logo

Seeing the Mercy within the Judgment

Topic: Well Being | Posted:August 6, 2014

Moses uses the names Hashem Elohim; the Tetragrammaton is the name of mercy, while Elohim is the name of judgment. Rashi, the great kabbalist and commentator, says that there is a secret to why Moses puts these two names together here.

The Baal Shem Tov explains that the secret to transforming a time of judgment or negativity into a time of mercy is called a “window.” Every judgment that comes down, every negativity that a person experiences, has hidden somewhere within it what's called a sliver, or a line, of mercy. And in order to transform any negativity into Chesed, mercy, one has to find that line of mercy within it and focus on it. So, the window that we have to open up is seeing the mercy and Light within the judgment.

The secret of the Ari's teaching, the Baal Shem Tov says, is that the way to sweeten judgment - and judgment means any time a person experiences either small or great times of negativity, illness, darkness, or sadness - is to elevate Malchut, which represents judgment, to Binah, which represents understanding. When you take the judgment and find within it the line of mercy and you focus on that spark of mercy, you then begin the process of transforming or elevating that judgment from the realm of Malchut where it's totally dark into the realm of Binah, where it can be transformed into total Light.

This is the secret to transforming judgment or darkness into Light: y­ou have to open up the window into that judgment, find the sliver of mercy in it, and focus on it. Then you slowly but surely elevate the judgment up to its source, up to Binah, and it becomes mercy, Chesed. And this is the secret of what Moses was asking for on this Shabbat. As we have said, the Land of Israel is not about being in a geographical place; it's about a state of connection to the Light of the Creator, which is a state of consciousness. A person who is in what's called the Land of Israel is a person who always finds and sees the Light, and never sees darkness.

There’s a story that helps us understand this:

Around 1965 or ‘66, Rav Brandwein was in Safed with the Rav and one other person for Shabbat. On Shabbat afternoon, the three of them went for a walk in the old city, when suddenly a big tour bus stopped. People got off the bus and were clearly not connecting to Shabbat – they were smoking, taking pictures, etc. The tour guide asked Rav Brandwein if he could show them around; Rav Brandwein was born in Safed, and his family lived there for generations (his family is buried in the same cemetery as the Ari), so he said sure. He spent about an hour with them, walking through the whole city, pointing everything out and explaining everything. After that hour, the other person who was with them asked Rav Brandwein, “I don't understand. How, in the middle of Shabbat, could you walk around and guide these people who are smoking and taking pictures and doing all the things that are not connected to Shabbat?” Rav Brandwein turned to this person and said, “You know, to tell you the truth, I didn't see anybody smoking or taking pictures.” Why didn’t he? Because, as the kabbalists teach, when a person is in the Land of Israel - which means when a person is truly connected to the Light of the Creator - he cannot see anything negative.

On this Shabbat of Va’etchanan, Moses asks the Creator to give him the ability to see the goodness in everything. Because for Moses, it wasn`t about entering into the physical Land of Israel; it was about giving us the merit of seeing the goodness in everything. And that is the secret of being in the Land of Israel. Moses knew that the only way anybody will ever be able to enter into the Land of Israel, to a total connection with the Light of the Creator, is if they are growing in their ability to see the mercy within the judgment.

However, this pretty much goes against what we so often do. We need to realize in our daily lives that every single time we see something negative in another person or situation, we are separating ourselves from the Light of the Creator, because if you're seeing something negative, it means you're disconnected.

Therefore, we have to ask ourselves on this Shabbat - do I find less things wrong today than yesterday, in people, in situations? Because if you're not growing in this area, it's an indication that you are not entering into the Land of Israel, you are not entering into a true connection with the Light of the Creator.

But if we are finding more and more goodness in others, and it becomes even more and more difficult for us to find negativity, it means we are getting closer to the Light of the Creator. And so if we find ourselves getting upset and moving on, never creating a window into that action or saying to ourselves, “let me find why this is great, let me find that line of mercy within there,” then we never assist the Creator in transforming those forces of negativity into Light. Yet when we understand that our work is to use the window into this judgment, to transform difficulty into a time of mercy, then we grab every single one of these opportunities, giving the Creator the ability to transform those forces of destruction into Light.

We are meant to find the goodness within every difficulty, transform it, and make it into Light. That is the secret, the strength, and consciousness that Moses gives us on this Shabbat. In all that happens in our lives, we have to remember that there is goodness within everything the Creator does.

