Posted In: Appreciation, Well Being, Nitzavim Posted On: September 25,2016
In this week’s portion of Nitzavim, Moses speaks to the people of the covenant that they have chosen to enter with the Creator. He reveals to them that from this day forward, as they have been given a choice, they should choose life. From everything we learn in this week’s portion, there is an interesting concept that I would like to share with you, especially as we enter into this seven day period, leading us to Rosh Hashanah, one of the most powerful days of the year. We humans tend to look backward at what we did, or forward to what we are going to do. Even now as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah, the day in which our life will be laid bare before the Creator and it will be decided whether or not we will have a life filled with joy and wonder, we look back on the things we wish we had done differently and to look forward to the person we want to become. This process left me with a question: What happens to today? Right now, in the present? Are we like the man who works 30 years at a... Read More
Posted In: Ki Tavo, Certainty, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: September 18,2016
In the chapter of Ki Tavo, we read a great deal about blessings and curses. While blessings were bestowed on the mountain of Gerizim, curses were given on Mount Ebal. I happen to love this portion and the lessons that it holds, of which there are many – but the question I get asked the most from students during this week is: How can I connect with the blessings, and not the curses? I often like to say blessings and curses are two sides of the same coin. In any situation, there is darkness and there is Light. For instance, we’ve all heard about the person whose supposed good fortune it was to win the lottery, and yet with more money there often comes more problems. On the other hand, I’ve known families where someone experienced a grave illness, and yet it brought them closer together, made them stronger than ever before. You see, there is no such thing as a situation (or a person, for that matter) that is all good, or all bad. For everything, there is a little Gerizim and a little... Read More
Posted In: Sharing & Receiving, Restriction, The Opponent, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: September 11,2016
This week’s portion is Ki Tetze, which opens with the words: Ki tetze la milchamah. This is normally translated to mean, “When you go forth to war.” Yet the word ki does not really mean when, but rather because. In a nutshell, the beginning of this week’s portion tells us: Because you go to war against your enemies, you are sure to be successful. So what is this about, all this talk of war and enemies? On the surface, it doesn’t seem to be very spiritual. Not to mention history shows us that it’s also not true. There have always been “enemies,” and just because we go forth and do battle does not mean that we win. And with each enemy removed, a new one (or two, or three, or four) pops up in its place. How can war ever be considered a success? Thankfully, we have the Zohar and the wisdom of the great kabbalists to shed some Light. One thing we learn in our studies at the Centre is that what the Bible portion is speaking about is not an external enemy, but rather it is our own negative... Read More
Posted In: Shoftim, Well Being, Forgiveness, Human Dignity, Judgment Posted On: September 04,2016
The word Shoftim means “judges.” And that is precisely what this week’s portion is all about. Both the Torah and the Zohar discuss the subject of judges at length, in what seems to be very different ways. In the Biblical story, we find Moses instructing the Israelites on how to nominate and identify judges amongst themselves. In the Zohar, there is a lengthy discussion of the spiritual process after death and the gates of heaven. When the soul leaves the body, it goes through different gates, and before each one there stands a judge. The Zohar reveals that these spiritual gates correspond to our own physical gates – our eyes, our nose, our mouth… all the senses we use to judge others. The problem with judging is that things are rarely as they seem. We see someone hurting others, but we don’t see how badly they were once hurt. We see those who act like fools, and don’t stop to think how the very definition of a fool is one who knows no better. We see those who behave like clowns, but... Read More

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