Sunday, January 24, 2010

VaEra - Reincarnations of Haran

The reincarnations of Abel continued in the family of Abraham - in Lot, his nephew, and in Haran, his brother. The first letters of “Lot the son of Haran” (לוט בן הרן) constitute the name of Abel (הבל). Haran was burned by Nimrod when he refused to bow down to idols, and was later reincarnated as Aharon. The letters of the name of Aharon contain the letters of the name of Haran.

When Haran was burned, it was not of his own choosing. Abraham was the first one to refuse to bow down to idols, and for this he was thrown into the oven. Haran was waiting to see what would happen to Abraham. When he saw that Abraham was saved, he decided to be on the side of Abraham. They threw him in the oven, and he was burned. Therefore, this burning was not counted a completely meritorious deed for him.

When Haran came back as Aharon, an extra letter Aleph was added to his name. His test was repeated when the people told him, “Come and make a god for us,” and Aharon made an idol, a golden calf. Aharon should have refused and allow himself to be killed, but he did not do it. Instead, his nephew, Hur the son of Miriam, tried to stop the people from worshiping the calf and was killed by them. Hur's soul was from a different root, but a part of Haran was added to him.

Aharon then built (ויבן) the alter. The word ויבן can be translated as “understood”. Aharon understood that Hur had already corrected that part of Haran and reasoned that he did not have to give up his life anymore. However, he was mistaken in this. Therefore his two sons had to die by burning in front of Aharon, just as Haran died in front of his father.

Art: Nicolas Poussin - Adoration of the Golden Calf

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Shemot – Cain and Abel Through Generations

After Abel was born, Adam separated from Eve. For 130 years he met with she-demons and was creating souls stemming from Abel, until they were all completed. Abel had a mixture of Good and Bad in him, with Good being prevalent, and so did all souls stemming from him. Then Adam returned to his wife Eve, and she bore Seth, who was the reincarnation of the good side of Abel.

These souls kept being rectified in mixed multitude and in Jew in Egypt for 130 years, until the rectification process was complete, and after that Moses could be born. Moses “was good”, being the reincarnation of the good side of Abel. In parallel, Amram, the father of Moses, had to separate from his wife until she was 130, to repeat Adam's separation from Eve.

Jethro was the reincarnation of Cain. His other name was Keini, because he was jealous (Kana) of the twin sister of Abel. The Gematria of “Priest of Midian” is the same as “This is Cain”. He used to get into fights like the Kohahim do and like Cain did.

The Egyptian whom Moses killed was the reincarnation of the bad part of Cain. His soul went to connect to Jethro, and this is when Jethro became complete and stopped worshipping idols. Then Jethro gave to Moses his daughter Tzipporah in marriage, thus rectifying the previous fight between Cain and Abel on account of Abel's twin sister.

Art: Titian - Cain and Abel

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Vayechi – Firstborn Reuven Correcting Firstborn Cain

“...And the days of Jacob, the years of his life...”

King Solomon said, “Fear of God adds days, but the years of the bad people are cut off.” A righteous person re-thinks his deeds every day, as if tomorrow he will die. It happens then that every next day of his life is a present, and this is the “Fear of God adds days.” The bad people, however, never think about their death, and it is always unexpected for them; thus their “years are cut off.” Jacob lived every day of his life as a present.

Reuven was a reincarnation of Cain. This is why his mother called him “Reu” (see), “ben” (son) – see my firstborn son, who is going to correct the deeds of another firstborn, Cain. Indeed, instead of killing his brother Joseph, Reuven intended to save him.

However, the fight between Cain and Abel was on account of Abel's twin sister, and that Reuven did not fix. Instead, he removed his father's bed from its tent. As a result, the right of the firstborn was taken away from him, and the next reincarnation of Cain was Jethro.

Art: Vincent Van Gogh - The Bedroom

Friday, January 1, 2010

Vayigash – Jacob's 130 Bad Years

And Jacob said to Pharaoh, - The days of my life were a hundred and thirty years, and they were few and bad...”. Why did Jacob call his years that way?

Adam was reincarnated in Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and this is why they are called “Fathers” - after the first father of mankind. The Lower Soul (Nefesh) of Adam was reincarnated in Abraham, the Spirit (Ruach) in Isaac, and the Higher Soul (Neshama) in Jacob.

Abraham corrected idol worship. Isaac corrected murder. Jacob's task was to correct sexual improprieties, committed by Adam in the 130 years of separation from his wife - with Lilith and Naamah.

The word “bad” mentioned by Jacob is a hint to the following: “Er, Judah's firstborn, was bad...”, “...every thought of man was bad...”. Thus, Jacob's years, being bad, corrected for the previous bad.

After Jacob corrected that, the Higher Soul of Adam entered him, and his life was good, “...and Jacob lived...” for another 17 years, the numerical value of “good.” This is why he went down to Egypt, where the souls created by Adam were reborn.

Art: Peder Severin Krøyer - Three Fishermen Pulling a Boat