Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: January 19, 2015

When I was asked to share my feelings and comments concerning the relationship between Messiah and the new millennium, I immediately thought of the intense interest that has been focused on this simple changing of numbers on the calendar. Why has the millennium event provoked such amazement and awe? What is the meaning of all the preparations that are taking place? What exactly is being celebrated?

Strange as it may seem, I have not yet received a satisfactory response to my skeptical questions regarding the new millennium. It seems that when one millennium comes to a close, people’s hopes are just naturally kindled. As if by reflex, they are looking forward to an era that will provide greater meaning and fulfillment. I feel compelled to ask, however, why this new millennium should be any different than all the previous ones? Fresh millennia, in and of themselves, have done little for the betterment of mankind. Should this not prompt those looking forward to...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: December 19, 2014

Remember being a young child and wondering where you came from and why you were here? Those were not the musings of a young child, but rather, as Kabbalist Rav Berg explains, they were the soul’s attempt to show you how to get everything you want from life.

Philosophers have, for millennia, been fascinated by the question of why we are here and have written considerably on the subject. However, with the vast quantity of material available, I have found very little that is relevant to the day-to-day affairs of mankind.

Science has, thus far, been busy only with determining the beginnings of the universe, with the age of either our universe or man, being the significant factors in their search of the unknown. Yet the conclusions arrived at by science regarding the evolution of man have generated criticism from the religionists, who reject the scientific version of creation as unacceptable when compared to their own interpretation of biblical...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: November 19, 2014

How many people have never heard expressions regarding angels, in some form of or another?

He or she "must have a guardian angel" is a remark we often hear when a near­ tragedy somehow results in a happy ending. We see these wonderful winged crea­tures in movies, on television, in books and magazines. What so amazes me is that, with all this widespread "familiarity" with the subject, so very little atten­tion has yet been directed to the origins of our familiarity, or to the origins of angels themselves.

Angels, along with their Hebraic names, are just another example, just another aspect of the fast‑moving "Internet" of revolutionary knowledge that is now overtaking the consciousness of mankind. In our mod­ern lives, so riddled by sudden changes, immediate adaptation is the only choice available to us. We have to travel the express lane or simply fall behind. With the advent of the computer age, we managed to face the problem of coming to grips with...

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Posted In: Prayer & Meditation Posted On: October 22, 2014

In this Age of Aquarius we are all on a journey towards expanded awareness. We are all on this path, whether our conscious rational mind has agreed to it or not. Slowly, but surely, the clouds of illusion are becoming thinner and less imposing. For at the end of our journey, at last there is only the true basic reality: Light.

The language of Kabbalah gives the tools needed to provide the quantum effects that prayer was originally intended to produce. Of all human activity there is nothing so innate to man as prayer. It is one of the few activities of man that has no counterpart in the animal world, for only man is destined to rule over the entire universe and all that is contained within it.

As with everything in the coded text of the Bible, this central message is hidden. Witness Adam’s first assigned task in the Garden of Eden:

And out of the ground the Lord formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air;...

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Posted In: Astrology Posted On: August 24, 2014

In the Bible, Rosh Hashanah is referred to as the seventh month of the year. Then, the question here we are faced with is, how do we reconcile the day of the New Year (Rosh Hashanah) with its designation of occurring in the seventh month? To most of us, if not all of us, we are simply not accustomed to wishing each other happy New Year on any other day than January first. And yet the Biblical designation for the first month of the year is the Hebrew month of Nissan, or the month of Aries, not Tishrei (Libra) in which Rosh Hashanah occurs.

