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.
If you had to choose the ONE, yes, the ONE Mitzvah- most important commandment, which would it be?
The great 2 Century Sage of the Mishnah says that it is the verse in Leviticus; "Love Your Fellow As Your Self."
Why is this Mitzvah THE quintessential essence of the entire Torah?
The Alter Rebbe explains that we are all ONE part of a collective body. Although we may differ in our views and characteristic traits, we are all part of the first man ADAM.
Kabbalah explains that our souls are all fragments of the collective SOUL of Adam and that our personal and collective Tikun - fixing, is to become reunified with our source and the mutual "sparks" of the entire universe. ALL SOULS of previous generations are a part of this.
We are at a juncture in history, which the Kabbalists predicted as a confusing and time for humanity - the birth pangs of Moshiach. At the same time, NOW is the time for us to rise to our collective and UNIFIED mission.
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