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Experiencing Death Every Day

Topic: Well Being | Posted: April 27, 2016

Nadab and Avihu, the two sons of Aaron, achieved the level of Acharei Mot, being "after death," the level of having conquered death. How did they conquer death? By feeling death as it was imbued with the Light of the Creator. Therefore, the Zohar says they removed for themselves, and created an opening for all of us to remove, the force of death from our own lives and from the world. The Zohar explains that there are thirteen channels by which mercy and Light come down into this world. Each one has a name which indicates the Light within, and the seventh one of those thirteen is where life comes from, and is called Ve'emet. The kabbalists teach that when you are able to awaken this aspect of the thirteen attributes called Ve'emet, what happens is called the shining of the face of the Light of the Creator to the individual. In the connection called the Birkat Kohanim, the blessing that... read more


The Consciousness of Coming Together to Connect

Topic: Well Being | Posted: April 20, 2016

The place where we gather to connect is what exists today, the kabbalists say, as the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. The space does not simply happen to be a room where we go for every connection. It is meant to be on the same level as the Mishkan, and what makes it or does not make it on that same level is the consciousness of those who come together there. The Ramchal, the great kabbalist, speaks of both the physical and conscious space that was held in the Mishkan, that was held in the Beit HaMikdash, and that needs to be held in the space when we come together. And it is completely dependent on everybody else in the room. The kohen, the priest, would go into the Mishkan and do certain types of work. But what was his consciousness as he was doing it? The Ramchal says an amazing thing. The Light of the Creator can be revealed only from a collective unification of creation. Therefore, when... read more


The Cycle of Seeing and Speaking Negatively

Topic: Well Being | Posted: April 13, 2016

The kabbalists explain that the portion of Metzora is not just talking about the danger of speaking negatively about another person, but that it also refers to a person viewing things as negative - whether he views himself as bad, his situation as bad, his life as bad, or another person as bad. There are people who are very apt to speak negatively, and there are those who see the negative but don’t speak about it, and the Zohar says that tzaraat, the manifestation of both seeing the bad and speaking ill speech, is dina takifa, strong judgment. And the kabbalists teach that when a person sees bad in the world or speaks ill, he's connecting to a certain force in this world; there is a force of Light and there is a force of darkness, and when a person goes to that place of seeing or speaking the bad, he is actually partnering and coming to unity with what is called dina takifa, that force... read more


Protected Blessings

Topic: Well Being | Posted: April 6, 2016

The portion Tazria talks about leprosy, which is really just a way of understanding all disease, negativity, and darkness that comes to a person. And there is a section from the Ari (Rav Isaac Luria) that I think gives us a true understanding of what Light is available this week. In fact, when you look at the teachings of many kabbalists concerning this portion, we see that in this week is the seed from which disease and problems stem, and therefore, can be solved. As such, it's important to go to the root, which is an understanding called tzaraath, this concept is called leprosy, or the source of all negativity. The Ari tells us a very important secret. He speaks about the way the Light comes down into our world, which, to give a very general, basic explanation, is as such: there is the level of Zeir Anpin, which is the male aspect, and there is Malchut, the female aspect. There are... read more


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