The Prayer of Invocation

-EARTH CYCLE INVOCATION-
Face North
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In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Under the Divine Authority of AGLA, I call upon the Great Archangel of the North and of Earth, the “Light of God”; AURIEL! I ask that you descend from the heavens, clad in robes of Black and White, bearing the Pentacle, to protect me, my loved ones, and this place from the influence of evil, to witness, direct, and bless my petitions, and to search my soul for the sincere desire to grow with the Grace of the Almighty.

I ask for you to provide the blessings of Earth to solidify my reasoning, to reinforce my dependability for the sake of my service toward both God and Man, to strengthen my endurance to persevere through the trials of life and the temptations of the material world, and to keep me from becoming closed off to the manifestations of Blessed Enlightenment. Bestow upon me these gifts so that I may approach a higher level of being, and to expand my consciousness toward the manifestation of thoughts, words, and actions that are aligned with the purity of the Divine Will.

Archangel Auriel, I humbly ask of your guidance and to bless this endeavor with the Grace granted from the Most High God the Father +, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ +, and the illuminating essence of the glorious Spirit Most Holy +. Amen.

-AIR CYCLE INVOCATION-

Face East

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In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Under the Divine Authority of YHVH, I call upon the Great Archangel of the East and of Air, the “Healing of God”; RAPHAEL! I ask that you descend from the heavens, clad in robes of Yellow and Purple, bearing the Sword, to protect me, my loved ones, and this place from the influence of evil, to witness, direct, and bless my petitions, and to search my soul for the sincere desire to grow with the Grace of the Almighty.

I ask for you to provide the blessings of Air to empower my intellect, to sharpen my understanding of spiritual substance, to balance my imperfect judgement with inspired wisdom, and to turn me away from empty distractions and focus me on Holy Truths. Bestow upon me these gifts so that I may approach a higher level of being, and to expand my consciousness toward the manifestation of thoughts, words, and actions that are aligned with the purity of the Divine Will. 

Archangel Raphael, I humbly ask of your guidance and to bless this endeavor with the Grace granted from the Most High God the Father +, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ +, and the illuminating essence of the glorious Spirit Most Holy +. Amen.

-FIRE CYCLE INVOCATION-

Face South

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In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Under the Divine Authority of ADONAI, I call upon the Great Archangel of the South and of Fire, “Who is like God”; MICHAEL! I ask that you descend from the heavens, clad in robes of Red and Green, bearing the Wand, to protect me, my loved ones, and this place from the influence of evil, to witness, direct, and bless my petitions, and to search my soul for the sincere desire to grow with the Grace of the Almighty.

I ask for you to provide the blessings of Fire to rejuvenate my willpower, to ignite my courage in the face of weakness both within and without, to redirect my anger into productive construction rather than destruction, and to temper and transform my burning passions into enthusiasm toward Sacred Virtues. Bestow upon me these gifts so that I may approach a higher level of being, and to expand my consciousness toward the manifestation of thoughts, words, and actions that are aligned with the purity of the Divine Will. 

Archangel Michael, I humbly ask of your guidance and to bless this endeavor with the Grace granted from the Most High God the Father +, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ +, and the illuminating essence of the glorious Spirit Most Holy +. Amen.

-WATER CYCLE INVOCATION-

Face West

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In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Under the Divine Authority of EHEIEH, I call upon the Great Archangel of the West and of Water, the “Strength of God”; GABRIEL! I ask that you descend from the heavens, clad in robes of Blue and Orange, bearing the Chalice, to protect me, my loved ones, and this place from the influence of evil, to witness, direct, and bless my petitions, and to search my soul for the sincere desire to grow with the Grace of the Almighty.

I ask for you to provide the blessings of Water to steady the ebb and flow of my emotions, to enlighten my intuition of mystical knowledge for the purpose of healing, to awaken my receptivity of inner secrets, and to enhance my patience with reflection upon Holy Mysteries. Bestow upon me these gifts so that I may approach a higher level of being, and to expand my consciousness toward the manifestation of thoughts, words, and actions that are aligned with the purity of the Divine Will. 

Archangel Gabriel, I humbly ask of your guidance and to bless this endeavor with the Grace granted from the Most High God the Father +, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ +, and the illuminating essence of the glorious Spirit Most Holy +. Amen.

This Week’s Torah Portion | November 27 – December 3, 2016 – 26 Cheshvan – 3 Kislev, 5777

Toldot (These Are the Generations) Parsha – Weekly Torah PortionToldot (תולדות | Family history)


Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9

Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7

Gospel: Luke 3:1-18

From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world. This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage. An illustration of this practice appears to have been recorded in Luke 4:16 where Yeshua (Jesus) arrived in the synagogue in Nazareth and was asked to read the portion (Isaiah 61) from the Prophets. 

We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will illumine specific passages pertinent that week in our intercession for the Land and people of Israel. All texts are those of English translations of the Scriptures.

The readings for this week November 27—December 3, 2016 are called Toldot—“Generations”:

TORAH: Genesis 25:19—28:9

HAFTARAH: Malachi 1:1—2:7

*Genesis 25:22. “The children struggled together within her, and she said, ‘If this is so, why then am I . . .?’ So she went to inquire of the LORD.” 

Please pray for believers in Israel…that when faced with the perplexity of inexplicable conflicts (of which there are many in Israel), we would be quick to “go to inquire of the LORD” rather than leaning to our own understandings as to how to respond.

*Genesis 25:22-23. “The children struggled together within her…And the LORD said to her: ‘Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger’.”  

The struggle between the descendants of these two children Jacob and Esau (whose name would also be Edom) would continue; it is a spiritual struggle. God’s hatred for the spirit working in Esau, which not only despised its own birthright, but also persisted in working violence against the lineage of God’s sovereign choosing, would be strongly expressed in the Book of Obadiah—“Behold, I will make you small among the nations; You shall be greatly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you…For violence against your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever” (Obadiah 2-3, 10).  

