Shemot: Chapter 20

"And she hid him three months"


In his discussion of "And she hid him three months," Rabbi Yehuda explains the significance of "three months" and reveals that the "ark of papyrus" is an allusion to the Ark of the Covenant, while the "child" signifies Yisrael. Another explanation of the verse, "A man of the House of Levi" interprets this as a reference to God, Who went from the place where Aba and Ima (the supernal Mother and Father) unite as the Foundation.


This passage draws down the original primordial Light that illuminated Mount Sinai. This Light was so effulgent, it banished all darkness from the universe, including disease, discontent, and death itself. Our meditation serves to complete our keeping of the 613 precepts - the transformation of our Desire to Receive into the Desire to Receive for the Sake of Sharing.

We connect to the realm known as Yesod, which is alluded to by the creature known as Leviathan or whale, which represents immeasurable joy in our life and in our world. This joy is the Shechinah, the Divine Presence, which means we are now, in this moment, united with the Shechinah forevermore.

The three Hebrew months known as Tammuz, Av, and Tevet are windows through which severe judgment flow into our world. These windows are now permanently shut. Judgment can no longer affect us personally, or any part of humanity. The colors of Light that shimmer in our reading banish demons and all evil forces from this world.

The Zohar teaches us that our physical dimension corresponds to the Hebrew letter Hei ה and the supernal world above is denoted by the letter Vav ו. The letter Hei ה spelled out alphabetically is Hei-Aleph הא. Vav ו spelled out alphabetically is Vav-Aleph-Vav ואו. The letters Vav-Aleph-Vav ואו and Hei-Aleph הא appear in this passage to ignite and seal our unification with the Upper World. Moreover, these letters ensure that we are redeemed in a process that embodies compassion and sweetness.