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Calling Elijah the Prophet to Assist Us

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: July 20, 2016

There’s a story from the Talmud which says that one of the sages, Joshua, the son of Levi, met Elijah the Prophet, who was at the opening of the cave where Rav Shimon bar Yochai is buried. This in itself is a great secret revealed to us, letting us know that one of the most powerful ways to connect to the soul of Elijah the Prophet is through Rav Shimon bar Yochai and the Zohar. So, Joshua has the opportunity to meet this great soul, and asks him, “When is Mashiach coming, when is the End of the Correction coming?” Elijah the Prophet answers him in an interesting way. He says, “I’ll tell you where he is so you can go and ask him yourself.” He tells Joshua that Mashiach is sitting in the entrance to the city of Rome and he will know it is him because Mashiach is the one sitting amongst all the poor and sick people; we know that the Light of Mashiach, of the Gemar HaTikun, is in those... read more


All Souls are Righteous

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 13, 2016

When Bilaam begins to prophesize, he says, “May I die the death of the righteous, and in the afterlife, let me be like the righteous.” But we know that Bilaam was killed by Pinchas in a not positive way, so it would therefore seem that this prophecy is not true. Bilaam did not die the death of the righteous. So, why in the Torah would it say a prophesy that is a lie? The Ari tells us it is because the secret of this is that Bilaam was reincarnated as Naval. What is the story? The Ari says there are incarnations of Bilaam that we know of: as Laban, who was a negative person, then as Bilaam, and then, the Ari says Bilaam’s next incarnation was as a rock. Because Bilaam used his mouth to curse, he was reincarnated as a stone so he couldn’t use his mouth. Then his next incarnation was as a person named Naval, who lived during the time when Saul still considered himself king, but King David... read more


When Negative Actions Are Not Counted As Negative

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: July 6, 2016

One of the secrets of Shabbat Chukat is that we have the ability to connect to the Gemar HaTikun, which is the ability to be beyond death. And there is a teaching about this related specifically to the work that we do. read more


Awakening Detachment

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 29, 2016

We learn in the portion of Korach that even those who attached themselves to Korach and did not have pure intentions were still able to infuse the tools they used in bringing what’s called the offering to the Creator with the Light of the Creator. Because, just as with Korach there was .01% of negative thought in action which ruined everything, so too was there .01% of positive thought in action, which revealed Light. So clearly, even actions as we do them currently, infused with our ego, reveal Light - maybe even great Light - but not ultimate Light. Not the ultimate blessings, not the ultimate removal of pain and suffering from this world. That cannot happen while our work is, as it is today, infused with our Desire to Receive for the Self Alone. And what is one of the most powerful tools to get there? It says vayiplu al peneihem, that when the Israelites surround Moses and Aaron, “... read more


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


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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