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Meditations for the Month of Leo

Astrology | July 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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The Journey of Life and Inner Peace

Kabbalistic Concepts | July 23, 2014

Many people are looking for a spiritual path to gain peace of mind, when, in actuality, they should be looking for ‘piece’ of mind. If the goal of my spiritual work is peace of mind, I am actually saying to myself, “Life is hard, maybe too hard; I cannot change what is happening, at least I can have peace of mind.” Kabbalah says, “No! Do your... read more

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Finding Your Place in the Puzzle

Well Being | July 21, 2014

In 1893, young Mohandas Gandhi found himself in Durban, South Africa far from his home in India. After failing wretchedly as a lawyer twice, he was hopeful that this new country would bring him professional success. However, Gandhi abruptly discovered that South Africa was a racially divided country when he attempted to ride the train and was told... read more

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Lights, Camera, Kabbalah!

Personal Transformation | July 15, 2014

If you keep up with our weekly consciousness posts and follow each week’s Torah story, you know there’s more excitement than in any Hollywood movie. We’ve got drama, love, romance, adultery, and murder, featuring the most extraordinary heroes and villains. There is black magic, sorcery and evil trying to destroy the world, and the kabbalists who... read more

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3 Weeks of Opportunity

Holidays & Time Zones | July 14, 2014

We are about to enter into a period known as Ben HaMetzarim or The Three Negative Weeks, which begins July 15, 2014 through Tisha b’Av (this year August 5, 2014). Tisha b’Av, which means the 9th day of the month of Leo, marks the anniversary of several calamities throughout both biblical and modern history, most notably the destruction of both... read more

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The External Awakens the Internal

Kabbalistic Concepts | July 14, 2014

The natural world never fails to respond to the external cues it receives from the position of the sun and subsequently we experience seasons. Trees that have lost their leaves in the Fall and Winter seem to know precisely when to unleash new shoots of greenery each Spring. They don’t simply wait for a specific day. If that were the case, all... read more

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Message from Karen Berg

Well Being | July 10, 2014

While the situation in Israel escalates, as it does in so many areas of the world, we are reminded of how fragile life is and how difficult it is to be a human being. Sometimes we surprise ourselves with courage when we feel incomprehensible fear, and at other times we are shocked and dismayed by our capacity to inflict misery. The duality of our... read more

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Secrets of Healing Revealed

Well Being | July 9, 2014

Every week, Kabbalah students all around the world study a different portion of the Torah and the Zohar, connecting to the special scroll-reading of that portion on Shabbat, the 7th day of the week. Each portion in the Torah scroll is hand-written, with specially sized letters, dots and spaces appearing occasionally. The Zohar explains the secrets... read more

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Recognizing Our Negativity

Kabbalistic Concepts | July 8, 2014

This week we have the unique energy of Pinchas that comes to assist us in bringing more protection and healing into our life. What does that mean? Why do we need a specific moment of connection to healing and protection? We want it all the time, not just in a specific moment. This week gives us an opportunity to connect to Light that is related to... read more

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Spiritual Healing

Well Being | July 7, 2014

When we experience loss, it is easy to assume that we are alone. In truth, we are never alone. The Creator is always there for us, guiding us towards healing and transformation. But meeting the Creator half way on the path to healing is entirely up to us. It says in the Torah, "Open for Me an opening no more than the eye of a needle, and I will... read more

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The Donkey and the Angel

Kabbalistic Concepts | July 2, 2014

Michael Berg shared with us the following amazing lesson: This week’s portion tells of Balak, the King of Moab, who hired Bilaam to curse the Children of Israel. Bilaam was well known to have great powers in his mouth. Balak told him, "For I know that whomever you bless is blessed and whomever you curse is accursed." Against God’s desire, Bilaam... read more

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What is REAL Kabbalah?

