The Ten Commandments are given to all of mankind. There are seven Noahide commandments that are applicable to those who do not choose to become Jewish and thereby become obligated to keep all 613 of the commandments.
The overriding message of the commandments is to bring Hashem’s compassion into the world. If we look at each of the seven noahide laws and the ten commandments, we see that when we are aware that there is a Creator that was, is, and always will be, we sense the holiness with love and awe. The Creator is above time and space. The Creator is One.
Comprehending that every person is made in His Image and is a beloved creation, there is an inherent respect for every being and everything in the world. What interferes with our seeing this is our limbic system, which is there to give us real free will. It is up to us to choose to emulate Hashem’s love OVER our natural survival instincts. It is up to us to turn to Hashem and ask for our needs rather than to break one of the commandments and cause hurt or damage to another’s image or property.
What holds us back is that we do not recognize that what we believe we are doing for a good reason may actually be inadvertently causing damage. This is true most of the time we say or do something from a place of pain. Our first step must always be to remember that there is a Creator Who designs the world and all that happens, and that He sends to us only what we need in order to repair our will and choose to align with His Love and Compassion and Commandments.
We are required to set up court systems, for Hashem loves justice. The justice of Hashem has much mercy, for who could live with strict justice?
Our limbic systems are on red alert when people say hurtful remarks and we speak hurtfully back. Much can be done to widen the range of ways our emotions flow when we experience such strong reactions. If we understand that Hashem wants us to unify with Him, every moment can be a journey where we become HUman – Hashem-Unified-man. We can bring spiritual consciousness into our every moment.
Imagine a world where everyone approached life with spiritual awareness. We would understand that we are here to bring out the compassion of the One Creator and to avoid at all costs placing another person into a state of distress.
Would that help us choose our words more carefully? Would we realize the futility of not bringing Hashem into the picture and thereby balancing our more volatile reactions with wisdom and love? Would we be able to discuss difficulties only after first unifying our hearts with Hashem’s lovingkindness and clinging to Him as our primary interest?
Yes, we would live with uncertainty regarding outcomes, but we would trust in Him. And THAT means that we know there is No Other Power. We would forgo the apparent effectiveness of powerful tactics in favor of being connected to the One Eternal Loving Creator out of love for Him and awe that we would not wish to cause Him pain.
When we are seething, let us stop and realize our vulnerability and survival depend only on Hashem. There is No Other Power. Our emotions may not recognize this. However, we have real free will to take a moment, feel the darkness, and realize that such intensity is light concealed – Hashem Himself is there, ready to bring His Light, IF we recognize Him in the darkness and ask for the light to come into our hearts so that we experience His Love instead of the pain and suffering.
We have real free will to do this.
May we each desire to take our next step closer to the Creator, to emulate His Love and Mercy. May we bring compassion into our hearts and flow it towards giving understanding, love, assistance and caring to others. May those in need be able to receive the love, removing whatever darkness the limbic system initially feels that might be blocking Hashem’s love from being felt. Know His Love is there at all times. Turn to Him before speaking or acting, in heartfelt prayer, asking to want NOT to want the experience of darkness.
The journey towards growing in spiritual consciousness is not a straight incline up. Grappling with the challenges of living in the present moment means that we confront a range of thoughts and emotions and experience movement within us. Understanding that movement is crucial. And understanding the importance of bringing Hashem into the picture is essential. Bringing Hashem into the picture when we experience movement is what heals. Yet often, despite our intellectual desire to bring Hashem into the picture, something within our will is not on board.
Achashveros wanted to “celebrate” that the temple was not rebuilt. Mordechai told the Jewish people not to go – it was the ten days of repentance and not appropriate. Many of us were “giving up” on the temple being rebuilt. Many went to enjoy the kosher food and wine.
Imagine if a person were holding onto a piece of driftwood in the ocean, hoping for rescue. After many long scary hours, a ship comes by and sees the person. They throw the person a lifeline. But the person does not want to let go of the driftwood that has been keeping the person alive. So one of the people on the ship, realizing the person must be in a daze from the tribulations, goes into the water and puts the person’s hand onto the rope. But the person does not hold on. The person returns both hands to the driftwood.
