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Drawing Strength From the Path We've Chosen

Topic: Well Being | Posted: August 20, 2014

Literally translated, the beginning of this portion says, "See that I am putting before you today blessings and curses," and usually the understanding of this verse is that the Creator is speaking through Moses. However, in the Midrash, it says that the "I" who is being referred to in the first verse is not the Creator, but rather Moses. Moses is telling the Israelites, essentially, "Look at my life, look at what I have accomplished, look at the great level of connection, the great level of wisdom that I've achieved." When you initially hear this, it's a little strange because one thing we know about Moses is that he was the most humble of all people. Why then, before he leaves this world, is he telling the Israelites "Look at me, pay attention to the greatness that I've achieved..."? The answer is that one of the biggest problems the Israelites had at that time in the desert – and that... read more

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Being As Low As the Heel

Topic: Well Being | Posted: August 13, 2014

The word used in this portion is ekev, which literally means “the heel.” What is the significance of that? The Maor Vashemesh, one of the students of the Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk, talks about how powerful unity is; if you have a few people doing a spiritual action, it’s not comparable to many doing a spiritual action. Even if a soul as great as Rav Shimon bar Yochai did a spiritual action by himself, it would not compare to the Light revealed by a unified group of people whose souls are much less than his doing the same spiritual action. It’s an unbelievable understanding that what the greatest soul in the world cannot do on his own can be done by the lowest souls if they have unity among them. But it goes even deeper than that. He says that when you have a group of people coming to reveal Light together, it’s important that each individual in that group does not view himself as a... read more

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Seeing the Mercy within the Judgment

Topic: Well Being | Posted: August 6, 2014

Moses uses the names Hashem Elohim; the Tetragrammaton is the name of mercy, while Elohim is the name of judgment. Rashi, the great kabbalist and commentator, says that there is a secret to why Moses puts these two names together here. The Baal Shem Tov explains that the secret to transforming a time of judgment or negativity into a time of mercy is called a “window.” Every judgment that comes down, every negativity that a person experiences, has hidden somewhere within it what's called a sliver, or a line, of mercy. And in order to transform any negativity into Chesed, mercy, one has to find that line of mercy within it and focus on it. So, the window that we have to open up is seeing the mercy and Light within the judgment. The secret of the Ari's teaching, the Baal Shem Tov says, is that the way to sweeten judgment - and judgment means any time a person experiences either small or... read more

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The Vision of Isaiah

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 30, 2014

There are certain Shabbats in the year that are given a special name. This Shabbat of the portion Devarim is one of them; it’s called Shabbat Chazon, which literally means the “Shabbat of the Vision.” One of the reasons why it's called Shabbat Chazon is because the portion from the book of Prophets that we read on this Shabbat begins with the word “chazon.” It's talking about the vision that the Prophet has about the destruction and the Final Redemption. The Zohar tells us, as the kabbalists teach, that Moses was shown all the leaders of every generation that there will ever be until the End of the Correction. This was important because as he is shown the leaders that will come in all the generations after him, he shines Light, wisdom, and understanding on them. So, the purpose for each one of the leaders from the time of Moses until the time of the End of the Correction being shown 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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