Posted In: Master Kabbalists & Their Writings Posted On: July 02, 2014

The Kabbalah Centre has been the leading proponent in making the once arcane wisdom of Kabbalah accessible to the lay person. Since it's inception in 1922, the Centre and its teachers have suffered physical as well as character assaults. But the passion and commitment to delivering knowledge and tools that can help remove chaos from the world has never wavered.

When the Kabbalah Centre opened its doors to teach Kabbalah to all who have a desire to learn – an unprecedented break with tradition -- antagonism towards us ranged from calling the Centre a watered down version of Kabbalah to outright accusations of heresy.

Some said that it was impossible, to bring forth a universally understandable interpretation of so deep and complex a tradition. Kabbalah, as presented by the Centre, therefore, must be an inaccurate and superficial version. In addition, the Centre was looked upon as having mistakenly taken this bold step towards inclusiveness at a time...

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Posted In: Astrology Posted On: June 25, 2014

Many legends, tales and folklore abound in which astrology’s teachings are the precursor or antecedent. However one fact remains in evident, the oldest known written document revealing the innermost secrets of celestial influences—good and bad—is the Sefer Yetzirah (Book Of Formation), authored by Abraham the Patriarch circa 1800 B.C.E.

This first known kabbalistic piece of literature provides more than a compendium of astrological knowledge. It sheds light on how we can achieve a greater awareness of our surroundings and enhance our well being. From its profound secrets emerge the ideas that only now in the twentieth century, are revealing simple truths concerning our universe.

Kabbalah, the most dynamic and provocative stimulation to minds that have been asleep for centuries and possibly millenniums, has restored that most important word, why. The vast majority of humankind no...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: May 28, 2014

Before my entry into the world of Kabbalah in 1962, I was a traditional, observant Jew. I observed the Jewish holiday known as "Shavuot" in the Orthodox manner. This holiday, which commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments, required that we study biblical or Talmudic text all night until dawn, at which time we would pray and then go to sleep. This was the way I had observed Shavuot from the age when I was first capable of staying awake all night. As I understood then, it was customary to observe this holiday in commemoration of the event on Mount Sinai. The reason for studying was to display our connection to the event, and that was all there was to it. It was a traditional observance, with no particular personal meaning for me.

The reader may then imagine how shocked and confused I was when I experienced my first kabbalistic Shavuot with my master, Rav Yehuda Brandwein. We seemed to be practicing and observing the holiday just as I...

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Posted In: Holidays & Time Zones Posted On: March 20, 2014

I have attempted for a long period of time now to explain the true purpose behind each of our holidays. This has become necessary as the idea of holidays, as represented by conventional religion, has veered astray of the original intent presented on Mount Sinai.

The holiday of Pesach (Passover), the biblical story concerning the Exodus from Egypt, is one that has become filled with contradiction, misinterpretation and, unfortunately, corruption.

Let me say from the very outset that scripture strongly indicates the Israelite never had any intention of leaving his beloved Egypt. This was stated repeatedly throughout that period of forty years when the Israelites sojourned in the wilderness after having left Egypt. (Numbers, Ch. 11:18, Ch. 20:5, 21:5).

Therefore, to view Pesach as a celebration of time in which the Israelite joyfully left bondage and became free is a complete distortion of the truth. To...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: March 12, 2014

I have to admit that before Kabbalah when we came to Tzav or Vayikra, it was the most unimportant reading of the entire year to me. Who wants to hear about how the High Priests sacrificed this animal and that animal, and what the high priests had to do to prepare and so on? Who was interested? The most boring section of the Torah for me was the sacrifices; and yet the Zohar says the reason why we have the reading of Tzav is so that we can understand that the sacrifices are not directed towards God. It was not directed towards the appeasement of the wrath of God, but rather the contrary.

Every section in the portion of Tzav is directed towards the cleansing of a certain aspect of pollution in 99 percent reality, which is the metaphysical. Trying to remove the physical pollution in the world is like treating cancer with a band aid, and yet that is where society has been led. Scientists have been led in that direction—treating the...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: March 06, 2014

The portion of Vayikra talks almost exclusively about the different practices of animal sacrifices. It says that the existence of animal sacrifices is virtually a universal system since time immemorial.

However, we have learned from the Zohar a completely different idea; the true word for sacrifice in Hebrew (“korban”) is not sacrifice. Korban comes from the word “krav” which means “war”. Ask any Hebrew speaking person what korban means, and they will tell you it means war.

How do you reconcile war with a sacrifice to God? Rav Shimon bar Yochai made it very clear that the Lightforce of God has one characteristic—to share. There is no aspect of negativity whatsoever within God or the Lightforce of God. How can there be a wrath of God to appease? It doesn’t make any sense.

But if you say there is an angry God, then we can understand the...

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Posted In: 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...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: January 23, 2014

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...

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Posted In: Well Being 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...

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: January 08, 2014

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...

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