Bringing Heaven On Earth- The Construction of The Tabernacle

chassidus kabbalah parsha Mar 11, 2021

ב"ה

וַיְהִי בַּחֹדֶשׁ הָרִאשׁוֹן בַּשָּׁנָה הַשֵּׁנִית בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ הוּקַם הַמִּשְׁכָּן (שמות מ, יז)

AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THE FIRST MONTH, IN THE SECOND YEAR, ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH, THE MISHKAN WAS ERECTED. (SHEMOS 40:17)

 

Two Forms of Construction

After coming out of Egypt and receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai, it was time to infuse that revelation into the consciousness of the finite world.

The building of the Tabernacle- Mishkan represented the most superhuman feat- a Temple for G-d to reside within this world. After all, G-d is beyond the world, yet as Kabbalah and Chassidut teach, he chooses and had a desire to be revealed within this lower corporeal existence.

A seven-day training and initiating period for the Priests- Kohanim preceded the official erecting of the Mishkan on the 1st day of Nissan (Exodus, Chapter 29). Each day that week, the Mishkan was successfully constructed and then dismantled after the service was performed (Rashi, Vayikra...

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Think Good & It Will Be Good

optimal living parsha Jan 07, 2021

Think Positively & Manifest Positivity 

Rabbi Amichai Cohen

It is a fact that thoughts have a discernible effect on our emotions as well as our bodies. Our thoughts also affect manifesting our future. 

In this week's Torah Portion Shemot, the Torah recounts the story of Moses seeing a cruel Egyptian taskmaster viciously striking a poor Hebrew slave. Moses makes the quick decision to protect the Hebrew slave and kill the Egyptian taskmaster.

The next day, Moses saw two Hebrews fighting with each other. Acting with chivalry, Moses tried to stop the two feuding slaves. Responding to the gesture, the two men said to Moses, "you killed a man, and now you tell us "not to fight.

Upon discovering that his secret "had been discovered," the verse says that "Moses was fearful." Indeed, Pharaoh learned of the episode shortly after that and sought to have him killed.

With this episode, the Torah hints at the extraordinary power of bitachon—complete trust in G-d's...

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The Mystical Start Of The New Year - The End Is Wedged At The Beginning

 

Starting Again- Bereisheit/ Genesis. Why do we end the Torah & restart it at the same time?  

We know that there is a profound Kabbalistic concept found in Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Formation) that "the beginning is wedged at the end and end is wedged at the beginning". 
 
As we transition from the previous year we are encharged to begin again and recreate ourselves. Just as the completion of the Torah is culminated we begin the Torah again with Beresheit/ Genisis. 
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The Sun Rises and the Sun Sets The Passing of Moshe Aharon and Miriam

parsha Jun 26, 2020
 

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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R. Yaacov Abuchazera | Uplifting The Neshama Out of Egypt

kabbalah parsha Jan 13, 2020
 

R. Yaacov Abuchazera, also called the Abir Yaacov, was one the greatest Kabbalists and miracle workers in the last 200 years. In his book "Pituchei Chotam", R. Yaacov shares deep insights on how the soul becomes uplifted from its entrenchment in Egypt. The verse says "Jacob and his house hold came to Egypt". The Abir Yaacov explains that the soul's mission is to purify its "household", i.e the lower parts of its soul. 

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Parashat VaYechi- Jacob Lived 17 Years/ Jacob Was Strengthened

arizal kabbalah parsha Jan 05, 2020
 

In this deep teaching of the AriZal, we delve into the reason why the last 17 years were considered Jacob's life. We also explore the connection between Jacob and Israel- constricted and expanded consciousness.

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Moshiach Ben Yoseph & Moshiach Ben David

parsha webinar Jan 02, 2020
 

The Zohar calls the encounter of Joseph and Judah as an encounter of 2 worlds, the sphere of Zeir Anpin and Malchut, the spiritual and material worlds.

Joseph and Judah represent two diametrical dimensions that are both true, that is why the Zohar tells us that we have 2 Moshiach, representing both perspectives.

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Miriam- The Mother Of Redemption

feminine soul parsha Jul 11, 2019
 

Kabbalah explains that the era of redemption is a feminine era!

In this class we will delve into the unique feminine qualities of this period through the lens of the biblical figure "Miriam: The Mother of Redemption".

We will delve into the 3 meanings of her name, how each are intertwined in the soul print she left on the world, and how it relates to us in the amazing times that we are living in.

The class will explore the  significance of the well of Miriam and how the well which is located in Israel's  Sea of Galilee is still nurturing us and providing us with spiritual nourishment.

The Zohar says that "in the merit of righteous women we were redeemed from Egypt and in the merit of righteous women we will be redeemed from this exile".

We will learn more how to access the unique feminine spiritual energy, as well as the feminine role in bringing the redemption and world peace.

Miriam the Prophetess

It is said that when a baby is born the parents are endowed a level...

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The Arizal on overeating- Parshat Shemot

arizal kabbalah parsha Dec 25, 2018

 “These are the names of the Children of Israel. with Jacob each man and his household, coming (descending) into Egypt”

 A New King

The new King who “did not know Joseph” is the Yeter Hara - the negative inclination, called an old foolish king. This king has no knowledge of G-d (called Joseph), “and he told his nation”- the powers of negativity. “The nation of Israel is becoming great and mightier than us”, the Yeter tov- positive inclination is becoming mightier than us.

Pharaoh had to do something- quick!

The Israelites are summoned to build cities of storage for Pharaoh. Pharaoh has the letters of העורף- the nape. Unlike the face, the nape is desensitized and the inner (holier) motivation is unseen.  The pyramids -“let us build cities of storage, Pitom and Rameses”- let us subjugate the body within the powers of negativity.

Negative eating

Pitom- “the mouth of the abyss” has the letters פה...

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Staying Afloat In A Turbulent World- Lessons Of Joseph & Judah

chassidut kabbalah parsha Dec 23, 2018

"The people of the book", is a pretty accurate description of the Jewish people, wouldn't you say?

More than merely study, learning is intertwined with the very fabric of Jewish survival. Learning Torah has always been the secret of not just spiritual survival, but had the protective qualities to safeguard the individual and the community from the turbulent waves of the world, giving wisdom, inspiration and hope to a people who has defied history. 

We have had many leaders throughout the ages, but the leadership of Joseph and Judah lay the foundations of "the people of the book" as they start their long rode in Egypt and all subsequent exiles. 

 

Joseph & Judah diametrically different. 

Joseph was exceptional. He started off as an a child prodigy we may say. According to Kabbalah, Joseph represents the Sefirah of Yesod. Yesod is called Tzadik- the righteous one and was endowed with the abilities to remain mentally focused and morally righteous...

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