome him or his seal.

The oil which was used to light the Menorah candles corresponds to the body's fatty liquids which go up and fuel the mind, which is compared to a burning candle [corresponding to the light of Torah and the Tzaddik].

These fatty liquids are maintained by the cool, new and fresh air that the lungs bring into the body, thus cooling the heat of the heart. For were it not for the lungs blowing cool air onto the heart, the heart would burn out and consume the entire body.

Therefore the lighting of the Holy Candles of the Menorah represent the end result of pure air/breath-of-life filling up the lacking and thus bringing to a complete shining of a person through the Torah and the Tzaddik.

Thus, when the Cohanim Priests lit the Menorah candles using the little jug of olive oil, a miracle happened and instead of burning for just one day (which was the actual amount of olive oil), the candles burned for a total of 8 days. This miracle was to show that it was specifically in the merit/power of the True Tzaddik - the High Priest who wore "8" garments that there was an extension of the breath-of-life spirit that enabled the Jews to overcome the Greeks and their negative influence.

The Mitzvah of Lighting Candles for Generations to Come
The Sages of that generation saw that this miracle was so far-reaching and profound that they felt that it could be extended to all generations to come.

They saw that if the Jews of future generations would light the "Chanukah" candles during these 8 specific days, they would be able to re-activate the merit and light of the High Priest - the Tzaddik, in order to overcome all future enemies with similar goals and attitudes as those of the Greeks.

Lighting the Chanukah candles would activate the spirit/breath-of-life coming from the Tzaddik to subdue the enemies, and then additional breath/vitality would then fill in the lacking of the heart, thus bringing wholeness to a person in his Torah performance and goodness.

For more clarification and development of these ideas, please listen to: 

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In the spirit of the Chanukah festival and custom, it is a special mitzvah to help support the needy in this special time.

To help support a very needy family of 9 residing in Jerusalem, please send support following this paypal link:

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May we merit through the lighting of the Chanukah candles
to prepare the way for the rebuilding of the Third Temple
where the upcoming High Priest will light and shine
the brightest ever Candles of the Future Menorah, Amen.


Sincerely

Meir Elkabas

Sunday, October 16, 2016

SHAKING THE FOUR SPECIES TO THEIR "ROOTS"

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Everything in Creation is made up of combinations of the 4 root elements - earth, wind, fire and water.

This includes the characteristics of mankind:
  • earth - indolence and depression
  • wind - idle and hurtful speech
  • fire - arrogance and anger
  • water - pleasure seeking
Mankind's mission is to rectify, refine and elevate these characteristics by reconnecting them to their source on high - the Four Lettered Name of Hashem (YKVK).

By doing so, ones eyes are truly opened to inner-introspection and one is able to see how one is holding in these characteristics and how to fix them.

However, it is not so easy to obtain clear vision in this world, since this whole world is a major concealment (the Hebrew word for world - OLAM - is etymologically similar to the word for concealment - HA'ALAMAH).

What one needs is an eye-opener - something that will give a person this "spiritual vision" and clarity to see where they are holding in life and how to advance and rectify these characteristics.

This eye-opener - Rebbe Nachman teaches - are the true tzadikim. By "looking" at the tzaddikim, a person's eyes are opened so that he can truly see.

This is hinted to in the verse (Isaiah 30:20): "... and your eyes will see your teacher". The Hebrew words in this verse - ע'יניך ר'ואות א'ת מ'וריך - A'eynekha R'owot E't M'orekha, share the same first letters as the 4 elements, earth, wind, fire and water - E'ish R'uach A'far M'ayim.

This shows that by looking at the tzaddikim, one activates the process of spiritual vision and ability to rectify the characteristics rooted in these four elements.

Since Hashem's Holy Name is to be found in the name of the tzaddikim (as our Sages teach: Hashem's name is joined with our name), it goes to say that looking at the tzaddikim activates one's eyes to be connected to Hashem's Holy 4-Lettered Name and thus lead to the rectification and refinement of all bad characteristics found in the 4 elements.

(For more on this topic and concept please see 
and listen to this playlist: 

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Now, not every person has ready access to such a tzaddik, and the majority of people don't even know where to begin to look to find him.

So, Hashem in His kindness and love for Israel, has given us this golden opportunity to connect to these tzaddikim and to Hashem's Name Himself - through the 4 species.

The Holy Zohar teaches that the 4 species are rooted in the 4 letters of Hashem's Name.

