Because of You (Ya'akov), HaShem Has Blessed Me (Lavan)
I was not planning on writing tonight, but because of the event of the day and because of what I wrote here on Mystical Paths, I could not let this event go into obscurity without comment. I mentioned there, that because this year is about the rise of Mashiach ben Yosef and the fall of the Kingdom of Edom, I was not sure what event associated with Lavan would take place during the week of Parshat VaYeitzei before the potentially catastrophic crash and burn of Edom that could take place by the end of next week and by Monday, December 12th at the latest. From the 5th Aliyah of Toldot until the end of Toldot and the first four Aliyot of VaYishlach followed by the end of the 6th Aliyah until the end of VaYishlach, the Torah speaks primarily of Ya'akov's relationship with Esav or Edom. So events associated with the fall of Edom (Western Civiliztation) would revolve primarily around weeks associated with Toldot and VaYishlach, but Parshat VaYeitzei sandwiched in between these two Torah portions would deal exclusively with Ya'akov's relationship with Lavan. I have been writing about how the United States and Great Britain because of their red and white colors on their flags which never permit one color to dominate the other are a combination of Edom and Lavan. I wrote about it here and here back in 2007. I even discussed the blue on both flags as being both Israel in their midst and their own desire to have Israel's blessings in their midst. There was a time that the white stripes on the American flag represented at least in part America's desire to be decent amongst a health majority of its population. Starting with Slick Willy, the white on the flag is all Lavan (Mr. White) the Aramean. The decent people of the US still desire Israel's blessing, but they are confined to the blue field in the upper left hand corner. The vast "middle" of decent people who want to be pure before G-d in the US is now gone. Lavan has stolen their soul. By electing Bill Clinton twice after all of his Huey Long type shenanigans were well-known showed that as early as 1996, the vast "white" middle had almost completely disappeared. And while Glenn Beck can garner a half million decent people on the Washington Mall, maybe a full 25% of the American people are in tune with his message, maybe.
In order to continue I must digress. The red on the flag is said by some to represent hardiness and valour, but while these can represent Ya'akov, the fact that the color chosen is red definitely indicates Edom. As a matter of fact the old group of G-7 economic world powers (USA, Canada, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, and Japan) plus Russia to make the G-8 nations only have one color in common on all their flags. Take a guess what that color is. It is red of course. The green on these flags where it exists represents the Bnai Japeth who have taiva (desire) that comes through their eyes. So the red represents the Gaiva (pride) of the heart while the green represents the taiva of the eyes. The situation in the world is reversed for the Bnei Shem and Ham. Yishmael for instance is the gaiva of the eyes (a collective arrogance of sorts). The Saudi flag represents this the best by being a sea of green. Islam on the individual level is not gaivadick only on the collective level. The red on Hamitic/Yishmael flags represents taiva of the heart (Bnei Ham) as opposed to the green of the Bnei Japeth which is taiva through the eyes. Now this is true for the majority in the Islamic World, the Sunni world. In the Sunni world, the religion is Islam, but the leaders historically have been from Ham. In Europe the leaders have been from Edom, but the common folk were from Japeth. The interesting anomaly in all this is the Shiite minority in Islam. The Shiites have always been far more extreme than their Sunni counterparts. The world Assassin for instance has Shiite origins where their loyal adherents would get high on Hashish and became Hashishin, and then they would be in a mode to do the Middle Ages version of the suicide bombing mission. So I would contend, with enough understanding of history, that while the red on the flags of the Sunni majority represents Ham, who is the leader in most cases of the Sunni majority, the red on the flags of Shiite dominated countries is the red of Amalek. So Shiism is unique, it has the collective gaiva of Islam and the individual gaiva of Amalek. So in Persia nothing has changed from Haman to Achmadinejad. So the Torah tells us not to stray after our hearts and after our eyes. After our hearts in both the realms of taivah and gaivah is the color red. And after our eyes in the realms of taivah and gaivah is green. The seat of taivah is the animal soul, our nefesh behamith. Taivah after our eyes has another name in both Hebrew and English. It is called kinah (envy or jealousy). So taivah after our hearts is lust and desire. And taivah after our eyes is envy and jealousy. The seat of gaivah believe it or not is the seven lower sefirot of our upper soul, our neshama. We often call this the nefesh elyon. It is worth noting that while animals may have taivahs. The attribute of gaivah is exclusively a human attribute. Not even lions have gaivah (pride). What we mistakenly think in lions as gaivah is really a very predatory form of taivah. The reason why it is exclusively human is because animals do not have a nefesh elyon. Only humans have this. And as it turns out, gaivah of the heart is far more