I’ve learned many lessons in my life, but one of the most important is to not give too much energy to a single moment. For it is only a chapter, not the whole book. Most of us see our lives in small pieces. It’s not easy to step back from a present circumstance and see a bigger picture. Yet this is such a wonderful way to achieve wisdom. This was Joseph’s test too. Last week’s biblical portion saw Joseph in great despair, as he was sold into slavery. This week, Joseph is elated when he is removed from prison to become the chief advisor to Pharaoh. Within Miketz, we see Joseph rise from slavery to royalty. In one second there is difficulty and we are down in the dumps. In the next, things look good and so we are happy. Such is the web of human emotions spun by our ups and downs. Joseph spent 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, and then an extra two years because he lost certainty that the Divine Light was the source of his freedom. Not a human being (Pharaoh’s cupbearer... Read More
Posted In: World Peace, Well Being, Human Dignity, Global Consciousness Posted On: December 20,2016
Dear friends, This New Year’s Eve, we can all take one small action for peace on Earth and goodwill towards humankind. It is my honor to participate in Pujas for Peace (www.pujasforpeace.org), a movement that is uniting religious and spiritual organizations around the world this New Year’s Eve by inviting them and their communities to a simple call to action. Their request is : At any time of your choosing on December 31st, gather by a fire (simply lighting a candle will do) and pray or meditate to spread positive energy out into the world. I am lending my voice to this cause because I am passionate about anything where people of all beliefs, modalities, and paths can find a common ground to unite as One. How fortuitous that this year New Year’s Eve falls on the last night of Chanukah. Whether we are standing beside a Chanukah candle on New Year’s Eve, attending a puja fire ceremony, or lighting a single candle, I am inviting all our communities around the world, and all of my friends... Read More
Posted In: Effort, Personal Transformation Posted On: December 18,2016
Just when we think we have done so much, helped so much, grown so much… there are still miles to go before we sleep. At the beginning of the portion of Vayeshev, we see that Jacob sought to rest. He felt that he had completed his spiritual work. After all, he’d been married; he had children from which all future nations would come. He’d passed so many difficult tests, and most importantly in doing all of this he brought about the permanence and continuity of the world. What more was there for a man to do? And then, his son Joseph is taken from him. This became Jacob’s point of complacency. As Robert Frost tell us in the last stanza of the poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” As long as there is the breath of life in our bodies, there is work to be done. It is in the moments when we feel we have nothing left to do that the universe is compelled to send us new challenges so that... Read More
This week, we read the portion of Vayishlach, which translated means “to send away,” and that is precisely what Jacob is doing at the beginning of the story. Here we find Jacob sending himself and his family away. Jacob is leaving his father-in-law’s home after 22 years, taking his wife Rachel, his 11 sons, and his daughter with him. Why? Well, we know from last week’s portion that Jacob’s father-in-law Laban was not a very nice person; in fact he was a warlock, an evil man who sought to deceive. We also know from the Zohar that Jacob understood intrinsically that his son, Joseph was very special, that he was to become the foundation of all the spiritual energy that would follow. Jacob knew that he could not raise his family amongst the negative energy of Laban. They would have to leave, and create for themselves a more supportive space to protect and nurture their connection to the Light. This is an important lesson for each of us. The kabbalists teach that even the most righteous... Read More
Every minute, every, day, week, month and year has its own unique energy. As it says in the Bible, “For everything, there is a season.” There’s a time to plant, and a time for harvest. A time for planning, and a time for action. The energy of this week, the week of Vayetze, as we will discover together, lends itself towards a shift in our consciousness. With spiritual study and the deeper understanding that it brings, we just might be able to see things differently at the end of this week than we had in the beginning. In Vayetze, we find Jacob beginning a spiritual journey. After much travel, he meets Rachel and instantly falls in love with her. Rachel’s father, an evil warlock named Laban, makes Jacob work seven years before allowing him to marry Rachel. On the day of Jacob and Rachel’s wedding Laban devises a plan to deceive Jacob, disguising his other daughter Leah as the bride and unknowingly Jacob marries her instead. To now earn to be united with Rachel, his true soul mate,... 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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Kabbalah is the best gift I have had this year. But it did not come easy. It is a result of a lot of hard, focused, and disciplined work my teacher guided me through. Often I had to go out of my comfort zone to apply the tools. But the satisfaction and confidence I now feel is indescribable.

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