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Born in Jerusalem, Batsheva Shouster studied theology and the Bible at university. Upon her introduction to the Kabbalah Centre, she was immediately drawn to the kabbalists’ vision of removing chaos from the world.
After two years of studying Kabbalah, Batsheva left her job as a press photographer for a newspaper in Israel, where she traveled to India, Africa, and all over Europe, to become a full-time volunteer of the Kabbalah Centre.
Twelve years later, Batsheva is a teacher devoted to helping her students achieve happiness and fulfillment. Batsheva has touched thousands of lives, not only as a teacher, but also a researcher, translator and class coordinator in Kabbalah Centres worldwide.
Passionate about ending abuse and violence, particularly against children, and about ending pollution in the air and the ocean, Batsheva’s vision for the world is that all people may have the opportunity to live a healthy life.
Batsheva currently lives in Brazil with her husband, also a Kabbalah Teacher, and their children.
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.