The Holy ARI. Parashat Tazria-Metzora. A Plague Upon the Soul

Sam-kel is the name of the demon, an angel whose task is to promote wickedness. He appears in history first as the Primordial Snake, who raped Eve and thereby introduced the seminal evil of self-consciousness and self-orientation into humanity. When one does not sanctify himself during marital relations, his sexual perversion causes the plague of tzara’at.

http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/1168208/jewish/The-Holy-Ari.htm

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2 Responses to The Holy ARI. Parashat Tazria-Metzora. A Plague Upon the Soul

  1. Mystical Classics on Parahsat Tazria – Metzora

    Birth-Pangs of the Messianic Era
    From the Ohr HaChaim commentary by Rabbi Chaim (ben Moshe) ibn Attar
    Due to the inadequacy of the Jewish people at the time of the Exodus, it is described as G-d’s wrenching one people from the midst of the same people. It was thus difficult to justify and did not endure, ending in the Temple’s destruction.

    This is not true of the redemption of the Future which will occur as a direct result of Israel’s merits. First and foremost among those merits is Israel’s preoccupation with Torah, never to be forgotten even during a protracted period of exile.

    The Secret of Skin
    From Shenei Luchot HaBrit by Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz
    “A person having a blemish in his skin….”

    The Shelah teaches that the verse can be understood in relation to the vestments for the priests which symbolized the “garments of ‘ohr / light’ [spelled with an alef] which Adam and Eve wore before the sin of the Tree of Knowledge; they had to subsequently exchange these garments for those of “ohr / skin” [spelled with an ayin].

    http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/1168209/jewish/Mystical-Classics.htm

  2. The community is a structure that is immune to an inherent unrest in the world around us. Judaism preaches that a person should embrace the community, for the greater community keeps us from falling prey to our constantly changing nature and circumstances that are out of our control, and strengthens us towards achieving our spiritual goals. However not to the extent that he loses his individuality.

    http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/1828702/jewish/Chapter-2.htm

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