Posted In: Posted On: June 29,2012
It is said that when the people came to make a sacrifice in the time of the Holy Temple, they entered through one door but were required to leave through a different one—they were not able to leave the same way that they entered. Now this small detail may perhaps seem insignificant or even senseless to us. Was there really a need for a whole other doorway? I mean, couldn't the people go out where they had come in? The answer is no. We know that according to Kabbalah, there is a reason and purpose for everything. Nothing is done "just because." The reason people entered and exited through different doors was because they didn't want familiarity to kill the excitement of the action they were performing—making the sacrifice. This seemingly minor historical point contains an important message for our own life. All too often, we lose sight of the significance of the journey we go on every day. We forget or ignore the significance of our relationships. We don’t see the beauty of being... Read More
Posted In: Cancer, Well Being, Emotions, Fears Posted On: June 19,2012
This week, we enter the month of Cancer, a month that brings us special opportunities to grow spirituality and to transform our lives. Kabbalistically, we know that each of us is influenced by the energy of every month, even if we are not the born in that month. This means that even if we are a Taurus or a Leo or a Scorpio, we will still be influenced by the energy of the month of Cancer, first, because this is the energy that is available right now, and second, because we all contain a bit of each of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The month of Cancer is ruled by the moon. As you probably know, the moon has no light of its own. The light we see in the moon is simply a reflection of the light of the sun. According to the kabbalists, human beings are very similar to the moon in this way because human beings (the moon) are vessels created to receive the Light of the Creator (the light from the sun). From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep, we are almost completely driven... Read More
Posted In: Consciousness Posted On: June 11,2012
Kabbalistically the body is like the earth, and the soul is the part that has to be cultivated and nurtured to be fruitful. The only way that our soul can bear fruit in this world is if we give ourselves an opportunity to listen to it. In other words we need to make a proactive decision to connect with that part of ourselves that is beyond physicality—our soul. What happens most of the time, however, is that we are so busy doing things—work, people, business, family—that we don’t allow ourselves the time to see the beauty that’s inside, the time to talk to our soul and to ask it what it wants from us. I read two inspiring stories this week. One was about a young woman who started a library for homeless children so that they could read before they went to bed. The other was about a young woman from a Somali community in Minnesota who established a foundation to give others from Somalia the same educational opportunities that she had had. Both of these people managed to reach beyond... Read More
Posted In: Consciousness Posted On: June 05,2012
There is a story about a great kabbalist named Rav Akiva who would meet his students every day to learn. On one occasion, however, one of his students didn’t show up, so later that evening, Rav Akiva went to the student’s house where he found the young man alone and very ill. Rav Akiva cared for the student, giving him food and medicine and taking care of the house. Eventually, the young man recovered, but what saddened the great kabbalist the most was that none of his other students even noticed the one missing. “How is this possible,” Rav Akiva asked himself, “that with all these great sages, nobody saw the suffering of someone who studied with them every single day?” This story contains a powerful lesson. The most important spiritual attribute we have is our humility, meaning our ability to open our eyes and see the people around us. This ability is what separates our true spiritual work from what might seem like spiritual work. There are many of us who enjoy learning from a book,... Read More


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