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Michael Berg is the co-director of The Kabbalah Centre and editor of the first-ever English translation of The Zohar... read more

The Creator is only constantly in the state of Goodness, and never in the state of seeing what is wrong. Read more: https://t.co/NHD1PQ5a34 51 weeks 1 day ago

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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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The Words We Exalt

Topic: Well Being | Posted: April 11, 2018

The portion Tazria discusses lashon hara, the negativity that is created through evil speech. We have previously talked about the damage that speaking words of lashon hara can do. However, I’d like to share another idea about the importance of the words that we speak. It says in Proverbs, Ish Lefi Mahalalo. Rabbenu Yonah, the great kabbalist from Gerona, Spain, in The Gates of Repentance, explains this to mean that if we want to know who a person is and what state of consciousness he is in, then we need to find out what is coming out of his mouth. Essentially, what are the things that he or she exalts? What is important to him, and what are his priorities? The way to know an individual’s state of consciousness is not based on their connections or study. It is by listening to them, and hearing the things they speak highly about, the things they espouse as being good. For example, there... read more

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Our Mistakes Are Perfect

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: April 4, 2018

In the portion Shmini, it says after the physical structure of the Tabernacle had been built, Moses does the work inside it for the first seven days, then, on the eighth day, calls Aaron, telling him he was chosen to bring the sacrifices. And in a beautiful section in the Zohar, it says an amazing thing. During the time of the Golden Calf, when Moses went up to receive the Light of the Torah, Aaron was down with the Israelites. We know they became afraid that Moses wasn’t coming back, and told Aaron they wanted to make the Golden Calf. Aaron thought if he said no, they would kill him, so he told them to go gather gold, hoping to stall them. He thought it would take them so long that by the time they returned, Moses would be back. But as we know, that didn’t happen. When they brought Aaron the gold, he told them to give it to him and he would start the process, hoping, again, that he... read more

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All Negativity Must Let Go of Us

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: March 28, 2018

The Zohar speaks of a very simple idea that can help elevate our consciousness throughout Pesach so we are able to receive the tremendous gifts that are available during that time. There is something called the Shlosha Regalim, which are the three times of major connections, or holidays, of the year; Pesach, of course, is one of them, along with Shavuot and Sukkot. Throughout the year, the Light of the Creator is concealed, and even though we do the spiritual work and battle to connect to that Light, there are ups and downs, and there are times of connection and times of disconnection. However, the kabbalists explain in the Zohar, in Emor, that during these three times, the Light of the Creator becomes completely revealed, without any barrier or hindrance. What begins to happen on Pesach, therefore, is literally an uncovering of the Light of the Creator. Further, every single aspect of... 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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