So the rescuer tries to grab the person and swim the person nearer to the ship so that a net could be lowered. But the person bites and kicks and cries and the rescuer has no choice but to back off. The person grabs the driftwood for dear life, crying now at the terrible turn of events that almost caused the person to lose the salvation of the driftwood.
The ship remains there. They try to send lifeline after lifeline. The ship waits to rescue the person.
To hold onto Hashem in order to do His Will, we let go of our will. For intellectually acquired goals, this is a choice we make with logic and inspiration.
With heartfelt anxieties, traumas, coping mechanisms and more, we want to let go of our will. Or, we say we want to let go of our will. We want to not want what happens inwardly in the flash of a moment. Yet it happens anyway. We shake. We panic. We hurt. We anger. We over-indulge.
If we could see the lifeline thrown to us, would we grab it? Or would we fight it, with heartfelt tears and complaints that we are injured by the lack of caring! Dramatically, we instantly express our pain – we are not understood, we are not loved, we are being erased, no one cares, we are forgotten, how could you, etc. etc etc.
The lifeline being thrown to us is the Torah. Only Torah redeems us from the grips of inward movement. The inward movement is powered by the Shechina in exile – a condition Hashem agrees to in order to give us real free will.
Our inward movement often feels like it has a life of its own, and we feel a victim of it. That is the perception of our animal soul and the more we listen to it, the more obscured Hashem’s constant love and compassion becomes. Our actions and speech in concert with perceptions add more distance.
With effortful prayer, we describe to Hashem that we want to not want what we are moving toward. We acknowledge the truth, which is that Hashem is concealed within our experience and perception but we know that He is with us in this very moment, despite the darkness. Hold onto that truth. With inner will, want to connect to His Love out of a desire to be a channel for that love to come into the world.
It means letting go of the desires of our self-referencing will. It means telling Hashem that we realize we want something but we truly want to not want it because it is causing us terrible suffering and pain. It means dedicating the light concealed in that self-referencing will to Hashem’s will. It means living with trust despite uncertainty in what the outcome will be. It means asking Hashem to please help us mature our intellect with wisdom and a yearning to grow in spiritual consciousness. It means asking Hashem to please help us flow our emotions and deeds into the world from that place of spiritual consciousness that we are asking Him to grant us.
Each time we make this effort to move towards Hashem by being spiritually conscious of Him in moments of darkness, we are going beyond our nature. Only Hashem can go above nature, but we have real free will to want to go above our natural will. In truth, our will is to do His Will. His Will is that we recognize Him as being the Source Powering the darkness. This means moving ourselves to a place of trust so that we are willing to live with uncertainty regarding the circumstances. We trust we are totally within His loving embrace despite how it feels. Trusting in His Love and feeling love for Hashem and yearning to feel His Love so that we may reveal His Love sincerely is what brings us closer. Something of His Infinity filling and concealed in the darkness is then able to be acquired in our hearts, in this world. This gives us an inner simcha. Hashem is the Giver. Our soul is unified with Him through our effort
But more importantly, we become a channel through which His Compassion comes into the world. When we felt it as darkness, it was concealed light somewhere within us. We experienced it as pain or lack and flew past that point to consider habits and patterns that would just continue with self-defeating, frightened or hurtful actions.
When we make the effort, the Infinity Hashem conceals in our inner world to give us real free will is able to be acquired in our hearts and revealed.
We are here to fix our will. We are here to bring our will FROM reacting to Infinite light concealed in order to give us real free will TO His Will.
Judge others favorably. Do not bear a grudge. And do not enjoy a sense of pleasure from recognizing the errors of others.
On Purim, we are to give charity to anyone who asks, without first assessing deservedness. We instructed to give in this way on Purim because it is a repair to the damage that Haman/Amalek brings upon us.
May the charity we give on Purim be an inoculation for year-round regarding our quickness to judge others or to feel slighted. Could we be less judgmental with each other? Do we have to experience other’s remarks with a painful interpretation? Must we turn the tables and use power to accomplish our goals? Do we really know? Can we live with uncertainty and trust Hashem more?
Imagine if we could walk into the Bais HaMikdosh and see open miracles. We would come and bring our animal sacrifices and be purified.
We have been without the first Bais HaMikdosh for over 2400 years and have suffered through many tribulations .
