Messianic Consciousness Blog

 

Table of Contents

  1. Kabbalah based observations on current social and global phenomena
  2. The Messianic Role of the Proliferation of Domestic and Wild Pets

 

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Kabbalah based observations
on current social and global phenomena.

       The social and global observations in this blog are unexpected and counter-intuitive. They follow, however, a rigorous logic and spiritual esthetic. Kabbalah based Torah, as explained in Beyond Kabbalah – The Teaching That Cannot Be Taught, subsumes that the entirety of reality—including that of the Divine Itself—plays itself out upon a single surface, yet paradoxically containing two distinct sides. A model for this mode of perception is the Möbius strip. In Kabbalah there are no simple opposing opposites. Rather, by definition every event can only be the inversion of its own “other side”. Thus, the same truth or event can manifest as its holy “convexity” or, if the same truth or event collapses in on itself, as its own “concavity”. When a spiritual force, historical event, scientific discovery or new idea is destined to come into the world, it can come in consciously through the “front door” — its convex face — or unconsciously through the “back door” — its own concaved backside (Related to this teaching is also the very short but penetrating observation by the Gerer Rebbe entitled The Lost Gifts found in the Preface to Volume I of The Secret Doctrine of the Gaon of Vilna). The maps of Kabbalah reveal to us that aspects of the higher-dimensional, future Messianic Era are actually here right now! Totally unexpected and counter-intuitive, our generation is witnessing an overlapping of two otherwise distinct dimensions. As a hand in a glove the incoming higher-dimensional reality is literally wearing our lower-dimensionality. It is this cosmic “hand”, with its multitude of multi-faceted fingers of messianic light, now protruding into our current reality that is fueling and animating many of the unprecedented and virtually unimaginable phenomena occurring in Western culture and throughout the world.

       Additionally, the Davidic Messiah, ushering in the final Messianic Era, does not bring the higher-dimensional truth and light with him (and her – they are a married couple of course!). Rather, the higher-dimensional “future”, in its entirety, is being seeded here now by the collective Josephic Messiah. The Davidic Messiah will then only need to rearrange and fully activate the scrabbled multitude of parts into a new reality. Then all the infinite pieces of the cosmic jigsaw puzzle of history and our current generation will be reassembled and “the whole will be far greater than the sum of the individual parts”. This then will be the “New Torah” prophesied by the prophets and articulated by the sages (See The Secret Doctrine, Volume II, Chapter 3). In other words, all the lights, eternal truths and 3 C’s of Consciousness (Ibid.) of the Messianic Era have been streaming into — and often flooding — our culture and consciousness through a covert and clandestine operation.

       These lights, however, are well camouflaged. This is due to a law of lower-dimensionality which requires that “The shell always precedes the fruit”. Additionally, in lower-dimensionality all things good are always, by definition in one way or another, mixed with all things bad. Yet, if one puts on messianic googles and can see the forest beyond the Tree (of Knowledge of Duality), it is possible to perceive fractals of the lights that are literally bursting upon us. This blog will attempt to show that the Ohr Ganuz — the messianic Light — is right here, right now, but coming in from among the last places we would think to look!

Warning! Read no further unless you are willing and able to suspend judgment of any kind — whether you be man or woman, Jew or non-Jew, Orthodox or secular. Here, we must be like professional doctors and therapists who, in our objectively to our clients, pass no judgment. How the laws and ordinances of the Torah apply or should apply in these matters are a different subject— the realm of Halachah. Here our immediate concern is not about what is morally, ethically, ecologically or politically correct or incorrect. Rather, the question is why these phenomena are occurring to the unprecedented and often unimaginable degree to which they are. Additionally, it is this ability to temporally suspend judgment that is crucial to develop the requisite messianic consciousness in order to prepare for the moment of “critical mass” when we and all reality will “flip the lip” into the next dimension. Now, let us take a few peeks at our generation from the higher-dimensional messianic future.

