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Tikkun 69 – 100
“וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה, אֶל-קָיִן: לָמָּה חָרָה לָךְ, וְלָמָּה נָפְלוּ פָנֶיךָ.”
“And YHVH said unto Cain: ‘Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?”
Because God didn’t accept his offering, Cain was upset and fell down from his level. God asked him a rhetorical question annd immediately gives the answer.
“הֲלוֹא אִם-תֵּיטִיב, שְׂאֵת, וְאִם לֹא תֵיטִיב, לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת רֹבֵץ; וְאֵלֶיךָ, תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ, וְאַתָּה, תִּמְשָׁל-בּוֹ.”
“If thou doest well, shall it not be lifted up? and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door; and unto thee is its desire, but thou mayest rule over it.’”
God revealed to Cain the principals of how to overcome the negative side. The first thing is to do good, which is actions that would lift us up. Rabbi Elazar gives another explanation and tells us that God guided Cain with advice that with good actions he would be able to carry (שְׂאֵת) the ‘load’ of his Tikkun.
If we are not following the path of positive actions, negativity will be at the beginning of every action we do to take control. In that case we will have to work harder to go back on the path of good and pure.
Cain didn’t follow God’s advice. He carried the seed of the Snake inside and couldn’t take control of his actions. The following verse reveal to us that Cain’s anger turned into the action of killing. Genesis 4:8 “Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.”.
Our Tikkun process may have begun away from the Light but when we find it we should cling to it as if is our last chance for redemption. Going back is falling and it should not be considered as option, especially when we are coming closer to the end of the global Tikkun and every little light can make a difference.