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Weekly Torah – Noah – Genesis 6:9-11:32

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Anthology of the Weekly Torah Reading – NoahGenesis 6:9-11:32

The Zohar
Teachings from the primary text of Kabbala, “The Book of Shining Light“.

From the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai; translation & commentary by Moshe Miller

The Holy Ari

Outstanding Kabbalist of the last 1800 years; Leader of the Safed circle of mystics.

From the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria; translated and edited by Moshe Yakov Wisnefsky

Mystical Classics

From the teachings of Rabbi Bachya ben Asher

Chassidic Masters

From the teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov

Contemporary Kabbalists

Compiled by Yosef Marcus

Ascent Lights

Contemporary illuminations from the director of Ascent-of-Safed.

By Shaul Yosef Leiter.

Mystic Stories

From the writings and talks of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch; edited by Yerachmiel Tilles

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Weekly Kabbalah Newsletter #233

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We Can Change Our Reality by Changing Our Desires

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Weekly Torah – Bereishit – Genesis 1:1-6:8

Anthology of the Weekly Torah Reading – BereishitGenesis 1:1-6:8

The Zohar
Teachings from the primary text of Kabbala, “The Book of Shining Light“.

From the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai; translation & commentary by Simcha-Shmuel Treister

The Holy Ari

Outstanding Kabbalist of the last 1800 years; Leader of the Safed circle of mystics.

From the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria; translated and edited by Moshe Yakov Wisnefsky.

Mystical Classics

From Torat Moshe by Rabbi Moshe Alshich.

Chassidic Masters

Inspirational insights from the Baal Shem Tov and Hasidic leaders of succeeding generations.

By Binyomin Adilman.

Contemporary Kabbalists

from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; translated and annotated by Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky.

Ascent Lights

Contemporary illuminations from the director of Ascent-of-Safed.

By Shaul Yosef Leiter.

Mystic Stories

Wonders and Inspiration from Kabbalists, Chasidic Rebbes, remarkable Jews.

By Yerachmiel Tilles

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Weekly Kabbalah Newsletter #232

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Acting in Accordance to the Laws of Nature

A collection of weekly quotes, highlights from events, book deals and new articles and videos.

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Sukkot 5771 Anthology

Anthology of the Torah Reading, Sukkot 5771

 

The Zohar

Teachings from the primary text of Kabbala, “The Book of Shining Light”.

From the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai; translation & commentary by Shmuel Simcha Treister.

Nesting Time

If a bird’s nest chances to be before you in any tree or on the ground as you travel, whether there are chicks or eggs

Those Neshamot which emanate from the aspect of the higher Shechina are called “chicks”. Those whose Nefesh emanates from the lower Shechina are called “eggs”. This is the secret of the verse we read on Friday night as we are about to receive the extra Neshama: “Who spreads his tabernacle [in Hebrew, “sukkat“] of peace over us.” This is the Higher Mother [Imma Ilaah, related to bina, associated with the Shechina], which is the sukka of peace, a protective covering above us.

It is also possible to interpret the verse “If a bird’s nest chances to be before you” as referring to the sukka, which is Higher Mother [Imma Ilaah]. This is the surrounding light represented by the branches of the sukka’s roof. “In any tree” relates to the 4 species as is written, “And you shall take on the first day, the fruit of a citrus tree, branches of palm trees, etc.”

The Holy Ari

Outstanding Kabbalist of the last 1800 years; Leader of the Safed circle of mystics.

Translated and edited from the Writings of the Ari as recorded by Rabbi Chaim Vital by Baruch Emanuel Erdstein.

Ceilings of Consciousness

Perhaps the most conspicuous of the many mitzvot connected to the holiday of Sukkot is the sukkah (booth) in which we dwell for the entire holiday and for which the festival itself is named. While the explicit reason for constructing the sukkah is to recall the miraculous exodus from Egypt and G-d’s shelter as we traveled through the Sinai Desert, the Ari explains that the sukkah serves as a model of the spiritual worlds and conduit for expanded consciousness, channeling divine benevolence into the Lower Realms.

