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Shlach Lecha 1987 by Rav Berg

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Before we continue on with the investigation of the 12 spies, let us read from The Zohar who makes an attempt to present an understanding as to why did these 12 people, and these 12 people incidentally were the leaders of the respective tribes, and for what reason did they come back with a report which was not only erroneous, but as we have learned was lashon harah (evil tongue). What was the purpose? So I quote from The Zohar in parashat Shlach Lecha, page 12, paragraph 30, lamed: {…..Hebrew…..} The Zohar is not liberal with his adjectives, and here he says that they were tzadikim (righteous). And they were as we said before, leaders of Israel. {…..Hebrew…..} But they took to themselves or they drew or they connected with bad advice. {…..Hebrew…..} And what was this and for what reason did they take or go in this direction of what it was referred to as evil, "rá" {…..Hebrew…..} And again let us not forget that the word "rá" in the Torah the word evil, is not the kind of expression that we commonly use for good or evil, but evil meaning the aspect of absolute illusion. {…..Hebrew…..} They said {…..Hebrew…..} we'll than loose our jobs, you might have thought I was telling a joke all along about this friend of mine who approached his reformed rabbi and said "Rabbi what am I is when the Messiah comes?" he says "I will be out of job". But actually he didn't even realized he was quoting the Zohar. And these people who were chieftains and leaders of the tribes were afraid that when they entered the land of Israel, they no longer would retained their position as leaders of the tribe, but if that wasn't bad enough, continuous the Zohar, {…..Hebrew…..} but that Moses was going to appoint other 12 tribes, in other words, the rabbi was wrong. The job would still be a job, right? The job of a rabbi would still continue even after the Messiah came. However, it says here that aside from losing theirs jobs Moses would appoint others in their place. But as we pointed out before, For whatever reason Moses felt that these people, these 12 chieftains would have to go to Israel, and they would determine if there is the tree of life reality, the real reality or the good and evil reality. or the "Ets Hadaat", the tree of knowledge. Why only there in Israel? Why there, would there suddenly be the realization that these people were going to choose one or the other? What about in the "midbar'? What about in the desert? Couldn't Moses tell if they were going to retain and maintain this consciousness of Ets Hachaim (tree of life), the reality level, remember the question we raised in the Torah it says Moses sent the spies so that he would know, whether he would entered in the land of Israel, whether these people would retain a level of consciousness of Ets Chaim, the reality level, or they will succumb, or they will fall into what we call the mud of the physical reality level. Couldn't he tell that outside the land of Israel? What was the necessity of going into Israel, and further more, to make things a little more complicated, not that is my intention, {…..Hebrew…..} and the Zohar continuous, rabbi Isaac said {…..Hebrew…..} Moses knew in advance and it says further more that Moses knew that they were not going to be successful, he knew. {…..Hebrew…..} So what did he do? He took the only alternative that it was available for him, continuous the Zohar, {…..Hebrew…..} and then he prayed for Yoshua, we discussed that, that he still with him part of his consciousness, and that is why it says to the tribe of Efraim, it does not say the tribe of Joseph, as it says by Livinei Menashe, right, the other son. the verse adds the words livinei Menashe, livinei Yosef, right? "Lemate Yosef, lemate Menashe." (of the tribe of Yosef, of the tribe of Menashe) As if we did know that Menashe replaced Yosef, but i says only Menashe, here in this case, was the incarnation as other sages in the Zohar considered as an incarnation of Joseph within Menashe, and "lemate Efraim" (of the tribe of Efraim), where does it not say "livinei Yosef" (the children of Yosef). Efraim was the second son of Yosef, and in the verse 8 of chapter 13 does not specifically repeat as it does in verse 11, "lemate Yosef". Wasn't Efraim also the son of Joseph? So the Zohar says, no, here it is to indicate that Yehoshua (Joshua) underwent a transformation. He was the leader of Efraim, but here another aspect of consciousness entered Yehoshua, who's name was Hosheia, and he instilled through the power of the Iud. Moshe uses the Iud as that channel for his transferring of his own level of consciousness to Hosheia who became Yehoshua, the addition of the Iud, because the Iud was used as the method of transferring this kind of energy, and therefore he was no longer "lemate Yosef" (of the tribe of Yosef), he was no longer connected completely with the tribe of Joseph. Not that Efraim or Yehoshua canceled out his connection with Joseph, the tribe of Joseph, but the