In the Zohar, there is a discussion amongst the kabbalists about Moses’ request to see God. Moses had reached an elevated consciousness and awareness, which was free from the conventional blockages we all encounter; blockages that prevent us from seeing things as they really are. Moses wants to see God, to which God responds, “You cannot see My face, for anyone seeing My face cannot live.” So it is a Catch-22. If we see God we cannot live, yet if we do not see God we are only left to assume that God is actually there. I will try to explain this spiritual concept using an example: If you attended a fighter plane exhibition, you would be able to hear the noise that the planes make as they fly around, but you would not be able to see them; the naked eye can only see the plane’s vapor, not the plane itself. This idea can help us understand what God is saying to Moses. On the physical level—where we exist—we cannot live if we see God; for no one in their physical body can see God and live... Read More
The literal translation of Tzav is “commandment.” However, the Zohar very clearly states that to follow a commandment is, actually, idol worship. What do we do then, in The Kabbalah Centre and in synagogues around the world, if we are not following the commandments? According to the Zohar, most synagogues are engaging in idol worship, because they are practicing the external commandments without making the inner connection. At The Kabbalah Centre, however, we learn how to make this inner connection so that we can better connect to the Light of the Creator. The Zohar portion of Tzav lists all the sacrifices that the Israelites were commanded to make, the purpose of which, people traditionally think, was to please God. But we understand from the Zohar that “sacrifice,” really means to sacrifice our chaos. These sacrifices we make are a method for us to connect to the Light of the Creator, a power which requires nothing from us. These sacrifices are for us to have the benefit of the... Read More
The portion of Vayikra is the beginning of Leviticus, the third book of the Bible. In the first verse, the word “vayikra” contains a small letter Alef. We know that Alef is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet; however the Alef was not used as the instrument for the Creation of the world. God, in His infinite wisdom, knew that in the future there would ultimately be chaos in this world—and as such, the letter Alef, being so pure, could not be the channel for Creation and the chaos that would eventually occur. Instead, the channel for Creation would be the letter Bet, because Bet is “brachah,” which means “blessing.” Kabbalists teach that large letters in the Torah Scroll connect us to the level of Binah, yet because the Alef in the word vayikra was not written as a large letter, we cannot be nourished from the energy of Binah through it. Why is this? Only the Zohar gives us the understanding of the small Alef, which then tells us what the portion of Vayikra is all about. The Zohar... Read More
With this week’s reading of Vayakhel, we notice something very strange; the Bible, again, discusses the construction of the Tabernacle, repeating almost exactly what was written in the portion of Terumah two weeks ago. Previously, the question was raised as to why we discuss the Tabernacle when it does not now—nor will it ever again—exist; it was replaced by the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Zohar, gleaning from the words of the Bible, says that there is a major distinction concerning the money that was assembled toward the construction of the Tabernacle in the portion of Terumah, and the new commandment to raise money for the Tabernacle in this portion of Vayakhel. Although when reading this section on a very superficial basis, most of us may not find the distinction, the Zohar very clearly states the difference between the words used in these portions. The Zohar explains that, in between the portion of Terumah and the raising of the funds for the Tabernacle in this portion of... Read More

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