Posted In: Sukkot, Well Being, Love, Human Dignity, Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: September 30,2017
I've always loved Victor Hugo's Les Miserables because in it, the story's hero is redeemed and restored by one powerful, transformative act of kindness. The main character in the book is Jean Valjean, a convict who was unjustly imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to give to his starving sister.  In the opening scene, Valjean, recently paroled and dubbed as an outcast by society, is taken in by Bishop Myriel, a generous and hospitable host about whom the narrator writes --  "The sadness which reigned everywhere was but an excuse for unfailing kindness."  Valjean, who is fearful, bitter, and pretty much hopeless about life, steals silver from the kind Bishop before taking off into the night. Soon enough he is caught by the police who bring him back to the Bishop to return the stolen goods. But when the police tell the Bishop they have found the silver in Valjean's bag, the Bishop tells the police that he had gifted them to Valjean. He then goes on to scold Valjean for... Read More
Posted In: Yom Kippur, Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: September 23,2017
"No one can become fully aware of the essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized, but ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities." - Victor Frankl Can you imagine how you would treat someone close to you were you to know that tomorrow they would not be here in human form? Most likely you would connect to them on a level that is beyond the physical – beyond beauty, beyond wealth, beyond approval, or any of the other things that tend to distract us from the truth of our being. You might grant them pardon for their perceived shortcomings, find the healing power of forgiveness and love, and see them in the highest light. Most likely you would be able to accept them fully as they are knowing it is unequivocally the Creator... Read More
Posted In: Rosh Hashanah, Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: September 16,2017
This week we gather together for Rosh Hashanah, the 6th day of Creation, the day that Adam was "born." The kabbalists explain that on one's birthday there is a renewal of the soul that occurs, the individual is strengthened in their purpose in the world. Rav Berg used to say that Rosh Hashanah is all of our birthdays, since in truth we are all One. The only reason we may have a different birthday from our neighbor is because we have been coming back to this earthly plane so often; but at the seed level, there is no fragmentation and Adam comprised all human consciousness just as a seed can hold all the future emanations of a full grown tree with all of its leaves, branches and fruits. With that in mind, as gather on Rosh Hashanah, and we have people from all walks of life, it is an indication that we are going back to that Source, to the root. Because it is only in that root, in that unity of spirit, that we can find the peace, the non-aggression, non-separation. We all return to that... Read More
Posted In: Appreciation, Well Being Posted On: September 09,2017
It is human nature to get caught up in fearing the future or regretting the past, but never forget that your true power lies in the present. This is especially helpful to remember whenever we are approaching a big cosmic opening, such as Rosh Hashanah, the day on which our lives will be laid bare before our Creator. In our spiritual preparation for such an event, we might find ourselves setting our sights a bit "beyond the seas," so to speak. I've often used the example of the guy who works 50 years in a profession he doesn't even like, just so that "one day" he can retire and finally enjoy his life. But who say there is going to be a “one day”? I believe life is much more fulfilling when we recognize the miracles that are before us in each unfolding moment. Sure, we all have aspects of our existence that we'd rather not deal with, and we might have obligations to fulfill that perhaps we'd like to skip, but even so, there is so much beauty and wonder all around us, and too often it... Read More
Posted In: Well Being, Emotions, Depression, Happiness Posted On: September 02,2017
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. -Thich Nhat Hanh Have you ever been walking down the street, maybe feeling a little discouraged even, when suddenly you cross paths with someone who has the biggest smile across their face? In an instant, you feel better. The positive vibration bounces off of you and you too find yourself in an ear to ear grin. That is the power of joy. And thanks to the energy that permeates the cosmos this week, we can all get a good dose of it. What is joy, really? Generally, we talk more of happiness, in the day to day. We say, "I'm happy with it," which means something more like – I am content. Joy (simcha, in Hebrew), however, is an altogether different force. Joy is more unconditional. Consider two people who wake up in the morning with identical circumstances. One jumps out of bed with incredible motivation and energy, "Wow! I can breathe. I can walk, I can talk!" The other guy pulls the... Read More

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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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