Posted In: Aquarius, Astrology Posted On: January 25,2012
This week, we enter the month of Aquarius, a month abundant with spiritual opportunities to grow and transform our lives. Aquarius is an air sign, and as you may know, the air signs are driven by the intellect. Aquarians are straightforward individuals, with minds and aspirations connected to the bigger picture of life. Natural servants of the world, they are concerned with global issues, oftentimes so passionate in this regard that they prefer to devote their energy to large-scale humanitarian projects rather than to their own families and communities. For this reason, it can be very difficult for an Aquarius to love one person alone. Though they love togetherness, Aquarians do not like to feel constrained or limited in any way. For them, there are no boundaries; they are always open to new ideas and love to explore unknown territory. In many ways a righteous person (in Hebrew, called a tzadik) is like an Aquarius, because for many of the righteous people, such as Moses or Jacob in... Read More
Posted In: Shemot (Exodus), Va'era, Consciousness Posted On: January 19,2012
In this week’s Bible portion, we read the story of the ten plagues in Egypt. The Bible says that after each plague, the Creator “hardened the heart of Pharaoh.” But what is this hardening of the heart? Does it mean that God had to put a veil up so that Pharaoh would not remember all that had happened? The answer is no. According to the kabbalists, when the Creator “hardened the heart” of Pharaoh, He simply brought Pharaoh back to the place where he had been before the first plague. He brought Pharaoh to his previous state of consciousness, a state where he was unaware of the suffering of his people and therefore felt no urgency to release the Israelites. Pharaoh became exactly the person he had been before. He didn’t learn anything. He didn't become different. He simply forgot the process he had been through. Oftentimes, we, too, fall into the same kind of forgetfulness. When we go through some difficulty, we may vow that we will never fail to remember where we have been or what we... Read More
Posted In: Shemot, Weekly Consciousness, Shemot (Exodus), Consciousness Posted On: January 13,2012
What does it mean to reach our potential? Many believe that realizing our potential means that we hold certain positions, that we have the respect of many people, that we are charming or loved or powerful. But what we see this week is that the greatest attribute that Moses had was his humility. You may not know this, but it is actually written that Moses had a stutter. And you know what? It was this "setback" that allowed him to reach his potential. Why? Because he knew that in and of himself, he was nothing; his strength was his connection to the Light. Like Moses, we all have setbacks of one sort or another; disappointments, things that we are not good at, times when we don't feel as if we are in the right place at the right time. But what we need to realize is that these "setbacks" are what bring us to a special place—the place where we can ask, from the bottom of our hearts, for help from the universe to fulfill our potential, to become the people that we want to be. Reaching our... Read More
Posted In: The Big Picture, Spiritual Community, Global Consciousness, Consciousness Posted On: January 05,2012
2012–the year that everyone has been talking about–is upon us. It’s a fresh start, buzzing with New Year’s resolutions and goals. With the new year, the energy around the globe is one of change, of growth, of decision to do things differently, to take ourselves to another level. Therefore, it's not a coincidence that this week’s energy from the Zohar beckons us to the consciousness of life. In fact, the portion this week is called Vayechi, the Hebrew word that means “to live.” And so we are challenged to consider: What does it really mean to be alive? All of us work and live for something. If you ask a man what he is striving for, he may say that he is working for his children. He is working to give them a better life, a better home, a better education. All our lives, we are working to attain something. We are working towards a fulfillment, pushing from one achievement to the next. We can work all our lives to reach a goal. But what happens if we never get to that goal? What happens... Read More

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