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You Have No Idea

Topic: Well Being | Posted: March 25, 2015

The portion Tzav begins with a discussion of the sacrificial offerings, parts of which were burnt throughout the night and therefore became ashes. It says that the first thing the Kohen would do in the morning was then take those burnt ashes and put them back into the center of the altar. It's very interesting; what's the purpose of taking the ashes of already burned sacrifices and putting them back onto the altar? The overall teaching of this is about how little we understand, and it may be the most important truth to keep in mind all the time; in fact, if we did, we would most likely never have a negative experience. The truth is that we think we understand, we think we see, but we really see or understand nothing. So, a person brought the sacrifice and saw that it had an effect - it was swallowed up, it says, by the Supernal fires. This means the Creator accepted it, and it revealed... read more


Becoming a Messenger of the Creator

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: March 18, 2015

The spiritual insights concerning the portion of Vayikra are truly inspiring; namely, the revelations that are contained within the first words of it: Vayikra El Moses, “The Creator called to Moses.” The Midrash uses a parable to explain the relationship between the previous portion of Pekudei where Moses completed the construction of the Tabernacle as the Creator commanded him to do so, and the beginning of the portion of Vayikra, where the Creator calls to Moses. The parable is also used to help signify what the first few words of Vayikra mean to us today. It compares the Creator to a king who commands his servant to build a beautiful palace for him and to write the name of the king on everything that he uses to build it - whether it is a brick he puts in the wall, a table, or a chair. The servant carries out the king’s orders and when the palace is completed the king says, “My... read more


Wait for It

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: March 11, 2015

The portions of Vayakhel-Pekudei not only contain the culmination of all the work that occurred in the book of Shemot, or Exodus, but also bring us to an important point - the accounting for the finishing of the building of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. And there are quite a few very important lessons in it, but there’s one I want to focus on. In the Midrash they ask, how long did it take to build? Rabbi Shmuel, the son of Nachman, said the building of the Mishkan took three months - the months of Tishrei, Cheshvan, and Kislev. By the third month, the month of Kislev, the building was done. The pieces were prepared, the utensils to be used inside were prepared, the walls were prepared, and yet it wasn’t put together. So all the pieces of the Mishkan were done, but sat there, unattached, for the next three months, until the first day of the month of Nissan, the month of Aries, when it was... read more


Two Levels of Certainty

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: March 4, 2015

The portion Ki Tisa begins, the Creator tells Moses, "When you elevate the head consciousness of the Israelites…" This Shabbat, therefore, is about elevating our consciousness from one level to another. What are these two levels, and why is it so important to be elevated? It says that before Amelek came to the Israelites, the Israelites had doubt; literally, the verse says, "Is the Light of the Creator with us or not?" Even though the Israelites were in a place where they received so much and where the miracles were so clear to them, they still asked, “Where's the Light?”, and, as such, then became opened up to receive all kinds of negativity. Rashi, the great kabbalist and commentator, explains that there are two types of certainty among spiritual people, and that it’s very important to understand and to realize how different they are and the consequence of each. For the first group of... read more


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