Imagine for a moment, right now, that our hearts hold a way to bring a sacrifice that would purify us. Would you be interested? Relief from anxieties, relief from addictions, healing of pain and more. Surely we long for such a day.
What effort could we make, in our personal lives, to bring us on a path to that day?
Most of us have trigger points that we feel “take over”the controls…we end up feeling like victims of what we are experiencing. How could a thought or feeling or reaction be so forceful when it is not “alive?” And what steps are available to us that restore our security and joy?
Would you consider that Hashem has subjugated Himself to our will JUST to give us the opportunity to recognize that there is No Other Power? Our will is our desires. It is stimulated by many externalities and false beliefs. Consider: three is No Other Power. Hashem creates a being that can recognize Him, ask for its needs, upon whom He then bestows the good. The good is not in the circumstance but rather in the resulting feeling of wholeness and simcha that far surpasses the original external pursuit.
We may be familiar with our triggers, our patterns, our repeated mistakes and the impacts we have on others. We may be filled with regret. But are we able to change?
On our own, we cannot. We may make small steps, and we may reach bigger milestones. We may stop doing damaging things. In order to uproot the matter from our heart though, we need Hashem’s help. Why?
Whatever it is that is operating within our makeup so forcefully is filled by the Shechina in galus in nature. Hashem agrees to be concealed there JUST to give us real free will. He desires that we recognize that He is concealed there, in our unconscious and subconscious mind. knowing our patterns after much self-reflection, are we ready to bring the Shechina that is concealed within it and vitalizing something painful to instead bond with our spiritual being and shine through us into the world ?
The goal of our journey is to lovingly say “Hashem I want to not want the urges and natural experience that floods my system. I know that the power is Yours that is filling it. There is No Other Power. I love You. It is my will to be a strong vessel and channel to bring into the world Your Compassion instead. This is my desire. Please help me.”
Be prepared for the next round, the voice of doubt, the force the Shechina is concealed within that desires to tell us that Hashem doesn’t exist, isn’t listening, doesn’t care, or thinks we are bad and won’t help. These types of messages are made worse because all of the exiles, executions, mass murders, and persecutions seem to validate that false message. Again, repeat, “Hashem I want to not want the urges and natural experience that floods my system. I know that the power is Yours that is filling it. There is No Other Power. I love You. It is my will to be a strong vessel and channel to bring into the world Your Compassion instead. This is my desire. Please help me.”
Love Hashem and breathe, remembering that Yitzchok at the akeida was a female soul unable to have children until something from the experience mixed into his spiritual being. In Hallel, tehillim 113 says that the barren mother becomes the glad mother of children. Our binah, which is gevurah, is “barren” until it receives chochma and then together, chochma and binah bear the “children,” the emotions, with daas, integrated understanding of Hashem. It is a gift from Hashem when we receive a spark of Infinity.
Yet we are here to make the effort of wanting to not want our natural state and recognizing that it is Hashem’s force that is in exile there. We love Him. We recognize His Power. We know in its pure state He is love and mercy. And we want Him. We want His Will.
What we are doing when we make this effort is bringing a korbon. Korbon means to draw closer. We want the Shechina in galus in our false beliefs to be drawn from the pain He is animating to the spiritual being and intellect that desires Him. Thus, our love for Hashem and our desire for Him – to be a channel for His Will- must be our sincere truth.
After all of these years “going it on our own”, perhaps we can see that it is time to be ready for the truth, that through our own volition, we can bring our “image” to the “altar” and draw forth that spark of Infinity intended for us so that we may be the channel He Creates, upon whom He wishes to bestow the blessings. What does it require? Recognition of the Creator. Asking Him to help. Choosing to bring His Will into the world, meaning to bring Compassion and healing and love and peace into the world.
Are we ready to get over our image? Can we see that what is blocking us is filled by His Power, blinding us? Hashem is One. There is No Other. We all heard these commandments. Is it time to let go of our false beliefs?
May we all truly hear parshas Zachor and annihilate with fiery love for Hashem the darkness that blocks us from submitting to Him. Recognizing Him as the Power that fills our blocks IS the Power we need for healing. Trust in Him. Ask Him to help.
