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Creating Shabbat

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: March 22, 2017

The portion Vayakhel-Pekudei begins with a discussion of Shabbat, the seventh day of the week, the time when the greatest Light is revealed. All the blessings that we will draw throughout the week draw their energy from Shabbat. So, it begins by saying, “These are the things that the Creator said to do.” The word la’asot, which can be translated as “to do,” is used. But the word la’asot actually has a completely different meaning; it means “to create.” It says also in the previous portion, Ki Tisa, that the Israelites keep or protect the Light of the Shabbat, La’asot et haShabbat, but, again, the word la’asot doesn't mean really “to do,” but rather, “to create.” And it says in the Midrash that if a person connects to Shabbat properly, it's not that he follows the orders of Shabbat and receives Light, but rather he is the one creating the Light of Shabbat. The Ramchal says the free will... read more


The Danger of Taking Blessings Casually

Topic: Well Being | Posted: March 15, 2017

In the portion Ki Tisa, we read about what's translated as the sin, or the fall, of the Golden Calf. We know every time we read something, we awaken that same Light. So then, why would we want to read about something that's negative? What benefit is there for us to read and reawaken the Light that would seem to be negative? The Israelites had achieved Bila HaMavet LaNetzach, the complete removal of pain, suffering, and death, but here, they lose it. Therefore, what we want do is find the antidote and protection that we can receive not to fall in the same way. We know physically and practically what happened, but what was the seed and root cause for this fall? As we will come to see, it is a problem that we also face. The Midrash tells us something very interesting. The Creator told Moses, “I will come to Sinai and reveal to the Israelites the Light of Immortality, the Light of Bila... read more


Nature and Our Realm of Certainty

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: March 8, 2017

In the portion Tetzave, great miracles were awakened because, it says, the Israelites awakened a tremendous amount of certainty and trust in the Light of the Creator. Right after that, they elevated to the state where they were worthy, able, and capable of receiving the Light of miracles, and, ultimately, as Rav Shimon tells us, the Light of the Final Redemption, and the solution to all the darkness, pain, and difficulties that we experience; because it is only an elevation in the level of our certainty in the Light of the Creator. There is a story not mentioned in detail in the Talmud, but is in a book written over a thousand years ago, and is also quoted in a different Midrashim. The story is about a young woman who was going to her father's house and got lost. After walking all day, she got thirsty and saw a well, and a bucket to draw water from it. She climbed down into the well to... read more


A Physical Translation of the Spiritual World

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: March 1, 2017

The portion of Terumah deals with the physical building of the Tabernacle, the Mishkan, by the Israelites in the desert. After explaining what they're about to do, the Creator says, “Build everything that I'm showing you,” because we know Moses not only received the words, but also the vision, of what the Mishkan is meant to look like, the way it has to be built, its exact measurements, and all the measurements of the utensils that would be used within it. The Creator says, “I'm giving you exact directions. Do not deviate from them.” And then the Creator adds in his direction to Moses, “And make sure you keep doing this.” So, first the Creator tells Moses, “Build it exactly as I'm showing you. Build the exact measurements that I'm showing you,” and then He tells him, “Also make sure that if you ever build a resting place for Me you follow these same directions,” which the commentators... read more


Secrets of the Bible

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The Thought of Creation

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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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