We are doing Bezrat Hashem a Pidyon Nefesh on Erev Yom Kippur.
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Kabbalistic Prayer, together with charity, can bring salvation to whoever needs it
Pidyon Nefesh [Soul Restoration]
For millennium Kabbalists have been practicing Pidyon Nefesh with special Kavanot. Kabbalistic compilations tell that it is one of the greatest Tikunim that can be done to purge a person from difficult decrees on him and open up his mazal [luck flow] of Health, Healing, & Success. The advantage of this Tikun is that it is not set for specific things, rather it affects the whole person from head to toe. There have been people who did Pidyon Nefesh for something specific and came and told that it worked to help even other more serious things.
What is Pidyon Nefesh?
Pidyon Nefesh is a Tikun designed to absolve harsh decrees and open a person’s mazal to Blessing, Success, Livelihood, Fertility, Domestic Peace – all human needs. It is known that people from the whole country come with all sorts of problems and actually see amazing miracles & wonders.
How is the Pidyon done?
Take 160 silver coins – shekels. Not agurot and half-shekels which are colored gold. Why silver? Because the Zohar tells that the color silver is like white and embodies mercy, whereas gold expresses din.
By the way, this is something that is good to observe, even in worldly matters. One who wants to buy a car – it is best to buy silver, or white, green, yellow. But not red or black, which are the colors of din.
The coins are taken and counted with holy Kavanot of Divine Names, special prayers, Psalms. This is done specifically in the morning, the time of mercy. And then either by dawn or right after Shacharit [Morning Service] when great mercy is aroused – the best time for Pidyon Nefesh.
Why precisely 160 shekalim? It is written, “Man was made in the Divine צלם-160/Tzelem [Image]” (Bereishit 9:6) = ‘כסף-160/kesef [money]’. By means of money, we annul the decree and restore the Divine Image to the person that he lost by his mistakes, which caused the decree in the first place.
This is the general idea behind Pidyon. But if one knew how deep it goes and the details of how many Kavanot are involved he would be flabbergasted.
True stories about Pidyon Nefesh
An example of how a Pidyon actually saved someone’s life: Once a person from Ra’anana a five-year-old child who had a brain tumor 12 by 10, which is huge (this is recorded in the hospital file). They told the parents two weeks before the scheduled operation. They did a Pidyon Nefesh, after which the Rav advised them to do a checkup before the operation. At first, the doctors did not acquiesce. They ended up agreeing. The doctors made the checkup and were astonished to discover no more signs of any tumor! So was written in the file, “No symptoms of a tumor were found in the brain…” The parents became Torah observant and placed their children in religious schools.
However amazing this is, it is not the only such thing. There have been other cases of tumors that disappeared through doing a Pidyon.
It is important to point out that this did not happen in every such case. But if there is a decree upon a person, one of the best things to do is a Pidyon. Why one is healed and the other is not are Heaven’s considerations which are not given to us.
I saw cases where the Pidyon helped almost immediately in a wondrous manner. In other cases, it did not and we only saw the fruit much later. It is important to know that the matter depends upon the personal Heavenly account of each individual. But in many instances, the power of Pidyon is able to push away the difficulty of din and bring mercy!
How does it work?
Our Rabbis of blessed memory teach that the cause of all illness is that the soul is as if taken captive in the hands of the evil accusing forces that start up with him due to his faults, causing damage. Being a ‘captive’ stops up the person’s mazal, making him feel as if things are closed from all sides. Illness is one of the offshoots.
Many books of Kabalah bring that it is worthwhile for a person to do a Pidyon Nefesh. The words Pidyon Nefesh mean “redeeming the soul”. It saves him from many problems and is actually like redeeming a prisoner who fell into the hands of the enemy.
In the work, ‘Kuntras Hayichieli’ it says that doing a Pidyon Nefesh is a powerful charm to help a sick person. There he says that “רפא ירפא-572/Rapo Yerapei [heal certainly heal]” (Shemot 21:19) plus 4 = פדיון נפש-576/Pidyon Nefesh. He continues to explain, saying some of the things we mentioned:
The idea behind the Tikun is to redeem a person’s soul from the decree upon him through the aid of a special prayer called Pidyon Nefesh, which liberates from all kinds of suffering – physical & spiritual. The order of the Pidyon is to take 160 shekel coins can count them according to a particular system based on Names of Hashem. This activates the Pidyon and sweetens the dinim [judgments] in their root. A prayer is said to bless the person afterward.
Shortly before Yom Kippur, it is important to do Pidyon Kapparot. The Ceremony starts with reading selections from Isaiah 11:9, Psalms 107:10, 14, and 17-21, and Job 33:23-24; then a rooster (for a male) or a hen (for a female), or a fish, or money, is held above the person’s head and swung or waved in a circle three times, while the following is spoken: “This is my exchange, my substitute, my atonement; this rooster (or hen) shall go to its death, but I shall go to a good, long life, and to peace.” [if using money then substitute “This money shall go to charity, and I shall go to a good, long life, and to peace.” This is based on the statement in the Torah that people who lived too far from Jerusalem to bring their tithes in animals or produce could “turn it into money” and bring that instead. (Deut. 14:24-26) ]The fowl, which is then donated to the poor for food, will expiate any misfortune that might otherwise occur to the one who has taken part in the ritual, in punishment for his or her sins. It goes without saying that one must do Teshuvah for this to work! The Chofetz Chaim explains beautifully that a person cannot obtain purity from sin, and thus obtain higher levels of perfection, without repenting. Through God’s mercy, we are given the Divine gift of repentance, so that we might abandon our corrupt ways, thereby being spared from the death that we deserve for our violation of the Divine law. By substituting the death of a fowl, one will (hopefully) be reminded of our mortality and appreciate God’s mercy in not killing us for our sins, and thereby be stirred to repentance. By no means, however, does the ritual and the slaughter of the bird eradicate one’s misdeeds.
This Custom is of major mystical significance in Kabbalah, since in our days it is not so simple to do this, we offer doing the ceremony on your behalf and donating the money to the poor of Yerushalayim. If you would like this separate please click here for Kapparot on your behalf.
Hatarat Nedarim and Hatarat Klalot
Annulment of Vows, Curses, Witch Craft, and Evil Eye, this Kabbalistic Prayer is to remove any negativity that may cause a blockage in the vessels of abundance. Leading to an opportunity for heavenly forgiveness when accompanied by teshuva.
Sometimes others may give a person ‘the evil eye’ usually when people who are talking about you, who are jealous of you, begrudge your success. On some people, this has a hold and on others, it does not. Curses and Vows that have been forgotten and not fulfilled can also harm a person making a blocage in the spiritual vessels that bring a person blessing and abundance. Hatarat Nedarim and Klalot is a good solution.
In order to help remove any harsh judgments on Erev Rosh Hashanah, a Kabbalistic Bies Din will participate in the Ceremony on your behalf.
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