The Torah’s Approach To Work: Doing Work Or Work Is Due?

webinars Feb 28, 2019

Live Kabbalah Webinar Class handouts

1. Exodus 35: 2

שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תֵּעָשֶׂה מְלָאכָה וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי יִהְיֶה לָכֶם קֹדֶשׁ שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן

“On six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a sabbath of complete rest”

 

2. Exodus 20: 9

שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תַּֽעֲבֹד וְעָשִׂיתָ כָּל־מְלַאכְתֶּֽךָ

 

“Six days you shall labor and do all your work..”

 

שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תֵּעָשֶׂה מְלָאכָה

תֵּעָשֶׂה בדרך ממילא

תַעַשֶה תעשה בהתעסקות

"Sheshet Yomim Taioseh Melacha"

Taioseh = It will get done

Ta'aaseh = You shall do

 

3. Mekhilta DeRabbi Shimon Bar Yochai 35:2

, וכתוב אחד אומר: "ששת ימים תעבוד" (שמות כ ט; שמות לד כא)? בזמן שישראל עושין רצונו של מקום, מלאכתן נעשית על ידי אחרים; וכשאינן עושין רצונו של מקום, מלאכתן נעשית על ידי עצמן.

This is what Rabbi Yishamel would say: One verse "six days work will get done" and another verse says "six days you shall labor and do all of your work". How can both of these verses be fulfilled?...

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The Second Tablets: Twice The Wisdom, Twice The Comfort

webinar Feb 21, 2019

בס׳ד

 ?Why did Moshe break the Tablets

Exodus 34

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה פְּסָל־לְךָ שְׁנֵֽי־לֻחֹת אֲבָנִים כָּרִאשֹׁנִים וְכָתַבְתִּי עַל־הַלֻּחֹת אֶת־הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ עַל־הַלֻּחֹת הָרִאשֹׁנִים אֲשֶׁר שִׁבַּֽרְתָּ׃

 

“Hashem said to Moses: “Carve two tablets of stone like the first, and I will inscribe upon the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you shattered.”

 

Shabbat 87a

שבר את הלוחות מאי דריש אמר ומה פסח שהוא אחד מתריג מצות אמרה תורה וכל בן נכר לא יאכל בו התורה כולה [כאן] וישראל משומדים על אחת כמה וכמה ומנלן דהסכים הקדוש ברוך הוא על ידו שנאמר אשר שברת ואמר ריש לקיש יישר כחך ששברת

 

“And he broke the tablets following the sin of the Golden Calf. What source did he interpret that led him to do so? Moses said: With regard to the Paschal lamb, which is only one of six hundred and thirteen Mitzvot, the Torah stated: “And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron: This is the ordinance of the Paschal...

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72 'Names' of G-d- Live Kabbalah

kabbalah Feb 19, 2019
  1. The 72 Letter Names

The permutations of the 72 Letters are found in both Talmudic as well as Kabbalistic texts.

Commentators say (Ba’al Haturim) that the name that was inside of the Choshen- חושן, the breastplate of the High Priest (called Orim V’tumim) was the 72 Letter Name combination.

The High Priest also had 72 bells studded on the bottom of his cloak called the Me’il- מעיל. We will soon see the connection of 72 with the priesthood and the side of Chesed - Divine kindness.

In the Machzor (the prayer book) of the High Holidays we find the words u’bechen- ובכן repeating it self. The Kabbalists teach that the numerology of this word is 72.

Like keys, there are many word combinations throughout the Siddur that have the specific names of the 72 Letters.

As discussed in our 2nd class on the Divine names that these 72 combinations are different than the name Av- עב which which has the hidden value of Yud and stems from the above the world of Atzilut.

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i24 News Interview | All You Need Is Love - What Is True Love?

media Feb 18, 2019
 

'All you need is love"- myth or fact?

What happens when an Orthodox and Reform Rabbis talk about love?

What is the definition of true love? and what about gay marriage and dating in the age of the internet? 

Check out this interview for more!

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The Infinite Dwelling Within The Finite- The Tabernacle (Mishkan)

webinar handouts Feb 17, 2019

The Mishkan

Setting Up A Dwelling Place Within The Finite

ברכות נ״ה א:מ״ט-ס״א א"ר שמואל בר נחמני א"ר יונתן בצלאל על שם חכמתו נקרא בשעה שאמר לו הקדוש

ברוך הוא למשה לך אמור לו לבצלאל עשה לי משכן ארון וכלים הלך משה והפך ואמר לו עשה ארון וכלים ומשכן אמר לו משה רבינו מנהגו של עולם אדם בונה בית ואחר כך מכניס לתוכו כלים ואתה אומר עשה לי ארון וכלים ומשכן כלים שאני עושה להיכן אכניסם שמא כך אמר לך הקב"ה עשה משכן ארון וכלים אמר לו שמא בצל אל היית וידעת

Berakhot 55a:12 R. Samuel the son of Nahmani said in the name of R. Jonathan: He was called Besalel

because of his wisdom: for at the time that the Holy One said to Moses, "Go, tell Besalel, 'Make for Me a tabernacle, an ark and vessels'," Moses went and inverted the order, saying to him, "Make an ark and vessels and a tabernacle." He replied, "Moses, our teacher, it is the way of the world for a man to build a house and afterwards furnish it ; but you said, 'Make for Me an ark, vessels and a tabernacle'! Where shall I place the vessels...

