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Michael Berg is the co-director of The Kabbalah Centre and editor of the first-ever English translation of The Zohar... read more

The Creator is only constantly in the state of Goodness, and never in the state of seeing what is wrong. Read more: https://t.co/NHD1PQ5a34 12 hours 3 min ago

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Negative Speech and the State of Rah

Topic: Well Being | Posted: April 26, 2017

Every year with the portion Tazria, we come to speak about what is called lashon hara, the negativity that is created through negative speech. We all know that speaking badly is not a good thing. However, if we come to a deeper understanding of not just why it is negative, but the degree of negativity that it awakens, then hopefully it will have the ability to create change within us. In the Talmud, Rav Yochanan (bar Nappaha) quotes the other sage, Rav Jose ben Zimra, saying, "Whoever speaks badly about somebody else, it is as if he completely does not believe in God, he is completely disconnected from the Light of the Creator.” That is a very dramatic statement; they do not even use this statement about somebody who murders or steals. Every negative action that we do, every action of selfishness, every action of the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone disconnects us from the Light of... read more

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Connecting to Joy Through the Thought of Creation

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: April 19, 2017

The Zohar tells us that on the first day of Creation, there was joy akin to that which was awakened on the day when the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, was put together. What was the joy that the Creator felt through the process of Creation? The Zohar tells us the Creator begins the process of Creation, comes to the sixth day, and creates all the animals, creates man… but for what purpose? It says in the Zohar that the animals come before Adam, after he is created, and want to bow down to him. They see this human form for the first time and know it is more elevated than they are, and therefore, want to bow down to, and follow, Adam. However, Adam says to them, “You're mistaken. There's a greater force in this world. There is the Light of the Creator. Let's all of us gather together - myself, humanity, the animals, and all of the inanimate objects that have been created – and direct our... read more

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Elevating Through the Steps of the Seder

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: April 10, 2017

Pesach is not, as we know, actually the commemoration of an historical event, but rather, as the Zohar teaches us, is the time when the Light of Freedom, the Light to be completely separated from all forces of negativity, darkness, pain, suffering, and death, is available to us. The ability to separate ourselves completely from that darkness is available for every single one of us. Therefore, when we come to the Pesach Seder, we must keep in mind that there is nothing we are doing that does not have a purpose. And at its simplest level, the Zohar teaches us it is both the physical tools - the wine, the Matzah and the other ones that we use, and the consciousness - the words, the codes that we use, which can awaken and bring to every single one of us the Light and ability to completely remove ourselves from all forces of negativity. True freedom is available. My father, Rav Berg, talked... read more

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Gaining Access to the Concealed Light Through Our Study

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: April 5, 2017

In the beginning of the portion Tzav, the Creator says to Moses, “Speak to your brother Aaron, and speak of the sacrifice in the morning and in the afternoon.” This is during the time of the Tabernacle. And the Meor Einayim says, talking about the sacrifice and the altar, the fire needed to be sustained in the altar all the time and should never be put out. Therefore, what is the secret of this verse? He says we know that when the world was created, the totality of the Light of the Creator was revealed. At that time, Adam, who was able to connect to this Light, was able to see everything. He was able to see the past, into the future, and have clarity about the present. Adam, when he connected to this Light, was able to see all of eternity. But then after Adam acted with his Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, the Light became concealed. What happened to that Light? Rav Ashlag speaks... read more

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Secrets of the Bible

The book by Michael Berg

Secrets of the Bible is a lifelong pursuit and there are many teachings within its veiled text. Bringing forward a fresh and relevant message about ou

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The Thought of Creation

The book by Michael Berg

In The Thought of Creation, Rav Yehuda Ashlag describes the process of the original Creation, which is highly relevant today because life is a continu

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