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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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: December 18, 2016

Just when we think we have done so much, helped so much, grown so much… there are still miles to go before we sleep.

At the beginning of the portion of Vayeshev, we see that Jacob sought to rest. He felt that he had completed his spiritual work. After all, he’d been married; he had children from which all future nations would come. He’d passed so many difficult tests, and most importantly in doing all of this he brought about the permanence and continuity of the world. What more was there for a man to do? And then, his son Joseph is taken from him. This became Jacob’s point of complacency.

As Robert Frost tell us in the last stanza of the poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.

As long as there is the breath of life in our bodies, there is work to be done. It is in the moments when we feel we...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: December 11, 2016

This week, we read the portion of Vayishlach, which translated means “to send away,” and that is precisely what Jacob is doing at the beginning of the story. Here we find Jacob sending himself and his family away. Jacob is leaving his father-in-law’s home after 22 years, taking his wife Rachel, his 11 sons, and his daughter with him. Why? Well, we know from last week’s portion that Jacob’s father-in-law Laban was not a very nice person; in fact he was a warlock, an evil man who sought to deceive. We also know from the Zohar that Jacob understood intrinsically that his son...

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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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