The mitzva of lighting the lights of Hanukkah, Jews dedicate to HaShem the commitment to interpret the Written Torah strictly and only by relying upon the Oral Torah logic system. Rabbi Akiva’s chariot mysticism stands upon פרדס scholarship. This kabbalah stands upon the mitzva of קידושין. P’shat and Dr’osh a working couple; Remez and Sod, likewise a working couple), Daf Yomi totally ignores פרדס, the basis by which Tannaim and Amoraim, from Rabbi to Rav Ashi and Ravina based the “definition” of how to learn – known as Talmud!
Obvious: that the premise of this mussar, has an immediate appeal perhaps comparable to a lead balloon. Alas most Yidden do not have the slightest clue that perhaps the greatest chiddush of the Talmud, that it sets up a common law legal system which establishes lateral justice. Not till the American revolution by which the revolutionaries ditched the vertical Star Courts legal system by requiring a jury of one’s peers! Just as the jury system, those people do not receive a salary from the State so too the Torts court beit din Judges do not receive their salary from the State – both lateral type systems of justice!
Mashgiachim, based upon this chiddush, should not receive their salaries from the places they police for Kashrut. But alas because most rabbis fail to grasp the biggest chiddush expressed throughout the entire Sha’s, the beit din judges fail to properly assume their function as an expression of the Talmudic model of justice. Pursue justice sums of all the mussar from the NaCH prophets! G’lut comes upon the nation when we fail to rule the oath sworn lands with justice. The 3 judges of a Torts court: One functions in the role of prosecutor. The second functions in the role of attorney for the defense. Both these judges argue their case before the 3rd Judge.
Contrast the vertical legal system – popular in all none Jewish legal systems across the planet. Those vertical legal systems, the State pays the salary of both the Judge and the Prosecuting Attorney. A person who receives a salary from the State, hence in a court hearing its the State vs. so and so. Talmud reflects the mussar given by the Yethro prior to the revelation of the Torah at Sinai. To rule the nation requires the establishment of a workable legal system, no one man alone can judge the social and civil disputes of an entire nation.
The entire purpose of establishment of the 48 Levitical cities, 42 Yeshivot to train Federal Sanhedrin judges. The 6 cities of refuge each had a “Federal” small Sanhedrin court – headed by a Cohen of the house of Aaron. These cities too had a private altar. Prior to carrying out a Capital Crimes ruling, the Cohen of the small Sanhedrin court dedicated a korban upon the altar, to publicly testify that the judges of the Court heard the case in tohor – that they took no bribes. The dedication of a korban requires that the Cohen must be tohor on pain of כרת. The small Sanhedrin Courts functioned as the spokes of the Federal Court legal system.
The word ברית does not mean “covenant”, the popular translation in the Xtian Bible. Rather this key term בראשית\ברית אש serves as the יסוד of the entire Torah! Brit means alliance, the entire first Book of בראשית addresses the brit alliance in the face of g’lut. Brit vs. g’lut – Adam, Noach, and the unborn children of Avram (brit of pieces) experienced g’lut. The theology of the apostle Paul, by contrast, makes a focus upon “original sin” as the basis by which mankind needs Jesus son of Zeus to take the sins of the world away!
How do you define the “Big Picture” interpretation of the Torah? G’lut vs. Original Sin. Prior to the establishment of Israeli Independence, Jews lived our lives as stateless refugee populations scattered across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe/Golden Medina. Today, Yidden rule our homelands and Xtianity rots in g’lut, waiting for the 2nd Coming of Jesus son of Zeus. Stateless refugees have no rights by definition. How does the Torah describe the creation of the world? The world – filled with anarchy and chaos. The expulsion of Jews from England, France, Spain, and Germany — not a time of chaos and anarchy?
Logic stands upon Order. No logic system works without disciplined Order. דרוש compares cases comparable to how the Gemara “learns” the Mishna! דרוש functions as the יסוד of פשט, רמז, וסוד of פרדס scholarship. To weave a garment requires a warp and its opposing woof. Talmud contains halaka opposed by aggadita. To divorce the halaka from its “wife” aggadita, compare to a man who sends his wife away without her Get דאורייתא!
