It may be 2021 now, but that doesn’t mean that everything is sunshine and happiness. We still have a ways to go. After all, this begin with Rosh Hashanah 5781. Let’s continue moving forward, growing as a beautiful rose bush but it’s just been beaten down and pruned.
This year, and this season, we have a fine line we have to walk: how do we rejoice yet hold back? How do we have a muted or reduced joy? How can we enter the month of Mar-Cheshvan and see the beauty of the month?
It’s the birthday of the world. It’s also a time of judgment, yet renewal and promise of a better tomorrow. All of this is fated on your relationship with HaShem. Is He Avinu (father), Malkeinu (king), or both? How do you connect to the Creator?
The world is a scary place right now with turmoil from protests, corruption, and COVID-19. Despite that, we can find our purpose and peace in our existence when we remember we are partners in creation and maintenance with HaShem.
There is a Kabbalistic practice to recognize each day of the week has its own theme, based on which sefirah associates to that day. How do these sefiros connect to the entire week and what does that mean for me? How can I find out my own sefirah focus for my life plan?
We are finishing up our counting of the Omer for 5780. As we learn the limitations of our physicality from COVID-19, we reach our penultimate moment of spiritual wholeness: Shavuos. What is the importance of this day, the number 50, and where this will guide is going forward?
Pirkei Avos teaches us that if we study Torah in poverty then we will study Torah in wealth, and if we do not study Torah in wealth then we will surely not study Torah in poverty. The same lesson applies to our situation during the COVID-19 pandemic. “If only I had more time, then I would study.” Now, we have time. Are we studying?
During the plague of darkness, the darkness is so thick that many couldn’t move, except for the observant Jews. Even the Jews who assimilated into the Egyptian culture were frozen in place and subsequently died. Is there a risk to assimilation today?
We aren’t made perfect. We’re made intentionally imperfect in order to give our neshama work to accomplish with our guf. This isn’t just spiritual. Like everything Jewish, everything spiritual has a physical counterpart.
It’s been a while so let’s review: who am I, what is the podcast, how am I qualified to do this podcast, and what’s coming next. I’m Dr. Yoni, and you’re listening to Kabbalah Pod. I’m excited so I hope you are too.
Where is your faith, in HaShem and the creative ability to heal or in Tylenol? We can take pain medication, but only trust in G-d for the ability to heal. After all, HaShem creates the world every minute.
The Pesach Haggadah tells us of four sons. The PaRDeS Aggadah tells us of four men that journeyed through the four levels of the garden. These narratives are metaphors to show us a path. Do you see the connection?
We reap what we sow. Just like a bank account, there is a return on dividends, in a way. How much do we invest in our pursuit of relationship with HaShem? That helps define the quality and depth of our spiritual tether.