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The Cure for Darkness

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: December 12, 2018

It says in the beginning of the portion Vayigash, Vayigash elav Yehuda. Yehuda, the leader of the brothers of Joseph, is going to “stand up” to Joseph, meaning he is going to speak to him, or come towards him. Then, it says it gets to the point where Joseph, after all these years, can no longer hold himself back from revealing who he truly is to his brothers, therefore ending all the pain for them and their father, Jacob. So, I want to focus on the secret of what it means that Yehuda comes towards Joseph, because it is an important understanding. The Sefat Emet says the best thing to do any time a person has an experience in which the Light of the Creator does not seem to be revealed, any time a person feels pain, challenge, or darkness, is a concept he calls lehitbatel, which means, essentially,"I receive what is happening and subjugate myself completely to it." What usually occurs... read more

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Connecting to the First Chanukah

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: December 5, 2018

The portion Miketz almost always falls within the time of Chanukah; as such, there is a deep connection between the Light of the portion and the Light of Chanukah. And I want to share a teaching that is an important consciousness to be living throughout Chanukah and during this Shabbat. The Gemara tells us that Chanukah was not celebrated the first year. It says L'shana ha'acheret, “the next year,” meaning in the year that Chanukah actually happened, there was no celebration, but l'shana ha'acheret, the next year, they created what we know as Chanukah, with the connection of the eight candles and the prayers; those things were not done the first year. So, what does it mean that in the first year they did not do anything and only in the next year did they celebrate? Rav Israel of Kozhnitz gives us a beautiful teaching to answer that. He says in the first year, when the miracle happened,... read more

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Removing Forces of Negativity

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 28, 2018

Regarding the beginning of the portion Vayeshev which tells the story of the family of Jacob, Rashi quotes an explanation from the Midrash as to why this story follows the ending of the previous portion Vayishlach. It had described all the different kings who existed then, and all the generations and family of Esau, who, at the time, was considered Jacob’s negative brother. To explain why this portion, Vayeshev, begins with Jacob and his family, Rashi brings a parable about a man traveling with his camels that are laden with linen. The man and his camels walk by a coal worker who sees them, and says, “Look at all this linen! I am overwhelmed,” to which a wise person tells him, “Do not worry about all of the linen; if one spark from your flame jumps out, it will burn it all up.” Rashi explains that this is how Jacob saw all the generations of Esau; not as stories about families, but... read more

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The Perfect Pieces That Make Up Our Lives

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 21, 2018

It tells us in the portion Vayishlach that Jacob was alone when the angel came to fight with him. And it says the reason that Jacob was all alone is because he forgot a few pots and pans on the other side of the river after moving his family and possessions, and was going by himself, at night, to retrieve them. But Jacob was a wealthy man, so why was it so important for him to retrieve a few pots and pans, when he could easily replace them? The secret, the understanding, that we want to learn from this is that there are sets of facts which make up our lives at any given moment in time, and those facts, or different pieces of our lives, are exactly what we need; these perfect pieces are self-contained and need not be influenced by outside sources. Unfortunately, what often happens when we think about spiritual growth, actions, or manifesting anything important, is that often we think, “... 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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