Days of Awe – Day 7

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 | 0 comments

The sands of time are rushing through the great hourglass. The Seventh of the Ten Days of Awe is already upon us. The day of our annual appointed death-to-self consecration ceremony – Yom Kippur – is rapidly approaching. Our focus on this seventh Day of Awe is the Seventh of the Prophetic Empowerment spoken over us by our Bridegroom-King at Sinai. That empowerment is short and sweet: לֹא תִּנְאָֽף transliteration: Lo tinaf rough translation: You will not adulterate yourself This empowerment is commonly translated from the Hebrew to English as ‘You will not commit...

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Elul – Day 36

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APPROACHING THE SOURCE We have now reached the midpoint of the Ten Days of Teshuvah. This is the period, say the sages of the Talmud, of which the Prophet Isaiah (55:6) speaks when he proclaims: “Seek G-d when He is to be found; call on Him when He is near.” This might seem like an odd statement because we are taught that G-d is omnipresent at all times and all places in the world. How could we say that now He is closer to us? But Isaiah is not speaking from G-d’s perspective but from the soul’s perspective. Chassidic teachings explain that this special time of the...

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Elul Day 35

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 | 0 comments

Tishrei 5 THE PERSONAL HOLY OF HOLIES Before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the pinnacle of the Yom Kippur service was the moment when the High Priest (the Kohen Gadol) would enter the Holy of Holies. This was the only time of the year that anyone could enter this holiest of inner sanctums and only the High Priest was permitted to do so and only for a short duration. It was such an intense moment that if the High Priest was not completely pure—if he had committed even one transgression for which had had not previously atoned—he would die immediately. This was because the Holy of...

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10 Days of Awe – Day 5

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 | 0 comments

It is Day Five of the Awesome Days of the Creator. Today we are called to reconnect with the rhythms and deeper meanings of the Holy One’s Fifth Prophetic Empowerment, which is: כַּבֵּד אֶת־אָבִיךָ וְאֶת־אִמֶּךָ [Honor your father and your mother . . . ] The operative Hebrew verb in this prophetic empowerment is כַּבֵּד [transliterated as ‘kabad’]. Our English Bibles translate it as ‘honor’. To כַּבֵּד is to assign value, and/or accord significance, respect, or esteem to someone. It means to think highly of and to speak and act respectfully toward someone or...

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Elul Day 33

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 | 0 comments

REBUILDING THE KINGDOM Today begins the countdown to Yom Kippur.  Today is the third day of the Ten Days of Teshuvah, which will culminate on this most awesome of days. This is possibly the most intense time in the Hebrew calendar when each individual is granted the power of a group of ten. We are vested with this power because in these ten days, having crowned G-d as our King, we now undertake the task of rebuilding His kingdom—both in the spiritual realm “above” and in our world “below”—known in the language of Kabbalah as Binyan HaMalchut. Malchut...

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10 Days of Awe – Day 4

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 | 0 comments

Awe is beginning to permeate the atmosphere. Wonder is rapidly rising in our hearts. Fallen human minds and cells of corrupted human flesh are slowly beginning to respond. This is Day 4 of the Awesome Days of our Creator. Today we are being called to reconnect with the Fourth Prophetic Empowerment of His Covenant. The Holy One instructed us: זָכֹור אֶת־יֹום הַשַּׁבָּת לְקַדְּשֹֽׁו [Commemorate the Sabbath Day; cherish and Be Watchful to Preserve its Holiness] From the period of beginnings, and through the era of the Heavens and the Earth, the 7th Day of the Week was designed by the Creator...

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