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Awakening Appreciation for the Small Actions

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: September 2, 2015

At one point in the portion Ki Tavo, the Creator tells the Israelites, through Moses, that when they come to the Land of Israel they should separate the groups into two; one will stand on one mountain, one on the other, and there will be a list of curses and blessings, with the curses being read out. Curses don’t actually mean that God’s going to curse somebody; rather, it’s that these actions bring a certain amount of darkness and negativity to a person’s life. The list being read out seems to be relatively arbitrary. It says, “Cursed is the person who sleeps with his father’s wife, cursed is the one who sleeps with his daughter and with his sister.” And then the last curse is very interesting; it says - arur asher lo yakim et divrei hatorah hazot – “Cursed is the one who does not lift up the words of the Torah.” What does that mean? There is a lot of commentary, and many of the... read more


The Importance of Returning Lost Objects

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: August 26, 2015

In the portion Ki Tetze it speaks about what happens if you find something that somebody else has lost. Obviously the right thing to do is find who owns it and return it. But what happens if you don't? The Ari says that any person who finds something that was lost or that belongs to somebody else, and does not return it to its owner – for whatever reason, like he was too busy, didn't have time, or didn't care enough - turns his eyes away. And the consequence to that person who turned his eyes away will be equal: if the soul of the person who had the opportunity to return something that was lost but for whatever reason didn't take it has not been corrected when he leaves this world, then that soul is not able to go to its rightful place in the Supernal Worlds. In the Shaar HaGilgulim, The Gate of Reincarnations, the Ari explains there are two ways of correction for the soul. One is when... read more


Choosing the Straight Path

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: August 19, 2015

In the portion Shoftim it says, tamim tihiyeh im Hashem elokecha, which means that you should be simple with the Creator. The Maharal says a very important statement which pertains to this idea - ki tam hahefech mimet, simplicity is the opposite of death. The words in Hebrew for simple, Tav-Mem, are the opposite of the words for death, Mem-Tav; complexity, therefore, is equal to death. Because if somebody lives on this level of simplicity, he’s never separated from the Light of the Creator, and as such, death cannot come to him. So, what does "simple" mean? Every day when something happens, when somebody does or says something, or we hear about something, our immediate reaction – which comes from the Negative Side – is to begin to try to figure it out: What does this mean? What’s going to happen from this? What can I do to stop it? What can I do to make it better? This entire thought... read more


Growing True Humility

Topic: Well Being | Posted: August 12, 2015

The Midrash says that blessings come from anavah, humility. Meaning, that blessings will only come to a person when he or she awakens humility within. So, how do we awaken humility? We know that Moses is viewed as the most humble person who ever lived in this world. The Tiferet Shlomo explains that when we talk about humility, referring to Moses, we are not talking about the humility of a person. Anyone can achieve some level of humility. The humility we are talking about when we speak about Moses is a level of true humility, which is the only way to connect to all the blessings. Moses merited speaking directly to the Creator because he accomplished true humility through the enormous levels of connection and revelation he reached as a result of his spiritual transformation and personal growth. Humility does not simply mean that we are spiritual and know that it is not good to act with... 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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