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Michael Berg is the co-director of The Kabbalah Centre and editor of the first-ever English translation of The Zohar... read more

I've shared a new video, "The Greater Desire" at http://t.co/F1gzrC71U1 I hope you are inspired by it. 6 hours 32 min ago

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Drawing Down the Blessings of Life, Children, and Sustenance

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 19, 2014

There is a quote that is mentioned many times in the Talmud, many times in the Zohar, that is the key for the entire Shabbat of Toldot. It says that the three most important things we need, the true needs that a human being has, are children and family, life, and sustenance. Having all of these things and receiving them perfectly is what life is about. Unfortunately, not all people either have or receive the blessing of all three. It says in the Talmud and Zohar that you do not receive these three blessings by merit, which therefore seems to indicate that it doesn't actually make a difference what spiritual work you do. It is dependent, rather, on Mazalah. The word Mazalah is often translated as “luck,” but it doesn't actually mean luck. It is something else; the Zohar explains that Mazalah is simply a code word for a higher realm of Light. Some merit comes from a lower level of every... read more

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Having Constant Inspiration

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 12, 2014

I want to share something based on a teaching I think most of us know from the Zohar. Referring to both Sarah and Abraham, it says B'im Bayamim, that they "come with their days." It says that Abraham took with him all the unique Light that is revealed in any given day. But, what does this mean? We are actually meant to be able to experience in every single moment of our life any awakening, any lesson, any inspiration, or any Light that we have ever experienced. But, for most people, it is not like that. We can see miracles or study something today which inspires us, but the reality is that a year from now, the chances of seeing miracles or of that same teaching inspiring us is almost zero; or, certainly not to the degree that they inspired us in the original moment. Therefore, the secret of what is called “coming with your days” is not just that when a person leaves this world all the... read more

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Desire is Not Enough

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 5, 2014

At the beginning of this week’s portion, the angels, after being fed by Abraham, tell him that a great miracle will happen a year from now; he and his wife Sarah, who are far past child-bearing years and have been trying their entire lives to have children, will have a child. It says that when Sarah hears this, she laughs, and the Creator gets upset. “Why is Sarah laughing at Me…” the Creator says, “Is there anything that I, God, cannot do?” Then it says that Sarah denies laughing. What is the secret in this story? The kabbalists teach something very important. We know that in order for any Light to be revealed, there has to be a vessel. A vessel is a true desire, or more importantly, certainty that something can, or will, happen. There is a very big difference between desiring something to happen, and having a consciousness that it can happen. Sarah hears the Creator saying through the... read more

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Becoming a Magnet for Our Innate Blessings

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: October 29, 2014

It says in the Midrash that the Creator says to Abraham on this Shabbat, “I am creating you anew, as a new being.” Why? What does that mean? The Rav often used the example that everything is included in the seed of a tree that will come from that tree - the roots, the branches, the fruit, the leaves, and so forth. Everything that will come from that tree has to be included within the seed. And the same is true with us; the moment we are born, all of the potential blessings that we will ever manifest in our lives - both physical and spiritual – are already included within us. And the secret is that we have to understand this in order to be able to manifest these blessings. There are two types of blessings that a person receives. There are blessings that are part of his essence – what we call that part that was already included in his soul at the moment he was born - and then there are... 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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