” וַיַּקְהֵל מֹשֶׁה, אֶת-כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל–וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם: אֵלֶּה, הַדְּבָרִים, אֲשֶׁר-צִוָּה יְהוָה, לַעֲשֹׂת אֹתָם.”
“And Moses assembled all the congregation of the people of Israel and said to them, “These are the things that YHVH has commanded you to do.”
The Holy Ari reveals to us that Moses was the aspect of Yessod of Chokmah. The Israelites had the same aspect and when Moses ‘assembled’ them, he wanted to bring them back to their roots and through him to get back the sparks of holiness that they lost when they participated in the sin of the Golden Calf.
Moses reminds them the ‘commandment’ of keeping the Shabbat because it reveals the light of Binah.
” וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת-יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֹתוֹ: כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל-מְלַאכְתּוֹ, אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת”
“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God had prepared for making.”
Shabbat was blessed and sanctified to become holy before God ‘released’ the world into our hands with the words ‘ which God had prepared for making ‘.
The six days is the aspect of the work and the Tikkun process. It didn’t exist before the first Shabbat.
When we keep the Shabbat we rest from the Tikkun process and are able to connect to the blessing that God gave on Shabbat. There are different levels of keeping the Shabbat and the most important are to avoid starting new things, not to buy new things and not to set fire on Shabbat.
Initiating, producing or buying new things activate the Tikkun process and disconnect us from the blessing of Shabbat.
Fire has the power to transform elements from one state to another creating new state of existence. If the fire was not ready before Shabbat with the exact plan on how to use it then it should not be set new.
Another important aspect of keeping Shabbat is to avoid arguments and above all avoid anger. It is like setting the body and soul on fire and it creates negative change in the body and soul.
To connect to the blessing of Shabbat at the level of Binah we need to listen to the Torah and study Zohar.
After reminding the people about the Shabbat connection Moses asked the people to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle. It gave the people another opportunity to connect to the Holiness that God brought to the world.
Contributing and supporting channels of Light open and bring light into our lives.
Moses did not ‘assemble’ the people in a location, he connected them back to the Light that they lost.
The lesson for us is that even if we failed on the path of light and made our Tikkun harder, we can always go back to the light for support and renewal.