Why do we make the Petichat Eliyahu connection every day? It is to open ourselves to others. An opening in our heart means that when we see in someone else something that we do not have, something that we desire, our open heart can help us to receive that which we need. In the prayer Yehi Ratzon it says “save me from chaver ra’ah (an evil friend).” However, the concept of an evil friend seems contradictory. How can someone be a friend and also be evil? Think of the Twelve Spies, were they evil people? No, they were spiritually elevated, righteous people. But what happened? The Zohar explains that they became closed to others when they began thinking about their own positions and not the greater good. From this we learn the importance of being open hearted even when push comes to shove. There will always be someone that has something we do not have. This is our opportunity to open ourselves to them and not become envious or jealous—not become a chaver ra’ah. We cannot be a friend only... Read More
In the portion of Beha’alotcha we have a discussion about the Menorah, or the Candelabra.  Moses does not understand how the Candelabra in the Holy Temple could be created in one piece, and needs special directions from God explaining how to make it. Moses spoke to God, saying, “God give me a vision”, and he was shown how to construct the Candelabra in one piece, rather than in sections. Until the revelation of the Zohar, whenever this section of the Bible was read over the millennia, the challenge was always in understanding how to construct the Candelabra out of one piece. But the Zohar shows us the deeper significance of this section and what it can teach us about our own lives. In questioning the construction of the Candelabra, Moses indicates the difficulty for us today to connect with the totality of the Lightforce of God in the physical world, which is limited. The difficulty of creating a Candelabra represents the difficulty in creating unity—unity between ourselves and God.... Read More
In the Zohar portion of Naso, Moses tells Rav Shimon that we have the ability to eliminate chaos from our lives through the Zohar—through its wisdom and secrets, and by reading and scanning it. Rav Shimon explains, in connection with the Zohar, that when you turn on the Light the chaos disappears; when the Light makes its presence felt in any condition, darkness— otherwise known as chaos—must, and will, disappear. But we are not referring to physical light, electric light, or candle light. We are referring to the Lightforce of God. Included in the biblical portion of Naso is everything that is read on each of the eight days of the spiritual holiday Chanukah, which is known as the Festival of Lights. But contrary to popular belief, Chanukah is not about lighting the candles, lighting the oil, or even the victory. This is not what the kabbalists meant would reappear thousands of years later as a form of tradition. Rather, what they are referring to is a condition wherein the Lightforce... Read More
The Zohar explains that the reason this week’s portion is named Bamidbar, meaning “in the desert,” is because it refers to the difficulty, pain, and suffering that all of us endure in this physical world, known by kabbalists as the world of Malchut. All of the problems that we could ever imagine are either experienced by the Israelites in Bamidbar or mentioned throughout the entire portion. The Bible tells us how many Israelites were in the Twelve Tribes of Israel. What is the reason for this, and why does it reference the number of people in each tribe in a way that is so specific? For example, it says that there were 62,700 people in the tribe of Dan. What does the Bible want to teach us with this? What is the significance? The Zohar teaches that it has nothing to do with census taking. It has to do with providing us the understanding that without the Lightforce of God, we live in darkness, we live in the playing field of Satan—we live in the desert.  According to the Zohar, each... Read More

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