Posted In: Re’eh, Certainty, Divine Inspiration, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: August 28,2016
This week’s portion is called Re’eh, which means “to see.” The majority of this biblical story surrounds the idea of blessings and curses, so why then, was it given the name, To See? Why not call the portion: Blessings and Curses? The kabbalists reveal that so much of our experience of life is dependent upon that which we choose to see. This is the portion that Rav Berg was born in. It is no wonder that he would often say, “If you look for the good, you will find it. If you look for the bad, you are sure to find that too.” It’s true, for almost every person and every situation, there is good in it, and there is bad. This is the deal we made when we ate from the Tree of knowledge of good and evil, we chose a reality where both must exist, so that we could choose. Now our free will is the work of deciding to focus on what we want to experience. Even when it comes to life’s more challenging moments, we always have a choice: to see the hardship or to find the opportunity for growth that... Read More
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. We learn in this week’s portion that it is up to each of us to work our own individual tikun. No one can do it for us. This brought to mind a story that happened many years ago with one of our teachers. There was once a... Read More
Posted In: Light & Vessel, Cleaving (Dvekut), Unity, 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 like a son to the Creator. They spoke like friends, and so there is no way we can believe that Moses wanted so much to remain in his physical body, or to stay in this... Read More
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 anything, he inquires, “Did I take something from you? Did I hurt you?” because before we can tell someone what they need to change, we should first look within at what we need to change. Honestly there are so many beautiful aspects to this portion however, I think focusing on only one strengthens our ability to... 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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