Shalom Shalom, We commence our focus upon CHAG MATZAH by contemplating the following passage contained in TORAH. It is written, “Moses said to the people, Remember this day on which you departed from Egypt; from the house of bondage, for with a strong hand HaShem removed you from here, and therefore chametz may not be eaten… For a seven day period shall you eat matzos, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival to HaShem. Matzos shall be eaten through-out the seven day period: no chametz may be seen in your possession, nor may leaven be seen in your possession in all your borders.” (Exodus 13:3,6,7) In this passage of Torah, we are given the SCENARIO concerning the INSTRUCTIONS that were given to Moshe Rebeynu on the observance of CHAG MATZAH, that is, the Feast of Unleaven Bread.
The instructions reveal that during this seven day period following the PESACH SEDER that CHAMETZ is forbidden and MATZOT is to be eaten. It is further disclosed that the eating of MATZOT during this seven day period is to be accompanied by the internal action of REMEMBRANCE. In other words, we are instructed to contemplate the purpose for the eating of MATZOT over the seven day period.
From the perspective of MISHKAHN DAVID, contemplation is one of the MECHANICS employed in the prayer of MEDITATION. MISHKAHN DAVID employs three levels of prayer in making the ASCENSION into the HOLY of HOLIES, that is, PURE SOUL CONSCIOUS. On the outer court, CARPET PRAYERS are employed, which are comprised of SUPPLICATION, INTERCESSION and the PRESENTATION of ONESELF to the SERVICE of ECHAD, Blessed be His Name. In the Holy Place, STRUCTURED PRAYERS from the SIDDUR are employed as the service of the HEART. To ASCEND into the Holy of Holies, the PRAYER of MEDITATION is employed to experience ONENESS with G-d. Discerning the different levels of prayer suggests that the INSTRUCTIONS to remember, that is, contemplate, the eating of MATZOT during the seven day feast is a call to MEDITATION.
Focusing our ATTENTION on the eating of MATZAH during the seven day period is purposed to AID in our ASCENSION into LIBERATION from LIMITATION. The ATTAINMENT experienced by meditation upon the instructions to eat MATZAH gives rise to becoming conscious of the HIGHER LEVELS of the SOUL. Those levels being the NESHAMAH, the CHAYAH and the YECHIDAH. In these Higher levels of CONSCIOUSNESS, we are destined to experience the LIBERATION as VISIONS, DREAMS OF CLARITY, KNOWLEDGE of the truth of Being and BLISS. The ASCENSION proves to be one that exceeds the performance of RITUAL and the ATTAINMENT of the JOY we are commanded to experience in this season.
Shalom, Shalom. We continue our focus upon the Festival CHAG MATZAH by placing our ATTENTION on the INSTRUCTIONS given to the NAVI Moshe concerning the COMMEMORATION of the EVENT, it is written, “And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Festival of Matzos to HASHEM; you shall eat matzos for a seven day period. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation for you, you shall do no laborious work. You shall bring a fire-offering to HaShem for a seven-day period; on the seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work… You shall not eat bread or roasted kernels or plump kernels until this very day, until you bring the offering of your God; it is an eternal decree for your generations in all your dwelling places.” (Leviticus 23:6-8,14) These instructions disclose what is to be the demeanor of the Jewish People after the commemoration of PESACH which commences on the 14th day in the Jewish month NISAN. Yea, the 15th day of the month of NISAN is the commencement of the unfoldment of CHAG MATZAH
The CHAG is celebrated over a seven day period beginning with the observance of a holy convocation, no laborious work, the giving of an offering and the eating of MATZOT. This is to occur on the first day. The days following, laborious work is permitted and offerings are to be given each day. On the seventh day of the CELEBRATION, there is to be a holy convocation, no laborious work and after giving an offering, we may consume LEAVEN. This is the 8th day after PESACH.
The number eight SIGNIFIES a NEW BEGINNING. The importance of comprehending this has to do with putting ourselves in concert with the TIMING of ECHAD, yea, one can put a lot of energy in planting a GARDEN, but the SUCCESS thereof is dependent on TIMING. Planting out of SEASON will give rise to failure, although much energy is expended. The revelation of TIMING in these CHAGIM aids in both MOVEMENT and PROPHETIC INSIGHT into what ECHAD is doing.
PESACH marks the TIME of LIBERATION, CHAG MATZAH marks the TIME SUGGESTING that after LIBERATION, we are destined to endure the CRUCIBLE of HARDSHIP. The last day of CHAG MATZAH which is the 8th day from PESACH marks the END of the CRUCIBLE and the BEGINNING of the UNFOLDMENT of GREATNESS promised by ECHAD to the Jewish People.
Time is ECHAD’S MOVEMENT through SPACE in the UNIVERSE of BECOMING. The MOVEMENT of TIME THROUGH SPACE is UNDENIABLE. In other words, what ECHAD has decreed will come to pass. Thus the ESSENTIALITY of entering into ECHAD’S MOVEMENT THROUGH SPACE is directly connected to the UNFOLDMENT and INFOLDMENT occurring in the Universe of BECOMING. This suggests that SUCCESS in the Jewish People’s manifestation of GREATNESS is effected by the observance of the Festivals. In this season, AFFLICTION is predetermined to come to an END and the NEW BEGINNING of GREATNESS is commencing its INFOLDMENT.