The soul is, by and large, not well known to us. We all have moments when we feel connected, and plenty when we don’t. But there is a solution. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai taught it in the Zohar, 2000 years ago, but its message is still good for us today.
The link between the Torah, the soul and faith is one that is unbreakable, and it is a link which gives us a way to say in contact, even when we can’t.
In this podcast we learn along with Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in the Zohar with the aid of Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag’s commentary, the Perush haSulam
The term “Teshuvah” is often translated as repentance. However a more accurate translation is “returning”. The term Teshuvah is not only used by our Sages to describe a state of mind when we wish to repar some misdeed, but it is also also used to describe a higher state of spiritual consciousness than we had previously attained. So the question we need to ask is, how is achieving a higher consciousness considered as a “return”?
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The third root mitzvah that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai brings in the Zohar is that of declaring God’s unity in the six words that make up the Shema. This declaration of the unity of the Creator is the first thing we learn as little children and the last thing we say when we die. In the morning and in the evening, as the day begins and ends, we affirm with our words this fundamental unity. Why?
Life itself is not uniform. It seems chaotic. We experience all extremes from dreadful to tremendous. Yet we affirm the unity of the Creator and the underlying unity of the acts of the One. These six words transform our lives from meaningless into purposeful.
Opposing the true Yirat HaShem, which is the desire not to do anything that will harm our relationship with the Divine, lies the potential space in consciousness for our false fears. Those fears that are self-serving. When we act out of these fears we feel physical symptoms. Fascinatingly, these are described in the Zohar and even hinted at in the first chapter of Genesis…
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Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai the author/compiler of the Zohar the central book of the Kabbalah, teaches that there are 14 root mitzvot or prescribed commandments, pieces of advice if you like, which enable us to come closer to the Divine. Of them all, the first and most basic one is Yirat HaShem, erroneously translated as fear of God. In fact it is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge and faith…
Expecting A Reward
We have all been in the situation where we have given wholeheartedly to someone, or to a cause, yet the recognition or appreciation of our efforts simply hasn’t come through. Although our feelings of hurt are only too human we need to know that giving unconditionally, without getting a reward, was built into the very beginning of the Creation…