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Sukkot: Sitting Under the Shade of Certainty

Topic: Holidays & Time Zones | Posted: October 19, 2016

As Rav Berg would always remind us, the amount of Light that we receive from any connection depends on our consciousness. And on Sukkot, it's not enough to simply have consciousness; we also have to have excitement and joy. If one simply has consciousness, but not excitement and joy, he or she limits his ability to receive the Light from Sukkot. So, hopefully with this understanding, we can come to Sukkot and not only truly receive the overabundance of Light and blessings that exists, but also awaken greater excitement and joy. One of my favorite teachings in the Zohar concerning the Sukkah within which we sit, eat, and sleep, is where the Zohar asks what the reason is that the Israelites traveled with what are called the seven clouds. These seven days, the seven clouds that were in the desert, have one purpose, one essence, one Light. It is called the bond of certainty. And because we... read more


Having the Consciousness of the Rain

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: October 13, 2016

In the portion Ha’azinu, Moses says, “My teachings, my Light, should come down like the rain.” Through this request, Moses is teaching us what our spiritual work should look like. When we wake up in the morning and make the morning connection, when we read the Zohar, when we do any action of sharing, we are committed both to the work and the consciousness around it. But what do we want our mindset to be as we are making these connections, and how can they be the most powerful? Moses says to us on this Shabbat, “What sustains life in this world if, without rain, without that water, there will be no vegetation, there will be no fruit, there will be no life? Rain is one of the most important givers of life to the entire universe, to the entire world. And the rain creates growth and creates food.” This is an amazing thing he is telling us. The rain gives us life. The rain makes things grow... read more


The Responsibility We Have For the Things We See

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: October 5, 2016

The Israelites say to the Creator they know that when they were at Sinai they accepted responsibility for themselves, the world, and those around them, but then ask the Creator if they are held responsible for negative actions or lack of positive actions that they do not see. The Creator says, “No. Do not worry. You will not receive any negativity from things that you do not see.” However, the Creator tells them they do have a responsibility for the things revealed to them and that they do see, such as somebody who is doing a negative action they can’t stop, somebody who is not living their potential, or somebody who is not revealing the Light he or she is meant to reveal in this world. And not only do they have that responsibility, if they do not take action, then whatever darkness that person either reveals or has not removed becomes their darkness. It says in the Talmud that if a... read more


The Creator Was There With Us

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 28, 2016

We are nearing the end of the month of Elul (Virgo), where we have been going through a process of teshuvah, looking back at the negative actions we have done, seeing what we can do to correct them, and feeling the pain of the sparks of Light we have given over to the Negative Side. During this process, it is important also to talk about the joy we need to have regarding the negative things we have done. It says in the Zohar, in the portion Bo, that an individual should know the good things and do positive actions, but also know and do negative actions, and then bring himself back to the good path. It is a very interesting statement from the Zohar, recommending that a person do good things, bad things, and then bring himself back to the good. Why does the Zohar want us to do negative things? Why does it say to know the good, know the bad, do positive actions, do negative actions, and... 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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