In Hebrew, the word Noach (Noah), means “to be comfortable.” This should already tell us a little bit about the energy that exists in the cosmos this week, and how we can grow spiritually from it. We read in the Torah, “The earth was also corrupt before God, and the earth was full of violence. God looked upon the earth and saw it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their ways.” There are a great many acts the people of the world were engaging in during the time of Noah that had separated them from the Light of the Creator, but if we were to wrap it up in a single word: comfort. They had given up walking the spiritual path. They wanted something easier. One of the things we learn in our classes at the Kabbalah Centre is that we cannot make spiritual progress when we remain in our comfort zone – when we look for the easy way out, gratifying our ego instead of listening to the longings of our souls. To step out of our comfort zones so that we may progress spiritually means... Read More
Thank God for new beginnings! This week, we celebrate Simchat Torah, the last of the holidays in the month of Tishrei (Libra), a month in which, through our connections, we have been made new. We have enhanced our connection to the divine Light, the source of all that is good in this world, and have been made better for it. Now, at last, we are afforded the opportunity to begin again. It is the luxury of all human beings that we are allowed to forget, to start fresh, and to perhaps see things and experience life differently than before. It is no coincidence that we also begin the Torah again this week, returning to the first portion of Beresheet, which translates literally to mean “in the beginning.” The first letter of the first word (Beresheet) found in the Torah is the Bet, which many learned scholars explain represents Bracha, blessing. This is true, of course, as the Torah is both the blueprint and the tool from which we can receive the utmost blessings in our lives. However, I... Read More
This week on the Shabbat of Sukkot, we will read from the same portion that we read during Chol Hamoed of Pesach. On the surface, this would seem a bit redundant. Didn’t we already read about this six months ago? Why would we need to hear it read again? The kabbalists teach that the months from Nissan (Aries) to Elul (Virgo) are considered male months, a time for planting seeds, a time for new ideas and for planning. The female months, Tishrei (Libra) through Adar (Pisces), is the time we have just entered into, as of Rosh Hashanah. These are considered the months of manifestation. We have all been on our own journey for the past six months. The spiritual study and inner work we have done has hopefully given us all certain ideas about who we want to be, how we want to behave, what kind of a future we want to create for ourselves and possibly even for the world. Now is the time to take those ideas, those seeds that we planted with our consciousness, and to start to act upon them. How... Read More
This is a very important and significant week, as it is the week that follows Rosh Hashanah and the week that leads us into the holiday of Yom Kippur. We learn that on Rosh Hashanah, the shofar acts like a laser, literally tearing asunder the negativities that we have done. It brings us to a place where we are a born anew, a changed person. The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur -- the period of time that we are in now – are spiritually significant as the jury is still out. Our consciousness and our actions during these days determine whether what has been written for us on Rosh Hashanah will be manifest in the coming year, or if by the course of our behavior in these ten days we can show that we are a changed individual and rewrite our destiny for the better. It is common when we leave the frame of a very powerful holiday like Rosh Hashanah to can experience a dip in the energy level. We can see all our faults clearer than we have ever seen it before! How can this be?... Read More
As we enter into the portion of Vayelech, we are also entering into the month of Tishrei (Libra) and the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. The portion of Vayelech is one of the shortest in the Bible, and we know that where there is less, there is always more – making this one of the most powerful weeks of the entire year to inspire inner change and closeness with the Creator. Rosh Hashanah is the birth of humanity, the birth of Adam and Eve. It is also the birth of a completely new cycle – a new month, a new year. We learn in our studies at the Kabbalah Centre that the seed level – the start – contains everything. In fact, we encourage each other to take extra precaution in the first day of a new month, as our actions and consciousness on this day directly influence all the days in the month that follow. If this is true of each month, how much more so it must be for the year. It is interesting that we do not bless the month of Tishrei as we do all other months, and it is written that the... Read More

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