The Secrets Of The Red Heifer

laitman_571_03The Torah, “Numbers,” 19:1 – 19:3: And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: This is the statute of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer, faultless, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke.

And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, and she shall be brought forth without the camp, and she shall be slain before his face.

All of a person’s desires are between the attributes of receiving and bestowal by which he can correct himself. When a person wants to consciously or unconsciously, subconsciously, fill himself, he takes a few desires from the egoistic attribute of receiving and uses them with intention to bestow. It is actually these two attributes that the heifer embodies: receiving (flesh) and bestowal (milk). It absorbs animal feed and eventually gives milk, which means that it receives with intention of in order to bestow.

Receiving with the intention of in order to bestow is the attribute of Malchut (a desire) that ascends to Bina and exists there. It can descend to its place only to the extent that it receives the attribute of bestowal from Bina and cannot use its level anymore.

Question: Why is it about a red heifer?

Answer: The color red symbolizes the attributes of Malchut and Bina, white and red. What is the meaning of a red heifer? There are attributes of Din (judgment) in it, and when Eleazar the priest slaughters and burns it, which means totally destroys the egoistic phase, it is truly possible to receive the attribute of bestowal from it.

Question: Why does it have to be without blemish?

Answer: It is forbidden to offer a sacrifice that has a blemish. A sacrifice is any desire which from a certain point onwards a person wants to use only in order to serve others, with the intention of in order to bestow. This is the reason that it has to be absolutely pure, in order to work with the intention of in order to bestow.

It says a heifer “upon which never came yoke,” which means that it hasn’t been used in any form of bad. Malchut is the desire that ascends to Bina, which has not participated in any actions. You discover and explore it and understand that you can correct it. Therefore, it ascends to the attribute of bestowal and works with it.

Question: Does the tradition of not mixing milk and meat products stem from the fact that milk symbolizes the attribute of bestowal and meat symbolizes the attribute of receiving?

Answer: Yes. The properties of bestowal and receiving cannot be mixed. It is unnatural. But if you take only the intention of Bina, and not the actual action, and connect it with the attribute of Malchut, you can use them. This will lead to an action of to receive in order to bestow. So when everything is corrected there will be no prohibitions.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/10/15

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One Comment

  1. Thanks. I have always wondered about the meat and milk thing. I don’t thing even Maimonides answers that in” Guide for the Perplexed”…which by the way, most of us are… However until now I thought that perhaps it was because meat requires the sacrifice of a life while milk is a substance that nutures life. This was enlightening.

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