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The Creator Was There With Us

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 28, 2016

We are nearing the end of the month of Elul (Virgo), where we have been going through a process of teshuvah, looking back at the negative actions we have done, seeing what we can do to correct them, and feeling the pain of the sparks of Light we have given over to the Negative Side. During this process, it is important also to talk about the joy we need to have regarding the negative things we have done. It says in the Zohar, in the portion Bo, that an individual should know the good things and do positive actions, but also know and do negative actions, and then bring himself back to the good path. It is a very interesting statement from the Zohar, recommending that a person do good things, bad things, and then bring himself back to the good. Why does the Zohar want us to do negative things? Why does it say to know the good, know the bad, do positive actions, do negative actions, and... read more

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The Secret of the First Fruit

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: September 21, 2016

The physical story of the portion Ki Tavo that we read is regarding what's called bikkurim, the first fruit. In the times when people were farmers in the land of Israel, they would bring the finest of their first fruit to the Temple in Jerusalem, where a prayer was done with the bikkurim. It says in the Midrash that the entire world was created for the energy and secret in this first fruit. But, why is that? When Adam and Eve were created, they had a choice between Desire to Receive for the Self Alone and Desire to Share, and they fell, in what is called the sin of the fall of Adam and Eve. After that moment, everything in the world, everything that exists, and every single person became, and is, a mixture of positive and negative, of good and not so good. And our work in this world is to separate the fruit from the peel, take the goodness out of the darkness. For example, when you want... read more

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The Puzzle of Our Correction

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 14, 2016

The portion Ki Tetze speaks about the battle against the Negative Side, and I want to go back to a few verses in the previous portion, Shoftim, that speak about the battle. It says that when the Israelites went to battle there was a priest, a Kohen, whose only job was to give a speech to raise consciousness beforehand. He would say, "You are coming close to the battle," and then he would give four warnings: "Do not allow your heart to become weak. Do not have any fear. Do not start acting hastily. Do not be overwhelmed by them." It says in the Midrash that these four warnings, or the four awakenings of consciousness for battle, were exactly parallel to the four things that kings would do as their tactics of war. So, let’s understand a little bit of the technical meaning and then we will come to an understanding of consciousness. The kings made a lot of noise to awaken fear within the... read more

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Run After Judgment

Topic: Well Being | Posted: September 6, 2016

On the Shabbat of Shoftim, in the reading of Shoftim, the Ramban, Nachmanides, reveals a very important secret about this verse, which says, “You have to chase after justice.” He gives first, as he often does, a commentary and explanation based on the literal understanding of those words. The Ramban quotes from a book of kabbalistic secrets called the Bahir, which Rav Nehunia ben HaKana, the author of the Ana B’Koach, wrote. He says there is a secret which is explained, based on this verse. In the Bahir, from section 74 and section 75, it explains that when it says tzedek, which is literally translated as “justice,” it really means “the rule of justice of this world.” It’s not justice in the physical world; it’s referring to the judgment, the din, that an individual brings upon himself when he does negative actions, and in so doing awakens general negativity that the world goes through... 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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