dangerous to the well being of civilization than any taivah could possibly become. It is why Amalek who represents this gaivah of the heart more than any other force in human society has no place even in Yemot HaMashiach, while Ham who represents the taivah of the heart does have a place. And then there is Yishmael who uniquely created a society of gaivah through the eyes, a collective gaivah. They do this through a principle that they call Jihad (Yichud in Hebrew). As individuals they are submitters to G-d. As a collective they want to take over the world, and all other ways of connecting to G-d will have to be necessarily over time abolished. As we can see in various places where they are dominant, if one is not from one of the two Dhimmi religions, Judasim or Xtianity, all other G-d centered folk either convert or are decimated. Ask the Bahai what it means to be a G-d centered minority in a Muslim country. The other aspect of Yishmael is equally unpleasant but more self-destructive than destructive of others. It is their often Hamitic animal soul. The word hamur in Hebrew means jackass. The same root with different vowels means materialism. Like all Hebrew roots of three letters, one can see two two letter roots with a common letter. Hamur can be broken up into Ham and MaR, meaning bitter passion. So that is what a jackass is, and that is what the religion of materialism is. There is really no difference between the behavior of hundreds of thousands of jackasses romping around Tahrir Square engaging in gang rape and other outrages and hundreds of Black Friday shoppers stomping over a dying man to get a deeply discounted sweater or DvD player at Target. In both cases they are Ham Mar.
Into this colorful sea of those who use there animal or upper souls to pursue their eyes and their hearts comes a sea of blue. Blue more than any color is the color of the spirit, the color of spiritual transcendence. For the three children of Noach we had Ham (taivah of the heart = red) and Japheth (taivah of the eyes or envy = green) and Shem (taivah which transcends and follows the dictates of the neshama = blue) Shem whose animal soul was totally guided by his divine soul began the process of distilling our evil inclinations that exist within through the heart and in the world through the eyes so that this inclination would be a prisoner to his neshama. Since the neshama has ten dimensions or sefirot and the nefesh behamit (the animal soul) has seven emotional sefirot totally tied to nature, a grand total of ten times seven nations = 70 nations were made possible in the world. In the beginning of this process, Shem and his descendants were the obvious choices to be the leaders of the Spirit in the world. The problem developed when because the neshama itself is a tricky thing. It too has seven "emotional" sefirot or dimensions which can lead one astray after the heart or the eyes as discussed above. Only with Wisdom (Chochmah or analyitical reason), Understanding (Binah or inductive reasoning) and the crowning glory of the One true G-d does Mankind have a chance to control the straying nature of His animal soul and the emotional parts of His divine soul. Further Birur (selection process) was required before someone, Avraham, could come forth from Ur of the Chasdim and say that there can only be world peace if there is reverence for G-d. From Japeth came 14 nations who had an intense interest in establishing nationhood so that everyone could be envious and keep up with the Jones's. From Ham came 30 nations, but those nations were far more splintered because one who follows his heart is far less concerned about what others think of him while he is exploring his own passions that come from within. So from Bavel we still have the ancient nations of Germany (Gomer or Ashkenaz) and Greece (Jawan) and Meshach and Tuval (who collectively became Russia) and Magog (Mongolia and the Apache and Navajo nations). All these ancient Japhetic peoples survived into the modern era because nation building was important for them in order to do things that were pleasing to each other so that they all looked good to each other. Amongst the children of Ham, it is very difficult to discern nations that have survived until the modern era. Modern Egypt may have Mitzraim in it, but it is also very Greek and filled with Arabs who were (meuravim from which one gets the word Arab) from the time of Senchariv who mixed up (AiRuBed) all the Semitic peoples whom he conquered. So most of the Semitic peoples are accounted for because the Assyrian Empire was pretty vast and covered most of the Semitic world. So most of the Semitic peoples were mixed up by Senchariv and became the Arabs (the mixed up ones or me'uravim). Most of the Hamitic peoples of the world were not conquered by Senchariv, but because their nature did not lead to nation building, the only Hamitic nation from the 70 nations to survive intact in the modern era is probably China (Sin). Believe it or not Sin is a son of Cana'an and was destined to be enslaved. In the modern era the Chinese for the most part are slaves to Communists. How they survived as an ancient nation into the modern era is a story into itself, and perhaps the Chinese can tell it better than anyone else. Yet, as we see in modern China including Hong Kong and Taiwan, the best way to remove one from the necessity of being a slave to others is to enslave one's own animal soul to serve his upper soul. The final birur is to then make the upper soul a servant of G-d.
