gate of tears is never locked

The gate of tears is never locked

by yedidah on September 28, 2014


We spend the day on Yom Kippur praying. But will our prayers be answered? Do we know what our real needs are?
The Sages of the Talmud gave us a clue:

“Rabbi Elazar said that when the Temple was destroyed all the gates of prayer were closed; but even though the gates of prayer were closed the gate of tears is never locked.”

Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag asks the seemingly simple question. If the gate of tears is never closed, why is it a gate? To answer this he helps us examine our true motives and our true feelings.
When are we praying for our very life? For what is really crucial for us?

Rabbi Baruch Shalom teaches us in this pivotal article for Yom Kippur, what real prayer is.

From the Sefer HaMamarim of Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag, with grateful thinks to Shmuel Igar Kinyan who studied it with me

Other talks on Yom Kippur.

“The Inner Essence of Yom Kippur”, “From the depths I call on You”, “Yom Kippur : A chance to reclaim our true identity”


Elul, the shofar of compassion.  Froom the Kabbalah of Rabbi Ashlag

I am for my Beloved, and my Beloved is for me.

by yedidah on September 8, 2014


Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag teaches that the language of the Kabbalah and much of the Talmud is dealing with relationships between spiritual roots, albeit using words familiar to us in our everyday speech. A literal interpretation thus causes distortions of understanding. A classical misunderstanding applies to the saying of the Sages of the Talmud relating to Rosh Hashanah,

The Talmud states that on Rosh Hashanah three books are opened, on book for the righteous, who are straightway listed for life, one for the wicked, who are straightaway listed for death and one for those in between whose fate is undecided until Yom Kippur.

In order to understand this in its true sense we need to first know that this entire statement applies to aspects within us. The righteous within us is the will to give goodness and compassion to our Creator and to our fellow-man. This is the aspect we wish to keep alive and list in the book of life.

The aspect of the wicked within us is our selfishness and our ego- orientated desires. We indeed would like to let these die.

But how to come to these decisions? These are not simple decisions to make! Can we say such a thing and really mean it? This is the work of Elul the month we are in now.

From an oral talk by Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag, the Baal HaSulam to his students in the month of Elul. HaShem Shamati Shimecha Yareiti vol. 2

Other talks for Elul:

Forty days of love: From Elul to Yom Kippur

Enjoying the month of Elul

Shame is a precious feeling



Choose Life!

by yedidah January 9, 2013
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The path of the ego or the path of the connection with the Torah. T We stand at the crossroad. How do we choose? A podcast based on the writings of Rabbi Ashlag

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The language of Rosh HaShanah derives from the Kabbalah

by yedidah September 3, 2012
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The language surrounding Rosh haShanah is imbued with connotations from the Kabalah.By looking at the true meaning of the symbols of this festival we can approach it with happiness and confidence .

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