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Snails shoot love darts at one another. But you don’t have to be a snail. People do it with their eyes and their tongue.

A sign of love is lightning in your eyes. Lightning is God’s arrow. The tongue is also likened to an arrow. Shoot love darts to God.

Snails only shoot their love darts when close up to one another. Hardly able to see they feel the presence of the other. So for us and God.
The greatest mitzvah in the Torah is redeeming souls from captivity. Today that means those that are caught up in false belief systems.

Redeeming captives is different than it used to be. Once it was simply a matter of paying the ransom. Today, ask it’s by spreading light.

But even today there’s a monetary ransom to pay. We need technology to spread the light, it’s not for free, but a little goes a long way.
Some people have a sick evil inclination, buy others have a healthy one. Better to have a healthy one and face the challenge of taming it.

We have all succumbed to our evil inclination. “A tzadik falls seven times and rises.” Even God regrets having created the evil inclination.

But now that it’s created and inside of us we have to learn how to control it. We can even transform its energy to good.

The great Kabbalist, order Abulafia, drug said that God’s 4 letter Name stands for “the good inclination and the evil inclination” = 903, the sum of all numbers from 1 to 42.

God’s essence is absolute good. His Name unites the energies of good and evil so that both serve the purpose of good.

Both “good” (???), 17, and “evil” (??), 270, share the form of n^2 not clear – 19 (= Eve). n = 6 gives good, n = 17, good, gives evil.

The 1st positive result for n^2 – 19 is n = 5 which gives 6. Continue as an algorithm: n = 6 gives 17, good, and n= 17 gives 270, evil.

Thus, 6 generates good which in turn generates evil. 6 is the letter vav, “and” in Hebrew. The 3 stages are thus “good and evil.”

The first vav in the Torah, the 22nd letter of the first verse, is the “and” that connects the heavens to the earth, up and down.

The triangle of 22, 253, is the difference between good, 17, and evil, 270. 253 is also the 7th Magen David number.

God both regrets having created the evil inclination and is happy about it at the same time, foreseeing the tzadikim transforming it to good.

Regret, 222, and happiness, 353, add to 575 = the evil inclination!

For us, the evil inclination is both a source of regret, if we succumb to it, and a source of happiness, if we conquer it and transform it.

The phrase ‘Havayah Elokim created the evil inclination’ comprises 6 words and 21, the triangle of 6, letters. It = 1296 = 36^2 = 6^4.

The phrase ‘a healthy [from the root to create] evil inclination’ = 788 = David (14) plus Bat Sheva (774) = shalom bayit, domestic peace.

The Maggid of Mezritch, the successor of the Ba’al Shem Tov, explained that “evil” in Hebrew simply means “below.” It is lower reality.

God created the world with a passion to dwell below. Why? We can’t know. To realize His passion we must transform evil to good.
Some people have a sick evil inclination, buy others have a healthy one. Better to have a healthy one and face the challenge of taming it.

We have all succumbed to our evil inclination. “A tzadik falls seven times and rises.” Even God regrets having created the evil inclination.

But now that it’s created and inside of us we have to learn how to control it. We can even transform its energy to good.

The great Kabbalist, order Abulafia, drug said that God’s 4 letter Name stands for “the good inclination and the evil inclination” = 903, the sum of all numbers from 1 to 42.

God’s essence is absolute good. His Name unites the energies of good and evil so that both serve the purpose of good.

Both “good” (???), 17, and “evil” (??), 270, share the form of n^2 not clear – 19 (= Eve). n = 6 gives good, n = 17, good, gives evil.

The 1st positive result for n^2 – 19 is n = 5 which gives 6. Continue as an algorithm: n = 6 gives 17, good, and n= 17 gives 270, evil.

Thus, 6 generates good which in turn generates evil. 6 is the letter vav, “and” in Hebrew. The 3 stages are thus “good and evil.”

The first vav in the Torah, the 22nd letter of the first verse, is the “and” that connects the heavens to the earth, up and down.

