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Automatically Filled With Joy

Topic: Master Kabbalists & Their Writings | Posted: April 23, 2014

The Zohar says that the Shabbat of Kedoshim is very important because although we gain understanding when we study and make connections, it is through the connection we make on this Shabbat that we can truly open ourselves up to receive its unique Light. In the Zohar, Rav Aba teaches that the portion of Kedoshim includes the entire Light of the Torah, and it is compared to the Seal of Truth of the Creator; all the truth in our world comes from the portion of Kedoshim and from the Shabbat when it is read. The Supernal secrets of the Torah, along with the revealed Light of Rav Shimon bar Yochai and his students, are renewed. The Zohar states that when the students of Rav Shimon bar Yochai came to the Shabbat of Kedoshim, they were filled with joy, like on no other Shabbat of the year. Therefore, we need to be aware that there is something absolutely exceptional that takes place on this... read more

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Pesach: Turning Exile into Redemption

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: April 14, 2014

Rav Ashlag gives a short explanation on the Haggadah, the text which we read at the Pesach Seder. He explains that when you add the letter Alef - which represents the Light of the Creator - to the word Goleh, exile, you get the word Gelulah, Redemption. This teaches us, Rav Ashlag says, that the only way to come to Redemption is by taking in and changing the darkness. Most of us have times of darkness in our lives that we want to get through quickly and hope will come to Light. But in order for the true Light to come we need to be able to transform the darkness, to experience the Light in the darkness, because it is not that we experience darkness and then come to Light. It’s that the energy of the darkness is transformed and becomes the Light. Therefore, Rav Ashlag tells us if we are able to inject the Alef, the Light of the Creator, into the darkness, if we embrace the darkness by... read more

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The Power to Be "After Death"

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: April 9, 2014

The portions of Acharei Mot and Kedoshim are generally read together, except when there is a leap year in the kabbalistic calendar, like this year. In the portion of Acharei Mot the Creator says we should follow the spiritual path, and when we do this, we will achieve life. The Ramban, also known as Nahmanides, teaches that both the level of life we have and the level of life that we reveal through the spiritual work that we do is dependent on where our consciousness is. Therefore, when we comprehend these words from the Creator, we awaken this Light for ourselves and the world. The Ramban explains that the type of life that each person can draw is dependent on where his consciousness is and whether or not he is doing the spiritual work; there are numerous ways that one can draw Light from their spiritual work, and no two people’s lives, he says, are the same. The life that each one of... read more

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Connecting Heart to Mouth

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: April 2, 2014

We are coming to the portion of Metzora, and we know that the overriding idea of this portion is the fact that if a person speaks negatively, especially if he speaks negatively about another person, he creates all kinds of darkness. It used to come out physically as tzaraat, as leprosy, but today it doesn’t come out as that. However, the kabbalists teach us that nevertheless the spiritual damage is still done when a person speaks negatively. The Zohar says that when a person speaks, sees, or thinks badly of another or himself, his prayers will not enter before the Creator. Why? First of all, it is because we understand that when we are in a place of darkness, our prayers and spiritual work cannot connect us to the Light of the Creator. But, there is also something deeper to it. There is a section in the Gemara, in Sanhedrin, where they speak about the coming of Mashiach, the End of 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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