To inspire you, here's a sneak peek at Week 1 of the 49 Days Interactive Journal of Self-Development.
In the meantime, I want to wish all of my readers a happy, healthy, inspiring and uplifting Pesach 2016.
Don't forget that Sunday (April 24) is the first day of counting the Omer!
To inspire you, here's a sneak peek at Week 1 of the 49 Days Interactive Journal of Self-Development.
If you want to download the whole thing as a FREE PDF, just whack your details into the box below.
In the meantime, I want to wish all of my readers a happy, healthy, inspiring and uplifting Pesach 2016.
Over on Myrtlerising, there's an interesting discussion about the Kli Yakar, and his take on Rebbe Nachman's Azamra (even though he was writing many decades before Rebbe Nachman was even alive.)
This month's Jewish Book Carnival is being hosted on the Book of Life.
And finally, I'm copying this from Wikipedia about the 'Nibiru Cataclysm'. If we needed any more proof that we should stop listening to 'predictions', even those coming from apparently frum, Jewish sources, this should just serve to underline that:
Nibiru cataclysmFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Nibiru cataclysm is a supposed disastrous encounter between the Earth and a large planetary object (either a collision or anear-miss) which certain groups believe will take place in the early 21st century. Believers in this doomsday event usually refer to this object as Planet X or Nibiru. The idea that a planet-sized object will collide with or closely pass by Earth in the near future is not supported by any scientific evidence and has been rejected as pseudoscience and an internet hoax by astronomers and planetary scientists.
The idea was first put forward in 1995 by Nancy Lieder, founder of the website ZetaTalk. Lieder describes herself as a contactee with the ability to receive messages from extraterrestrials from the Zeta Reticuli star system through an implant in her brain. She states that she was chosen to warn mankind that the object would sweep through the inner Solar System in May 2003 (though that date was later postponed) causing Earth to undergo a physical pole shift that would destroy most of humanity. The prediction has subsequently spread beyond Lieder's website and has been embraced by numerous Internet doomsday groups, most of which linked the event to the 2012 phenomenon. Since 2012, the Nibiru cataclysm has frequently reappeared in the popular media; usually linked to newsmaking astronomical objects such as Comet ISON or Planet Nine. Although the name "Nibiru" is derived from the works of the ancient astronaut writer Zecharia Sitchin and his interpretations of Babylonian and Sumerian mythology, he denied any connection between his work and various claims of a coming apocalypse.
Nancy LiederThe idea of the Nibiru encounter originated with Nancy Lieder, a Wisconsin woman who claims that as a girl she was contacted by gray extraterrestrials called Zetas, who implanted a communications device in her brain. In 1995, she founded the website ZetaTalk to disseminate her ideas. Lieder first came to public attention on Internet newsgroups during the build-up to Comet Hale–Bopp's 1997 perihelion. She stated, claiming to speak as the Zetas, that "The Hale-Bopp comet does not exist. It is a fraud, perpetrated by those who would have the teeming masses quiescent until it is too late. Hale-Bopp is nothing more than a distant star, and will draw no closer." She claimed that the Hale-Bopp story was manufactured to distract people from the imminent arrival of a large planetary object, "Planet X", which would soon pass by Earth and destroy civilization. After Hale-Bopp's perihelion revealed it as one of the brightest and longest-observed comets of the last century, Lieder removed the first two sentences of her initial statement from her site, though they can still be found in Google's archives. Her claims eventually made the New York Times.
Lieder described Planet X as roughly four times the size of the Earth, and said that its closest approach would occur on May 27, 2003, resulting in the Earth's rotation ceasing for exactly 5.9 terrestrial days. This would be followed by the Earth's pole destabilising in a pole shift (a physical pole shift, with the Earth's pole physically moving, rather than a geomagnetic reversal) caused by magnetic attraction between the Earth's core and the magnetism of the passing planet. This in turn would disrupt the Earth's magnetic core and lead to subsequent displacement of the Earth's crust.
After Lieder, the first person to propagate her Planet X idea was Mark Hazlewood, a former member of the ZetaTalk community, who in 2001 published a book titled Blindsided: Planet X Passes in 2003. Lieder would later accuse him of being a confidence trickster. A Japanese cult called the Pana Wave Laboratory, which blocked off roads and rivers with white cloths to protect itself from electromagnetic attacks, also warned that the world would end in May 2003 after the approach of a tenth planet.
Roughly a week before the supposed arrival of Planet X in May 2003, Lieder appeared on KROQ-FM radio in Los Angeles, and advised listeners to euthanize their pets in anticipation of the event as she had done. This led the Fortean Times to conclude that she had put down her dog(s) to save them from further suffering during the Pole Shift.Later, in a 2004 interview she said that she had euthanized her dog because it was acting aggressively. After the 2003 date passed without incident, Lieder said that it was merely a "white lie ... to fool the establishment." She refused to disclose the true date, saying that to do so would give those in power enough time to declare martial law and trap people in cities during the shift, leading to their deaths. Though Lieder herself has not specified a new date for the object's return, many groups have taken up her idea and cited their own dates. One frequently cited date was December 21, 2012. This date had many apocalyptic associations, as it was the end of a cycle (baktun) in the long countin the Mayan calendar. Several writers published books connecting the encounter with 2012. Despite that date having passed, many websites still contend that Nibiru/Planet X is en route to Earth.
In 2012, Lieder claimed that U.S. President Barack Obama futilely attempted to announce the presence of Nibiru near the sun. After 2012, she claimed that several world leaders had intended to announce the presence of Nibiru near the sun on October 20, 2014. Two weeks after the supposed date of announcement, she claimed that it did not occur because of consternation amongst the establishment.
I don't know about you, but I've had my fill of 'messages' being delivered about the end of the world by people who are clearly not 100% there.
Slow posting until after Pesach now - although I'll have a small treat for you tomorrow, that should carry you through next week.
So, what’s the ‘big idea’ behind 49 Days?
Well, it’s like this: God created the world via 10 ‘worlds’ or spheres of energy, that are commonly referred to in the Jewish mystical tradition, (a.k.a. Kabbalah) as Sefirot.
According to the Kabbalah, these 10 sefirot are split into three higher ones, and seven lower ones – and the seven lower ones are associated with a whole bunch of different things, including the main ‘attributes’, or character traits, that us human beings are meant to work on and perfect.
There are different ideas as to what each of these seven Sefirot are actually referring to.
