The Zohar teaches that G-d looked into the Torah and used it to create the universe. Everything in the universe has a spark of Torah in it.

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Holy Idra Zuta – Opening the gates of heavens

 

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This is the complete vowelized text of the Idra Zuta, with English translation and extensive commentary to the first part of the Idra Zuta. It is the most important connection on Lag BaOmer, the death Anniversary of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

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This Week’s Article – In Heaven

 

In Heaven

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

How do you imagine the heavens to be? If you’re spending time there every day, in your prayer, with your thoughts and meditations, you should have some sort of picture of what it looks like. Maybe you see great open spaces, glistening lights, a throne of glory…

Here are a few ideas to focus on. The heavens contain all life; from there we may draw down energy and strength. The wisdoms of the world originate in the heavens; sending our thoughts there, allows us to ask for added insight and intelligence. All charm, beauty, health, wealth comes from the heavens; with the right approach we draw more and more of these gifts into our lives.

This being so, it’s worth spending time in improving our perception and appreciation of the heavens.

Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz of “Self-Growth

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Today 17th Iyar, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos”

 

Little Mitzvos Org

You may think, how does one little Mitzvo help . . .

Our times are calling out to us to do Teshuva, but it’s too hard for us to change our lives. Even when we try, we end up reverting back to nothing, everything as was. We MUST show HaShem that we are seeing the signs and that it means something to us.

In this way, when HaShem asks what did we did, we can reply “I took this on…”

You must not consider this “Little Mitzvos” as a replacement for the Shulchan Oruch – you must continue learning Halochos via mainstream Seforim and with Shiurim.

Family

Praise children openly.

Source: Little Mitzvos Org

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 17th Iyar, 5769

 

PiCK-ME-UPs the book

A Garden

Life is like a garden. The more effort we put into it, the more beautifully it grows. But when we leave it, weeds and thorns overrun it.
Where do we get the seeds — ideas and inspiration to make our garden flourish? We need to look to the One who is the landscaping artist of it all.

By: Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz of “Self-Growth.

PiCK-ME-UPs:
Empower yourself, enjoy life!
Not just another book, but a series of lessons to change our lives, turning darkness to light, misery to joy, shame into dignity; giving us a sense of direction, that we may move through our days with enthusiasm and passion, turning each moment into a jewel, a treasure, and a source of great pleasure and enjoyment. Click here for more.

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Daily Kabbalah Quote – 17th Iyar, 5769

 

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Love Thy Friend as Thyself

We should examine further and understand the meaning of the verse, “Love thy friend as thyself.” The literal meaning of it is to love your friend in the same amount that you love yourself. However, we see that the collective cannot keep up with it at all. If it had said love your friend as much as your friend loves you, there still would not be many people who could observe it completely, yet it would be acceptable.

But to love my friend as much as I love myself appears to be impossible. Even if there were but one person in the world except me, that would still be impossible, much less when the world is full of people. Moreover, if one loved everyone as much as one loves oneself, he would have no time for himself. But one must willingly satisfy one’s own needs without neglect, for one loves oneself.

It is not so concerning the needs of the collective; for one has no strong motivation to stimulate one’s desire to work for them. Even if one had a desire, could one still keep this statement literally? Would one’s strength endure? If not, how can the Torah obligate us to do something that is not in any way feasible?

We should not consider that this statement is spoken by way of exaggeration, because we are cautioned by the saying: “Though shall not add to it nor subtract from it.” All the interpreters agreed to interpret the text literally. Moreover they said that one must satisfy the needs of one’s friend even in a place where one is himself in need. Even then we must satisfy the needs of our friend and leave ourselves needing.

The Tosfot interpret that anyone who buys a Hebrew slave, it is as though he buys a master for himself. And the Tosfot interpret that should one happen to have but one pillow, if one lies on it oneself, he does not keep, “For he is happy with thee.” And if one does not lie on it and does not give it to one’s slave, this is sodomite rule. It turns out that against his will one must give it to one’s servant. It turns out that one has bought oneself a master.

By Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag – Baal HaSulam, The Love for the Creator & Love for the Created Beings

Source: kabbalah.info