God mentioned, “Let there be gentle,” and there was gentle.(Genesis 1:3)
The 36 candles on the menorah correspond to the 36 hours when Adam and Eve have been bathed in The Primordial Mild of creation. As we speak, as we kindle our personal lights, we name forth a revelation of this now hidden and intense gentle. (twelfth century Kabbalist, R. Eliezer of Worms)
The Primordial Mild of Creation is hidden within the 36 candles of Chanukah. (B’nei Yissachar, Kislev)
The temper of Winter shares with us the tender reward of returning to our interior wombs, the place our knowledge resides and from which our future will as soon as once more shine forth in Divine Timing.
Chanukah, the Competition of Lights invitations us to show our senses inward to search out, domesticate, and rededicate our interior sanctuary. It’s a time to empty amassed rubbish, to create an open and receptive house, and to domesticate an intimate relationship with our feelings because the sensory system of our soul. As we change into extra peaceable inside, we collect again our energy, one candle at a time. The extra supportive and nurturing our interior container, the extra the Ohr HaGanuz, the Primordial Mild of Creation turns into out there to us throughout this time of yr.
Spiritually, the eight nights of Chanukah are a cumulative and progressive course of via which the sunshine of the menorah grows to disclose the inherent gentle of Creation. The full variety of Chanukah lights over the eight days is 36 (1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8). As Rabbi Eliezer writes, these 36 lights arouse that exact same Primordial Mild which illuminated Adam and Eve on the daybreak of their creation, the primary 36 hours of their existence. The Talmud teaches: “36 hours the Mild served . . . and Adam HaRishon (Primordial Man) noticed with it from one finish of this world into the Different”. (Yerushalmi, Brochot 8:5)
The Midrash teaches that this intense gentle wanted to be faraway from the universe, hidden away for a time nonetheless to be realized. All this so duality might exist and the evolution and function of the universe might unfold.
Ever because the dimming of that Primordial Mild, we yearn for it, seek for it and pursue it, in our prayers, research and meditation. But, even in our darkest hours, we will entry this reminiscence born of the 36 hours once we, humanity as a complete, have been bathed on this gentle. “The place was this Mild to be hidden?” asks the Midrash. It solutions, “within the Torah.” After we immerse ourselves within the reality and knowledge of the Torah, in its interior radiance, we will expertise this Primordial Mild of knowledge, function, and the intent of creation.
The importance of the quantity 36 will lead us into some additional deeper understandings.
God’s Identify in Hebrew is Elo-him (language of Moses)
God’s Identify in Arabic is Al-lah (language of Mohammed)
God’s Identify in Aramaic is Elahh (language of Jesus)
All of them share a standard three letter root in Hebrew: Alef, Lamed and Heh. The sum gematria, or numerical worth of the three letters is 36 (Alef – 1, Lamed – 30, Heh – 5).
Idea of sunshine (in a single type or one other), seems precisely
36 occasions all through your entire Torah (Rokayach).
It took Moses 36 days to elucidate the Torah to Israel (Seder
Olam Rabbah 10).
Moses himself was born precisely 36 years after the oppression in Egypt started.
When Moses was born, it’s mentioned that the home was stuffed with gentle.
It’s written there, “And she or he noticed him, that he was GOOD”
(Exodus 2:2) and there (in Genesis 1:4) it is usually written, “God noticed the sunshine, that it was GOOD” (Talmud; Sotah 12a)
Commentary to above: “She noticed him, that it (he) was good” — “it” being the Ohr HaGanuz – Hidden Mild of Creation, as a Presence that got here into the world with Moses. (Sha’arei Leshem, p. 130)
The phrase within the Torah used to explain the Hidden or Primordial Mild is “tov” which means GOOD. When it seems within the Torah for the primary time, the primary letter “Tet” of “tov” (good) has a really uncommon characteristic. The letter “tet”, like many different letters in a Torah scroll have tiny “crowns” extending from them (which kabbalists educate is a hidden language of its personal). What’s uncommon about this letter right here is that’s has 4 “crowns” as a substitute of the standard three. In accordance with the Kabbalist, the B’nei Yissachar, when the 4 is multiplied by the quantity 9 (the worth of the “tet” itself), the whole is 36.
The Patriarch Isaac
Abraham was a righteous particular person whose very life embodied the values of the Hidden Mild of creation. However when Isaac was born, he was the primary in historical past to be circumcised on the eighth day. Since eight represents transcending the bodily, he turned infused with all that “eight” represents (transcendence), elevating him endlessly above the pure world. This is the reason he, at such a younger age warranted to see the Divine Presence like his father. Opposite, to well-liked legend, Isaac was 37 years previous when he was “sacrificed”. In accordance with the paranormal custom, Isaac was a really prepared and enthusiastic participant in providing himself up as a sacrifice to G-d, and that though no slaughter occurred, Isaac however left his physique.
