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

November 5, 2009 - Leave a Response

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.

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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


Yahrzeit or Hilula – Day of Mourning or Day of Celebration

November 5, 2009 - One Response

Many people have heard the term Yahrzeit and its close relative Yiskor. When a loved one passes to the next frame of existence (dies), we honor them by lighting a candle in thier memory usually on their death anniversary in the Jewish Calendar. This is called Yahrzeit. During our Holiday prayers we say a Prayer to honor all of the people who have ever died. This is called Yiskor.

Kabbalah teaches that the death of a righteous person (Tzadik or Tzadeket) is different. The term that is used is Hilula. Hilula translates as a Day of celebration. The Tzadik returns to his house (His Grave) on that day, as well as a few others days during the year.

The Tzadik who was a sharing caring individual during their lifetime also desires to help people now – after his transition to the other frame of existence. HaShem in his mercy set up the spiritual physical frames to allow this. The essence of the Tzadik called the Light of the person can be used by every human being to help fulfill their lacks in this physical world.

A metaphor to understand this  is the following: This means we can ask – pray through the Tzadik to request our lacks and needs. The Tzadik will add his request to fulfill our request and bring this prayer directly to the Creator.

The best time to ask this assistance from a Tzadik is when he is “home”. His Hilula; Rosh Chodesh; 15th Day of the Hebrew Months especially the positive months. The best method is to visit his gravesite and ask him directly within one  of your daily prayers. In America, there are very view recognized Tzadikim to visit. In Europe, there are many but usually in Poland and other Eastern European Countries. In Israel there are many organizations who arrange tours to the gravesites on these special days.

For those of us who are unable to physically visit a Tzadik the method of connection is to Light a 25 hour Candle as close to sundown on the day of his Hilula – Celebration Anniversary or if you prefer his Yahrzeit. There is no specific Blessing but it is good to mention the Name of the Tzadik you are entreating to assist you. This is done is a whisper but is definitely said not just thought about.

The  more one learns about or knows about the individual Tzadik, the more one is connected to that Tzadik and his/her Light. The more connection the more  effective is the request. Each day of Hilula on this blog we will give some information about the Tzadikim whoose Hilula is today for you to expand your connection. We recommend that you use this as a beginning and make additional effort to learn about the  person yourself. This is best done by reading his works of Torah or using our modern search engines to find additional information about the Tzadik or Tzadeket.


17th of Cheshvan – Noah’s Flood Begins

November 4, 2009 - Leave a Response

today is the day that the famous Noah’s Flood Begins. Kabbalah teaches that the energy of the day is the cause of the start of the flood. It is not because the flood started today that we remember the  Flood.

Due to the energy of the 17th day of this month it is a good time to reflect on what is the spritual meaning behind the Flood and the destruction it represents. Remember the Gematria in Hebrew of 17 is Tov which means Good.

Why did the Flood start on a Good day?

What do i do today that causes the Flood’s in my life?

what can i do to change my bad habits especially as they relate to the destruction of the  earth? Perhaps i contribute to  Global Warming. Did you burn  or cause to burn fossil fuels today? Can you change that habit? Can you have the consciousness of helping others when you cause the fuels to burn. This consciousness of sharing and helping others will cause the burning of fossil fuels to not be destructive to the world. I will not proove this to you. Only you can prove it to yourself by learning and using the tools of Kabbalah! Do  you know where you can learn this? http://www.yeshshem.com



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