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Be Empty

Topic: Well Being | Posted: November 30, 2016

Rebecca and Isaac have two children, Jacob and Esau. The blessing Isaac was going to give was a historical, world changing event, and yet Isaac wants to bless Esau, the selfish son who is completely enveloped in the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone. He does not want to give this blessing, this unbelievable awakening of Light, to Jacob. Why? Let’s assume the Creator is involved here; if so, then why would He make it in such a way that Jacob has to lie to his father - even though it's a white lie, because as the Midrash explains it wasn't a complete lie - and put on the clothes of Esau? This whole story is strange. Why does the Creator awaken it in such a way? I try to find new understandings about it, and there is one that I think is not only beautiful, but also powerful and necessary for us to understand and live in order to really be able to awaken certainty. The way the story... read more


Entering Into Our Days

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 23, 2016

In the portion Chayei Sarah, it says Ve’Avraham zaken ba bayamim, “Abraham was old, coming into his days.” The way the words ba bayamin appear in the Torah are translated as, “he was older, full of days.” But that’s not the exact translation; it says ba bayamin, as in the concept of entering into a day. What does that mean? What is the secret here of entering into a day? Most of us, when we think about our lives and days, think that in any given day, we had, for example, ten opportunities to reveal Light and ten tests to fall, like becoming angry, selfish, or reacting in negative ways. And at the end of the day, we can make an accounting; if we grabbed five out of ten opportunities to reveal Light, then we have that amount of Light. If we feel five out of ten times we have to subtract whatever darkness that we created, then at the end of the day we see how much Light we revealed. read more


Seeing Ourselves as Lower than Others

Topic: Well Being | Posted: November 16, 2016

When Abraham went up to the mountain, it was only him and Isaac. But it says that when he came down for the three day travel, he took others with him, who are called ne’arav, the young men. Why? Abraham, on the one hand, had achieved the highest level of detachment from ego. He accomplished one of the greatest spiritual feats of humanity, but not only did his ego not grow from that experience, it actually became diminished. What we are learning from this is that only if a person views himself as being worse or lower than others - even if it’s not true, even if the person is really of a higher spiritual realm - can the Light of the Creator flow from him to others. If a person views himself as being higher than somebody else, in any capacity, then the Light of the Creator cannot flow through that person to another person; only when a person views himself as being lower than somebody else... read more


Never Be Satisfied

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 9, 2016

In the beginning of the portion Lech Lecha, the Creator is revealed completely to Abraham for the first time. However, the kabbalists teach that behind this story of revelation is a deeper process that Abraham went through, a process that holds within it a tremendous secret. There is a parable used in the Midrash by the kabbalists that explains Abraham’s revelation. It compares Abraham to a person who is traveling from one place to another and suddenly sees a beautiful palace. He thinks to himself that this beautiful palace cannot possibly have come into being by itself; there must have been a builder, or somebody who commissioned the building of it. Then, the story tells us that in having the thought that there must be an owner of the mansion, the owner of the mansion shows himself and says, “I am the owner.” So, too, it says Abraham was asking himself can it be that there is no Force... read more


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


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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