When God is hidden

Prayer of the girls of Neveh Dekalim, before the expulsion from their homes in Gush Katif

Prayer of the girls of Neveh Dekalim, before the expulsion from their homes in Gush Katif

There are times in our lives, when God’s light is hidden form us. Where is He? King David, the sweet singer of Israel understood and experienced this, as is evident in the psalms. Nevertheless, David still praised God.
How? On what basis was he able to find it within himself to praise God in the midst of his suffering? The Zohar asks these questions, and by looking closely into the inner meanings of one of David’s psalms, Psalm 63, shows us the way when we too are in sorrow.

1.A song of David when he was in the Judaean desert.

2. O God, My God, You, I seek You. My soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, in an arid and thirsty land without water.
3. Yes I saw You in holiness, seeing Your strength and Your glory.

4. For Your kindness is better than life; my lips will praise You.

Psalm 63

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From Rabbi Ashlag’s commentary on the Zohar, Terumah, Perush HaSulam paragraphs 253-259

With grateful thanks to my chevruta Meirah Rachel , who inspired and joined me in this learning.

Photo credit: Efrat Weiss

The Names of God refer to the Light of the One

In the Bible we read about God being angry or jealous, or loving. We also have differrent names for God, E-l or the Lord of Hosts, or the sacred four letter Name of God. But the Master Kabbalist the Ari who lived in Safed taught that God is Unknowable and has no Name.  Yedidah discusses this issue but doesn’t leave it there,she asks does it matter for me in my life now? Surprisingly it does. Whatever Name I call God is the Light of God I attract to myself. These names are of God’s light. Join Yedidah for the full and fascinating discussion on The Names of God refer to the Light of God

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