God is a God of love and life—attributes which manifest in holy hatred against all which would seek to thwart His life-covenants with the Children of Adam. “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated” (Malachi 1:2-3; Romans 9:13). “For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head. For as you have drunk on my holy mountain, so all the nations shall drink continually; they shall drink and swallow, and shall be as though they had never been” (Obadiah 15-16).

We see strong similarities between the spirit of Esau/Edom and that which fuels the religion of Islam today—a religion which despises and harasses Jacob (Israel), even as it “drinks” on God’s holy mountain (before the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem) and binds other nations throughout the world to drink from its lifeless spring. God hates the life-despising spirit and the system of death which it presently oversees. But He loves the millions bound under this system—calling them to come out of it into His covenant of Life.

*Genesis 25:26. “Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Ya’akov (Jacob).” 

The letters of the Hebrew word translated “heel” also form the root of a word meaning “deceiver.” Jeremiah 17:9 uses this same root, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can know it?” Jacob’s life would be one of coming to know himself and the contents of His deceitful heart—and at the same time, of coming to know the God who nevertheless loved and had chosen him, the God who, after his coming to know himself, would grant to Jacob a new heart and a new name (Genesis 32:27-28).

Genesis 25:29-34. “Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, ‘Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.’ (therefore his name was called Edom), But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.’ And Esau said, ‘Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?’ Then Jacob said, ‘Swear to me as of this day.’ So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”

Hebrews 12:14-17 (ESV). “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.”

This passage from Hebrews suggests that Esau had come to be led by the desires of his fleshly appetites—placing those before the holy ‘right’ which had been bestowed on him by his birth. As we will see next week (Genesis 28:16-17; 31:42), even with his failings Jacob had learned and acquired a respect for holiness and the fear of the LORD from his parents.

*Genesis 26:2-5. “Then YHVH appeared to him and said: ‘Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants (Hebrew: zera—“seed”) I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.’”

The LORD twice here promises to give to Isaac’s physical seed “all these lands.” This shows that although all believers are “descendants of Abraham and heirs of the promises” by faith (Galations 3:7), the physical land would nevertheless be passed on through the physical descendants of his son Isaac.

It is interesting that while the promise of blessing through Abraham in Genesis 12:3 extends to “all families of the earth”, the promise to Isaac in last week’s reading (22:18) and here is that in his seed “all the “nations of the land shall be blessed.” It is God’s desire not only to bring blessing to individuals but to communities and even nations through the life of the Holy One who would come through the seed of Abraham and Isaac!

*Genesis 26. Here, even with God’s promise of care and blessing (above), Isaac succumbs to the deceptive weakness of his father Abraham in pretending that Rebekah is his sister. Yet the Lord who is patiently mentoring both of these men into maturity in their faith, mercifully protects both them and their wives as He has promised.  
WELLS 

*Genesis 26:18. “And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.” 

Isaac’s life is much associated with “wells”—From when his future wife Rebekah was revealed at one (24:45) and he, shortly thereafter, came himself from another to meet her (24:62), to the reopening of old wells and the digging of new ones recorded here in chapter 26. 

PLEASE PRAY for the reopening of “wells”—of ancient sources of truth and blessing and song in returned Israel—as well as discovery of new reservoirs of understanding reserved for latter days (Daniel 12:9). Pray for rediscovery and proper identification of the well of “Righteousness through Faith” (Genesis 15:6). Pray that Israel will find and open again her true “Well of Salvation”…and come to know His Name.

*Genesis 26:19-22. “Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there. But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled…so he called the name of the well ESEK (“Exploited”, “deprived of”). Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also, so he called its name SITNAH (“Sataned”, “Accusation”, “Enmity”, “Adversary”). And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name REHOBOTH (“space”, “wideness’s”), because he said, ‘For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.’” 

For over a hundred years the returned Hebrews have faced quarreling, exploitation, and deprivation over the land God has promised to them. As they have attempted to become rooted, and to re-dig the “wells” of their ancient homeland, they have continued to be accused by the world and to be surrounded by enemies and adversaries. 

PLEASE PRAY that more and more of returned Israel will come to realize that we will never “make room for ourselves” in this Land. By ourselves, we have no idea how to come into such a relationship with those already dwelling in the land as will quell the quarreling. We must turn in faith to our LORD, Who alone will “make room for us” (and those yet to come) to become permanently rooted and “fruitful in the Land.”

Genesis 26:23-24; 26-29. “Then he went up from there to Beersheba. And the YHVH (the LORD) appeared to him the same night and said, ‘I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” So he built an altar there and called on the name of the YHVH, and He pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.”

Isaac has consistently given all the glory for his success (26:22, 25) to YVHV, the God taught to him by his father Abraham. His and his father’s testimony of this God have made a lasting impression on the Philistine king Abimelech:

“Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar… “We have certainly seen that YHVH is with you…You are now the blessed of YHVH” (Genesis 26:26-29).


*Genesis 27. Rebekah attempts (as had her mother-in-law before her) to assist the “word of the Lord” spoken over her sons, and enters into a deceitful plan with Jacob to get the blessing of birthright placed upon him instead of Esau. Yet it is God’s sovereign grace which will work out His purposes, in the process, bringing out of both of these sons a revelation of their motives and that in which they have trusted. Isaac will bless them both 27:27-29 and 27:39-40, but the blessing of birthright which Esau had despised will be taken from him forever.

HAFTARAH

*Malachi 1:11. “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, my name shall be great among the Nations; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the Nations,” Says YHVH of Armies.

There is no clearer declaration of God’s great love for all nations. His ultimate purpose in choosing Abraham and making of him a “great nation” (Genesis 12:2), was that One would come through that nation in Whom All the World would be saved!

