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

Dear friends,

This week’s portion opens with Moses pleading to the Creator. It says that Moses prays 515 different ways, begging to be allowed to finish the job that he started in Egypt and to enter into the Holy Land. Yet, the Creator tells Moses that he cannot enter into the Holy Land; for the energy of Moses was so powerful that it would have transformed anything negative into positive, and the nature of people in this world is that anything we do not work for, we cannot appreciate. The Israelites throughout the generations would have to do the work of creating a more positive world on their own. This, in and of itself, is a powerful lesson.

However, it also poses the question: What was Moses so afraid of that he had to pray 515 ways to the Creator? Surely it couldn’t have been that Moses was afraid to die. Moses was...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: August 06, 2016

Dear friends,

We’re entering into the last of what is known to be three of the most negative weeks of the year, and so I’d first like to ask: How are you doing? If you’re going through a tough time, hang in there. It’s always darkest just before the dawn and things are soon to get better.

In this week’s portion of Devarim, Moses gathers all of the people together to admonish them; to remind them of the many instances in which they complained, lost their trust, worshipped false idols, and so on and so forth.

There are so many details describing how Moses spoke to the people, many of which we can take heed of in how to behave towards others. For instance, before Moses says...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: July 31, 2016

A new beginning.

How do you feel when you read those three words? What does it bring to mind? A clean slate, perhaps. A chance to make things different. A new and improved version of ourselves, our lives, and maybe even our world. That is precisely the possibility that this week affords us. This 7-day period is a journey of sorts, one in which the universe will give us ample opportunity to consider and reconsider how we would like our lives to be different, and maybe most importantly how we ourselves would like to be different.

This week’s portion, Masei, is about the journeys of the Israelites in the wilderness – from here to there, to there – for almost the whole reading. These...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 24, 2016

This week we enter into a 21 day period the kabbalists call Ben HaMetzarim, which is often considered to be three of the most “negative” weeks of the year. I put the word “negative” in quotes for a reason, because Rav Berg would often teach that this time has the potential to be one of the most positive. This is the duality of the material world that is connected to the Tree of Knowledge Good and Evil. Even the word “evil” spelled backwards becomes the word “live,” To the degree that there is darkness, we are given an opportunity to reveal the same degree of Light.

So the question becomes, how can we do that? What can we do, this coming 7 days in particular, to begin the process of making these weeks the most positive of our year instead of the most negative as they are inclined to be?

For the answers, we look to the ...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 17, 2016

Dear friends,

Many of you who have been students at the Centre for a long time will remember how often Rav Berg stressed the importance of this week’s portion. Pinchas is a powerful healing instrument given to us by the Creator and revealed to us by the kabbalists. It always falls during the month of Cancer to give us the energetic support we need not only after the malady strikes, but before it ever manifests in our bodies. As the Rav insisted, the healing energy of Pinchas attacks any dormant dis-ease that exists within us, and the upcoming 7 days that lead up to the reading of the portion itself help to set the foundation to receive as much as we can of this pure laser-like healing energy. As this spiritual opportunity comes but once a year, I would like to ask something of our global community: Can we join together in a unified...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 10, 2016

Dear friends,

I hope you enjoyed last week’s 7-day spiritual compass, and I am especially excited to share with you what the kabbalists teach about the energy that is available to us this week.

Balak is such a unique portion. Usually, if a portion is named after a particular person, it is named after a righteous soul, and yet Balak was no such individual. He was a wizard who specialized in the arts of black magic. He had great powers, but intended to use them for evil instead of for good. I use the word “intended” here for a reason, because he soon discovers that despite his many magical abilities, he is unable to bring harm to any of God’s children. He has every tool necessary to do so. He has all the means. He has even partnered with the right people. So how then is it possible that he was thwarted? In fact, it is...

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: May 16, 2016

Sometimes going forward actually means going inward, asking ourselves: What am I doing, and why am I doing it? Am I improving the lives of others? Am I improving my own life? Is what I am doing each day making the world a better place?

By taking the time out of our busy lives to ask ourselves these and other important questions, we can arrive at the answers that are meant to take us to our next level.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: May 15, 2016

Those of us who have been studying Kabbalah have probably heard the statement that consciousness is all there is. Yet, there are so many times in our lives that we live robotically. When we go to work each day, do we do it just to make a living, or do we think about how we can be of assistance to those around us? When we do mundane chores around the house, do we do it because we have to or because we want to create a beautiful space for those we love? When we pass people on the street, do we ignore them or do we give a smile and say a little prayer for them?

It’s not easy to live with consciousness, but it does make a world of difference.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: May 14, 2016

It was in the month of Taurus (Iyar in Hebrew) that the Israelites first received the manna in the desert. The manna, which would fall from the heavens, tasted like whatever the Israelites wanted it to taste like. If a person wanted a rib-steak, for example, the manna would taste like a rib-steak. It is also said for the people who felt a certainty, the manna fell at their door, while the others had to go and find their manna a little further away.

What’s the message here for us now? If we have certainty in our connection to the Infinite Light inside of us, then we can rest assured that the upper worlds will always provide for us, and that we will be given all that we need.

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