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Five Essays
About the Mysteries / Kabbalah of
Pesah (Passover)

Each of these essays contains a tremendous wealth of information
about Pesah, the Mitzvot of the Seder, Kabbalistic Meditations,
and how all of this is relevant, vital, and essential for each of us
to integrate within ourselves for the sake of personal perfection.

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To Ignite the Fire, To Remember Freedom
Derush for Shabat HaGadol

“A continuous fire shall burn upon the altar, do not extinguish it.”  (Lev. 6:6).  Regarding this verse, Rabbeynu Yosef Haim writes in his Ben Ish Hai, Drashot: “It appears to me, with the help of heaven, that the [human] heart is called [an] altar.  Therefore, the altar was the heart of the people.  In addition, the treasury of Torah lies within the heart.  Therefore, the [middle letters of the] written out form of [the word] Lev (heart), Lamed, Bet, like this: (Lamed spelled: Lamed, Mem, Dalet), Bet spelled: Bet, Yod, Tav) spell out [the word] Tamid (continuous), spelled Tav, Mem, Yod, Dalet.  This is a hint that the Torah should be placed within the heart continuously.  It should never disappear from there.  Even at times when one is asleep and is dreaming, one should speak word of Torah [within one’s dreams].  This is the meaning of the verse, “I am asleep, but my heart is awake” (SS 5:2).  The Torah is called Fire (Ta’anit 7a), as it is written, “Behold, all my words are fire, says HaShem” (Jer.23:29).  This is why it says, “a continuous fire shall burn upon the altar” [upon the altar] of the heart.  It should never be extinguished.  Of this the verse says, “she reasons that her merchandise is good, her light is not extinguished by night” (Pr.31:9).”

The Archetypal Psychology
of Pesah & Mitzvot

Every year, at Pesah time, a unique vortex is opened in the time-space continuum, which enables a special type of Divine radiance to enter onto the Earth. This cosmic doorway is only open for a very short time, only for a few hours on the night of Pesah.  The Hagadah points out that "one who does not see himself as if he is leaving Egypt has not fulfilled his obligation in the telling of the story." The Exodus is not only an event in our ancient history. It is a continually occurring event, one that receives a dramatic boost every year on Seder eve.  The ancient Sefer Yetzirah, the master guide to understanding the structure of the universe states that there are three general realms referred to as Olam, Shana and Nefesh. Olam (world) refers to the dimension of space. Shana (year) refers to the dimension of time. These two form the presently known space-time continuum in which we live. Yet, there is the third element, the one most people have no idea as to how it connects with the other two. The third element, nefesh (soul) is the realm of the mind, i.e., thought.  Thought, i.e., mind power is the one dimension, which rules over the space-time continuum of Olam – Shana. Thus, it is through Nefesh, i.e., the power of the human mind that we are able to elevate and liberate ourselves from the constricting prison of our material forms. Through the power of TRUE mind, we can again experience what it means to be free souls; souls not in bondage to the limitations of a mind imprisoned by the sensorial senses. 

The Value of Gerim (Converts)
from the Pesah Hagadah

“It once happened that R. Eliezer, R. Yehoshua, R. Elazar Ben Azariah, R. Akiva and R. Tarfon were celebrating the Seder in Benei Brak.   They discussed the Exodus that entire night, until their students came and said to them, our teachers, it is time to read the morning Shema.”  We must understand why the text here says, “the Seder [was in] Benei Brak.  This phrase seems superfluous.  Why should it matter if they were celebrating in Benei Brak or in another place?  The reason why we are informed of this has to do with the fact that they (the Sages) were discussing the Exodus the entire night long, until their students came.  With the help of G-d, I will attempt to explain. It is known that Pharaoh was guilty in that he enslaved Israel not in accordance to the edict from blessed HaShem.  HaShem only decreed exile [for Israel].  Pharaoh took it upon himself to enslave them.  Regarding what the Merciful One said to Abraham, “they shall serve them and be humbled for 400 years,” this in itself is not a part of the [official] edict.  Rather HaShem was informing and revealing to Abraham what the future will hold regarding his children through the choice of Pharaoh and Egypt.  Therefore, were they subject to judgment, and [Israel] went forth prior to their time. 

The Kavanot of the Pesah Seder
from Siddur HaRashash

In order for one to properly understand the mystical significance and the latent spiritual power of the Pesah holiday, I must disclose a tremendous amount of information about the order of sefirotic movements and their relationship to us.  Mystical meditations (kavanot) cannot be understood or performed correctly unless one knows not only what he is doing, but also why this is being done.  The revelation of G-d’s light on Pesah night is unique.  It is a seed and a taste of the coming redemption to be brought to us by the Mashiah.  In order to assist our participation in the mystical side of the Pesah Seder, I must begin with an explanation of the elements involved.  Once these are understood, I can proceed to explain how they are to be used.  I have endeavored to make things are easy to understand as possible.  In doing so, I admit that I have had to leave out many details that the Ari’zal and the Rashash outline in such depth.  I pray to HaShem that my endeavors will assist many in using this material for the sake of the unity of the Holy One, blessed be He and His Shekhina.

The Parting of the Sea
The Secret of Faith And Redemption

“And HaShem said to Moshe, why do you yell at Me, speak to Benei Yisrael and they shall move forward.”  (Ex. 14:15).  “Now the first letters of the words Mah (why) Titz’ak (do you yell) Ali (at Me) (Mem, Tav, Alef), [spell the word] Emet (truth).  This is what is referred to in the Zohar and in the Sifra D’Tzniyuta, that this is dependent upon “Atika” (the Ancient One) Also, the word Ali (to Me, Alef, Lamed, Yod) is numerically equal to 41, which is the number of the 41 letters in the simple Name Ehyeh (EHYH), and its single and double expanded forms.” Sha’ar HaPesukim, although not from Rabbi Haim (m’zulato).  This curious little teaching reveals to us a lesson about one of the greatest of Kabbalistic principles – the secret of Emunah (faith). 

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