The triangle of 22, 253, is the difference between good, 17, and evil, 270. 253 is also the 7th Magen David number.

God both regrets having created the evil inclination and is happy about it at the same time, foreseeing the tzadikim transforming it to good.

Regret, 222, and happiness, 353, add to 575 = the evil inclination!

For us, the evil inclination is both a source of regret, if we succumb to it, and a source of happiness, if we conquer it and transform it.

The phrase ‘Havayah Elokim created the evil inclination’ comprises 6 words and 21, the triangle of 6, letters. It = 1296 = 36^2 = 6^4.

The phrase ‘a healthy [from the root to create] evil inclination’ = 788 = David (14) plus Bat Sheva (774) = shalom bayit, domestic peace.

The Maggid of Mezritch, the successor of the Ba’al Shem Tov, explained that “evil” in Hebrew simply means “below.” It is lower reality.

God created the world with a passion to dwell below. Why? We can’t know. To realize His passion we must transform evil to good.
The 3 basic nutrients are carbohydrates, generic proteins, shop and fats. Spiritually, they correspond to acts of kindness, prayer, and Torah study.

The Torah describes the most basic act of kindness as providing the poor with bread – carbohydrates.

The service of prayer, compared to that of animal sacrifice, requires great strength – proteins.

Generally speaking, saturated fats are bad for your health whereas unsaturated fats are good. Torah study which saturates your ego is bad.

Unsaturated fats are characterized as possessing double bonds. Learning Torah creates the double bond of Israel to the Torah to God.

In Hebrew, “fat” comes from the root meaning “oil.” The Torah, especially its innermost dimension, is likened to pure olive oil.
Three great questions: What? How? Why? What‘s out there (or in here), information pills how did it get there, information pills and why was it put there?

Science is good at what. Not so good at how. But why is totally beyond it.

In Kabbalah, buy more about what is wisdom, how is understanding, and why is knowledge.

Sometimes understanding is identified with the question who? After seeing what’s there then one asks who put it there, and why.

Indeed, in Kabbalah understanding has two levels or “persona,” the higher asks who did it and the lower asks how did he do it.

The question how relates to process, to change, to evolution. Understanding is the mother in whose womb the embryo grows.

When we said that science is good at answering the question what, we meant the material what. It has no clue as to the inner spiritual what.

The two levels of what, material and spiritual, correspond to two levels of wisdom, “Israel the elder” and “the higher father” in Kabbalah.

In a rectified faith system the question why assumes that everything that God does is for the good of all, for He is absolute good.

So the question why, like why is there suffering in the world, asks what is the ultimate good purpose behind it that makes it worthwhile.

The dependence of knowledge on faith (as in asking why) is a great pillar of the Torah. On the Tree of Life knowledge is under faith.

Faith, 102, and knowledge, 474 = 576 = 24^2. 24 = 4! (the number of permutations of a 4 letter word). 4 = 2^2. Beautiful inter-inclusion.

Faith, the highest power of the soul, reflects itself in kingdom, the lowest. Knowledge reflects in foundation, just above kingdom.

We saw that faith, 102, and knowledge, 474 = 576 = 24^2. So do foundation, 80, and kingdom, 496.

The inner experience of foundation is “truth” in the sense of self-fulfillment. It comes with the answer to the question why?

The inner experience of kingdom is “lowliness” in the sense of no matter how far away I am from God He is always close to me. This is faith.
There are many worlds. In the highest spiritual World of Emanation there is no consciousness other than that of God.

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The Bible speaks of two “rods, visit web ” a “pleasant rod” and a “harmful rod.” The rod – a symbol of discipline – can be either pleasant or harmful.

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In our “forgiveness” prayers we say “perhaps He will have mercy.” “Perhaps” implies that God’s mercy comes from a truly super-rational realm

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The People of Israel is God’s chosen people. The Land of Israel is His chosen land. God gave Israel to Israel. Israel belongs to Israel.

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The Ba’al Shem Tov said, "Where you think is where you are" and "where you will is where you are." Think/will to be together with good souls.

