Posted In: Well Being Posted On: February 18, 2017

“This, above all, to thine own self be true.”

These words of wisdom from William Shakespeare reflect the enduring truth for humanity.

In our world of physicality where conformity is the norm, it is so difficult to be who we are, to express the innermost essence that is our heart, and yet this is all that the Creator truly asks of us. It takes great courage to be ourselves.

In reading this week’s portion of Mishpatim, we find that it discusses the social laws of how to behave and not behave, which includes the laws of slavery. And in last week’s portion of Yitro, you may also recall that the first of the Ten Commandments was the statement, “I am the Lord thy God, who brought you out of the house of bondage.”

Why is so much of the Bible dedicated to the disconcerting subjects of slavery and bondage – those aspects of history that are not relevant to us today...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 11, 2017

Every day the universe sends beautiful messages our way – from people, from angels, even from the Creator Himself. The ability to listen to them is more a matter of spirit than of anatomy.

To listen is a wonderful capacity that can bring so many blessings into our lives and Light to the world. This week’s portion Yitro, which reveals the Ten Commandments, provides us with lessons about listening, as well as the energy to help us hear and heed.

According to the kabbalists, the Ten Commandments—or as literally translated, the Ten Utterances—were not rules that God gave the people as a way of conducting a good life. Instead, they represent the totality of the spiritual energy that transcends the limitations of the physical world. Yes, in fact the revelation of the Ten Utterances brought about complete healing, restoration and the removal of death for all humanity at that time.

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Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: February 04, 2017

“When in doubt, do nothing. Let the situation evolve around you.”

This was something my late husband, Rav Berg, would often say. We see this concept illustrated at many a turning point throughout the Bible, including this week’s portion of Beshalach – most famous, perhaps, for the splitting of the Red Sea. At The Kabbalah Centre, we consider this to be one of the most important Shabbat connections of the year as it contains the 72 Names of God, the tool by which Moses was able to part the water so the people could escape Pharaoh’s army safely.

As the Israelites faced the Sea in front of them, with Pharaoh and his army charging from behind, the nation had to make a choice. The Zohar reveals there were four reactions from the people. The first group among them said, “Let’s just jump into the sea. We’re done for anyway!” The second group said, “Let’s go back and surrender!”...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: January 28, 2017

Laughter heals. For that which we can laugh at, can no longer hurt us.

Actress and author Carrie Fisher, who recently passed away, may God rest her soul, once said: “If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true – and that is completely unacceptable.” This coming from a woman whose father left her at 2 years old. A woman who suffered from a lifetime of drug addiction, was diagnosed as bi-polar, and once was committed to a mental institution where she did not sleep for six days straight. Regardless of the slings and arrows life threw at Miss Fisher, there was one thing she never lost: Her sense of humor about herself. She was a wildly funny writer and comedienne, with a wit that rivaled the likes of Dorothy Parker and Oscar Wilde. She found ways of turning her maladies into comedies, poking fun at herself and her life, in everything from a series of books to a one-woman stand up show on Broadway. For Carrie...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: January 21, 2017

“Hidden within the patterns of your personal history is a code that once deciphered reveals the meaning, purpose, and direction of this life.” – Carl Jung

It is within the patterns of our life that we find our purpose. There’s a popular movie from the early 1990’s called Groundhog’s Day. It’s a comedy about a man who becomes stuck in a loop where the same day repeats itself. Each morning, Phil awakens and its February 2nd all over again. No matter what he does, he cannot seem to progress to the following day. At first, he sees this as carte blanche to do whatever he pleases. However, it’s not long before Phil becomes disillusioned with the state of his repetitive life and attempts to end it all. Still he inevitably awakens on the morning of February 2nd.

It is in Phil’s exhaustion and hopelessness that he begins to contemplate his place and purpose in the loop. He...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: January 14, 2017

From big dreams, great rewards may come, but there is none greater than the journey itself. For just as there is no reward without a journey, there is no journey without reward.

