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The Desire to Help

Kabbalistic Concepts | October 20, 2014

Susan Burton had hit the lowest point in her life. A struggle with alcohol and crack cocaine addiction led to a string of stints in prison. After her last release a prison guard said, “I’ll see you back in a little while.” Burton knew she needed to make some life changes. She entered rehab and began to piece together a new life. Once on her feet,... read more

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Spiritual Reset

Personal Transformation | October 14, 2014

Have you ever made a mistake in your life and created a lot of chaos? Then, while you are making an effort to fix the chaos, it just seems to get worse? Now you find yourself feeling really frustrated, sad, angry, resentful or ashamed. Don’t you wish that you could press a reset button that would allow you to go back to the beginning of the... read more

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Hiding In Plain Sight

Personal Transformation | October 13, 2014

You’re late for work. In a mad rush you scramble to collect your things–jacket, coffee, keys–only to find that your cell phone has gone missing. You rifle through the papers on your desk, scan the room, and retrace your steps from the past 30 minutes. Nothing. You begin to panic. Where is it? Finally, you spot it. There it is on the kitchen... read more

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Spiritual Block Party

Holidays & Time Zones | October 6, 2014

Summer is over. The season of pool parties and barbeques has come to a close. But the kabbalistic calendar offers us one more chance to connect with neighbors – Sukkot. Think of Sukkot, which begins this week, as a spiritual block party, bringing together both your closest loved ones and the new kids in the neighborhood. Sukkot closes out the... read more

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Opening the Gates of Heaven

Holidays & Time Zones | October 1, 2014

The year is 1736; you are peasant in a faraway country ruled by a mighty king. Imagine that – against all odds – you receive an invitation to visit the palace and speak with the king. You might take a long time to prepare for this meeting, maybe even a year. When you get to the palace, you find great walls and huge gates, patrolled by armed guards... read more

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Being The Kindness You Want To See

Astrology | September 22, 2014

This month, the universe grants us the opportunity to neutralize any negative energy that we may have put out into the cosmos throughout the year. From Rosh Hashanah to Simchat Torah, we can use the kabbalistic spiritual technology available to cancel judgments and decrees for ourselves and for the world. (To learn more about these holidays, click... read more

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Meditations for the Month of Libra

Astrology | September 21, 2014

The New Moon, or in Hebrew Rosh Chodesh, which means “head of the month,” is the first day of the lunar month. Just as a seed contains the DNA of the entire tree, the first day of the new month contains all of the distinct forces that will be revealed that month. On the New Moon, you have the opportunity to draw power from all of the month’s... read more

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The Tool of Prayer

Prayer & Meditation | September 18, 2014

The portion of Nitzavim speaks about unity. In the beginning, it says "you are standing here today..." Using second person plural tense, it then changes to second person singular, and finally ends with singular tense. The change of tenses occurs in order to show us that the Israelites need to be unified on all levels in order to merit taking over... read more

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Rosh Hashanah Study Guide Week 5

Holidays & Time Zones | September 17, 2014

It's the 11th hour. There's no nice way to say it. But there are many nice things about it. This week, you'll feel the walls caving in around you. One or more of your bigger issues will come to a head. That means you will see the depths of your darkness, not because you did something wrong, but because the clock is ticking and you still have some... read more

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Spiritual Housecleaning

Holidays & Time Zones | September 16, 2014

Ah, autumn. Students return to the academic grind with brand new notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils. The leaves begin to change their color, signaling the shift in seasons. It is fitting that Rosh Hashanah falls around this time. The New Year is a time to let go of bad habits, reassess our behavior, and clean up our thoughts in preparation... read more

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Rosh Hashanah Study Guide Week 4

Holidays & Time Zones | September 10, 2014

It's no coincidence that the month of Virgo precedes Rosh Hashanah – the energy behind the constellation of Virgo and the planet Mercury basically forces us to look inward with a critical eye at the blockages that impede our spiritual growth. But it's also characteristic of Virgos to beat themselves up for their imperfections; another trait that... read more

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Take Back Your Light

Kabbalistic Concepts | September 8, 2014

We are now in the month of Virgo, the month leading up to the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. This month is commonly known to be a time in which one does teshuvah, or repentance, for all their negative actions throughout the year. However, Kabbalah views teshuvah as much more empowering than simply "repenting"; teshuvah is actually the process through... read more

