Bringing Heaven Down to Earth
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The Zohar is just like the Torah in that there is no need to read it in an orderly fashion. You can open up the book anywhere you want to! It’s similar to the Psalms in that you can open up any Psalm and read it. You can even read any psalm starting in the middle.
The most important thing when reading holy books (books written by those who attain the Creator through the quality of holiness, bestowal, Bina) is not what you are reading or the things you read about, but the intention: What do you want to attain by reading?
One way or another, you are reading about the Upper World which you don’t feel or understand. The Zohar is the highest source of all the holy books. It is the most powerful source of Upper Light, the Light of Correction. It’s like an infusion to a sick person, or like a medicine that you take.
What do you want to attain by taking this medicine? What does “being healthy” mean to you? Depending on this, the force of The Book of Zohar can be either the elixir of life for you or a deadly poison!
Therefore, before opening up this book, you must think and feel, attune yourself, prepare and discern: What are you hoping to receive from it now? You are hoping to receive medicine, which is symbolized by a snake. A snake’s venom can be truly poisonous or it can be the remedy for every illness.
Therefore, before opening up The Book of Zohar, we must have the right intention so that instead of attracting deadly poison, we will attract the elixir of life that saves us. When people study the Torah without the right intention, it becomes dry and lifeless. This is even more dangerous when we are reading The Book of Zohar, the greatest source of power.
It wasn’t accidentally concealed from regular people for so long and yet revealed to Kabbalists. A Kabbalist, meaning a person who attained the right desire, was sure to find this book in some way. It was sent to him through someone or in some other way. He was brought to the place where he could find it.
However, it was not revealed to other people because in the past we were unable to arm ourselves with the right intention. That’s why The Zohar could only have brought harm upon us. Today however, we open up The Book of Zohar with the intention that it will bring us goodness, that it will become the source of life for us instead of turning into deadly poison.
The Zohar contains such enormous force that we must be careful to open it only together and with the right intention. That is why it has become revealed in our time and offers us incredible opportunities. We want to offer it to everyone. However, every person must know that only the right intention while studying The Zohar can turn it into the elixir of life.
-from the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/31/10
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What should I focus on during the lesson?
If someone has a problem, both in following what’s written and in keeping the intention, it should be understood that keeping the intention is more important. It is not always possible to be concentrated on both things and when there is difficulty, one needs first of all, to worry about the intention.
First of all, one needs to think of what he wants to attain from what he is doing and then understand that what he wants he can receive from within the connection with the friends. And then comes the question of what he wants to receive from within the connection with the friends. The question is the revelation of the mutual force of bestowal between us in which we will discover the root of the state that is called “Creator.” This is called: “Israel, Torah, and the Holy One blessed be He, are one.”
I need to be in connection with these attributes as much as I am able. If I cannot, then not. It is enough to hear The Zohar even if it only goes past my ear. The main thing is that I am present at the shared reading. It is enough to be in a group that engages in it, like a small child within a group of grown-ups.
-from the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/31/10 (minutes 22-26)
Try this mantra during your day, “Thank-you, thank-you, please, please”.
As you say thank you, think of all the wonderful elements of your life for which you are grateful. As your say please, think of all you still would like. The Creator is as close to us as we are to Him (Tehillim 145.18).
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Sunday night-Monday 29-30 August / 20 Elul
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Avraham ben Naftali Hertz Shternhertz "Kochav Lev" (d. 1955), grandson of Rabbi Nosson of Breslov and leading Breslover elder in Uman and Jerusalem, Israel.
Today is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Cahanman (1886-1969), the Ponevitcher Rav and founder of the prestigious Ponevitch Yeshiva, Bnay Brak, Israel, and of Rabbi Mosheh Aryeh Freund (d. 1996), Chief Rabbi of the Eda Charedis of Jerusalem. Both were holocaust survivors who were instrumental in rebuilding Torah institutions after the war.
Today is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler (1872-1970), outstanding Tzaddik, Mussar teacher and author of Michtav MiEliyahu.
Thursday night-Friday 2-3 September / 24 Elul
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radzin (1838-1933), known as the Chafetz Chaim, author of works on the prohibition of evil speech and of Mishneh Berurah on the laws of daily prayer and blessings, Shabbat and festivals.
Friday night-Saturday 3-4 September / 25 Elul
Shabbat Parshat NITZAVIM-VAYELECH
It is customary NOT to bless the coming month in the Synagogue after the Shabbat Torah reading. This is "in order to outwit the satan" (i.e. not to alert his attention to the coming Day of Judgment in order to avoid his accusations), and in any case, the month of Tishri is so holy that it is "blessed in heaven" instead. However those who have the custom of reciting the entire book of Psalms on Shabbat Mevorchin also do so on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah.
According to the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol, today is the Anniversary of the first of the “Six Days of Creation”, which culminate on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, the sixth day of Creation, when Adam was created. On each of these six days the unique light of the associated Sefirah shines in all the worlds.
The Holy Zohar states that at the end of days an awesome event will take place on this date (Balak 212b).
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The Baal Shem Tov taught: If a person is completely unconcerned with himself, such that everything is the same to him, he will surely reach the highest spiritual levels–for humility is loftier than all other spiritual attainments.
(Hanhagos Yesharos, 14b, cited in Sefer Baal Shem Tov, Metzora 12)