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The Only Fear We Should Have

Topic: Well Being | Posted: November 25, 2015

There is a teaching about the portion of Vayishlach from Rav Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk, who my father, Rav Berg always told us has a very special connection to the Kabbalah Centre. The Rav received this connection to Rav Menachem Mendel from his teacher, Rav Brandwein. Therefore, every time we study from him we not only connect to his great Light and wisdom, but we also connect to Rav Brandwein and the Rav, as well as draw a tremendous Light of protection from him. So, he quotes a section in the Midrash. We read in the beginning of this story in Vayishlach that Jacob was scared; and it is not often that we find a great elevated soul to be scared. The Midrash asks how we can understand this; we know that fear is usually a manifestation of a lesser connection with the Light of the Creator, and, as such, a person who is completely connected to the Light of the Creator should never... read more


Coming To a New Level of Certainty

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 18, 2015

The beginning of the portion Vayetze says, Vayetze Yaakov miBe'er Sheva vayelech Charana, "Jacob leaves Be'er Sheva and goes to the town of Haran." And the Midrash tells us that this portion is revealing the secret of certainty to us through Jacob. Rabbi Pinchas begins the discussion by quoting from Proverbs, "If you sleep, you'll have no fear, no worries. Then you will go with certainty." It’s referring to Jacob. When it says that he left, it means that he went without any fear or any doubt; therefore, when it says he slept, it means when he left Be'er Sheva, he went with complete certainty. However, the next section of the Midrash seems to contradict this. It says that after Jacob has left Be’er Sheva and is walking towards Haran, he gets worried and wonders if he is going to lose his certainty in the Light of the Creator. We don't often get to hear the doubts of the righteous. And... read more


Be Willing to Wait

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 11, 2015

In the portion Toldot, Isaac and Rebecca have two sons: Jacob, the righteous and elevated son, and Esau, the lower one. When their mother, Rebecca, is pregnant with them they start fighting in her womb, and the kabbalists explain that whenever she walked by a place of prayer or study, Jacob would become awakened and want to go out, but when she walked by negative places, places of darkness, Esau would want to go out. Rebecca, therefore, was confused. She had been praying to have children for many years and was not able to become pregnant. Finally, she does, and then realizes there is something wrong when there is fighting within her womb. The kabbalists tell us she went to Shem, one of the children of Noah, who was a great spiritual giant of that generation, to help her figure out what’s going on. He tells her there are two nations, two completely different souls, in her womb. Rashi,... read more


Elevating Lost Souls

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 4, 2015

In the portion of Chayei Sarah, there is the story of the sending of Abraham’s servant, Eleazar, to find and bring back a wife for Isaac, who we know ends up being Rebecca. There are many levels and secrets in the whole story of Eleazar, but there is one specifically I want to touch upon here. Eleazar comes with a tremendous amount of wealth and animals, and it says that he put the camels outside of the city. Camels have a spiritual significance, and the kabbalists explain that what it’s really talking about here is the work we need to do to elevate souls that are not able to elevate themselves, souls that are very far away. There are souls that are considered to be outside, and those souls - whether it is because of things they’ve done in previous incarnations, or things they’re doing in this incarnation - fall so low that they’re outside of the group of souls. And part of our... read more


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


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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