*Malachi 2:7. “For the lips of a priest should preserve and guard knowledge, and people should seek the law from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of Armies.” 

Revelation 1:6 says that the One who loves us and washed us from our sins in His own blood has made us into a kingdom of priests. As such, our mouths are of exceptional importance—guarding knowledge for release to those seekers with whom God will bring us into contact. The Hebrew word for “messenger” here is exactly the same as that often translated “angel.” Angels, as part of their services in the Armies of the LORD, are heavenly messengers sent to “minister to those who will inherit Salvation.” As priests before God we are often called to work hand in hand with these supernatural beings.

PLEASE PRAY for a keen understanding of our responsibility as priestly messengers of God to His people (and that in the power of the Holy Spirit we move in step with His heavenly messengers, the angels), while keeping a close guard on our tongues. 

The readings for next week (December 4-10, 2016) are called VaYetzeh—“And He Went Out.” 

TORAH: Genesis 28:10—32:2

HAFTARAH: Hosea 12:12—14:9

In A Nutshell

The portion, Toldot (These Are the Generations), begins with the wedding of Isaac and Rebecca. After twenty years of infertility, Rebecca conceives and the Creator tells her she will have two sons. The first was Esau, and the second, which was holding unto his brother’s heel, was Jacob. Esau became a hunter, and Jacob studied Torah.

The first confrontation between the twins was over the selling of the birthright. Esau returned empty handed from a hunt, and Jacob offered him lentil stew in return for the birthright. Esau agreed. After some time Esau discovered that Jacob deceived him.

Later in the portion, Isaac digs two wells, both of which are taken by the Philistines. A third well remains in Jacob’s hands, and he calls it Rehovot. Finally, Avimelech and Isaac make a covenant between them.

The second confrontation between the twins happens when their father wished to bless them. Isaac wanted to bless Esau, his firstborn, and Rebecca asked Jacob to dress as Esau in order to receive the blessing of the firstborn. When Esau discovered that Jacob received his blessing, he wanted to kill him, so Rebecca sent Jacob to Haran, to her brother, Lavan.

Commentary

The drama before us is in fact the process of man’s spiritual development. The story deals with man’s most fundamental forces, although it can be, and has been, turned into a novel.

The Creator created the will to receive. That desire is the entirety of the substance of creation. It is possible to use the will to receive for one’s own favor, or in favor of others. In fact, the whole of creation is prone to using the desire in favor of others, as it is written, “love your neighbor as yourself; it is a great rule in the Torah.” [1] This is the law of the whole of reality, the whole of Nature.

On the one hand we must use the will to receive and satisfy it however we can. On the other hand, the act of satisfying, in which we draw everything to ourselves, must be for the benefit of others. This seems contradictory. Using the ego, the will to receive, must be solely in a direction that is good for everyone. We cannot understand that contradiction, which is why we cannot understand the Torah, making its meaning hidden from us.

The portion seemingly explains it by saying that although Abraham loved Ishmael, he sent him away. Isaac, who loved Esau—the will to receive, all the substance of creation—acted similarly, though Esau is our entire nature, which we need and use in everything we do in life.

The thing is that we must learn to use it with the aim to bestow, a state where the entire ego turns from evil inclination into good inclination. “Love your neighbor as yourself” means that you first act only according to the “as yourself,” meaning as you love yourself. Subsequently, you turn the intention into love of others.
This inversion does not happen through actions because an act in our desire is to receive. Rather, it is done by receiving in order to bestow upon others. Then, all that exists in the world, all the lights—the bounty—traverses each and every one of us and flows to the rest of the world. In this manner, everyone is filled.

Today, as we are discovering how interconnected we all are, we have an opportunity to understand that only through good connections between us will all satisfactions that we so crave pass through us. It will happen only when we satisfy others; this is when we enjoy.

This is the meaning of the birthright. The firstborn in the one on top, in the Rosh (head). The head must have the intention to bestow, to benefit others, love, which is called Jacob, who is studying Torah, which is bestowal.

The portion discusses our need for the Kelim (vessels) of Esau, just as on Purim, we speak of the lights of Haman that we receive clothed by Mordechai, which is the end of correction. It is like the Haman Pockets, where pockets are his Kelim. Esau, the hunter, brings all the egotistical desire under the reign of bestowal, Jacob’s Torah. This is the right way to use our ego, the will to receive.

This makes the combination of Esau and Jacob appropriate. Isaac, the older one, the bigger degree, actually loves the next degree, which is entirely as Esau, as a will to receive that is surfacing. In each new degree, its big will to receive appears first, and subsequently the correction takes place. In other words, when an “Esau” is born in you, you gradually correct it through Jacob until you can use it.

An example of the right combination is the three wells. Two wells, right and left, are not a good combination. The third well is truly Rehovot (wide/broad) “For now the Lord has made room for us” (Genesis, 26:22), which enables drawing great benefit from it.

Jacob receives all the light that comes from the higher degree, from the patriarchs, since Esau cannot receive the blessing. In fact, Esau relinquished it because otherwise he would starve. Only through Jacob—who is operating correctly with Esau’s Kelim, which are our desires—can everyone be satiated, because Jacob directs all his desires toward the benefit of others.

After the stealing of the birthright, a war breaks out between Jacob and Esau because they are completely different. Finally, they find the third well, the third line, founded by both of them.

We have the same problems in our world. On the one hand, we are in our egos. On the other hand, the emerging global, integral system, compels us to be tied to one another. However, we do not know how to connect the two ends. Each of us wants everything for his or her self, and the integral nature that is emerging does not allow it; it “argues” that we are all connected.

Thus, we are all as Esau facing the emerging nature, which is as Jacob. Now we must complement the two. We need to dig the third well through the upper one, Isaac, in order to resolve the crisis.

