Learning to Trust- Bitachon

chassidut optimal living Jun 28, 2018

By Moshe Reuven Sheradsky

4 of 10 Steps

1) Trust versus Faith

In the works of Kabbalah there is a fundamental, while simultaneously, game changing, difference between the Hebrew word, “Bitachon” (meaning Trust) and the Hebrew word, “Emunah” (meaning Faith).

In short, faith begins and ends in the mind, trust digs deep into one’s actions.

One can have faith that the One running the show, is a good G-d, cares about you, loves you, only wants good in the world, while, subsequently lives completely contrary to such thoughts. Doesn’t live a life that bespeaks that there is a Creator that is conscious of life’s content. Doesn’t show that they know things are going in a good direction in life, or even believe it slightly, or even worse, doesn’t hope it to be the case.

How do you see that? They may cheat to get ahead because they don’t believe that G-d gave them the tools, opportunities and abilities to make an honest living....

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What is Teffila?- The Essence of Prayer

chassidut Jun 20, 2018
 

By Rabbi Amichai Cohen

The Mishna says “Upon three pillars the world stands; upon the pillar of Torah, Teffila and charitable deeds”.

The Talmud asks “what is something that mortals take lightly and don't know the immense power of?- Teffila- prayer”.

The Alter Rebbe said “When I had, with the help of G-d, established myself in the knowledge of the Torah, I sought havanah (understanding). In those days two places were talked about — Vilna and Mezritch. In Vilna one learned how to study, and in Mezritch one learned how to pray. I was in search of the understanding which resides in the heart. So I went to Mezritch and there, thank G-d, I found what I was seeking, and in generous measure.” (Likutei Dibburim III page 483)

 

Let us be clear that the Alter Rebbe was already one of the greatest geniuses of Torah in his generation and was completely proficient in the Kabbalistic writing of the Zohar, Arizal etc. His entire work of the Tanya and...

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V'Ata T'zave- Live Kabbalah Video

chassidut Jun 15, 2018
 

Access the next 2 parts of this discourse in our Master Class Chassidic Masters series and the pdf notes on the class. Click here

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The Month of Tammuz- (+Live Kabbalah Video)

beyond the zodiac Jun 14, 2018
 

By Rabbi Amichai Cohen

 

Characteristics of the month

Permutation of G-d’s Name:  יהוה) הוהי) Hey, Vav, Hey, Yud

Tribe: ראובן Reuven

Letter: ח Chet

Constellation: סרטן Cancer

Sense:  ראיה Smell

Body part: עינים The eyes

Tammuz is the name of Dumuzi, the Acadian sun-god (the Adonis of the Greeks), the husband of the goddess Ishtar. In the Chaldean calendar there was a month set apart in honor of this god, the month of June to July, the beginning of the summer solstice. At this festival, which lasted six days, the worshippers, with loud lamentations, bewailed the funeral of the god, they sat "weeping for Tammuz" ( Ezekiel 8:14 )

How do we resolve this apparent contradiction? Why would a Jewish month be named after an idol? The source of idolatry is the worshiping of the self, the worshiping of the body. Tammuz is a month where someone has the ability to access G-d in the deepest of ways or there is the ability for a person to worship the self and become absorbed...

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Three Steps of Enlightenment- Live Kabbalah

kabbalah parsha self help Jun 03, 2018

By: Rabbi Amichai Cohen

The word enlightened by definition means having light. The analogy of light is found across all religions, philosophies and cultures.

In Kabbalah, the analogy of light is extremely important. The book of the Zohar or light, written by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in the second century, and the book of the Bahir or illumination written in the first century by Rabbi Nechunia Ben Hakanah show the importance of light in Jewish mysticism. 

In Temple times, the menorah- candelabra served as the beacon light which shined the light of Jerusalem- a city of peace to the rest of the world. 

The symbol of the Menorah was so important, that in fact on the famous Titus archway in Rome, the Menorah was etched as a symbol of conquest of the land of Israel. 

The Menorah continues to serve as the symbol of the modern state of Israel and is even more the sign of Judaism than Star of David. 

Aaron The High Priest

In the tabernacle, Aaron, the high priest would...

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When is it Time to Move On? 3 practical tips (+Live Kabbalah Video)

chassidus parsha self help Jun 03, 2018
 

By Rabbi Amichai Cohen

Do you question if now is the right time to move?

Research finds moving to new locations (and getting married..) as one of the  most stressful events in one's life. Anxiety about so many unknowns consume our thoughts before the move, while the adjustment period takes a mental tole on us as we settle into our new surroundings.