One of the elements necessary for a valid sukkah is the “schach“, the roof of the sukkah, made of organic natural materials resting upon the walls. Chassidic literature teaches that the words “sukkah“, as well as “schach“, hint at the phrase “perceiving with divine inspiration”, used to describe our matriarch Sarah, also known as “Isca” (from the same root letters). The Ari teaches that the schach of a kosher sukkah serves as the medium through which we absorb supernal wisdom and understanding.

Mystical Classics

From the teachings of Rabbi Moshe Alshich; adapted from Torat Moshe by Eliyahu Munk.

A Holiday for G-d

There is a basic difference between Sukkot and Passover and Shavuot. The latter two denote historic events which had already taken place and had been experienced by the people whom Moses addressed. At the time of the first Sukkot festival, the events being celebrated had not taken place yet.

Both Passover and Shavuot represent a reward to Israel, who had displayed dedication at the Exodus, and who had accepted the yoke of the Torah. These festivals are “for G-d”, in that they represent justification for G-d who had argued that man was worth creating because Israel would display such a lofty moral level.

The Sukkot festival is a celebration for G-d, then also of G-d’s greatest victory, the fact that Israel had recovered from the stain on its soul due to the Golden Calf episode. We rejoice that G-d is happy and has seen His judgment proven right.

Chasidic Masters

By Binyomin Adilman.

The High Humble Willow

What is the nature of the aravot (willow branches) that are taken together with the other species during the first 6 days of Sukkot and on the last day taken by itself, meriting a holiday of its own – Hoshana Rabba?

The sages explained that the four species represent four different types of Jews: The etrog (citron) which has both a good taste and fragrance, represents one who possesses both Torah learning and mitzvot. The lulav (palm branch) which has a good taste (i.e. dates) but no fragrance, represents one who possesses Torah learning but has no mitzvot to his credit. The hadassim (myrtle twigs), which have fragrance but not a good taste, represent one who has mitzvot but no Torah learning. The aravot, which have neither taste nor fragrance, represent the one who lacks both Torah and mitzvot.

At the beginning of the festival, the arava is taken each day, bound together with the other species. This way, the person “without taste or smell” might be influenced by those who are already on a higher spiritual level and thereby become elevated through contact with them. On the other hand, one who has “taste and smell”, when he comes into contact with the willow (i.e. the one without “taste and smell”) will be reminded of the inherent lowliness of man, and will be seized by waves of humility. He will take a good look at himself, be humbled, and deepen the teshuva he began in Elul.

As a person perfects his personal humility, G-d at the same time raises him up. This is Hoshana Rabba.

Contemporary Kabbalists

Adapted from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe by Yehoshua Metzinger.

A Crown of Supernal Joy

The main concept of Simchat Torah is simcha, or joy, as is indicated by the name of the holiday. It is from this special day that we derive all our happiness for the entire year as it is on this day that the Jewish People brings down a higher aspect of Torah within the Torah itself, a joy which crowns the Torah from the aspect of keter. Keter is an encompassing power which surrounds the Torah, and is on a higher level than learning, which penetrates the Torah and is associated with the concept of inwardness.

Keter is associated with closeness to G-d and closeness with higher levels, since, as it descends, each level settles closely, like a crown, on the “head” of the lower level. However, keter is higher relative to the lower levels only; within keter itself, there are no levels at all, since it is beyond levels and is associated with Ein Sof. It is from keter, beyond levels of nourishment, distance and connection, that we draw simcha on Simchat Torah, adding a new dimension to the Torah and providing supernal joy for the entire year.

Ascent Lights

By Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter.

An All-Encompassing Mitzva

The Lubavitcher Rebbe writes that from the commandment of sukka we learn that even our everyday, mundane affairs must be connected to G-d. Sukkot is soon after Yom Kippur. The word for the service of the High Priest in the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur is “avoda“, the same word used to describe daily work. We should regard our every day activities as potentially holy as the actions of the High Priest in the Holy of Holies.

The mitzvah of sukka embodies this concept. Whether sitting, eating, sleeping, etc., in a sukka, a Jew is entirely enveloped by the mitzva.

Another aspect of being surrounded by the mitzvah of sukka is that it is compared to being hugged by G-d. When hugging someone, you accept even the person’s back. the front of the body is usually the focus of attention, not the back. The back is the part of themselves they do not usually share with others. But it is hugging, which also involves the back, that expresses a level of total and unconditional love. Through G-d accepting even all our seemingly insignificant and physical actions in the sukka, as most holy, He is a spiritually “hugging” us.

