Going Outside Of Your Nature
Post

Going Outside Of Your Nature

This week we not only read and study the portion of Toldot in which great miracles occur, but we also enter into the month of Kislev (Sagittarius), which is the month of Chanukah, a month that is synonymous with miracle-making. Good news, right? This is a great indication of the energy that exists in this week, and even throughout the month. The Zohar explains that...

A Consciousness Of “We”
Post

A Consciousness Of “We”

On the surface, this week’s portion of Chayei Sarah is a simple story about a woman named Sarah, who passes away at the age of 127. Yet, when one sees through the eyes of the Zohar, it becomes something so much more than a story. It becomes a code. For instance, the Bible tells us that Sarah was 127 years. What does it...

Serving Humanity
Post

Serving Humanity

In life, sometimes we get to a place where we are plateauing in our spiritual work. We care for our friends and family, those who are in our inner circle – and surely, if someone were to call upon us, we would be willing to share. It’s one thing to help when called upon, but...

Going Outside Yourself
Post

Going Outside Yourself

This week’s portion is Lech Lecha, which means to “go out,” and these are the very words that God speaks to Abraham in the story. It is here that God appoints Abraham to be his messenger, to leave the place where he lives, to “go out,” and to spread spirituality amongst the world. The story...

The Greatest Blessing Of All
Post

The Greatest Blessing Of All

In the chapter of Ki Tavo, we read a great deal about blessings and curses. While blessings were bestowed on the mountain of Gerizim, curses were given on Mount Ebal. I happen to love this portion and the lessons that it holds, of which there are many – but the question I get asked the...

Doing For Others
Post

Doing For Others

This week’s portion is Ki Tetze, which opens with the words: Ki tetze la milchamah. This is normally translated to mean, “When you go forth to war.” Yet the word ki does not really mean when, but rather because. In a nutshell, the beginning of this week’s portion tells us: Because you go to war...

To See The Good
Post

To See The Good

This week’s portion is called Re’eh, which means “to see.” The majority of this biblical story surrounds the idea of blessings and curses, so why then, was it given the name, To See? Why not call the portion: Blessings and Curses? The kabbalists reveal that so much of our experience of life is dependent upon...

To Lend A Hand
Post

To Lend A Hand

The Zohar teaches that this week’s portion of Ekev deals mostly with the concept of spiritual tikun, a Hebrew word which translates to: Correction. The kabbalists teach that each of us has our own individual tikun, a sort of past life karma if you will. We come into our current incarnation with certain baggage, mistakes...

A Desire For Closeness
Post

A Desire For Closeness

This week’s portion opens with Moses pleading to the Creator. It says that Moses prays 515 different ways, begging to be allowed to finish the job that he started in Egypt and to enter into the Holy Land. Yet, the Creator tells Moses that he cannot enter into the Holy Land; for the energy of...

Having What We Need
Post

Having What We Need

It was in the month of Taurus (Iyar in Hebrew) that the Israelites first received the manna in the desert. The manna, which would fall from the heavens, tasted like whatever the Israelites wanted it to taste like. If a person wanted a rib-steak, for example, the manna would taste like a rib-steak. It is...