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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat KiTavo

Mount Eval is the mountain of curse. Concealed in the deep significance of the altar built there, though, we understand that Mount Eval is a source of joy. What is it about Mount Eval that transforms it from a barren … Continue reading

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The Torah of a United World

How unfortunate are those who only eat the straw instead of the real fruit of Torah and don’t understand the inner secrets of the Torah. They learn only the simple stories as they are written and the logical deductions associated … Continue reading

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WAR: What It’s Good For

The opening words, “When you go out to war against your enemies” (Deut. 21:10) can be interpreted to refer to going to an individual’s war against his negative inclinations. The Baal HaTurim connects this phrase with the final word in … Continue reading

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Love and Marriage: a person has to earn his/her true soul mate

“A Woman of Valor” is a parable in which the woman described represents either the Torah or the soul. Nonetheless, we will not ignore its plain meaning, and will first explain the passage according to everybody’s first impression when they … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Ki Teizei

In this weeks Torah portion of Ki Tetzeh God instructs us to construct a fence around the roof of our new homes in order to prevent someone from falling off the roof and being killed (Deuteronomy 22:8 ). This commandment … Continue reading

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Rosh Hodesh ELUL (the Month of Elul)

There are two ways in which we can have contact with G‑dliness: One is to experience divine illumination when it descends from above; the other way is to reach G‑dliness from where we are. The month of Elul is a … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Shoftim

The greater an individual’s spiritual sensitivity, the more he feels that the title “one who afflicts a soul” applies to himself, for he too has afflicted his soul (and that of others indirectly) by remaining in his comfort zone, unable … Continue reading

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From the teachings of Rav Yehudah Leib Ashlag( Baal haSulam)

…From what we have already seen, it is easy to understand that the Torah, like the world itself, has an inner and an outer aspect. Likewise, the one who occupies himself or herself with Torah has these two levels. So … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Re’eh

…In Kabbalah, Mount Moriah corresponds to yet another point in the geometrical configuration of the mountains. The Hermon is the crown at the top, Mount Gerizim and Mount Eval are the two eyes of wisdom and understanding to the right … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Ekev

The most important image in the Torah portion of Ekev is the description of Eretz Yisrael (“The Land of Israel”). Eretz Yisrael is a land of diverse natural phenomena. God concentrated all the beauty of nature within its borders. When … Continue reading

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