This week we not only read and study the portion of Toldot in which great miracles occur, but we also enter into the month of Kislev (Sagittarius), which is the month of Chanukah, a month that is synonymous with miracle-making. Good news, right? This is a great indication of the energy that exists in this week, and even throughout the month. The Zohar explains that this is a time where the potential for miracles is greater than ever, which begs the question: How can we tap into that energy? What can we do now in the first week of Kislev, that can have a positive effect and keep us connected to that potential Light for the rest of the month? The portion of Toldot begins with Isaac praying for his wife Rivka. Isaac knew that he was destined to have children, but he wasn’t sure if it would be with Rivka, or another woman. Rivka was born with no womb, making it seemingly impossible for her to bear a child. Isaac knew Rivka was indeed his soul mate. He loved her so deeply that he prayed... Read More
On the surface, this week’s portion of Chayei Sarah is a simple story about a woman named Sarah, who passes away at the age of 127. Yet, when one sees through the eyes of the Zohar, it becomes something so much more than a story. It becomes a code. For instance, the Bible tells us that Sarah was 127 years. What does it mean she was 127 years? The Zohar explains that at the age of 100 she was as beautiful as she was at 20 and as pure as she was at 7. This is a message to us about the energy of Sarah, about the vibrancy and purity that we are supported to reach in this very special week. The Zohar reveals that the reason Sarah was considered so pure is because she knew the Creator. To know the Creator is to be in affinity with the Creator’s ways – to be all encompassing, to be constantly in a frame of mind that considers the welfare of others. Sarah understood that every day we have the ability to alter the energy that exists in that day for the positive by taking ourselves from the... Read More
As I was reading through this week’s portion of Vayera, there are so many insights the kabbalists give in their commentaries on the portion, it’s hard to choose only one directive for the week. When this happens, I like to trace back to the very beginning of the portion because the beginning is the “seed” level – it’s the place where we can connect to the essence and to the greatest potential. In the beginning of the portion, it says that Abraham sat at the entrance of his tent. The commentaries ask the question: Why is it important for us to know where Abraham sat? Well for one thing, we know it is written that it was the hottest day of the year. We also know that Abraham was in a great deal of pain, as this was the third day of his circumcision. Abraham had become quite famous at this point in his life. He was known for being wise, he was well-versed in the stars, and he even learned via a direct connection the qualities and inner workings of the Creator. People sought out Abraham... Read More
This week’s portion is Lech Lecha, which means to “go out,” and these are the very words that God speaks to Abraham in the story. It is here that God appoints Abraham to be his messenger, to leave the place where he lives, to “go out,” and to spread spirituality amongst the world. The story always reminds me of the early days with Rav Berg in Israel. The Kabbalah Centre then was not like the Kabbalah Centre we know today. There were no study groups or student support, there were no teachers around the world, no local Centres which students could go to anytime to connect. It was just the Rav, myself, and a handful of students studying in Israel. We could have stayed that way forever. It might have, at times, been more comfortable and certainly a lot less work. Yet, we felt the Light calling upon us to “go out,” to expand our reach so that we could share this life-changing wisdom with more people. That was when we started spending more time in New York, where the Rav began teach and... Read More

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