Posted In: Shavuot, Personal Transformation, Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: May 30,2017
Shavuot assists us to listen to our inner voice, which is always one with the Creator. It is a time in which we can be reborn, so that we may see the world and ourselves in a new and better way.  Over the past seven weeks, a heavy period of time called the Omer, we have cleansed our vessel to be ready for Shavuot. Now, we are prepared to receive the Light of this holiday, just as it was bestowed upon the Israelites on at Mt. Sinai.  On the morning of Shavuot at Kabbalah Centres across the globe, we will join in reading the story of Ruth. We connect to her not because she was the great, great grandmother of King David, but because her own life is an example of how out of great difficulty one can rise to be a bright light in this world. Just as out of the process of the past seven weeks we receive this revelation, so too it was in the life of Ruth. Out of our pain, we can find growth and redemption.  Ruth's lineage wasn't so 'perfect' and 'holy,' by the way. She was a part of the tribe... Read More
Have you ever spent any time with unruly children? I mean, really unruly children. I have. Now, don’t get me wrong – all children are beautiful, some are just shall we say… highly spirited? A friend of mine had a couple of kids like that. No matter what she and her husband seemed to do, they could not manage their children’s temperament. We’d be sitting there in the living room and they’d come barreling through, running and screaming, knocking over furniture like bulls in a china shop. I’ll never forget the day she turned to me and asked: Why, Karen? Why are my children so wild? I answered, “Well spiritually speaking, many of the behavioral patterns of a child are formed during conception. For example, if one is angry during the moment of conceiving, they might end up with an angry child.” She didn’t much like that answer. But you know, it is true. We get a glimpse into this profound idea in this week’s portion of Naso. There is an entire passage in which an angel comes to a pregnant... Read More
We are separate so that we may find unity. We are different so that we may choose harmony. We are varied so that we may discover the many ways in which we are surprisingly the same. This week, we read the portion of Bamidbar the first chapter in the book of Numbers. It is in this story that the Israelites themselves are counted, or ‘numbered.’ Why would the Creator ask to know how many followers He has? After all, He is the Creator. Wouldn’t he already know in his omnipresence? Thankfully, we have the Zohar to shed Light on the subject. There were 600,000 souls accounted for. Just as there were 600,000 when they were in Egypt, 600,000 when they left Egypt, and 600,000 when they were wandering in the desert. And there were how many when they entered the land of Israel? You guessed it! 600,000. Now, how could this be? So much had happened in between each of those periods; individuals passed away, and babies were born, yet the number did not change. The Zohar reveals that 600,000 is... Read More
Posted In: Certainty, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: May 13,2017
Everything that occurs is by the grace of God. Nothing but nothing happens without the hand of the Creator. This week two portions, Behar and Bechukotai, are combined. Both independently discuss the spiritual precept of shemitah, the sabbatical year which takes place in Israel and is the seventh year of a seven year agricultural cycle. Just as people rest from the toils of the work week on the seventh day, the land of Israel is also asked to disconnect from the world of Malchut for the seventh year and not be worked. It is also fascinating to note that the shemitah was the only precept given on Mount Sinai. Why is it so important that for the whole of the seventh year, Israel does not work the land? What is so crucial about the sabbatical? Most importantly, what is the lesson for us as it pertains to our lives today? The Zohar reveals that the sabbatical is all about building certainty – a complete and total trust in the Light of the Creator. It is as though the Creator were saying, “... Read More
Posted In: Desire, Sharing & Receiving, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: May 06,2017
Every person is a world unto themselves. By sharing our Light with just one person, we become a servant to all of humanity. This week’s portion of Emor contains the precepts pertaining to qualities and responsibilities of the High Priest (Kohen HaGadol). But what do these priestly duties have to do with us? Are we meant to simply ignore this section of the Bible? On the contrary, the kabbalists teach that every passage of the Bible contains wisdom and energy we can utilize in our own lives in every generation. There is not one superfluous word or even letter in the entirety of the Bible. Thankfully, the Zohar sheds some much needed Light on the hidden lessons within Emor. A few weeks back, you may recall we were examining a portion which laid out the details of the Holy Temple – how it was built and what was to take place there. The lesson was that although there is no Holy Temple that exists today, it is up to each of us to create the Holy Temple within ourselves by doing everything... Read More

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