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The Importance of Unfulfilled Desire

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 21, 2017

In the portion Korach, a group led by Korach rises up against Moses, Aaron, and the Creator. We have said before that Korach was not a bad person; in fact, he was tremendously elevated spiritually. And the message that he was giving was an important message, one that we need to learn from... but without making the same mistake he did. There were different groups of people in the desert. There were those who were considered closest to the Light of the Creator, and there were the Israelites who were in the outer camps, which meant that their connection to the Light of the Creator was diminished. Korach tells the Israelites that is not the way it's supposed to be. They shouldn’t be outside, in a diminished connection to Light of the Creator; they should want to be where Moses and Aaron are. He tells them they are wrong if they believe it has to stay the way Moses set it up. Korach tells... read more


The Motivation of the Spies

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: June 14, 2017

In the beginning of the portion Shlach Lecha, Moses sends, “by the mouth of the Creator,” the twelve spies into Israel. Rashi, the great kabbalist and commentator, says that these spies, especially the ten that fell, were men of stature. At the time they were chosen to go, they were very spiritually important and elevated people. They were in a perfect spiritual state. Then, it says the spies went and came back to Moses and Aaron. Rashi asks why it says, together, that they went and came back. The answer, he tells us, is to make it clear that their consciousness in going was the same as their consciousness in coming back. As we know, their consciousness upon returning was negative; therefore, Rashi is saying that they also went in with negativity. It is confusing, however, because Rashi says of them that they were in a perfect spiritual state when they were being sent. But, he is also... read more


The Constant Need to Remind Ourselves of the Light of the Creator

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 7, 2017

We often talk about our yearning and desire for devekut, complete unification with the Light of the Creator, but what are the practical ways to achieve this? In order to take this concept of unification of our soul with the Light of the Creator and make it much more practical, Rav Ashlag writes that there are two sides to our spiritual work. One side is an emotional or a spiritual connection to the Creator we are hopefully all working towards. And that is coupled with a knowledge, a knowing, of the Creator. That knowledge, as my father Rav Berg would always remind us, has to do with connection. But a connection that leads to knowledge is not just a spiritual feeling that a person has; there's an actual knowing that comes with it. Rav Ashlag says this is the ultimate state of knowledge that we need to be striving for. More importantly, he tells us, is how we get to the ultimate state of... read more


The Test of the Holy Water

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 31, 2017

In the portion Naso is the story of the Sotah, a woman accused by her husband of adultery. After being accused, she then has to say it's not true, and in the time of the Tabernacle, there was a test; it wasn't so much the adultery, but the lying after the adultery. Therefore, this is not only a person who's fallen. This is a person who has fallen and is blind to their fall. What is the test? It says the kohen, the priest, takes holy water (the Torah doesn't tell us specifically what the holy water is), puts dirt from the floor of the Tabernacle, or the Temple that existed, into an earthenware vessel, places it into the water, and then dissolves the Tetragrammaton into the water, so that there are the three elements in the water: the holy water, the earth from the Tabernacle, and the name of the Creator. If the woman was lying and really had cheated on her husband, terrible things happen... read more


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