Mystic Story

Wonders and Inspiration from Kabbalists, Chasidic Rebbes, remarkable Jews.

By Yerachmiel Tilles

The Unpopular Rebbe

He trudged home alone, saddened and a bit shaken up at the realization that he might never have another guest, not even for the special festive meal of the First Night of Sukkot.

Laws and Customs

By By the Lubavitcher Rebbe; translated by Eliyahu Touger.

The Infinite and Unlimited Soul

The fulfillment of the mitzvah of the Four Species involves moving the bundle of four species to the six directions – left, right, front, above, below, and back – three times each. In addition, the lulav, the palm branch, is also shaken.

Souls in the spiritual realms are described as “standing”, for they are rooted to a single level. By descending to the plane of the physical and devoting itself to the observance of the Torah and its mitzvot, a soul attains the potential for progress, and indeed, in an unlimited manner. This potential is demonstrated in a Jew’s shaking back and forth during prayer and Torah study.

In fact, the Zohar states that a Jew shakes during prayer because “the soul of man is the candle of G-d”. Just as a candle flickers back and forth because it is drawn to its source, so too the soul shakes during Torah study, for Torah study inspires a soul and connects it to its spiritual source.

Since the ultimate connection with G-d is achieved through Torah study, it is Torah study that generates the potential for unbounded progress. For this reason, the lulav, which is identified with the study of the Torah, is shaken.

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Weekly Kabbalah Newsletter #231

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The Source for Answering All of Life’s Essential Questions

A collection of weekly quotes, highlights from events, book deals and new articles and videos.

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Weekly Kabbalah Newsletter #230

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Awakening to the Feeling and Awareness of a New Reality

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Kabbalah Today Publication – 25th Issue


Authentic Wisdom for a Better Future.

Kabbalah Today is a Kabbalah publication produced by the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute. In simple, easy-to-understand style, Kabbalah Today conveys the genuine wisdom of Kabbalah from authentic sources, and free of charge.

Kabbalah Today is an apolitical, non-profit project whose only goal is to spread the knowledge of authentic Kabbalah easily and at no cost. It is our hope that Kabbalah Today will help promote the spirituality of and love among humanity.


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Weekly Torah – Ha’azinu 5770

Anthology of the Weekly Torah Reading – Ha’azinu Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52

The Zohar
Teachings from the primary text of Kabbala, “The Book of Shining Light“.

From the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

The Holy Ari

Outstanding Kabbalist of the last 1800 years; Leader of the Safed circle of mystics.

From the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria

Mystical Classics

An anthology from the Shelah, the Alshich, the Ohr Hachayim, and others.

Chassidic Masters

Inspirational insights from the Baal Shem Tov and Hasidic leaders of succeeding generations.

Contemporary Kabbalists

Penetrating insights from leading Kabbalists and mystics of our times.

Ascent Lights

Contemporary illuminations from the director of Ascent-of-Safed.

By Shaul Yosef Leiter

Mystic Stories

Wonders and Inspiration from Kabbalists, Chasidic Rebbes, remarkable Jews.

By Yerachmiel Tilles

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Rosh Hashana 5771 Anthology

Rosh Hashana 5771 Anthology

The Zohar

Teachings from the primary text of Kabbala, “The Book of Shining Light“.

From the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai; translation & commentary by Shmuel Simcha Treister.

Our Portion for the Year

Rosh Hashanah is the head of the year of the king, and the king associated with this New Year is Isaac . Isaac, who is on the left side of the tree of the sefirot represents the sefira-attribute of gevura or “fear/awe.

Because Isaac, who is from the side of judgment, reigns at Rosh Hashanah, it is the time when all people are judged…order. Each receives their deserved portion thus setting the pattern for the whole year to come, each receiving the reward or punishment which has been decided based on past deeds.

The Holy Ari

Outstanding Kabbalist of the last 1800 years; Leader of the Safed circle of mystics.

Translated and edited from the Writings of the Ari as recorded by Rabbi Chaim Vital by Moshe Yakov Wisnefsky.

