The Israelites’ bodies attract more negative forces than others because the Israelite soul comes from a higher source. When an Israelite soul leaves the body it still has light that draws the impure forces.
“ וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, אֱמֹר אֶל-הַכֹּהֲנִים בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן; וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם, לְנֶפֶשׁ לֹא-יִטַּמָּא בְּעַמָּיו”
“And YHVH said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them, No one shall make himself unclean for the dead among his people,”
The vessels of the priests are on the highest level possible because they are channels for a higher light. The Torah gives a long list of instructions and guides on how to disconnect from impurities.
On the night the Israelites left Egypt (The night of the Seder) there was a great revelation of the Light of Zeir Anpin. It was the force that broke the last hold of the negative side over Egypt. This light disappeared and the process of growth began on the spiritual level for the receiving of the Torah 50 days later.
We are told to count seven weeks and on the fiftieth day we receive the Torah that is the aspect of Zeir Anpin.
“ עַד מִמָּחֳרַת הַשַּׁבָּת הַשְּׁבִיעִת, תִּסְפְּרוּ חֲמִשִּׁים יוֹם; וְהִקְרַבְתֶּם מִנְחָה חֲדָשָׁה, לַיהוָה”
“You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to YHVH.”
The purpose of the counting is to build our vessels in purity so we can be ready for the great Light of the Torah on Shavuot. The word for counting is exactly the same as for Sefira.
The six Sefirot of Chessed through Yessod are vessels that channel light. Malchut is a vessel with a freedom to choose if to channel Light or not. When we do the counting we add another layer to our personal vessels and make a connection to the Sefira of the day.
On the first week we build the vessel of Chessed by counting Chessed of Chessed, Gevurah of Chessed and so on until we reach Malchut of Chessed. Then we go up to the next level/Sefira and count Chessed of Gevurah, Gevurah of Gevurah and so on until the end of the seventh week.
During this period and because our vessels are in a growing process, we avoid initiating new ventures and purchases unless it is part of our routine life or work. We give more charity to exercise our vessels as channels and not as closed and limited vessels.
In addition to protection from negativity and building our vessels the portion of Emor describes all the holidays. It gives us connection to yearly events that reveal light in our vessels.
Leviticus 23:4 “אֵלֶּה מוֹעֲדֵי יְהוָה, מִקְרָאֵי קֹדֶשׁ, אֲשֶׁר-תִּקְרְאוּ אֹתָם, בְּמוֹעֲדָם”
“These are the appointed seasons of G-d, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their appointed season.”
The word ‘These’, ‘אלה’ has the numerical value of 36, which implies to the ‘concealed light’, ‘Ohr Haganuz’ that we discussed in DZ 1500. The Torah reveals that the holidays give us connection to that higher light. 36 is also the sum of all positive numbers from 1 to 8 that gives us connection to Binah.