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Reincarnation

The Zohar in parashat Mishpatim mainly focuses on the topic of reincarnation. The Zohar starts with the concept of slavery, but not the commonly concept known as slavery. The Zohar refers to slavery as the slavery humans have to the Yetzer Hara (inclination towards wrong doing). Chazal (the sages of blessed memory) tells us that there is no freedom only through the learning f the Torah. So the Torah is the gateway for spiritual and physical freedom. 

The Zohar specifies that when it says in the Torah: 

כִּ֤י תִקְנֶה֙ עֶ֣בֶד עִבְרִ֔י שֵׁ֥שׁ שָׁנִ֖ים יַעֲבֹ֑ד

When you acquire a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years… (Exodus 21:2)

It does not mean only about the physical 6 years the Torah is talking about. It also refers to the neshama (soul) that is coming in a reincarnation. The 6 years refer to the 6 edges of this world: North, South, East, West, Up and Down; the area known by science as space. All of the lifetimes that a soul experiences happens within this space spectrum, which has a spiritual and a physical realm. So, what is real freedom? According to the Zohar, it is the neshama that is related to the shvi’it (concept of 7). As the Torah says: 

וּבַ֨שְּׁבִעִ֔ת יֵצֵ֥א לַֽחׇפְשִׁ֖י חִנָּֽם

…in the seventh year he shall go free, without payment. (Exodus 21:2) 

In the seventh when the soul is getting out from the boundaries of this space dimension into higher realms: and this is a tzadik (a righteous person). All what is done in this world is limited, there is nothing that is perfect. Whatever is done for the sake of Hashem has an aspect of perfection. The “diamonds” a person should focus on picking are those moments when there is a good deed, a good action that is only between him and the Creator. These type of deeds end up on a deeper connection with the individual’s neshama. 

The purpose of coming again and again: reincarnation; should be for a good purpose. To multiply the good deeds between the person and the creator but also between the individual and the other individuals.  This year (5782) is Shmita, a sabbatical year; which is related with the concept of shvi’it. We should all take advantage of this year, which is automatically elevated, to elevate ourselves, our neshamot to ultimately be able to connect with Hashem. 

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