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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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The binding of Isaac: Avraham, Yizhak and the angel

The binding of Isaac; the completion of love

by yedidah on November 13, 2014

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The fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob make up the Merkavah, a Hebrew word meaning “chariot” . In our modern language we could translate this as a vehicle for the light and love of God, receiving it and passing it on to others.

Being their children, we also have within our potential, the vessels they brought to the Merkavah.

The act of the Akedah, the binding of Issac, was the most important  rectification of the Merkavah, in that it united and completed the elements of both Abraham and of Isaac;  Abraham, the embodiment of the  Sephirah of chesed , loving-kindness, with Yitzhak the embodiment of the  vessel for the  manifestation of the light of God.

One doing the binding, the other agreeing to be bound. Avraham and Yitzhak take on roles opposite to their own innate natures; Avraham using the vessels of Yitzhak acting with stern judgment, and Isaac wrapping himself in the vessel of Avraham, yielding and giving.

Rabbi Ashlag in his commentary on the Zohar, indicates that the  unification they achieved  is of the same essence as the unification of the night and the day;  as on the first day of Creation, ” and it was evening and it was morning, one day.”  Looked at in its true  light, the Akedah was an act of  the fulfillment of love, which we, as their children inherit.

From the Perush HaSulam Zohar Vayera paragraph 484 and Berishit 1 paragraphs  356-7

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Receiving the Torah through faith

by yedidah May 13, 2013
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The light of the Torah is one. The vessels with which we receive the light of the Torah are called the garments of the Torah. However, to access the light of the Torah we need to add in the ingredient of faith. Faith that the Torah itself can bring us back to the good way.

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