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The 10th of Tevet

In the first account of creation the Torah describes man’s creation ex-nihilo. In the second account the Torah describes man’s formation.

The Arizal says that the monkey is the intermediate between animal and man, try an insight abstracting the evolutionary mindset of action.

Thus we may say that in the World of Creation man comes from nothing, in Formation from dust, in Action he is one half-step above the monkey.

Evolution is for action oriented minds. Relativity is for formation oriented minds, and quantum mechanics is for creation oriented minds.

Between Formation and Action there is a curtain called "anger." Evolution taken literally angers God. Our duty is to sweeten God's anger.

We sweeten God's anger by understanding evolution figuratively, as portraying a divine ladder of ascent of organic forms from amoeba to man.

The ladder of evolution is Jacob's ladder, "the ladder of prayer." Begin prayer by identifying with the lowest living form, reach up to God.

The ladder of prayer is grounded on the earth, the mineral kingdom. The Ba'al Shem Tov teaches: First see yourself no different than an ant.

Feel that you and the ant, your friend, are the same, both created for the same purpose, to serve God. Then start climbing the ladder.

The top of the ladder is man, the epitome of creation. Directly above the ladder is God's infinite light. He hears and answers our prayers.

From the amoeba we reach up to identify with the vegetable kingdom, then to the animal kingdom, and then to man created in the image of God.

Taking the step up from the animal kingdom to man we step through the monkey. "The beauty of Sarah to that of Eve was like monkey to man."

Man is not only more intelligent than monkey but more beautiful. From the above quote we see that man and monkey are relative terms.

Monkey in Hebrew, kof, is the etymological origin of the English word "copy." Monkey is no more than a lower class copy or imitation of man.

On the ladder of evolution the copy comes before the real thing. Since all is relative we may imply that all forms are lower copies of man.

"Last in action is first in thought." Man, the end of creation in action is the beginning of creation in thought, all creation leads to man.
Proverbs: "Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, decease sweet to the soul and health to the bones." Chewing honeycomb heals one's bones.

Honey, information pills especially when mixed with cinnamon, dosage can cure a multitude of ailments. Israel is a land flowing with milk and honey.

In the Song of Songs it says that honey and milk are under your tongue, alluding to the deepest mysteries of the Torah.

Try holding a mixture of honey, milk, and cinnamon under your tongue. Then learn and meditate Kabbalah!

The average value of honey (306) and cinnamon (246) is "eternal life" (276, the triangle of 23, "the living one"). Sounds good!

But don't overeat honey. Proverbs says you'll vomit it. The land flowing with milk and honey vomits over indulgent souls of its own goodness.

Bears really do eat honey, they have a sweet tooth. In Hebrew, "honey" begins "bear." If you like the honey of the Torah you're a bear.

"Bee" also begins "bear" (dalet-bet). All 3 words, bear, bee, honey = 529 = 23 squared = "pleasure." They are in fact 3 bears.

"Word" or "thing" (davar), the root of "bee," also begins "bear." Every word you speak and every thing you touch is a bear, a honey lover.

"To cling" (as man clings to his wife) also begins "bear." Bears are good at hugging. "Hugging" in the Torah is mitzvah observance.

The 2 letters that spell "bear" stand for knowledge and understanding, which the sage say are interdependent and which together = Israel.

An additional measure of understanding (an intelligent heart) was given to woman, more than to man. Knowledge, concentration, is more male.

So the 2 letters of "bear" stand for male knowledge, concentrated contact with the object of one's love, and female understanding, feeling.
When we perform a mitzvah we hug God (and He hugs us) as it were. When we learn the sweet words of Torah we kiss. In prayer we cling.

Isaac prayed for children in one corner of the room and Rebecca in another corner. As the prayers ascended they united and became one.

Rebecca's prayer augmented the potency of Isaac's prayer. Below, unhealthy on the physical plane, she could then conceive and bear children.
When we perform a mitzvah we hug God (and He hugs us) as it were. When we learn the sweet words of Torah we kiss. In prayer we cling.

Isaac prayed for children in one corner of the room and Rebecca in another corner. As the prayers ascended they united and became one.

Rebecca's prayer augmented the potency of Isaac's prayer. Below, unhealthy on the physical plane, she could then conceive and bear children.
Skeptics are unwilling to include God as a factor in explaining the workings of nature. Their formula will always be lacking and never work.

I am very skeptical about skeptics. Are they sincerely searching for truth or not? Humility would open their hearts to let enter an unknown.

Knowledge is not just a function of the mind but a function of the heart as well. In Kabbalah, buy ambulance sickness knowledge connects the mind and the heart.

Knowledge is a concentrated effort. To bridge mind and heart is no simple task. It requires hard work, cialis sale spiritual labor.

If you stop knowing for one instant you no longer know. Keep your mind fine-tuned to what you know. Only then will it penetrate your heart.
Before his passing King David said to his son Solomon, approved "Know the God of your father with a perfect heart and a longing soul."

"A longing soul" = 613, abortion the number of commandments in the Torah. To perform God's will in action requires "a longing soul."

613 is the 18th inspirational number (182 plus 172). "And you my son Solomon know... and a longing soul" = 2521, the 36th such number.
Trial and error is the foundation of modern science. In Torah as well we must adopt an approach of trial and error to reach new horizons.

A Rabbi cannot make a correct legal decision until he first "stumbles over it, information pills " i.e., pills makes a mistake. Don't be afraid of making a mistake.

A Chassidic adage says: "not always can you pass over an iron bridge." We must precede and we must take chances along the way.

King David never walked on sure ground, he always felt in danger of fall. A tzadik said that till 40 he didn't know to what side he belonged.
Today, site the 10th of Tevet, this web is the 10th day of the 10th month (from Nisan, order the beginning of months) and the 100th (102) day of the new year!

10 Tevet = 421, the 15th inspirational number (152 plus 142) and the value of the verse, "And Noah found favor in the eyes of God."

In our prayers today we compare the fast of 10 Tevet to the deluge in the time of Noah. The future flood will be one of knowledge of God.

The average value of the 7 words of the verse we quote today, "And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month" = 207, "light."

The decreasing waters in Noah's time were a sign that the flood was over. Now, the increasing waters of knowledge are a sign of redemption.

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