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Rosh Hashanah Study Guide Week 3

Holidays & Time Zones | September 4, 2014

Last week’s work was to look inward and make a written list of your unsavory leftovers – those aspects of yourself that should be removed from your vessel before coming to the heavenly court session at Rosh Hashanah. Did you notice how the ego can even distort a spiritual process such as removing negativity? We consider our faults and think, “Aw... read more

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Spiritual Common Sense

Kabbalistic Concepts | September 3, 2014

Maybe I will accept that job as a knife thrower’s human target? Is Bad Boy Biker Billy a guy I need to seriously consider dating? Should I have a side of Super Sized Starchy Fries with my Pastrami Attack sandwich? Or, They are offering me a six figure salary and great health benefits, but I’m still not sure… Really? When someone is confronted... read more

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There Are No Small Actions

Kabbalistic Concepts | September 1, 2014

There are no small actions. Have you heard this saying before? When you are walking down the street and come across a wallet or phone that was lost, for example, Kabbalah teaches that it was on purpose that you came across it, that there was a reason for it. The reason you are coming across this wallet or this phone is because you - either now or... read more

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Rosh Hashanah Study Guide Week 2

Holidays & Time Zones | August 27, 2014

Most of us live our lives waiting for things to happen – around us, in our relationships, at our jobs, even within. One of the main reasons these things don't happen is because we don't DEMAND CHANGE. We are content to go with the flow, to roll with the punches, to wait for life to change us. After all, we've done our share of changing, right?... read more

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Meditations for the Month of Virgo

Astrology | August 24, 2014

The New Moon, or in Hebrew Rosh Chodesh, which means “head of the month,” is the first day of the lunar month. Just as a seed contains the DNA of the entire tree, the first day of the new month contains all of the distinct forces that will be revealed that month. On the New Moon, you have the opportunity to draw power from all of the month’s... read more

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Rosh Hashanah Study Guide Week 1

Holidays & Time Zones | August 20, 2014

Today begins our Rosh Hashanah preparation. The fifth book of Moses, Devarim, combined with the month of Leo, provides us with the perfect environment to begin our studies on Rosh Hashanah. We are 5 weeks away from beginning that journey together, and these 5 weeks are crucial to making the most of your preparation for Rosh Hashanah. So to start... read more

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The Picture Beyond the Curtain

Kabbalistic Concepts | August 19, 2014

Many years ago, Rav Berg said that the name of this portion, Re’eh, is unusual. It is the only portion in the Torah that shares a name with one of the 72 Names of God, and it has a strong meaning. The word Re’eh means 'to see', but in kabbalistic terms it means to see far beyond our 5 senses. The total number of verses in this portion is 126 (... read more

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Words of Creation

Prayer & Meditation | August 18, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, when we pray, it’s not that we go through an intermediary, or, God. It’s actually that we are creating the change ourselves. We, through prayer, have the power to draw into our lives what we are praying for by awakening a true, constant certainty of the presence of the Light of the Creator within us. When you awaken the... read more

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Never Face the World Alone

Well Being | August 14, 2014

Today we will discuss how we never, ever face the world by ourselves. What if no one could see me, what if no one would ever know? What would I do if I could get away with it and no person in the world could judge me for it? Have you ever thought like that? Do you know what I’m talking about? Can you taste the flavor of the forbidden action with... read more

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Forget About It

Kabbalistic Concepts | August 11, 2014

"The more you give, the more you get." We’ve all heard this before. But have you tried it and found the results very disappointing? You give and give, just to find you’re getting nothing back? Yes? Then the problem most likely lies in the way in which you’re giving. Kabbalah teaches that there’s actually a specific method through which every... read more

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Tu B’Av: The Most Joyous Day of the Year

Holidays & Time Zones | July 19, 2013

Some call it the “love holiday,” or the “day of soul mates.” The Talmud calls it “the most joyous day of the year.” While there are many different explanations around what is so special about Tu B’Av, there is one in particular that I find tremendously profound: Tu B’Av, the 15th of Av, is forty days before the date of Creation, the 25th of Elul,... read more

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