prayer in faith
The light of the Torah is one. The vessels with which we receive the light of the Torah are called the garments of the Torah. However, to access the light of the Torah we need to add in the ingredient of faith. Faith that the Torah itself can bring us back to the good way.
From an article by Rabbi Baruch Shalom Halevi Ashlag from his Sefer HaMa’amarim
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The ten commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai
The night is the time when we can’t see or know God’s presence He is hidden form us. Nevertheless by coming to Him through the practice of Torah and mitzvot in faith we build the relationship which becomes manifest at the final redemption.
The essence of the festival of Shavuot, the time of the giving of the Torah, with the final redemption, is elucidated by Rabbi Ashlag in his commentary, the Sulam, on this beautiful piece of Zohar.
Here is a class given by Yedidah. The Aramaic and Hebrew is presented. The translation and discussion are in English.
You can access the text of the Zohar and Perush HaSulam here
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Praying at the Kotel
When we act from our ego we become separated from our soul . Yet it is the basis of our nature, formed by the Creator in the Thought of Creation. The ego expresses itself through two main vehicles— the mind desiring to know why we are doing any action and wanting control over our lives; and the heart which looks for pleasure, both sensual and emotional.
As we work to transform the direction of its energies, we come to unite the different aspects of ourselves, heart, mind and soul, which then form a uniquely coherent vehicle for the light of God.
From the writings of Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag
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A return after 2000 years!
Unlike the physical realm in which giving and receiving come together, in the spiritual realm they are often widely separated.
Writing on Israel’s independence Rabbi Ashlag points out that we have been given
the opportunity for the return to our land and the complete redemption, both in the life of the individual and as the community as a whole, we have yet to receive
it in its full meaning. Still we must see the cup as half-full and celebrate the great opportunity with which we have been blessed.
Adapted from an article written by Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Gottlieb.
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Counting the Omer
In the external pattern of counting the days between Pesach and Shavuot there exists a rich inner reality. Each day pertains to a different Sephirah,
a vessel for the light of God. How may we experience this richness?
Rabbi Ashlag the great commentator on the Zohar explains the inner meaning of these days and shows how the fulfillment of the mitzvah of counting the Omer provides the outer framework for inner work of building the vessels by working on ourselves and with which we may receive the light of the Torah on Shavuot.
Excerpt from the Zohar Tezaveh (Perush HaSulam 62-64)
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The Seder plate
Join a live class with Yedidah on the inner meaning of the elements of the Seder service and how they teach us on the light of redemption. Taken from the Talmud, the Zohar and the teachings of Rabbi Ashlag.
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Teaching our children about how we came out of Egypt
Rabbi Ashlag teaches that the difference between the human and the animal is really only the desire for the connection with God. When we lose our connection with the One that is a state of inner exile; redemption is a reconnection. By looking at the story of the coming out of Egypt and seeing its equivalent aspects within ourselves we come to see how we can ourselves ask to come out of our own inner Egypt.