Posted In: Well Being Posted On: April 22, 2017

The holiest of actions are the ones that come from the heart. Big or small, every turn of hand has the power to uplift all of humanity when done with love.

This week’s portion of Tazria-Metzora deals largely in part with the repercussions of our actions. The portion reads like a list of rules and regulations for the Israelites regarding purity or uncleanliness – much of which it would seem does not apply to us today, as we do not have a High Priest to inspect us, or a Holy Temple in which to cleanse. The Zohar, however, tells us that we can find the relevance of the portion even in its name, as Tazria translates to, “She conceives.”

Conception is a funny thing in the Bible. It’s not always linear in nature. For instance, we read about Jacob’s love for Rachel, but Jacob was fooled into marrying her sister, Leah. It says that Jacob’s thoughts were of Rachel during his marital relations...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: April 15, 2017

There is nothing impossible under the sun. For all that’s impossible just waits to be done.

When the Wright Brothers told the world they wanted to build a transport that could allow people to travel through the air, they were told it would never happen. Years later, when Amelia Earhart wanted to fly an airplane and become the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, people thought her to be mad. When George Lucas took his first Star Wars movie to FOX, the studio heads were certain it would be a box office disaster, giving it as little support as possible. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Mark Zuckerberg. All were told, “You cannot accomplish this,” at some point along their journey. Yet, they forged ahead, undaunted by what others would perceive as failure or defeat.

In this week’s portion of Shmini, we at last come to the place where the Tabernacle is awakened. If you’ll recall, the previous few...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: April 08, 2017

It is so easy to mistake freedom as the ability to do whatever we want. Spiritually speaking, freedom is the fortitude to refrain from doing what we don’t want.

This is a very special week, as it is the holiday of Pesach, the time the Creator Himself took the Israelites out of Egypt, removing them from bondage. At the Kabbalah Centre we teach that while we ourselves may not be in state of physical ‘slavery,’ we all have at least one thing in our lives to which we are bound. We might be enslaved to alcohol, drugs, or other such forms of addiction while for others it could be power, control, or wealth, or even blaming other people. None of us, as long as we are here in this world, are totally immune to the trickery of the dark side, that force which seeks to keep us subjugated, so that we remain stuck, unable to move forward and experience potential of our soul and the totality of the Light.

Yet we...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: April 01, 2017

Spiritual greatness is defined more by what we do with all that we have learned, and less with what we know. It is behavior that makes us spiritual, not beliefs.

In the portion of Tzav, Moses is instructing the sons of Aaron how to bring sacrifices to the Tabernacle. The portion is filled with many intricacies and much minutia on how to carry out sacrifices: what to burn upon the altar; what not to burn; what to eat; and what not to eat. The words tell us a story, but every letter is a code, revealing insights about the union of the physical and spiritual worlds. I’d like to focus on one aspect giving us a direction for the seven days ahead.

One of the instructions Moses gives to the sons of Aaron, is to take the ashes from the sacrifices made upon the altar, and to move them to a place outside the Tabernacle. This seems like a strange request! Nadav and Avihu were considered to be of an extremely...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: March 25, 2017

“A job well begun is half done.”Ancient proverb

This week’s portion of Vayikra is the first chapter in the Book of Leviticus and, as such, it signifies the start of a new journey. The portion itself describes all manner of sacrifices. It is not a coincidence that this Monday night also happens to be the New Moon of Aries, a month that includes the holiday of Pesach, in which we work to sacrifice our ego. Being the first of the astrological signs, the initial glimpse of the Aries moon is considered by kabbalists to be the seed level of the twelve months that follow. All of this indicates that this week is providing us with a way to enter into a new beginning.

Have you ever wondered why first impressions seem so important? We put so much effort into being our best on a first date, so much preparation into our first day on a new job, so much time spent on our resolutions...

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

To show love to another human being is to show them the face of the Divine.

Love is what we are made of. It is the definitive quality of the Creator, and so too is it the essence of our souls.

I have to be honest. Many years ago, when I first came to read Vayakhel-Pekudei, I found these chapters to be the least interesting of all the Bible. Yet, with the help of the Zohar and of the commentary of the great kabbalists, I came to better appreciate these stories and their meaning. Consequently, this week’s lesson has become perhaps one of my absolute favorites.

God instructs Moses, “Build unto me a Tabernacle, so that I may dwell within you.” Vayekhel and Pekudei both discuss the many details that went into the building of the Tabernacle, and all that was necessary for this construct to be a place where the Light of the Creator could dwell. There are many...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: March 12, 2017

All you take with you is that which you’ve given away.

This is written on the wall of George Bailey’s Building and Loan office in the movie It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s a beautiful sentiment, and one that rings true to all that the Creator has so graciously granted us in this life. The beauty of a blessing is not that we have it, but that we are able to share it with others, enriching the lives of those we care for and making the world a better place for it.

In this week’s portion of Ki Tisa, God tells Moses that when counting the Israelites, he is to instruct each of them to give half a shekel. Moses is then instructed to use the money for the Tent of Meeting, making it a memorial for the Israelites unto the Lord. In doing so, God tells Moses that this half shekel is holy.

We don’t always associate money with holiness. Yet, here Moses is told from the...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: March 09, 2017

All is Light, and Light is all.

Purim is a day that will be for all of eternity, for we learn in the Bible that following the Final Redemption, when we are escorted by God into the world of unconditional love, there is but one day that shall remain, and that day is Purim.

The spiritual concept of certainty is one that we speak of often in our studies at The Kabbalah Centre. Certainty is the knowledge that the Light is in everything and everyone; that there is no situation or person who is without good. Everything is from the Light and of the Light and, as such, everything is to the benefit of our individual and global evolution. We live in a world of chaos, where it is so easy to lose this certainty. Sure, we may have it when the chips are up and life is going according to our plans, but what happens when life throws us the unexpected? Do we say, “Wait a minute, this isn’t right!” or do we embrace that it must be right, that all situations...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: March 05, 2017

The soul is selfless. For, like the Creator, our soul has but one desire – to share.

After the sin of the Golden Calf, the Creator wanted to destroy the people – to essentially hit the reboot button, and start over. Moses challenges God, “If you bring destruction on these people, then destroy me too. Erase my name from Your Book.” God did not destroy the people, but the name Moses was erased from this week’s portion, the chapter of Tetzaveh, nevertheless.

On the surface, it would seem the Creator was punishing Moses by not including his name here. Yet, we learn from the Zohar that the opposite is true.

One of the difficult to understand kabbalistic principles is: That which is concealed is far more powerful than that which is revealed. Just like the name Moses is not mentioned in this week’s portion, God’s name does not appear in the Scroll of Esther we will read on the...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: March 01, 2017

Millennials are special souls. They don’t just believe in God, they want to experience God. What they might not know is that it’s their very destiny is to do so.

Google the word “millennial” and you are sure to find a deluge of disparaging articles: What’s Wrong with Millennials, Millennials: The Me, Me, Me Generation. As the Spiritual Director of The Kabbalah Centre, I believe it is vital for the every generation and especially the Millennials to understand their spiritual importance and impact on global consciousness.

Millennials are generally defined as the generation born between 1980 and 2000, they are supported by a wave of unique spiritual energy that assists them to serve the world at this specific time.

Kabbalistically, we understand that souls reincarnate in groups to complete a collective destiny....

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