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A Small World

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: May 25, 2016

Usually when there's a message from the Creator to the Israelites, there's a conversation that begins with the name of the Creator being revealed, most of the time through Moses, and through Moses to us. However, the portion Bechukotai begins without those words. It's one of the only portions where there's a message, a teaching, from the Creator with no mention of the name of the Creator; this gives us an idea that there's something unique in the Light that is revealed this week. Bechukotai is dealing with things that are above both human understanding and human ability; what we want to come to learn this week is that so much of what we need to do and what we need to correct are things that we really can't control. So, the question is then, if we really come to the understanding that the assistance we need, the blessings we need, and the correction we need is often beyond our... read more

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Pre-Prepared Pathways of Light

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 18, 2016

In general, the conversation and story in the portion Behar revolves around what’s called shmita, the cycle in which land is worked for six years, but on the seventh year, it is not, there is a rest. So, they ask the question - what are we going to eat in the seventh-year? Naturally, someone would be worried; the first six years you work and have food to eat. But in the seventh-year, if you don't work, you won't have food. Which means, also, you wouldn’t have food in the eighth year, because you didn't prepare during the seventh year. The Creator answers their question of what they are going to eat by saying, “Don’t worry. I will send out a special blessing, so that there is food available for you, miraculously, in the seventh and eighth year.” That's the basic story. The Creator tells us there's a reason we don't work the seventh year, but not to worry about what we’re going to eat in... read more

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Clothing the Light of the Creator

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 11, 2016

Our consciousness about the Light of the Creator directly influences what Light is revealed to us and how we manifest that Light for ourselves and others. Rav Ashlag teaches that there is only ourselves, the Light of the Creator, and nothing else; if we live with a limited consciousness, we limit the revelation of the Light of the Creator for ourselves and the world. Therefore, exactly how we think of the Light of the Creator is how the Light of the Creator is revealed. It says in the Tikunei Zohar, in the section called the Prayer of Eliyahu HaNavi, Elijah the Prophet, that no thought can be attached at all to the totality of the Light of the Creator, what's called the Endless Light, the Endless World. And even though we can never come to connect to the totality while we are in this physical form, we can still reveal aspects of that Light; as we speak and think is as we manifest the... read more

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What It Really Means To Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 4, 2016

The portion Kedoshim contains in it a verse we have all heard many times: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Rabbi Akiva says that this is the purpose of the entire teaching and revelation of the Torah. And Rav Ashlag begins with the understanding that if Rabbi Akiva's statement is true, which of course it is, then "love your neighbor as yourself" is the entirety of the purpose of all spiritual work. When we think of loving our friend or neighbor as ourselves, we tend to think that means doing actions of sharing. However, Rav Ashlag tells us that the whole purpose of our spiritual work does not mean that to love your friend is to share with him, but that to love your friend means that you love him as much as you love yourself, and not to any single degree less than. An example of this would be that when you're about to take a sip of tea or eat a sandwich, you stop first and say, "Wait,... 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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