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Forget those unpleasant experiences that would lead you to bear grudges towards others. Remember the unpleasantness that you caused others.

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We beseech the Almighty: "May the Holy Temple be built speedily in our days, ampoule and give us our (individual) portion in Your (eternal) Torah."

The offerings we bring to God in the Temple ascend to the origin of the Torah in His Infinite Light which then descends to each of our souls.

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The word must get out, be heard by the world. There must be a proper balance between deliberate speech (not noise) and accelerated action.

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To be symmetric means to look the same from different perspectives. Every phenomenon we see, no matter where we look, we see One God.

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The beauty of a bride is in her eyes. The bride is Shabbat, she lights the Shabbat candles and prepares its delights - "love in delights."

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Did you pray today? Did you learn Torah today? Did you do a good deed today? These are the questions I should ask myself many times a day.

Praying, learning, doing mitzvot by rote does not fulfill God's desire. He wants us to serve Him in joy and awe, with love and devotion.

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We ask God to inscribe us in five books, the books of: life, salvation, sustenance, merits, forgiveness. Contemplate the order of the books.

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The rebuke of one unworthy to rebuke fills the air with a bad odor. If you feel the need to rebuke others, first rebuke yourself.

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There is nothing to fear except One God who is absolute good. To fear Him means to fear losing consciousness of Him, to fear forgetting Him.

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Science is a product of the mind. Art is from the heart. Relative to one another science is male and art is female. Heart: he loves art.

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On Sukot we read Ecclesiastes. The message: All is vanity so don't care about what befalls you, just fear God and perform His will with joy.

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The four days between Yom Kippur and Sukot correspond to the four letters of God's essential Name, Havayah - the power to unite awe and joy.

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Learn how to breathe chedva, joy, according to the rhythm 8-4-6-5, the values of chedva's 4 letters.

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Did you ever try not to think? If you succeed you will see great light, which will keep you going for the next million thoughts.

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Some women are cold to their husbands, as are some husbands to their wives. In Hebrew one says "not terrible" (lo nora).

"Not terrible" = 288. 288 sparks fell into mundane reality, for us to redeem, by heat or by cold.

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"The best of doctors goes to hell" means that he's always on call to go to hell to heal his patients.

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"If good is good is better not better?!" Don't suffice with good if you can do better. Bet on better.

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God said to Adam, "You may eat from all the fruit of the garden, except for...." First give plenty before you withhold a little.

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In folk etymology woman is woe to man, for her part in the primordial sin. Not so in Hebrew, "woman" is from "man," and Eve is from "life."

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Did you ever listen to a frog? It says "Blessed be the Name of the glory of His kingdom for ever and ever."

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Did you ever hear a snake say, "God upholds the fallen and lifts up the bowed down"?

Before the sin the snake had legs. After the sin they were amputated. The legless killer still moves fast.

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God's Name Havayah appears 1820 (= 70 times 26) times in the Torah. "The secret (70) of Havayah (26) is to those that fear Him."

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"David king of Israel is alive forever." He is called a "miscarriage." Like the moon that waxes and wanes he continuously dies and is reborn.

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Rabbi Bunim said: Only smart - a thief! Only loving - an adulterer! Only religious - an idolater! You have to be all: smart-loving-religious

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For intellectuals, even Torah scholars, self-sacrifice is more difficult than for simple Jews. The mind blocks the essence of the soul.

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Someone just mailed me, "Mazel Tov! It's a girl!!" In Hebrew, the full phrase (Mazel Tov! Bat!) = 496 = kingdom (malchut), femininity.

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A green light means go ahead, a red light means stop. In Kabbalah, green is truth and red is fear. Truth motivates going ahead without fear.

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The thought that "if I'll learn this I'll have to change my outlook on reality" is intimidating. It creates a state of cognitive dissonance.

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"God encourages the humble" may be read "God awakens the humble." Waking up is the greatest encouragement.

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Cognitive dissonance is possessing two thoughts or opinions that don't harmonize with one another. Chassidut resolves cognitive dissonance.

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