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Become an Angel of Consciousness

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 17, 2014

Speaking about the beginning of this week’s portion, the Midrash says that on this Shabbat the Creator makes the Israelites - makes us - like angels. It says in Isaiah that the angels stand above the Creator, and Rashi, the great kabbalist, explains this means that the angels stand ready and waiting to serve the Creator, to manifest the Creator’s Light in this world. Therefore, the Midrash tells us the word nitzavim, which means “stand up,” is referring to the ability to stand up like angels that each one of us, on this Shabbat, is being given. That is a very important message, obviously: on this Shabbat, we can become like an angel. What does it mean that the Creator gives us the ability to become like the angels, and how can that be accomplished? Further, what connection does this have to being the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah? The kabbalists explain that angels are unique beings.... read more

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The Secret of the Words "This Day"

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: September 10, 2014

Deuteronomy 26:16 begins with the words hayom hazeh, which mean “this day”, this day the Creator commands you to do these actions, the spiritual work. However, historically, it’s not true that the commandments were given on this day when Moses is speaking to the Israelites in the portion of Ki Tavo. Yet, he makes a statement that on this day the Creator commands you to do the spiritual work. Why? What is the secret of the words hayom hazeh, “this day”? Rashi, the great kabbalist and commentator, says that every day your spiritual work should be brand new in your eyes, and it should be like you are hearing about it each day for the first time. Therefore, Rashi explains that when Moses tells the Israelites that this day they are commanded to do the spiritual work, he’s giving them spiritual insight about how their work should be done - that every day your work should be as if it’s the... read more

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Branches of Souls

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 3, 2014

There’s a story in the Talmud which says that Rabbi Pereira had a student who could not understand what he was teaching, and so he repeated the teachings to his student 400 times, until he finally understood. After going through that process, a voice came out from the Heavens and said to Rabbi Pereira: “You have a choice of either receiving Light for 400 years for yourself, or for your entire generation to merit what is called the Olam Haba, a true connection to the Supernal worlds and the Light of the Creator.” Rabbi Pereira answers that his request is for he and his generation to merit a true connection to the Light of the Creator. Then, the Creator says to the angels that because Rabbi Pereira’s desire was to give his entire generation a connection to the Light of the Creator, Rabbi Pereira will also receive 400 years of Light, in addition to his generation meriting the Olam Haba. So... read more

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Cutting Off the Sustenance of the Negative Side

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: August 27, 2014

In the portion Shoftim it says, "When you go to war with your enemy and you see horses and soldiers, and many legions more than you…do not be afraid of them..." Regarding this, the great commentator Rashi explains that when it talks about going out to do battle and you suddenly see that the armies arrayed against you are greater than you, what the Creator is really telling us is - "You, in your eyes, see so many enemies against you. But, in My eyes, there are not many there." We think we have a lot of enemies against us, but really, there’s nothing there. It’s an important concept. It goes much deeper than that, and is a beautiful understanding. When it says,"going out to battle," it’s not talking about a physical battle; it’s talking about the battle that each one of us has with the Negative Side. It says that you see, or at least you sense with your physical senses, all of these... 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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