In the Hebrew, they are listed as:
(Btw, if you want more of a deeper understanding about the different Sefirot, I highly recommend the book Sefirot (what else?), by Rabbi Haber.)
My take on what these seven attributes are telling us to work on is as follows:
The best time to work on perfecting these seven attributes / worlds / character traits is considered to be the 49 days between Passover, and the Jewish festival of Shavuot, that occurs exactly seven weeks’ later.
Now, this is where the 49 Days interactive journal can come in, because each day it will spell out what particular character traits need some work, and give you an exercise to do that will really tap-in to the spiritual energy of that day, to get things moving.
The book is meant to be going live on Amazon in the next day or two (and I’ll post up the link when it does), but in the meantime, dear reader, I’m giving you a chance to download the full colour PDF COMPLETELY FOR FREE!
Why am I doing that?
Well, first of all because I think you’re going to really enjoy it, and I like to do nice things for people.
And secondly, because the first day to start counting the Omer is this coming Sunday, April 24th – and I don’t want you to miss out.
So if you’d like to download your free PDF, bung your details in the form below, and the link will be winging it’s way to you shortly.
(If it doesn’t show up, please check your spam folders and / or promotions tab.)
You know, every year for the last three years, I’ve been thinking to myself: ‘wouldn’t it be great if someone would put together some sort of interactive journal, that would take you day-by-day through each step of the Omer, to get the most out of the process, and to really tap in to the spiritual power for growth, change and transformation, that each day represents?’
Well, this year, I finally decided that I should be that ‘someone’ – and miracle of miracles, not only did God help to pull the material together, He also arranged that it should actually be designed and ready to buy by Pesach!
(If you’ve ever published a book yourself, you will know that this process can sometimes take many months, or even years, and even then it can still hit a bunch of ‘bumps’ on the road.)
So without any further ado, let me introduce you to:
49 Days – An Interactive Journal of Self-Development
And in the next post, I’ve got a present for you: You’ll get a chance to download the PDF of the journal FOR FREE, so you can have it ready to get cracking, as soon as we start counting the Omer after Seder night.
Life is looking up!
Last Pesach, my husband got me a blue opal bracelet, set in copper settings. (It sounds kinda weird, I know, which is probably why the man in the shop gave it to him for a bargain basement price). But when he brought it home and I put it on, I knew exactly what the message was: Fire and Ice.
Somehow, God was giving me a hint that this was the year that I was finally going to figure out how to balance those two elements, those two extremes, in myself, and my life and my work.
With God’s help, I wrote and published five books in the last year since Pesach, that tried to encapsulate the ‘fire’ of trying to live a spiritual, soul-full life in the middle of the emotionally ice-cold, ‘factual’ rationalism and fake materialism of our modern world.
The fire seemed to have sputtered out a little a couple of months’ ago. The fuel ran low, the replenishments ran out, and I kind of burned myself out in a big way, on many different fronts.
My ideas and my insights kept going, but my motivation to share them, or to believe that they might change the world in some way disappeared. I found myself stuck. Actually, I found myself completely frozen in place, unable to move forward in any direction.
After everything….what? What’s the point? What’s the point of writing things that people can’t relate to? What’s the point of talking about things that no-one wants to listen to, or believe? What’s the point of trying, when nothing ever gets anywhere? What's the point of being real, when that just scares everyone off?
What’s the point?
At this pretty low stage in my life, one of my daughters started blasting out a secular song from the Disney move ‘Frozen’. (She’s hitting that nearly teenage stage, and while we’ve made a point of banning secular music up until now, there comes a stage where you have to let it go a little.)
And guess what: The name of that song is: ‘Let it go’ – something that I’d been praying on for months, already, in my hitbodedut (personal prayer sessions). So instead of yelling at her and confiscating her phone, I knew it was a clue about something from Upstairs. So I went to find the lyrics, and here’s what I got:
The snow glows white on the mountain tonight,
not a footprint to be seen.
A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I'm the queen.
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.
Couldn't keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.
Don't let them in, don't let them see.
Be the good girl you always have to be.
Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know.
Well, now they know!
Let it go, let it go!
Can't hold it back any more.
Let it go, let it go!
Turn away and slam the door.
I don't care what they're going to say.
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway.
It's funny how some distance,
makes everything seem small.
And the fears that once controlled me, can't get to me at all
It's time to see what I can do,
to test the limits and break through.
No right, no wrong, no rules for me.
Let it go, let it go.
I am one with the wind and sky.
Let it go, let it go.
You'll never see me cry.
Here I'll stand, and here I'll stay.
Let the storm rage on.
My power flurries through the air into the ground.
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I'm never going back; the past is in the past!
Let it go, let it go.
And I'll rise like the break of dawn.
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand, in the light of day.
Let the storm rage on!
The cold never bothered me anyway...
(I have no idea what the movie is about, BTW, but given that it’s Disney, no doubt it’s up to no good.)
So anyway, here I was, feeling ‘frozen’ in my life, and stuck, and here’s my daughter playing ‘Let it go’ full blast, and then here’s all these lyrics that seemed to really resonate with me (all except the bit about not crying, because clearly, I’ve been crying a lot the last few days, and I’m not even sure why.)
That’s the ice bit of the equation.
Last week, as I wrote in my previous post, I started to feel really unwell again, which hasn’t happened for a few months. (If you want to know how I could write a book called ‘How your emotions are making you sick’, let’s just say I had to figure it all out the hard way.)
I anyway had an appointment scheduled with my reflexology lady, so I went even though I felt really poorly. And this is what she told me:
“Something’s moving! Your foot is full of fire today, and it’s not normally like that.”
My reflexologist practices according to a theory that divides the foot into four elements, namely earth, water, fire and air. Apparently, my foot is mostly ‘water’ with some air thrown in. But seemingly, not anymore! As of the end of last week, the fire is back.
I know what the fire is: it’s Rabbenu.
Every single time I feel I’m spiraling down into ‘FREEZE/FROZEN/DEPRESSED’, I get a burst of the fire again, to thaw me out and keep me going.
As if to underline that point, yesterday I had this weird urge to call someone I don’t speak to very much. I called, left a message – and she called me back five minutes later from Uman, where she was praying at Rebbe Nachman’s grave.
I had no idea she was going, or that she was there.
Somewhere deep inside, a little bud of hope started to blossom again. God DOES see me. He DOES notice my efforts. He knows how lonely the last ten years have been, and how hard I tried to fit in to all the boxes being produced for me by people I shouldn’t have trusted or listened to.
