Sefirat Ha’omer: WEEK 3 ― TIFERET ― HARMONY, COMPASSION. The PDF version of the complete guide to Counting the Omer, Sefirat Ha’omer, all 49 days, can be found here. During the third week of Sefirat Ha’omer, we examine the emotional attribute of Tiferet or compassion. Tiferet blends and harmonizes the free outpouring love of Chesed with the discipline of Gevurah.…
Food Meditations for Rosh HaShana
compiled by R. Rahmiel Drizin Download the PDF version of Food Meditations for Rosh HaShana. Grapes: Anavim intend to rectify the sin of Adam and Hava in the Tree of Daat which were grapes that were squeezed out and given to him…and be careful with this kavanot in detail at the time one is blessing. Also intend when eating to…
Sefer B’shem Hashem – Ratzon Meditations
סֵפֶר בְּשֵּׁם הַשֵּׁם Sefer B’shem Hashem by Rav Rahmiel Hayyim Drizin and Rav Yitzchak Schwartz Download PDF version of the book. Gutt’s Nuhmen or ” Gott’s Nomen is Yiddish for “G-d’s Name.” For the ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur , we amend one of the passages in the Amidah prayer. Instead of saying “blessed are You…the holy G-d,”…
Updated Guide to Counting the Omer – Week 2
WEEK 2 ― GEVURAH: JUSTICE, DISCIPLINE, RESTRAINT, AWE. The PDF version of the complete guide, all 49 days, can be found here. After the miraculous Exodus from Egypt, the Jewish people spent 49 days preparing for the most awesome experience in human history ― the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Just as the Jewish peoples’ redemption from Egypt…
Eating in Holiness – b’Kedusha
Eating in Holiness: Pesach is the best time for correcting our eating. It is Pesach time and it is necessary to review the aspects of Eating b’Kedusha, Eating in Holiness. As Rav Tzadok HaKohen reveals (see the “Secret of Eating at the Seder” ), the main tikkun person can make for his lack of kedusha of eating during the whole year…
Pesach meditations and Learning
Pesah Week Meditations Translated and compiled by Rav Rahmiel Drizin: Alef”Taf ; — The day of the week on which the first day (Alef) of Pesah takes place will also be the day of the week when Tisha Be’Av occurs. “With matzot and merorim (bitter articles) they should eat it” connects the matzoh of Pesah to Tisha Be’Av, a day…
Starting this Sunday we begin the period known as “Shovavim” which literally means “mischief makers,” but also the word is an acronym for the six weekly Torah portions Shemot, Vaera, Bo, Beshelah, Yitro and Mishpatim.
Obstacles to achieving a Goal – what do they mean ?
Frequently we are starting an endeavor and from the start we encounter an obstacle, a strong resistance to our efforts, not even from people but from circumstances around us. Where do Obstacles come from? Are those Obstacles the Sign from Above that we are on a wrong path and should use our resources differently? Or, may be otherwise, those obstacles…
What are we missing without BEIT HAMIKDASH – meditations and prayers for Tisha B’Av
B”H By Kabbalist Rav Yitzchak Schwarts 1. The essence and power of grieving over the loss of the Holy Temple We are less than 2 days away from Tisha B’av—the day of the destruction of both Temples [and a number of other catastrophic events]….The question that keeps coming up every year is, ‘How can we mourn over something that we…
How to use the internal dynamics of Tefillah (Prayer) and Meditation
Tefillah is extremely potent spiritual tool, however like every tool it needs proper tuning and usage skills – that’s what we’ll try to cover in this posting. There is a tremendous amount of literature dealing with the topics of prayer and meditation, however there is a lot of ambiguity in the meaning people give to those terms. Here is…
Sefer Yitgaber KeAri in honor of the Holy Arizal, whose Yahrtzeit 5 Av, July 15th 2010
Sefer Yitgaber KeAri, a compilation of the all-night study for next Thursday night, 5 Av, July 15th, in honor of the Holy Arizal, whose Yahrtzeit is that night and the Friday that follows. It is a translation of about 90% of the material found in the Tikkun 5 Av prepared by the Ben Ish Hai.
Tikkun and Kavanot for “Beyn HaMetzarim” – three-week period between 17-th of Tamuz and Tisha B’Ab
The three-week period between Shiva Asar Be’Tamuz and Tisha
B’Ab is known as “Ben Ha’mesarim,” during which we observe
certain practices to mourn the destruction of the Bet Ha’mikdash.
The Arizal (Rabbi Yishak Luria, 1534-1572) wrote that it is proper
during this period for “Hasidim Ve’anshe Ma’ase” (particularly
pious and devoted people) to recite each day the “Tikun Rahel”
section of the “Tikun Hasot” prayer
What follows is a number of Shabbat meditations and a short summary of the Torah principles which they are based on. All of these meditations are drawn from a series of Shabbat essays taught by the previous Slonimer Rebbe (Zatzal) in the second volume of his work Netivot Shalom.
The common thread running through all of his essays (and I have only chosen a select few) is consciousness … the unique sublime Garden of Eden consciousness that we all can get a taste of in this world with a concerted effort…… and thereby sensitize ourselves to a life of true paradise in this world and in the next one.
I hope that by practicing these meditations we can open up more and more of this sensitivity.
Spiritual Falls and Rises – why do we always descent before the ascent
Not only spiritual descent is unavoidable, it is completely necessary for the spiritual ascent to happen.
The Masters Kabbalah Learning
Let’s become Masters—even mini masters, of the totally unique world view of our Sages , ancient and contemporary….