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Discovering Our Destiny

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 20, 2018

Kabbalah teaches that every single one of us came into this world with a specific job, a specific destiny, and more often than not, we don’t have clarity about what that is. But on Shabbat Ha’Azinu, we have the incredible opportunity to discover exactly what our soul’s destiny is. There are a few readings in the Torah that the kabbalists say encapsulate within them the entire history of humanity, from the beginning of time until the End of the Correction. And the portion of Ha’Azinu, this Shabbat, is one of them. Therefore, every single soul’s destiny appears in this reading; each of our souls made a promise to the Creator before it came into this world, and the promise of what that is lies in this reading. So, what does “destiny” actually mean? Often, we think we know exactly what we want to do, physically or spiritually, and how we are going to do it. However, that is not our destiny... read more


A Double and Unified Gift

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: September 12, 2018

We are currently in what are known as the Ten Days of Repentance, which began on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and end with Yom Kippur. As the kabbalists explain, this time is like the cleansing of the vessel, making it possible that the Light we connected to on Rosh Hashanah can come and manifest in our lives. Therefore, the Shabbat that falls within that time, this Shabbat, Shabbat Shuva, or the Shabbat of Returning, is an extremely important and special one. On Rosh Hashanah, we connected to what's called the sixth day of creation, the day when man, Adam and Eve, were created. Right after this, they fell into the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, eating from what’s called the Tree of Knowledge, Good and Evil. In so doing, they lost their certainty and were thrown out of the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve then began the process of correction. And although we still continue the... read more


Shifting the Balance of the World

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 5, 2018

This Shabbat, Shabbat Nitzavim, is very important; it is the last one of the year, the one before Rosh Hashanah. The portion begins with the words Atem nitzavim hayom, the Creator is speaking to the Israelites, who are gathered together before Him, saying “You stand here today.” And the kabbalists tell us the gathering of the Israelites that is being spoken about in this portion is for one thing: for them to accept what is called arvut, which translates as “mutual responsibility.” That is what happened on this Shabbat thousands of years ago, and that is the Light that is awakened every Shabbat Nitzavim. The Creator comes to every single one of us, and asks the question: Do you desire to live your life with responsibility for the world? But what does that mean? Rav Ashlag explains this in a section from The Wisdom of Truth. He begins with a quote from Rav Elazar, the son of Rav Shimon... read more


The Path to No Pain

Topic: Well Being | Posted: August 29, 2018

The portion Ki Tavo deals with what are called the curses and the blessings. The story goes that throughout history, when the curses - which seem to be negative - are read, people would not want to be called to the Torah and receive aliyah, because as if by hearing them, the curses would be upon them. However, great kabbalist Rav Yisrael, or the Maggid, of Koznitz would always specifically ask for that aliyah. Why? Even though the Zohar tells us that hidden within those curses are great blessings, Rav Ashlag said the reason Rav Yisrael of Koznitz would get the aliyah of curses was not because as he was reading them he was thinking, "Oh, I'm connecting to the blessings that are within these curses." Rather, it was because he understood them in the literal sense. The curses are uncomfortable, and he accepted them as part of his process. One of the questions Rav Ashlag asks in his... read more


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