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Some of the subjects to be observed and decoded:

  • The unprecedented proliferation of pets, both domestic and wild.
  • The ever increasing popular acceptance of homosexuality, lesbianism and transgender.
  • Science fiction and how, especially through movies and videos — how and why they are affecting us especially with movies like the Matrix series.
  • The unprecedented and admittedly out of control global proliferation and covert, if not overt, legitimization of pornography.
  • The worship of youth, youthfulness, and the growing obsession with anti-aging and longevity.
  • The recent Hollywood and television infatuation with zombies, vampires, X-Men, supermen, superwomen, transformers and Godzilla.
  • The historically unprecedented increase of Jewish/Gentile marriage — previously mostly Jewish men marring non-Jewish women, but now also the increase in Jewish women marrying non-Jewish men.
  • The Internet, Facebook, Big Data and even the messianic role of Google and search engines.
  • The recent unexpected increase in “religious” themed popular movies and TV shows such as Noah, Heaven is Real and God is not Dead, Resurrection and a slew of others that also that are predicated upon other-dimensionality and parallel universes.
  • Got more? Send them in and I will put them on the list!

Copyright © Joel David Bakst 2014

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The Messianic Role of
the Proliferation of Domestic and Wild Pets

            In the United States alone there are approximately 78.2 million pet dogs, 86.4 million pet cats and 5.3 million house rabbits. Aside from these common animals people also keep as pets ferrets, gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, fancy rats, guinea pigs, canaries, parakeets, parrots, turtles, lizards, snakes, tropical fish, frogs, tarantulas and hermit crabs. Increasingly throughout American homes, as well as throughout the industrialized world, exotic and wild animals are competing to become “man’s best friend”. These animals include: Anteaters, foxes, deer, bobcats, cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, cougars, lions, ocelots, tigers, opossums badgers, minks, skunks, otters, monkeys of all varieties, raccoons, flying squirrels, groundhogs, hyenas and sloths. It is believed that more exotic animals live in American homes than are cared for in American zoos. In 2013 pets outnumbered children four to one in the United States.

            Since the year 2000, a small but increasing number of jurisdictions in North America have enacted laws redefining pet's owners as “guardians”. The cultural thrust behind this phenomenon has been characterized as simply changing attitudes and perceptions to actually working toward legal personhood for pets themselves. Granted that humans have always had pet dogs and cats and have had strong emotional attachments to these animals. And granted that aristocracy and individuals among the cultural elite in every generation throughout the world have had their share of caged lions, tigers and bears. It is, however, undeniable that regarding the interaction between humans and animals, we are witnessing a phenomenon that is unprecedented in world history.

             Pets and other animals have been anthropomorphized with increasingly more human attributes. Soaring to new heights in our generation of Disney animated cartoon animals (E.g., Mickey Mouse – 1928), the entire animal kingdom has come alive. Animal preservation, animal research, animal rights and animal consciousness. Animals, to varying degrees and in varying ways, are increasingly being treated more and more like humans. Regularly appearing new scientific studies indicate that certain members of the mammal kingdom, e.g., dolphins, elephants, whales, monkeys and apes — even rodents, are revealing levels and aspects of intelligence that are simply amazing and not expected by the scientific community. (Additionally, I suggest that it may not simply be that we are only now “discovering” the intelligence quota of these animal but, in fact, animals as a whole may actually be evolving to higher degrees of consciousness that were not necessarily present until the last century, if not only in the last several decades. This observation would be in alignment with the conclusion below).

From the perspective of Messianic Consciousness these phenomena are not only expected in our Final Generation, but they are an absolutely intrinsic part of the messianic process. (As elaborated upon in The Secret Doctrine of the Gaon of Vilna and elsewhere any aspect of incremental evolution of reality and consciousness is part of the mission of the Josephic Messiah). The question: What are the spiritual roots of the growing “animal consciousness movement” that is rapidly accelerating in our generation?

            The answer is both profoundly simple and simply profound. We know that the Torah, especially as understood in the Kabbalah School of the Gaon of Vilna, maintains that our present reality is literally teetering on the edge of time (and space, i.e. the edge of space-time). From the beginning of literary civilization (I.e., the last some 6,000 years) our reality has been in the time-based, historical period of the collective Josephic Messiah. We are about to “flip the lip” of time into the Davidic Messianic Era. In other words, we are about to witness the entirety of all 3D phenomena undergo a complete “re-inversion” back into our original higher-dimensional “4D” home. This is nothing less than the requisite return to the original, higher-dimensional “Garden of Eden” and the HD androgynous Adam before the inter-dimensional Great Universal Inversion (GUI).

