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How to Be a Magnet for Sparks of Light

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 19, 2017

Shabbat Matot-Masei is one of the three Shabbats that fall in the period that we call Ben HaMetzarim, “The Three Negative Weeks,” and the portion Masei speaks about the 42 journeys, the 42 stages, the Israelites went through from the moment they left Egypt until they came to the land of Canaan, the land of Israel. The kabbalists explain that when we read about these 42 stages, we're not reading about history, but about the life of every single person. Every one of us, whether we are aware of it or not, goes through these same 42 stages; from the inception of the soul until its Final Correction, there are 42 steps. Therefore, when we read about the 42 stages, it is not simply history we are reading, but it also encompasses every aspect of our life, from the parts we've already been through to the parts, or stages, that we will come to through elevation and correction. So, at its core,... read more


Bringing the Light of the Final Redemption Into Everything We Do

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 12, 2017

At the center of the portion Pinchas is the soul named Pinchas; who, as the kabbalists tell us, became Elijah the Prophet, one of the few people whose body and soul remained completely intact. Death did not touch Elijah the Prophet. So, I’d like to delve into understanding what Elijah the Prophet did that made it possible for him to achieve that level of Immortality, and in so doing, hopefully gain more understanding of what we can start doing to lead ourselves, and through that, the world, towards that same reality. Pinchas, as we know, does an action in which he gives up of himself completely. And it says in the Talmud that in that moment, the Creator gave Pinchas the gift, or the job, of being the heralder, the one who will announce and help bring about the Final Redemption. Why did the Creator give him that gift right then? We've spoken about the concept that a person is in this... read more


The Difference Between the Prophecy of Moses and of Bilaam

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 5, 2017

If there is one portion that really encompasses the Light of prophecy, it is Balak. Of course, throughout the Torah, we have Moses, who was a prophet, and we can read the Books of the Prophets, and about many great prophets. But what is unique about Shabbat Balak is that we have another type of prophet, a very bad person, Bilaam. Prophecy essentially means getting a directive from the Creator. People tend to think that prophecy is for the high souls, like Moses, Samuel, or Isaiah, but on Shabbat Balak, we learn that is not true; prophecy is even for Bilaam, a very low human being. If prophecy is available for Bilaam, it must therefore also be available for us. And that, in general, is what this Shabbat is about: how we can elevate to a state where more of our life is directed by the Light of the Creator. So, I want to talk about the difference between the prophecy of Moses and the... read more


Everything We Need Is Right In Front of Us

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 28, 2017

In the portion Chukat, Moses gathers the Israelites, who are complaining they don't have anything to drink, around a stone. The Creator tells him to speak to the stone, which will give its water, but Moses hits the stone twice instead. The Creator then says to Moses and Aaron, ya’an lo he’emantem bi lehakdisheni, meaning, “Because you did not trust in Me, you will not lead this nation into the Land of Israel.” Every year when we come to this portion, I try to find a deeper, new way to view this story, and I’m excited to share one that I think is not only a beautiful, powerful teaching, but also a practical one. In the Midrash, there is a story about when Abraham sent his son Ishmael away with his mother. She’s in the desert, doesn’t see any water, and thinks she’s going to die of thirst. But then it says the Creator opened up her eyes, and she sees the wellspring of water. The Midrash... read more


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