Every day we wait and yearn for the Moshiach, for the day when the final redemption will come. Moshe Rebbeinu redeemed the Jewish people from the galus of Mitzrayim. It is said that his soul will be a spark of the soul of Moshiach.
Moshe Rebbeinu is known for being the only prophet who could speak to Hashem face to face. His humility was the highest possible. His prophecy is the way we received the Torah.
What are we yearning for? To understand this properly may help us make an important effort.
Hashem’s Infinite light remains concealed by the natural world. However, Hashem is here, in every atom, in every thought, in every circumstance.
If Hashem’s Infinite light is here right here and right now, what are we yearning for? If we are yearning for Hashem’s Infinite light to be here, it means that we are unaware that it IS here! Thus, what we are yearning for is that His Infinite Light be experienced as its truth, as His Compassion, as a feeling we experience as joy and simcha.
Just as the manna took on the taste of whatever the person eating it thought of, so too our experience of the Infinte Light in this world can be experienced as pain or simcha…IF we are truly aware that His Infinite LIght is filling all the worlds. While we cannot take the experience of simcha for ourselves, we CAN yearn for it and ask. Hashem desires a creation that recognizes Him, that asks for its needs, upon whom He can bestow the good.
What is our role? What feels to us as absence and moves us to our core fears IS Infinite light! Recognize the Creator! There is no Other Power! We have horrible internal thoughts and interpretations of what we are lacking….hold onto His Throne of Honor tightly, that He is the Only Being with any value ….and notice and name every thought that is filled with His Love but distorted by our experience and immature intellect. Be aware that the power in what we are experiencing is His Infinite Light, concealed. Tell Hashem that we want to NOT WANT the way we are experiencing His Infinite LIght. Tell Him we want to experience His Infinite Light as compassion so that we may be a channel to bring His Light into the world.
In so doing, we open our hearts as a vessel yearning to hold His Compassion in a revealed form rather than in its current state – concealed by our false beliefs in an inner subjective world. IF we are willing to submit our subjective inner world to the truth of His Compassion, THEN we are aware that He is with us, right here, right now, and that WE can be better, more truthful vessels and channels. Our sincerity matters. When we are sincere, Hashem gives us the gift of something from His Infinite Light unifying with our spiritual being. This unifies our soul and unifies us with Him.
May we each find a way to do this today, to release a spark of Infinite Light from a constricted false place, acquire it, feel its compassion, and be a channel to bring that compassion into the world.
Thursday is zion Adar. What a great way to remember Moshe Rebbeinu and sincerely yearn, with emunah and wisdom, for the Moshiach.
Every year, before we hear the Megillas Esther, we are required to hear Parshas Zachor, where the Torah tells us to remember how Amalek attacked the stragglers in the desert even as Hashem’s Presence was leading the Jewish people through the desert with the cloud of glory, the pillar of fire, and the well of Miriam – wind, fire and water. Amalek hated us so much they just wanted to dampen our connection with an attack.
In our personal inner worlds, we experience this force dividing us from what we know is the truth. The truth is that Hashem is all loving and all present and totally One. Because our spiritual being is in a garment called a body, and because we ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, our natural condition is to perceive physicality, experience our limited interpretation of what we perceive, and feel movement based on natural survival instincts and education in time and space to take a powerful action that we believe comes from our own hand. When someone triggers us and our natural fight flight or freeze response is triggered, this is our opportunity to eliminate Amalek from our inner world! We can regulate ourselves back to the truth by recognizing that the Infinity enlivening the movement within us is Hashem’s Love itself. He is willing to be in exile in a putrid place in order to give us the opportunity to absorb that drop of Infinity and “fertilize” our spiritual being so that we attach to Him for all eternity. Right now, we are attached to our bodies and physicality. By choosing to absorb that Infinity, our spiritual being attaches through awareness of Hashem while we are alive, and that attachment is with us for all eternity!!!!!
When the spark of Infinity that Hashem conceals within our challenges is absorbed by us, the pain dissolves. The circumstances may remain, but our emotional connection to the circumstances is transformed.
May we each, in our inner worlds, really hear Parshas Zachor and do the work to absorb the Shechina, the drop of Infinity in galus in the kelipas. And may our awareness of Hashem bring us to live in this world from the tree of Life, with a new light, with joy and simcha, achdus and unity with Hashem and each other.