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Being Re-Energized by the Light of the Creator

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: October 17, 2018

In the reading from the Prophets, the Haftarah, for the portion Lech Lecha, there’s an explanation about Abraham that could also be very beneficial to us. Abraham constantly faced challenges; nevertheless, not only did he get through them, more importantly, he became more infused with energy and excitement with each one. The Midrash, to give us a picture of what the life of Abraham was like, uses the example of horses running upstream, constantly battling the water coming up against them. That, the Midrash says, was like Abraham’s life. However, rather than each challenge making Abraham weaker or more tired, each one actually made him more energized. Abraham did not feel the challenge, but the excitement and strength, growing from one battle to the next. How is that possible? Most people, after they have gone through a challenge, are a little bit broken down, but still go on to face the... read more

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Creating Pathways to the Light

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: October 10, 2018

Rav Ashlag teaches that the true spiritual path, what he calls the Central Column path, is exact and narrow; so much so, he says, that it is possible for a person who is moving on the spiritual path to actually be worse off than somebody who is not moving on the spiritual path at all. Why? Because taking one step away from the real path can cause more damage than not taking any. And what is the consciousness and understanding of this path, he asks? The secret, he tells us, and what the Zohar says, is that the Light of the Creator, the Torah (meaning, the wisdom and the tools), and the individual doing the work, are all one. However, most of us don't view it like that. Most of us view it as three separate things; there's the Light of the Creator, which we want to reach, there is our self, who is trying to do the work to reach the Light of the Creator, and there are the tools and wisdom... read more

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Pushing for Deeper Wisdom

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: October 3, 2018

We have gone through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hoshana Rabba, and Simchat Torah, and although spiritually our bank is full, sometimes, physically, we don’t feel it right away. And as this is now really the start of the year, it is an important time for us to focus our spiritual work. There is a concept, therefore, I’d like to share that can help us do that, and in turn, allow us to begin to access that spiritual bank. This portion begins Beresheet bara Elohim, which translated means, “In the beginning, God created…” However, the more logical way it should have been written would be Elohim beresheet bara, “God, in the beginning, created…” Why, then, the kabbalists ask, is it written Beresheet bara Elohim? Because, they teach, this is telling us that the real connection for each one of us this year has to be “beresheet,” beginning, or brand new. What does that mean? One of the... read more

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Taking Us Out of Darkness

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: September 26, 2018

We are in the middle of the seven days of Sukkot. The first day, the kabbalists tell us, was the day of Abraham. It says about Abraham that he was in the place where a lot of us are - still within the confines of limited physical consciousness, where we become fearful of things of this world, seeing them as problems or darkness; unfortunately, seeing them as such is what makes them exist for us. So, it says the Creator, “Took Abraham out,” meaning the Creator took Abraham out of that consciousness of falling to darkness he saw. This same gift, therefore, is available for us during Sukkot. There’s a story which is a little bit funny, but beautifully demonstrates this powerful concept: There was a woodchopper who lived a few hundred years ago in the forest of the Ukraine. One day while he was chopping wood, he found a beautiful diamond. He knew nothing about diamonds, but it seemed to him... 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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