By holding and shaking the 4 species we are actually reconnecting them and us to Hashem's Name through the symbol that they represent. For this reason Torah law states that one must hold the 4 species close to their roots, and if one holds them upside down one must do the mitzvah again:
  • Hadas/Myrtle - the first letter Yod, the sweet and pleasant smell corresponds to rectifying pleasure seeking
  • Aravah/Willow - the second letter Heh, the reddish branch color corresponds to rectifying arrogance and anger (also identified as red)
  • Lulav/Palm Branch - the third letter Vav, the strait and closed middle 2 branches corresponds to rectifying idle and hurtful speech (closing ones 2 lips/mouth)
  • Etrog/Ritual Citron - the last Heh, being pleasant and complete in appearance, smell and taste, corresponds rectifying indolence and depression (these 3 points of the etrog arouse, excite and bring joy to a person)
However the tzaddik is needed in order for little us to properly and in a balanced format activate this to happen.

Thus, the Lulav attached to the Hadas, Aravah and Etrog give the appearance of a quill with the 3 fingers holding it. 

By extending this quill and fingers in all directions, we are showing that we believe in the books and teachings of the tzaddikim (written by hand and with a "quill"), and by learning, teaching and spreading their teachings we enable us and others to "look" at the tzaddikim (see Likutey Moharan lesson 192 that the face of a tzaddik is embedded in the letter combinations of his books/teachings). 

As a result, we merit to activate and fix and refine the characteristics of the 4 elements.

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May we merit this Sukkot holiday to find and seek the tzaddikim  who will help us to properly, truly and honestly see ourselves - who and what we really are - so that we may reconnect to Hashem and rectify everything in life that needs to be rectified, Amen.

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A PERSONAL REQUEST:
To help and send immediate support to a needy family in desperate need of the Holiday necessities, please follow this paypal link:
Please also submit your full name and mother's name so that we can add it to our davening list to be mentioned at the holy cites and graves of tzaddikim here in the Holy Land.

Sincerely and with blessings for a powerful and uplifting Sukkot joy and experience.

Meir Elkabas

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A PERSONAL REQUEST FOR ROSH HASHANAH

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Rosh Hashanah is the time when the whole world is judged—and a time when each and every one of us needs more merits than ever. Repentance, Prayer, and Charity avert severe decrees.
Traveling to Uman, Rosh Hashanah, where we repent, pray, and give charity, on the behalf of ourselves and every person, is a uniquely powerful Breslov tradition, one we cling to despite every hardship and obstacle.
The Breslov Rosh Hashanah gathering officially begins with the Selichot service of Erev Rosh Hashanah, followed by the powerful noon-time Tikkun Haklali said in unison by tens of thousands of pious Jews.
(For an introduction to the concept of Uman Rosh Hashanah, please see this video: UMAN ROSH HASHANAH AND YOU)
Year after year I do everything in my power to be there at this special time, in order to daven for all of Israel and each of you. However, though it is less than a month away, I’m still lacking the funds to make this essential Rosh Hashanah prayer mission a reality.
To get me and my sons there (ages 8 through 16), approx. "$500" is still needed in order to be there (for a detailed breakdown, please email me at: breslovtherapy@gmail.com and I will be happy to send it to you). That’s why I’m asking for your help.


Me and my sons going to Uman

For anyone who is able to help with $36 or more, I’ll pray for you by Rebbe Nachman’s gravesite in Uman.


For those who are able to help with $100 or more, in addition to saying your name for blessings, on Erev Rosh Hashanah I will pray on your behalf by Rebbe Nachman’s grave, and say your name aloud, as I join tens of thousands of other pious Jews in saying Tikkun Haklali.


For anyone who is able to help with $1000 or more, I will offer you one to one learning in Rebbe Nachman’s teachings, four times over the course of one year, in which I will try to help you access your deepest spiritual potential via the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. (Via the phone.) The teachings of the Rebbe have changed my life, and they will change yours. (For more on this please see: http://www.breslov.org/breslov-therapy/).


HELP CAN BE SENT THROUGH THE FOLLOWING PAYPAL LINK:
UMAN ROSH HASHANAH SUPPORT


May we all be inscribed and sealed in the books of the true Tzaddikim for good life, and true peace, and a sweet year. May we all merit through Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s Rosh Hashanah and his teachings to survive this long exile, and properly greet the coming of Mashiach, speedily in our days, Amen.


Shana Tova,


Meir Elkabas

Thursday, June 9, 2016

THE HIDDEN TORAH OF SHAVUOT - THE GATES OF GRATIS KINDNESS

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Prior to the receiving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai on the 6th of Sivan - which includes the emphasis of fulfilling the Mitzvot of the Torah - the world existed without the Torah for a total of 26 generations (from Adam to Moshe).