He knows how much effort I’ve made to fix things that I never even broke, and how hard I’ve tried to see the good in people, and situations, that have excelled in hurting me, and making me feel like all the problems in the world are somehow my fault, because I don't play all the stupid games, or go along with all the big pretenses.
Let it go! Let it go!
Can’t hold it back any more!
Let it go! Let it go!
Turn my back and slam the door.
Here I stand
And THERE they’ll stay.
Let it go, let it go.
The cold never bothered me anyway.
But only because I’ve got Rabbenu rubbing my feet, and giving me some will to continue.
My Fire Will Burn Until the Messiah
Even though Rabbi Nachman said, “My fire will burn until the messiah will come,” every Breslover must arouse himself every day. There are various explanations of the word “burn,” “t’luen.” Even if only a few small sparks are left from the fire, that too is considered “burning.” (Avanehah Barzel, p. 70).
Three weeks’ ago, I was doing some hitbodedut (personal prayer) when I suddenly started getting this crazy idea in my head that I had to get a book written about what’s really going on with the Erev Rav issue, RIGHT NOW!!!
Never mind that Pesach was in a month; never mind that I’ve already written 6 books and 2 courses (plus all my other blogging) in the last 6 months; never mind that I was approaching mental exhaustion, and was actually looking forward to dusting, instead of typing, for a change.
The more I tried to ignore that ‘suggestion’, the stronger it got – until I stuck up the white flag and said ‘Ok, God, if you’re sending me a vibe to write the book, I’ll do it already.’
Dear reader, I somehow managed to churn out 30,000 words in a week.
But the nagging didn’t let up. Now, I was getting the steer to ‘publish and print’, ASAP.
Do you have any idea how much time, effort and money is involved in getting these things ready for publication? Do you KNOW how many cheerios I probably have to track down underneath my couch right now? Do you get how tired I’m feeling at the moment, God?
But the same thing happened again: I couldn’t get any peace until I gave in, and got on with it.
That’s why I stuck all those ‘Erev Posts’ up like a crazy person, the last couple of weeks. I was getting a big push in my hitbodedut that it needed to be done, and it needed to be done ASAP.
The plague of darkness
I posted the last one up – and then the next day, I crashed through the floor. I felt SO awful, heavy, sick, like there was some sort of dark, heavy cloud pressing down on my head. Usually when I feel like that, I KNOW a war is in the offing.
So I went to bed for pretty much three days solid, and only on Shabbat did the cloud start to lift somewhat. But I’m still feeling pretty shattered. It struck me that maybe, this is what the Egyptians felt, a little, in the plague of darkness, where they were so weighed-down and stuck that they couldn’t even raise a hand.
I feel like that a little at the moment – and most of my Pesach cleaning still needs to get done.
Clearly, posting all that stuff up was directly connected to me feeling so awful for three days. So then I started wondering: did I get the wrong end of the stick, somehow? Was it really my yetzer, just trying to get me to kill myself with herculean typing efforts two weeks before Pesach?
As I was musing on this (and starting to feel even more disgusting and miserable) – a friend called me. She told me that she’d read the ‘Erev Rav’ posts, and that she felt they contained some amazing energy and light. “I felt good, and filled-up all day after reading them,” she said. “The opposite of how I usually feel after I read stuff about the Erev Rav on other sites.”
That phone call did wonders for me.
It made me feel that even if the only person those posts helped was my friend, Dayenu – it was worth it.
In the meantime, I still have no idea what’s really going on, or why. But I do believe that everything that happens in the world, and in my life, and on my blog, is for a very profound reason.
God clearly wanted that stuff up and circulating around. He clearly wanted some sort of ‘counter-point’ to all the ‘evil star / evil Erev Rav / end of the world / America sinking beneath the waves’ false prophecies that are still going, relentlessly in other parts of the blogosphere.
Do I know why? No.
But Rav Arush teaches that whatever you get in your hitbodedut, you take it at face value (clearly, as long as it’s not telling you to do something against the Torah.) So I did. And where it’s all going to lead to? I have no idea. But I guess we'll find out.
You can now read all of the ‘Unlocking the Secret of the Erev Rav’ posts in order, and in one place, on the EREV RAV page in the menu bar.
In these last two posts, we’re going to start pulling everything that we’ve learnt together, to hopefully create a clear picture of the true situation facing us vis-à-vis the Erev Rav, and how the problem can actually be resolved, leading to the redemption of Am Israel, and the rectification of the whole world.
Before we get into a discussion of what each of us can do, in our own lives, to finally ‘solve’ the problem of the Erev Rav,
let’s first recap the main points of what we’ve discovered so far:
I've written a last, final chapter on practical solutions, but I'm still debating whether I'm going to put that up here, or keep it for the book and call it a day with the Erev Rav stuff, here on Emunaroma. I will keep you posted.
Rebbe Nachman’s stories
Of all of Rebbe Nachman’s works, the loftiest and most profound are his stories, known as the Sipurei Maasiot in Hebrew. These were among his final teachings, and they contain allusions to many of the secrets of creation, hints about what will happen in the time period known as the ‘footsteps of Moshiach’, and many other deep spiritual and Kabbalistic secrets, besides.
Rebbe Nachman explained that each of his stories had the power to bring people back to God, even if they had no clue of the deeper meanings that he’d cleverly hidden in the narrative.
Of these stories, the one known as ‘The Seven Beggars’ is arguably the most important. (Again, you can read a full version of this story online, at the site listed on the BRESLEV page). In the Yiddish notes that originally accompanied the printing of these stories, Rebbe Nachman tells us the following:
“You will find very, very great secrets of the Torah in this story, from beginning to end. All the stories of this book [Sipurei Maasiot] are enormously great secrets of the Torah; each word and each thing means something completely different — but this story is above them all. And it’s not really possible to even begin to tell of the greatness of this awesome story, for it is above them all.”
Did Rebbe Nachman hide some clues about the Erev Rav in his Kabbalistic tales? Did he set out a secret blue print for how to help the Erev Rav re-integrate back into Am Israel, leading to Tikkun HaOlam and the ultimate redemption of mankind? We’re about to find out.
The Seven Beggars: An overview
Before we jump in, let me give you a brief précis of the main story that we’re going to be focussing on in these chapters, which is called the Seven Beggars. The narrative revolves around a young boy and girl, who get accidentally left behind in a forest, by their respective parents.
