4 posts categorized "Concepts from the Zohar"

The Shechina: Exile and Geula

Exile and Geula
One of the most perplexing concepts in Judaism is that of the Shechina, the Divine Presence. Before performing a mitzva or reciting a prayer, we say, L'Shem Yichud Kudsha Brich Hu V'Shechinte, "In the name of the unification of the Holy One Blessed Be He and the Divine Presence". Holy One and Divine Presence? Doesn't that sound Catholic? Where's our age-old belief in the Oneness of Hashem, which martyrs have given their lives for since the beginning of people's history? Also, what's the term Shechinta B'Galuta, the Divine Presence is in exile, that the Zohar uses in dozens of places?

With Hashem's merciful assistance, this week's emuna shiur and broadcast will explain and clarify the answers to these questions. What's more, we'll discuss what this has to do with Tisha B'Av and our national consolation immediately afterward.

Don't miss this vital shiur.

Join us us for today's emuna lesson and live broadcast from Jerusalem entitled "The Shechina: Exile and Geula", which will take place, G-d willing, on the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7 PM Israel time; the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time.  If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it later this coming week on Lazer Beams. 

Happy Lag B'Omer!


That's one crazy fire. I'm not surprised by the insanely dangerous look of it, because my husband made it last night. Turns out he was quite the pyro in his day. Lucky for me, my oldest son is proudly following in his footsteps. Can I blame in on hubby's mutated genes?  What a silly question! Of course I can!

Faulty genetics aside, today is Lag B'Omer! It's the anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest sages of all time, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai zy"a. Rabbi Shimon composed the Holy Zohar, which contains the deep Kabbalistic secrets of the Torah and all of creation. Today is a very auspicious day to wish for anything you want (assuming it's good for you,) and in the merit of Rabbi Shimon may you receive it!

Here is a short article explaining the significance of this holy and joyous day. PLUS, you can listen to music today, which is a great reason to do some serious partying!*

Great. I totally erased the paragraph that was here a second ago, and I have no idea what it said! Anyhow, don't forget that Rav Brody and crew are on their way to North America for his incredible, ground-breaking, astounding, awesome, mind-blowing "Break Through" tour! Here's the full tour schedule.  Have a fantastic day!


*no drinking, smoking, hand-holding, flirting, ogling, eating carbs, sugar, dairy, fat, or juicy, delicious medium-rare steaks unless I can have one. Ditto for the drinking. I'd love me a cold glass of crisp, sparkling champagne. Gotta adjust to the "two weeks alone with my five wild animals who happen to be the loudest ones on the block" thing. Of course, the fact that their mother is a roaring lioness with an Iraqi temper doesn't help things. 

A Life of Kiddush Hashem

This morning I (Racheli) was driving to my Zumba class - you know, I really feel that I should get some kind of compensation for all of the free advertisement I'm giving Zumba. Anyhow, as I was driving, I passed a young man who had a very hard time walking. He had some type of handicap that didn't allow him to walk straight or put his feet in front of one another properly.

At that moment, along with feeling terribly sorry for him, can you imagine how grateful I felt for my legs and the rest of my body, that works perfectly? "Thank You, Hashem, that I can walk and run and jump and do any physical movement without pain or struggle!" I said. Well, my tailbone is still killing me after my fall earlier this week. But, other than that... I have tears in my eyes just thinking about him. Do you know what a high level of emuna it takes for a person like him, with a severe physical impairment, to walk around with a kippah and tzitzis on? 

This man, and everyone else with physical and mental handicaps, are spiritual light years ahead of us. Every second of their lives, they make a new kiddush Hashem, a sanctification of Hashem's name. How so? If we see someone in a wheelchair and right away thank Hashem that our legs work, that is a kiddush Hashem. If we see a person with mental disabilities and we thank Hashem for our miraculous brains, that is a kiddush Hashem.

I have a feeling that in the next world, these souls get a very special place in Gan Eden. If we knew what rewards they get for their incredible level of self-sacrifice, we would be jealous. But you know what? We don't need to wait for a disabled person to pass by us in order to thank Hashem. We should be thanking Hashem for everything, every moment that we possibly can! 

Thanking Hashem is the secret to bringing an end to all suffering! This year, may we speedily usher in the new era of lasting peace and health and every blessing, Amen! Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and blessed Shana Tova!

Chakra and Tefillin: The Secret of Divine Illumination

This 6-minute film clip explains the secret behind the Lubavitcher Rebbe's project of encouraging every Jewish man in the world to put on tefillin, beginning in May of 1967. This literally paved the spiritual way for Israel's miraculous victory in June of 1967, when the threat of our hostile neighbors seemed insurmountable. Tefillin is closely related to Chakra and Aura, a fact that has been scientifically proven. We also learn here the secret of Divine illumination. This is a must-see: