Lech Lecha

The Treasure Within

Jul 9, 2020 |

To be human is to be a seeker. Whether or not we are conscious of it, there is a general theme which underlies our actions- the pursuit of life’s essence and the happiness we are certain it will grant us. “Anu ratzim, v’heim ratzim – We are running, and they are running”. Although the end result may look very different, as some people search for meaning in the broken wells of physical satisfaction while others discover the flowing stream of…

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An Awakening from Below

Jul 9, 2020 |

Friends, let us begin by discussing a few foundational ideas in Chassidus. As well as representing the primary Name of Hashem, the Kabbalists teach that the Shem Havaya, (“Yud- Kei-Vav-Kei”) encompasses all of creation; while the final “Heh” represents the world of Asiyah, the three letters that precede it represent the three spiritual worlds that underlie our physical reality, Atzilus, Beriyah, and Yetzirah. These spiritual worlds represent the creative process through which the Master of the world “descended” from His…

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