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According to kabbalistic teachings, when a person passes from the physical world and reaches the highest level of connection with the Light, they become one with the totality of existence. A righteous soul, it is said, chooses when it will leave the illusory world to join with the supernal realm. Once there, that soul’s energy becomes a force to assist us on our spiritual path. The successor to Rav Ashlag as head of The Kabbalah Centre, Rav Brandwein codified and edited the entire writings of the Ari. Rav Brandwein was known as a kind soul who dedicated his life to continuing the widespread dissemination of Kabbalah begun by Rav Ashlag and later carried on by his student and eventual successor, Rav Berg. Join us for a special evening as we connect to the generous energy of Rav Brandwein, one of history’s great kabbalists.
On the 33rd day of the Omer, a positive, intelligent energy is transmitted throughout the universe. Rav Shimon bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar, chose to leave this world on this day. He did so because it is a day on which, every year, a massive amount of Light is revealed throughout the cosmos that removes all darkness. By leaving the world on this day, Rav Shimon formed a bridge into the spiritual realm, fusing with and giving us access to that powerful Light. In the twelve years that Rav Shimon spent studying the Torah and revealing the Zohar in a cave, he completely transformed himself. He went through a spiritual process to remove all traces of the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, and became a true being of sharing. On Lag Ba’Omer, we can connect to the soul of Rav Shimon, elevating our consciousness to a point that we can repair any separation from the Light. Through our connection, we can go back in time to negative events and correct our actions and intentions at the seed level. We can follow Rav Shimon’s example and use his assistance to transform ourselves, drawing infinite blessings while washing away selfishness and negativity.
Kabbalists view Shabbat (the Sabbath) not as a day of rest, but of intense spiritual work and connection. From sunset Friday evening through Saturday night, the kabbalists revealed a system of prayers, songs, meals and reading a portion of the Torah that provide us with the Light and nourishment that cleanses our ego and helps us to manifest our potential.
Shabbat is a time to come together with the Kabbalah community in celebration and song, as we share a meaningful meal. We close the week mindfully, while setting intentions and sowing seeds for an abundant week ahead. Join us for a rejuvenating evening as you experience the transformative power of a Shabbat meal with our vibrant community.