Special for Passover

Tora - Torah

Special Pesach Edition 15 Nisan, 5760 April 20, 2000

Tora Dojo Teachers and Parents: If you share and discuss the Tora-Torah with younger students, tell it in your own words at their comprehension level rather than try to read it to them or have them read it.

Well, Pesach is here. In Parshat Tzav we looked at an overview of all the Jewish holidays. (If you don’t remember, click archives… Yavikra… Tzav and re-read.) By the time we reached Purim we reached the Godwrestler’s heights! We “removed the veils” that clouded our views of Hashem’s light in world. We saw each other as the sparks of light that we are. We could even see the same spark in Mordechai as in Haman. Hard for us to imagine when we see the evil veils that made for the horrors that were done by by Haman! But we managed to do it.

Are we pretty proud of ourselves?

Uh oh. Is that another veil forming and speaking? Is our ego boost clouding our view of what we worked so long to see?

Ah, the cycle of life. It is the never-ending process of veils forming and our working toward removing them. It’s Hashem’s game of hide and seek.

If so, Pesach comes around again to remove that chametz/ego one more time.

It reminds me of Yom Kippur! We get through the whole day of Yom Kippur, get forgiven and cleansed of all the sins between Hashem and us and then, during Maariv, the final prayers after 25 hours of praying, we say “selach” again. For what sins? Probably, for looking at our watches and wondering how soon we’ll feed our hungry stomachs! Just a few more minutes and we blew it.

Same here! If we followed the progression of holidays, we see that we reached so high at Purim that we removed the veils between Hashem and us and between each of our neighbors and us. Now, along comes that cloudy ego and tells us how terrific we are. And we are! Look at how far we’ve come! But we need to balance that awareness with a sense of the whole and our connection to it.

We can see this in the word “Matzo” and the word “chametz” (leavened bread). The two words are made up of the same Hebrew letters except for the “Hey” and the “Chet“. And those letters are almost identical except for a tiny space in the Hey that is closed off in the Chet. Why is there a space in the Hey? That’s so we can see out from inside the Hey or see in from the outside of theHey.

The letter Hey is often used to represent Hashem, the womb of the world he created for us… the vessel that holds Hashem’s light. The “womb” of the Hey holds the Vav, the letter that represents human beings, and it holds the Yod, the letter that represents Hashem’s spark. Our ego clogs up the little space in the Hey so we can’t see the spark. Then the letter Hey becomes the letter Chet.On Passover that switch is a serious one: it changes the word matzo to the word chametz… the unleavened bread becomes leavened. Remove that little set of dark ego glasses and we can see inside the Hey and get a bigger sense of the whole picture… divine sparks and all.

For Tora Dojo Godwrestlers, this is our never-ending task: a physical discipline with a mental thrust that is spiritual to help us remove the veils and be aware of Hashem’s energy all around and within.

May we be with that force and may that force be with us.

May Paro (Pharaoh, whose name contains the letters for Peh Ra… evil, egotistical speech) be elevated to Pesach (Peh Sach, a speaking tongue) during the year ahead for all of us and our families.

So the journey continues. May this Pesach be a joyful one and begin another annual journey from the narrow consciousness of Mitzraim (= Egypt) to the Promised Land of Godwrestler consciousness.

"Tora-Torah" is a weekly column on Parshat Hashavua with insights into the inner aspects of the Jewish martial arts as founded and taught by Grand Master H. I. Sober in the International Tora Dojo Martial Arts Association. The copyrighted 'Tora tiger' logo is used with permission of Prof. H. I. Sober.

"Tora-Torah" is written or edited by Michael Andron, PhD. Lao Shih, a Seventh Degree Black Belt in the Tora Dojo Association. He has been teaching Grand Master Sober's system for over 30 years.

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