Posted In: Spiritual Community, Terumah, Rav Berg, Prayer & Meditation Posted On: January 30,2014
What is the portion of Terumah relating to? What is it dealing with? What does it address? It addresses the tabernacle, which was built for the Israelites when they left Egypt. A tabernacle that no longer exists. In fact, it will never exist again, because ultimately it was replaced by the Holy Temple. This portion deals with how that tabernacle was created—not only the tabernacle itself, but all the instruments and tools that were included in the tabernacle. If it was up to me, I would say, why listen to something that doesn’t exist anymore. How will I personally benefit? Although I know that the tabernacle is the idea for synagogues around the world. Synagogues, we are told, replaced the tabernacle, just like when the Israelites were in the wilderness and did not have the Holy Temple; in its place they had the tabernacle. Therefore now that we don’t have the Holy Temple, we go to a synagogue and pay our respects. Yet I cannot accept that kind of definition, because why would the... Read More
Exodus 21:1 says, “These are the judgments that you should put before them.” Rav Shimon, in the Zohar, explains that the portion of Mishpatim is not merely discussing matters concerning courts and judgment but rather the rules concerning the reincarnation of souls. According to the conduct of the soul, so will be the punishment or reward. Are these two concepts contradictory? No, they are one and the same thing. The Bible speaks about the fact that the master should give the slave a wife who is of the other nations and that the wife and children that emerge from this union belong to the master, and he is to leave his master by himself. I cannot see too many people being satisfied that this is what this verse implies. The Talmud says the reason why this person finds himself in slavery is because he had stolen and now he must return what was stolen. The punishment system, according to the Bible, is different from the system that exists in our society today, where the person who... Read More
Posted In: Friendship, Relationships, Yitro, Well Being, Divine Inspiration Posted On: January 15,2014
Jethro gave advice to Moses, the leader and consequently the judge of the people of Israel. He noticed that everyone who had a question would come to Moses and suggested that Moses appoint upper courts and lower courts, much like we have today. The Bible says that Moses listened to Jethro and did everything he said. Why does this section about Yitro (Jethro) the father-in-law of Moses, precede the giving of the Ten Utterances and how is it related? The Zohar, which contains a multitude of layers of understanding, gives a lengthy discourse relating to what is presented here, and has repeatedly told us, if we read the story of the Bible and assume that the message is about what is presented at the literal level then we have missed the point. The Zohar goes on to say that when Yitro had this discussion with Moses, it was not a discussion about Moses being too tired or of working all day. Instead, it was about what was revealed through the two words of Yitro: ve’atah techezeh (“and you... Read More
In the portion of Beshalach God told Moses not to take the Israelites by way of the Philistines so that the Israelites would not lose their consciousness. When the Bible says that God was afraid that they would want to go back to Egypt, the Zohar says scripture is teaching us about how we hug our chaos. It may sound strange. Logically, in the one percent, why would we want to hold onto our chaos? We could try to rationalize that it is because it is more familiar. Miracles are a wonderful thing, but they are new ground. We are entering new territory; territory that has been closed for 3400 years. I’m not speaking about physical territory, but that arena of achieving miracles in our lives. Most people think they have control in their lives. This is the familiar road we have taken, not only in this lifetime but possibly in prior lifetimes, and the consciousness of prior lifetimes is here with us now, and it is not easy to remove it or heal it. Thus every day, it is a constant struggle.... Read More
The portion of Bo was my personal entrance into the world of truth. I derived the initial idea of what truth was about from the first verse in this section, where I discovered that the traditional translations all state that the Hebrew word bo means “go” instead of “come.” What other way could we have to validate the word bo? Bo does not mean anything other than “come,” and it surely does not mean the opposite. The word “go” in Hebrew is lech. I had never heard this questioned before the Zohar was presented to me many, many years ago. Despite having been written 1400 years after the event on Mount Sinai, the Zohar concluded that we cannot change a word of the Bible; we cannot manipulate the words to come to a logical understanding of the stories. The Zohar says that even after 3400 years of a corruption in this translation it is difficult for us to let go. It continues in the translations today, which still persist in translating the word bo as “go.” From this we learn one of the... Read More

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