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Shabbat of the Tree of Life: In the Middle of the Garden of Eden

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: October 15, 2014

This portion talks about the process of Creation, and about the Garden of Eden, which we know does not connote a physical place, but rather represents a place of spiritual connection. Within the middle of the Garden of Eden is the Etz Chaim, or the Tree of Life, which holds within it everything we need in order to bring about the Gemar HaTikun, the End of the Correction. And Shabbat Beresheet is the Shabbat of the Etz Chaim; this is the Shabbat when that Light of the Tree of Life is revealed in its totality. Rashi, the great kabbalist and commentator, says the Tree of Life was in the middle of the Garden. Why was the location of the Tree of Life important? It is not in the corner, it is not on the side… it is exactly in the middle of the Garden of Eden. So, what understanding, what secret does that location tell us? We have completed our connections – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Simchat... read more


Into the House of the King

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: October 7, 2014

Sukkot, following Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, is the seven day period of time when we receive what is called the Light of Mercy, which includes within it all the blessings and protection that we want to manifest and draw throughout the year. If not for the purification of Yom Kippur or the removal of judgments of Rosh Hashanah, we would not be able to receive all the blessings and protection that are available for us during Sukkot for the rest of the year. To draw those blessings and that protection, we have to awaken the proper consciousness, the proper understanding, of where our mindset needs to be in order to manifest the Light of Sukkot. There is a story in the Midrash that illustrates the type of consciousness one should come into the sukkah with. It is based on a verse in Psalms from King David where he is speaking to the Creator and says, “I put my trust in You, and therefore... read more


Achieving Complete Union with the Light of the Creator

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: October 1, 2014

Yom Kippur is a day with tremendous opportunity to connect in a way we cannot connect any other day of the year. The first part of the Torah reading on Yom Kippur speaks about the death of Nadab and Avihu, two of the sons of Aaron. Why read about their death on Yom Kippur? Since we know there are no coincidences, we know there must be a reason this story precedes the discussion of the process of Yom Kippur. Kabbalists teach that every action of sharing or connection that we do is an action that has within it the power to achieve complete devekut, complete union with the Light of the Creator, and that within the action itself is Light that returns the soul to the body. The true kabbalists, the truly righteous, in every connection that they made, completely gave themselves over. They made that union, that devekut, in every action of connection. Their entire being, their entire soul, went... read more


Love Your Negative Actions

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: September 24, 2014

Rav Yehuda Ashlag explains that there is a concept called teshuvah me ahava, which is when a person does the process of spiritual correction from love.  When we go through the process of spiritual correction with an awakening of love, not fear, even the worst actions that we would have done, or might have done, become Light.   As I was thinking about this Shabbat, called Shabbat Shuva, I realized that there is a new way to understand this concept of teshuvah me ahava; not as a love of the Creator, but as a love of the chaos, love of the darkness that we have created.  From the elevated place that we are today after all the work we did and connections we made on Rosh Hashanah, we can look back at the negative actions we have done this year and realize that not only can we separate ourselves from the chaos that they might create, but we can also transform them. Changing... read more


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