Gaonim scholarship produced Midrashim. The latter organize (emphasis on Order) aggadic stories in the Order of the T’NaCH. The Talmud by contrast organizes aggadita around a specific Mishna! Aggadita makes a T’NaCH דרוש, comparable to the halakic cases the Gemara brings to learn the Case/Rule of a specific Mishna. The logic compares to a simple Algebraic equation. Anything done on one side of the equation requires an equal opposite upon the other side of the equation.
We have now gone full circle. Just as the T’NaCH has sugiot, so too does the Talmud. The sugiot function, they give Order to both T’NaCH and Talmud. Learning T’NaCH and Talmud divorced from the Order established by the sugiot violates the dedication of the lights of Hanukkah – mentioned in the opening paragraph of this commentary of mussar. Mussar, by the way, defined as דרך ארץ, and דרך ארץ means justice.
No man can tell or dictate to another that he must walk in דרך ארץ, that he must dedicate his life to seek justice. Hence the sages of the Talmud admitted that they did not know how to give a תוכחה to other Jews. This P’shat of the Talmud stands upon the יסוד of דרוש mussar. All the prophets of the T’NaCH command mussar. Why? Because mussar applies equally across the board to each and every generation who walks upon the face of this earth.
‘Light unto the nations’, does not refer to Goyim, but rather g’lut Jewry dwelling in Goyim lands. Why? Goyim have no brit with the God of Israel. Goyim, despite their efforts to pretend otherwise, they do not sit as the Judges of Israel. My wife Karen, her metaphor by which she describes the failure of family and friends to rebuke immodest behavior by those whom they love, as “pollyanna naivate”. The behavior of דרך ארץ mussar stands upon the יסוד of emotional maturity. Sometimes, easier for others to recognize tuma behavior, than self awareness while breathing tuma spirits.
Weigh the ברכה:
Eliyyahu could not rely upon an Ovadyahu to deliver him from Izevel. The stark bitterness of ירמיה, that tuma spirits so dominated the Cohen people that they simply lacked the heart to do t’shuva; anymore than Izevel could suddenly prize the absolute necessity for justice.
This concept of meditation follows the post War Japanese healing technique that I employed to treat my daughters’ cystic fibrosis. My teacher in this method of meditation – her daughter too had cystic fibrosis, and that common problem caused her to investigate Jin Shin Jyutsu is.
Fear(red)[anger, passion, power]/אמץ לב(green)[nature, safety, envy, luck] to the stomach/kidney. Anger(cyan[greenish/blue])[Spring, safety, stability, calmness, sadness]/Joy(pink)[romance, nurturing, kindness, calmness] to the liver/spleen/pancreas; Grief(black)[power, boldness, mystery, unhappiness]/Love(white)[emptiness, peacefulness, cleanliness, Innocence] to the heart/lungs. Shame(orange)[energy, enthusiasm, attention, happiness]/Hope(blue)[confident, relaxed, motivated] to large intestines/small intestines. Guilt(Chartreuse/yellow-green)[warmth, growth, energy, confidence, attention, jealous]/Freedom(purple)[wealth, imagination, popular, winter, defensive] to gall bladder/bladder. Chinese medicine does not include the pancreas, while the Japanese view the heart as taboo. Fear/Index finger. Anger/Middle finger. Grief/Ring finger. Shame/pinky finger. Guilt/Thumb. The right hand corresponds with the toes on the left foot and the left hand with the toes of the right foot.
Early Freud, he attempted and failed to locate a physical location in the brain that produced emotions. This failure caused him to develop his revolutionary idea of the conscious and non conscious components of the human mind. Freud focused upon the libido/sex drive, this ideal scandalized European medical circles in its day.
Karen has not felt well and she just messaged me that her heart damage has returned. She did not like making a meditation schedule and I certainly had no desire to demand it from her. Meditation qualifies as a skill that requires practice and mental energy focused upon building the awareness of a person’s fingers, that they feel the vibrations which the targeted internal organ(s) produce.
Color-Psychology, affixing a color to represent a fixed emotion assigned to an internal organ of the body. The internal organs do not communicate through words, but rather by means of emotions. To describe an emotion with words compares to poetry or songs. King Shaul would rely upon David to treat his headaches by playing the harp. But third world countries don’t have easy access to music. But the human eye can see colors, a person can enter the cave of many colors within his mind. Can colors have an impact upon the emotions the internal organs produce? Yes they can. Prisons employ colors to reduce prison violence.