Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: November 19, 2014

How many people have never heard expressions regarding angels, in some form of or another?

He or she "must have a guardian angel" is a remark we often hear when a near­ tragedy somehow results in a happy ending. We see these wonderful winged crea­tures in movies, on television, in books and magazines. What so amazes me is that, with all this widespread "familiarity" with the subject, so very little atten­tion has yet been directed to the origins of our familiarity, or to the origins of angels themselves.

Angels, along with their Hebraic names, are just another example, just another aspect of the fast‑moving "Internet" of revolutionary knowledge that is now overtaking the consciousness of mankind. In our mod­ern lives, so riddled by sudden changes, immediate adaptation is the only choice available to us. We have to travel the express lane or simply fall behind. With the advent of the computer age, we managed to face the problem of coming to grips with...

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Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: October 22, 2014

In this Age of Aquarius we are all on a journey towards expanded awareness. We are all on this path, whether our conscious rational mind has agreed to it or not. Slowly, but surely, the clouds of illusion are becoming thinner and less imposing. For at the end of our journey, at last there is only the true basic reality: Light.

The language of Kabbalah gives the tools needed to provide the quantum effects that prayer was originally intended to produce. Of all human activity there is nothing so innate to man as prayer. It is one of the few activities of man that has no counterpart in the animal world, for only man is destined to rule over the entire universe and all that is contained within it.

As with everything in the coded text of the Bible, this central message is hidden. Witness Adam’s first assigned task in the Garden of Eden:

And out of the ground the Lord formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air;...

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Posted In: Astrology Posted On: August 24, 2014

In the Bible, Rosh Hashanah is referred to as the seventh month of the year. Then, the question here we are faced with is, how do we reconcile the day of the New Year (Rosh Hashanah) with its designation of occurring in the seventh month? To most of us, if not all of us, we are simply not accustomed to wishing each other happy New Year on any other day than January first. And yet the Biblical designation for the first month of the year is the Hebrew month of Nissan, or the month of Aries, not Tishrei (Libra) in which Rosh Hashanah occurs.

Furthermore, the Talmud and Zohar make it crystal clear that Rosh Hashanah includes all the people of the world. According to the Talmudand Zohar, on this first day of Tishrei, the month of Libra, the future of each individual in the entire human population will have been determined as to whether an additional year of life or part thereof...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: August 11, 2014

In the Babylonian Talmud Tractate Ta'anit chapter 4, page 106, it is written:

"Rav Shimon Ben Gamliel said, 'There are no better days in Israel than Tu B'Av and Yom Kippur. On Tu B'Av, the daughters of Jerusalem go out dressed in borrowed white clothes, so those who lack garments are clothed, and they celebrate in the vineyards. And what do they say? 'Boy, raise your eyes and see what a selection you have! Let your eyes not gaze upon us ornaments, but let your eyes seek a family.'"

This idea of borrowing clothes from one another contributes to the respect for the poor and strengthens the feeling of unity and love amid the people. This is an unusual custom, and it is one that is not mentioned in reference to any other holiday. The Talmud goes on to describe additional aspects of young men coming to choose a soul mate. This is the first description of Tu B'Av that we encounter, except for the description that...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: August 04, 2014

According to conventional religious thinking, Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Leo) is meaningful only because it is the day on which the Temples were destroyed. But a physical event cannot be a cause because the physical world itself is purely an effect. The cause of anything in the material universe can only exist on the spiritual level. On Tisha B'Av, negativity has total dominion; chaos reigns over all creation. This is the day on which the Holy Temple was destroyed. Yet because Light and darkness cannot exist in the same place, the only day on which chaos can be removed from the world or the Holy Temple can be destroyed is on Tisha B'Av. This is the great paradox of this holiday, and also its great importance. At times, chaos has ruled on Tisha B'Av, but great Light can also be revealed on that day -- a Light that can enable the birth of Messiah. We gather on Tisha B'Av to reveal this great Light in the world and to drive out all aspects of...