They find each other, and over the course of time, a group of seven beggars passes by them in the forest, and gives them food, encouragement and advice on how to live and survive. As the years’ pass, the children turn into ‘professional’ beggars themselves, and start plying their trade in the nearby towns.
The local beggars decide that these two young people should get married, and hold an impromptu wedding ceremony for them in a pit (often understood as the darkest, spiritually most lowly period that humanity will endure, directly prior to the coming of Moshiach.)
As the wedding celebrations are in full swing, the bride and groom express their yearning for the Seven Beggars who helped them when they were lost in the forest – and as they mention each Beggar, he appears! Each Beggar tells them a story, and blesses them with a wedding gift that they should achieve the attainments he himself has merited.
Although there are Seven Beggars, the tale actually ends with the story of the Sixth Beggar, the beggar who has no hands. Rebbe Nachman told his followers that the final section of the story, concerning the beggar who has no feet, will be told by the Moshiach, himself.
For the purposes of this post, we’re going to focus on the story of the Water Castle that occurs as part of the bigger story told about the Sixth Beggar, the Beggar Who Has No Hands.
(Another reminder: you can read the full version of the Water Castle online, at the site listed on the BRESLEV page).
The Water Castle – an overview
Breslev tradition holds that the story of the Seven Beggars is describing the unfolding saga of the Jewish people that culminates in the coming of the Moshiach. As many Sages have indicated that the Jewish people is currently in the period of time known as the ‘footsteps of Moshiach’, (which corresponds to the sixth millennia, that we’re currently coming towards the end of) the details of this particular story have more relevance and pertinence to us, than any other generation in history.
The Sixth Beggar is the final act before Moshiach, so anything that occurs within that narrative is talking directly about the situation each of us is experiencing today. The following is an abridged version that covers the main points:
There’s a King, who’s extremely enamoured of a princess, and does everything in his power to win the maiden round, and get her to marry him. After they’ve been married for some time, the King has a very disturbing dream, where he sees the Queen kill him.
He wakes up from this nightmare terribly distraught, and calls all his courtiers and wise men to interpret the dream. They all tell him the same thing: The Queen is going to kill you. This makes the King deathly afraid of the Queen, and his love for her starts to wane.
On the one hand, he doesn’t want to divorce her, because he put so much effort into wooing her in the first place, and he couldn’t bear to see her with another man. Plus, he fears that if she remarries, she’ll be in a much better position to try to kill him. He also doesn’t want to kill her himself, as he still has some love for her.
As time continues, the relationship between the King and Queen degenerates to such a point that the Queen starts to hate her husband, and decides to run away from him. Servants bring the King word that the Queen has escaped, and has been spotted circling the Water Castle, a miraculous building where the walls, floors and everything it contains is made of water.
The King gives the order to his soldiers to re-capture the Queen by firing arrows at her – and if she dies, she dies.
The Queen is hit with 10 poison-tipped arrows, each more deadly than the last, but still manages to miraculously flee to the interior of the Water Castle, where she passes out.
It’s the job of the Beggar who has no hands to heal the wounded Queen, and he can only doing that by knowing the 10 types of melody, and the 10 types of pulse.
How is the ‘Water Castle’ connected to the Erev Rav?
To find the answer to this question, we need to take a detour to some of the insights that Rabbi Natan Sternhartz, Rebbe Nachman’s main student and redactor, wrote in his mammoth halachic work, Likutey Halachot.
In Chapter 2 of Hilchot Pesach in Likutey Halachot, Rabbi Natan tells us the following, in connection to the story of the Water Castle, in the tale of the Seven Beggars:
“[T]he essence of exile is depression…Redemption comes through simcha (happiness). This is especially true of the Egyptian exile, which resulted from Adam’s wrongdoing. He sinned in regard to the Tree of Knowledge, and he caused [further] spiritual damage due to seminal emissions. [This is a reference to Adam’s ‘wasted seed’, that we discussed at length at the beginning of this book.]
“Consequently, in order to repair the damage caused by Adam’s ‘wasted seed’, the Israelites needed to be purified in Egypt [as brought by the Arizal].
“The Tikkun (spiritual rectification of the world) principally comes about through simcha (happiness) – in terms of our story, through the Ten Types of Melody – which is why our Rebbe [Rebbe Nachman] revealed that we should recite the Ten Chapters of Psalms that he specified. These Ten Psalms represent the Ten Types of Melody, and a Tikkun for the damage caused by seminal emissions.”
The 10 Types of Melody, and the Tikkun HaKlali
When Rav Natan talks about the Ten Chapters of Psalms that relate to the Ten Types of Melody that we find in the story of the Water Castle, he’s talking about the Tikkun HaKlali, or ‘General Remedy’, which is made up of the following ten Psalms:
6, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, and 150.
Rebbe Nachman first revealed the Tikkun HaKlali to his followers in March 1810, a few months before he died, and a week before he started giving over the story of the Seven Beggars – which contains the story of the Water Castle.
Over the centuries, the Kabbalists knew about the existence of these ten Psalms, or ‘songs’, and their ability to spiritually correct all sins at their root, even the worst sin of ‘wasted seed’. Many of our greatest Sages worked tirelessly to try to identify the correct ten chapters, and some, like the famed Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk, came very close. Unfortunately, they normally died before completing the task, as Divine permission had not yet been given for them to reveal this secret openly.
Rebbe Nachman was given the merit of being the one to finally reveal the correct order of the ‘General Remedy’ for sins, or Tikkun HaKlali – but he still paid a high price for it. In his teachings and conversations, he alluded to the fact that he’d lost his wife and seen so many of his children die young as the spiritual ‘price’ he was forced to pay for being the one who ultimately revealed this, and other lofty spiritual insights, to the world.
One of the basic tenets of Breslev chassidut is that the 10 Psalms that make up the Tikkun HaKlali, or General Remedy, can rectify the damage called by an individual’s seminal emissions, particularly if they’re involuntary, and the individual immerses in a mikva as soon as possible after the event, and then says the Tikkun HaKlali.
When Rebbe Nachman first unveiled the order of the Tikkun HaKlali to his followers, he told them:
“If you can immerse in a mikva and then say the Ten Psalms, it is certainly best. But even if you are sick or travelling and cannot immerse, saying the Psalms alone is a great remedy. If you can says the Psalms with devotion and feeling, it is best. But saying the words alone also helps. This remedy has not been revealed since the time of creation…These Ten Psalms are a most wonderful and precious remedy.”
