24th of Cheshvan or 11th of November 2009 – Hilula of Rabbi Avraham Azulai

Today the 24th of Cheshvan is the Hilula of Rabbi Avraham Azulai – a Kabblistic Sage and Tzadik who lived from 1570 to 1543. He was born in Fez Morocco. He is the author of a famous Kabbalistic Sefer known as the “Chesed Avraham”. One of his most well known teachings from this book has to do with one of the periods of opportunity to bring Machiach as well as other changes of circumstances.

This year a candle should be lit on the evening of the 10th of November as close to sundown as possible.

to read about this teaching see below:

To learn about Hilula go  to this link:

http://yeshshem.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/yahrzeit-or-hilula-day-of-mourning-or-day-of-celebration/

Rabbi Azulai teaches in Chesed Avraham that the size of the Mikva which is a minimum of 40 Seah relates to part of the process known as the birthpangs of Massiach. He teaches that a Seah is the volume of  approx 1 gross of Eggs. 40 times 144 = 5760. This was the year that 2000 in the common era. His teaching is that starting in 5760/2000 one does not have to die. It takes a change of consciousness to accomplish this and that is what the teachings of Kabbalah assist one in acheiving and manifesting in their life.

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Additional information from Wikipedia about Rabbi Azulai follows:

The expulsion of the Moors from Spain brought a great number of the exiles to Morocco, and these newcomers caused a civil war from which the country in general and the Jews in particular suffered greatly. Abraham Azulai, in consequence of this condition of affairs, left his home for the Land of Israel and settled in Hebron.

In Hebron he wrote a commentary on the Zohar under the title Kirjath Arba (City of Arba; Gen. xxiii.2). The plague of 1619 drove him from his new home, and while in Gaza, where he found refuge, he wrote his cabalistic work Chesed le-Abraham (Mercy to Abraham; Micah vii.20). It was published after the author’s death by Meshullam Zalman ben Abraham Berak of Gorice, in Amsterdam, 1685. Another edition, published in Sulzbach in the same year, seems to be a reprint, although Steinschneider, in Cat. Bodl. col. 666, thinks the reverse. Azulai’s commentary on the Zohar, Zohore Chammah (Rays of the Sun), was printed in Venice, 1654. He also wrote: Or ha-Lebanah (Light of the Moon), Ma’asse Chosheb (Cunning Work), and Kenaf Renanim (Peacock’s Wing). He died in Hebron on November 6, 1643 which is the 24th of Cheshvan.

Of the numerous manuscripts that he left and that were in the hands of his descendant, Hayyim Joseph David (No. 4), some are still extant in various libraries. Only one was published, a cabalistic commentary on the Bible, under the title Ba’ale Berit Abraham (Abraham’s Confederates; see Gen. xiv.13), Vilna, 1873. His most popular work, Chesed le-Abraham, referred to above, is a kabbalistic treatise with an introduction, אבן השתיה (The Cornerstone; see Talmud Yoma 53b), and is divided into seven “fountains” (see Zecharia iii.9), each fountain being subdivided into a number of “streams.” Here is a translated sample  from the fifth fountain, twenty-fourth stream, p. 57d, of the Amsterdam edition:

On the mystery of metempsychosis or Gilgulim (reincarnation) and its details: Know that God will not subject the soul of the wicked to more than three migrations; for it is written, “Lo, all these things doth God work twice, yea thrice, with a man” (Job xxxiii. 29). Which means, He makes him appear twice and thrice in a human incarnation; but the fourth time he is incarnated as a clean animal. And when a man offers a sacrifice, God will, by miraculous intervention, make him select an animal that is an incarnation of a human being. Then will the sacrifice be doubly profitable: to the one that offers it and to the soul imprisoned in the brute. For with the smoke of the sacrifice the soul ascends heavenward and attains its original purity. Thus is explained the mystery involved in the words, “O Lord, thou preservest man and beast” (Psalms xxxvi.7 [R. V. 6]).

Abraham Azulai, Chesed le-Abraham

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