The Powers of the Soul to Experience God Introduction: The Internal Dimension Emunah Ta’anug Ratzon Bitul Simchah Yichud Ahavah Yirah Rachamim Bitachon Temimut Emet Shiflut Bitul “Self-nullification or Selflessness” Bitul is the spiritual state associated with the inner experience of chochmah, whereby one’s consciousness opens up to a continuous flow of Divine wisdom and new insight
When we eat foods that are kosher, and with a blessing, we elevate divine sparks back to their spiritual source.
Kabbalah teaches that even the Patriarchs’ connection to G-d wasn’t on Moses’ level. Since they are both within Imma, it is difficult to understand how they can be considered independent partzufim. As Rabbi Shalom Sharabi writes on this passage, “I did not merit to understand the question or the …
Gulgalta “Skull” T he Gulgalta is the keter of the partzuf Arich Anpin. In Chassidut it is referred to as “the origin of will.” It is “the will to will.” Within the Gulgalta in “enclothed” the chesed of Atik Yomin.
The larger, bold text is the direct translation of the classic text source. The smaller, plain text is the explanation of the translator/editor.
October 28, 2010 10:00PM – 11:00PM The Kabbalah of Reincarnation and the Restoration of the Soul: Welcome. This week, the Sha’ar HaGilgulim discusses some of the most controversial issues in theology, including how male and female souls can be born in bodies not their own, and how parents can have children from soul roots different from their own.
If you were to create a world, the first thing you would need to master is tsimtsum. Tsimtsum is a way of being present in your absence. Get that one down, along with creating something out of nothing, and everything else is a piece of cake.
The third of the three daily prayers, called the maariv (or arvit) prayer, is recited after dark (the first two are recited in the morning and afternoon). This prayer was instituted by our Patriarch Jacob. Slowly and deliberately, the blue sky gives way to the most breathtaking artwork. As if with …
Our People, originally published in 1946, was the first Jewish history book for the English speaking reader. Read today, it still provides a comprehensive outline of Jewish history, and also a view of the telling of history as it evolved over the last century.
The source the prohibition to get a tattoo is Leviticus 19:28: “You shall not etch a tattoo on yourselves.” This prohibition applies to all tattoos besides those made for medical purposes, such as to guide a surgeon making an incision. See also Can a Person with a Tattoo Be Buried in a Jewish …
The Jewish wedding is a powerful and uplifting event. Read about the engagement preparation period, the ceremony itself, as well as the week and year that follow. Jewish Wedding Ceremony An eleven-step guide which will lead you through a traditional Jewish wedding. Learn about its basic laws …
The mystical codes embedded in the letters of the Torah as taught throughout the oral tradition.
The divine name Tzeva-ot does not appear in the Five Books of Moses.From the day G‑d created the world, says the Talmud, no one called Him by the name Tzeva-ot until the barren Hannah, mother of Samuel the prophet, came along and called Him so.1 (Berachot 31b) “Said G‑d to Hannah: Your son (Samuel) is destined to begin his prophecies with this name.” (Midrash Shmuel 2)
It is a beautiful and colorful aspect of G‑d’s world, but it’s also a reminder of tragedy. We are taught not to stare at it, but we do make a special blessing when it appears in the sky. Let’s see what the Torah has to say about the rainbow.
Kabbalah teaches that everything in the revealed world depends on the higher hidden world, its source. “In the beginning G‑d created the heaven and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1) The following extract explains these ideas. Rabbi Abba said: The Higher World is concealed, and everything associated with the …
Inner Dimension Audio: Audio Lectures on Kabbalah and Chassidut by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh . W elcome to Gal Einai’s temporary audio recordings repository. We are planning a new dedicated part of our website for the more than 7000 audio and close to 1000 video recordings we have of Harav Ginsburgh’s lectures.
Moses–Wisdom of the Heart. Moses corresponds to the attribute of wisdom in the inner dimension of the heart. (His attribute, the entirety of the 32 Paths of Wisdom, unites with and is enclothed in the Fiftieth Gate of Understanding).
And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father… and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck (Genesis 46:29) But Jacob did not embrace Joseph and did not kiss him; our sages tell us that he was reading the Shema. (Rashi)
Eighteen is the numerical value of the Hebrew word “chai” which means “life.” It is a Jewish custom to give monetary gifts in increments of 18, thus symbolically blessing the recipient of the gift with a good long life. When giving charity, the number 18 has another significance. It expresses our …
The Zohar is a basic work of Kabbalah authored by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his students (2nd century CE). English translation of annotated selections by Rabbi Moshe Miller (Morristown, N.J.: Fiftieth Gate Publications, 2000) includes a detailed introduction covering the history and basic concepts of Kabbalah.