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Tikkun 21 – 137
Most of us have a cellular phone that helps us communicate with the rest of the world. Only a few know how it works. Nevertheless, we treat it as a magical piece of glass and plastic and with a few touches we can transfer our voice and image to the other side of the world.
Even if we don’t know how it works, we use this device on a daily basis: keep it safe, charged, and protected from damaging elements so we can use it again and again.
There are some devices and tools that the Torah recommends us to use. We may not know how they work or what the benefits for our soul are but we should use them the same way we use our cellular phones.
During Sukkot we are instructed to build a Sukah סוכה and use four species, a young palm branch, כף תמר, three branches of הדס, Myrtal, two willow branches, ערבה and אתרוג, Etrog, which is a citrus fruit.
Putting together all the parts as Lulav, לולב and Etrog create a unique instrument for spiritual connection.
To assemble the soul phone we use the following elements.
Palm Branch – is shaped like a spear and it represents the Sefirah of Yesod and the letter Vav of the YHVH name.
Hadas – 3 branches to represent the upper triad of Chessed, Gevurah and Tiferet.
Arava – 2 willow branches for Netzach and Hod
Etrog – in a goldish green color for Malchut.
The first six elements are bundled together as one to represent Zeir Anpin. The Etrog fruit is Malchut and when we put Malchut and Zeir Anpin together with the blessing that makes the spiritual connection with the physical representation of the Zeir Anpin, we are able to connect to the Light of Chassadim and bring it into our heart and life.
Using the soul-phone
To use the Lulav and Etrog, we do four sets of 18, חי, shaking. Four is for letters of the YHVH in the aspect of Zeir Anpin. On each day of the seven days of the holiday we connect to different Sefira of Zeir Anpin using the YHVH. First day is Chessed, seconds day is Gevurah, and so on.
Every day we have 18×4 = 72 sets of shaking for the purpose of dialing the codes and establishing a connection from Zeir Anpin to Malchut on all levels of the YHVH.
Before we start the shaking process we make a blessing that connects the Lulav and Etrog as Zeir Anpin and Malchut. After this blessing we shouldn’t disconnect the two until the end of the 72 set of shaking.
The 18 shakings are made from three movements in six directions. South for Chessed, North for Gevurah, East for Tiferet, Up for Netzach, Down for Hod and West for Yessod.
For each direction we do the followings (the order of the letters changes for different Sefira)
Step out and shake to the letter Y
Step out and shake to the letter H
Step out and shake to the letter V
After connection to each letter we step back and touch the chest (heart) to connect the letter to the H of Malchut. This way we wire all the spiritual connection in the sphere around us to the center which is us. Everyday add another layer for a different Sefira.
This meditation and actions are for men but women can make the blessings of the connection with one set of shaking.
The above is general description of the process to understand that there is a spiritual technology. It is not a matter of belief or ritual. It comes from the Torah and the Kabbalists. For exact meditation with the Hebrew letters check the writings of the Ari and kabbalistic prayer books.
During this special time of the year the Light of Chassadim is revealed in the world and with the tools described above we can draw it into our lives and for the whole world.
The Sukkah itself is another device that we use on Sukkot. The numerical value of סוכה , Sukkah is 91 and again it represents a connection of the Light, YHVH, and Malchut, ADNY. יאהדונהי = 91.
Read more about the power of the Lulav: http://dailyzohar.com/daily-zohar-1638/