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"If you want to live, you have to die."

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: April 22, 2015

This week, we have two portions. The word “death” appears in one of them- Acharei Mot, “after death.” Clearly then, part of our work on this Shabbat is to receive a new understanding of death, and through that understanding, hopefully come to an understanding of life. The overarching teaching is that unless death is a constant part of our day, chances are we're not really accomplishing the purpose either of that day or for which we came into this world. The Talmud says, “If you want to live, you have to die.” Death here means the death of our Desire to Receive for the Self Alone. Therefore, this statement is saying that unless an individual is feeling death everyday - the death of the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone - then he or she is not achieving life. You can be a spiritual person, you can be a good person, but you will not be diminishing the force that death has on you unless... read more


Sitting Outside the Camp

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: April 15, 2015

This week we have two portions, Tazria-Metzora, both of which deal for the most part with what do not obviously appear to be positive things. It talks about leprosy, which is a way, really, of understanding all disease, negativity, and darkness that comes to a person. So, it says, "When a person has leprosy, the individual is meant to sit outside of the camp." What does that mean for us? It's a very important point that in the time of the Torah, a person who experienced leprosy was made to sit outside the camp. But the truth is that this reality exists for all of us, we're all sitting outside. When a person is able to come to the innermost point of connection, he or she experiences the totality of the Light of the Creator in every action they do. Which means, if someone is not at the innermost point, they are “sitting on the outside,” and not experiencing that total connection. There... read more


Reaching the 50th Gate of Purity

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: April 8, 2015

The portion Shmini begins: “And it came to pass on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel…” Once the physical structure of the Tabernacle had been erected, Moses worked inside it for an additional eight days on his own, before he called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel to participate. We know that nothing mentioned in the Torah is coincidental or simple; therefore, why is it eight days? What is the power and level of consciousness referred to as the “eighth day?” The Chesed Le Avraham, written by kabbalist Rav Avraham Azulai, says, “When the world was created there was also a creation of 50 Gates of Purity and elevation, which are controlled by the Angel Michael and all of the angels that support him. So, too, were 50 Gates of Impurity also created, which are controlled by the most negative of angels.” Kabbalists teach that there is... read more


Be an "Idiot" of Simple Certainty

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: April 1, 2015

There is a relatively simple - but for me, very powerful – teaching of Pesach. In the Haggadah, it says that no matter how well you know the story of the going out of Egypt, no matter how many times you have heard it, or repeated it or said it, you have to keep saying it. The kabbalists say that if a person is in darkness, or is going through challenges, difficulties, and pain, he should repeat the story of what happened 2000 years ago. Why? Rav Brandwein, in the letters that he wrote to the Rav, speaks about Pesach and about this connection. There is one verse that he keeps mentioning, and if there is a mantra, a phrase, that you can keep in your mind throughout Pesach, it is this verse - “As in the days of going out of Egypt, I will show you the great miracles, the great Light…” The kabbalists teach something very fundamental: the fulfillment of any lack that we have, and the... read more


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