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The Greatness of Each Action

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: March 20, 2019

There is an interesting discussion in the beginning of the portion Tzav. It begins, “The Creator spoke to Moses, telling him, ‘Command Aaron and his children, saying this is the law of the burnt offering…’” Here, the Creator is explaining the work that the priests, the kohenim, were to do every morning in the Mishkan. The altar had a fire that was burning all the time, and overnight it had burnt it up all the sacrifices that had been brought. In the morning, the priest would put on special clothing, go to the altar, and take out a certain amount of ashes and then burn them, making them a sacrifice. Clearly, this is not work that was meant to be janitorial; what, therefore, was the meaning of this action, and what are we meant to learn from it? My father, Rav Berg, often spoke about the fact that everything we see is an illusion. One of the greatest illusions we fall to is an idea of... read more

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Nothing Is Separate from the Light

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: March 13, 2019

The portion of Vayikra discusses the process of bringing sacrifices in the Mishkan, or the Tabernacle. Kabbalistically, we always want to understand the spiritual significance of things; as such, since today there is no physical act of sacrifice, it is important that we understand the consciousness that was meant to be awakened through it. The great kabbalist the Maharal offers a beautiful and powerful understanding of the concept of sacrifices. In his book, Gevurot Hashem, chapter 69, he says that there is always a deep connection between the cause and the effect, the Creator and Its creations, such that there is a greater desire from the creator to give to its creation than the creation has the Desire to Receive; for example, my father, Rav Berg, would often quote that more than the calf wants to drink the milk, the cow wants to give the milk to its calf. Most of us understand the... read more

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Connecting to the Force Behind Creation

Topic: Prayer & Meditation | Posted: March 6, 2019

In the portion Pekudei is the final building and coming together of all the pieces of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, the resting place for the Light of the Creator in the desert. The Midrash tells us that the work of Moses and Bezalel, the main architect who built the Tabernacle, mirrored the creation of the world. Bezalel, it says, knew the combination of letters, the Name of God, with which the Creator created this world, and was able to use it. So, what is the understanding of this statement, and more importantly, what are we going to receive from it? There are two main aspects to the study of Kabbalah; there is the part that gives us direction of how to grow and change so that we can connect to the Creator and receive more of that Light and those blessings in our life, and there is the other part, which are the tools. The tools are the combinations of letters that make up the Names of... read more

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Connecting to the Light of the End of the Correction

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: February 27, 2019

In the end of the Zohar portion of Vayakhel, there is a section that speaks about the time of the Gemar HaTikun, the time when pain, suffering, and death will be removed from this world. We understand from this, therefore, that because of its mention, there is something unique about the Light on the Shabbat of Vayakhel, the Light that connects us to the Gemar HaTikun. And no matter how many times we hear the teaching, that only through the revelation of the Light of the Zohar will the End of the Correction occur, I think it’s always important to strengthen our clarity, certainty, and consciousness around it. So, in this section, it says that Rav Shimon said that at the time when pain, suffering, and death will be removed, all those who have died previously will become reawakened, and we will all finally enter the holy land, which is referring not just to the physical place, but also to... 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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