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Open Up My Eyes

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 22, 2016

In speaking about the work that the spies were sent to do, it says the Creator uses a very specific word; the Creator speaks to Moses and says, Shlach lecha anashim, “Send people,” veyaturu et Eretz Kanaan, “they should look over the Land of Canaan.” There is a secret to the word veyaturu which has a lesson within it for us. To explain, the kabbalists quote the verse in Psalms that the Ari tells us a person should say every time before he studies. And, really, we should say this before everything that we do. It says, “Open up my eyes, so that I can see the wonders from the Torah;” Torah means “to show.” We say to the Creator, “Open up my eyes so that I can see the wonders, the amazing and beautiful things that You're showing me.” It says in the Zohar, in Beha'alotcha, that the purpose of study, the purpose of life, is to see what is hidden by the clothing of the Torah; in learning and... read more

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Quickly Creating New Pathways

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 15, 2016

There's a connection that was called the Pesach Sacrifice, which a person could not partake of if they were impure; meaning, they cannot have been around a dead body, for instance, or do other certain things that cause a person to be impure. In the portion of Beha’alotcha, there's a discussion of the people who were carrying the body of Joseph through the desert. They came to Moses and asked him, even though they knew they were impure, because they carried the body of Joseph, why they had to lose out on the opportunity and spiritual elevation that comes with connecting to Pesach. Many of the commentators say the question is a strange one, because these people knew the rules. The rules are that if a person is impure by a dead body, he cannot partake. Then why are they asking Moses; what can Moses do? It's like going to somebody and saying, “I want to jump off the 30th floor of a building... read more

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The Fight Between Us and Our Ego

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 8, 2016

In this portion, there's a discussion of the Nazirite, a person who voluntarily decides at times to take a vow to separate from the physicality of this world to some degree for a certain period of time, such as not drinking wine or not cutting their hair. If they failed, and this was during the time the Temple existed, they would have to bring what's called an asham, a sacrifice, to cleanse themselves of their failures. It says in the Talmud, in the Gemara, that there was a priest named Shimon the Righteous, Shimon HaTzadik, who tells a story about a Nazarite from the south who came to him. This Nazarite had beautiful eyes and beautiful hair. Because the Nazarite does not cut his hair during the period of acceptance of this time, but afterwards, has to shave it all off, Shimon HaTzadik asks this man why he is accepting this and will then have to cut off his beautiful hair. The man, this... read more

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Counting the Israelites

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 1, 2016

There is a teaching in the Tiferet Shlomo about the song Shalom Aleichem, which has to do also with the portion of Bamidbar. It says, if you read the literal story, that Moses and Aaron are counting the Israelites. The Tiferet Shlomo asks what this whole idea of counting is really talking about; is it actually talking about counting the physical people? It says in Tehillim, in Psalms, that the angels surround the individual, and we know that an angel is created from every spiritual action that a person does. So when it says the Creator tells Moses and Aaron to count the Israelites, “Elohei Tzevaot,” which translates as “the Light of the armies,” it refers to the angels that these individuals have created. Can you imagine - you come before Moses and he tells you you have, for example, five angels around you? This is the process that went on then, and it is also what happens on this... 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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