Topic: Well Being | Posted:April 24, 2013
When you first read this portion it is very boring. It begins with the Creator telling Moses to speak to the priests - the children of Aaron - and say to them, le’nefesh lo yi’tama be’amav, which means they are not allowed to become impure around dead bodies; they, the priests, are not allowed to be around the body of someone who has died, and as such, take upon themselves what is called Tumat Met, the impurity of death.
This is an important understanding for somebody who is a kohen, a priest, but what does it have to do with us? What understanding or wisdom are we meant to take out of this Shabbat?
When you start digging a little bit into the kabbalistic understanding of it, a whole new world opens up.
When a person loses a loved one, it is the greatest disconnect for an individual from the Creator. But the truth is that there's never death, there’s only lack. From where we are, because of our own negativity and Desire to Receive for the Self-Alone, we create separation from the Light of the Creator, and as a result, we see death, we see lack. So when it talks about Tumat Met, the impurity of death, it is referring to any view of lack - the ultimate, of course, being of death - but it includes everything that we see as lacking in our lives.
From our perspective, from the veils of our world, we see somebody die; however, the individual who has died does not experience that death. They experience a continuation. The Light exists, and is alive, all the time, and because every one of us is created from the Light of the Creator, death cannot really ever come upon a person. Therefore, when we see death, it is just an illusion that we created.
At the beginning of this week’s portion, Moses comes to us and says, “do not attach yourself.” He is not talking just to the priests here. He’s talking to anybody who wants to be a leader and bring change to this world; he is saying, don't attach yourself to the consciousness of death.
Consciousness of death isn’t just death - it’s lack, it’s judgment, it’s darkness. If you want to be a leader, if you want to bring change to the world, you cannot be attached to that consciousness. What’s more, you cannot have any complaints, because if you have a complaint it means there is something lacking, it means there is some darkness, some judgment. If you have a complaint, it means there is death.
So this is what Moses is trying to teach us. Let go of the impurity of death. Let go of the consciousness of lack. Let go of the consciousness of darkness. This was the work of the priests, and this is our work. Most of us aren't there yet. If you ever complain, if you ever do not feel good, if you ever feel that something’s wrong – then you are connecting to the consciousness of death, you are connected to Tumat Met.
Now, with this understanding, we can come to see that this is not just another Shabbat that talks about a law for the priests. When the Creator says to Moses, “tell the priests,” now we know it means tell all those who want to bring change, mercy, and Light into the world. Tell them that they have to let go of the consciousness of death. They have to let go of their complaints.
On Shabbat Emor we can come to le’nefesh lo yi’tama be’amav, the removal of our connection to the consciousness of death, and thus the removal of the illusion of death.
That is the gift we can receive this week. And when enough people come to that consciousness, the Gemar HaTikun, the End of the Correction, will be revealed to the world.
We, today, have to begin removing the consciousness of death from our life. How do we do that? In the smallest ways; we have to stop every complaint we want to have and stop every view of lack we want to have. And as you do that, slowly, you will ultimately come to the removal of both the consciousness and the veil of death.