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             If we take a brief look (at that which we cannot see but all we need to see is one holographic fractal!), i.e., consciousness and reality preceding the GUI we can literally witness streams of the emerging Ohr/Light of the Davidic Messianic Era. Remember, where we are going is from where we came. The Messianic Era is literally a return to 100% Adamic reality/consciousness. Global messianic consciousness is 100% Adam HaRishon (plus even a little bit more!). The Messianic Era is simply picking up where Adam left off on the cosmic, higher-dimensional “Friday afternoon” of the sixth, higher-dimensional “day” of creation. Profoundly simply yet divinely profound almost beyond imagination!

            Here I quote from The Secret Doctrine of the Gaon of Vilna, Chapter 2, Volume II:

            Due to the fact that he existed in a higher dimension, Adam's original work was of a very different nature than humanity’s work today. However, this was not only true of the human level. Before reality collapsed into its present – but temporary – state, the same was true of all animal life. In the Leshem’s words:

Before the sin [of the eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Duality] all species of animals were gifted with intelligence and understanding. They also possessed many natural capabilities that Adam [did not possess]; these capabilities would therefore enable Adam to perform all the necessary and relevant activities involved in his rectification work (tikun) of Creation. All of them had complete mental faculties and all of them spoke fluently... In fact, as the Ramchal has written, before Adam's fall all animals were on the level of human beings today.

            Adam was to rectify the world by reuniting every aspect of Creation to its supernal root. This involved various activities that we would now describe as the extraction and refinement of raw materials for the manufacture of essential commodities. As the Leshem explains, a crucial role in this production process was played by the animal kingdom:

Even after he was placed in the Garden of Eden, Adam would go out regularly and rectify all the other aspects of Creation. His work consisted of unifying these aspects, via all the activities of production and craftsmanship [that were unique to his higher-dimensionality]. This is what the Holy One meant when He said to him: "Be fruitful and multiply. Replenish the earth and subdue it. Utilize the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every living thing that crawls upon the earth" (Genesis 1:28).

Adam was given permission to utilize all aspects of the mineral, vegetable, and animal [kingdoms] throughout the entire world... With regard to the animal kingdom, he was given dominion over all the biodiversity of life — animals, birds, and fish. As explained by the Arizal, all of these [aspects of the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms] were originally generated from the holy sparks (nitzotzot) that fell as a result of the Shattering of the Vessels. It was, therefore, Adam's job to rectify and elevate these sparks through all the various activities of production and craftsmanship.

(Remember that although Adam's work is described here (and elsewhere in rabbinic literature) as if it were in accord with our present experience, it actually took place in an entirely different, and unimaginably higher, dimension of reality. Based, however, on the repeating "stamp/imprint" phenomenon [explained there in Chapter 2 and in Beyond Kabbalah: Models], by which the higher reality is successively reflected in exact ratio, (i.e., fractaling) in all lower realities, the sages and the kabbalists were permitted to express themselves in a manner similar to the Torah itself).

The Leshem continues:

As stated in the Midrash, all species of animals, birds, and fish were given to Adam as servants. He was to utilize each one in its respective natural habitat and in accord with the unique powers with which it was endowed. Adam was to utilize all the various animals and beasts, each one according to its nature. This then [as explained above] is the meaning of the Biblical directive, "Be fruitful and multiply. Replenish the earth and subdue it. Utilize the fish of the sea, the fowl of the heaven, and every living thing that crawls upon the earth." “Replenish”, “subdue”, and “utilize” allude here to the ability to elevate, to transform, and to rectify Creation. This rectification involved refining and elevating all the fractal sparks and shattered fragments that lie scattered throughout all levels of Creation and unifying them back into their Source. This was his great tikun. This is the meaning of the statement of the Sages, "[Mashiach] ben David will not come until all the souls in the 'body' will be completed." These "souls" are the sparks and fragments that must be elevated, integrated, and unified back into the universal "body" of archetypal man – the original Adam. This tikun of all four modes of Creation – mineral, vegetable, animal, and human – was to be completed through Adam.

