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Removing the Venom of the Negative Side

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 9, 2014

At the end of the portion Pinchas, Moses knows that he is going to be leaving this world, and he asks the Creator to appoint a leader to replace him. The Sh'la says that in his request, Moses was not just asking about that time. He was also asking for it to be revealed who will be the leader at the time of the End of the Correction. The Creator answers Moses and reveals Joshua, who is going to be the leader for that time. But the Creator also shows him the leader for the End of the Correction, and therefore, in so doing, reveals the Light of the End of the Correction. The Creator also shows Moses all the generations that will live from that time until our time, until the time of the End of the Correction. The Creator shows him that every generation from then on is going to be a lesser generation than the previous one; every generation from then on is going to have less consciousness,... read more


The Battle for our Consciousness

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: July 2, 2014

There are many unique things about the portion Balak and this Shabbat. One is that while we know Moses writes down all the stories in the Torah that he was either leading or witness to, there is no real way to understand how Moses came to actually know the story in this portion. The story is that the Israelites are in the desert, and Balak, a king, is worried that the Israelites will come and conquer his land. He sends messengers to Bilaam, a great sorcerer, and asks him to come and help him do damage to, or at least diminish the spiritual strength of, these people. So, they come together and go to the mountains that surround the Israelites. But they never interact with Moses or the Israelites; so, how do we even know that this story happened? How did Moses come to write down this whole story of conversations and prophecies that did not go on in front of him? A great kabbalist whose... read more


Removing the Forces of Death

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: June 25, 2014

Kabbalists teach that when a person passes away, the soul leaves the body, and the physical body becomes impure; meaning, negative forces can attach themselves to it. And if a person is in proximity to that dead body, he or she receives some of that impurity. That impurity is removed through a process called the para aduma, the red heifer, and it is the physical discussion in this week’s portion, Chukat. The Zohar explains that it’s not just about the technical process of removing this impurity, but rather that it goes to the core of how a person disconnects himself from the forces of darkness, from what’s called the Sitra Achra, the Negative Side. Therefore, when we talk about the force of death, which is what this week’s portion is about removing, we are not just talking about that moment of physical death that people experience. Rather, we are talking about the force of death that... read more


The Correction of Cain

Topic: Well Being | Posted: June 18, 2014

It says that after Korach failed, the earth swallowed him up; it’s a very dark, sad ending. And there’s a little bit of confusion about this. Korach, as the Ari (Rav Isaac Luria) explains in the Likkutei Torah, was actually a part of Abel - Moses was the corrected part of Abel and Korach was the uncorrected part of Abel. And it says that when Korach fell, he took upon himself the negative aspects of the soul of Cain. I heard a beautiful thing - that when Cain killed Abel, Cain didn’t know that there was such a thing as death. Nobody had ever died, so he wasn’t even aware of the concept. As such, although he was upset at his brother Abel and wanted to hit him, he didn’t think there was even a possibility that he would never get up, so when he hit Abel, he expected him to get up. It says in the Midrash that Cain sat there for days crying, “Abel, get up!” And it says that when Mashiach... read more


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The Thought of Creation

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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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