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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

The Creator is only constantly in the state of Goodness, and never in the state of seeing what is wrong. Read more: https://t.co/NHD1PQ5a34 33 weeks 2 days ago

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The Darkness Itself Is the Light

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: December 13, 2017

Rav Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk speaks about the beginning of the portion Miketz, which occurs during Chanukah. When we talk about real certainty, we are talking about the times when we are in the lowest state, yet still able to awaken certainty that not only will the Light of the Creator assist us and we will get out of the situation we are in, but also, more importantly, that the Light of the Creator is actually involved in the darkness we are experiencing. There are two types of certainty. One type is when we say, "I am in a terrible state, I am in darkness now, but I have certainty that the Light of the Creator will help me and take me out.” And the other, more important and deeper level is when we say, "The Light of the Creator is involved in this, and it is exactly what the Creator has prepared for me. Therefore, this is the perfect state for me to be in at this moment, and the... read more

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In This Generation, We Can All Be Prophets

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: December 6, 2017

The passage from Prophets that we read after the portion Vayeshev is from the Book of Amos, and it says: "The Creator says, 'I will take from your children to be prophets, and from the young ones, to be Nazirites.'" Here, Nazirites means to be separated from the physicality of this world completely, and therefore connected totally to the Light of the Creator. Rav Ashlag tells us that when we talk about prophecy, it means the ability to bring the Light down to those who are not yet awakened to a connection to the Creator. A prophet is an individual who awakens a connection to the Light of the Creator for others. When it says in this passage, "I will take from your children," children represent those not yet connected to the Light of the Creator. In previous generations, one had to be of a higher state to be a prophet, to be chosen by the Creator to be a conduit for the Light to be... read more

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Elevating the Physical

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 29, 2017

There is a collection of a few teachings from a great soul who lived, and was killed, during the Holocaust. There is not a teaching on every week's portion; therefore, I do not often get a chance to study from it. But Vayishlach is one portion in the collection, and I am excited to share the teaching with you. Most of us know the story; Jacob, having lived many years with his father-in-law, Laban, receives a message from the Creator that it is time to go back to his parents' home. On his way, he finds out that his brother, Esau, is coming to do him harm and to probably kill him and his family. And so, Vayishlach begins with the phrase that states Jacob "sent angels." It is not often we find this terminology – literally, the word "angel" - in the Torah. There is a discussion among the commentators whether he sent literal angels, or if angels here simply mean messengers or people that... read more

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Going Beyond the Realm of Time by Opening Up Pipelines of Light

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 22, 2017

I came across some teachings for the week of Vayetze, some of which I've seen before, that are really the type of teachings that make one's soul happy. And I think if we can connect to these teachings, they are not only very joyful, but can also give us new insight into how to live our lives and pursue our spiritual work. One of these teachings is from the Ramchal, the great kabbalist who wrote a commentary on the Idra Rabba, the Great Assembly, a section in the Zohar where Rav Shimon Bar Yochai reveals all the secrets. Idra Rabba is also, as we know, the name of the cave in Israel where these great revelations occurred. The Ramchal writes a commentary on that section, and on page 107 in this commentary, explains the concept of time. In talking about the creation of this world, the Zohar uses the term “time,” as in describing the time after something happened, the continuation of the... 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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