The Creator’s Eye View
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The Creator’s Eye View

I’ve learned many lessons in my life, but one of the most important is to not give too much energy to a single moment. For it is only a chapter, not the whole book. Most of us see our lives in small pieces. It’s not easy to step back from a present circumstance and see...

Pujas For Peace
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Pujas For Peace

Dear friends, This New Year’s Eve, we can all take one small action for peace on Earth and goodwill towards humankind. It is my honor to participate in Pujas for Peace (www.pujasforpeace.org), a movement that is uniting religious and spiritual organizations around the world this New Year’s Eve by inviting them and their communities to...

Choosing Positive Influences
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Choosing Positive Influences

This week, we read the portion of Vayishlach, which translated means “to send away,” and that is precisely what Jacob is doing at the beginning of the story. Here we find Jacob sending himself and his family away. Jacob is leaving his father-in-law’s home after 22 years, taking his wife Rachel, his 11 sons, and his daughter with him. Why? Well, we know from last...

New Beginnings
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New Beginnings

Thank God for new beginnings! This week, we celebrate Simchat Torah, the last of the holidays in the month of Tishrei (Libra), a month in which, through our connections, we have been made new. We have enhanced our connection to the divine Light, the source of all that is good in this world, and have...

Being Present
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Being Present

In this week’s portion of Nitzavim, Moses speaks to the people of the covenant that they have chosen to enter with the Creator. He reveals to them that from this day forward, as they have been given a choice, they should choose life. From everything we learn in this week’s portion, there is an interesting...

Seeing With Mercy
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Seeing With Mercy

The word Shoftim means “judges.” And that is precisely what this week’s portion is all about. Both the Torah and the Zohar discuss the subject of judges at length, in what seems to be very different ways. In the Biblical story, we find Moses instructing the Israelites on how to nominate and identify judges amongst...

The Power Of Togetherness
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The Power Of Togetherness

We’re entering into the last of what is known to be three of the most negative weeks of the year, and so I’d first like to ask: How are you doing? If you’re going through a tough time, hang in there. It’s always darkest just before the dawn and things are soon to get better....

Words That Build
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Words That Build

This week we enter into a 21 day period the kabbalists call Ben HaMetzarim, which is often considered to be three of the most “negative” weeks of the year. I put the word “negative” in quotes for a reason, because Rav Berg would often teach that this time has the potential to be one of...

The Gift Of Peace
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The Gift Of Peace

Many of you who have been students at the Centre for a long time will remember how often Rav Berg stressed the importance of this week’s portion. Pinchas is a powerful healing instrument given to us by the Creator and revealed to us by the kabbalists. It always falls during the month of Cancer to...

A Little More Faith
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A Little More Faith

I hope you enjoyed last week’s 7-day spiritual compass, and I am especially excited to share with you what the kabbalists teach about the energy that is available to us this week. Balak is such a unique portion. Usually, if a portion is named after a particular person, it is named after a righteous soul,...