It is what we shall experience when the world is based on love. This life is not eternal life. His light touches the soul, his wisdom envelops and inspires. This shiur, is dedicated in loving memory of Feiga bat Shmuel and Rvikah and for the elevation of her soul. These excerpts actually constitute the main writing of this book, as I have tried to keep my voice limited to pointing out issues under discussion, raising questions and clarifying sources. Take time to feel and contemplate the depth and profundity of these statements. He taught the children of Israel the tools they would need for the redemption, the same tools we need today.
This was Rabbi Ashlag's explicit goal. Introduction to the Zohar 2. He and His Name are One, in a unity both wondrous and concealed, may the One be blessed. We begin with the first paragraph: Introduction to the Zohar 1. Introduction to the Zohar 2.
The first question we would like to ask is, What is our essence? This is an opportunity for you to consider yourself as a unique part of an ongoing chain. However, since the Creator is omnipotent, we could think that ordinary rules need not apply. The Children of Israel went down as families, welcome guests of the King of Egypt, nearest relations to the second- in-command, Joseph, the savior of the Egyptian people. Make greater and greater efforts in this aspect, for it has within it the ability to compensate for all lacks. A similar voice inside us puts God in second place, giving priority to the strident demands of the ego. Without some introductory background, the formulae will be gibberish. A Tapestry for the Soul: The Introduction to the Zohar in English.
If you want the authentic Ashlag teachings, then this is the version to buy. In addition to compiling Ashlag's explanations, Cohen adds some editorial guidance for beginners, pointing out and explaining basic ideas that the texts sometimes take for granted. I am solid, I am hot, and I think, which are some manifestations of the actions of my essence, but if you were to ask me, What is my essence, my Self from which all these manifestations come? The effects of this voice of Pharaoh inside of us is to block the divine light flowing from our thoughts to our action thus effectively preventing us from bringing through the manifestation of God in our daily lives. There is a tremendous importance in the direct encounter between the Tzaddik, the enlightened Master, and the student. In the Jewish calendar, we now in the period of the three weeks; a period when we mourn the destruction of the temples of Jerusalem.
Introduction to the Zohar 2. However, these connections between physical branch and spiritual root are not obvious to ordinary people and so we needed a great Sage, Rabbi Yehudah Leib Ashlag to act as translator and teach us the difference between what we think the Zohar is saying and what it really means. I know that the Late Mark Cohen,co author of 'In the shadow of the ladder' would be proud of this book. In the Shadow of the Ladder, page 5 6. Rabbi Ashlag starts by asking a question: He is in this experience in which his whole being is totally illuminated in the light of God.
Our great tzaddikim hid their spiritual achievements preferring modesty. A Tapestry for the Soul: The Introduction to the Zohar by Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag. The benefits obtained from this innovative method include the ability for the reader to follow Rabbi Ashlag's thoughts directly, without the need for an intermediary to explain his ideas, thus enabling direct contact between the Master Kabbalist and students. Write your response to them in your journal before you continue. Had no knowledge of the man to whom his entire country owed its survival? So our real question needs to be, why is our own inner temple not a sanctuary for the light of God? Despite this, we have not arrived at a sufficiently clear understanding of them. In this Introduction Rabbi Ashlag discusses issues on which each one of us holds preconceived ideas.
Both historically true, and true for each individual, here and now. Rabbi Ashlag in a remarkable letter written to his students relates this sentence not to the outer ruler of a country, but to our own inner ruler. The Kabbalah is accessible to us without pre-conditons of spiritual attainment. From Igarot haSulam , Igeret 12, Published by Or Hasulam foundation. . Rabbi Ashlag addresses all of us, Jew and non-Jew, religious and secular. This knowledge is in itself freeing, as it releases us from any inner imagery we may have.
The child was Yehudah Leib Ashlag who, one day, was going to change the way we see spiritual consciousness. This is the colloquial term used, both in Hebrew writings and in spoken Hebrew, as a substitute for the holy four-letter Name of God, which is not pronounced. At the time of the redemption, all humanity will receive this great light. As we learn how to give, our perception of how God gives to us refines, grows, and changes. ¹ So when Rabbi Ashlag asks, What is our essence? A Tapestry for the Soul takes the Introduction to the Zohar as translated in In the Shadow of the Ladder as its main thread, from its beginning to its end. Although this is a logical possibility, it is not compatible with the perception of our Sages. He was the author of In the Shadow of the Ladder: Introductions to Kabbalah.