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Building a Foundation for Our Blessings

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: November 7, 2018

It says in the portion Toldot that Isaac, Abraham's son, dug wells for water; first, in the same places where his father had dug them, which the inhabitants of the land had covered up, then, in two new places. The people of the land, the shepherds of Gerar, fought with Isaac over those two wells, claiming to own the water. Finally, Isaac dug a third well, which there was no argument over. And the kabbalists explain that the secret within the story of the digging of the wells is really the secret of an individual's ability to develop spiritually. At the core of the teaching of Kabbalah, and of the teachings of the Ari and Rav Ashlag, is a very simple concept: Light is always present in Its complete and entire form. The only limits are whether or not there is a vessel for that Light, and if there is, the size of that vessel – and the greater the vessel, the greater Light that is received... read more

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Breaking Down the Wall Between the Physical World and the World of Souls

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: October 31, 2018

At the start of the portion Chayei Sarah, Sarah, Isaac’s mother, leaves this physical world. Later, we have the story of Isaac finding his soul mate, Rebecca, which ends with a very interesting verse. The verse says that Isaac finally finds consolation over the death of his mother. One of the things that is so interesting about this is that we don’t often find discussions about the emotions of the different righteous people, the patriarchs and matriarchs; however, here the Torah gives us a glimpse of the tremendous amount of pain Isaac was going through after his mother left this world. But something happened, we are told, that was able to console him, and the Zohar reveals what that was. The Zohar discuses the higher state that Isaac went to which brought him this solace, and hopefully opens that gate to this state for us, as well. It says that when Isaac and Rebecca came together,... read more

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Sharing with No Desired Outcome

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: October 24, 2018

In the beginning of the portion Vayera, we’re told that three angels came to Abraham. Abraham, however, did not know they were angels; he thought they were three travelers, and fed them. It was the third day after Abraham’s circumcision, and he was in great pain; nevertheless, he pushed himself to share and create this meal for these guests. And from that action of sharing, the Zohar makes clear, came a tremendous amount of blessings. One of the blessings that came from this, it says, and the great kabbalist Avraham Azulai also shares, was Abraham’s being led to discover the place we know as Machpelah, the location of the cave where the Patriarchs are buried. In the portion following Vayera, Chayei Sarah, Abraham buys this land to be the burial place for his wife, Sarah. It is later also the burial site for Abraham, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah. But it is in this portion Vayera... read more

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Being Re-Energized by the Light of the Creator

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: October 17, 2018

In the reading from the Prophets, the Haftarah, for the portion Lech Lecha, there’s an explanation about Abraham that could also be very beneficial to us. Abraham constantly faced challenges; nevertheless, not only did he get through them, more importantly, he became more infused with energy and excitement with each one. The Midrash, to give us a picture of what the life of Abraham was like, uses the example of horses running upstream, constantly battling the water coming up against them. That, the Midrash says, was like Abraham’s life. However, rather than each challenge making Abraham weaker or more tired, each one actually made him more energized. Abraham did not feel the challenge, but the excitement and strength, growing from one battle to the next. How is that possible? Most people, after they have gone through a challenge, are a little bit broken down, but still go on to face the... 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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