But there was also a second tradition associated with the power of the Tikkun HaKlali to spiritually rectify a person’s soul, which could help us to unlock some more secrets about how to rectify the Erev Rav.
The Tikkun HaKlali said at Rebbe Nachman’s grave
After the passage quoted above, about how to rectify an individual’s seminal emission, Rebbe Nachman then went on to make a separate guarantee, in relation to saying the Tikkun HaKlali at his gravesite, as follows:
“Bear witness to my words. When my days are over and I leave this world, I will still intercede for anyone who comes to my grave, says these Ten Psalms, and gives a penny to charity. No matter how great his sins, I will do everything in my power, spanning the length and breadth of the creation, to cleanse and protect him…I will pull him out of Gehinnom by his payot (side curls).
“I am very positive in everything I say. But I am most positive in regard to the great benefit of these Ten Psalms.”
Rebbe Nachman stated emphatically that the Tikkun HaKlali was a ‘General Remedy’ for all sins; and that even the worst sins in the world could somehow be rectified, if only a person would come to Rebbe Nachman’s grave himself, recite these 10 chapters, and give a coin to charity.
So now, the question begs to be asked: is the Tikkun HaKlali somehow also connected to the original sin of Adam’s ‘wasted seed’, which resulted in the souls of Am Israel and the Erev Rav being trapped in the Realm of Evil? Was there anything in the Rebbe’s writings that suggested this might be the case? The answer, it turns out, is a resounding ‘yes’!
The General Remedy, as discussed in Likutey Moharan, Part 1, Lesson 36
Remember a little while back in the third post, we learned that when King David is talking about the merayim, that’s a code word for the Erev Rav (and that this link is made for us by the Zohar)?
Lesson I:36 in Likutey Moharan is crucially important to deepening our understanding of how the Erev Rav and the Tikkun HaKlali are linked, and I recommend that you read the whole thing for yourself.
But for now, let’s go through and pull out the key quotations that may give us some more clues about how this lesson is connected to the Erev Rav.
1. Lesson 36 in Likutey Moharan begins with the following quote:
“When merayim [self-deceiving evildoers] approach me to consume my flesh (or alternative translation: to slander me)” – Psalm 27:2
Here, Rebbe Nachman is already using the code word for the Erev Rav used by David HaMelech to flag up the link.
Next, the lesson teaches us that:
2. “In principle, every Jewish soul is rooted in the seventy souls of the House of Jacob, and the seventy souls of the House of Jacob are rooted in the seventy aspects of the Torah.“But God created each thing and its opposite, so opposing the seventy souls of the House of Jacob are the seventy nations. Each and every nation has a specific negative trait that the others do not have, and on account of these traits, they are distant from the seventy aspects of the Torah.”
Now, Rebbe Nachman is explaining that there are 70 specific negative personality traits, or character flaws, and that each one of them is associated with one of the 70 nations of the world. He’s also explaining that whenever someone has one of these negative traits, that’s going to distance him from one of the ’70 faces’ of the Torah, as a result.
This is a good time to remind ourselves of the negative ‘Erev Rav’ traits that we identified back in the third post, because here Rebbe Nachman is making it clear that the more negative character traits a Jew has, the further away they’ll be from enjoying a genuine spiritual connection to Torah and Yiddishkeit – and that applies even when the person themselves appears to be externally ‘frum’.
Next, Rebbe Nachman explains that:
3. “[T]his is the rule: Before any Jewish soul has a revelation of Torah, or service, it is first tested and refined in the exile of the seventy nations, that is, in their lusts…“For the shell precedes the fruit, and whoever wants to eat the fruit must break through the shell, and therefore, before revelation, the soul must enter into exile, into their traits, in order to break them and then attain a revelation.”
This passage partially explains why the souls of Am Israel and the Erev Rav had to experience the harsh Egyptian exile, before receiving the Torah. Ancient Egypt was renowned as a bona fide ‘Realm of Evil’, where every evil trait, negative behaviour and lust under the sun was enthusiastically practised.
But even in Ancient Egypt, the lust they most excelled at was sexual immorality. Every year when we read through the Haggadah, or when we read about the exodus of the Children of Israel and the 10 plagues, the commentators tell us about the plague of the death of the first-born that multiple people died in each home, and not just the obvious ‘first-born’.
Why was this?
Because the ancient Egyptians were so immoral that many of the children in the same family were fathered by different people. One mother could consequently have many ‘first born’ children, as each child was the result of a different intimate relationship with a different biological father.
And it was into this crucible of immorality, sorcery, idol-worship and cruelty that Am Israel and the Erev Rav was thrust into by God, in order that they would be tested in these negative traits, ‘break’ them, and then be worthy of receiving the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai.
4. “And know: The all-encompassing trait of these negative traits of the seventy nations is sexual lust. It is also the all-encompassing rectification, in that whoever breaks this lust will easily be able to break all the other lusts.”
This passage is key to understanding what’s really going on, and how the spiritual rectification of the whole world is bound up with rectification of the remaining Erev Rav soul sparks, and the concept of sexual purity.
Rebbe Nachman is returning to the idea that sexual immorality, and particularly ‘wasted seed’ is the root of all the evil in the world – and it’s been this way right from the beginning. If we go back to the Garden of Eden and the book of Genesis, the commentators tell us something very interesting, namely that the snake went after Eve in the first place as it desired her for himself.
There’s some suggestion (usually toned down or even deliberately omitted, in most scriptural reference books) that the snake actually succeeded in having some sort of carnal relationship, on some level, with Eve after it convinced her to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Here, Rebbe Nachman is explaining that when the negative trait of sexual lust is broken, then all the other negative character traits will simply fall by the wayside, which brings us to the tenth secret of the Erev Rav:
THE TENTH SECRET OF THE EREV RAV: When the negative trait of sexual lust is broken, then all the other negative traits will disappear, and the Erev Rav soul sparks, and the world, will finally be completely rectified.
Back in the desert, many commentators explain that the Erev Rav were chafing under the restrictions on their intimate activity that the Torah, with its focus on sexual purity, had placed on them. They made the Golden Calf as a pretext to enable them to indulge in an orgy of immoral behaviour.
Elsewhere, Rebbe Nachman explains that the festival of Shavuot, which takes place on the 6th of Sivan, when the Torah was given, comes to rectify the lust for illicit sexual relations.
