Posted In: Consciousness Posted On: May 25,2012
My husband, Rav Berg, once told me a story about two great friends. There was a man who was sentenced to death. Before he was taken away, the condemned man begged the king, “Please allow me three days’ time to put my affairs in order and to make sure that my family is taken care of.” “How will I know that you will come back?” asked the king. Almost immediately, the condemned man’s best friend raised his hand and said, “I will take his place. If he doesn’t come back, you can hang me instead.” Three days passed, and the condemned man had not returned. When it came time for the hanging, the king’s guards turned to the man who had offered himself as a substitute and said, “You will have to take his place.” Just before the noose was slipped over the man’s head, a voice suddenly rang out in the distance. “I’m here! I’m here! Stop! Stop!” The condemned man ran forward from the crowd to take his rightful place on the gallows. At this point, however, the friend had already made up his mind to... Read More
Posted In: Consciousness Posted On: May 04,2012
There is a story about a great kabbalist named the Baal Shem Tov. Each time he walked into the place of prayer, he’d go over to a group of people there and greet them with a special greeting, one that was used to address someone who had been away for three or more days. After weeks and weeks of hearing this unique salutation, one of the men asked, “Teacher, I haven’t left the city. I see you every day. Why is it that every time you see me, you always greet me like this?” The Baal Shem Tov responded, “While you are praying, where are you? Are you thinking about spiritual things? Or are you thinking about the vacation you want to take, or perhaps of all the things you need to do during the day? That is why I always greet you as if you have been away—because you are not here in your mind, you are not here in your consciousness.” What does this story mean for us? Basically, when we pray, read a holy book, meditate, or use any of the spiritual tools to try to generate energy for ourselves... Read More


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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