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The Great Gift of Unfulfilled Desire

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 29, 2015

Moses desired to enter into the Land of Israel; however, as we know from this portion Va’etchanan, that did not happen. But it seems to make no sense that if the Creator loved Moses as He did, and Moses was as connected as he was, that Moses’s desire to enter into Israel did not get fulfilled. The kabbalists say that a desire that is manifest loses its strength. When you have a desire to drink, for example, and you can't drink, the strength of that desire grows and grows. Whereas when you have a desire to drink and you do drink, that desire becomes diminished. This is also true in spiritual things; any manifested desire is of a lesser strength, and therefore, lesser ability than un-manifested desire. So, before Moses leaves this world, he wants to give us the most important gift - which is Light that we haven't yet received, or rather, the desire for the Light we haven't yet received.... read more

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Expanding or Retracting Time

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 22, 2015

In the portion Devarim, Moses tells the Israelites the story of a journey. He says it takes eleven days to travel in a direct line from Horeb up to Kadesh-Barnea and through Mount Seir. But the Creator took the Israelites from Horeb to Kadesh-Barnea in a round-about route through the desert, and it only took them three days. Whenever the Israelites camped, a cloud rose up and told them where to go. Sometimes they went backwards and sometimes they went sideways; the reason for this, Moses told them, was because of their actions. Moses tells the Israelites that some things that should have taken eleven days or even more took only three days. However, the majority of the trip, which should have taken nowhere near forty years, did take forty years. Yet, the Israelites still didn’t enter the Land of Israel. Here, Moses is revealing to the Israelites, and to us, a tremendous understanding... read more

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Having Humility in our Spiritual Desires

Topic: Well Being | Posted: July 15, 2015

At the end of the portion Masei, Moses is leaving this world and there is a whole discussion about how the physical land of Israel is going to be divided up. But the two tribes of Reuben and Gad, and the half tribe of Menasha, decide that they don’t want to live in the land of Israel; they want to live across the Jordan River. They go to Moses and tell him they know that they are supposed to enter into the land of Israel after 40 years of travelling, but now towards the end of it, they don’t want to go. Moses tells them it’s okay, but in order to get this great gift, they have to send their soldiers with the rest of the Israelites, and then they will have the right to take the land for themselves. It’s a great story; two and a half tribes had a great desire. They asked Moses if it was ok, and Moses finds a way to make it okay, with a little caveat, that they have to send their soldiers... read more

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The Blessing of Embarrassment

Topic: Well Being | Posted: July 8, 2015

The portion Pinchas is unique in that usually every portion tells a story, or a few stories, from beginning to end. However, this story begins in last week’s portion - the actual action of Pinchas killing Zimri and Cozbi occurred in last week’s portion - and picks up in the middle of the story in this week’s portion. We know that all of the portions, as we have them divided, were set by the Creator and given to Moses. So why is this the one portion in the Torah where the story is cut off at the end of last week’s and picks up in this week’s? It is not a coincidence. The action of Pinchas last week is what merited the great blessing, the achievement of the level of Immortality that he receives on this Shabbat; the Creator speaks to Moses in this week’s portion and says, "Because of the action that Pinchas has done, I give him My Covenant of Peace." Rashi explains, and it’s from 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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