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Seeing Past the Illusion of this World

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: October 2, 2019

The Shabbat that falls during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat of Returning. This year, it is the Shabbat of the portion Vayelech. The portion Vayelech has all the teachings Moses gave to us before he left this world. And in the beginning of it, Moses says something very strange to the Israelites: "I am 120 years old today. I can no longer exit and enter." What does that mean? Rashi, the great kabbalist, tells us it means that Moses is saying, essentially, "I cannot access the wisdom anymore; therefore, I cannot give it to you." A righteous person, before leaving this world, has the totality of Light revealed to him or her. Knowing that, how is it possible for Moses to say that everything is blocked off to him now? It does not make any sense and cannot be understood literally. So, what is the secret behind it? That this world is an... read more


Become an Angel of Consciousness

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 25, 2019

Speaking about the beginning of the portion Nitzavim, the Midrash says on that  Shabbat the Creator makes the Israelites - and us - like angels. It tells us 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 the Shabbat of Nitzavim is being given. That is a very important message: on Shabbat Nitzavim, we can become like an angel. But, 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... read more


Elevating into the Land of Israel

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: September 18, 2019

The first sentence of the portion Ki Tavo says, Ki tavo el ha’aretz, vehaya ki tavo el ha’aretz, “and it will be when you will come to the Land,” asher Hashem eloheikha noten lakha, “that the Creator gives to you.” Here, Moses is speaking to the Israelites at the end of the 40 years as he is getting ready to leave this world; they will soon enter into the Land of Israel under the leadership of Joshua. The kabbalists teach that the secret of the verse, and therefore the secret of the Shabbat of Ki Tavo, is not about entering into the physical land of Israel as the Israelites did thousands of years ago, but rather, about the elevation of the individual into what is called the Upper World. Rav Berg often says that consciousness is everything, that where a person’s thoughts and consciousness are is where he is. So, then the question is, how do we elevate our consciousness into that Upper... read more


Extinguishing Negativity

Topic: Consciousness | Posted: September 11, 2019

The phrase uvi’arta harah mikirbecha, which translates as, “…and you will extinguish negativity from within you,” repeats itself many times in the portions Ki Tetze and its previous portion, Shoftim. But, what does that mean? When the Israelites received the Light at Sinai, the Zohar tells us, they achieved the level of Bila HaMavet LaNetzach, the level of Immortality. However, although the Israelites did achieve that level of connection, revelation, and separation from the forces of darkness, they fell afterwards into a certain level of Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, and lost the dominion over death. And so, we come to learn that there are two ways of removing ourselves from darkness; one is complete and one is not complete. Achieving the level of Bila HaMavet LaNetzach at Sinai, the Israelites went through a process of completely separating from the forces of ego and darkness;... read more


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