Sarah was barren for many years, and so was Rebecca. Suddenly, became pregnant. What is the meaning of barrenness and pregnancy, and the transition between them?

In the spiritual world, birth implies the advent of a new degree. In other words, I take part of my desires, with which I can aim to bestow upon others, and I correct them into love of others. The “offspring” of this operation is called a “son.”

This is why we spend many years searching how to sort out our egotistical desires, how to take from them only the ones on which we can build our next degree. Thus, Rebecca’s barrenness for twenty years represents ten Sefirot of Ohr Yashar (Direct Light) and ten Sefirot of Ohr Hozer (Reflected Light), until they all comprise a complete structure that becomes a birth.

In the birth of a new degree, a person always begets both Esau and Jacob. Jacob cannot be born without Esau because there cannot be an intention to bestow without something on which to establish it. Likewise, Esau cannot be born without Jacob because there is nothing we can do with only our egos. Thus, both have to be born together.

This is why “Sin crouches at the door” (Genesis, 4:7): first, the self-centered will to receive that has to grow is born, and subsequently the desire to bestow. Both desires, or both sons, grow. One becomes a hunter, being with animals, with one’s vitality, with nothing but the egotistical vitality. The hunter works with the ego, the will to receive, and enhances it. The other desire has the aim to bestow, and brings one to contemplate how to use one’s nature in order to ascend to greater achievements than this life, to a higher degree.

When the desires grow and reach the higher degree, a struggle unfolds between them, within a person, between right and left. It is settled by means of the third well. Esau must sell his birthright to Jacob or he will starve to death and will never be able to receive the upper light. Likewise, Jacob cannot do without Esau because without him he has no Kelim in which to receive the upper light. Thus, they need each other.

Once Esau is born—our ego, as it is written, “I have created the evil inclination”—the second one is born, Jacob, which corrects it, as it is written, “I have created for it the Torah as a spice.” Both Jacob and Esau eventually achieve the complete correction. They use all of Esau’s Kelim and all of Jacob’s intentions, similar to Haman and Mordechai. In this way, everyone achieves completion in the third line, the third well.

What is the birthright and how can it be transferred or sold?

Birthright means being the leader. Who is leading, the intention or the desire? According to the Torah, the firstborn inherits everything the father has. There is no meaning to being the firstborn other than that. It may very well happen that the second or third child will succeed more because they have learned from the experiences of the elder.

Clearly, the evil inclination comes first, meaning the desire that the Creator created, as it is written, “I have created the evil inclination.” Initially, all of us are evil; we all emerged from the breaking of the vessels; we are all egoists. Only afterward do we correct ourselves according to our free choice.

The firstborn is always Esau. However, I see that I cannot succeed with my Esau. We can see through today’s crisis that we are in an impossible situation; there is nowhere to go. It will not be long before we have nothing left in the world, not even food. We are in “search mode,” in Esau’s field, but we cannot find any fulfillment in it.

The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to understand things before they happen. Having no other choice, we must turn to Jacob and ask him to take over, to accompany us and to manage us, since Jacob knows the ways of the Creator—he is studying Torah and he is in the light. Jacob has revealed the Creator and he knows how to achieve love of others. In a global, integral world, we have to be in such connections, too, but we do not know how to establish them correctly in order to sustain ourselves. This is why eventually the Jacob in us steps forward and manages us, meaning he becomes the elder.

So why did Esau feel deceived and sought revenge?

Esau is the evil inclination. Until it is corrected, it will always appear as such, crueler and crueler. These are the “pangs of the Messiah,” where our ego, our will to receive, is appearing so we may gradually correct it.

From The Zohar: And the Boys Grew – for He Had a Taste for Game

“This was so even while in Rebecca’s intestines; each went to his own side, since when she engaged in good deeds or when she went past a place where it is good to perform the Mitzvot of the Torah, Jacob would rejoice and rattle to get out. And when she went near a place of idolatry, that wicked one would rattle to get out. For this reason, when they were created and came out to the world, each of them was separated and went and was drawn to his befitting place.”

Zohar for All, Toldot (These Are the Generations), item 74

Man is born as a “wild ass,” wanting nothing but to “devour” everything in sight. Even when we are little, each of us wants everything. The more we grow and expand our field of vision, the more we want to dominate and rule over everything. It is natural, and it is good because the ego has to grow.

In our evolution as humanity, we grew over millennia using our Esau desire. This desire grew and drew us forward. But now we have come to a state where the world is compelling us to keep advancing, but with the Jacob desire in it, not with the Esau one.

We are the will to receive, and we always chase pleasures, but we are still not happy. Worse yet, we are sinking into depression and anxiety.

For thousands of years we thought that we were obtaining the best, that we were building the American Dream. Now we are discovering that we are not happy because Esau is no longer leading us. All over the world we are discovering that the Esau in us can no longer hunt anything. It did not happen on the first day when he went out to the field. After all, the world developed and became a successful hunter, while Jacob was studying Torah.

But since the day when Kabbalists arrived, matters have changed. They were sitting quietly and engaged in nothing but connection with the upper source of the light that reforms, that corrects us, while the rest of the world continued to develop with technology, which only caused everyone to want everything in a never ending race.

Today Esau is returning from the field, tired and hungry, and is asking to be fed. It will not be long before decision makers understand the gravity of our situation, and they will seek advice. They will seek it even in the wisdom of Kabbalah, and that is when we will work together.

It is not such a simple matter because we are talking about cunningness. Even Jacob is considered a fraud because he deceived Esau twice.
It is not actual deceit because Esau was hungry. The thing is that today we have no choice; we have completed the Esau stage, and we must begin the period when Jacob is in the lead. Esau did not vanish; it is just that he is working with Jacob’s method, and it is specifically with that method that he finds fulfillment.

