Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: December 04, 2016

Every minute, every, day, week, month and year has its own unique energy. As it says in the Bible, “For everything, there is a season.” There’s a time to plant, and a time for harvest. A time for planning, and a time for action. The energy of this week, the week of Vayetze, as we will discover together, lends itself towards a shift in our consciousness. With spiritual study and the deeper understanding that it brings, we just might be able to see things differently at the end of this week than we had in the beginning.

In Vayetze, we find Jacob beginning a spiritual journey. After much travel, he meets Rachel and instantly falls in love with her. Rachel’s father, an...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: November 27, 2016

This week we not only read and study the portion of Toldot in which great miracles occur, but we also enter into the month of Kislev (Sagittarius), which is the month of Chanukah, a month that is synonymous with miracle-making. Good news, right? This is a great indication of the energy that exists in this week, and even throughout the month. The Zohar explains that this is a time where the potential for miracles is greater than ever, which begs the question: How can we tap into that energy? What can we do now in the first week of Kislev, that can have a positive effect and keep us connected to that potential Light for the rest of the month?

The portion of Toldot begins with Isaac praying for his wife Rivka. Isaac knew...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: November 20, 2016

On the surface, this week’s portion of Chayei Sarah is a simple story about a woman named Sarah, who passes away at the age of 127. Yet, when one sees through the eyes of the Zohar, it becomes something so much more than a story. It becomes a code. For instance, the Bible tells us that Sarah was 127 years. What does it mean she was 127 years? The Zohar explains that at the age of 100 she was as beautiful as she was at 20 and as pure as she was at 7. This is a message to us about the energy of Sarah, about the vibrancy and purity that we are supported to reach in this very special week.

The Zohar reveals that the reason ...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: November 13, 2016

As I was reading through this week’s portion of Vayera, there are so many insights the kabbalists give in their commentaries on the portion, it’s hard to choose only one directive for the week. When this happens, I like to trace back to the very beginning of the portion because the beginning is the “seed” level – it’s the place where we can connect to the essence and to the greatest potential.

In the beginning of the portion, it says that Abraham sat at the entrance of his tent. The commentaries ask the question: Why is it important for us to know where Abraham sat? Well for one thing, we know it is written that...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: November 06, 2016

This week’s portion is Lech Lecha, which means to “go out,” and these are the very words that God speaks to Abraham in the story. It is here that God appoints Abraham to be his messenger, to leave the place where he lives, to “go out,” and to spread spirituality amongst the world.

The story always reminds me of the early days with Rav Berg in Israel. The Kabbalah Centre then was not like the Kabbalah Centre we know today. There were no study groups or student support, there were no teachers around the world, no local Centres which students could go to anytime to connect. It was just the Rav, myself, and a handful of students studying in Israel. We could have stayed that way forever...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: October 30, 2016

In Hebrew, the word Noach (Noah), means “to be comfortable.” This should already tell us a little bit about the energy that exists in the cosmos this week, and how we can grow spiritually from it.

We read in the Torah, “The earth was also corrupt before God, and the earth was full of violence. God looked upon the earth and saw it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their ways.”

There are a great many acts the people of the world were engaging in during the time of Noah that had separated them from the Light of the Creator, but if we were to wrap it up in a single word: comfort. They had given up walking the spiritual path. They wanted something easier.

One of the things we learn in our classes at the Kabbalah Centre is...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: October 23, 2016

Thank God for new beginnings! This week, we celebrate Simchat Torah, the last of the holidays in the month of Tishrei (Libra), a month in which, through our connections, we have been made new. We have enhanced our connection to the divine Light, the source of all that is good in this world, and have been made better for it. Now, at last, we are afforded the opportunity to begin again. It is the luxury of all human beings that we are allowed to forget, to start fresh, and to perhaps see things and experience life differently than before.

It is no coincidence that we also begin the Torah again this week, returning to the first portion of Beresheet, which...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: October 16, 2016

This week on the Shabbat of Sukkot, we will read from the same portion that we read during Chol Hamoed of Pesach. On the surface, this would seem a bit redundant. Didn’t we already read about this six months ago? Why would we need to hear it read again?

The kabbalists teach that the months from Nissan (Aries) to Elul (Virgo) are considered male months, a time for planting seeds, a time for...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: October 09, 2016

This is a very important and significant week, as it is the week that follows Rosh Hashanah and the week that leads us into the holiday of Yom Kippur. We learn that on Rosh Hashanah, the shofar acts like a laser, literally tearing asunder the negativities that we have done. It brings us to a place where we are a born anew, a changed person.

The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur -- the period of time that we are in now – are spiritually significant as the jury is still out. Our consciousness and our actions during these days determine whether what has been written for us on Rosh Hashanah will be manifest in the coming...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: October 02, 2016

As we enter into the portion of Vayelech, we are also entering into the month of Tishrei (Libra) and the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. The portion of Vayelech is one of the shortest in the Bible, and we know that where there is less, there is always more – making this one of the most powerful weeks of the entire year to inspire inner change and closeness with the Creator.

Rosh Hashanah is the birth of humanity, the birth of Adam and Eve. It is also the birth of a completely new cycle – a new month, a new year. We learn in our studies at the Kabbalah Centre that...

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