Master Kabbalists & Their Writings | July 2, 2014

The Kabbalah Centre has been the leading proponent in making the once arcane wisdom of Kabbalah accessible to the lay person. Since it's inception in 1922, the Centre and its teachers have suffered physical as well as character assaults. But the passion and commitment to delivering knowledge and tools that can help remove chaos from the world has... read more

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Forgiving Yourself

Well Being | June 30, 2014

Can you recall a time when someone wronged you and then later apologized for their actions? Despite how upset you might have been originally, chances are you forgave them. Now think for a moment and ask yourself, are you as quick to forgive yourself when you are the one who has messed up? Not likely. Why is it so difficult for us to forgive... read more

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Meditations for the Month of Cancer

Astrology | June 27, 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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Certainty Beyond Logic

Kabbalistic Concepts | June 10, 2014

The Torah portion of Shlach Lecha may seem a bit confusing, but it provides a key concept to nurture our spiritual process. The Creator tells the Israelites that they are now ready to go into Israel – the Promised Land, the Land of Milk and Honey. The Israelites decline the invitation, and the Creator asks Moses to select 12 people – 12 of the... read more

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More Today Than Yesterday

Personal Transformation | June 9, 2014

Strengthening our spiritual connection to the Creator is not always a clear path. Some approach the journey like a to-do list, attempting to check off tasks they believe will bring them closer to the Creator. Donate to charity—check! Help the neighbor clean out their garage—check! Study spiritual texts—check! Others go at it in spurts, for example... read more

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Rising Up to See the Good

Personal Transformation | June 4, 2014

The Torah portion of Beha’alotcha means ‘to elevate’. In this portion, there are two inverted Aramaic letters – nun – written on the parchment. Nun stands for nefila, or ‘spiritual falling’; therefore, the letter nun represents the entire power of the Adversary. The nuns in Beha’alotcha face away to represent the opposite of falling, and thereby... read more

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Connecting to the Tree of Life

Holidays & Time Zones | June 2, 2014

Despite the existence of death, one of the enduring dreams of humanity is its removal. Kabbalah says this “dream” will one day be reality… and Shavuot is the kabbalistic instrument for manifesting it. Death is simply a code for the force that brings things to an end. However, this force need not exist in the human landscape. The solution to this... read more

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Think Outside the Box of Mortality

Holidays & Time Zones | June 1, 2014

Nowhere, really, can a person find written proof that man is destined to die; it is not in the Bible, the Koran, the Constitution, or even in Time Magazine. So, why do we accept death as a reality? Who said we have to die? For most of us, it’s not just that we don’t want to die. It’s that we don’t want to lose our loved ones, or we don’t want the... read more

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Spiritual Movement

Astrology | May 28, 2014

We are entering the month of Sivan, or Gemini. In Sefer Yetzirah, the Book of Formation, Abraham the Patriarch speaks about how the power of movement was created in this month… which should come as no surprise to those of us who know Geminis; it seems that they can't sit still for long - they are in constant movement, always going on to the next... read more

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You Have To Earn It

Personal Transformation | May 26, 2014

A high school senior applies to Harvard University, the same university where his father is a well-respected professor. He is a bright boy with good grades, but his father’s connection secures him a spot in the freshman class. Another high school senior who is equally bright with similar grades applies to Harvard as well. He is a first generation... read more

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Counting the Omer: Week 6

Holidays & Time Zones | May 21, 2014

Road to Transformation: Get out your running shoes! The Omer is a marathon of cosmic cleansing. Kabbalah teaches us that during these forty-nine days following Pesach, we need to take great care in ridding all negative influences from every area of our lives. After Pesach, we begin anticipating Shavuot, the next holiday and in essence the... read more

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Reaching Your Full Potential

Personal Transformation | May 19, 2014

“The only person you need to measure yourself up against is the person you have the potential to become.” ~Michael Berg Have you ever looked around at your life and thought, there must be more to it than this? If so, you’re not alone. It seems that for many of us, no matter where we are in life, we are always seeking greener pastures. Kabbalists... read more

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Taking On the Uncomfortable

Personal Transformation | May 14, 2014

“If you walk in my statutes and keep my commandments, and do them, then I will cause the rain to come at the proper time.” - Leviticus 26:3 And so the portion of Bechukotai begins. Bechukotai refers to the statutes, or laws, that we should follow, and Mitzvotai to the commandments. What is the difference between laws and commandments, and why do... read more

