In Vaetchanan we have the first sentence and first paragraph on the prayer of “Shema Israel” ”שמע ישראל“. It has 42 words, connecting us to the force of Creation that is the name of 42 letters, the Ana B’Koach. In Ekev we have the next two paragraphs of this prayer. One has 72 words to connect us to the 72 names of God and the higher name of the world of Emanation, Atziluth “יוד-הי-ויו-הי” with numerical value of 72. The other 50 words of the Shema prayer connect us to the level of Binah.
The last paragraph is found in Numbers 15:37 and it also has 72 words.
As we already know, the Shema prayer has 248 words (”רמח“) as in the number of body parts, to indicate completion and a close relation to us. It is also the number of precepts of actions” עשה “. (The other 365 are of what not to do ” לא־תעשה “)
248 precepts for Body and 365 for days of the year – about the reason for that in another article B”H)
The essence of the cause and effect system is described in this prayer and in this parasha.
It starts with positive directions, (11:13)
”וְהָיָה, אִם-שָׁמֹעַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל-מִצְוֹתַי, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם, הַיּוֹם–לְאַהֲבָה אֶת- יְ ק וָ ק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, וּלְעָבְדוֹ, בְּכָל-לְבַבְכֶם, וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁכֶם“
”And it shall come to pass, if you shall hear diligently unto My commandments which I command you this day, to love God your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,”
Then heaven and earth will respond (11:14)
”וְנָתַתִּי מְטַר-אַרְצְכֶם בְּעִתּוֹ, יוֹרֶה וּמַלְקוֹשׁ; וְאָסַפְתָּ דְגָנֶךָ, וְתִירֹשְׁךָ וְיִצְהָרֶךָ“
”וְנָתַתִּי עֵשֶׂב בְּשָׂדְךָ, לִבְהֶמְתֶּךָ; וְאָכַלְתָּ, וְשָׂבָעְתָּ“
”that I will give the rain of your land in its season, the former rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your corn, and your wine, and your oil“
and again (11:22):
”כִּי אִם-שָׁמֹר תִּשְׁמְרוּן אֶת-כָּל-הַמִּצְוָה הַזֹּאת, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם–לַעֲשֹׂתָהּ: לְאַהֲבָה אֶת- יְ ק וָ ק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, לָלֶכֶת בְּכָל-דְּרָכָיו–וּלְדָבְקָה-בוֹ“
”For if you shall diligently keep the whole commandment which I command you, to do it, to love YHVH your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave unto Him,“
The lesson is simple. If we follow the ways of God, we enjoy a world of harmony with nature. If not then the nature will be in chaos and out of order.
The current state of the world is chaotic because we lack the proper connection to the Light of the Creator. Most of us are ‘locked’ in our four walls of my health, my money, my relationship, my comfort. We are stuck at ‘Home’ (selfish desires and agenda). It barely helps us and it does not help the world we live in. It actually creates opening for negativity and chaos.
It is important now more than ever to pray and meditate, to draw the Light to the world. Not for us but for the entire world. We are in the same pool, if someone ‘stinks’ in the other end of the pool eventually it will come to us. Leaving the pool means death. We can only ask for more water (Light) to balance and remove the negativity.
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