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Kabbalah & the War with Hizbullah

by Nechama Sara Gila Burgeman

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One of the most beautiful Kabbalistic teachings speaks of the unity of all human souls. In Sefer HaGilgulim ("The Book of Reincarnations"), Rabbi Chaim Vital wrote in the name of his master, the Arizal, that all of our souls (including those of Hizbullah and Hamas) were bound together in the Collective Soul of Adam and Eve, the first human beings. That is, each of the six billion souls of the world's present population is rooted in the first, Divinely-created man and woman. Therefore, in the depth of our psyche, we share a common unity. However, we have fallen asleep, become unconscious of this primal reality.

If we go further into the teachings of the Kabbalah, we learn that, before the creation of This World, many worlds were created and destroyed. There was a breakdown from higher levels of existence in order to bring about lower levels of existence. The Kabbalah calls this process the "Shattering of the Vessels of the World of Tohu". In our world of Tikun, we are currently struggling with the residual effects of the brokenness of the world of Tohu. We experience these residual effects in the form of "evil". This evil is the root of all exile, war, pain and suffering - in short, the illusion of being abandoned by G-d.

In our world of Tikun, we are currently struggling with the residual effects of the brokenness of the world of Tohu
The world of Tohu could not endure because it consisted of levels of consciousness that were unable to embrace perspectives other than their own. Scripture refers to this limitation when speaking of the kings of Edom who reigned and died before the kings of Israel. The Kabbalah refers to the death of these kings as the "Shattering of the Vessels".

This phenomenon of "shattering" in the world of Tohu resulted in the form of a pre-shadow consciousness resembling Adam and Eve, which was created from the remnants of the vessels, and from the sparks of the divine light that fell amongst them. The Kabbalah names this form "Adam Beliya'al", which literally means "man without a yoke". That is to say, a consciousness was formed that did not acknowledge a relationship between the Creator and the Creation, and therefore did not accept upon itself the yoke of heaven.

The consciousness that Adam Beliya'al encompasses does not focus on Divine Will and G-d's intimate involvement in the very life-pulse of Creation. That is to say, from the fragmentation of the world of Tohu there arose a consciousness that was not attuned to a code of law that permeates and sustains Creation.

The consciousness of Adam Beliya'al is likened to raw, childlike, unharnassed energy, defying structure. This consciousness has a positive tendency towards perceptions of spiritual transcendence and a negative tendency to be drawn to physicality and the baser drives of seeking pleasure while defying the divine code of moral boundaries.

In brief, Adam and Eve, who were totally in tune with divine awareness of their Creator, ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. They exercised their free choice by going against G-d's commandment to refrain from eating of its fruit. The result: a cosmic event occurred that was so shattering that more than 5,700 years late we are still picking up the pieces.

At that moment of eating, transgressing the divine commandment, the one unified soul of all of humanity - our common root - splintered into smithereens. Yes, the unifying link among ourselves, and with all of our current, fierce enemies was traumatically shattered. These pieces of our original unified soul fell and interfaced with Adam Beliya'al. As a result, there was an intermixture of consciousnesses.


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