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The Creator Is Always Available

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: July 17, 2019

In the portion Pinchas, a new census is taken of the entire nation. When counting the tribe of Reuben, the Torah mentions Dathan and Abiram, who had joined Korach in his uprising against Moses, and were killed with him. Then it says, “But the sons of Korach did not die.” This is confusing, for in the section where the uprising is discussed, the Torah states that all of Korach’s family was killed with him, seemingly swallowed up by the ground, as well. How, then, can we understand what the Torah means here that Korach’s children did not die? The Midrash tells a story which answers this question. It says that, yes, Korach’s sons were swallowed up by the ground with him, and fell to the lowest level of darkness. But then, suddenly, their hearts awakened to come close to the Creator, and it says they desired to sing before the Creator; however, the negativity was so strong that they could... read more

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Connecting to Constant Miracles

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 10, 2019

The Zohar, in Bechukotai, makes an amazing statement concerning the portion of Balak. It begins by quoting a verse from the Haftorah we read on the Shabbat of Balak, from the Prophet Micah, in which the Creator is speaking to us, saying, “Remember what Balak did, and what Bilaam wanted to do.” The Zohar tells us that when we call to the Creator and say, “Look at us, remember us, answer our prayers,” but our prayers go unanswered, the reason is because we’re not remembering what the Creator is telling us to remember: the whole story of Balak and Bilaam. Briefly, the story is of Balak, the king of Moab, and Bilaam, who were both great sorcerers. Balak feared and hated the Israelites, and knew that by himself he was not powerful enough to destroy them, because they were protected by the Light of the Creator. He therefore convinced his enemy, Bilaam, to help him in his quest of cursing the... read more

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Seeing Only the Light

Topic: Well Being | Posted: July 3, 2019

The portion Chukat begins with the discussion of the process of removing what’s called the impurity of death, the dark energy that comes upon a person when he or she is next to a dead body. However, the kabbalists explain that the purpose of this reading is not just to recount the physical process that one who was around, or touched, a dead body, has to go through before they are once again considered to be pure, but that it goes to a much more important and fundamental point: the removal of the force that creates darkness in one’s life. Throughout our lives, when we act in a negative way, we connect to that force of darkness, and then that negativity manifests in our lives in one way or another. But Shabbat Chukat is a gift to help us remove all those negative forces that have attached to us; by reading, and connecting to the portion of Chukat, we receive the assistance to detach them... read more

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Pushing Beyond the Confines of Our Understanding

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: June 26, 2019

When my father Rav Berg lived in the United States, and his teacher, Rav Brandwein, lived in Israel, they would study in many different ways; one being through letters. I have spoken before about the letters we have that Rav Brandwein wrote to my father, and in them, there’s only one teaching that Rav Brandwein repeats twice, and it has to do with the portion of Korach. This teaching, therefore, must be very fundamental and important. In the portion, Korach comes to Moses with two basic arguments. He stands all the Israelites around him, wanting to prove the falsehood of Moses’ interpretation of the words of God, of the Torah. He says to Moses, if there were a room filled with books, at least some of those books would mention the section of the Torah that’s in the mezuzah countless times. So, he asks, does that room still need a mezuzah, the piece of parchment that mentions the Sh’ma,... 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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