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The Book of Bilaam

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 1, 2015

In a book called Sh’nei Luchot HaBrit from a great kabbalist known as the Sh’la, there is a lengthy but beautiful explanation about the story of Shabbat Balak. It says that in the Talmud where it explains which sage wrote which book in the Bible, it tells us that Moses not only wrote his books - the Five Books of Moses, what we have as the Torah – but he also wrote a separate book called the Book of Bilaam. And this portion is referred to not as a part of the Five Books of Moses, but rather as the revelations of Bilaam. So we have the revelations of Moses, and we have the revelations of Bilaam. There are many stories in the Torah, such as the killing of Abel by Cain and the uprising of Korach, for instance, that were written down by Moses even though he wasn’t actually involved in them; whether he takes part in them or not, they are all considered to be the revelation of Moses. So, what... read more


Letters from the Rav

Topic: Master Kabbalists & Their Writings | Posted: June 24, 2015

The portion of Chukat deals with the ability to connect to the Gemar HaTikun, the ability to be beyond death. And therefore, I don’t feel it was a coincidence that a few years ago during this time we merited to receive some of the letters that Rav Berg wrote to Rav Brandwein that I would like to share with you now. When the Rav started studying with his teacher Rav Brandwein in 1962, he would study the letters Rav Brandwein wrote to him. We have had the letters that Rav Brandwein wrote to the Rav, and now, unbelievably, we have some of the Rav's letters from the 1960's to Rav Brandwein. And it’s amazing, because being able to know the Rav in the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000's is one thing; for many of us it is so far beyond where we are that it is hard even to learn from. But where the Rav was in the ‘60s is a place much closer to us - the Rav was beginning his connection with Rav... read more


The Creator Desires the Heart

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 17, 2015

There is, some would say, a challenging understanding and teaching about this portion. If you read the literal story, Korach comes out as a very bad guy. He’s jealous, it seems, of the leadership of Moses and the priesthood of Aaron. He’s jealous of the leadership of another one of his relatives, Elitzafan, because Korach believes he should have his job. And therefore he leads a revolution against Moses. He gathers 250 other people as his core group, and amongst them begins to get more and more people to believe that Moses’ leadership is not ordained or directed by the Creator. That is the uprising Korach leads in the literal reading of this week’s portion. But when the kabbalists view this story, they view Korach as a tremendously elevated soul. It’s known that, for instance, one of the great kabbalists, Rabbi Naftali of Rufshitz, was a descendent of Korach. And whenever he mentioned... read more


The Danger of Being Right

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 10, 2015

The portion of Shlach Lecha is the famous discussion of the spies. The Creator says to Moses, “Send people and they should go into the Land of Canaan,” and Moses commands them to go look at the land. They come back and give a negative report, and we know that this negative report created all kinds of darkness; the Israelites had to stay in the desert for 40 more years because of it. So we really have to understand what it is the spies did that was so wrong, and, therefore, what it is we need to learn for own lives from it. The Rambam, Maimonides, when he begins the discussion of this week’s portion, asks a very practical question: what did the spies do wrong? Moses said to them, “Look at the land, see how good it is, and see if the people living on the land are strong or weak.” He asked them to find out how many people are there, and how they live. And the spies came back and answered... 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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