Category Archives: Weekly Torah Parashat

Beresheet

It is a brand new cycle. Right Now. Right Here. In the Hebrew Calendar it is year 5782. Did you know there are only 6000 years to complete the cycle? What does this mean?

“The Zohar says that in Beresheet we capture the idea that physical reality is a development, an evolution of our consciousness, which is the immaterial aspect. The seven days of Creation is speaking about sefirot, seven levels of energy, Names of Divine Inspiration. These energies should become implanted in our consciousness to understand the real reality.” Rav Berg….

The reading in The Torah is Genesis 1:1 – 6:8.

Sukkot

The only instance where the body does not reject a foreign object is in the bearing of a child.

When a child is in the womb, it is a total parasite, taking its nourishment entirely from the mother. Yet it is completely accepted and protected. What is it that brings this protection? The answer is the amniotic fluid, which allows the fetus to grow for its period of nine months.

Each of us has this same amniotic fluid in our lives. It is called the mikveh,. The mikveh is a pool of water that we immerse ourselves in for spiritual cleansing.

At this stage in our lives, however, the amniotic fluid is not about facilitating growth. To grow means that we ourselves need to apply the spiritual tools that we have; in other words, we must use our own resources to spiritually evolve ourselves.

The purpose of the mikveh is to allow us a place of protection from the negative energies that are around us. The water of the mikveh brings us back to a place of neutrality and protection.

Monday night (the 20th) we enter a period of seven days called Sukkot, and the amniotic fluid for us during this period is called the sukkah. The sukkah acts as a protective shield that comes from Above. This shield is the powerful Light of the Creator, which enters our world through the sukkah, allowing us to breathe in the Lifeforce Energy so that we can use the spiritual tools at our disposal to further our spiritual growth.

As the mother is to the child, the Light of the Creator is to us on earth, and the sukkah allows us to draw upon that protection. The sukkah acts exactly like a mikveh, allowing us the time and space to draw spiritual energy and to learn how to use it for our benefit through the tools that we use now and for the whole year to come.

This is what the sukkah is all about. 

Yom Kippur

Today is Yom Kippur….the holiest day of The Jewish Spiritual Map. It is called the day of atonement. It is the day that the opponent has the day off.

Throughout the past year I have attempted to “document” the map of The Torah. As I have said many times, I believe understanding the Torah is essential not just for the Jew but also for the Christian.

In this video the Rabbi provides insight into the meaning and reason of the day and do so while integrating the role of Jesus.

Ha’ azinu

The word Ha’azinu (הַאֲזִינוּ‎) literally means “give ear,” an expression meaning “Listen to this.” It is also the name of the fifty-third and second-to-last reading from the Torah. It is the first word of the Song of Moses, which begins with the words “Give ear (Ha’azinu), O heavens, and let me speak” (Deuteronomy 32:1). This Torah portion is only a single chapter long, and the majority of it consists of the Song of Moses. The Song of Moses is a prophetic oracle warning Israel about apostasy to come and the resulting wrath of God. The song looks far into the future, even envisioning the Messianic advent amid rich and frightening apocalyptic imagery. After the conclusion of the song, Moses is told to ascend Mount Nebo and overlook the Promised Land before dying.

While Rosh Hashanah last week marks the beginning of the new year, in fact there are 3 weeks of transition. Yom Kippur on the 16th seems to be the ‘climax’ of these three weeks…..