Rabbi Ashlag poses everybody’s question… what is the purpose of my life? But he gives an unexpected answer. To understand what he is saying we first need to know what the word “life” actually means in the Kabbalah . The Torah itself is called the Torah of life. But whether or not we actually experience it as such depends very much on our reasons for studying itand on our relationship with it.
Rabbi Ashlag teaches that since a person is as a small world events on the outside are reflected within ourselves.In this way we can find the elements of the Chanukah story within ourselves. The Greek part of ourselves represents that part of the ego that likes the certainty of logic and reason… whereas the Jew is the aspect of ourselves that relates to faith, which belongs to a different paradigm altogether. This is our own inner enactment of the story of Chanukah, in whihc God delivered the many into the hands of the few, and the mighty into the hands of the weak.
When Man was first created in the Garden of Eden, his senses and feelings gave him accurate information about the world he was living in. Once Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of knowledge this direct perception of the world became replaced by the need to use knowledge and thought instead. How can we come once more to rely on our feelings and determine directly what is good and what is bad? And what counts as good anyway?
From the Kabbalah of Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag
(Based on the Introduction to the Panim Meirot U’Masbirot
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The psalmist says, “What is man that you should remember him? ” However he continues, “Yet you have made him just less than the Divine!”
Where do these two very opposite views of Man’s worth come from? How do we feel about ourselves and where do these very paradoxical feelings originate from?
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Teshuvah means coming back. But it also applies to attaining a new spiritual state we have not reached before. So how can that also be Teshuvah? The answer lies in the origin of the soul and the nature of our true Self. To listen to podcast ( ten minutes)
Blessings, compassion and connection with God are the true associations with Rosh HaShanah. It isn’t generally appreciated the extent to which the language of the Kabbalah has penetrated our prayers and traditions. As we learn the true meanings of the symbols of the New Year, we understand more clearly the meaning of the festival.
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Whilst in the body it appears that we lose all knowledge of God. The unity the soul enjoyed with the Creator whilst in the upper worlds appears to be lost to us here. So why then does the soul come down to this difficult world? The answer is in a remarkable letter written by Rabbi Ashlag. Listen here