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Revealing Light From Exactly Where You Are

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: February 10, 2016

The Midrash, in the portion Terumah, tells us that Moses was overwhelmed on this Shabbat. It says when the Creator said to Moses that the Israelites were to build Him a Tabernacle, Moses was all shaken up… how can man possibly make a place for the Creator? The Light of the Creator is so vast that you can’t limit It in a physical structure. So when the Creator comes to Moses and tells him to go to the Israelites and tell them they should build a physical space for Him where he will come and rest, Moses said, but the Light is Endless and cannot be confined to a physical space. To which the Creator responds to Moses a statement which we really have to engrain in our minds – “I do not ask people to do the work with My strength, but only based on their strength.” It’s a very important understanding. In the physical world, if two people are trying to get from point A to point B, they have to... read more

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Breaking Free from Spiritual Slavery

Topic: Well Being | Posted: February 3, 2016

The portion of Mishpatim deals with slaves and slavery; the kabbalists teach, however, that this is not talking about people who are physically enslaved. Rather, on the most basic level, being enslaved means caring what people think about us and doing things not because they are coming from our true essence, but because society, friends, family, and so forth, want or desire us to behave in that way. It may also mean we’re really doing things just to be liked, accepted, appreciated, or thought of as a good, sharing, spiritual person, even though they do have a positive side to them. It’s important we understand this, because if we don’t know the disease, we can never gain the cure. Spiritually, the kabbalists teach there are two forces in this world. There is what we call the Light of the Creator, what Rav Ashlag refers to as ma’arechet hakedusha, the system of holiness; that is the... read more

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Pushing Ourselves Beyond Comfort In Order to Elevate

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: January 27, 2016

Before Yitro, the father-in-law of Moses, appears in the portion of Yitro, he was a spiritual person who had left all the idol worship he had previously taken part of, and was looking for the truth. He hears the story of the Israelites going out of Egypt, and he hears the story of the battle with Amalek. And, as he is a very elevated spiritual soul, knows that the story of the Israelites going out of Egypt, the Splitting of the Sea, and the battle with Amalek is like the headquarters of assistance and redemption needed for the world from then on. Therefore, if we want to connect to that Light of elevation and assistance, we have to connect to, and repeat, that story. Yitro has a choice. He can stay home and use the tool of repeating that story to himself, or he can go hear that story from Moses. It is a big choice, because Yitro lives very comfortably in Midian. He is a very well-... read more

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Walking Behind the Creator

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: January 20, 2016

The portion Beshalach is a very important one. It is the one where the 72 Names are revealed, and one of great miracles; as such, it is one from which we can also awaken great miracles. It says that the Israelites awakened a tremendous amount of certainty and trust in the Light of the Creator, and then, right after that, elevated to the state where they were worthy, able, and capable of receiving the Light of miracles and the Light of the Final Redemption. And, ultimately, as Rav Shimon bar Yochai tells us, what the Light of the Final Redemption really is is an elevation of the level of our certainty in the Light of the Creator to such a place that it is the solution to all the darkness, pain, and difficulties that we experience. There is a beautiful and powerful section in the Zohar, in the portion of Shlach Lecha, that says there are two ways an individual is with the Creator. It says... 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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