If you are hungry and want to fill yourself, the way is to connect to the nature that is now emerging. We are all connected; we have no choice. The world and Nature are showing themselves as mutually connected. We must work accordingly and stop our self-centeredness and bias. We need to truly begin to build ourselves differently through education, and we must explain to every person in the world how much we are all interdependent, and that only through our connections will we be able to sustain ourselves.

Why does Jacob steal the birthright?

Jacob did this because Esau could not understand; he is the evil inclination. Esau is not merely the will to receive in order to draw, to satisfy itself. Esau sees that he has no choice, that he has no more meat to eat, so he is compelled to ask for the lentil stew. His consent to eating the lentil stew expresses the transformation of the fulfillment.

What is the current meaning of the lentil stew?

It means taking pleasure in giving, in satisfying others, and then all the lights will pass through us. We will live in such a way that we receive for ourselves only what we need for ordinary life, and focus our minds and hearts on connecting to others and on satisfying everyone.

Each of us ties him or herself to another, and this is the mutual guarantee. It is a major psychological shift. If we connect in this way to one another, each of us will be filled in both body and mind. But for that, we must alter our internal structure.

It is as though we must deceive ourselves. We must choose which way we want to go. We can take the path of suffering, which will leave us hungry and empty-handed mentally and physically, and will eventually force us to change. Nature, too, will force us, because everything has been set up this way for us, deliberately, so we would understand. Alternatively, we will choose the other way—to change voluntarily. The minute we place Jacob in the lead and Esau in the back, everything will harmoniously and perfectly fall into place on every level: economy, water, ecology, and so forth.

In the end, Esau still wants to kill Jacob. He does not calm down, but only intensifies.

It has to be this way. The ego must constantly grow within us. In the next degree we will rise into an even greater level of egotism and will discover that we must fight additional wars.

In other words, we are learning a method here.

These two forces, right and left, meet at higher degrees each time. Each time, they reach a temporary agreement, until the end of correction, until we are all are using the singular, big ego that the Creator created, and we turn it into bestowal.

Nothing has changed throughout history; the same two forces keep fighting each other.

Of course, things do not change in any of us, or in all of us together. However, we must enjoy this revelation. We must want that situation to appear even more. It is truly a great delight when a person knows what is happening and is in a state of connection, searching, implementing these elements, meaning using these two forces. By that, one builds the middle line each time, and learns to use one’s nature correctly, toward connection with the world, with others. In this solution one finds the connection with the upper force.

From The Zohar: The Blessings

“Blessings mean giving strength for the end of correction, as it is written, ‘And go out to the field and hunt game for me,’ with a Hey [in the word “hunt” in Hebrew]. This implies the correction of Malchut de Tzimtzum Aleph, whether in Esau’s way or in Jacob’s way, to perpetuate that way forever.

It is known that because of the breaking of the vessels, 320 sparks fell from holiness to the Klipot [shells], and that afterwards the Emanator corrected some of them. And because of the sin of the tree of knowledge, they fell into the Klipot once more, and our whole work in Torah and Mitzvot is to take those 320 sparks out of the Klipot and bring them back to holiness. They are the MAN that we raise.”

Zohar for All, Toldot (These Are the Generations), item 147

We raise MAN through the 288 sparks. We cannot correct the stony heart (32 desires), and they are corrected only at the end of correction.

What does it mean to raise MAN?

Raising MAN means to increase the connection between us. Only through such a request—called “prayer for many”—does the force known as the “light that reforms” comes from above and connects us. In this connection between us, in the new, corrected Kli (vessel), we discover the upper world, our spiritual, eternal life here and now.

It appears from the story that Rebecca favors Jacob, and Isaac favors Esau. Why is this so? In many families we find that fathers favor the son, and mothers favor the daughter; what is the root of it?

The root of it is that first, we reveal the evil inclination, the ego, which is called “the son, “the firstborn,” the evil inclination. In each new degree, the evil inclination grows first, and the father is happy about it because he wants his son to initially grow without the corrections, to be strong, to really want to “devour” the world. This is the foundation, the will to receive that is ready for corrections, although it is not yet ready to be used. Henceforth, the corrections will come from Rebecca, the mother.

It is as we learn in the upper Partzufim (plural of Partzuf), upper Aba ve Ima (Mother and Father) from whom emerge the forces of correction. Ima comes from the side of Hesed (mercy); hence her favored son is Jacob, the quality of Jacob. She keeps him the way Bina gives birth to ZON. Conversely, within the father is the force of his Hochma, which acts against the vessels of reception. This comes from the side of Isaac, the father. The mother, the power of Hassadim (mercies), the force of Bina, corrects these Kelim.

We also need to keep in mind that Isaac is the left side of Abraham, who emerged as the left line, in relation to Abraham. This means that his very essence is to bring to the world the force called “Isaac,” the force of our ego, to discover it, so he is certainly closer to Esau.

[1]Jerusalem Talmud, Masechet Nedarim, Chapter 9, 30b.

17th century Rabbi’s interpretation of Daniel’s “Seventy Weeks Prophecy”


The Messianic Era of King Messiah begins in 2017.

 Messianic Era

The Prophet Daniel in the Lion’s Den prophetically pondering the “Time of the End” 

Daniel 9:24 – “Seventy Septets (weeks) are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to terminate transgression, to end sin, to wipe away iniquity, to bring everlasting righteousness, to confirm the vision and the prophets and to anoint the Holy of Holies, to bring everlasting righteousness, and to seal vision and prophet, and to anoint the most holy place.” 

