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Building a Wall between Negativity and Blessings

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: May 16, 2018

The Shabbat of Bamidbar always comes before Shavuot, and the kabbalists explain why. They tell us that in the previous portion, Bechukotai, there was a list of what are called the curses, which represent negativity that can come into this world and into our lives. And with this portion of Bamidbar, we are about to connect to the Light of Shavuot, which is the Light of Immortality and of the removal of all global pain and suffering. Therefore, we need to have this portion and Shabbat of Bamidbar to separate the curses of last week and the blessings that are coming up this week. In a simple way, the understanding is that something needed to be put in between the curses and the blessings. Something needed to be put in between Bechukotai, which represented any kind of darkness or challenges that can come into one’s life, and this coming week, Shavuot, when the Light of Immortality is going... read more

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Diminishing the Mind

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 9, 2018

The portion Bechukotai starts, Im bechukotai telechu, “If you walk in My path,” ve’natati gishmeikhem beitam, “then you will merit all the blessings that the Light of the Creator can give us.” And the Midrash, on this portion, discusses the secret of what walking means here. It tells us King David said, “Every morning, I would wake up and I had my plan for the day, and then something would happen, and my feet would drag me to a place of study or prayer.” So, what does that mean? It is a very important teaching: No one’s mind, on its own, has the ability to find the right path. Sometimes we think that if we only had enough brainpower or time, we could figure things out. But we have to come to understand that our mind - and even the greatest mind - on its own cannot find the right path all the time. This doesn’t mean we don’t use our mind, but it does mean we begin with a predicate that... read more

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Experiencing Lack Without Doubt

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 2, 2018

The portion Behar contains a fundamental teaching, and gift, that we have talked about before, but is very important to reawaken, because there is an opening for each one of us to elevate our consciousness in a way that is not available on any other Shabbat of the year. Behar speaks about the concept of shmita, the cycle in which land is worked for six years, but not on the seventh. The Creator tells Moses to tell the Israelites that on the seventh year, they have to let the land rest. They are worried and ask how they are going to eat in that seventh year and the year after, to which the Creator answers, through Moses, “Don’t worry, I will command My blessing so that it will feed you and sustain you from the seventh year into the eighth year.“ As we know, the Torah is very precise in its use of words and language, and the way the structure of these verses is set up doesn’t make sense.... read more

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Loving Others as We Love Ourselves

Topic: Well Being | Posted: April 18, 2018

There's a verse in the portion Kedoshim with three words we know well - Ve'ahavta Lere'acha Kamocha, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Rav Akiva, the teacher of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai, said that coming to this state of loving the other as we love ourselves is the purpose of all the spiritual teachings and all our spiritual work. Rav Ashlag writes something about this in Wisdom of Truth that I have shared and taught many times; however, I have come to a completely new understanding of Ve'ahavta Lere'acha Kamocha and what it means practically. And the truth is that most of us think we know what it means, but I doubt any of us are even close to living it. The problem with that, as the kabbalists teach, is that anything we’re doing besides this is not an aspect of true spiritual work. We must understand, Rav Ashlag explains, that all the other actions, tools, commandments, and... 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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