            No lesser an authority than R’ Moshe Chayim Luzzatto (Ramchal) has written that, “Before Adam's fall all animals were on the level of human beings today”. Moreover, this statement is following a logical symmetry. Geometrically speaking, a dimensional collapse (prolapse) ensued in which the former “human” level dropped one dimension below itself into what was previously held by the “animal” kingdom, the animal kingdom fell into the “plant” kingdom and the plant kingdom descended into the dimension of “minerals”. Present reality is now completing the Josephic Messianic Era. Before, however, we can fully enter into the Davidic Messianic Era, each of the four kingdoms of life must return to its original higher-dimensional statue. From the perspective of Messianic consciousness this is, in fact, what we are witnessing (and many of us directly participating in with our dogs, cats and lizards) in the unprecedented proliferation of domestic and exotic pets. In order for Adam’s tikun to compete itself (i.e., Adam=Mashiach) the animal kingdom is, in various subtle and in not so subtle ways, quickly regaining its original higher consciousness.

            Is the humanization of our pets and in general with all animals, both domestic and wild, simply the misappropriation of projecting and anthropomorphizing our human traits onto animals? Or is it rather that animals are actually becoming more human? Of course, if everything is being notched back up to its next level, what does that portend for us humans? “Going up and all aboard for the next floor”. We are witnessing the return of humanity to its original, higher-dimensional angelic-like status of Adam and Eva fully integrated and unified with a menagerie of higher-dimensional, human-like animals (and together with all the plants and all the minerals)!

             The Josephic messianic return of higher animal consciousness is real and it is happening all around us. However, like everything else that is occurring in our pre-Davidic messianic civilization, this phenomenon is also coming in through the “back door”, i.e., covertly, chaotically and often with negative consequences (e.g., millions of animals are eating far better than millions of undernourished and often starving children). Tragically there is little Adamic Torah consciousness to help direct this vital process. But the first step towards actively engaging in the tikun of the animal kingdom is observing and noticing how, when and where. There are many other examples and manifestations of the revival of messianic animal consciousness. Where else and how else do we see this astounding “sign of the coming of Mashiach”? Send in your comments.

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    41 Comments

  1. What would a geula-oriented society typically look like? What is the paradigm for this? What is moshiach consciousness?

    • Your questions are the right ones, however, a full and coherent Torah/Kabbalah/Chazal based presentation is unexpected and counter-intuitive. This requires many introductions and familiarity with the books I have written and the classes and courses I have given on these matters over the years. Complex questions require complex answers. That is why I spent years writing the books, etc..

    • However, our tradition in Luz is that before we can say pshat (in this case about a prophesy from Chazal), we must first have an understanding of the sod (which in this case I have not looked into) and only then will the pshat fit like a glove to the hand animating it. This is true with ALL prophesies, Scriptual or Rabbinical. It is not enough to try to match up current events with formulas that are fundamentally esoteric. If the “devil” can quote Scripture so can current events.

    • I have just listened to Part 1 of Primordial Worlds and Dinosaurs. I am still reeling.
      So now I am wondering if there is a connection between this prophecy of Chazal and the resurrection of the dead? Could the oil represent the dinosaurs and the life of the Primordial Worlds?

      • Yes, but the oil/dinosaur-recurrection connection is only a clue left at the scene of the “crime”, ie only one small part of a gigantic formula.

        • More on this subject:

          The lust for oil (and other forms of wealth) disconnects one from Torah and mitzvot. This severance leads to a spiritual death.

          “The song of the fish has a special relevance to humankind, for the Prophet proclaimed to the Compassionate One, “You have made the human being like the fish of the sea” (Habakkuk 1:14). A sage of the Talmud – Rav Yehudah in the name of Shmuel – therefore asks: “Why are human beings compared to the fish of the sea?” The sage replied: “To tell you that just as the fish of the sea die immediately if taken onto dry land, so too human beings die immediately when they separate themselves from Torah and mitzvos.” (Avodah Zarah 3b)”

          http://www.shemayisrael.com/publicat/hazon/tzedaka/fish.htm

  2. The word “polarization” is heard a lot. Usually in a pejorative sense, meaning the absence of compromise. But what is the hidden benefit? Perhaps, similar to the attention to the shifting of the earth’s poles, new attention is given to the reality of polarity, polarity that is stuck, however a beginning of raised Awareness (Consciousness). Next step would be to notice movement and transformation, and so on for realization of more Torus components…

    • Perhaps the tikun would be to use the phrase “Wishbone polarity”, ie, they are both branching out from the same root. In the Messianic Era we will all be playing the game of “Polarity” instead of Polo.

