OF MAN IN GENESIS TWO
the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into
nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2-7)
the book of Genesis in this verse describes God creating the first man,
the words Va Yetser (Yod He Vav He) Elohim Et Ha Adam. The
Yod-He-Vav-He are put here in the brackets and not transliterated,
the Kabbalistic tradition they are not pronounceable. When they are
transliterated, as it is done in the name of a certain religious
members like to turn up uninvited at your door, this is not allowable,
considered a sacrilege. For this reason we will not be using them in
in this book either. The second and third words (Yod-He-Vav-He Elohim)
translated into English as Lord God, however we
already know that the
word Elohim is in fact a plural, which opens up other possibilities.
might be more appropriate translating these two words as “Lord, working
this is not the only mystery concealed in these few words. At this
the first word Va Yetser is written with two Yods
and 3rd letters from right), which is very
unusual, as there is no
need for having two Yods in the word. The reason for the two Yods being
might be to emphasise that when God formed man he put two inclinations
and that man was made both mortal and immortal. The mortal and immortal
good with an inclination to being bad. It is man’s task to find
choose between the good and the evil, and also to sort himself out in
to this world and the world to come.
Those who have engaged in the study of the
Kabbalah have always strongly
believed that man is immortal. In initiatory rituals used by some
that have their roots in the Kabbalistic tradition, such as
the candidate is about to enter the temple the question is usually
some form or another: Who goes there? And the answer given is (again
approximate): It is a son of mortality, seeking immortality!
two Yods in the word Va Yetzer can only mean that
God made man both
mortal and immortal. This is repeated many other times in the Bible,
when it is
stated that God created man in his own image, or that God breathed into
nostrils the breath of Neshamah; this means that
when the dead body of
clay is abandoned, the Divine part of Neshamah is going to continue.
very important, because this helps us to free ourselves from the fear
(though not of a certain apprehension); it represents confidence, faith
hope — it characterises all the points that go to make us a better
there are many people who have no belief, no faith and no hope, because
are convinced that there is nothing beyond the physical body, beyond
pleasures that they derive from the satisfaction of their desires. They
often people who have since young age been used to going to church and
might even describe themselves as religious. However, the fact that a
belongs to any particular church does not necessarily mean that he or
she is a
true believer. If we go deep inside such a person we often find that
nothing there in the way of faith, while someone who does not go to
all might have a firm belief and be strong in faith. Anyone who wants
study the Kabbalah, or to belong to a society that is based on
are related to it, must have this belief in the existence of a Supreme
and in the continuity of life of the soul. If you apply to be accepted
a society you find that this would almost certainly be the first
would be asked, “Do you believe in God?” Often it might even be the
question asked, because if you answer in the affirmative you have
fulfilled the main and in reality the only condition for acceptance.
the contrary, people without beliefs are useless for any such work —
lack of a base in them on which something worthwhile could be built up,
is no “hook” where any lifeline could be fixed.
apparent mistake in the spelling of one of the key words of the Old
is of course deliberate; it is there to point out to us the dual nature
mortal and immortal, earthly and heavenly, good and bad. In Hebrew, the
inclination is called Yetsarim, this word is
related to Va Yetser,
formation — inclination thus also means formation. Yetser Arah means
inclination, Yetser Atov means good inclination: all this is contained
percipient in the two Yods in the word Va Yetser.
Tree of Life with the Egyptian Gods)
And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name
one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:
And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women,
them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it
daughter, then she shall live.
17:] But the
midwives feared God, and did
not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children
18: And the king of Egypt
called for the
midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have
men children alive?
19: And the midwives said unto
Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are
and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied,
waxed very mighty.
21: And it came to pass, because the
midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
Man is created
both for this world and the world to come. The pairs of opposites that
contained within him: mortal-immortal, earthly-heavenly, good-evil,
man a kind of battlefield. According to the Hebrew tradition, God was
the midwives who disobeyed the order of the Pharaoh to kill the newly
boys, at the risk of their own lives. In the Bible it is written Va
which means that he “made the good”. And once again, there is the
double Yod in
this word, even though there is no need for it. Why is it there? The
means that God rewarded them by causing the royalty and the priesthood
from them. Both king David and Aaron, the first High Priest of the
from the Jewish midwifes of Egypt, and even greater rewards were
these women in the world to come.
people do not understand the ways of the Almighty. They usually ask:
why is it
that such an evil person may be so successful in this world, why he/she
have the properties, money, beautiful women, high connections, fast
everything in fact, while he really doesn’t deserve any of this because
those evil things he’s done? At the same time, this good man over there
have any luck at all. Shouldn’t he deserve the same contentment? Isn’t
being unfair in allowing all this to happen? Is there a God at all?
reason for this is that the person who does not deserve much in the
come, who has not acquired many good deeds, is being rewarded in this
must always bear on mind that there is no human being who does not do
life at least a few good things. If only for the “tax purposes”…
one who has lived an exemplary life, a noble and righteous life, based
charity and caring for his or her fellow men, on the other hand, has
a few wrong things, because there is no one who can claim to be
blameless. Because of the outstanding rewards that await such people in
next world, in this existence they have to expiate for the minor sins
committed. Explained like this, all suddenly makes more sense.
for the negative forces, or forces of evil, we must always try to
that they too are an emanation of the Creator. They may act in a
way while opposing the positive forces, but they are not totally
Their power comes from the lower regions, from the world of the shells,
and as such it is limited. They could not, for instance, destroy the
unless of course permission to do so reaches them from above.
In addition to
that, there is the ever-present misunderstanding of the values, the mix
between our “needs” and our “wants”. Too much wealth in the hands of a
particular person might not be at all what it seems to the naked eye;
also be a punishment. There is little happiness in the accumulation of
possessions, because the more one already has the more is one usually
to acquire; with more money in the bank one gets less sleep at night,
of all the worries it creates. Any minor crises, any drop in share or
estate values, any rise in inflation, any economical downturn, any
drop of oil prices, any war in any part of the world, any terrorist
fact anything at all brings only more headaches to a wealthy person.
many stories told about people who are unable to dissociate themselves
burden of their holdings, even trying to guard them for centuries in a
state, after having passed on from this life to the next. Meanwhile
people with small possessions or nothing at all are free as the birds.
do I mean when I speak of the “world to come”? If the soul is immortal,
consciousness is continuous, there are only two possibilities. The soul
has to come back to complete a series of existences, or it reaches the
where it has earned enough “good points,” good karma, as it is often
and can detach itself from this world and move on, climb up the ladder
another world, onto another and higher cycle of existence.