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Tikkun 3 – 5
The liver is the dwelling place of Sam-ael who is the minister of the negative side. The Bile is his female and together they use the negativity of a person to control the blood system and the heart.
“וַיָּבֹאוּ מָרָתָה–וְלֹא יָכְלוּ לִשְׁתֹּת מַיִם מִמָּרָה, כִּי מָרִים הֵם; עַל-כֵּן קָרָא-שְׁמָהּ, מָרָה”
“And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah”
This verse comes after the story of the miracle of splitting the Sea. The Israelites traveled in the wilderness for a few days and couldn’t find water. They came to a place named Marah, but the water there was bitter and they couldn’t drink it.
Marah, מָרָה, literally means ‘bitter’ and is also the Hebrew name for the Bile. The Zohar connects it to the state of negativity that the body reaches as a result of not following the spiritual laws.
God delivered the Israelites form Egypt and now it was time to prepare them for the light of the Torah. They went in the wilderness without water for three days, that is the aspect of Light. When they came to a place with water (physical) it didn’t have the life force that they experienced before.
“וַיִּצְעַק אֶל-יְהוָה, וַיּוֹרֵהוּ יְהוָה עֵץ, וַיַּשְׁלֵךְ אֶל-הַמַּיִם, וַיִּמְתְּקוּ הַמָּיִם; שָׁם שָׂם לוֹ חֹק וּמִשְׁפָּט, וְשָׁם נִסָּהוּ ”
“And he (Moses) cried unto YHVH; and YHVH showed him a tree, and he cast it into the waters, and the waters were made sweet. There He made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there He proved them; ”
The Tree that God showed Moses was the Tree of Life connection through the Torah laws that sweetened the water.
At that point a vessel was created for the Israelites and the light to fill it was shown to them. Then God gave them a promise.
“וַיֹּאמֶר אִם-שָׁמוֹעַ תִּשְׁמַע לְקוֹל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, וְהַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו תַּעֲשֶׂה, וְהַאֲזַנְתָּ לְמִצְוֹתָיו, וְשָׁמַרְתָּ כָּל-חֻקָּיו–כָּל-הַמַּחֲלָה אֲשֶׁר-שַׂמְתִּי בְמִצְרַיִם, לֹא-אָשִׂים עָלֶיךָ, כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה, רֹפְאֶךָ. ”
“and He said: ‘If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of YHVH thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His eyes, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon thee, which I have put upon the Egyptians; for I am YHVH that healeth thee.’ ”
This verse is self explanatory and the promised outcome is clear and great.
The Kabbalists teach us that this verse has a special power of healing that comes from the four Yods in
“ עָלֶיךָ, כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה” from the verse above . (This verse concludes the portion of Beshalach that has the three verses that make the 72 names. )
Our body is a vessel that is ‘borrowed’ from the physical world. That fact gives advantage to the negative side and has stronger control over it. To overcome that, we need to continuously fill the vessel with light through actions and study of the sacred text.