There was once a man for whom every day was the same. He awakened very early each morning and donned his suit and tie. He went to work, came home, ate dinner, and went to bed. Day in and day out, his life was unchanging. Each day he would tell himself, “When I’m 60, I will retire. Then, I’ll get that house by the sea.” And so, this is what he lived for. An entire life spent eyeing the prize.

You know, there are two different endings to this story. In some versions, the man passes away at the age of 59. It is only at the gates of heaven that he suddenly realizes how terribly his life was wasted. In another version of the story, he retires and gets to his dream house by the sea. He walks in, takes a look around, and he’s completely in awe of its beauty. He sits...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: January 07, 2017

“If I do all that I am supposed to do -- pray, study, and attend services each weekend – why don’t I feel the Light?”

This question was asked of me recently. It’s one I think many of us, regardless of our religious or spiritual paths, have asked from time to time, and so to best answer it I would like to share a little about my personal life with Rav Berg.

When we first started our journey together, Rav Berg was very different from the man he later became. He was a very religious business man – scholarly and determined, and at times also hard. The softness and love the world came to see in the Rav’s eyes didn’t come until much later. It was not there until The Kabbalah Centre changed from being a place of study to a place of connection. To be honest, people changed the Rav. The Rav did not become the Rav until there was you.

At first the Rav did everything a teacher/scholar was supposed to do, but “supposed to” doesn’t always equate to feeling...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: January 01, 2017

This moment – the one you are living right now, at this very instant – is a moment the Light designed just for you, and it will take you where you’re meant to grow.

A student asked me recently, “What will 2017 bring? Will it be a year full of blessings, or a year full of challenges?”

The answer is: It depends greatly on our perspective.

As with every year, the next 365 days will surely be filled with times of great joy, times of great sadness, moments in which we rise to the spiritual occasion, and moments in which we fall. What can make this year different from the last is how we choose to view the circumstances we will face. It is not what happens to us, but how we perceive it that determines our quality of life.

In this week’s portion of Vayigash, Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers and forgives them for selling him into slavery. It is a beautiful story. One could easily...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: December 25, 2016

I’ve learned many lessons in my life, but one of the most important is to not give too much energy to a single moment. For it is only a chapter, not the whole book.

Most of us see our lives in small pieces. It’s not easy to step back from a present circumstance and see a bigger picture. Yet this is such a wonderful way to achieve wisdom. This was Joseph’s test too. Last week’s biblical portion saw Joseph in great despair, as he was sold into slavery. This week, Joseph is elated when he is removed from prison to become the chief advisor to Pharaoh. Within Miketz, we see Joseph rise from slavery to royalty. In one second there is difficulty and we are down in the dumps. In the next, things look good and so we are happy. Such is the web of human emotions spun by our ups and downs.

Joseph spent 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, and then an extra two years because he lost certainty that the Divine Light was the source of his freedom. Not a...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: December 20, 2016

Dear friends,

This New Year’s Eve, we can all take one small action for peace on Earth and goodwill towards humankind.

It is my honor to participate in Pujas for Peace (www.pujasforpeace.org), a movement that is uniting religious and spiritual organizations around the world this New Year’s Eve by inviting them and their communities to a simple call to action. Their request is : At any time of your choosing on December 31st, gather by a fire (simply lighting a candle will do) and pray or meditate to spread positive energy out into the world.

I am lending my voice to this cause because I am passionate about anything where people of all beliefs, modalities, and paths can find a common ground to unite as One.

How fortuitous that this year New Year’s Eve falls on the last night of Chanukah. Whether we are standing beside a Chanukah candle on New Year’s Eve,...

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In the midst of such chaos in my life, I have been able to find peace through studying Kabbalah. Without any doubts whatsoever, I would highly recommend anyone to call. I am so thankful for The Kabbalah Centre, because it has made all the difference in my spiritual growth and development.

 

- Susan Perry Simpson

Kabbalah is the best gift I have had this year. But it did not come easy. It is a result of a lot of hard, focused, and disciplined work my teacher guided me through. Often I had to go out of my comfort zone to apply the tools. But the satisfaction and confidence I now feel is indescribable.

- Sam Parnaso

Now I look back and question what exactly I did and how I managed without these teachings in my life.

- Christopher Smith