“וְהָאָרֶץ, לֹא תִמָּכֵר לִצְמִתֻת–כִּי-לִי, הָאָרֶץ: כִּי-גֵרִים וְתוֹשָׁבִים אַתֶּם, עִמָּדִי”
“The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.”
The portion of Behar teaches the laws of the seventh year, Shemita, and the Jubilee year. God tells us that we are temporary residents of the land. Everything belongs to him.
The spiritual week is seven times seven years that gives us 49 years. The fiftieth year is the Jubilee year and our connection to Malchut is reset. It’s a complete rest and spiritual connection. Women on their 50th year (approx) go through a process of ‘reset’ of their spiritual energy. Their ability to produce life on the physical level ends, but at the same time they gain greater spiritual abilities.
God forces the Israelites into a consciousness that takes them away from clinging to the material world. God tells us that he is with us no matter where we are.
“גַּם כִּי-אֵלֵךְ בְּגֵיא צַלְמָוֶת, לֹא-אִירָא רָע– כִּי-אַתָּה עִמָּדִי;”
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; “
“כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה גֹּאַלְכֶם, קְדוֹשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל: לְמַעַנְכֶם שִׁלַּחְתִּי בָבֶלָה”
“Thus says YHVH your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “For your sake I have sent (the Shechina) to Babylon”
Rabbi Shimon explains that the Holy One Bless be He, is always with us. He was with us in the exile of Egypt and in Babylon.
The Zohar was written for the last generations when most of the Tikkun is done and what’s left is very dark. The Zohar helps us find and see the Light. The Kabbalists of the last generations paved the way by digging out the wells of the Zohar to nourish the world with Light.
The world is in a state of darkness. Even leaders of great countries live in uncertain future. The entire world can change in an instant. One significant chaotic event can bring the people of the world into panic state. There were few outbreaks of the Ebola virus in Africa recently, and they managed to slow down and control it after the death of about two hundreds. What would happen if Ebola or other violent virus hit Europe or America? What would happen if the East managed to break the US dollar and used another type of business currency? What would happen if Iran launches a nuclear strike against Israel? Nuclear fallout could travel and affect many areas of the world. These are not movie scripts but serious and clear threats.
We live in the shadow of death and we don’t have the protection of the Holy Temple. We can only use and lean on the Zohar for its light of protection.