It was over three hundred years ago that a recent discovery of an esoteric book called the Bet Aked Haqudot written by Rabbi Meir Halevi Horowitz was discovered. This fascinating rabbi had a strong yearning to understands the mysteries of the ancient prophets, especially the Prophet Daniel. One of his favorite texts which he pondered over its mystical meanings was the text above written by the ancient Prime Minister of both Babylon and Persia now turned prophet that pertained to the “end of the times” or the “end of days” and the beginning of the messianic era called the “Era of King Messiah.” 

So truly this heavenly decree sent down to Daniel about 2385 years ago is today being resurrected again at the “end of the era” for we have entered the vortex zone of the “messianic era of spiritual enlightenment. Once again Daniel was in prayer with fasting sackcloth and ashes and once again the gates heaven as was opened as Gabriel was again sent down from the throne of the Almighty One to the one prophet who had the “ear of HaShem.” 

Daniel 12:7 – “And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he lifted up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swore by the Life Source of the World that after a Period, Periods, and a half upon the completion of the fragmenting of the hand (power) of the Hholy people; all these things shall be finished.

It was Rabbi Meir Halevi Horowitz who interpreted the whole prophetic period called “Time”. “Times” and a “Half” to be a period of time of 700 years (notice how HaShem weaves the number if His Name (7) into prophetic time. The reasons he chose this designated period called “time” (moadim or anointed times) as 700 years for it was based upon the prophetic calculations as stated below: 

It was a total of 1000 years that the Children of Israel angered the G-d of Israel after Joshua brought the Israelites into the Land of Canaan and for not fulfilling His mission because they, the Children of Israel and their descendants to wipe out the Canaanites and take total control of the entire biblical Land of Israel. 

As written in the Talmud, the non-Jews or the Gentile nations of the earth, were then given 1000 years to subjugate the Jews and Lost Israelites. As such, according to Rabbi Meir Halevi Horowitz, he subtracted the 300 years that the Jews were sent into exile under Babylon, Persia and later Hellenistic Greece. These 300 years were subtracted from the 1000 years that the 70 archetypical nations of the world had subjected the Jews and then begin the quest to discover the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel as 700 years.

Then this famous rabbi of the 17th and 18th century made the biblical interpretation that “seventy septets” or “seventy weeks of years” was a prophetic era for the Prophet Daniel described this period of time as a total of “50 double Jubilee cycles” which were equal to 50 doubled shmittah (sabbatical week of year) cycles or a total of 700 years. 

The final prophetic calculation when calculated together, according to Rabbi Horowitz was to be if “one time” was equal to 700 years than “3.5 times” would equal 2450 years. 

According to the Yeranen Yaakov Blog site in Israel, today we can finish calculation that the beginning of the First Stage of the Jewish exile began in the Hebrew calendar year of 434 BCE, as recorded by Rabbi Yose b. Halafta in his Jewish History, Seder Olam Rabbah (The Great Order of the World). The first wave Babylonian exile took Daniel and the three worthies in the Hebrew year of 434 BCE back to the land of Babylon. The destruction of the Temple of Solomon occurred 13 years later in the Hebrew year of 421 BCE. 

So from the date of 434 BCE let us add the years of 2450 years (700 years multiplied by 3.5 “times”) equals our present Gregorian calendar year of 2017 and the Hebrew calendar year 5777 (500 as the number of man and 777 the number of the One G-d of Israel. Amazing!! 

Now we can understand the calculations that bring us to the “beginning of the Era of the Messiah” according to the famous Jewish “Rabbi Judah ben Samuel’s Jubilee Prophecy gives the Year of the Messiah” as the Jewish Year of 5777, we now have two rabbinic witnesses over the centuries documenting this wondrous era in our near future. 

Yeranen Yaakov then introduces us to another TaNaKh text in which points our prophetic past to the Babylonian Exile by using the expression (“times”), similar to the Book of Daniel. The prophecy in Jeremiah contains a hint that this conventional Gregorian calendar year of 2017 or the Hebrew calendar year as 5777 will be the last or final year before the “revelation of King Messiah”, who is called Melekh HaMaschiach. It describes a prophetic vision that after the exile, there will be a return to the Land of Israel. 

Jeremiah 24:1 – “Hashem showed me, and behold two baskets of figs set “before the temple of Hashem”; after that Nevuchadretzar (Nebuchadnezzar) king of Bavel (Babylon) had carried away captive Yechonyah (Jeconiah) the son of Yehoyakim (Jehoakim), king of Yehudah, and the princes of Yehudah (Judah), with the craftsmen and smiths, from Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), and had brought them to Bavel (Babylon). 

Here is the biblical text below in Hebrew and the gematria (numerology of the letters in Hebrew), of the words of the verse, beginning with the words “before the Temple”, to our amazement it equals the gematria of 5777. 

לִפְנֵי הֵיכַל יְהוָה: אַחֲרֵי הַגְלוֹת נְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל אֶת-יְכָנְיָהוּ בֶן-יְהוֹיָקִים מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה וְאֶת-שָׂרֵי יְהוּדָה וְאֶת-הֶחָרָשׁ וְאֶת-הַמַּסְגֵּר, מִירוּשָׁלִַם, וַיְבִאֵם, בָּבֶל. 

There have been hundreds of interpretations of the prophecies related to the Prophetic Book of Daniel over the past 2300 years and so we ask, what makes this interpretation of the Books of Daniel and Jeremiah after thousands of years, makes these interpretations any different? 

It was Rabbi Yosef Berger, who is the rabbi of the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion, who explained why ancient prophecies like Daniel are being studied with new understanding today. As Rabbi Yosef Berger stated: 

Rabbi Yosef Berger – “What Daniel wrote about the end of days our greatest sages have been trying to understand for generations. But the real meanings were intentionally hidden. Daniel himself said that these things will remain hidden until the end.” As Rabbi Yosef Berger repeating the words of the Prophet Daniel: 

Daniel 12:9 – “Go thy way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end.”

