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Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 20, 2015

The Creator comes to Moses and tells him, “As you count the other tribes, don’t count the tribe of Levi. Do not count them as you count all the other Israelites.” Why is the Creator so adamant that Moses not count the Levites as he is counting all the other tribes? Rashi, the great kabbalist and commentator, says the Creator saw that all those who were to be counted were eventually going to fall and not be able to enter into the Land of Israel, and therefore the Creator does not want the Levites to be counted with the other tribes. The Creator says, “The Levites are mine;” they didn’t fall when all the other Israelites fell at the Golden Calf. For hundreds of years, the kabbalists have been trying to understand why Rashi points back to the Golden Calf. Because the reason the Israelites didn’t enter the Land of Israel is not due to the Golden Calf; they lost the Light of Immortality... read more

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Taking Control of Matter

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 13, 2015

The portion of Bechukotai begins, Im bechukotai telechu, which Rashi the great commentator says means “if you do the difficult work when you don't want to do it,” ve’natati gishmeikhem, “then you will merit all the blessings the Light of the Creator can give us.” The word geshem in Hebrew refers also to the physicality, the geshmiut, of this world. So the Creator, therefore, is telling us that we come to take control of physicality by doing the difficult work. If you want to have the ability and power to change physicality, if you want to be able to own matter, you have to be doing the difficult work. Im bechukotai telechu, if you do the work when you don't want to do it, if you do the good work when it’s difficult, then the Creator will give you control over the physicality. It’s important to not just hear the concept, but also to understand the spiritual logic of how and why this... read more

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Creating a Positive Environment for Our Soul

Topic: Well Being | Posted: May 6, 2015

The Talmud, in discussing the portion Behar, says that King David says, "When I wake up in the morning, I have a desire to go to different places and do different things, and my feet drag me to study, drag me to do the spiritual work." What does this mean? Our souls, for most of us, want to leave the body. Why? Because the body is the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, whereas the soul is the totality of the Light of the Creator, the Desire to Share. As such, there are not two more opposite forces in this world than the body and soul. The soul literally, every second, wants to jump out of the body. Therefore, King David knew that the only way he could make sure he could do everything he needed to do in his life was to create a proper environment whereby the soul desires to stay within the body. So because King David, with his consciousness and spiritual work, was able to create,... read more

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There Is No Need For Movement

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: April 29, 2015

The portion of Emor, in its literal reading, seems to only be talking about the priests or family of priests. But as we've spoken about in past years, it's based, really, on the concept from Rav Ashlag in The Wisdom of Truth called mamlechet konanim, which means a group of people who decide to separate and elevate themselves to be a greater and stronger conduit for the Light of the Creator. So the teaching I want to share is especially for those of us who have chosen to be part of this mamlechet konanim, those of us who choose to make a connection to the Light of the Creator and the revelation of that Light in this world their priority. There is a quote from the Maggid of Mezeritch, which is a beautiful concept that Rav Ashlag shares: "I heard from the Maggid of Mezeritch that in the Endless World there is no possibility of movement, because where would the Endless World go? And... 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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