“A job well begun is half done.” – Ancient proverb This week’s portion of Vayikra is the first chapter in the Book of Leviticus and, as such, it signifies the start of a new journey. The portion itself describes all manner of sacrifices. It is not a coincidence that this Monday night also happens to be the New Moon of Aries, a month that includes the holiday of Pesach, in which we work to sacrifice our ego. Being the first of the astrological signs, the initial glimpse of the Aries moon is considered by kabbalists to be the seed level of the twelve months that follow. All of this indicates that this week is providing us with a way to enter into a new beginning. Have you ever wondered why first impressions seem so important? We put so much effort into being our best on a first date, so much preparation into our first day on a new job, so much time spent on our resolutions at the start of a new year, and all because there is some level of sacrifice that occurs at the beginning of... Read More
Posted In: Well Being, Love Posted On: March 18,2017
To show love to another human being is to show them the face of the Divine. Love is what we are made of. It is the definitive quality of the Creator, and so too is it the essence of our souls. I have to be honest. Many years ago, when I first came to read Vayakhel-Pekudei, I found these chapters to be the least interesting of all the Bible. Yet, with the help of the Zohar and of the commentary of the great kabbalists, I came to better appreciate these stories and their meaning. Consequently, this week’s lesson has become perhaps one of my absolute favorites. God instructs Moses, “Build unto me a Tabernacle, so that I may dwell within you.” Vayekhel and Pekudei both discuss the many details that went into the building of the Tabernacle, and all that was necessary for this construct to be a place where the Light of the Creator could dwell. There are many coded messages within the instructions God gives Moses, the dimensions of the Tabernacle, and how it is to be manifested. But the most... Read More
Posted In: Volunteering, Sharing & Receiving, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: March 12,2017
All you take with you is that which you’ve given away. This is written on the wall of George Bailey’s Building and Loan office in the movie It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s a beautiful sentiment, and one that rings true to all that the Creator has so graciously granted us in this life. The beauty of a blessing is not that we have it, but that we are able to share it with others, enriching the lives of those we care for and making the world a better place for it. In this week’s portion of Ki Tisa, God tells Moses that when counting the Israelites, he is to instruct each of them to give half a shekel. Moses is then instructed to use the money for the Tent of Meeting, making it a memorial for the Israelites unto the Lord. In doing so, God tells Moses that this half shekel is holy. We don’t always associate money with holiness. Yet, here Moses is told from the Creator himself that the shekel is indeed holy when we use it as a vehicle towards the betterment of the people. Of course we are not... Read More
Posted In: Emotions, Tetzave, Purim, Love, Consciousness Posted On: March 09,2017
All is Light, and Light is all. Purim is a day that will be for all of eternity, for we learn in the Bible that following the Final Redemption, when we are escorted by God into the world of unconditional love, there is but one day that shall remain, and that day is Purim. The spiritual concept of certainty is one that we speak of often in our studies at The Kabbalah Centre. Certainty is the knowledge that the Light is in everything and everyone; that there is no situation or person who is without good. Everything is from the Light and of the Light and, as such, everything is to the benefit of our individual and global evolution. We live in a world of chaos, where it is so easy to lose this certainty. Sure, we may have it when the chips are up and life is going according to our plans, but what happens when life throws us the unexpected? Do we say, “Wait a minute, this isn’t right!” or do we embrace that it must be right, that all situations the Creator places before us are meant to... Read More
The soul is selfless. For, like the Creator, our soul has but one desire – to share. After the sin of the Golden Calf, the Creator wanted to destroy the people – to essentially hit the reboot button, and start over. Moses challenges God, “If you bring destruction on these people, then destroy me too. Erase my name from Your Book.” God did not destroy the people, but the name Moses was erased from this week’s portion, the chapter of Tetzaveh, nevertheless. On the surface, it would seem the Creator was punishing Moses by not including his name here. Yet, we learn from the Zohar that the opposite is true. One of the difficult to understand kabbalistic principles is: That which is concealed is far more powerful than that which is revealed. Just like the name Moses is not mentioned in this week’s portion, God’s name does not appear in the Scroll of Esther we will read on the holiday of Purim. Does the omission of God’s name signify a lack of God in this scroll? On the contrary, we learn... Read More
Millennials are special souls. They don’t just believe in God, they want to experience God. What they might not know is that it’s their very destiny is to do so. Google the word “millennial” and you are sure to find a deluge of disparaging articles: What’s Wrong with Millennials, Millennials: The Me, Me, Me Generation. As the Spiritual Director of The Kabbalah Centre, I believe it is vital for the every generation and especially the Millennials to understand their spiritual importance and impact on global consciousness. Millennials are generally defined as the generation born between 1980 and 2000, they are supported by a wave of unique spiritual energy that assists them to serve the world at this specific time. Kabbalistically, we understand that souls reincarnate in groups to complete a collective destiny. This generation is called, dor de’ah (generation of knowledge). This means that Millennials are possibly the reincarnation of the original generation of knowledge, the generation... Read More

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