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Learning from People Who Don't Know

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: February 15, 2017

The portion Yitro begins with the story of a very negative person, who happened to have been the father-in-law of Moses. His name was Yitro, or Jethro, and he decides to leave his home to go be with Moses. The Torah and the kabbalists are very specific on the two pieces of news that Jethro heard which made him decide to go into the desert to Moses. The first was the miracle of the Splitting of the Sea. But that miracle is not the one that awakened him to go and be with Moses; it was hearing about the Battle of Amalek, which we know as the battle against the forces of the ego, the desire to receive for the self alone, the forces of doubt, which was actually what awakened him to desire to leave his home and spend his time with Moses. The Zohar makes clear the Light that is available to us on Shabbat Yitro is the Light of the complete removal of darkness from this world. It says the Light... read more


On That Day, the Israelites Were Saved

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: February 8, 2017

There's a section in the portion Beshalach that raises quite a few questions. It says “On that day,” which is speaking of the day of the Splitting of the Sea, “the Israelites were saved.” The Israelites were in exile for 210 years with the Egyptians, and the going out of Egypt was the Redemption. But in Beshalach it seems to say that what we celebrate on Pesach, the Redemption from Egypt, wasn't so important, and that the Splitting of the Sea was the real Redemption. So, how do we understand that the Torah almost completely discounts all the miracles of the Ten Plagues and of the going out of Egypt, saying those things didn't mean that much, but what's happening “that day” is the great Redemption? The kabbalists explain something Rav Berg spoke about often, which is that the only purpose of the spiritual work is certainty in the Light of Creator. Everything else we do, all the spiritual... read more


Experiencing Light As Darkness

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: February 1, 2017

In the portion Bo, the Creator comes to Moses and says, “Raise your hands toward the heavens and let there be darkness in the land of Egypt… The darkness, Moses, needs to be not simple darkness, but a darkness unlike the other plagues...” The other plagues went on for a certain duration of time and then left, but Makat Choshech, the Plague of Darkness, is different. It came in two phases - first there was darkness for three days, a hard darkness, and then it says that after the first three days of darkness there was an even more severe darkness; so severe that people literally could not stand up if they had been sitting when the second phase of darkness began, and had to remain sitting for all three days. So, there are two things we want to understand. First, why does Moses have to raise his hands up to the heavens to bring this darkness to the world? And second, what is the need to... read more


Understanding the Purpose of the Ten Plagues

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: January 25, 2017

When Moses comes to the Israelites in the portion Va’era, he tells them they have gone through hundreds of years of pain, suffering, and death, and there's a way out - a shift in their consciousness. He says to them, “If you can, in this moment, accept, desire, and work towards a constant, conscious connection to the Light of the Creator, all this will end. All this pain, suffering, and darkness has to end, because no harm can come to an individual whose consciousness is constantly connected to the Light to the Creator. This day, you can decide to shift your consciousness, and Pharaoh and the Egyptians will no longer do you any harm.” And had the Israelites been able to accept this work of consciousness, nothing further would have had to happen. There would not have been ten plagues. There would be no more darkness. There would be no more pain. But it says they did not listen to Moses,... read more


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


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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