Torah the voice of the soul
There is a general principle in the Kabbalah that no light may be attained without its appropriate vessel.
What is the appropriate vessel though which we may come to appreciate the soul, that part of God within us? How can we relate to the soul? How can we come into affinity of form with the soul, which implies dvekut or unity with it?
The Zohar states that the Torah, the soul and the Holy Blessed One are one. It also states that God is hidden in the Torah. How does Torah differ from other knowledge? How can the Torah help me hear my soul? What qualities do I need to cultivate in order to find the Essence of God hidden in the Torah? listen now>>
Kabbalah: What is it?
In this talk we explore the meaning of the Kabbalah or as it's also known the Sodot haTorah and discover that knowledge of Holy Names, Sephirot etc. are not essential tools for understanding the Kabbalah. The Torah, as a whole, shines a light on our souls and helps us to see where we are really acting from. Relating to the inner aspect of the Torah means relating to the inner aspect of ourselves. listen now>>
And God called the light "day" "And God called the light "day" and the darkness "night"." Why did He do that? What does this mean for me? These are questions that the great Kabbalist Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag asks. His answer takes us to the Purpose of Creation, the process of Creation, and the role these play in our own individual lives. listen now>>
The Gift of the Vision
The words that start the Bible, " In the beginning God created the heaven and earth," also imply the completion, the time of the redemption. In the EinsSof God completed the thought of the Creation, instantly as it arose. Although we work out our tikkun in actual practice during our incarnations in this world we have to know that in the Ein Sof the souls are already finished and complete. Listen to this talk and find out how it influences our daily lives. listen now>>
The light of the Torah
There is a light in the Torah which leads a person back to the good way. This light is there because the essence of the Torah , the Holy Blessed One and the soul are all one. The garments of the Torah are the knowledge. Only when we labour in Torah with the intention of coming inot affinity of form with the Creator do we acquire the light within it listen now>>
Learning as Service
Our desire for knowledge is one of the greatest of all our wills to receive. Even learning the Torah, or learning the Kabbalah can be a form of receiving. Emptying ourselves and coming to it fresh, in a spirit of active listening and giving, awakens the light that is in the Torah and leads us back to our true selves. listen now>>
Why we need authentic Kabbalah
I was looking on the internet the other day searching under the term “Kabbalah” to see what came up. What I found was the weirdest mix of stuff most of which seemed to me to be far-out and new-age. Occasionally I came across some more genuine material, But this brought me back to the question of what is authentic Kabbalah? … listen now>>
Crafting the detail of our lives
If a musician playing a piece of Mozart is careful to play exactly the correct note at the correct time is he or she being obsessive or are they paying attention? If he plays just any note, it wouldn’t be Mozart. Or he could play the right note but at the wrong time of for the wrong duration. Would that be Mozart? No. It would not Similarly, in working through the details of our lives. If we wish to make them as beautiful as a wonderful piece of music or a beautiful design on a carpet, each note we play requires attention. listen now>>
The language of Halachah
Is living a life governed by Halachah, the means by which we carry out the mitzvot - the commandments- simply obsessive? Is it merely a life style....?
What is the essence of Halachah and is it meant for all Jews or just the religious?
Halachah is a language of action as precise as the words we speak in a sentence. It is a common lnaguage amongst Jews from all over the world and it helps us communicate within our daily lives to the higher spiritual worlds. All Jews stood together at Mount Sinai . We all received the same heritage. It is a gift awaiting each one of us. listen now>>