The occasion occurred when Isaac was 37, given that he had already reached his non secular climax on the finish of an entire 36 yr life cycle. In accordance with Midrash, though Isaac had not died bodily, part of him transcended even additional past his earthly identification, inflicting him to be likened to an angel. The textual content says he was blind after the Akeidah (binding, sacrifice). It wasn’t bodily blindness he suffered from, however being “blind” to clothes of this existence, particularly the facet of duality (this is the reason he was “blind” to his personal twin’s traits, Esau and Jacob). The vitality of the 36 facilitates a non-dualistic consciousness since it’s a gentle which Primordial Man bathed in, earlier than the “Fall”.
Rachel and Leah
The full quantity of years it took Jacob to remodel on his life journey was 36 (from when he left dwelling, after which returned along with his new household). (Rashi, Bereishit 28:9)
Jacob then meets his soul mate Rachel (archetype of free-will), however will get tricked into marrying Rachel’s sister, Leah (archetype of future).
The gematria of the Hebrew title Leah (lamed-aleph-heh) can also be 36.
The letters are additionally a rearrangement of the holy Identify of God as talked about above (Alef, Lamed, Heh).
In accordance with Kabbalah, Leah is the Biblical archetype of unanticipated future. She might not be what we select to have occur to us in life, neither is she even fascinating, however when she is accepted and embraced (Jacob accepted her as a part of the household) it’s via her that transformation occurs. It’s via the affect of Leah that the tribes of Israel are born and Future is fulfilled. It’s via Leah that the seed of the Messiah is produced (via Judah, Home of David, and so forth..) who will ultimately come to provoke humanity into an Age the place the Ohr HaGanuz, the Hidden Mild, shall be revealed.
Now we take a look at Rachel who offers start to solely two sons. Her first son is Joseph, and the youthful one, Benjamin. Nevertheless, Rachel dies in Bethlehem whereas giving start to Benjamin, at age 36. It was at this age, that Heaven felt she had fulfilled her life journey. Like Isaac, her grandfather, legend tells of her absolute willingness to supply her life (one incarnation) for a better trigger (on this case, Benjamin).
In historical past, Benjamin involves signify Jerusalem and the Holy Temple since they have been each constructed on the tribal land of Benjamin. It additionally occurs to be the identical actual website (Temple Mount – Mt. Moriah) the place years earlier Isaac was prepared to sacrifice his personal life.
Temple Mount in Jerusalem is likely one of the strongest vitality vortexes on the planet.
It’s the similar website the place the Chanukah miracle would happen later in historical past.
Apparently sufficient, Chanukah is the ONLY Jewish vacation that takes place in ISRAEL, and particularly on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The story of Chanukah is hardly given a point out in your entire Talmud. Lower than one web page is dedicated to it, whereas different holidays obtain whole Tractates reviewing the vacation in depth and element. The rabbis of the sooner generations tried to minimize the story of Chanukah for political causes, however it will not go away. As we speak, it is likely one of the hottest and beloved Jewish holidays, treasured particularly by kids and mystics – guardians of the Hidden Mild.
When does the Chanukah Story happen in historical past? Within the thirty sixth Century of the Hebrew Calendar.
The 36 Hidden Saints (Lamed Vav Tzaddikim)
In accordance with custom, there are 36 lofty souls current in each era who maintain, nurture and guard this Hidden Mild. Those who guard it, stay hidden and unassuming as nicely. These 36 righteous individuals are sparks of that Hidden Mild. By means of their refined consciousness, this gentle, heat and knowledge flows into and permeates the world.
Grasp Kabbalist – The Holy Ari (1534-1572)
Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi – The ARI – reverently referred to as Ari HaKadosh, was the lion of his and all generations when it got here to revealing the depth of Kabbalah and its understanding of the Universe as a complete. Till this very day, no person comes near his greatness and light-weight when it comes to revealing the metaphysics of existence contained inside the secrets and techniques of Torah.
For our personal curiosity right here, the ARI remained hidden for many of his life, till his maggid, a non-physical information, introduced it was time for him to disclose himself. He had acquired his mission to disclose the hidden when he was solely 36 years previous. He died some 2 ½ years later.
Our world is stuffed with mysteries, and it’s within the darkest months of the yr, that probably the most luminous vitality turns into out there. The hidden is revealed and its radiance is accessible to all those that want to partake and be nourished by it.
The Chanukah lights, not like the Shabbat candles, might not be used for private pleasure. “These lights are holy. We should not use them for pleasure, we might solely gaze upon them” (Chanukah liturgy). For these Chanukah lights rejoice a primordial gentle, untouched, reminding us that there are greater forces at work. It’s our reference to these greater forces that change the false notion of separation and worry with experiences of oneness, Divine help and belief.
In Earth college, we’re within the means of studying and coaching ourselves to succeed in greater ranges of consciousness. Certainly, the Chanukah lights function an antennae for holiness, drawing down the vitality of the 36. With day by day of Chanukah that passes, the sunshine will get more and more stronger. We place our lit candles within the window as a beacon to all passersby to remind the world that darkness can certainly be dispelled, obscurity might be illuminated, and that it’s God’s Mild which can prevail ultimately.
Might the up and coming yr be a brand new journey of discovery for us all and will we soar with all our coronary heart into the evolutionary unknown holding our candles of religion, and customary love for one another.
In Religious Fellowship,
Rabbi Michael Ozair
Copyright 2004 – Rabbi Michael Ezra Ozair