deep in prayer. Forgiveness from the teachings of Rabbi Ashlag

What do we ask forgiveness for?

by yedidah on August 25, 2016


When we look back on our lives, we find many things we wish we had done differently.  Yet ultimately everything that transpired did so according to the will of God.  So what do we need to say sorry for?

This question was asked by the great Kabbalist Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag. He considers a saying of the Sages of the Talmud,

” The evil inclination would prevail over a person every day and if God does not help him he does not manage to overcome it. “

This would seem to suggest that we are not to blame for our sins. In which case what is the real sin?

In this article, Rabbi Ashlag looks at the source of our mistakes, and shows us that the real sin lies in our not asking for help from the Creator to deal with them.  We need to believe that not only God wants to  help us , but that He really can!

This podcast is dedicated for a Refuah Shlemah to my mother Chaya bat Sara Leah.

From Sefer Hama’amarim of Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag ( article 4 תשמ”ח)



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Called to Prayer

by yedidah on January 3, 2016


“Then Yehudah drew near to him, (Yoseph) and said: ‘Oh my lord, let your servant, I pray you, speak a word in my lord’s ears,'” (Genesis 44:18)

It is with these words that one of the most moving and dramatic episodes of the Torah opens. “And Yehudah drew near to him”; the Zohar teaches,”in prayer”.

There are many sad and broken people in the world, but it does not come to all of them to pray. Why not? When a person’s heart wakes up to pray it is because the Divine is calling him. This is the greatness of  HaShem, who is calling to us, “Come close to Me, come and pray.”

We may feel that the impulse to pray is coming from within ourselves, but this is not the case. It is HaShem, the Creator of the world,  who calls to  us, as a father calls to his beloved child, to turn to the One  in prayer, and this is a redemption in itself.

Podcast inspired from the Zohar and the work Bircat Shalom, articles  by Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag

With grateful thanks to Mordecai (Yoel) Shoot whose questions sparked this study.



The hidden beauty of the spiritual night

by yedidah May 17, 2015
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The term “night”, in the language of the Kabbalah refers to the time when the Creator’s presence is hidden from us. We yearn for the day… . But is there something we are missing? The Zohar hints to us that there is a special value to the time of the night. From the teachings of Rabbi Ashlag in preparation for the festival of Shavuot.

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God blessing Man, Man blessing God

by yedidah August 22, 2014
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A holy dialogue increases the life and goodness in the world. The Zohar teaches us that God’s only desire is to give goodness to His created beings. Therefore all that He wants to give us is ready for us. However, we cannot always receive the goodness He wants to give, because we become separated from Him by receiving for ourselves alone. Blessing God for everything we enjoy is a simple and wonderful way that Judaism teaches us to change the one-way flow into a productive dialogue.

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The natural forces of Creation and how man’s consciousness affects them: From the Zohar

by yedidah October 31, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy hit the coast of America this week. The Zohar discusses Man’s relationship with nature and the forces of Creation, and we learn how the consciousness of the human being is a prime factor in influencing the behavior of natural forces. Keep safe. we’re thinking of you…. (Inspired  by  a talk  given by Rabbi […]

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Why the soul incarnates: A letter by Rabbi Ashlag

by yedidah August 27, 2012
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When in the body the soul can attain, that is both know and feel the true Names of God. This is knowledge she cannot attain whilst in the spiritual worlds

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