This is a work in progress. The final point is that the last line in the 4th Aliyah (the Wednesday Aliyah) of Vayeitzei is the reason for all the ecstasy in the world markets yesterday. "And Lavan said unto him (Ya'akov), 'If I have found favor in your eyes(according to R. Aryeh Kaplan: Haven't I earned your friendship?) I have learned by divination that HaShem has blessed me on account of you!'" Think about how that can cause a nation that is half Edom and half Lavan to get ready for the collapse of the original Edom (Germany and Rome) in Europe. Lavan is oblivious to the full spiritual collapse that is at his doorstep. He is too busy being a deceiver in order to rob us blind. And he has just discovered that Ya'akov in his midst as an employee has made him a very wealthy man. He is as high as a kite, and has no interest in letting Ya'akov leave his guilded cage. Here is a piece of Lavan's deceptions in the United States: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/us-economic-data-reporting-now-officially-farce-every-economic-data-point-prints-4-std-devs-abo The lies and deceits are simply exploding as we get closer to the end which hopefully will reach a climax by the end of next week, Parshat VaYishlach. Then there is this. I thought that the number 400 (Ayin Ra) might catch your attention: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-30/four-hundred-dow-points-aren-t-what-they-used-to-be-amid-record-volatility.html
An important addendum to this post: There is much information left out of this post that is relevant because the subject is so vast. One point that should be noted is that in the final birur of the neshama and the emotional part of this upper soul, Avraham was not Israel. Israel/Ya'akov is all blue with the white field of Avraham Our Father. Avraham was like the white dove who left Haran for a place unknown to him because it was the dove who plucked an olive branch from the Land of Israel when the Flood was subsiding and said better is the the bitter fruits of the Hand of G-d than the sweet fruits of the Hands of Man. So in order to distill Israel out of Avraham, one has to realize that white separates out into Green (Yishmael) and Purple (Yitzchak). Now purple is an unusual spiritual color. It is very rare on the flags of the world. It represents such humility that for a person that exists in a purple state like Yitzchak, Olam Hazeh and Olam Haba are one. Yitzchak had a Gan Eden existence in this world when he had to choose between good and evil. After the Akeidah all of his choices were black and white. And all Yitzchak had to do was to choose white. He did not have to deal with pesky issues such as extenuating circumstances. When evil encroached upon him, Yitzchak just moved away and dug a well somewhere else. 99.9 % of us do not live in such a world. So another birur was required. The Purple representing Yitzchak had to distill into red and blue. Esav became Red, and Ya'akov became Blue. So Ya'akov was the ultimate man of the Spirit. He had to deal with practical issues of making the best of his extenuating circumstances and to always make the best choice that was available at the time. So here you had a man who totally represented Emeth. Yet, when the future of the spiritual world lay in the balance, for the sake of Pikuach nefesh, he had to steal his the blessing that Yitzchak meant for his brother Esav. In the world of extenuating circumstances, Ya'akov had no other option. Through his adventures in the physical world, he towered over the other Avot, his own father and grandfather, blazing a trail for every Jew who would ever live and also for righteous gentiles who needed an example of how to cope and make moral decisions in a very dark world. He was blue in his nefesh behamith, an inheritance from his ancestor Shem. But he was also blue in his Divine
soul too. So he dwelt in Spirit next to the blue sapphire brick that makes up the Heavenly footstool for the Heavenly Throne.