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

In this week’s portion of Nitzavim, Moses speaks to the people of the covenant that they have chosen to enter with the Creator. He reveals to them that from this day forward, as they have been given a choice, they should choose life. From everything we learn in this week’s portion, there is an interesting concept that I would like to share with you, especially as we enter into this seven day period, leading us to Rosh Hashanah, one of the most powerful days of the year.

We humans tend to look backward at what we did, or forward to what we are going to do. Even now as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah, the day in which our life will be laid bare before the Creator and it will be decided whether or not we will have...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: September 18, 2016

In the chapter of Ki Tavo, we read a great deal about blessings and curses. While blessings were bestowed on the mountain of Gerizim, curses were given on Mount Ebal. I happen to love this portion and the lessons that it holds, of which there are many – but the question I get asked the most from students during this week is: How can I connect with the blessings, and not the curses?

I often like to say blessings and curses are two sides of the same coin. In any situation, there is darkness and there is Light. For instance, we’ve all heard about the person whose supposed good fortune it was to win the lottery, and yet with more money there often comes more problems. On the other hand, I’ve known families where someone experienced a grave illness, and...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: September 11, 2016

This week’s portion is Ki Tetze, which opens with the words: Ki tetze la milchamah. This is normally translated to mean, “When you go forth to war.” Yet the word ki does not really mean when, but rather because. In a nutshell, the beginning of this week’s portion tells us: Because you go to war against your enemies, you are sure to be successful.

So what is this about, all this talk of war and enemies? On the surface, it doesn’t seem to be very spiritual. Not to mention history shows us that it’s also not true. There have always been “enemies,” and just because we go forth and do battle does...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 04, 2016

The word Shoftim means “judges.” And that is precisely what this week’s portion is all about. Both the Torah and the Zohar discuss the subject of judges at length, in what seems to be very different ways. In the Biblical story, we find Moses instructing the Israelites on how to nominate and identify judges amongst themselves. In the Zohar, there is a lengthy discussion of the spiritual process after death and the gates of heaven. When the soul leaves the body, it goes through different gates, and before each one there stands a judge. The Zohar reveals that these spiritual gates correspond to our own physical gates – our eyes, our nose, our mouth… all the senses we use to judge others.


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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: August 28, 2016

This week’s portion is called Re’eh, which means “to see.” The majority of this biblical story surrounds the idea of blessings and curses, so why then, was it given the name, To See? Why not call the portion: Blessings and Curses?

The kabbalists reveal that so much of our experience of life is dependent upon that which we choose to see. This is the portion that Rav Berg was born in. It is no wonder that he would often say, “If you look for the good, you will find it. If you look for the bad, you are sure to find that too.” It’s true, for almost every person and every situation, there is good in it, and there is bad. This is the deal we made when we ate from the Tree of knowledge of good and evil, we chose a...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: August 21, 2016

The Zohar teaches that this week’s portion of Ekev deals mostly with the concept of spiritual tikun, a Hebrew word which translates to: Correction. The kabbalists teach that each of us has our own individual tikun, a sort of past life karma if you will. We come into our current incarnation with certain baggage, mistakes we made in previous lives, and it is our job in this lifetime to correct those mistakes. In fact, it is written that an individual may spend their entire life in meditation, thinking only positive thoughts, but upon arriving to the gates of heaven will be told that they have to return to the world of physicality because although they spent their life having done nothing negative, they did not complete the purpose for which they came to this world....

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Karen Berg, Spiritual Leader of The Kabbalah Centre, has committed her life to introducing the teachings of Kabbalah to the world and to expanding the role of women in spirituality and in the global community.  Read Karen's Bio



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