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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 3 weeks 5 days ago

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Connecting to the New Maps Created for Us Every Day

Topic: Master Kabbalists & Their Writings | Posted: May 17, 2017

It says in the Midrash that every single day the Creator is revealing a new way, new understandings, and new pathways. What this means is that the Creator renews creation every day; the spiritual framework, spiritual pathways, spiritual wisdom, and spiritual understandings that exist today are brand new. They didn't exist yesterday. Therefore, if we're doing spiritual work today in the pathways of yesterday, last week, or last month, we're not connected, because the pathways today are different. The question then, is how do we connect to those pathways? Because we don't want to do the wrong work today. We want to be able to connect. How do we connect to the Creator in the way that is new? The kabbalists teach us that every moment is different. As such, no prayer or connection is ever the same, because the entire spiritual framework is constantly changing. It says in the Midrash that the... read more

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The Singularity of Connection

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: May 10, 2017

There is a beautiful section at the end of the Zohar portion for Emor, in which Rav Shimon bar Yochai says, "People do not know, do not see, do not pay attention. When the Creator created man, and flowed down all the Light and blessings to Adam, the Creator wanted one thing. He wanted man to be completely unified and connected to the Light of the Creator, that there should not be any change, that there should not be anything that goes wrong." The Creator created man for one purpose, and Rav Ashlag speaks about it at length in the Introduction to the Ten Luminous Emanations (published as And You Shall Choose Life): to achieve complete connection to certainty in the Light of the Creator. Everything is connected to the level of certainty that an individual awakens. When it said the Tree of Life was in the middle of the Garden of Eden, it means the Creator said to man, "I need one thing... read more

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Growing Through Goodness Instead of Pain

Topic: Well Being | Posted: May 3, 2017

The portion Acharei Mot, "After the death," begins after the two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Avihu, left this world. The literal story is that they died as a punishment to Aaron. When speaking about this portion, the Midrash begins with a verse from Proverbs which says that punishing a righteous person is not good; the Creator says that even though He punished Aaron and took away his two children, it’s not the best or right way for things to go. And then the Midrash quotes the end of this verse, "But rather the best thing to do is to hit those who share, those who give in the right way." So, the kabbalists tell us the right way to understand the secret of the portion Acharei Mot is to understand this verse in Proverbs. There are two parts to the verse. The first part says that it's not a good or right thing to give punishment to a righteous person, to somebody who is on the spiritual path... read more

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Negative Speech and the State of Rah

Topic: Well Being | Posted: April 26, 2017

Every year with the portion Tazria, we come to speak about what is called lashon hara, the negativity that is created through negative speech. We all know that speaking badly is not a good thing. However, if we come to a deeper understanding of not just why it is negative, but the degree of negativity that it awakens, then hopefully it will have the ability to create change within us. In the Talmud, Rav Yochanan (bar Nappaha) quotes the other sage, Rav Jose ben Zimra, saying, "Whoever speaks badly about somebody else, it is as if he completely does not believe in God, he is completely disconnected from the Light of the Creator.” That is a very dramatic statement; they do not even use this statement about somebody who murders or steals. Every negative action that we do, every action of selfishness, every action of the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone disconnects us from the Light of... 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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