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.
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.
This type of healing relates in particular to the third level of the soul-the neshama, which initially is super-conscious, for man’s initial consciousness is that of his nefesh (physical, material consciousness) and his ruach (spiritual consciousness), as taught in Kabbalah.
Lessons from the Patriarchs. The Torah begins with the Book of Genesis. Genesis is different from the other 4 books of the Pentateuch as it contains only a handful of commandments and is mostly composed of stories about the Patriarchs.
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 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 …
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.
Yoma 86b. It is interesting to note that while resisting something prohibited gives the person credit for a positive mitzvah, there is a way that completely impure things can be elevated to holiness: Let’s say a non-observant youngster had a weakness for ham sandwiches. Years later, when he did teshuvah, the ham, having become part of his body, became elevated along with the rest of him in …
LILITH, a female demon assigned a central position in Jewish demonology.She appears briefly in the Sumerian Gilgamesh epic and is found in Babylonian demonology, which identifies similar male and female spirits – Lilu and Lilitu respectively – which are etymologically unrelated to the Hebrew word laylah (“night”). These mazikim (“harmful spirits”) have various roles: one of them – the …