In the Hebrew, the idea of sin, is no way as harsh as it is in the English language. The word sin, chet, really means to miss the mark. Indeed, all of us at times look back at some aspect of our lives, and wish we had acted otherwise.
The Sages tell us that the force of the evil inclination , the self-centered ego is so strong that if God does not help us with it, it would cause us fall into evil every day!
So Rabbi Baruch Ashlag , the great Kabbalist, asks this simple question. If we are really unable to deal with our selfish love ourselves, what do we need to ask forgiveness for?
In his answer he shows us that the real need for forgiveness arises because we did not ask God to help us when we needed to. Asking God to help us when we are struggling with our own selves maybe, surprisingly, quite difficult. It involves a giving up, and a wish for God to come close. Realizing what we need to ask forgiveness for actually helps us make better choices next time!
This podcast is dedicated for a Refuah Shlemah to my mother Chaya bat Sara Leah.
From Sefer Hama’amarim of Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag ( article 4 תשמ”ח)
The essence of the month of Elul is “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” Yet this doesn’t square with it being the month of Teshuvah, repentance. Or does it? It’s a time for repairing relationships till they reach the level of love they had before we messed up, whether they are relationships between ourselves and our fellows or ourselves and God. It is a time of Teshuvah, a time of coming back. From Ani Ledodi by Rabbi Chaim Sabato with added inspiration from the teachings of Rabbi Ashlag and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
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)
What does atonement really mean?
Forgiving the hurts that others have done us somehow contradicts our sense of natural justice.
Equally, what do I have to do make amends when I feel guilty and ashamed of mistakes I have made?
Learn how the service of Yom Kippur itself give us valuable clues on these important issues and actually cleanses us for the New Year. Listen to audio talk (ten minutes) http://www.nehorapress.com/115470/audio-on-festivals
When we take a fresh look at the symbols associated with the Jewish New Year according to the Kabbalah, we find judgement turns into compassion and fear and guilt turn into confidence in ourselves and in the future. listen here http://www.nehorapress.com/115470/audio-on-festivals
So many people dread this time of the year. It tends to bring up images of an old man in the sky sitting in judgment. Of course we don’t believe in such things but still the anxiety persists. This false idea of the holidays is so prevlent especially amongst Jews of Ashkenazi origin , that I had a relook at the holidays from the perspective of the Kabbalah and found anxiety turned into confidence, dread into an eager-looking forward and the day of judgment turned into the day of compassion. Join me in these ten minute talks on this link http://www.nehorapress.com/115470/High-holidays
The idea exists in the Kabbalah that reality is actually a hologram. Each small piece has the whole within it. Is this just an interesting theroetical fact or, if we are able ourselves to view our reality in holographic terms could this help us in our life? We examine the proposition by looking at the very first sentence of the Bible and seeing how it contains within it an entire process. We then look at the concept of forgiveness and see how this principle can work for ourselves. Click on audio link below to listen to podcast. 10 minutes http://www.nehorapress.com/images/r4851.17036.m3U