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Counting the Omer: Week 5

Holidays & Time Zones | May 14, 2014

Road to Transformation: Get out your running shoes! The Omer is a marathon of cosmic cleansing. Kabbalah teaches us that during these forty-nine days following Pesach, we need to take great care in ridding all negative influences from every area of our lives. After Pesach, we begin anticipating Shavuot, the next holiday and in essence the... read more

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Getting Over Spiritual Boredom

Personal Transformation | May 12, 2014

All good things can get tiresome after a while. Consider your favorite dessert. Crème brûlée? Chocolate lava cake? Tiramisu? No matter how much you love it, if you had it everyday you’d probably find yourself feeling less than enthusiastic about another serving. You might even find yourself craving plain old vanilla ice cream just to shake things... read more

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Counting the Omer: Week 4

Holidays & Time Zones | May 7, 2014

Road to Transformation: Get out your running shoes! The Omer is a marathon of cosmic cleansing. Kabbalah teaches us that during these forty-nine days following Pesach, we need to take great care in ridding all negative influences from every area of our lives. After Pesach, we begin anticipating Shavuot, the next holiday and in essence the... read more

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Creating Our Reality

Kabbalistic Concepts | May 7, 2014

The main subject found in the portion of Behar is uniting the 1% physical world with the 99% reality. It is important to remember that 99% of our reality is our consciousness; therefore, by changing our consciousness, we have the power to change our reality. Rav Berg teaches that Behar is on the level of Malchut (our physical world) and serves to... read more

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Dispelling Doubt

Kabbalistic Concepts | May 5, 2014

An 18-month-old boy born with crippled legs walks with a pair of prostheses within a day of receiving them. A three-year-old girl runs down the hospital hallway to greet her mother only six days after having open-heart surgery. A three-year-old boy learns to stand after a major car crash that resulted in a damaged spinal cord and partial paralysis... read more

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Uprooting Negativity

Kabbalistic Concepts | April 30, 2014

Like other portions in the book of Leviticus, one might wonder about the relevance of this portion – Emor – to our lives, as it is mainly dealing with the special laws of purity that were given to Aaron, the High Priest, and his descendents. For example, the priest should not enter a cemetery, not even for the funeral of certain relatives, so he... read more

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Three Simple Steps to a Better Month

Astrology | April 28, 2014

Welcome to the month of Taurus.  The first word that comes to mind to describe people born in this month is stubbornness, but as with most things in life, there is a positive and a negative to this attribute. On the negative side, it is hard for Taureans to let go of believing they are right, and they find it very difficult to change. On the... read more

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Meditations for the Month of Taurus

Astrology | April 27, 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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Counting the Omer: Week 2

Holidays & Time Zones | April 22, 2014

Road to Transformation: Get out your running shoes! The Omer is a marathon of cosmic cleansing. Kabbalah teaches us that during these forty-nine days following Pesach, we need to take great care in ridding all negative influences from every area of our lives. After Pesach, we begin anticipating Shavuot, the next holiday and in essence the... read more

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Too Connected to the Wrong Things

Well Being | April 21, 2014

Have you ever been catching up with a friend, in the middle of sharing a great story when their gaze wanders down to the smartphone buzzing on the table? You continue on with your story in hopes that they are listening. But are they? Have you ever been guilty of the same offense? In any given moment, we may be beckoned by our electronic devices to... read more

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Counting the Omer: Week 1

Holidays & Time Zones | April 15, 2014

Road to Transformation: Get out your running shoes! The Omer is a marathon of cosmic cleansing. Kabbalah teaches us that during these forty-nine days following Pesach, we need to take great care in ridding all negative influences from every area of our lives. After Pesach, we begin anticipating Shavuot, the next holiday and in essence the... read more

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Are You a Slave to Your Ego?

