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Books of Kabbala

Books of Kabbala “APPLES FROM THE ORCHARD”   Deep mystical insights from the “holy Arizal” of Safed on the Weekly Torah portion, translated into English. Also includes an extensive commentary relevant for both advanced and beginning students of Kabbalah alike. ZOHAR … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI on YOM KIPPUR. Shell Games

We are told that as part of the Yom Kippur sacrificial ritual in the Tabernacle/Temple, the High Priest must take two goats:”…and place them before G-d at the entrance of the tent of meeting. Aaron will place lots on the … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI on Parshat HA’AZINU

When a person is young and his intellect is not fully developed, he learns the simple meaning of the Torah, for his mind cannot yet appreciate or bear the intensity of the Torah’s mysteries. After he has learned the exoteric … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI on Rosh HaShanah

On Rosh Hashanah, the energy that powered the previous year is withdrawn and a new energy is drawn down. Since the creative energy that powers the world is being withdrawn to its source, there are no “rules”, and everything is, … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI on Parshat Netzavim & Vayeilech and on The correspondence between both versions of the Thirteen Divine Attributes of Mercy and the Beard in Kabbalah.

The Divine attribute of forgiveness and mercy is indicated in Kabbala by the beard. Hair is a highly concentrated but contracted form of life-force, as evidenced by the fact that hair is constantly growing yet can be cut without causing … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI on Parshat Ki TAVO

The essence of a sefira is the divine energy that powers it; the vessel of a sefira is its identity, or the particular divine power it manifests. The more familiar terminology for “essence” in this context is “light”. Here the … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI on Parshat Ki TEITZEI

One may think that wartime is when one should demonstrate gevura, but we learn here that this is not the case. The fact that the enemy has chosen to oppose the forces of holiness means that he must be fought, … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI on Parshat SHOFTIM

In our task of spiritualizing the world, of making the world a home for G-d, we must at times assume the leadership (“king”) role, directing the affairs of our private “kingdom” so that whatever happens to be in our domain … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI on Parshat RE’EH

Misdeeds are possible only because the intellect is divorced from the emotions. Intellectually, a person can understand that it is not right for him to do evil. But as long as this understanding is not given the opportunity to affect … Continue reading

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The Holy ARI on Parshat EKEV. Seven Mystical Species

“G-d is bringing you into…a land of wheat, barley, grape-vines, figs, and pomegranates; a land of oil-olives and honey.” The Ari teaches that, generally, the Land of Israel is a manifestation of the partzuf of Nukva, and the praises of … Continue reading

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