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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.



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”


Keeping faith in good times and bad

by yedidah July 16, 2014
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We all have times when we feel connected, and times when we seem to lose it. How do we stay in contact with our soul, with the Shechinah, through the ups and downs? The Zohar, interpreted by Rabbi Ashlag, gives clear and helpful guidance.

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Prayer: its ascent and its effect

by yedidah June 20, 2014
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All over Israel people are gathering to recite psalms or offer up prayers for the safety of the three kidnapped children. The outpouring of prayers from all sectors of the community, secular as well as religious, is unprecedented. In this podcast we learn why prayer works and offer up our own prayers for the boys’ safety. From the Kabbalah of Rabbi Ashlag.

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