The month of Kislev, the third month of the year, is powerful, a month of miracles, and an auspicious time in bringing out our deeper drive, uncovering dreams and refuelling our passions and reasons for living.
Well-known is that the beloved holiday of Chanukah falls out during this time, on the 25th day of Kislev, and is celebrated for 8 days. Less known are the following five revelations about this month.
In the Jewish calendar, there are two “heads of the year,” or new years- the month of Tishrei- Libra, and the month Nissan- Aries. Kabbalah and Chassidus explain that Tishrei is the head of the year related to this world, while Nissan is the head of the year as it relates to the miraculous.
While this topic is a class in itself, it is important to know that Kislev...
“I think therefore I am” famously said by 18th Century Philosopher Rene Descartes, is the anthem of the Western world in many ways.
We know that our inner world is multi-layered. Our physical brain is extraordinarily complex and is divided into three general areas; The frontal lobe, the Perennial lobe, and the occipital lobe. On a neurological level, we can say that the cortex, the prefrontal cortex, and the amygdala are the roots of cognition and formation of intelligence, memory, thoughts, and action.
In Kabbalistic writings, we are taught that there are three parts of our mind, our higher intelligence, called Chochma and Binah, the mindful component of our consciousness, called Da’at, and our emotions.
The ideal healthy flow of consciousness begins with our higher cognition and filters to our emotions. When the mind can transmit its realizations,...
The month of Elul- An Oasis In Time. In this class, we spoke about the auspicious month of Elul- a time of introspection on a mind, heart, and action levels. During this month we reevaluate our priorities and reorient our trajectory.
The sign of the month is a Virgo, a feminine sign, and there are tremendous energy and potential in this month that is specifically connected to the feminine.
The acronym of the month of Elul is from a verse in Song of Songs, "I Am To My Beloved and My Beloved Is To Me". "I Am To My Beloved" is Kabbalistically referred to as "The elevation of feminine waters", accessing our own free will, digging deep within ourselves, connecting to our soul, and when we do this work we get a corresponding downflow of energy from above for the new year ahead.
This month is a time of preparation and reflection as we gear up for Rosh Hashana, the new year and we will discuss how to best prepare for a great new year.
The Three Weeks period which coincides with the 17th Of Tamuz until the 9th Of Av are the most intense days on the calendar. It is the time that we mourn the destruction of both Temples. On a deeper level, these days have tremendous transformative energy potential.
It has been 26 years since the passing of the great Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Besides being the leader of world Jewry, the Rebbe had a deep agenda of educating and uplifting all of humanity through the teachings of the Ba'al Shem Tov and the Inner Teachings of the Torah.
The Talmud tells us that the passing of the Righteous atones for the entire generation. In this week’s Torah portion Chukat, we learn about the passing of Miriam and Aharon. It is of no coincidence that it is also the Yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
In this class, we delved into the significance of what the Zohar calls, The Passing of the Righteous, and the life work of The Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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