The question is: if the Torah is our life and sustenance (as we say every day in the morning Sh'ma blessing), how is it that the world could have even existed without the Torah? And yet, the Torah was already in existence before the Creation, and Hashem even used it as His blueprint for Creation. So where was the Torah during this time period before the receiving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai?

The Torah was there but in a very hidden format. The culmination of the entire Torah are the 10 Commandments which were hidden within the 10 Utterances (listed in the depiction of the Creation in Bereishit), which are the makeup of the entire Creation. Since the Torah is life itself, and without it there is no life at all, the Torah then was sustaining in a hidden way all of mankind - gratis. Without earning it, the entire world was sustained through Hashem's endless kindness found within the Hidden Torah.

The same is true today. After having already received the Torah, those who have no affiliation whatsoever with the Torah and it's observance - i.e. the gentiles, the wicked, the simpletons - receive gratis their life source and sustenance from this Hidden Torah. Even the Torah scholar himself, when detached from the Torah and involved in his mundane, physical necessities, must also receive from this Hidden Torah too.

But the question is: if everyone anyways receives life and vitality from the Hidden Torah, then why spend time learning  the "Revealed" Torah - with all of it's mitzvah components - given at Mt. Sinai?

Or better yet, if even the "wicked" also receive vitally from the Hidden Torah, why even work hard at becoming a Tzaddik and a good person?

The truth is, that access today to this unearned kindness of life-force and sustenance of the Hidden Torah is only accessible to the Tzaddikim of the greatest caliber. And these tzaddikim, out of their own good will, give over the bounties of the Hidden Torah to the entire world, even if undeserving. Thus, in truth, a wicked person has no merit to receive life from the Hidden Torah (i.e. he may be undeserving, but he is also damaging). It is just that the Tzaddik has the power and ability to give all levels of undeserving people from this life force.

Because the nature of the Hidden Torah is for the undeserving - i.e. gratis - these Tzaddikim must purposely lower themselves into being a "simple person" for the Hidden Torah to kick-in.

However, there are levels of "how much" an unaffiliated and simple person can receive this vitality and life of the Hidden Torah through  the Tzaddik. This is determined by how much a person is close to the Torah and the Tzaddikim. By learning the Revealed Torah along with coming close to the Tzaddikim, this enables a person to receive much more vitality from the Hidden Torah when necessary.

More than this, the concept of hope no matter how dark and severe the situation, comes from this Hidden Torah too.

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For more explanation and development of these ideas and concepts, please listen to: 

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With this, we can understand the rabbinical teaching that Hashem left room for Moshe to decide that the giving of the Torah should take place on the 6th of Sivan and not on the 5th.

The difference between the 5th and 6th day is in perspective of what day of the Omer-counting it is. The 5th of Sivan is the 49th day of the Omer counting. The number 49 is a multiple of 7. 7 corresponds to the culmination of all Torah study. 6 corresponds to the 6 sections of the Mishnah, which, when developed, includes the entire corpus of the Written and Oral Torahs. 7 - like Shabbat - corresponds to the esoteric and mystical part of the Torah - Zohar and Kabbalah. 50, however, corresponds to a level of Torah from a totally different ballgame - the Hidden Torah.

Hashem left it up to Moshe to decide to give the Torah on the 50th day - the 6th of Sivan. This is because Hashem intentionally made it that only Moshe could tap into the Hidden Torah and activate it to sustain all of the undeserving factions of humanity. Only the Tzaddik, when being a totally simple person, can receive this life sustenance from the Hidden Torah.

Thus, Shavuot, is both the receiving of the Revealed Torah from Hashem and the Hidden Torah through Moshe (and all subsequent Tzaddikim who are at the caliber of Moshe).

May we come ever closer to the Torah and to the Tzaddikim, and thus receive more and more undeserved vitality and gratis life from the Hidden Torah.

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To help a needy family in Jerusalem for the Yom Tov expenses, please follow this paypal link: SUPPORT FOR SHAVUOT


Sincerely and with blessings for a powerful and uplifting Shavuot experience
Meir Elkabas



Thursday, April 21, 2016

It All Depends On Your Attitude



For more fundamentals in Rebbe Nachman's teachings, please see:

CROSSING THE NARROW BRIDGE







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Thank you and Tizku LeMitvzvot.
Meir Elkabas

Reality: It's Not What You Think



For more on tapping into the TRUTH, please read the chapter Truth in the book:

CROSSING THE NARROW BRIDGE



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Meir Elkabas