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Elevating into the Land of Israel

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 18, 2019

The first sentence of the portion Ki Tavo says, Ki tavo el ha’aretz, vehaya ki tavo el ha’aretz, “and it will be when you will come to the Land,” asher Hashem eloheikha noten lakha, “that the Creator gives to you.” Here, Moses is speaking to the Israelites at the end of the 40 years as he is getting ready to leave this world; they will soon enter into the Land of Israel under the leadership of Joshua. The kabbalists teach that the secret of the verse, and therefore the secret of the Shabbat of Ki Tavo, is not about entering into the physical land of Israel as the Israelites did thousands of years ago, but rather, about the elevation of the individual into what is called the Upper World. Rav Berg often says that consciousness is everything, that where a person’s thoughts and consciousness are is where he is. So, then the question is, how do we elevate our consciousness into that Upper... read more


Extinguishing Negativity

Topic: Consciousness | Posted: September 11, 2019

The phrase uvi’arta harah mikirbecha, which translates as, “…and you will extinguish negativity from within you,” repeats itself many times in the portions Ki Tetze and its previous portion, Shoftim. But, what does that mean? When the Israelites received the Light at Sinai, the Zohar tells us, they achieved the level of Bila HaMavet LaNetzach, the level of Immortality. However, although the Israelites did achieve that level of connection, revelation, and separation from the forces of darkness, they fell afterwards into a certain level of Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, and lost the dominion over death. And so, we come to learn that there are two ways of removing ourselves from darkness; one is complete and one is not complete. Achieving the level of Bila HaMavet LaNetzach at Sinai, the Israelites went through a process of completely separating from the forces of ego and darkness;... read more


Cutting Off the Sustenance of the Negative Side

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 4, 2019

In the portion Shoftimit says, “When you go to war with your enemy and you see horses and soldiers, and many legions more than you…do not be afraid of them…” Regarding this, the great commentator Rashi explains that when it talks about going out to do battle and suddenly seeing that the armies arrayed against us are greater than us, what the Creator is really telling us is, “You, in your eyes, see so many enemies against you. But, in My eyes, there are not many there.” We think we have a lot of enemies against us, but really, there’s nothing there. It’s an important concept that also goes much deeper. When it says, “going out to battle,” it’s not talking about a physical battle; it’s talking about the battle that each one of us has with the Negative Side. We see, or at least experience with our physical senses, all of these enemies, all of this negativity, against us. But we should know... read more


The Glasses We Choose to See the World Through

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: August 28, 2019

The portion Re’eh begins, “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse.” Here, the Torah is not simply talking about the time when Moses was in the desert with the Israelites; it is also speaking about us right now. The sages teach that from the time of the fall of Adam until the Gemar HaTikun, the Final Correction, everything in this world – every situation, everything we look at, and every person - is a mixture of good and evil, positive and negative. It is our choice, however, what we look at and what we connect to. We may think, for example, that we are a good person who is simply seeing the negative in someone else, but this is not the case. What we are really doing is connecting to the darkness within that person. Similarly, when we choose to see the negativity within something or some situation, we are connecting to the darkness within that thing or situation. The... read more


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