As we mentioned in point 2), above:
“Each and every nation has a specific negative trait that the others do not have, and on account of these traits, they are distant from the seventy aspects of the Torah.”
When someone is caught up in the negative trait of sexual immorality, that trait is equivalent to all the negative traits and lusts in the world – which means that in some way, they are then distanced from all 70 aspects of the Torah.
Next, Rebbe Nachman tells us that:
5. “[S]exual lust arises from the spoilage of the blood caused by the spleen, which represents Lilith, the evil maidservant, the mother of the Erev Rav…”
Now, the gloves are really coming off, as Rebbe Nachman makes an explicit link between sexual lust and the Erev Rav. ‘Lilith’ is a somewhat mysterious figure, connected with the story of Adam and Eve and the creation of the world, in Sefer Bereishit.
She frequently pops up in Kabbalistic works in connection with the Realm of Evil, and there’s a suggestion in the Midrash [SOURCE] that she and Adam were actually created together, back-to-back, before Eve came on the scene.
Somehow, Lilith got separated from Adam and pulled over to the side of evil, and appears to have had a crucial part to play as the ‘temptress’ that somehow induced Adam to waste his seed. Consequently, she’s known as the ‘Mother of the Erev Rav’ – those souls that were captured by the Realm of Evil as a result of Adam’s sin.
Also, remember that at least one of the five distinct groups of Erev Rav identified by the Zohar and the Vilna Gaon engaged in promiscuous behaviour and was addicted to sexual immorality, so this is clearly a big ‘Erev Rav’ trait.
Further, when Yosef HaTzaddik insisted that the Egyptians undergo circumcision before he would sell them any of the grain he’d stored away during the terrible famine that hit the entire area, Rashi explains that this was partly in order to decrease the urge for immoral sexual relations.
(I’m skipping quite a few verses to get to the next point that Rebbe Nachman makes. If it’s hard to follow the progression, I highly recommend that you read the Lesson for yourself, in order to have the proper context for this section, namely :)
6. “When a person accepts the yoke of heaven upon himself by reciting these verses [the Tikkun HaKlali], he encompasses his soul within the Twelve Tribes of God and separates his soul from the souls of the Erev Rav…“…This is the Tikkun HaKlali, (all-encompassing rectification), by way of which, “My oppressors and enemies – they shall stumble and fall” (Psalm 27) – which refers to the seventy nations. When one breaks this lust, all other selfish lusts fall away automatically.”
It’s well worth reading the whole thing to get the proper context of the quotes that we’re pulling out in this chapter, but we’ve effectively just hit the pay-dirt:
Rebbe Nachman is unequivocally telling us that when someone recites the Tikkun HaKlali, they break their urge for sexual immorality, which is the root of all the other negative character traits and lusts. And once they do that, then their soul can finally become rectified enough to become a true part of Am Israel, and to leave the ranks of the Erev Rav.
Saying the Tikkun HaKlali rectifies the soul sparks of the Erev Rav
Let’s conclude this chapter with the final secret we’ve learnt from Lesson I: 36 in Likutey Moharan:
THE ELEVENTH SECRET OF THE EREV RAV: Reciting the 10 Psalms that constitute the Tikkun HaKlali, or ‘General Remedy’ can heal the Erev Rav at their spiritual root!
Now, you might think that we’ve reached the end of the journey, and that we’ve uncovered all the clues that we need to resolve the challenge of how to overcome the Erev Rav, rectify the world, and bring Moshiach and redemption. But the most important piece of the puzzle is still to come, and we’ll take a look at it in the next chapter.
Dear reader, I know I'm giving you some very long posts at the moment, and they aren't so easy to read. I was debating splitting all this stuff up, but decided against it, primarily because I feel that this information needs to get out ASAP, and that anyone who's truly interested in the subject won't mind having to use the scroll down button so much. Normal service here on Emunaroma will resume next week - unless Moshiach comes beforehand, as a result of everyone now seeing the good in themselves and other people. ;-)
Rebbe Nachman was a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidut movement, and a renowned Jewish mystic and religious leader in his own right, who lived in the Ukraine. Before he died in 1810, he authored a work called the Likutey Moharan, which contains some of the most sublime esoteric teachings of all time.
One of Rebbe Nachman’s most important, and most memorable lessons in Likutey Moharan is Lesson 282, popularly called Azamra, which describes how important it is to search for the point of good that can be found in every Jewish soul.
(On the BRESLEV page of this blog, you'll find a site where you can download translations of all of Rebbe Nachman's works in English, for free, so you can read the full lessons yourself.)
The key point of the lesson of Azamra is this:
“Know! One must judge every person favorably. Even if the person is totally wicked, one must search and find in him some bit of good, regarding which he is not wicked. By finding in him this bit of good and judging him favorably, one actually elevates him to righteousness and is able to bring him to make repentance.”
Reams have been written about whether Rebbe Nachman meant this literally (he did) and whether it was truly possible to bring a ‘totally wicked’ person back to the side of good, (it is) and what that actually means, in practice (we’re about to find out…)
Does Azamra apply to the Erev Rav?
The question of how to apply Azamra becomes that much sharper, once the Erev Rav are added into the mix. Remember, the other holy sources who were explicitly talking about the Erev Rav (a sampling of which you’ve read for yourself, in previous posts) suggested that the souls of the Erev Rav were rooted in the realm of evil, and couldn’t be fixed.
These commentators, including such Torah luminaries as the Rashbi and the Vilna Gaon, appeared to be saying that unlike Bnei Israel, the Erev Rav had no spiritual place to ‘come back’ to, as their souls weren’t a part of Hashem in the same way that Bnei Israel was. That’s a big part of the reason why the Erev Rav could, and did, act in such treacherous, cruel, upsetting and disturbing ways.
If the Erev Rav weren’t considered to be real Jews, then does Rebbe Nachman’s lesson of Azamra, of seeing the good, also apply to them? And, if the answer is ‘yes’, then how on earth are we meant to do that, in practice, given how difficult they are to deal with, and the problems they trail in their wake?
Maybe this sounds like semantics, because after all, we’ve already ascertained that it’s next to impossible, these days, to figure out who the Erev Rav really are. But Quantum Physics tells us that nothing in the physical world is actually permanently ‘fixed’ until it’s been observed.
To put it another way, the way we look at things creates the physical and spiritual reality.
