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The First Word of the Torah also Alludes to Hidden Beginnings

Why did the Torah begin with the letter beit [of “bereishit”], and not with an alef? Why was the alef saved for the first letter of “I am G-d” – “Anochi” – the first word of the Ten Commandments? The … Continue reading

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Preparing for Kabbalah

“I, the author, adjure on the great name of G‑d, anyone into whose hands these [kabbalistic] pamphlets fall, that he should read this introduction. If his soul desires to enter the chamber of this wisdom, he should accept upon himself … Continue reading

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THE HOLY ARI. Shaar Hagilgulim(Gate of Reincarnations).

By Rabbi Yitzchak Luria as recorded by Rabbi Chaim Vital; translation from Sha’ar Hagilgulim by Yitzchok bar Chaim; commentary by Shabtai Teicher. The work, “Shaar HaGilgulim,” as the title reveals, is about the Torah concept of reincarnation. Based primarily on … Continue reading

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Gog, Magog and MOSHIACH (left, right and middle lines)

by Rav Pinchas Winston. For millennia, Jews have eagerly anticipated the arrival of Moshiach. EXILE AND REDEMPTION The centrality of Moshiach and the belief in his eventual arrival is part-and-parcel of Jewish belief, as Maimonides emphasized in his classic “Thirteen … Continue reading

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Was it Worth to be Created?

To understand the reason for the creation we have to answer two very important questions: 1. What does the Creator need the creation for? 2. What made the creation to take part( to make Tzimtzum Alef) in the process of its … Continue reading

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CHARIOT

For the World of the Chariot From the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria; translated and edited by Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky The first verse in the Torah literally reads ‘In the beginning, G-d created the heavens and the earth.’ The verb … Continue reading

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Creation: Hidden and Revealed

In the beginning [in Hebrew, “bereishit”, beginning with the letter beit] G-d created the heavens and the earth. (Gen. 1:1) Why did the Torah begin with the letter beit [the second letter of the alef-beit] and not with an alef … Continue reading

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Waters of the Great Flood. Mystical Inundations

From the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria; translated and edited by Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky “The water prevailed fifteen cubits above, and the mountains were covered.” (Gen. 7:20) Thus, during the Flood, the highest mountaintop was submerged 15 cubits. Let us … Continue reading

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The rectification of sexuality is fundamental to fixing the world

Holy Unions From the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria; translated and edited by Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky The portion of the Torah read this week describes the famous story of the flood. We must understand three points: First, why did G-d … Continue reading

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Nimrod was reincarnated into Nebuchadnezzar

Towering Blunders The Holy Ari From the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria; translated and edited by Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky Toward the end of parashat Noah, the Torah relates the story of the Tower of Babel. (Gen.11:1-9) According to the Oral … Continue reading

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