Here are some Torah tips for how to know when the right time to move is and how to mentally prepare.

In the Torah portion of B'halotcha, the Torah discusses the travels of the Jewish people in the desert.

The 12 tribes of the Israelites were divided into 4 camps, each camp consisting of 3 tribes. In the middle of the 4 camps was the Tabernacle, which stored the ark that housed the tablets -the Ten Commandments. 

During the 40 year sojourn in the desert the Jewish people traveled 42 journeys. 

The Ba'al Shem Tov says that just as the Israelites traveled 42 journeys, so too each individual has 42 journeys in their...

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Ba'al Shem Tov- Unification of G-d (+ Live Kabbalah Video)

chassidut May 30, 2018
 

 By: Rabbi Amichai Cohen

"For the Unification of The Holy One Blessed Be- He and His Shechina"

In Chapter 19 of the Keter Shem Tov, the Ba'al Shem Tov explains the meditation found before the beginning of the prayers (according to the Alter Rebbe's Siddur of the Ari) and before the performance of Mitzvot called "L'shem Yichud- לשם יחוד קודשא בריך הוא ושכינתי׳ה״". 

What is this unification. The Ba'al Shem Tov explains that "Kudsha Brich Hu", G-d's male aspect which incorporates the first 6 emotional Sefirot called Zeir Anpin in the Zohar (watch class for elaboration) becomes glorified by Malchut or Shechina, the feminine and 7th Sefirah of the 10 Sefirot.

How does is this glorification happen?

The Ba'al Shem Tov explains that G-d created the world via speech. The Mishna in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Father's) say "the world was created through 10 forms of speech (found in the beginning of the Torah in Genesis). 

If we compare speech within our human components we...

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4 Tips On Overcoming Negative Thoughts (+Live Kabbalah Video)

self help May 29, 2018
 

By: Rabbi Amichai Cohen

Do you have negative thoughts? If you didn't you would not be normal.

ANTS

Dr. Daniel Amen, a clinical neuroscientist, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and medical director of the Amen Clinic for Behavioral Medicine. 

Dr. Amen and his colleagues have now conducted over 100,000 (!!!) brain scans which has helped him develop a powerful methodology to help us tap into the biggest lesson he’s learned in all his years of research and clinical work.

In his research, Dr. Amen found that we have approximately 60,000 thoughts a day. Out of those 40,000 are negative...roughly 80%!!

To make this drearier, 90% of our thoughts are those we had yesterday. That means we rethink and ruminate on the same negative thoughts over and over again!

Dr Amen calls these thoughts ANTS: “One of the limbic techniques that is a mainstay of helping our patients at the Amen Clinics is what I call ANT therapy, or learning how to kill the ANTs (Automatic Negative...

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Experiential Connection: -3 components of True Experience

parsha relationships May 27, 2018

By: Rabbi Amichai Cohen

On this past Shabbat we read Parashat Naso, the longest of the 53 portions (Parshiot) of the Torah.

Each Shabbat incorporates the energy of the next week, as well as the “elevation” of the previous week.

That means that that Parshat Naso has within it the elevation of Shavuot, the monumental day of the giving of the Torah.

Even more powerfully, the 7 days after Shavuot are connected to Shavuot. During Temple times sacrifices which were missed can be brought during these 7 days.

On a spiritual level this refers to any level of elevation which was not achieved during Shavuot can be made up during these 7 days.

What is Shavuot all about anyways and what is theTorah?

Experiential Connection

The book of Song of Songs written by King Solomon is a book of love expressing the intimate connection which the husband has for his wife on an external level. On a deeper level, the book is a deep expression of love between G-d and the Jewish people. G-d is...

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Live Kabbalah Video Interview with I24 News

media May 27, 2018
 

Lag Ba'Omer is one of the least known days on the Jewish calendar, which is not found in the Torah, yet has a major Kabbalistic and Talmudic significance. 

Known as the Hillula or wedding of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the greatest Kabbalist ever and author of the Zohar.

The Kabbalistic holiday of Log Ba'omer falls out during the week of Hod, which according to Kabbalah is the last rung on the Kabbalistic Sefirot chart. 

Hod means splendor, humility and acknowledgment, which according to Kabbalah are of the greatest importance.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and the Zohar causes an interconnection of opposites. This explains why according to the Talmud the students of Rabbi Akiva stopped dying.

More specifically, the Zohar says that Rabbi Shimon passed away on the day of Hod of Hod, which according to Kabbalah is the deepest level of acknowledgement and humility.

Please check out our Kabbalah Academy Class for more on Lag Ba'Omer.

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