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Removing the Imprints of Our Negative Actions

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: August 15, 2018

It says in the portion Shoftim, “A person needs to appoint for himself somebody to whom he is accountable in spiritual terms.” To explain this, we have to understand something it says in Ezekiel, in prophecy: every negative action an individual does is inscribed upon his bones. Why? Because every negative action has a letter combination. Just like there are combinations of letters that are channels of Light, so too are there combinations of letters that are channels of darkness. So, when a person acts out of negativity - such as anger, jealousy, or a desire to receive for the self alone - he awakens the letter combination specific to that negative action and it becomes imprinted on his or her bones. As the individual continues to do that same action, that same Name becomes imprinted more deeply. And it is that inscription, that writing of those negative Names on the person’s bones, that... read more


Creating Through Our Words

Topic: Well Being | Posted: August 8, 2018

When Moses comes to the border of the Land of Israel and says to the Creator, “Let me go and see the land,” he uses the word Na, which means “please.” The kabbalists say Moses knew that whenever he used the word Na twice, the request had to be granted; for instance, when he wanted to bring healing to his sister Miriam, he said the word Na two times. In response to Moses, the Creator says, “Do not speak to me, stop asking me for this.” Because if Moses were to say the word Na again, he would have to be granted permission to enter into the Land of Israel. So, if we read that literally, it's very strange; it seems as though the Creator is under the control of Moses. That's not the way most people understand God, who we see as all powerful. Shouldn’t it be such that if the Creator doesn't want Moses to enter the Land of Israel, Moses won't enter the Land of Israel? What difference does it... read more


When We Have the Potential, We Have the Responsibility

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: August 1, 2018

There is a story in the Midrash about a man who lived in the time of Rav Pinchas ben Yair, the father-in-law of Rav Shimon bar Yochai. It says this man was a kind person whose life’s work was digging wells for people. He had a lot of wisdom and understanding about where to dig for and find water; therefore, if there was a city or village that didn’t have water, he would go there, and through his wisdom, create wells which allowed countless people to drink. One day, while his daughter was walking, she came across a raging river, which she was thrown into, and drowned. Many people went to Rav Pinchas ben Yair to tell him what had happened to the daughter of the well digger. Rav Pinchas ben Yair responded by saying these words, ”ee efshar,” which mean, “Can’t be, impossible;” it can’t be that the daughter of this man whose entire life’s work is to create water for other people is going to... read more


Fueling Our Prayers

Topic: Prayer & Meditation | Posted: July 25, 2018

We enter into Shabbat Va’etchanan with the power we think we have to be able to use prayer to effect real change, but leave it, hopefully, with an entirely different and much more elevated ability to draw assistance for ourselves and others through prayers and meditation. In the story of Va’etchanan, Moses is told by the Creator that he would not be the one to lead the Israelites into the Land of Israel, and it says Moses prayed and begged the Creator at least 515 times to let him in. And Va'etchanan is the numerical value of 515. So, what is the secret of that number, 515? Why is that the amount of times Moses begged the Creator?  In prayer, we are told that an angel takes our request up to the Upper Worlds. The number five hundred represents the worlds and dimensions by which an angel carrying our request has to go with the prayer, and fifteen is the numerical value of the Yud... read more


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