Kabbalah

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Why is it important to understand the language of Kabbalah? Many people learn about Kabbalah using terms such as light, Sephirot, the Tree of life, without  really knowing what they mean. But this is a shame, because when we learn the meaning of these words terms accurately we  obtain a precious key to the wisdom of our Sages, and to our own lives.

The light of God , the Creator, is one, One indivisible goodness. But we cannot grasp any aspect of it unless we want it.

Rabbi Ashlag the great Kabbalist gives this example:

Take a sefer Torah:  The light is the white of the parchment. It contains all the wisdom of the Torah,  But if it were not for the black letters, I would not know what this wisdom is saying to me.

Black is the absence of light. So the letters of the Torah, black ink on white parchment  are actually absences of the light… yet the letters catch the light within their spaces. In our own lives when we lack something we yearn for it. It is our desires that make up the letters, words and sentences of our lives.

Our question today is, are the sentences we are writing today, truly reflecting our deepest desires?

By learning the words of the Torah and of the Kabbalah , accurately  we can see our own desires, more clearly.

Today we look at the term zivug, which is the Kabbalistic term for the entry of light into the vessel and is also the term sued for the relationship between a man and wife.

On a personal note I wish to give thanks to HaShem that after a long period of illness I am able once again to write and broadcast these short shiurim, and to  my dear family and  chevrutas who all helped me with their encouragement and prayers. 

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Ya'acov a man of true intention. From the kabbalah of Rabbi Ashlag

Jacob’s intentions: A man of truth.

by yedidah on November 17, 2015

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On the surface of it all, it seems a dreadful story:  A younger son cheating an older brother of what is rightfully his. So seems the story of Jacob and Esau, according to its literal meaning. However, when we learn the Torah only at the level of the Pshat, we get the outer shell, but we cannot attain the truth and wisdom of its consciousness in that way.

The great Gaon of Vilna, in his Siddur, teaches that in order to gain attainment in the Torah, that is in order to attain its emotional wisdom and have a direct perception of its spiritual meaning, we need to turn to the inner garments of the Torah, with which the Pshat is clothed.

By learning the Kabbalah, the Sod, which deals with intentions, the intentions of God in His actions and those of our holy fathers and mothers become clearer to us. We can see their actions in a true light and use this light as a guide and a beacon within our own lives.

This teaching is drawn from the Perush HaSulam of Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag on the Zohar Toledot. 

The merit of this Torah learning is dedicated for the ilui nishmata of Musha Leah Bat Paltiel z”l

 

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Kabbalah: A language for the Revelation of the Divine light

by yedidah July 3, 2014
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The Torah is the great repository and record of our connection with the Divine. Its very words are vessels which hold within them the Divine relation, as it was, as it is and as it will be. Its very essence is one with the Divine. It is both the garments for the Divine and it is one with the Divine who is clothed within it.

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God is my strength and my song….(He is also my friend and my brother)

by yedidah April 25, 2014
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“God is my strength and my song; He will be for me a salvation.” This phrase from the scriptures finds unexpectedly beautiful and intimate interpretations given to it by the Sages of the Zohar. Their words spoken and recorded two thousand years ago reverberate for us today, helping us in the here and now. A lesson from the Zohar itself.

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Mixed motives: Are they any good?

by yedidah January 7, 2014
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When we start to learn the Kabbalah of Rabbi Ashlag and we learn that most of our desires are driven by our own egoistic desires that separate us from the Creator, it comes as a shock. We notice that even our good deeds seem tainted with our selfish ways. We feel stuck, even paralyzed. How do we move forwards now? From the teachings of Rabbi Ashlag

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The language of the Kabbalah is the language of giving

by yedidah November 23, 2013
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Learning the Kabbalah implies learning a new language of behavior and emotions. The language of giving instead of our inbuilt responses of receiving. From the Kabbalah of Rabbi Ashlag .

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