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How to Make Ourselves Spiritually Elevated

Topic: Personal Transformation | Posted: March 21, 2018

The portion Tzav begins with the verse, “The Creator spoke to Moses, telling him, ‘Command Aaron and his children, saying this is the law of the burnt offering…’” Seemingly, this entire section deals only with very technical laws concerning the process of bringing a sacrifice. However, we know that every section in the Torah has a lesson to teach us concerning our spiritual work. And often the more difficult the lesson is to find, the more profound it is. Personally, it is always very exciting for me after delving deeper into a verse and reading from the teachings of great kabbalists, to suddenly see an entirely new and beautiful understanding in a certain section. One such teaching is from Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heshel from Apta, who explains this verse in his book Ohev Yisrael. Rav Heshel tells us that while the Hebrew word used for “burnt-offering” here is olah, the literal meaning of... read more


Hearing with Our Soul

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: March 14, 2018

Many of the people in the desert who were the creators and builders of the Tabernacle, the Mishkan, had no training or knowledge in the areas in which they were working, such as woodwork or gold-work. However, somehow, as they started working, they figured out how to do it. And there is a section in the Zohar, in the portion Noach, which tells us that as these people, who had the singular desire to fulfill their jobs, started doing the work, the physical objects started teaching them what to do. For example, the gold started telling the person who had to make a breast plate how to make it, and the wood started telling those who had to build the walls of the Tabernacle how to build them. It is not that these people were literally hearing voices, but that suddenly, within their hearts and minds, they knew what to do. The understanding we receive from this relates to the portion Vayikra... read more


Being Aware of Where Our Mind Is

Topic: Well Being | Posted: March 7, 2018

This year, the portion Vayakhel-Pekudei falls on Shabbat Parah, a special Shabbat marking the beginning of preparations for Pesach. On this Shabbat, there is an additional reading, which comes from the beginning of the portion Chukat. In the time of the Beit HaMikdash, people couldn't come to Pesach, bring the Pesach sacrifice, or connect to the Light of Pesach if they were impure. And the section of this reading describes the process of the Parah Adumah, the Red Heifer, which was part of the way the Israelites and kohenim, priests, purified themselves for Pesach. Kabbalists teach that when the soul leaves the body upon a person’s passing, negative forces can attach themselves to it, causing the physical body to become impure. Any individual who is near to, or touches, that dead body receives some of that impurity. And it is through the process of the Parah Adumah that the impurity is... read more


Breaking the Boundaries That Surround Our Blessings

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted: February 28, 2018

The beginning of the portion Ki Tisa speaks about the great Light that was revealed through the building of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. In explaining the type of Light that was revealed, the kabbalists quote a verse from Proverbs which says that the individual's giving - or his or her awakening or desire to give and share - will open up the boundaries for that individual. At the core of that verse and teaching is the concept of what Rav Ashlag calls devekut, which is alsoreally what the wisdom of Kabbalah is about: the attachment of our soul to the Light of the Creator, and the feeling of that attachment which is beyond the physical. The benefits of that unification, of the bringing closer of our soul to the Light of the Creator, are such that if we are truly focusing our work and consciousness on attaching our soul to a greater degree to the Light of the Creator, it opens up all the... 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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