What do we ask forgiveness for?

by yedidah August 25, 2016
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In Judaism the word “sin” actually means missing the mark. When we look back on our lives , we may see many things we wish now we had done differently. It transpires that the main sin is that we didn’t ask for help when we needed it. An article from the Kabbalist Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag

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Feeling sad , feeling happy, in our service to God

by yedidah August 2, 2016
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Feeling sad and feeling happy all at the same time? Conflicting emotions aren’t that rare; interestingly enough the Zohar talks about them in context with the person who wants to draw closer to God again after having strayed. How can he come close to God when he is feeling sad, when the injunction is ” serve the Lord with gladness” !? Rabbi Baruch Ashlag looks at this Zohar with sympathy and depth.

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Torah: a Source of Balance

by yedidah June 22, 2016
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We have two ways of relating to the goodness that the Creator gives us: receiving or giving. But these two functions are very often mutually opposite, each feeling that its own way is the correct way, even though such function is often incomplete. But a greater harmony and balance is achieved by co-operation, thus causing a third, middle way to emerge. The Torah itself comes forth from and guides us to this middle way.

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The story of the Children of Israel in Egypt is our story

by yedidah April 17, 2016
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Rabbi Ashlag teaches the redemption of the Children of Israel from Egypt as an on-going process within ourselves. He teaches that Egypt is within us, personified as our egoism, and this constitutes our bondage. The elements of the Pesach preparations and Seder night guide us so we can also celebrate our own redemption by the Hand of the Almighty with joy.

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Becoming Adam

by yedidah March 27, 2016
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Becoming Adam implies coming to resemble the Creator in His loving kindness and unconditional love. But how can we fully embody this? From the Kabbalah of Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag

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True unity

by yedidah February 15, 2016
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When the children of Israel encamped at Mount Sinai, the Sages teach that they encamped “as one man with one heart.” It is from this teaching we understand that the revelation of God to the people at Mount Sinai was dependent on their being united What does this unity imply? How do we achieve unity while still respecting our individuality? Rather than look at this idea in a philosophical way, Rabbi Ashlag taught unity in the most practical way possible, by encouraging mutual love, support and responsibility between his students. His advice then is still good now.

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