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Rachel Santo attended an introductory lecture at the Kabbalah Centre after a flyer made its way into her hand on the street. Immediately, she felt a deep connection and knew that it was her truth. Ten years later, she is as passionate as ever for sharing kabbalistic wisdom.
Kabbalah encouraged Rachel to look at the world in a different way and open her heart. As a student she found that she was motivated to share and do more for others. She quickly became active at The Kabbalah Centre working as a volunteer and in the bookstore. In 2009, she took her spiritual practice to the next level by becoming a Kabbalah teacher.
Specializing in The Zohar, astrology, and meditation, Rachel aims to make Kabbalah accessible to every student by connecting to them at their level. For her, the most rewarding aspect of working with students is witnessing the growth they undergo from the moment they walk into The Kabbalah Centre. Her hope for the future is that people will become more patient and tolerant of one another. In her leisure time, Rachel enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two 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.