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As the old saying goes, "when the going gets
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to raise funds for some very serious projects
(book publications and a possible move
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Hey, what can I say? Tough times require
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"Place me as a seal upon your heart."
What is the seal placed upon this place?
This is the sign of the Shabat and the Yom
Tov holidays. These are considered equal to
the covenant of circumcision.
Like this is Shabat, the Shin thereof
corresponds to the Shin of Shadai. This
includes within it the three supernal Hayot
and the three Fathers.
Bet is four, the fourth of the Fathers and
fourth to the three Hayot. This is the Image
of Man, but not [the] Man [himself]. This is
what is written, "and the image of their
faces ... the face of man" (Ez. 1:10). Rather
what Man? Yod Vav Dalet - Hey Alef - Vav
Alef Vav - Hey Alef.
Shabat is Shadai. YKVK is the private
domain; it is 4 wide by 10 high. Yod Vav Dalet -
Hey Alef - Vav Alef Vav - Hey Alef.
Yod of Shadai corresponds to the sign of
Shabat and the Yom Tov holidays. Yod hints
to the ten sefirot.
This seal is for the son of the King.
However, for the servant of the King his seal
is Shadai, from the side of that which is
said, "all who are called by My Name, for my
Glory I created them, I formed them, I even
made them" (Is. 32:7). And what is this?
This is Metatron whose numerical value equals
that of Shadai. He is the Small Man, in the
Image of Above. This is [the meaning] of "if
like sons, or if like servants."
One who is of the image of the Lion, his
seal will be the white face. One whose seal
is the Bull will be the red face. One whose
seal is the Eagle he will be green of face.
One whose seal is the Image of Man, he will
be the black face, like the Torah says, "I am
black and pleasant" (S.S.1:5)."
Tikunei Zohar 22
This is one of many poetic, metaphorical,
archetypal teachings in this the most sublime
of Zoharic teachings, the Tikunim. The
Tikunei Zohar is a work independent from the
body of the greater Zohar. It stands on its
own as a separate and unique system of
teachings. It is formatted into seventy
sections called Tikunim. A Tikun is
literally translated as "rectifications," but
here such a translation does not apply.
Here, the term Tikun is best translated
simply as a "section."
The seventy Tikunim of this work all begin as
unique interpretations of the first pasuk of
Torah, Bereshit Bara Elokim Et HaShamayim
V'et HaAretz (In the beginning G-d created
the Heavens and the Earth). Although each
section begins with a unique understanding of
the pasuk or a part of it, the text never
stays so focused to limit discussion to this
The discussions in the Tikunei Zohar take us
into some of the deepest and least known of
Kabbalistic traditions. No study of Kabbalah
and especially the Zohar can ever be complete
without mastery of the Tikunim. Although the
Tikunim, like the other bodies of Zoharic
literature, place emphasis on what we call
the Kabbalah Iyunit (mystical philosophy),
nonetheless, there are elements revealed in
the Tikunim which very much so take us in
some other more lesser explored directions
Introductory material explaining more about
the Tikunim can take up volumes. I am sure
that scholars of the Kabbalah Iyunit have
already successfully made ventures into such
endeavors. My approach to this material is
not now, has never been, and I pray never
will be focused on philosophy. I desire to
extract from the text its rich poetic,
archetypal meanings that, in my opinion, are
the crux of its entire system.
I believe that Kabbalah in general and the
Tikunim in particular offer us many profound
lessons about the truths of human nature,
spiritual reality and how these two must
combined into one greater vision for each
individual. It is in this light that I will
offer my running commentary to the words of
the Tikunim. I have no intentions of
translating the entire book or writing a
commentary on it all. Such a project is well
beyond my limited abilities. Yet, with
whatever abilities I do have, I pray to bring
to you lessons that you will find
inspirational, educational, and maybe with
the help of G-d, transformational.