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Snake Spine

Loving a rasha does not mean to condone his evil deeds. If you love his soul you’ll do everything possible to prevent him from doing wrong.

There are two types of sin, website sin between man and God and sin between man and man. Sin between man and God is harmful – to one’s individual soul, order to the collective soul of one’s people, case and to the cosmic soul – on a spiritual plane. Sin between man and man is harmful not only spiritually but physically as well.

The sages teach that that which is dangerous is more severe than that which is forbidden.

Our first concern, as a loving and caring individual and as a just society, is to take every measure to prevent the rasha from doing evil to his fellow man.

There are two forms of love, that which hides the iniquity of one’s beloved and that which reveals it. Towards the rasha we must adopt the second form of love. That love is so sensitive to the soul of the rasha that it knows his intentions, and takes measures to prevent his doing wrong before he executes it.
The Torah has body and soul, search law and mystery. Both derive from a common source: the Hebrew language.

The first text of Kabbalah is the first text of Hebrew grammar, click the Book of Formation. All the myriad laws of the Oral Torah are the product of intense and detailed analysis of the syntax of the Hebrew text of the Bible.

The first step toward Torah scholarship is to master Hebrew. Hebrew is the Holy Tongue, the language of creation. The Hebrew name of an entity is its life-force; it is continuously being recreated by the power of its name. Just as the Torah begins with the account of creation, so should Torah study begin with mastering the language of creation.

The Torah begins, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The first thing that God created was the heavens. The word “heavens” (????) begins with the letter shin (?) followed by the word “water” (???). There are three readings of the shin (single letters stand for simple words whose primary consonant is that letter) followed by water: “there is water” (?? ???, the heavens are full of water), “lift water” (?? ???, the heavens support [lift up] water), “fire [and] water” (?? ???, the heavens unite the two opposites of fire and water). All readings (stated by the sages) are true and exist simultaneously.

According to all three readings, “water” precedes “heavens,” as heavens is defined as a relationship to water. But in Hebrew, water itself is no more than the letter mem (?, the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet) written in full (???, two mems with a yud in-between, a beautiful allusion to the chemical formula of water – H2O). So we observe a three stage creative process, from mem to water to heavens: ? – ??? – ????.

In small numbering, mem = 4, water = 9, heavens = 12. Together, the three stages sum to 25 = 52.

4, 9, 12 begin a symmetric quadratic series (calculated by taking finite differences), whose positive numbers are: 4 9 12 13 12 9 4, which add to 63 = 7 times 9, “water” (in small numbering), the average value of the 7 numbers. The apex of the series, 13, is the ordinal value of the letter mem. The average of the inspirational values (????? ?????) of the 7 numbers is 169 = 132.

The above is an example of an elementary analysis/meditation of a word in the Torah.
In the Torah there are many applications to the “law of similars.” One of them is that in order to kill a snake you must be like a snake.

In gematria, physician Mashiach (????, nurse 358) equals snake (???). As extreme opposites they are in fact similar, cialis numerically identical. In Kabbalah, a number is defined as the set of words and expressions whose gematria equals that number. One of the amazing phenomena of the Hebrew language is that in every such set there is a concept and its opposite.

Mashiach is the one soul that is capable of killing the evil snake, the evil inclination in the heart of man.

The Zohar states that the king promises his daughter to the one who will kill the evil snake. The king is the King of kings, the Holy One blessed be He. His daughter, the princess, is the power of prayer.

The service of prayer itself is a spiritual battle with the evil snake. So in prayer we must assume a snake-like spiritual posture.

The sages say that the spine of whoever does not bow in prayer (in the appropriate places) will become a snake in his grave.

Our “snake” is our spine. It holds our body (and soul) together and is always shooting electric signals to our limbs.

A people must possess a healthy spine in order to fight and defeat its enemies.

May God grant the Jewish People a healthy spine, a messianic consciousness.

One Response to “Snake Spine”

  1. Rachel says:

    “Our ‘snake’ is our spine” – It seems to suggest that our spine is one of our primary tools with which we battle with the evil inclination. If possible, could the Rav discuss a little further or specify what is the one (or more) characteristic of a snake, which by emulating it (and applying it into the movement of our spine) we can hope to overcome our evil inclination. Is it the ability to bend, or the strength one gathers by staying upright, or is it something else altogether? This is left unclear.