Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Arvut
Hurricane Sandy is approaching New York. Why should you be interested in this information even if you are thousands miles away?
Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis and other natural conditions that are beyond normal weather conditions represent global judgment. The Zohar teaches us that if a parent sins, his son or grandson may have to make the correction for him.
In this world, we are responsible for each other. All Israelites are parts of the soul of Adam. If an individual cell in the body claims independence he creates the seed of cancer that can spread through the entire body and bring it to end. One way to cure the body is to remove the cancer cell and the other way is to ‘teach’ it ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” and remove the threat from the whole body.
We are on the same ‘ship’ and the safety of one is the safety of all. This is the principal that the sages teach us (Sanhedrin tractate 27:2) “All Israelites are responsible for each other” “כל ישראל ערבים זה לזה”.
The source of this teaching is from Leviticus 26:37
” וְכָשְׁלוּ אִישׁ-בְּאָחִיו כְּמִפְּנֵי-חֶרֶב, וְרֹדֵף אָיִן; וְלֹא-תִהְיֶה לָכֶם תְּקוּמָה, לִפְנֵי אֹיְבֵיכֶם”
” And one shall stumble because of his brother as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies”
Israelites are all brothers because the ‘father’ is Adam. If one sins, meaning fails to be in harmony with the others, then one after the another families and communities break down like cancer cells in the body that take over neighboring cells and continue spreading until it is stopped.
The verse tells us that we stumble and fail even though no one is pursuing us. It is so, because the enemy is within. To see ourselves as individuals, is like a cell in the body that thinks the same. All of us need to connect to others in order to sustain our lives. Our existence and strength depends on many others in the close family, community, city, state, earth.
Rabbi Ashlag of blessed memory taught us about the ‘Arvut’ that means taking responsibility for each other.
Now before we continue with the subject of Arvut we should read about God’s promise.
” וְהָיָה, אִם-שָׁמֹעַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל-מִצְוֹתַי, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם, הַיּוֹם–לְאַהֲבָה אֶת-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, וּלְעָבְדוֹ, בְּכָל-לְבַבְכֶם, וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁכֶם ”
” So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today–to love YHVH your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul– ”
” וְנָתַתִּי מְטַר-אַרְצְכֶם בְּעִתּוֹ, יוֹרֶה וּמַלְקוֹשׁ; וְאָסַפְתָּ דְגָנֶךָ, וְתִירֹשְׁךָ וְיִצְהָרֶךָ. ”
” then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. ”
If we follow the spiritual laws that were given to us, we can live chaos free life and enjoy the benefits of the physical world.
But if we are not following the laws then the spiritual system will turn against us, as the prophets say
” עַל-כֵּן שָׁמַיִם אַרְגִּיז, וְתִרְעַשׁ הָאָרֶץ מִמְּקוֹמָהּ–בְּעֶבְרַת יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, וּבְיוֹם חֲרוֹן אַפּוֹ.”
” Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of YHVH Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.”
” לְפָנָיו רָגְזָה אֶרֶץ, רָעֲשׁוּ שָׁמָיִם; שֶׁמֶשׁ וְיָרֵחַ קָדָרוּ, וְכוֹכָבִים אָסְפוּ נָגְהָם ”
” The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. ”
The effect of the accumulated negativity in the world causes disconnection between the light (heavens) and vessel (earth). And as we are internally shaken when we experience lack, so is the whole physical world. One of the expressions is through extreme natural events that limit us and let us understand that the forces of nature cannot be stopped or changed. The world was created with the force of God, אלהים ELOHIM, numerical value הטבע, ‘the nature’. When we go against the system and the spiritual laws that keep us in existence, then we experience chaos.
Raising huge and mighty walls by the coast line to stop Tsunamis or building cities immune to earthquakes are not the solution. The only way to stop the chaos is by stopping the cause, which as the verse from Leviticus 26:37 tells us, is our own negativity.
In the Zohar we find a discussion where Rabbi Elazar the son of Rabbi Shimon says that Arvut should include the entire world. Rabbi Ashlag follows and states that the final correction of the world will come when we include all people of the world in the secrets of following the ways of the Torah.
Only then we will merit what the prophet said (Zechariah 14:9) ” וְהָיָה יְהוָה לְמֶלֶךְ, עַל-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ; בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יִהְיֶה יְהוָה אֶחָד–וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד. “And YHVH will become king over the entire earth, on that day YHVH will be one and his name one” and Isaiah 11:9 ” לֹא-יָרֵעוּ וְלֹא-יַשְׁחִיתוּ, בְּכָל-הַר קָדְשִׁי: כִּי-מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ, דֵּעָה אֶת-יְהוָה, כַּמַּיִם, לַיָּם מְכַסִּים ” “They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of YHVH as the waters cover the sea”
“The knowledge of God” has the numerical value of אהבת חנם, love for no reason.
Taking responsibility for each other on the highest level is about drawing light from the spiritual system to bring mercy to the world and remove chaos and all kinds of darkness. No more hurricanes, no more floods, Tsunamis or earthquakes.
The UnityZohar project raises the flag of Arvut for the entire world and asks you to join in a mission to draw light to the world through the sacred Zohar writings. Everyone should feel and act with Arvut in their own community but the ultimate Arvut that has no walls or borders is by connecting spiritually to send light to all dark places in the world.
Join the Unity and be responsible (Arvut) for everyone else in the world because we are on the same boat and that is what could take us to safety, which is the Final Redemption.
While scanning or reading the Zohar meditate to send light to remove darkness from all places in the world. At this moment send light to diffuse the negative effects of Hurricane Sandy in the east coast of the United States.
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