Kabbalistic Concepts | April 14, 2014

Are you a slave to your ego? Before you answer that, ask yourself the following questions: When was the last time you wanted something just for you? When have you felt like you needed more? Deserved more? When was the last time you refused to listen to someone, because you felt smarter than they are? Better than they are? Last month? Last week?... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 13

Holidays & Time Zones | April 13, 2014

Thank you for joining me on this path. As you move forward on your journey this month, remember that spiritual work is not always easy. There must always be some type of a struggle. This doesn’t mean that we all should go home and hit ourselves in the foot with a hammer. What it does mean, though, is that when problems confront us—uncomfortable... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 12

Holidays & Time Zones | April 12, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 11

Holidays & Time Zones | April 11, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 10

Holidays & Time Zones | April 10, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 9

Holidays & Time Zones | April 9, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 8

Holidays & Time Zones | April 8, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 7

Holidays & Time Zones | April 7, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 6

Holidays & Time Zones | April 6, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 5

Holidays & Time Zones | April 5, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 4

Holidays & Time Zones | April 4, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 3

Holidays & Time Zones | April 3, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 2

Holidays & Time Zones | April 2, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The First 12 Days of Aries: Day 1

Holidays & Time Zones | April 1, 2014

As you probably know, Aries is the first of the 12 months of the zodiac. As the first, it is the seed level of all that will unfold throughout the year. Sixteenth century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria explained the specific technology of this month is that the first 12 days correspond to the 12 months of the upcoming year. For example, the first day... read more

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The Words That Harm

Well Being | March 31, 2014

“I can’t believe I did that! I’m a complete idiot.” “I’m not good looking enough to talk to her.” “Why do I make such stupid mistakes?” “I’ll never get into law school. I’m just not smart enough” Lashon Hara is commonly associated with gossip or malicious talk about others. Yet, the term literally means evil tongue and can also describe harmful... read more

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A Revolution of Consciousness: Astronomical and Astrological Events

Astrology | March 28, 2014

We are standing today at the threshold of two astronomical and astrological occurrences that have the potential to create global turmoil with the breakdown of institutions and security structures that do not exist in harmony with the fundamental spiritual energy of the universe. Powerful events that will change life as we know it will begin to... read more

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Meditations for the Month of Aries

Astrology | March 27, 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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Everything is Consciousness

Kabbalistic Concepts | March 26, 2014

Our teacher Rav Berg would always tirelessly repeat, “It’s all about consciousness.” Kabbalists have revealed that consciousness governs everything that happens in the world and in our lives. Science has, on the same vein, proven the fact that the way atoms behave depends upon the consciousness of the observer; the way things manifest in our lives... read more

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The Damage of Dishing the Dirt

Well Being | March 24, 2014

There once was a man who loved to tell stories. He shared stories with all of this customers and friends in the village where they lived. When he heard about a secret, rumor, or incident involving another person, he did not hesitate to share the details, and sometimes added a few details of his own to spice it up a bit. One day he learned some... read more

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The REAL Meaning of Pesach

Holidays & Time Zones | March 20, 2014

I have attempted for a long period of time now to explain the true purpose behind each of our holidays. This has become necessary as the idea of holidays, as represented by conventional religion, has veered astray of the original intent presented on Mount Sinai. The holiday of Pesach (Passover), the biblical story concerning the Exodus from Egypt... read more

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Don't Believe What You See

Kabbalistic Concepts | March 18, 2014

I remember years ago, our beloved teacher and Spiritual Director of The Kabbalah Centre, Rav Berg of blessed memory, would say, “Don’t be from Missouri!!!” Since 1897, the state of Missouri was nicknamed the “Show Me State.” The “Show Me” part signifying, of course, that I only believe in what I can see. Only what my 5 senses tell me is the truth... read more

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It's a Mistake

Personal Transformation | March 17, 2014

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…in search of spices, gold, and a quick route to East Asia. On his first voyage westward, Columbus predicted that he and his crew would land in India in approximately one month’s time. The trip to solid land ended up taking twice that time. That’s a pretty big mistake for an explorer to make, considering all... read more

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The Connections of Purim

Holidays & Time Zones | February 27, 2014

Many secrets of Purim are found in the writings of Rav Isaac Luria, "The Ari," the preeminent 16th century kabbalist. The Ari speaks of the idea of yuli. Before a physical thing becomes manifest, it goes through a spiritual level called yuli. The Ari explains that the only way to transform any negative thing in your life is by taking it back to... read more

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