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DREAMS AND JUDAISM | PART-1

dreams talmud Feb 13, 2019

DREAMS AND JUDAISM

“A dream that is not interpreted is like a letter that is unread” -Talmud Berachot, 55a

What is the Jewish view of dreams? Dreams have always agitated and fascinated people. Indeed, the study of dreams goes back to ancient times. The question that has always existed is whether dreams have any significance?

1. Psychology

According to Sigmund Freud in his book The Interpretation of Dream, he claims that all details of a dream even the most ridiculous of them have significance. In his view, dreams represent the subconscious, which the person usually suppresses due to social prohibitions. During waking hours, logical tendencies predominate, not allowing instinctive desires to be .expressed and satisfied. According to Freud, these desires are primarily sexual

Though Freud’s theories have been rejected, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts do not contradict the fact that dreams are important and have significance. According to psychoanalysts such as...

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Clothing or Garments- Do You Limit Yourself? (Vlog)

vlog Feb 11, 2019
 
Clothing can cover us and bring out dormant good or negative.
Lessons from the Torah Portion - Tezave on clothing of the High Priest and on getting dressed up on Purim
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5 Things You Should Know About The Month Of Adar

beyond the zodiac Feb 11, 2019

By: Rabbi Amichai Cohen

“When Adar enters we increase in joy”

-Talmud, Taanit 29a

The month of Adar is considered a very auspicious month. Someone born in the month of Adar does not have an evil eye on them and it says that”״מזלו בריא״, there mazal (fortune)is healthy. Why is it is especially connected to joy? What are the components of real happiness?

 

1. Permutations

The Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Formation) tells us:

  1. The permutation of Tetragrammaton is ה ה י ו
  2. The tribe of month is Naftali
  3. Letter of the month is ק
  4. Body part is the spleen
  5. The sense of the month is the sense of laughter
  6. Sign of month is Pisces- fish

  

2. Planting An Adar

The Talmud (Tractate Beitza 15b) says “anyone who wants to make sure that there investments will be successful and reap results should plant an Adar”.

Adar isn't found anywhere in the scriptures as referring to a tree but obviously if it is planted it is referring to a tree.

What does it mean that you...

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מ״ה- The 45 Letter Divine Name

kabbalah Feb 10, 2019

 מ״ה- The 45 Letter Divine Name

The 45 letter name of G-d is connected to the 72 letter name. The difference is in the intensity of the revelation. The Zohar says that the 72 letter name comes from the forehead of A”K Adam Kadmon- Primordial Man which is the dimension which includes everything that existed before creation and everything that will exist until the end of time.

The name Mah is “covered” by the forehead and therefore it’s revelation is limited and dimmed in comparison to the name Av. Also, the name Av is called an old name because it is interwoven with the Ain Sof- the Infinite Divine entity. While the name Mah is called a “new name” because it the name is for the sake of post existence and ultimately achieving the Tikun (fixing) within the finite world as we will see when we get into the combination of the names Mah and Ban.

The name Mah is composed of 45 letters and it’s primary hidden value is Aleph. יוד  קא ...

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Divine Permutations & The 72 Letter Name Of G-d

kabbalah Feb 03, 2019

Permutations & Hidden Value

What are permutations?

In mathematics, permutation is the act of arranging the members of a set into a sequence or order, or, if the set is already ordered, rearranging (reordering) its elements—a process called permuting. Permutations differ from combinations, which are selections of some members of a set regardless of order. For example, written as tuples, there are six permutations of the set {1,2,3}, namely: (1,2,3), (1,3,2), (2,1,3), (2,3,1), (3,1,2), and (3,2,1).

In Kabbalah, permutations are combinations of words or numbers which illicit a deep truth about what a a person, place, or thing. Permutations are the hidden facets of the Hebrew Alpha-Bet. Based on the way the letters are arranged is how these letters convey the latent spiritual potential found within their combinations.

What are hidden values or מילוי (pronounced Milui) in Hebrew?

When we talk, there are the words we say which others hear. However, there is a deeper hidden...

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