It was Rabbi Yosef Berger who reminded us that it was Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon, the preeminent medieval Sephardic Torah authority who was called Rambam. The acronym Rabbi Mosheh ben Maimon Ramban who lived in Córdoba Spain during the Golden Era of Jewish culture living in the Iberian Peninsula of Moorish Spain. Rabbi Berger continued:

Rabbi Yosef Berger – “It is written in the Zohar (the foundational source for Jewish mysticism) that in the days preceding the Messiah, all secrets will be revealed, and even small children will be able to explain prophecies and the most obscure sources. Now, in our day, everything is being opened up. We are discovering these sources that hint at the Messiah that have existed for generations, and only now can we interpret them properly. This is a clear sign that they are now being intentionally revealed.”

The day is coming soon when Hashem the G-d of Israel will stretch forth His great hand of judgment and cleanse the earth from the great pollution of man upon Planet Earth. He will take away the “blood oaths” from between the mouths of the Palestinian Arabs, He will restore the Land of Israel back to “Am Yisra’el”, that means both the House of Joseph (All Ten Tribes of the House of Israel), and the House of Judah. 

He will then redeem and restore His own “sheep” back into a living relationship with Himself. If you are chosen, as a Lost Tribal Member of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, your destiny is to return to your Homelands first in Shomron (Samaria), Israel. If you want to learn more, click the link and Contact 

“Kol Ha Tor Vision”, the Voice of the Turtledove. 

Here is a joint Orthodox Jewish and 10-Triber Vision to bring awareness of the imminent fulfillment of the Biblical Prophecies regarding the Redemption of all Israel (12 Tribes Re-conciled and Re-United). This Supernal Event of all Times will entail Establishing the Shomron (the Ancient Bible Heartland of the Patriarchs) and the Judean Wilderness as part of the Land of Israel, and preparing the “Land” for the Return of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel and then the Redemption of All Israel. 

For inquiries about Kol Ha Tor Vision for the Lost Tribes of Israel, Visit – “Shomron Lives!”, a Spiritual Retreat and Guest House in Samaria. 

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Destination Yisrael scans the world for information that has relevance on the time of the end. It is our prayer that this will allow the believers in the Almighty One of Israel to “watch and be ready”. Our readiness has nothing to do trying to halt the progression of evil on our planet earth. In our readiness, we seek to be prepared for the coming of the Messiah of Israel so that goodness and evil will be manifested in its fullest. 

Our preparation is a pathway of spiritual readiness for a world of peace. Our defender is the Metatron, the Lord of hosts. The time of the end suggests that the Eternal One of Israel’s intent is to close out this chapter of earth’s history so that the perpetrators of evil, those that seek power, greed and control, will be eliminated from this planet earth. The wars of the heavens are being played out on this planet earth and humans will live through it to testify of the might, power, justice and the love of the God of Israel.

In a world of corruption and disinformation, we cannot always know what the historical truth is and who is promoting evil or mis-information. We cannot guarantee our sources but we will always seek to portray trends that can be validated in the Torah, the testimony of the prophets of the Old and the New Testament, and the writings of Rabbi Eliyahu ben Shlomo ben Zalman (famed Vilna Gaon) called the “genius” in the 18th century, and his vision of the final redemption in his collection of writings highlighted in his supernal understanding of the Torah, the Prophets and Writings as outlined in the Kol Ha Tor. 

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DNA Tests Could Fulfill God’s Promise to Abraham by Revealing Millions of Jews

DNA Tests Could Fulfill God’s Promise to Abraham by Revealing Millions of Jews. But How Jewish is Jewish Enough?“I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore.” Genesis 22:17 (The Israel Bible™)

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Recent advances in DNA testing are the final stage in bringing about a special vision of Messiah, one that will fulfill God’s promise to Abraham while uniting all three major Abrahamic religions, believes a prominent rabbi and former member of Knesset.


Rabbi Chaim Amsalem (Wikipedia)

“This is the special function of the final generation before the Messiah, which we are clearly in right now: to bring close all the descendants of Jews that were lost to the Jewish people,” Rabbi Chaim Amsalem, a prominent Sephardi rabbi, recognized authority on halacha (Torah law), and former Knesset member for Shas.

“We need to bring close those who have their roots in Israel, those souls who stood at Mount Sinai with us, but their souls were lost to us because of the exiles and the catastrophes and tragedies that befell us throughout history.”

Making God One

DNA testing graphically illustrates how mankind is one large interconnected family. Rabbi Amsalem understands this universal reality to have repercussions for the Jewish role in bringing the Redemption.

“Christians believe in Hashem (God), each branch in its own way. Even the Muslims believe in Hashem in their own way. It is the Jews’ purpose to bring about Messiah by uniting the world in the service of Hashem,” Rabbi Amsalem said, quoting a verse in Zechariah.

And Hashem shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall Hashem be One and His name one. Zechariah 14:9

“Not to convert them,” the rabbi noted. “But anyone who discovers that they are descended from Jews, we are required to help them. The non-Jews will remain as they are, but we have to reconnect to those souls that were lost.”

Rabbi Amsalem based this on chapter 34 in Ezekiel.

The weak have ye not strengthened neither have ye healed that which was sick neither have ye bound up that which was broken neither have ye brought back that which was driven away neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force have ye ruled over them and with rigour. Ezekiel 34:4

The Science

The task set out by Rabbi Amsalem, inconceivable just a few short years ago, is at hand. A simple DNA test is performed at home with a cheek swab, which is then mailed to a laboratory. For less than $200, anyone can learn their ancestry going back six generations – including if they have any Jewish genes.


Bennett Greenspan (Family Tree DNA)

Bennett Greenspan, president and CEO of Family Tree DNA, a leading genetic testing company, has watched this phenomenon grow for 15 years. His company performs hundreds of thousands of these tests each year. Greenspan explained to Breaking Israel News how the test determines Jewish ancestry.

