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Infusing Our Blessings with the Light of the Creator

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: October 7, 2015

When we come to the Shabbat of Beresheet, the first Shabbat of the year, we have gone through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, the dancing of Simchat Torah, and often people are out of energy. So, it’s interesting that when most people are at the end of their excitement, we are brought to one of the most important Shabbats of the year, and there is a true kabbalistic reason for this which might be counterintuitive. When a person feels what we call reactive excitement, when our body feels the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone about Shabbat or any connections, it actually limits the amount of Light we can receive. Therefore, it is actually a very important and necessary preparation for one of the most important Shabbats of the year that our body is not as excited or ready. Those of us who are feeling at all tired from Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah come to this... read more


An Opportunity Beyond Our Comprehension

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: September 30, 2015

We are in the middle of the seven days of Sukkot. And when we talk about Sukkot, and about being surrounded by the Light of the Creator, it is important, I think, to bring our consciousness to a newer level. During all the days of Sukkot, we are not only fixing this world, but we are literally planting the seeds for how the Light of the Creator will manifest in our lives and in this world. It is confusing, maybe, to hold a palm branch and a citrus fruit and understand the magnitude of what we are awakening, of what we are revealing. But we have to let go, as the kabbalists say, of everything of this world, and know that what we are doing on Sukkot is setting up not only our own lives, but also setting up the world for this year. It is an opportunity that is beyond our comprehension, and we have to know that. Therefore, when we enter the Sukkah, we really need to let go as much as we can... read more


Listen to the Heavens

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 24, 2015

I have mentioned previously about the section in the Zohar that is tied to a prophecy from Isaiah. There are two very important verses. One we have spoken about, which says, “The veils will be lifted. Your teachers, your guides, will no longer be hidden, your eyes will see your teachers.” It speaks of Rosh Hashanah and what happened - the veils were lifted. The other verse, which is as exciting, says that when you are walking and question whether you should turn right or left, you will hear a voice from behind you that tells you when you should turn right and when you should turn left. So, what we gained on this Rosh Hashanah is not just, as we say, a lifting of the veils, the ability to see above us, but also, the ability to receive constant guidance from the Light of the Creator. Imagine what your life is going to look like this year if you are able to stop and listen to that voice... read more


Elevating Out of Our Body Consciousness

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: September 21, 2015

There is a story in the Talmud Yerulshalmi about Shimon HaTzadik, who was the High Priest, the Kohen Gadol. We know that the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies and bring the ketoret offerings and make the connection; that was the high point of Yom Kippur. The story is that one year, Shimon HaTzadik came out of the Holy of Holies and told his family, "I know that this year I am leaving this world." They asked him how he knew that and he told them, "Because every year as I entered into the Holy of Holies, I saw a man with a long white beard wearing white clothes enter with me, and everything that I did, he did with me. I would enter with him and he would walk me out. This year, I entered with him and he did not walk me out, and for me that is a sign that this year I am leaving this world." It says that Rabbi Abahu asks the question, "No person is allowed to be in the Holy of... read more


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