Spiritual Endurance
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Spiritual Endurance

There is nothing impossible under the sun. For all that’s impossible just waits to be done. When the Wright Brothers told the world they wanted to build a transport that could allow people to travel through the air, they were told it would never happen. Years later, when Amelia Earhart wanted to fly an airplane...

Walking The Spiritual Talk
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Walking The Spiritual Talk

Spiritual greatness is defined more by what we do with all that we have learned, and less with what we know. It is behavior that makes us spiritual, not beliefs. In the portion of Tzav, Moses is instructing the sons of Aaron how to bring sacrifices to the Tabernacle. The portion is filled with many intricacies...

Infusing the Seed With Light
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Infusing the Seed With Light

“A job well begun is half done.” – Ancient proverb This week’s portion of Vayikra is the first chapter in the Book of Leviticus and, as such, it signifies the start of a new journey. The portion itself describes all manner of sacrifices. It is not a coincidence that this Monday night also happens to be the New Moon of...

The Importance of Feeding the Soul
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The Importance of Feeding the Soul

Feeding the body is how we survive, but feeding our soul allows us to thrive. In the portion of Terumah, God instructs Moses: “Build unto me a Tabernacle, so that I can dwell within you.” In this story, there is a disagreement between Moses and Bezalel, the chief artisan of the Tabernacle, regarding how it should be constructed....

Transcending Fight or Flight
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Transcending Fight or Flight

“When in doubt, do nothing. Let the situation evolve around you.” This was something my late husband, Rav Berg, would often say. We see this concept illustrated at many a turning point throughout the Bible, including this week’s portion of Beshalach – most famous, perhaps, for the splitting of the Red Sea. At The Kabbalah Centre, we...

Embracing the Ride
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Embracing the Ride

From big dreams, great rewards may come, but there is none greater than the journey itself. For just as there is no reward without a journey, there is no journey without reward. There was once a man for whom every day was the same. He awakened very early each morning and donned his suit and...

Miles To Go
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Miles To Go

Just when we think we have done so much, helped so much, grown so much… there are still miles to go before we sleep. At the beginning of the portion of Vayeshev, we see that Jacob sought to rest. He felt that he had completed his spiritual work. After all, he’d been married; he had...

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...

The Choice
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The Choice

Every minute, every, day, week, month and year has its own unique energy. As it says in the Bible, “For everything, there is a season.” There’s a time to plant, and a time for harvest. A time for planning, and a time for action. The energy of this week, the week of Vayetze, as we will discover together, lends itself...

Going Outside Of Your Nature
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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...