  3. some ravs have written the following:

    “It seems that the bulk of the ingathering will occur after Moshiach has arrived, and the War of Gog and Magog is already here.

    “…on the actual day that they will arrive from the Diaspora…the walls of Jerusalem will be replaced. It will also be the day of the rebuilding of the Temple, which will be built from exquisite stones and gems. Once the dead are resurrected, they will become transformed and will have very lofty natures. However, the same type of transformation will occur for the…Jews who remained alive [in Eretz Yisroel], and their bodies will be like that of Adam HaRishon before his sin, and like that Moise Rabbeinu’s. They will become so spiritual that they will be able to fly like eagles, which will astound the redeemed exiles. Upon witnessing this, the Diaspora Jews will become upset, and they will complain to Moshiach, “Are we not Jews like them? Why do they merit to fly and live in an elevated spiritual state, and not us?”
    However, Moshiach will answer them, “It is well known that G-d works measure-for-measure. Those who lived in the Diaspora and made efforts and sacrifices to elevate themselves by moving to the Holy Land merited purity of soul. They were not so concerned about their finances and health. They travelled over vast lands and crossed seas, not paying attention to the possibilities of drowning, being robbed along the way, or being taken captive by some strange foreigner. Being that they placed priority of their spirit over materialism and physicality, they merit, measure-for- measure, to be elevated to this lofty spiritual plane. On the other hand, you who also had opportunities to go up to Eretz Yisroel, but remained steadfast and reluctant, enamored instead with your materialistic status, making materialism a higher priority than spiritual growth, measure-for-measure, will remain physical…”

    My concern is this:
    Many of us would like to return to Eretz Yisroel, but are concerned that they may not be able to make it in time; in view of this how will they return to being bodies of light again? So my question is this: What about those (who will remain)in the diaspora who have and continue to endure sacrifices, pain and suffering, who live a minimalist life-style, and those who are studying Torah ? – don’t they count?

    • No contradiction. Every chazal and (in most cases) more recent rabbinic sources are only partial formulas in a single massive meta-equation. Any statement of chazal is only true with all factors being equal which is NEVER the case. And even in the worst case scenario (which is not the case) you would have as companions the Gra and the Besht who never made it to Israel along with thousands of master Talmudist and kabbalists.

  4. To add to the list…

    Birth rates falling in developed countries.

  5. Yesterday The Temple Institute posted the following information on their facebook page:

    “RED HEIFER REPORTED! SHARE THE NEWS!”

    “We have recently received photographs from a rancher in Arkansas showing what appears to be a perfectly red heifer. Note that in this untouched photograph the heifer has a red nose and reddish hooves, essential markings of a red heifer. The note that came with the photo stated that the heifer has never been put to work and has never been yoked. Perfectly red heifers, as this appears to be in the photograph are a rare occurrence among Red Angus cattle. We are familiar with the region where this heifer is being raised and intend to send an emissary to further inspect and document the red heifer.”

    https://www.templeinstitute.org/red_heifer/red_heifer_contents.htm

    • This is a significant essay! – the first I have seen making reference to what I originally wrote about in detail over 25 years ago concerning the sod of the TechnoSerpent (Secret Doctrine Vol II, Chapter 2). Only, we would call it the iSerpent. Soon, in Ymot HaMashiach everyone will have not one but two iSerpents!

  6. Since Einstein, Freud and Marx are distinct fractal manifestations of the Josephic, Messianic, Adamic consciousness it seems that we will likely be seeing a merger and a rectification of them in the not too distant future.

    • See p. 252 in Beyond Kabbalah where I reference another 4th aspect of the collective Jewish soul esp. the soul lineage of MbY. If the other 3 are, eg, Cha”bad, then he would be in the place of the malchut and “she has nothing of her own” and also closest to the klipa.

