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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

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The Importance of Being Reminded that the Light Never Stops Shining

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: August 23, 2017

The portion Shoftim always falls in the month of Elul (Virgo), which means that all the lessons in it have to do with the important work we need to be doing during this month. So, the portion begins by saying, "You should place judges and officers in all of your gates." And there are endless amounts of explanations from the kabbalists about what those words mean. But I want to focus on one thing that we learn from this teaching that has a practical application to the work we need to be doing not only in this month, but really, throughout our lives. The kabbalists teach that when it says, "In all of your gates," it hints to the fact that when we are doing well, when we are growing, when we are in a good spiritual space, yes, it is good to have a teacher, but it is more important to have a teacher when a person is falling, when a person is in a dark and negative place, either physically... read more

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The Path to Change Exists in Us Already

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: August 16, 2017

Rav Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk reveals a teaching about the portion Re’eh that I find to be both beautiful and practical. He begins a discussion about teshuvah. And as we are getting very close to the month of Virgo, the month of cleansing and teshuvah, we want to awaken the deeper understanding of what we need to change. Where does the strength to change and cleanse come from? Rav Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk tells us that in the Zohar it says the power to change and cleanse was created even before the creation of this world. Which means that the aspect of change, the ability to cleanse, is already invested in all of creation. The Zohar says many times that "man is a small world," meaning our creation is an aspect of everything that is in this world. We're made up of all the spiritual and physical aspects of this world, which means that we're made up of teshuvah as well. If teshuvah was... read more

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How to Exponentially Grow Our Light

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: August 9, 2017

In the portion Ekev, it says that the Creator is a trustworthy holder of our Light. But what does that mean? What are the secret, the understanding, and consciousness of those words? To answer that question, the kabbalists in the Midrash bring a story about Rav Shimon bar Yochai’s father-in-law, a great sage named Rav Pinchas, the son of Yair, who lived in a city in the south of Israel. The story goes that a group of merchants came to do business in that city where Rav Pinchas ben Yair lived. They had a certain amount of seeds of barley, and since they were going to be traveling around doing business, they asked Rav Pinchas ben Yair to hold the seeds for them. However, the merchants finished doing their business and went back home, forgetting about the barley seeds. So, every year, Rav Pinchas ben Yair planted the barley for them, and whatever grew, he stored. Every year, he took... read more

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Why Moses Prayed 515 Times to Enter Into Israel

Topic: Prayer & Meditation | Posted: August 2, 2017

In the beginning of the portion Va’etchanan, Moses tells the Israelites that he begged the Creator to allow him to enter the Land of Israel. The numerical value of the word Va'etchanan, which means “begged,” is 515. And the Midrash tells us that Moses actually prayed to the Creator 515 times to enter into Israel. The obvious question, then, is why did Moses pray so many times for this one thing? If the Creator did not answer his prayer the first time, why keep asking? What possible reason could there be for his actions, and more importantly, what are we meant to learn from it? To begin to understand this, we need to analyze the true purpose of prayer. The Midrash explains that the verse, “…and to serve Him with all your heart,” refers to prayer. What does prayer have to do with serving? We usually think of prayer as a way to ask for something from the Creator, while serving is doing... 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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