If Azamra applies to the Erev Rav, then there is a way back for them, and they can be fixed. If Azamra doesn’t apply to them, then de facto, it would appear they can’t be fixed and we’re be back to square one, of trying to do the impossible of figuring out who they really are, and then trying to steer clear of them, as much as possible.
In the course of my research into the Erev Rav, I kept coming back to the same question: Can the Erev Rav make Teshuva?
Can they change the way they act and behave, and come back to Hashem?
A great deal appeared to be hanging on finding the right answer to these questions, but that answer was simply not forthcoming – until a few months’ ago, when the leading Breslev figure, Rabbi Eliezer Berland, released the following statement.
(I’m including it in full, below).
Azamra Redux: Rabbi Eliezer Berland blasts the path open
“The Torah tells us: “Vayetze Yaakov” (‘and Yaakov went out’). When Yaakov left Beersheba, he’d already completed the seven levels of holiness, the seven Sefirot, namely: Malchut, Yesod, Hod, Netzach, Tiferet, Gevurah and Chessed. These are the seven ‘Gevurot’.
“Vayelech Charana” (‘and he went to Charan’). Yaakov went to Charan, to the place where the roots of din, or judgment, was found because he wanted to draw down chessed, or kindness, into the world, and to bring shefa (bounty) into the world, because the work of the Tzaddikim is to bring chessed and shefa into the world.
From the moment that Rebbe Nachman of Breslev came into the world, he sweetened all of the judgements in the world until the end of all generations. He drew down Shefa into the world, he drew down Chessed into the world, and he announced that there are no more wicked people, and that the age of wickedness in the world had come to an end! From the moment that Rebbe Nachman was born, the age of wickedness finished; there were no more wicked people in Am Israel, as he himself revealed in Lesson 282 of Likutey Moharan (popularly known as ‘
In that lesson, Rebbe Nachman explains: “Od me’at v’ain rasha”, (‘a little more, and there is no longer a wicked person). Just a little more - today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow – and we’ll already see that there won’t be any more wicked people in Am Israel, because everyone will be on the path of Teshuva, or repentance.
This verse, “Od me’at v’ain rasha”, comes from Tehillim (the book of Psalms), and Rabbenu explained its simple meaning: Just a little more! A little more, and there will be no more wicked people, and everyone will be Tzaddikim, and everyone will reach the level of “Your entire nation are Tzaddikim”.
One Jew will become a Tzaddik today, another one will become a Tzaddik tomorrow, and yet another one the day after. And the one who will become a Tzaddik after a number days will fulfil the verse: “the smallest one will be like a thousand, and the youngest will be like a vast nation”.
This ‘small’ one will rise up and up, as the greater the soul that a person possesses, and the more refined their soul, the more difficulties and obstacles they have to overcome when they want to make Teshuva.
Rabbenu teaches us in Lesson 282 that there is no such thing as a wicked person in Am Israel! There is no such reality. Even if you see a completely wicked person, from his head to his feet, you can’t see any Yiddishkeit in him at all, he is completely anti-Torah, anti-observance, God forbid, even if it seems to you that there was never a more wicked person than this since the creation of the world, you should know that the main problem is that this person simply lacks da’at, or spiritual awareness.
But a huge fire of holiness still burns inside of them! A raging fire of holiness and yearning for Hashem Yitbarach burns inside of every Jew, just that it’s covered over by mountains of dust. Their Neshama is on fire for God, but it’s covered in a layer of dirt. These Jewish souls are like spiritual volcanoes; from the outside, a huge mountain covers the heat and the lava flowing just beneath the surface, but the moment the fire and the lava burst forth it consumes the entire mountain. The mountain explodes!
A spiritual mountain of dirt and rocks is currently resting on every Jewish soul, but the day will come when the fire will bursts forth, and consumes all of these mountains of sand and dirt.
In Lesson 282, Rebbe Nachman writes: “And you need to search and find in him a small amount of good. And in that small place, he is not a wicked person.” Rabbenu is teaching us that there is no such thing as a wicked Jewish person, from his head to his toes, just that it currently seems that way to you. But it’s only your imagination! You imagine that he’s a completely wicked person, but if you train yourself to look for some little bit of good that he has done, or some kindness that he did to help someone else, you’ll always find even in the most worst wicked person lots and lots of good. And the very act of you finding some good in this person, and judging him favourably, through this very act you raise him up to the side of good, and you can cause him to make Teshuva.
We need to look at every Jew with a ‘good eye’, and stop thinking to ourselves: ‘Well, I made Teshuva and I keep Shabbat, and I learn Torah, so why doesn’t he make Teshuva like me?! Why doesn’t he keep Shabbat like me?! He should be doing the same! I went through what he went through and more, so why doesn’t he also make Teshuva!?’
It’s exactly about this that Rabbenu said: “Od me’at v’ain rasha”. A little more! He is going to do it eventually, tomorrow or the day after. You can’t interfere with Hashem’s order for the world, and the order of the Teshuva process. The order of Teshuva, when each person will make Teshuva, how he will make Teshuva, this process is hidden from all of His creations, but it’s a process that needs to happen to every single Jew. Every single Jew will one day make Teshuva!
Now, it’s possible to speed this process up, but only if we start looking with a ‘good eye’. Only if a person merits to look at every Jew with a ‘good eye’ then, “he will consider his place and he [the wicked person] won’t be there any more”, [i.e., in the place of being wicked].If people would realise this, and internalise that if they started to judge others favourably, and to stop looking at them with an ayin ra, or ‘bad eye’, then there wouldn’t be any more wicked people in Am Israel. Because it is possible to bring all of them back to make Teshuva, in the blink of an eye.
Even when a Jew appears to be the most wicked person, know that he really has the most righteous Neshama, or soul. It’s the opposite of how it appears to be externally: the more ‘bad’ the Neshama seems, the more righteous it actually is. Only, because it’s so full of righteousness, it’s scared. It has a hidden, internal fear about keeping Mitzvot, because it knows if it starts the process of Teshuva, it will go ‘to the end’!
There are many Jews who are far away from Yiddishkeit who say, ‘if I start to fulfil Mitzvot, then I will go to the end… not like you! I will go to the end, I will learn Torah day and night; I will become holy, I will purify myself, to the end!’ But to go ‘to the end’ seems very difficult for them. So, we try to say to them, ‘go at least halfway, and keep half the laws’. But they tell us no, they are not prepared to do that, because by them, they want everything - or nothing. And in truth, if you were to show them and to explain to them how to reach the entire way, and how to become holy, and how it’s really not as difficult as they think, they would all make Teshuva!
