Posted In: Weekly Consciousness, Ki Tisa, Mind Over Matter, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 25,2013
In the Zohar portion of Ki Tisa, Moses tells the Israelites that he is leaving and will return within 40 days. The Israelites, however, miscalculate his return by six hours, and believing he will not come back, create the Golden Calf. The Golden Calf, the Zohar explains, was like a computer—that was all it was. It spoke, it answered questions, it sang, it did all the things our computers do today. Is that a god? Do we treat a computer like a god? No, we see it is as a tool that can assist us. Although many people rely on the computer, no one expects their computer to lead them. And so why would the Israelites create a Golden Calf?  It doesn’t make a great deal of sense. The Zohar tells us that what took place in the desert 3400 years ago is actually taking place in our very own lives today, because unfortunately the same consciousness that existed then exists now. Many people prefer to live with the Golden Calf; meaning, we still consider the physical things that provide entertainment... Read More
Posted In: Weekly Consciousness, Shemot (Exodus), Terumah, Tetzave, The Ari, Rav Ashlag, Protection Posted On: February 18,2013
In last week’s Zohar portion, Terumah, we learned about the construction of the Tabernacle. With the help of the Zohar we understand that the Bible is not referring to the physical presence of a Tabernacle and what it contained, but rather to a higher elevation of consciousness that exists within the physical reality. We are not accustomed to the idea of a physical, material entity having a consciousness, yet when we look into the Zohar it describes the structure and consciousness of an atom. This immaterial, non-physical entity was known then, and for us today, as one of the most powerful sources of energy. Kabbalist Rav Ashlag observed that the atom is a consciousness. Imagine trillions of atoms that move when a person waves their hand, and yet their hand cannot penetrate through a piece of wood, which is made up of 99% atoms. This is a strange phenomenon that science still cannot explain. To appreciate and understand this concept we need to devote enough time and study to the Zohar... Read More
Posted In: Weekly Consciousness, Shemot (Exodus), Terumah, Protection, Rav Berg, Consciousness Posted On: February 11,2013
In the portion of Terumah, we read about the Tabernacle constructed by the Israelites during their time in the wilderness. For forty years the Israelites had the services of the Tabernacle, and the entire portion of Terumah discusses how the Israelites built it, down to the minutest detail. Why the Bible would devote an entire portion to the construction of the Tabernacle is difficult for us to comprehend. Why would we be interested in something that ceased to exist almost 3400 years ago? The Zohar explains that what is being discussed in Terumah is not a Tabernacle, but the construction of a security shield—which is the Magen David or Shield of David—constructed to protect us, as we are all vulnerable to a hostile environment that exists including terrorism and airborne diseases. Although some people think that the two triangles—one on top of each other, placed in opposite directions—is called the Star of David, nowhere in history, nowhere in the story of King David is there any... Read More
Posted In: Reincarnation, Weekly Consciousness, Mishpatim, Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: February 04,2013
The portion of Mishpatim begins with a subject that repels most people—the matter of slavery —discussing how many years an Israelite slave must work. It also tells us that this slave must eventually be given his freedom. Are we meant to read Mishpatim to learn about slaves? When we read the Bible literally, these verses do not make sense. In fact they seem totally irrelevant, and further there is a question as to whether or not there is even a reason to study from them or consider them to be of much importance. But as we know, the Zohar is the instrument we use to help us to decode the Bible, which was never meant to be taken literally. The Zohar explains that we can learn a great deal about the causes of our own chaos. By chaos I am not discussing the great catastrophes that occur from time to time, but rather those daily, monthly, and yearly experiences which create doubt as to the existence of a Creator. The Zohar says that the first verse of Mishpatim: “These are the laws that you... Read More

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