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Cutting Away Judgment and Transforming It Into Light

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: September 20, 2017

The Shabbat of the portion Ha’Azinu usually falls during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and is called Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat of Returning. But before we discuss the spiritual significance of this portion, I think it’s important to have clarity on the process that our soul is going through during these ten days. Rav Isaac Luria, the Ari, explains that the whole secret of Rosh Hashanah is in the story of Adam and Eve, in the Book of Genesis. Adam and Eve are born back-to-back and God puts Adam to sleep, in a state known as dormita, so that He can literally cut and separate them from one another. Therefore, the concept of dormita is when Zeir Anpin, the Supernal Man which is represented by us, is put under a state of spiritual sleep and then the dinim, judgments, are cut away and given to Malchut, the Supernal Female. The giving of the judgments to Malchut is... read more


Seeing Locks As Openings

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: September 13, 2017

One of the very powerful and important teachings found in the Zohar, in a section called "Locks, doorways, and the great rooms," is explained by Rav Ashlag. He tells us all three things are part of the same; the lock transforms into an opening, and the opening transforms into a hall, not like in this world where we have a lock, and then an opening, and then beyond that, a hall. We know that the purpose and thought of creation was simply to give each of us, and humanity as a whole, only goodness. But if the purpose of creation was to give us great Light, then why is it that the experience of this world is filled with so much darkness, pain, and suffering? Rav Ashlag tells us we can we make sense of these two opposite realities by understanding that the basis of the creation of the physical world is the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, which is the exact opposite of the nature of the... read more


Connecting to What Is True

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 6, 2017

The portion Ki Tavo talks about bikkurim, the first fruit. Moses tells the Israelites to give thanks to the Creator by going to the Temple in Jerusalem and offering the first fruits of the season. And it says in the Midrash that as Moses is receiving the revelation from the Creator to tell the Israelites, when they have fruit, to bring it to the Temple, he saw that the Temple was going to be destroyed, and that, as such, there would come a time when the physical action of bringing the first fruit to the Temple was not going to exist anymore. So, he wanted to find a replacement for it; he said, “I will replace it with prayer, the three daily connections to the Light of the Creator.” There was a great kabbalist named the Kotzker Rebbe, who always reminds me of my father, Rav Berg, because he was a great teacher, a tremendously spiritually elevated person, but during the last years of... read more


The Creator's Teshuvah

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: August 30, 2017

The battle that is spoken about in the portion Ki Tetze, the Zohar tells us, is the battle of the individual against what is called the Negative Inclination, or the Desire to Receive For the Self Alone. And, as we know, we are in the month of Elul, the month of cleansing, so I am hopeful that this teaching will reawaken and strengthen the process of our own individual teshuvah, the process of looking inside.  Rav Naftali Ropshitz teaches that when a person goes through a process of teshuvah, of correction, beginning with introspection, and feels great regret for the negative actions he or she has done, one of the most important spiritual teachings to remember is that whatever we do in this world, positive and negative, occurs in the Upper Worlds, as well. This is also from the Midrash, and the Ba'al Shem and Rav Brandwein both speak about it, as well.  But here, Rav Naftali... read more


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