Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted:June 3, 2015
In the end of the portion Beha’a’lotcha, it says, “Moses cries out to the Creator.” The words that he cries out are the words that are used in the Yedid Nefesh that we sing in the third meal of Shabbat; El na refa na la, “Please, God, please, heal her,” referring to his sister, Miriam, who had leprosy. In his commentary, Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Komarno begins the discussion with a desire to understand why the word na, “please,” is used twice.
He writes that he heard from his teacher that all the prayers that we ever pray should only be for the Shechinah. Meaning, that there is this other reality, which, yes, influences our world, but really exists in the real world where there is the concept of the Shechinah - our Supernal Mother, our Source - which is in pain. It is in pain because of the darkness in our world, because of the pain that exists in our world, because of the fact that we are not yet at the Gemar HaTikun, the End of the Correction. And so we have to start connecting ourselves to that other world, and all of our prayers really should be nothing of this world. Even when a person is sick, he shouldn’t be praying about the fact that he’s sick. Even when a person is lacking, he should not be praying for the fact that he doesn’t have sustenance. Why? Because the reason a person is lacking health or sustenance in this world is due to a lack in the Shechinah.
Every lack that exists in a person’s life is only because there is a lack in the Upper Worlds. So, therefore, really, why does a person get sick? Not for any other reason than that he’s meant to be awakened and to remember that there’s somebody in greater pain than he is. The purpose of sickness, lack, and pain is as a wakeup call to make us look upwards and realize that our work is focused in the wrong place.
Therefore, whether it’s for our self or someone else, the prayer should never be, “heal this person.” It should be, “Please, God, allow my prayers to fill that lack in the Shechinah.” Because we know that if that lack is filled, the manifestation of that lack in our physical world will be filled.
So the first thing we need to get from this is that from this moment on, whenever we pray, we have to understand there’s only one reason for lack, pain, or sickness: because the Shechinah, this spiritual source, is lacking and it has become manifest in our world. Our goal, therefore, is not for a certain person, or ourselves, to be healed. Our goal is for the Shechinah to become filled in that area. If we correct the Supernal World, the Shechinah, with this consciousness of prayer, then everything below will be fixed as well.
Now, here Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Komarno says an amazing thing, which hopefully stays with us. He says that all the miracles the Baal Shem Tov created - the fact that he was able to revive the deathly ill, make people who are blind able to see, bless children to people who weren’t able to have children – were not because of his greatness, his purity, his wisdom, or his connection to the Light of the Creator. It was because the Baal Shem Tov never prayed for a person; he only prayed that theShechinah be filled.
Every single one of us has the ability to create unbelievable miracles like the Baal Shem Tov created, but only if we make this huge shift in consciousness never to pray for ourselves again, never to pray for another person again, and to know that these lacks - either in our own life or in other people’s lives - are only an effect of the lack that is in the Shechinah. And our goal and prayer when we read the Zohar or in any connection we make is to fix that lack in the Shechinah.
Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Komarno goes on in his commentary to say he knows the reality is that we can’t do this all the time. Sometimes a person gets so sad, so depressed, that they can’t really focus. We’re so self-involved in our own sadness that we can’t think about the pain of the Shechinah. He says that even when a person still feels their own pain, they should also feel the pain of the Shechinah; this person shouldsay, “Creator, my pain is great, but nevertheless, I also feel the Supernal pain, and, therefore, I’m asking to fill both.”
So, when the first time a real prayer of healing is mentioned in the Torah, what does Moses say as he is standing there in front of his sick sister? “My prayer is that the Shechinah is healed.” Moses knew the reason that leprosy was manifest in his sister was because something was lacking in the Supernal order. Therefore, his first prayer was for the Shechinah. But Moses also says that he feels a great pain for his sister, and so his prayer is also for her – the second na . He says, “I want the healing to also go to her.” El na refa , the first please – “my first desire is to heal the lack in the Shechinah.” Then na la, the second please - “my sister Miriam has leprosy. Let the healing from the Shechinah that comes first flow down into her.” And here Moses is teaching us, all the later generations, how to pray. This is the first time there’s a real prayer for another person mentioned in the Torah.
Every time there’s pain, be it personal or for somebody else, the first thing we have to say is, "I want this prayer, I want this study, I want this Light that I am revealing through my spiritual action to heal the Shechinah. And second to that, I want it also to come to me or to this person that I’m praying for." El na refa, “Please, the Creator, heal the Shechinah,” na la, “and then also to this other person, also to me.” All the miracles that the Baal Shem Tov brought to this world, and that we can bring to this world, are from this consciousness. We have to strive for it. We have to beg for it. We have to ask for it.