Reaching The 50th Gate: The Finale-Malchut
May30

Reaching The 50th Gate: The Finale-Malchut

Malkhut The Light of Faith and Prayer Malkhut translates as kingship and implies authority, similar to that of a monarch who wields power over his domain. In a deeper sense, Malkhut represents the Authority of God. As mentioned earlier (see p. 59), Malkhut is the vessel that manifests the Light of Keter. God’s Light originates at such a lofty level that we are unable to access it; it must be filtered down through all Ten Sefirot until...

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Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 6 – Yesod
May25

Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 6 – Yesod

The Light of Foundation and Righteousness – Yesod translates as foundation and corresponds to the male reproductive organ. Explaining this connection, the Kabbalah refers to Yesod as Chai Olamim (Life of the Worlds) (Zohar I, 193b). Life—because Yesod serves the very essence and purpose of life, and also because it is said to be “alive” (that is, instrumental in bringing forth life). Worlds—because Yesod sparks the interaction...

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See You in Meron!
May13

See You in Meron!

Bon voyage! As I write these words, I am preparing to leave my home in Lakewood, New Jersey, for the Holy Land. Why, you ask? Well, besides the privilege and mitzvah of walking dalet amos in Eretz Yisrael, I am traveling in order to join the pilgrimage to the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron. We know that the Jewish calendar is not a series of popular “holidays,” but a timeline for spiritual growth. Lag BaOmer, the 33rd...

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Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 4 & 5 – Netzach & Hod
May11

Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 4 & 5 – Netzach & Hod

We have now entered the fourth week of the seven-week Omer counting period. The weeks between Pesach and Shavuot each represent one of God’s seven attributes, by emulating these characteristics, we are able to prepare ourselves for the spiritual mastery necessary for receiving the Torah on Sinai. Netzach & Hod (Victory & Majesty) The Light of Attachment As the energy of the upper Sefirot is channeled into ever more...

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Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 2 (UPDATED)
Apr23

Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 2 (UPDATED)

We have now entered the second week of the seven-week Omer counting period. The weeks between Pesach and Shavuot each represent one of God’s seven attributes, by emulating these characteristics, we are able to prepare ourselves for the spiritual mastery necessary for receiving the Torah on Sinai. Gevurah – Part 1 Chesed represents giving. What happens, though, if the beneficence is too much and cannot be handled  properly...

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Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 3 – Beauty
Apr20

Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 3 – Beauty

We have now entered the third week of the seven-week Omer counting period. The weeks between Pesach and Shavuot each represent one of God’s seven attributes, by emulating these characteristics, we are able to prepare ourselves for the spiritual mastery necessary for receiving the Torah on Sinai. Tiferet Tiferet translates as beauty and represents the harmony and truth that can, and do, illuminate our lives. The Hebrew word...

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The Water Castle: A Story Within A Story
Mar25

The Water Castle: A Story Within A Story

There was a castle made of water. It had ten walls, one inside the other, all made of water. The floors inside the castle were also made of water. This castle also had trees and fruit, all made of water.

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The Highest Path
Jun19

The Highest Path

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… Hisbodedus-meditation— inner-directed, unstructured, active self-expression before G-d— is the highest path of all. Take it. (The Empty Chair, p. 91*) What does this mean to me? Rebbe Nachman explained that although the practice of hisbodedus does not take the place of formal prayer, it does have certain advantages over even the loftiest prayers set down by sages. While their prayers were...

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Breslov Repair Kit–Compassion
Aug14

Breslov Repair Kit–Compassion

By ignoring your brother when he is in trouble, it is as if you were responsible for his misfortune. A person should avoid inflicting pain upon living creatures, as this will bring him harm. A person who doesn’t plead mercy for his friend falls into captivity. He can redeem himself by providing food for some living creature. —The Aleph Bet Book, Compassion and Pity, p. 218 Every person must fulfill this – [namely,] to have compassion...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 7 – The Shattering Of The Vessels
Mar28

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 7 – The Shattering Of The Vessels

In Part Seven of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the act of the shattering of the vessels containing Holy light and how this teaches us to “redesign” our thought processes in order to tackle what lies ahead. As the next stage in Creation, God formed Ten Sefirot to act as channels or filters to convey Hishates Light and Bounty. These Ten Sefirot were necessary tools in His plan, for without them, God’s Infinite Light would have...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 6 – The Vacated Space
Mar14

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 6 – The Vacated Space

In Part Six of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the idea of the world being devoid of Godliness, since God contracted Himself from that space to “make room” for the Creation. Following the creation of the first Tzimtzum, God continued to withdraw His presence and expand the size of the Vacated Space. Within that Vacated Space He proceeded to create, form and make the various worlds, of which there are five: Adam Kadmon (Primordial...

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Where is Amalek today?
Mar07

Where is Amalek today?

For those of us who have been keeping up with the news, there has been much talk about the symbolism of Iran, Saudia Arabia and Americaand the potential for nuclear crisis. Many have pointed out the Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni, Yeshaya 59) that states in reference to the war of Gog and Magog: Rabbi Yitzchak said: At the time of the revelation of the Mashiach, the kings of all the nations challenge one another. The king of Persia [possibly...

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Pathways from Parashas Ki Tisa & Purim
Mar06

Pathways from Parashas Ki Tisa & Purim

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Ask A Breslover: How to Learn Likutey Moharan
Feb28

Ask A Breslover: How to Learn Likutey Moharan

When learning Likutey Moharan for the first tune, I feel like a kid trying to drink whiskey? I understand your feeling. Many people feel overwhelmed by Likutey Moharan; by the unique structure of its lessons, etc., and come to the unfortunate conclusion that Likutey Moharan is a closed book for the average person. However, experience has shown that with just a little guidance, Likutey Moharan can become a totally open book for almost...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 5 – TzimTzum / Constriction
Feb28

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 5 – TzimTzum / Constriction

In Part Five of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore how God created the Universe and how this empowers our creative ability.  Before we expound on the following principles of the Kabbalah, we must recall the most important advisory issued by the Kabbalists: We must never attribute any physical form or shape either to God or to the spiritual worlds. All the anthropomorphic terminology mentioned in the Kabbalah is only employed to bring...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 4 – The Inner Workings of Creation
Feb21

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 4 – The Inner Workings of Creation

In Part Four of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the inner workings of the universe and how to tap into their awesome power.  IN THE BEGINNING: FIRST  THOUGHT To understand the inner workings of the universe and tap into their awesome power, we must go back to the beginning, to Creation. The Torah, which starts “in the beginning,” is our authoritative guide to what happened during the Seven Days of Creation. What...

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