Furthermore, the Talmud and Zohar make it crystal clear that Rosh Hashanah includes all the people of the world. According to the Talmudand Zohar, on this first day of Tishrei, the month of Libra, the future of each individual in the entire human population will have been determined as to whether an additional year of life or part thereof...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: August 11, 2014

In the Babylonian Talmud Tractate Ta'anit chapter 4, page 106, it is written:

"Rav Shimon Ben Gamliel said, 'There are no better days in Israel than Tu B'Av and Yom Kippur. On Tu B'Av, the daughters of Jerusalem go out dressed in borrowed white clothes, so those who lack garments are clothed, and they celebrate in the vineyards. And what do they say? 'Boy, raise your eyes and see what a selection you have! Let your eyes not gaze upon us ornaments, but let your eyes seek a family.'"

This idea of borrowing clothes from one another contributes to the respect for the poor and strengthens the feeling of unity and love amid the people. This is an unusual custom, and it is one that is not mentioned in reference to any other holiday. The Talmud goes on to describe additional aspects of young men coming to choose a soul mate. This is the first description of Tu B'Av that we encounter, except for the description that...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: August 04, 2014

According to conventional religious thinking, Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Leo) is meaningful only because it is the day on which the Temples were destroyed. But a physical event cannot be a cause because the physical world itself is purely an effect. The cause of anything in the material universe can only exist on the spiritual level. On Tisha B'Av, negativity has total dominion; chaos reigns over all creation. This is the day on which the Holy Temple was destroyed. Yet because Light and darkness cannot exist in the same place, the only day on which chaos can be removed from the world or the Holy Temple can be destroyed is on Tisha B'Av. This is the great paradox of this holiday, and also its great importance. At times, chaos has ruled on Tisha B'Av, but great Light can also be revealed on that day -- a Light that can enable the birth of Messiah. We gather on Tisha B'Av to reveal this great Light in the world and to drive out all aspects of...

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Posted In: Master Kabbalists & Their Writings Posted On: July 30, 2014

Rav Isaac Luria, The Ari (meaning “The Lion”), died on Hei B’Av, the fifth day of Av, in 1572. Kabbalah teaches us that on the day a tzadik, righteous person, leaves our physical world, we are provided with an opportunity to connect with their spiritual assistance. These death anniversary celebrations, also called hilulah, take place throughout the year and are times to gather and study, sometimes until after midnight, to connect with the souls of the righteous who are there to help us overcome ego and blockages we encounter in our lives. All the tzadikim (righteous souls) are happy to respond to our invitation, to join us and support us in every aspect of our spiritual work. Specifically, by connecting to the Ari on his death anniversary, we can truly come to understand our own potential to reveal Light in this world.

The Ari was born in Jerusalem and as a child moved with his...

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Posted In: Astrology Posted On: July 23, 2014

The Hebrew month of Av, concurrent with the influence of Leo, has traditionally evoked fear within the hearts of men. So many significant tragedies have occurred during this peri­od for mankind including the destruction of Temples One and Two set off periods of unrest and war throughout the then known world followed by the Dark Ages.

What seems odd, if not strange, is that the month of Leo stands out with this unique feature. Inasmuch as 20th century physics has taught us that the inanimate, too, possess consciousness, we must ask ourselves, just what is the thought process that induces such neg­ative activity.

Before we can arrive at some original motivating causes, let us explore one question, why do the planets revolve around the sun? It is an indis­putable fact observed by all and yet very few have dared to raise this question.

However, one thousand years ago, the famous Kabbalist, Shab­batai Donolo, also a physician and astronomer...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: July 09, 2014

If all the medicines known were thrown into the ocean, it would be the better for the human race and the worse for the fish.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809–1894

The "War" against Disease

The great 19th century Boston author, poet, and physician really didn’t have a thing against the fish; it’s just that he recognized within his own profession a central flaw that persists to this day. The vast majority of medicines, along with allopathic surgery and radiation techniques, treat the symptoms and ignore the causes of disease.

But first, let us make sure we are spelling the word right. It should be dis-ease, with a hyphen, because a loss of ease in the world of chaos is exactly what lies at the core of everything from chickenpox to cancer. Dis-ease, fostered by our own emotional outlooks and hidebound beliefs, literally means disruption of ease, a disturbance of the resting, motionless state of mind that leads to good...

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