“וַיֵּצֵא יַעֲקֹב, מִבְּאֵר שָׁבַע; וַיֵּלֶךְ, חָרָנָה”
“Jacob went out of Beersheba and went toward Haran.”
Jacob went to Haran where the negative side dwells freely. He experienced the temptation of the other side but could resist by following the laws of the Torah. He worked for Laban, the master of witchcraft, who tried to break Jacob in many ways but couldn’t. At the end Jacob left him with two wives and material wealth.
The temptations of the material world come from the female of the negative side. The male, Sam-el, tries to block and corrupt the connection to the Light. He waited for Jacob on the way to his homeland. They fought all night and Jacob was victorious, received the name Israel and elevated to become the chariot of the Central Column of the Tree of Life.
The next challenge for Jacob was meeting with his brother Esau, who had plans to kill him. Jacob sent Esau a message telling him Genesis 32:5
“עִם-לָבָן גַּרְתִּי, וָאֵחַר עַד-עָתָּה”
“ I have sojourned (גַּרְתִּי) with Laban, and stayed until now”
The word גַּרְתִּי, ‘sojourned’ has the numerical value of 613. The sages explain that the way the Torah puts it means that Jacob followed the 613 precepts of the Torah.
Even though the Torah itself wasn’t revealed at that time, the laws of the spiritual system of The Tree of Life were known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The world was created according to the Torah and the written Torah holds that information. The oral Torah was known from the time of Adam, Seth, and the pure ones that followed.
The secret of overcoming all kind of negativity is to stay with the Torah and the Zohar that reveals its secrets and Light.
Jacob brought the world into stable state when he controlled the negative side. He came from the right side, restricted the left side, to create a central column and allow both Lights to be revealed in the world without the aspect of Judgment.
The portions of Vayetze and Vayishlach have the stories about Jacob controlling the left and the negative side. When we study these portions we get the strength to control our negative side and overcome temptations coming from temporary pleasures of this world.
We learn from Jacob to restrict, work hard with the Light guiding our ways and at the end we can also enjoy from the material world. Without fully correcting ourselves and removing the control of the negative side we can not enjoy the material world without the risk of losing the Light and connecting to death aspects in many areas of our lives.
Remember! Life Force comes from above with spiritual connection. Death comes from below with material connection.
The material world is given to us as a tool to improve our souls. The proof to that fact is that the body breaks down to basic elements and loses its identity while the soul ascends, keeping a complete record of all of its action in this world, good or bad.