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Michael Berg is the co-director of The Kabbalah Centre and editor of the first-ever English translation of The Zohar... read more

The Creator is only constantly in the state of Goodness, and never in the state of seeing what is wrong. Read more: https://t.co/NHD1PQ5a34 25 weeks 7 hours ago

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Our Soul Needs to Expand

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: October 18, 2017

The portion Noach, I feel, is filled with many exciting and important teachings; teachings which, if we really understand them, have the power to shift our spiritual work in a very positive way.  So, I want to share something from Rav Ashlag, who asks what the secret of the soul is. He says that before it comes into this world, it is a little aspect with great potential. It is a tiny spark of Light, connected to its Source, the Light of the Creator. And then he asks why the world was created. What does that mean?  I think most of us believe the soul is a perfect, complete being that comes into the body and we then struggle with it to allow it to reconnect to the Light of the Creator. But Rav Ashlag is saying something completely different. He's saying that before it came into our body, each one of our souls was a tiny little spark that had great, but unrevealed, potential. So... read more

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Do Not Disparage the Small Things

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: October 11, 2017

The kabbalists explain that in Beresheet, the first Shabbat and first reading of the year, we begin renewing our spiritual work and spiritual process for the upcoming year. Therefore, I'd like to focus on a teaching that can give us insight and direction as we begin this new year.  On the seventh day of Sukkot, a day that's called Hoshana Raba, we take five willow branches and hit them on the floor five times. It's a very confusing action. Why do we do that, and what is the source of the entire day that's called Hoshana Raba? The Torah speaks about Sukkot, saying the first day of it is a day of connection, what's called a Yom Tov, and the eighth day, which is called Shemini Atzeret, is also a day that is a Yom Tov. The seventh day of Sukkot in the Torah, however, has no special significance… yet, we do many special things, not the least of which is the hitting of the willow... read more

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All Negativity Becomes Light

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: October 4, 2017

Rav Ashlag writes about the consciousness of a level called Teshuvah Me'Ahavah, which means a person who changes from love. It is a level where a person transforms not from fear of the consequences of his actions, but from the tremendous love and excitement he feels towards his potential to reveal the Light of the Creator in this world. And it is a gift that can be given to us on Sukkot: the gift of being able to get to the level that is called Teshuvah Me'Ahavah, where even negative actions we did on purpose become a beacon of Light for us.  Through this, we can also become joyful for any pain we experienced, because we know that if not for the pain and doubt we had in this past year, we would not have acted in a negative way. And if we had not acted in a negative way, then on Sukkot, we would not have all that Light from the transformed actions. Because all the pain, doubt, and... read more

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Elevating All of Creation

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: September 27, 2017

The ten days beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur are called the Ten Days of Repentance, and each day corresponds to one of the Ten Utterances of the Light of the Creator that created this world. Most of us know the Story of Creation; the Creator said, "Let there be light" and there was light, "Let there be vegetation," and there was vegetation, and so on. Therefore, because each one of the Ten Utterances corresponds to each of the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the one that corresponds with Yom Kippur can help us understand some of the Light and gifts that are available on that day.  The tenth utterance in the process of creation was, "Let us make man." The Ari, Rav Isaac Luria, points out something in this tenth utterance that is different from the other nine before it. In all the previous steps in the process of creation - the creation of light,... 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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