Nile crocodile waiting for its prey:  Kabbalah:likens it to Pharaoh

Dealing with Pharaoh

by yedidah on January 20, 2016


“In every generation, a person is obliged to see himself or herself, as if he or she is coming out of Egypt.” Passover Haggadah

Rabbi Ashlag considers a person as a whole world in himself .Therefore, everything that is in the world is also represented within each and every one of us. It is in this spirit that he teaches the inner meanings of the stories of the Torah.

Over these last few weeks we’ve been reading in the Torah the story of the exile and redemption of the Children of Israel in Egypt. So our question is, how do we see this redemption of the children of Israel from the suffering and slavery at the hands of the Egyptians, as processes that also take place within ourselves?

How does the element of Pharaoh manifest within us?  The prophet Ezekiel ( Chap.29) calls  Pharaoh, “The crocodile that lurks in the Nile.”  Like the crocodile the cruel enslaver of the Children of Israel is a hard core of our selfish love that  wants to swallow and devour, not only the  material light that God gives to us, but also any spiritual light that comes our way. He is the ultimate inner hijacker.

How did the Children of Israel fall into his trap then, and how do we get out of his trap now?

The merit of this Torah teaching  in this  podcast is dedicated to Michael Andrew, the son of Jennifer.  May he be blessed with a  Refuah Shlemah, a perfect healing.

Picture credit: “Crocodylus niloticus in Lake Chamo 02” by Bernard Gagnon


Cain and Abel: Inner meanings from the Kabbalah of the Baal HaSulam

Taking it personally: Cain and Abel

by yedidah on October 27, 2014


Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag teaches that through the light of the Torah we can come back to the way of affinity of form with the Creator. This light is most easily accessed in the stories of the revelation of God to our forefathers; stories whose energies can be found within ourselves.

The epic story of Cain and Abel appears on the surface to be a rather sordid story of fraternal jealousy and murder.

But if we look at the underlying elements we find that they indeed are to be found within us.

By considering what the basic identity and makeup of Cain and Abel was,  we can find how they are in fact elements represented in  each one of us. Once we have identified them,  we can ask ourselves the most important question of all: How do we stop our inner Cain “murdering” our inner Abel?

From Rabbi Ashlag’s essay, Torat Hakabbalah Umahutah; the Netivot Shalom on Bereishit, the Zohar Bereishit A and Bereishit B

Picture credit: From the National Geographic Channel ( Video series)


I saw an upside down world

by yedidah February 26, 2014
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The prophet Zechariah  has a vision of the end of days, when the Lord will be One and His Name One.  As part of this vision he says the verse,  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לֹא יִהְיֶה אוֹר יְקָרוֹת וְקִפָּאוֹן: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that there shall not be light that is […]

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One for God and One for Azazel: A talk for Yom Kippur

by yedidah September 11, 2013
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The Temple service on Yom Kippur teaches the consequences of two possible paths:that of the ego or that of service, via the sacrifice of the two he- goats which were chosen by lot. One for God and one for Azazel.. Rabbi Ashlag on the Zohar .

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Joining heart and mind

by yedidah April 25, 2013
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The ego expresses itself through the heart and mind. The Kabblists teach that even though it separates us from the soul and from the Creator, its origin is in the purpose of Creation. The tikkun of the ego leads to the unification of mind, heart and soul to form,a coherent vessel for the light of God. .

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Chanukah: The Triumph of the Soul over the Ego

by yedidah December 10, 2012
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Rabbi Ashlag teaches us that a human being is considered as a small world. The elements of the Bible stories are to be found within each one of us. So inside each of us we have the element of the Children of Israel and the element of Pharoah. We have the element of Jacob and […]

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