Every Jew is a part of Hashem, and every person has Godliness in him. “Man is beloved that he was created in the image of God. The heart of every Jew, even the most wicked, burns for Hashem Yitbarach. There is no Jew whose heart does not burn for Hashem Yitbarach. Because a Jew is not a cow or a sheep, every Jew is a holy Neshama that was carved out from the Kiseh Hakavod [the Holy Throne]. Every Jew in the place where he is, even if the burning coals of his soul and heart are currently covered over by mountains of sand, billions of grains of sand, nonetheless, the coals continue to burn. We need to blow away the dirt covering his heart, the mountains of sand covering his heart, and this is what Rabbenu said – come let’s blow away the mountains of sand from his heart, because there is no such thing as a wicked person in Am Israel. There is no such thing as ‘chilonim’ [secular Jews], there is no such thing!
There are people who succeed in fulfilling the Torah’s commandments 80% of the time, 70%, 20% and 10%. Every Jew fasts on Yom Kippur, and eats Matza on Pesach. There is no such thing as a ‘secular Jew’! Every one of them fulfils some aspect of the Torah. Every Jew is a holy Jew, a pure Jew.
This is the foundation of what Rebbe Nachman taught us, that there are no wicked people in Am Israel. It’s forbidden to call any Jew ‘wicked’. It is forbidden to say: ‘this one is wicked’. We need to fix this way of speaking, because there’s no such thing.
How can you believe that so-and-so is wicked? Were you in his place? Do you know where he was born? Do you know who his parents were? What he went through? How can you decide to call a Jew wicked? How can you decide to call a Jew ‘chiloni’ (secular)? How can you say things like this? Do you think you can decide who is righteous and who is wicked? Do you think that you can really know? You need to know that everyone is righteous, because “Your nation are entirely righteous”, and there are no wicked people in Am Israel.”
Azamra applies to everyone
There’s a few key points to note from Rav Berland’s statement. The first, is that from the time Rebbe Nachman of Breslev came to the world, there are no longer any 100% wicked people in the nation of Israel.
This statement is not intuitive, because if you look back at the last 200 hundred years’ or so, you’ll see a period of time when most Jews turned their back on mitzvah observance, where assimilation became the order of the day, and where large numbers of Jews were caught up organisations and activities, particularly in communist Russia, that made persecuting their fellow Jew for maintaining even a vestige of their Yiddishkeit a ‘mitzvah’.
In many ways, the last two hundred years have marked the spiritual low point of the Jewish people, where pogroms and poverty chased hard on the heels of assimilation, atheism and even conversion to other religions. And yet according to Rav Berland, the leading authority in Breslev today, and an enormous Talmid Chacham and Kabbalist in his own right, completely wicked people don’t exist anymore, and things are not really as they seem, from the outside.
Remember, back in post number three, Rebbe Nachman made the connection between ‘wicked’ people and the Erev Rav, when he wrote in the Sefer HaMiddot (Book of Traits) that:
“[A] brazen person has certainly stumbled in a sin, and will stumble in more sin. It is permitted to call him 'wicked' and to hate him, and he is from the 974 generations that preceded the Creation.”
If Rav Berland is now telling us that: “It’s forbidden to call any Jew ‘wicked’”, then he’s effectively telling us that today, it’s forbidden to say that any Jew is ‘Erev Rav’ – for reasons that we are explaining in this book.
Spiritual rectification takes time
The second point is that Am Israel is still undergoing a process of purification and rectification – that same process that was begun all those centuries ago in Egypt, and even before. But Rav Berland is implying that this process is now almost concluded, and that it won’t be much longer until all the souls that make up Am Israel (including those with sparks from the Erev Rav) are completely rectified.
A third point that jumps out from Rav Berland’s statement – so much so, that it’s going to become our eighth secret - is that how we view our fellow Jew is either going to speed the rectification process up, or slow it down.
THE EIGHTH SECRET OF THE EREV RAV: How we view our fellow Jew – seeing the good in them, or the opposite, God forbid – is either going to speed up the rectification process, and bring Moshiach and redemption, or slow it down.
If we think the difficult people in our lives are ‘bad’ Erev Rav types, that’s the reality we’ll create, at least for ourselves. But if we practise Rebbe Nachman’s lesson of Azamra and try out best to see the good in them, that will empower their innate power of good, and give them the ability to make complete Teshuva, and return to God.
(There’s more to be said about how to actually apply the lesson of Azamra in practise, as it doesn’t mean that we pretend that bad behaviour or evil actions are somehow good, or acceptable. We’ll come back to the idea of how to successfully Azamra in a later post, where I’ll set out some practical guidelines.)
Remember, everyone today is a composite soul
If we try to pick out those parts of Rav Berland’s statement that are pertinent to our discussion and understanding of the Erev Rav, and what response God is really requiring from us, we come to the same conclusion we came to in the previous post, albeit framed in slightly different language:
Today, every single member of Am Israel has the potential to make complete Teshuva, and to return to God, and to become a holy Tzaddik. Instead of wasting our time looking at all the bad that’s going on around us, and trying to figure out who might be the evil Erev Rav, so we can stay away from them, we actually need to be making much more of an effort to be focussing on the good, as that’s the only way the situation is really going to turn around.
Of course, as much as this answers the question of ‘can the Erev Rav make Teshuva, and change?’ it also begs many more questions, like: How do we actually see the good in evil people, in real life? And, how are we meant to deal with all the evil actions and ideas we’re surrounded by, if we’re being adjured to focus on the good? It all sounds nice in theory, but what does it actually mean, in practise?
Hopefully, by the time you come to the end of this book, you’ll have a much clearer idea of how to actually practise Azamra, in real life. But in the meantime, let’s conclude this chapter by stating the ninth secret we’ve learned about the Erev Rav:
THE NINTH SECRET OF THE EREV RAV: They can make Teshuva, and eventually every single one of them will return to Hashem.
And when they do, that will mark the end of the process of Tikkun HaOlam, or the rectification of Adam’s sin, that began almost 6,000 years ago, in the Garden of Eden. But before that happens, there’s still a few more bits of the puzzle that we have to look at.
Which is kind of good news, as it was all going a little TOO smoothly, if you know what I mean. Check down below post number 7, for the latest post.
I know this is a lot of information to throw at you (particularly when it's also out of order in some places) - but 'he who searches, will find'.
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