Recent Comments

The portion Devarim begins with a discussion between Moses and the Israelites. Moses gathers all...
Shabbat Matot-Masei is one of the three Shabbats that fall in the period that we call Ben...
At the center of the portion Pinchas is the soul named Pinchas; who, as the kabbalists tell us,...
If there is one portion that really encompasses the Light of prophecy, it is Balak. Of course,...
The portion Acharei Mot, "After the death," begins after the two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Avihu,...
Every year with the portion Tazria, we come to speak about what is called lashon hara, the...
In the portion Ki Tisa, we read about what's translated as the sin, or the fall, of the Golden Calf...
Rebecca and Isaac have two children, Jacob and Esau. The blessing Isaac was going to give was a...

Ser Como Dios

The book by Michael Berg

Por primera vez en la historia, una oportunidad extraordinaria está a disposición de la humanidad: la oportunidad no sólo de rezar a Dios, obedecer

image

Days of Connection

The book by Michael Berg

The ancient wisdom of Kabbalah teaches that each month of the lunar year holds different opportunities for us to grow and change and, conversely, hol

image

The Secret History Of The Zohar

The book by Michael Berg

What if you were to learn that an amazing body of ancient spiritual wisdom and potential source of Light for the world had been‚ “covered up‚ f

image

The Secret (FARSI)

The book by Michael Berg

The Secret reveals life's essence in its most concise and powerful form. Michael Berg begins by showing you how our everyday understanding of our pur

image

El Secreto

The book by Michael Berg

El Secreto, revela la esencia de la vida de una forma concisa y poderosa. Michael Berg, empieza por mostrarnos que la manera en que entendemos nuestro

image

Secrets Of The Zohar

The book by Michael Berg

Stories and Meditations to Awaken the Heart Michael Berg The Zohar'ssecrets have never been revealed quite as they are here in these pages, which dec

image

Los Secretos del Zóhar: Historias y meditaciones para despertar el corazón

The book by Michael Berg

Por ser el primero en traducir los 23 volúmenes del Zóhar del arameo al inglés, Michael Berg está calificado de manera única para transmitir su

image

Secrets of the Bible

The book by Michael Berg

The Secret of the Bible is a lifelong pursuit and there are many teachings within its veiled text. Bringing forward a fresh and relevant message about

image

El Camino de la Cabala

The book by Michael Berg

Extraiga de la antigua sabidur­a espiritual de la Kabbalah lo que se requiere para lograr cambios positivos en cada rea de su vida. El camino espi

image

What God Meant: Volume 1 Genesis

The book by Michael Berg

In this simple and eloquent compilation of Bible teachings, Kabbalah scholar Michael Berg imparts wisdom from decades of research and sources unique

image

What God Meant, Vol. 2: A Collection of Teachings on Exodus

The book by Michael Berg

In this second book of the What God Meant series Kabbalah scholar Michael Berg imparts wisdom both from decades of research and from sources unique t

image

Well of Life

The book by Michael Berg

Best-selling author and kabbalistic scholar Michael Berg has written this inspirational and useful book designed to help us connect with the weekly e

image

Windows in Time (DVD set)

The book by Michael Berg

A Special five HOLIDAY Companion DVD Series Spanish subtitles available Kabbalistically speaking, holidays are more than simply commemorations of hist

image

New Moon DVD Series with Michael Berg

The book by Michael Berg

Collector’s Edition (includes all 12 months) Every month has distinct opportunities for growth as well as unique pitfalls for getting stuck. At the

image

Zohar - Vol 1-23

The book by Michael Berg

Zohar is a Hebrew word that means splendor. In its simplest form, the Zohar is a commentary on the Bible. Although the wisdom available in its pages i

image

The Way: Using The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

The book by Michael Berg

A national best-seller (The Wall Street Journal, USA Today), The Way delivers a practical and profound insight into the sacred wisdom of Kabbalah. Th

image

Becoming Like God

The book by Michael Berg

For the first time in history, an incredible opportunity is available to humanity: the opportunity not simply to pray to God, obey God, fear God, or r

image

The Secret

The book by Michael Berg

The SecretUnlocking the Source of Joy and Fulfillment Michael Berg spent years studying this ancient once-hidden wisdom before putting the pieces of t

image
The Creator is only constantly in the state of Goodness, and never in the state of seeing what is wrong. Read more: https://t.co/NHD1PQ5a34
13 weeks 1 day ago

type your email address to subscribe

© 2017 Kabbalah Centre International, a Non-Profit Organization   |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Use