      • Yes, that work would also require rectification and inclusion.

  7. Hi,
    I found this article quite interesting. I just recently attended the world’s largest conference dealing with identification and tracking. The capabilities of new technologies, (3D printers, UAVs, USVs, UUVs, RFID), the role of the internet, the communication among intelligent devices, the development of wearable technology, and the gathering of big data, among others, are changing reality in an unprecedented rate.
    The next industrial revolution is here and it is going to shift markets, powers, and social and production systems.
    For example, just few days ago, China started building houses using 3D printing. A researcher from Harvard, printed makeup, a designer printed the first swimsuit. It has been estimated that the apparel industry will be impacted by 3D printing like never before. This new technology may be available by 2015! This market will produce about 16.2 billion dollars by 2018!
    Did I mention kidneys? Some medical research institutions are looking at 3D printing to produce organs (such as kidneys) using living cells collected from the patient as ink.
    What about the brain implant developed by DARPA?
    Big data and pattern recognition (especially behavioral patterns) are among the biggest hottest things out there. Big conglomerates are already using data produced by our smartphones, social networks, social media, etc. to predict social behavior, social unrest, social preferences, and way more!
    One of the things I find quite fascinating is how the power of the social media is transforming the concept of democracy and clearly society. For the first time in history we have a virtual democracy, in which it’s ‘netcitizens’ can influence and produce social changes and to modify social structures (just think Egypt). Is like in the time of Babel, where all the earth’s inhabitants spoke the same language.

    Raquel

    • These phenomena are clearly messianic, but I haven’t written that blog yet! The general rule, however, is that the HD (higher-dimensional/high definition) original Tree of all Knowledge (data/da’at) is reconstituting itself, which is requisite for Davidic Messiah. Likewise, the original sacred techo-serpent (Chapter 2, Vol II of Secret Doctrine) is now completing the work it was supposed to do in the Gan, before it became contaminated and turned reality inside-out (the “Fall”).

      • Moses’ staff-serpent beamce straight in his hand after consuming all of Pharaoh’s. Adamic consciousness is getting it’s groove back.

    • Yes, metaphoric Twin-Messiah poetry, at the least!

  8. In recent days an amazing simulation has been produced which simulates the evolution of a galaxy (see http://www.illustris-project.org). Significant aspects of the simulation are: the juxtaposition of dark matter/energy and created gases, the simultaneous evolution of the galaxy at large and small scales, and the display of computer code (similar to the movie, Matrix). Simulation may be considered a newer form of astronomy, following observation and calculation. Will simulation surpass the earlier forms? And..as below, so above..?

  9. In regard to Rabbi Bakst’s post on the animals and the Messianic Age: In spending time with Native American friends it is remarkable how they also speak with great fondness of a “golden age” when animals and humans regularly communicated, and the animals were on a higher level. Now it is considered much more difficult (but not impossible) to breach the barrier of communication.

    • The Native American talks of the times when animals and humans coexisted and regularly communicated is something I have also heard many times. I must say though, I know many Native and a few non-Native people who regularly communicate and interact with animals and even insects. It may seem magical to people, which I find very sad. Because the balance of nature includes human beings.

  10. I am posting this recommendation here for lack of a
    closer choice in blogs. I feel that it is most relevant to
    Messianic consciousness as it is something that will change
    in Messianic times.

    I recommend the book “The Prime Ministers” by Yehuda Avner.
    Besides being as hard to put down as a box of chocolates ,
    it is written by a very modest and unusual perspective from
    an insider’s point of view, a rare glimpse of modern Israeli history.

    RZ

    • It might provide insights into the thinking of the erev rav, and even a way to better address the situation.

      • Jonan,

        I don’t believe our great statesman Menachem Begin was part of the

        Erev Rav! I personally feel very grateful for all the sacrifices made by these leaders and do not want to see them just as
        “Erev Rav”.
        Many people know very little of Israel’s
        modern history. What is very helpful to learn from this
        book is the relationships between the U.S. Presidents
        and Israeli leaders. The current sitauation has changed so much.
        When Begin went to America he was met by red carpets, not a president who went on a talk show. These changes
        reflect being in the feet of Adam.
        RZ

  11. I have some more for you. Tattoos and smoking. Romdo has an interesting view on smoking.. Thought this might be fun for all.

