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August 9, 2019
Originally recorded: July 16, 1994
Rav Berg shares a teaching from the Zohar that the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, whose destruction we supposedly mourn on Tisha b’Av, was never actually destroyed. Further, the Rav explains that much of what we see—and don’t see—is a result of veils created by the Opponent. With this awareness, we begin to remove the metaphysical curtains that Satan uses to prevent us from seeing the Temple—and the good in every process.
The Ninth of Av is the one day of the year when the negative force kabbalists call the Opponent rules for an entire 24 hour period. The Opponent is not a demon or devil, but a negative force of consciousness whose sole nature is receiving, chaos and selfishness. Many chaotic events have occurred on this day throughout history, but through prayer, reading the biblical scroll of Lamentations and additional kabbalistic tools, we can uproot this force of negativity and transform it to positivity.