The Power of Love
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The Power of Love

According to the Talmud, every blade of grass has its own angel watching over it, whispering, “Grow, grow.” So too is it with us. This beautiful teaching is ours this week. As the nights grow longer and darker, we are compelled more than any other time of the year, to go within for reflection, meditation,...

Your Challenges are Your Blessings
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Your Challenges are Your Blessings

The power of kindness, compassion, and love sometimes find our hearts in the darkest nights. While hard to accept in the throes of challenge, the truth is: Without challenge, there is no growth. Without darkness, there is no Light. Take, for example, the portion of Toldot, in which Rivka, the wife of Isaac, finds herself...

My Birthday Wish
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My Birthday Wish

This week happens to be the week of my birthday, and so naturally I have always felt an affinity with this week’s portion of Noach – the story of Noah and the ark. There is endless wisdom contained within this portion, and each year that I study from it, I find new things. This year, I’d like...

Kindness For No Reason
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Kindness For No Reason

I’ve always loved Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables because in it, the story’s hero is redeemed and restored by one powerful, transformative act of kindness. The main character in the book is Jean Valjean, a convict who was unjustly imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to give to his starving sister. In the opening...

Your True Power is in the Present Moment
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Your True Power is in the Present Moment

It is human nature to get caught up in fearing the future or regretting the past, but never forget that your true power lies in the present. This is especially helpful to remember whenever we are approaching a big cosmic opening, such as Rosh Hashanah, the day on which our lives will be laid bare...

Give Yourself Permission to be Joyful
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Give Yourself Permission to be Joyful

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. -Thich Nhat Hanh Have you ever been walking down the street, maybe feeling a little discouraged even, when suddenly you cross paths with someone who has the biggest smile across their face? In an instant,...

Three Wise Little Monkeys
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Three Wise Little Monkeys

I’m sure you’ve all seen and used the little monkey emoji that have their eyes, ears, and mouths covered. But have you ever considered where they come from and what it means? The origins for these three fellas are a bit obscure. They are Japanese in origin, depicted on the walls of a Shinto shrine,...

You Can Overcome
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You Can Overcome

Have you ever tried to change someone else? If your answer is yes (which it is probably for all of us), then you know it’s a trap which only leaves you feeling dis-empowered and frustrated. What can be even more painful is watching someone you love go through a difficult process and knowing that you...

Certainty, Peace and Spiritual Healing
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Certainty, Peace and Spiritual Healing

This week’s portion is a famous one, more so perhaps within The Kabbalah Centre than anywhere else in the world. For it is the portion that correlates directly with spiritual healing. It was also Rav Berg’s favorite. “Pinchas!” he would often exclaim from the podium. “What did I find in Pinchas that I did not find anywhere...

The Joy of Giving
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The Joy of Giving

It’s funny how we think that getting what we want in life will make us happy. Maybe we want to find our soul mate, or make a million dollars, but I’ll tell you a secret: I know people who have found their soul mate, and I know people with a million dollars – and they...