    And why is exile and exit than same yet completely different ( how to exit exile…all my ex’es live in Texas)

    Torah from Texas,

    Michael

    • free associating on your words: ….from exit to exile…ex’es to Texas…

      and texting to connecting into another world…

  12. -Israel’s rise in technology – she is the start-up Nation of the world producing greater and greater advancements both in science and in technological innovations, at what appears to be at greater, increasing speed

    -Popularity of action-oriented films- remember “Speed”?
    -Have you noticed how fast alot of people talk? It’s pressured speech.
    -Also, how fast can something be done, signed and delivered?
    The focus is on speed.

    -The whole world is connected to their cell phones – seems (as if) everyone’s got one!
    -I am in a metropolis and cell towers are flourishing. Feels like we are spinning.

    -Focus on body health, exercise, keeping fit, health foods, natural remedies, diets, spas, beautifying the body, marathons

    -And what can be said about what appears to be so many talk shows, including the audiences that flock to them?

  13. Thank you for the blog and public forum Reb Yoel.

    There have been many times I have talked to and with Creation. I have heard flowers ‘hollering’ at me to gaze on their beauty so that they would create a pay-it-forward chain of events in all of our elevations. … picking out fruits and vegetables can end up in an argument among themselves “No! pick me, pick me!” ” So what if I have a small bruise I want you to elevate me and I will elevate you in turn”.

    There is a path I often walk that has snail traffic. I tell them, “please hurry and move along as someone unaware may come by and crush you” and in the dark of night when (chas v’shalom) I am unable to see them and a couple times I too am crushed. Yet, I am comforted that maybe I was a part of completing their tikkun on that level. Only God really knows.

    Overlooking the Old City walls before sunrise a ‘man’ and a dog approach me and we begin talking about what I see. I turn to him and see his dog and upon looking at the dog I knew i was safe. The ‘man’ – angel was not wearing any observant garb or garments, yet we talk about Joy and Suffering of Am Yisrael and the World. As the sunrise was about to begin the dog barked and ‘said’ “we must go now before we are late” … I look at the Old City one more time and in 2 seconds turn back to say thank you and they are both gone. Thank you Rabbi Bakst as things make a lot more sense in my Tripped Out Life Here in Israel.

    Blessings to all Jews and Bnei Noach coming at you from the Holy City motzei Shabbat Emor.

    Shvua tov!

  14. Regarding the higher dimension preparing us for what’s to come – the recent TV show “Resurrection,” and movies “Transcendence,” and “Heaven is Real.” And let’s not forget the movie “Noah.” I know we have talked about movies in the past (Matrix series) but there seems to me more and more recently. Am really looking forward to new Godzilla movie by the way – Big fan.

    • I watched Noah in the cinema, I liked it and I noticed 3 things that were familiar:

      * the naflim grew klippot when they descended to our dimension
      * the bad guys ate limbs from living animals
      * the fascinating snakeskin ‘magic tefillin’

      Thanks, Rabbi for the classes, they made the movie even more interesting!

      • These are good observations about the movie. There are still a few more, some very subtle.

        • I’m glad you’ve seen it, Rabbi. I was worried I might have posted spoilers. Maybe Ham was an iteration of Cain? I loved whenever Sir Anthony Hopkins’s Methuselah would want berries. That was my favorite part! I’m looking forward to the new Moses movie, although it might be less esoteric than Noah was, it still could be quite interesting.

  15. Rabbi,

    Don’t forget the ZOMBIES and GODZILLA! PETA and “Tree Huggers”. The increase of Jewish/Gentile marriage. The ever popular “Rave” parties. Facebook and Face time. Viagra, Cialis and the likes. oh…vampires

    let the fractals begin

    • God willing I will approach every subject – from the “outside-in”, literally.

  16. These very trends impress themselves very strongly on a person. Regardless of whatever feelings one has about them one can’t help but believe that they follow a cosmic influence. So, if you please, what do you believe these trends reflect and where do they go?
    Bob Liebert

    • This is exactly what this blog is about. Each short essay will be a case in point as well as showing why and how these phenomena are occuring. First one will be up soon.

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