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Posted In: Master Kabbalists & Their Writings Posted On: July 30, 2014

Rav Isaac Luria, The Ari (meaning “The Lion”), died on Hei B’Av, the fifth day of Av, in 1572. Kabbalah teaches us that on the day a tzadik, righteous person, leaves our physical world, we are provided with an opportunity to connect with their spiritual assistance. These death anniversary celebrations, also called hilulah, take place throughout the year and are times to gather and study, sometimes until after midnight, to connect with the souls of the righteous who are there to help us overcome ego and blockages we encounter in our lives. All the tzadikim (righteous souls) are happy to respond to our invitation, to join us and support us in every aspect of our spiritual work. Specifically, by connecting to the Ari on his death anniversary, we can truly come to understand our own potential to reveal Light in this world.

The Ari was born in Jerusalem and as a child moved with his...

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Posted In: Astrology Posted On: July 23, 2014

The Hebrew month of Av, concurrent with the influence of Leo, has traditionally evoked fear within the hearts of men. So many significant tragedies have occurred during this peri­od for mankind including the destruction of Temples One and Two set off periods of unrest and war throughout the then known world followed by the Dark Ages.

What seems odd, if not strange, is that the month of Leo stands out with this unique feature. Inasmuch as 20th century physics has taught us that the inanimate, too, possess consciousness, we must ask ourselves, just what is the thought process that induces such neg­ative activity.

Before we can arrive at some original motivating causes, let us explore one question, why do the planets revolve around the sun? It is an indis­putable fact observed by all and yet very few have dared to raise this question.

However, one thousand years ago, the famous Kabbalist, Shab­batai Donolo, also a physician and astronomer...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 09, 2014

If all the medicines known were thrown into the ocean, it would be the better for the human race and the worse for the fish.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809–1894

The "War" against Disease

The great 19th century Boston author, poet, and physician really didn’t have a thing against the fish; it’s just that he recognized within his own profession a central flaw that persists to this day. The vast majority of medicines, along with allopathic surgery and radiation techniques, treat the symptoms and ignore the causes of disease.

But first, let us make sure we are spelling the word right. It should be dis-ease, with a hyphen, because a loss of ease in the world of chaos is exactly what lies at the core of everything from chickenpox to cancer. Dis-ease, fostered by our own emotional outlooks and hidebound beliefs, literally means disruption of ease, a disturbance of the resting, motionless state of mind that leads to good...

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Posted In: Master Kabbalists & Their Writings Posted On: July 02, 2014

The Kabbalah Centre has been the leading proponent in making the once arcane wisdom of Kabbalah accessible to the lay person. Since it's inception in 1922, the Centre and its teachers have suffered physical as well as character assaults. But the passion and commitment to delivering knowledge and tools that can help remove chaos from the world has never wavered.

When the Kabbalah Centre opened its doors to teach Kabbalah to all who have a desire to learn – an unprecedented break with tradition -- antagonism towards us ranged from calling the Centre a watered down version of Kabbalah to outright accusations of heresy.

Some said that it was impossible, to bring forth a universally understandable interpretation of so deep and complex a tradition. Kabbalah, as presented by the Centre, therefore, must be an inaccurate and superficial version. In addition, the Centre was looked upon as having mistakenly taken this bold step towards inclusiveness at a time...

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Posted In: Astrology Posted On: June 25, 2014

Many legends, tales and folklore abound in which astrology’s teachings are the precursor or antecedent. However one fact remains in evident, the oldest known written document revealing the innermost secrets of celestial influences—good and bad—is the Sefer Yetzirah (Book Of Formation), authored by Abraham the Patriarch circa 1800 B.C.E.

This first known kabbalistic piece of literature provides more than a compendium of astrological knowledge. It sheds light on how we can achieve a greater awareness of our surroundings and enhance our well being. From its profound secrets emerge the ideas that only now in the twentieth century, are revealing simple truths concerning our universe.

Kabbalah, the most dynamic and provocative stimulation to minds that have been asleep for centuries and possibly millenniums, has restored that most important word, why. The vast majority of humankind no...

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