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Tikkun 24 – 2
Shabbat is on a higher level of Binah and is separated from the other days of the week. To connect to this light we need to be in complete rest to have affinity with Binah and draw its light. Everything from the weekdays are considered unholy and using it on Shabbat creates gravity toward the material levels and distances us from the light of Binah.
In order to use any material on Shabbat we should bring it to the level of Shabbat.
The food we prepare before Shabbat to be eaten on Shabbat should be dedicated and announced that it is made for Shabbat.
Leaving the private domain is consider breaking the Shabbat unless the public area is ‘blended’ with the private through the ‘blending’ process which is called ערוב, ‘Blending’. This process is done in every place where there is a Jewish community. The spiritual leaders define the city limits as shared unit of ‘private’ units. This act that unifies all the units into one creates affinity and establishes the central column with Binah. Staying within the defined perimeters protects the connection.
It is important even to keep conversations to a minimum on Shabbat. Talking about business or mundane issues create a disconnection.
The Zohar explains that the ‘private’ domain is where the Shechinah resides on Shabbat and the public domain is under the control of the ministers of negativity.
We should keep the Shabbat dedicated to connecting to the light of Binah. All actions should be planned and dedicated for the Shabbat. If you need to drive to the synagogue to listen to the Torah, dedicate the trip for this process only. Don’t stop at the mall on the way, because it will create a disconnection.
The ‘blending’, ערוב, pronounced as ‘Eruv’, lets us bring food and material things that we need into the realm of Shabbat. Everything that we create new or part of the regular weekly activities is a disconnection.
Most people are aware of Havdalah, which is done after shabbat to help us bring the light of Shabbat to the weekdays. The ‘Eruv’ (blending) brings what we need from the unholy into the holiness of Shabbat. Good preparation and planning before Shabbat benefit us with a higher connection and light.
The blessing of Shabbat is ‘Shabbat Shalom’. Shalom means peace and that is how we should conduct all of our actions on Shabbat in complete peace. The Zohar tells us that getting angry on Shabbat removes the whole light that we may receive on Shabbat.
When we study Zohar on Shabbat we blend the higher light of the Zohar with the higher light of Binah. The Ben Ish Chai, a great Kabbalist said that one hour of Zohar study on Shabbat is worth a thousand (!) hours of simple Torah study.
What’s your plan for Shabbat?