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Returning the World to Its Ultimate State

Topic: Well Being | Posted: May 22, 2019

The portion Bechukotai discusses the many blessings that will be received by those who follow the true spiritual path. Among them, the Creator says, "I shall bestow peace in the land, you will lie down and nothing will frighten you; and I shall remove wild beasts from the land, and a sword will not cross your land." Literally taken, these blessings are simply that – blessings; one could understand it as such that if we follow the spiritual path, the Creator will reward us. But it is deeper than that. The Ramban explains this verse in a different way. He writes, "If the inhabitants of the land follow the true spiritual path, the world will revert back to its original form, before the fall of Adam. There will be peace, no killing by wild animals…" As such, it is not a reward for good deeds; rather, the peace, which the Creator promises here is simply an effect of the world reverting back... read more

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The Ultimate State of Knowledge

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 15, 2019

We learn in the Talmud Eser HaSefirot (Ten Luminous Emanations) that there are Ten Sefirot, and Five Worlds, and each one of the worlds has Five Worlds within it and each sefira has Ten Sefirot within it. Rav Ashlag says this goes on endlessly; in every world there is an endless amount of worlds and within every one of those worlds there is an endless amount of worlds, and so on. So, why did the Creator set up the worlds in this way? Why are there, literally, an endless amount of worlds? It says, and the Ramchal quotes this as well, that the ultimate state of knowledge is coming to the understanding that we really do not know anything, that no matter what we have learned so far, no matter what we understand so far, it is really nothing compared to the ultimate understanding. And the only way our spiritual work actually reveals Light is if with all the work that we do there is therefore... read more

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Unifying Our Upper and Lower Soul

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 8, 2019

The portion Emor begins with the Creator saying to Moses, “Speak to the kohenim, the priests, the children of Aaron, and you should speak to them…” There is a repetition of the concept of speaking to the children of Aaron. And the commentators ask, why does the Creator tell Moses to speak once and then speak again? There is a Midrash which says that when the Creator speaks to the angels, He only needs to tell them once what needs to be done, and it is done. But mankind, who reside in this world and therefore have the negative inclination, need to be told twice, and hopefully then, will be able to listen and do it. So, Emorbegins with a repetition where the Creator says to Moses, “Speak to them and speak to them again,” and we want to understand what the Midrash is talking about here. The basic understanding is that the Creator is telling Moses, you can say things once to the angels and... read more

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We Can Achieve the Level of Divine Inspiration

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 1, 2019

The portion Kedoshim opens with a statement on holiness: “You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy,” and the word kedoshim itself means “holy ones.” Clearly, therefore, this is a portion that shares secrets about holiness, and what it means. Rav Chaim Vital wrote a book called Shaarei Kedusha, Gates of Holiness, where he says that every person can, and is meant to, merit Ruach HaKodesh, divine inspiration. Having Ruach HaKodesh means to be constantly and completely connected to the Light of the Creator. So, how do we do that? The portion Kedoshim makes it clear we do so by becoming holy. But before we can even try to understand what being holy means and then take the steps to do it, we have to know it’s possible to achieve. There is something unique about the reading and Shabbat of Kedoshim. Very often throughout the Torah it says the Creator tells Moses to tell the... 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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