78. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב כִּי חֵמָה עֲוֹנוֹת חָרֶב. מָה הַטַּעַם? מִשּׁוּם שֶׁמִּי שֶׁמְּשַׁקֵּר בַּבְּרִית, מַפְרִיד אֶת הַתְּשׁוּקָה, וְלֹא נוֹטֵל מִי שֶׁנּוֹטֵל, וְלֹא נוֹתֵן לִמְקוֹמוֹ, שֶׁהֲרֵי לֹא הִתְעוֹרֵר אֶל מְקוֹמוֹ. וְכָל מִי שֶׁשּׁוֹמֵר אֶת הַבְּרִית הַזּוֹ, הוּא גוֹרֵם לַהִתְעוֹרְרוּת שֶׁל בְּרִית זוֹ לִמְקוֹמָהּ, וּמִתְבָּרְכִים עֶלְיוֹנִים וְתַחְתּוֹנִים.
79. מִי מְעוֹרֵר בְּרִית זוֹ לִמְקוֹמָהּ? כְּשֶׁנִּמְצָאִים צַדִּיקִים בָּעוֹלָם. מִנַּיִן לָנוּ? מִכָּאן, שֶׁכָּתוּב וְגַם הֲקִמֹתִי אֶת בְּרִיתִי אִתָּם לָתֵת לָהֶם אֶת אֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן אֵת אֶרֶץ מְגֻרֵיהֶם. מַה זֶּה מְגֻרֵיהֶם? כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר גּוּרוּ לָכֶם מִפְּנֵי חֶרֶב, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁהוּא מָקוֹם שֶׁמַּטִּיל מָגוֹר בָּעוֹלָם, וְעַל זֶה גּוּרוּ לָכֶם מִפְּנֵי חֶרֶב.
Rabbi Chiya and Rabbi Yossi came to study with Rabbi Shimon. He quoted Job 19:29
“גּוּרוּ לָכֶם מִפְּנֵי־חֶרֶב כִּי־חֵמָה עֲוֺנוֹת חָרֶב לְמַעַן תֵּדְעוּן שדון׃”
“then you should fear the sword yourselves, because wrath brings punishment by the sword, so that you may know there is a judgment.”
The ‘sword’ is the one mentioned in Leviticus 26:25 “I will bring a sword against you to execute the vengeance of the covenant”. It is the aspect of judgment inflicted in Malchut on those who don’t keep the purity of the covenant, Yessod. Those who corrupt the channel of Yessod with immoral sex and other related sins are subject to the judgment inflicted by this ‘sword’.
Those who cause flaws in the covenant with immoral desires and improper sex for temporary low-level pleasures create a distance between Yessod and Malchut. This aspect of sins go against the covenant and have the aspect of ‘lies’. The ‘truth’ is a connection to the Center column through Yessod that enables us to draw Lifeforce with holiness. ‘Lies’ is a disconnection from the ‘truth’ for energy-draining pleasures in Malchut.
With proper connections, Yessod and Malchut are unified and the Light of sustenance and life force flow purely from the spiritual system and manifest in our world.
The righteous people of the world keep the bond between Malchut and Yessod to continue blessings to the world. The patriarchs received the Holy Land from God because of their righteousness, and for keeping the covenant.
“וְגַם הֲקִמֹתִי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אִתָּם לָתֵת לָהֶם אֶת־אֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן אֵת אֶרֶץ מְגֻרֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר־גָּרוּ בָהּ׃ ”
“I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned.”
Yessod is the most important connection for us. All the aspects related to it are hard to follow.
Sexual actions are mostly driven by desires for personal pleasures with minimal or lack of consciousness. Every sexual connection has a spiritual impact that affects our lives. We should treat each unification with our spouse as an opportunity to draw blessings. It would be good to schedule time with proper preparation rather than random encounters, especially when there are greater gaps between.
Torah and Zohar’s studies connect us to Yessod. It’s relatively easy to do but most people abandon their study with the first distraction. It’s like abandoning your spouse in the middle of, taking away from the importance of the unification. We should dedicate and allocate specific times for daily or weekly studies.
Giving Tzedaka is a strong connection to Yessod. Giving from ‘Malchut’ to support the flow of light/life to the world elevates us to Yessod. We should give a regular basis, at least once a week. Divide your monthly tithe into small amounts and spread them among those who support you spiritually. It would keep a strong bond to Yessod and a continuous flow of sustenance. As God said to try it and see the difference. (Malachi 3:10) “Bring the full tithe…And put me to the test…and I will pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need”. Start small, grow big.
To correct immoral and improper sex, one should commit himself to purity, studies, giving Tzedaka and make many fasts (dawn to nightfall).
The connection or disconnection from Yessod can build or destroy spousal relationships, sustenance/finances, memory, and mental stability.
You are blessed for reading and following this study.
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