Shofar Meditation

On Rosh Hashanah, the nature of the created universe is being re-determined. The energy that powered the previous year is withdrawn and a new energy is drawn down. Since the creative energy that powers the world is being withdrawn to its source, there are no “rules”, and everything is, in a sense, up for grabs. The inner dimension of the lights of …chesed…-gevura-…tiferet…-…malchut… ascend into bina, withdrawing back into the womb where they originated, so to speak.

Evil can assert that it deserves to receive the new life force of the coming year, especially in view of the record of its so-called rightful recipients during the previous year. Therefore, in order that the life force of the new year be drawn down as it should, that is, channeled mainly into holiness (and its champions in this world, the Jewish people), it is necessary to ensure that G-d is “reminded,” so to speak, of His original vision of Creation, in which the Jewish people are His emissaries to make this world into His home.

The renewed inner light returns when the shofar [ram’s horn] is blown. The first blast is the straight tekia, the sweetening light of Abba/chochma, the original insight. The middle blasts (shevarim and terua) also indicate various aspects of severe judgement, the overall idea is to sweeten the judgments of the middle blasts by the simple straightforward blast of the tekia.

Chasidic Masters

From the teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi; translated by Levy Wineberg.

Eyes on the Land

Rabbi Schneur Zalman wrote many letters in order to rouse Jewry to contribute generously to tzedaka in general and in particular for the sake of settling the Holy Land. In this letter, the author places singular emphasis on the merit of giving tzedaka for the Holy Land. Every year, he declares, charity should be given with more vitality and in greater volume, thus echoing the rhythm of the annually-renewed life-force that emanates from On High to the Holy Land.

Contemporary Kabbalists

By Binyomin Adilman.

The Task of Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Judgment. The scales are poised. Each person is judged according to his deeds (or lack of them). However, the Talmud explains that although most people, would they be involved in a court case where their life was on the line, would dress all in black and walk around sorrowfully, the Jewish People, are not like that. They put on white festive garments, eat, drink and remove all the worries of the impending judgment, instead throwing their trust totally upon G-d, confident of the impending verdict.

The Lecivitzer Rabbi used to explain: “…and the joy of G-d is your strength”, the joy of G-d is that you put your total trust in Him. That is your strength.

The month of Elul is the appropriate time for the repentance and self-rectification a person needs to do. When the month of Tishrei comes, the service is different. The service of Tishrei and Rosh Hashanah is to declare the sovereignty of G-d over us, to re-crown Him as King and to nullify our will before His.

Ascent Lights

by Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter.

Sequencing Judgment and Atonement

The Haftorah of the second day of Rosh Hashanah focuses on Hannah, a childless woman. She vowed that if G-d would give her a son, she would dedicate his life to Divine service. Hannah was not asking for a child just to fulfill her maternal needs, but rather to show her commitment to G-d’s kingship.

This is the model for our holiday prayers. We ask for our physical needs, and even if we are primarily concerned with them for selfish reasons, the essence of our prayer is an outpouring of the soul, longing to connect to and serve G-d. Just as Hannah was answered on Rosh Hashanah, so should G-d fulfill all of our requests for a good and sweet year.

Mystic Stories

Wonders and Inspiration from Kabbalists, Chasidic Rebbes, remarkable Jews.

By Yerachmiel Tilles

Caught in the Act

None would buy the great soul of R. Levi Yitzchak on Rosh Hashana.

Laws & Customs

By Yerachmiel Tilles.

Spiritual Throw-aways

In the traditional Tashlich ceremony on Rosh Hashana, we go to a body of living water, and beseech G-d to forgive us for our transgressions. The prayers that we recite there are based on a verse: “He will again have compassion upon us; He will suppress our iniquities. And Thou will cast all their sins in the depths of the sea.”

When “the sea”, or any water, is considered metaphorically to exemplify the power to nullify beyond retrieval, as well as purify, we can understand the Tashlich ceremony to be a sort of meditative aid in our process of genuine repentance. We wish to truly leave behind all of our past transgressions and personal faults, emerging cleansed in a state of renewal.

This Rosh Hashanah, may we merit to approach the life-giving source of all divine beneficence, our spiritual “stains” washed away.

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