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It Just Takes One Spark

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: December 17, 2014

The portion Miketz begins with the word vayehi, which represents something negative, but this portion is talking about a positive occurrence, which is Joseph coming out of jail. So, what is negative about it? The Ari, Rav Isaac Luria, explains that Pharaoh represents the Negative Side, and in this week’s portion he receives a level of prophecy. Prophecy is an elevated level of connection to the Light of the Creator, and as we know, Pharaoh represents the Negative Side… so, how could Pharaoh merit prophecy? To answer this we have to begin with an understanding that Rav Berg would talk about all the time. In Hebrew, the word averah is mistakenly translated as “sin” or “transgression.” However, averah comes from the word “to give over,” as in he or she “gives over” his Light to the Negative Side; every time we act in a negative way we are giving our Light over to the Negative Side. Every... read more

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The Secret of the Shoes

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: December 10, 2014

In the portion of Vayeshev, the brothers sell Joseph for twenty silver coins. And what the Midrash says they do with those coins sounds initially very crazy. It says each of the ten brothers took two silver coins and bought shoes. So, there must be a secret here, because clearly, this can't be understood in its literal sense. First, since there is a spiritual reason for everything, we have to understand why we wear shoes. It says in the Talmud, “Who ever does not have shoes is disconnected from the Light of the Creator.” So the spiritual reason we have to wear shoes, kabbalists explain, is not just because it is comfortable. We know that many negative things were created at the sin of Adam; one of them is the fact that the earth, and physicality, became a force that separates an individual from the Light of the Creator. Therefore, it's read in the Torah that it's as if the Creator... read more

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Drawing the Assistance of the Angels

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: December 3, 2014

In the first part of the story in the portion Vayishlach, after quite a number of years, Jacob decides it's time to go back home and meet his brother Esau. The kabbalists explain that this fight which exists between Jacob and Esau is not a fight between two brothers, but rather it is a fight between energies that exist; energies that every single one of us experiences every day. Jacob represents the Light, our soul, the part of us that wants to change and grow, while Esau represents the other side: the desire to receive for the self alone, the aspect that wants to keep us where we are, or maybe even wants to take us backwards. And in this portion is really a pinnacle of that battle. There is a verse that begins the Zohar's discussion about this portion which says, “The Creator will send his angels to protect you in all of your ways.” How do you achieve this level of protection? How do... read more

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The Imprints of the Righteous

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 26, 2014

The portion begins Vayetze Yaakov mi Be'er Sheva vayelech Charana, “Jacob leaves Be'er Sheva and goes to the city of Haran.” To this, Rashi raises the question - why did it say that Jacob left Be'er Sheva, when it could have just said “Jacob is going to the city of Haran?” Why did it have to also let us know that he's leaving the town of Be'er Sheva? The answer, Rashi says, is to teach us that when a righteous person leaves a place, it leaves a mark; it's an interesting word that he uses - it leaves a roshem, or an “imprint.” As long as a righteous person is in a city or a place, he is its shining Light, he is all the beauty of the place. But when the righteous person leaves, then the beauty of the place is diminished, the Light of the place is diminished. So, this answers the question: why does it say that Jacob left Be'er Sheva? Because it left a mark; when a righteous person leaves a... 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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