verse, in it's coded form, wants to enlighten us with the aspect that Yehoshua became instilled with this consciousness of Moshe, and therefore it only says "lemate Efraim" (of the tribe of Efraim) and not "lemate Yosef (of the tribe of yosef). And therefore that came about because Moshe was "hitpalel al Yehoshua", he prayed, what does it mean he prayed for him? I don't want to go into prayer because within this parasha, which I may or may not have time to read, where the Zohar seams to indicate to us that most people, imagine that this is 2000 years ago, are we to assume that most people who attend the bait haknesset or attend the temple know what they are doing there? Imagine in the time of rabbi Shimon bar Yochai he says that most people who walked into a bait haknesset don't know what they are doing there. Now we are to assume that we are more enlightened? That at age of rabbi Shimon they didn't know the purpose of what they were doing there in the bait haknesset. But in any event he prayed. What is it mean he prayed? Connecting with consciousness, connecting with energy, connecting with the force of the Creator. So, when Moshe was "mitpalel" (praying) for Yehoshua it says that he used the letter Iud for the purpose of transferring part of his energy, and therefore his name became Yehoshua. {…..Hebrew…..} The other fellow, who came back also with a good report, remember there were 2 who came back with a positive report, and he was from the matei Yehudah, Kalev ben Yefuneh. He realized that Yehoshua had been instilled with an aspect of Moses intelligence. However what about himself? How he would not succumb to the evil report? And so what happens, says the Zohar, {…..Hebrew…..} What am I gonna do? {…..Hebrew…..} Yehoshua is proceeding on with these other 10 chieftains whom were known in advance, as the Zohar said before, let us not forget that, were known that they would come back with an evil report, but said Kalev he has the supporting energy intelligence of Moshe that would push him through, and pull him through. {…..Hebrew…..} And Moses transferred that light through his prayer on to Yehoshua. Why? And here there is the secret. Why could Moshe do something like that? {…..Hebrew…..} He was in that level of consciousness known as the sun. {…..Hebrew…..} What is that mean? Sun has one characteristic, if we were to define sun and ask all peoples of the world, including the Greeks, in Greek mythology, what was the sun about? It transferred energy. Nothing could exist without energy of the sun. Consequently everyone understood, even in Greek Mythology, that the sun has this one particularly characteristic, of sharing. {…..Hebrew…..} So what they believed? They knew their own qualities. They knew their own capabilities and they said In the desert? {…..Hebrew…..} No problem. We can be tzadikim (righteous). But heaven help us if we get to Israel. Over there it is not the same. Over there it is serious business. Over there you've got raw energy and if you don't know how to handle it so they were tzadikim (righteous), and they foresaw all this. Therefore Moses also foresaw this. However Does that mean that even these people who were accustomed to outside of Israel where it was easier. Moses, it says, saw that in advance. What did he see in advance? Did he already dictate? What he means was the fact they were tzadikim outside of Israel was no guarantee that in Israel they were going to be the same kind of people. They would undergo a transformation. Why? Because here they dealt with raw naked energy. And if they couldn't handle it, if they weren't going to raise their consciousness, to that supreme aspect of sharing therefore he sent them he would not interfere but he, what it meant here, that they would be 'matzliach', that they would not be successful That if they thought they would go into Israel and be the same tzadik they were outside of Israel, they would fail. Because going into Israel, required more of that intrinsic characteristic, to have an affinity with the force. Because what is the intrinsic characteristic of the force? One concept, sharing. They would have to be Moses. They would have to be Moses. As leaders, they would have to act as Moses. If they couldn't handle that kind of responsibility, then themselves knew, that they would have to be removed. Why would they be removed? Not because of a political situation. They would fall by the way side, they would be burnt out. So the Zohar is not even discussing a political situation of where their greed and ego dictated immediately Who knows? Maybe we will go into Israel, maybe he will change. Why should Moshe change? What thought came into their head, that Moshe, as the Zohar says {…..Hebrew…..} (will choose other leaders) Why? {…..Hebrew…..} Because we were heads of state in the 'midbar' (desert). So what? Why wouldn't that carry over? The fact that they were leaders before was no guarantee that they can continue to become leaders.

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Shlach Lecha 1987 by Rav Berg

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