THE KABBALAH OF TIME:
Kahane and Wainer explain that the calendar is the master key to unlock the hidden rationale behind the formal structure of ancient sacred texts, as well as to understand basic mystical concepts. When comprehended within the context of the Jewish calendar, these works reveal the spiritual energy of each week, serving as a practical guide for self-analysis and development.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Week 2 (Book 3): Casting our Ego into Water, Seth and Soulmates, connecting to our Father and preparing for Sukkot.
SONG OF THE SEA: a horse and its rider He cast into
the sea. The Eternal's strength and His vengeance were my salvation;
HAFTORAH: When breaches are made in Israel, when the
people offer themselves willingly, bless the Lord.
TALMUD SOTAH: Daf 2 - How couples are matched and
GENERATIONS FROM ADAM TO THE LAST KING OF JUDAH: Seth
JOURNEYS IN THE DESERT: The children of Israel
journeyed from Rameses and camped in Succoth.
week of the Jewish calendar is the week of Yom Kippur. The Song of the Sea’s
verses are about Hashem casting “horse and rider” in the sea, and how Hashem is
our strength and song, and the source of our salvation. This is the idea of Yom
Kippur, we throw ourselves into the mikvah(here represented by the sea) and we
are purified. As Rabbi Akiva states, Hashem Himself is our mikvah. He is our
strength, song, and salvation – and we only fully realize this on Yom Kippur
itself. (The theme of water and being rescued on Yom Kippur is found in Week 2
of Book 2 as well)
of the Haftorahspeak of the “breaches made in Israel,” and interestingly enough
"breaches" (phra'ot in Hebrew) has the same root as the word for
“Pharaoh.” The verses speak of liberation from “Pharaoh,” who represents the
idea of an oversized ego as well as of stubbornness. Once we recognize the
damage of our ego, and nulify it by giving ourselves willingly to G-d, that is
how to truly bless Hashem on Yom Kippur.
Daf Beit (Folio
2) of Sotah, which is in fact the first daf of the tractate, discusses how
couples are predetermined at the time souls come down from Heaven. Two is about
the concept of a mate. (See Book 1).
as a consolation to Adam and Eve for losing their son Abel. This theme ties in
perfectly with the week of Yom Kippur, in which we do our best to undo past
sins, or better yet transform our sins into merits.
second week, the Jews journey from Ramses and camped in Succoth. (“Ramses”means
the G-d of the sun created him/it). The personal journey is to internalize the
concept that Hashem is our Father and Creator, and now focus on the concept of
Hashem as our protector. In the calendar year, after Yom Kippur, we literally prepare
ourselves for Sukkot.
lesson we learn from Seth in our approach to prayer and Divine service is to truly
understand that Hashem is the Source of all. Seth, Shet in Hebrew, means
foundation and source, like the Even Shetiah, the Foundation Stone, from which
the world was created. (This stone was located in the Holy of Holies, which
would only be accessed once a year, on Yom Kippur) In prayer and Divine
service, we do our utmost to bring down to earth G-d's blessings, bringing the
spiritual down into the material.