Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag

deep in prayer. Forgiveness from the teachings of Rabbi Ashlag

What do we ask forgiveness for?

by yedidah on August 25, 2016

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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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The Torah in balance, from the writings of Rabbi Ashlag

Torah: a Source of Balance

by yedidah on June 22, 2016

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The Torah was given to the Children of Israel in the month of Sivan, in the third month of coming out of Egypt.

The holy Zohar takes this to hint to us that the Torah itself comes forth in the middle line of consciousness, combining within itself both the consciousness of Chesed, lovingkindness, and of Gevurah, strength, and bringing forth a consciousness of harmony and balance.

What does this mean for our service of God? Why do I need the Torah?

We have within ourselves two polar states of consciousness, that of giving and that of receiving. Giving unconditionally is a consciousness that is in affinity of form with the Creator, whereas our vessels of receiving from the Creator actually separate us from Him, even though these  are the vessels with which, eventually,we will be able to receive all the goodness that God wants to give us. Eventually these two opposite forms need to come to a harmonious consciousness of the middle line.

This process of coming to our middle line, is a process called forth by the Torah, the revelation of God’s wisdom.

This podcast is dedicated in love to all those souls who can and are ready to have more clarity in their lives and to shed the obstructions that hold them back from recognizing their own divinity . Especially dedicated to Yehudah ben Esther, and Kalman Roen ben Feige Tziporah

Podcast inspired by Article 19 from Sefer HaMama’arim volume 4 תש”ן 

 

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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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The Chanukah candle within.

by yedidah December 7, 2015
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Without the wick, the oil, and the vessel to place it in, the flame of the candle cannot light. Each of these three components have an inner equivalent in our service of God, with which we, too, can light our own inner flame. From the teachings of Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag

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The gate of tears is never locked

by yedidah September 28, 2014
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Yom Kippur is a day of prayer and supplication. But do I know what I really want to pray for? How do I know what my deepest needs really are? If I express them with the sorrow and pain I feel, will they be answered? From an essay by Rabbi Baruch Shalom Halevi Ashlag

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