“We compare the subject’s DNA with those of verified DNA databases that have been established for specific ethnic groups, “Greenspan explained. “These databases are based on hundreds of thousands of samples and the level of certainty is extremely high. We can tell you what percentage of your ancestors were from different ethnic groups.

“We have a database of DNA for people who are verifiably Ashkenazi Jewish, or verifiably Sephardic Jewish,” Greenspan.

With DNA testing becoming so accessible, the number of people discovering their Jewish roots is growing exponentially. Some tests show that almost 20 percent of people originating from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) have a high rate of Jewish ancestry. About one in ten Hispanics from North and South America tested by Family Tree DNA showed Semitic ancestry, strongly suggesting a Jewish background.

Jewish roots are showing up in the most unexpected places. Professor Tudor Parfitt, a British historian who specializes in the study of Jewish communities around the world, found the Kohen modal haplotype, frequently called the Cohen gene, in nine percent of the Lemba tribe in Africa.

Greenspan noted that DNA testing in Europe is revealing the Jewish roots of children hidden during World War II who were previously unaware of their true identities.

Greenspan, as a Jew, understands this as an imperative for the Jewish people in this generation.

“I have seen so many tears in the faces of those who were ripped away from the body of Judaism by hatred, fear, distortion and outright lies,” said Greenspan. “Bringing any of those people, these lost souls, back to Judaism is a mitzvah (Torah commandment) and should be considered an obligation of our generation.”

Rabbi Amsalem noted the urgency of connecting to people with Jewish ancestry. “We will never be at peace in our land until we perform this function, of bringing everyone together to serve Hashem, each in their own right,” Rabbi Amsalem said.

Finding Abraham’s Seed: The Biblical Promise

As the co-author of the book, “Do you have Jewish roots?”, and the founder of Shavei Israel, Michael Freund is intensely interested in genetic testing. He has been searching the far corners of the globe for almost 20 years, trying to find people with roots in Israel in order to help them reconnect to the Jewish People.


Shavei Israel founder and director Michael Freund (Photo: Michael Freund, Facebook)

“Genetics has the potential to make the question of Jewish identity both more complicated and more interesting, “ Freund told Breaking Israel News. “It can open up new chapters in the destiny of the Jewish people as more people discover the secret of their past buried in their chromosomes. This is definitely an issue we are going to hear a lot more about in the near future.”

DNA testing has become one of the tools Freund uses in his search for communities around the world with ancestral connections to the Jewish people, but he recognizes its limits.

“DNA testing can be one factor that we consider as part of the big picture, but it is only one piece of the puzzle,” Freund explained. “We look at a broad range of factors, such as history, background, folklore and customs. Jewish identity is much more complex than the results you get in a petri dish.”

Freund predicted that advances in DNA technology “herald a global movement of return,” noting that this new wave of people discovering their Jewish ancestry may have a Biblical basis.

I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore. Genesis 22:17

“There are an estimated 14-15 million Jews in a world population of seven billion. That makes us a very miniscule drop in a very large bucket. So what happened to those promises made to the Biblical Patriarchs?” asked Freund. “Perhaps the answer is that there are a lot more of us out there than we realize and maybe DNA technology will encourage many non-Jews with Jewish ancestry to reconnect with their Jewish roots, and encourage other Jews to return to the fold.”

Status Versus Identity

Greenspan is careful to add a disclaimer about the significance of the results of genetic tests.

“We are not saying that the DNA proves Jewish status,” he said. “It doesn’t work that way. We can scientifically prove that a person has Jewish ancestors but that does not give them Jewish status. That has its own specific set of rules, and isn’t a result of scientific proof.”

According to Jewish law, Jewish status is matrilineal, transferred from the mother to her children. The child of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother is not considered as having the status of a Jew.

Jewish status can also be the result of conversion. Therefore, the lack of Jewish ancestors does not mean a person is not Jewish, since a female ancestor could have converted to Judaism. Similarly, Jewish ancestry does not prove Jewish status, since a female ancestor may have converted to another religion.

Thus, a person can have the halachic status of being a Jew while not having the corresponding genetic identity. Or he can have Jewish ancestors, even on his mother’s side, and still not fulfill the halachic requirements of being a member of the tribe.


The Bnei Menashe of India were found to have Jewish DNA. (Courtesy Shavei Israel)

This does not detract from the significance of DNA testing, noted Greenspan.

“It is certainly an important factor for identity,” he contended. “For the past 15 years, I have seen how it affects people when they discover Jewish roots they were previously unaware of. Their connection was buried due to our tortured history. People take a DNA test, find out they have Jewish ancestry, and become intellectually interested. Usually they become supporters of Judaism and Israel.”

Freund cautioned that the issue is complex. “Identity is important and it is very personal,” he said. “But it does not obligate society or the community to accept that identity or confer recognition or status. There are many people who, based on the result of a DNA test, mistakenly assumed that they were Jews, and mistakenly assumed on that basis they would be able to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel).”

According to Freund, Jewish identity is found in the soul as much as it is in the chromosomes.

“I think the Jewish spark can never be extinguished. It might be buried or hidden, but at some point it is going to burst forth,” Freund said. “I’ve heard from countless people who related that they always felt an inexplicable attraction or connection to the Jewish people, and after DNA testing showed a genetic connection, it answered that question for them.”

The Full Report of Australian Royal Commission Investigated Jehovah’s Witnesses-Watchtower Organization in Regards of Child Abuse

This is concluding full report from Australian Royal Commission investigated Jehovah’s Witness religion after many claims against them in regard of child abuse in their church.

http://watchtowerdocuments.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Report-of-Case-Study-No-29.pdf