Baal Shem Tov / Chassidic Torah Parasha / Kabbalah / Reincarnation (Gilgul)

“The Three Riders” – A Baal Shem Tov Story

B”H This Shabbat is “Shabbat Mishpatim” and one of the topics of this Parasha is giving the laws regarding a slave. A slave has to work for six years and in the seventh year, he can walk away as a free man. Kabbalistic and chassidic literature, however, see a much deeper meaning in the here … Continue reading

Creation / Kabbalah / Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan / Rabbi Yitzchak Luria / Sefer HaBahir

A few words on Sefer HaBahir – The Bahir

B”H The famous kabbalistic SEFER HA’BAHIR-THE BAHIR was first published in France (Provence) around 1176. The majority of Kabbalists claims that the author of “The Bahir” is the Talmudic Rabbi Nechunia ben HaKana from the first century. A former student of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai. When I say the book was “published” it basically means … Continue reading

Baal Shem Tov / Europe / Jewish History / Kabbalah / Uncategorized

Israeli TV report (English subtitles) on Czech Jewry

  B”H There once was a time when millions of Jews were living in Europe. Many of them perished in the Holocaust and others left for Israel, the US, Canada, South America, Australia, etc. The Ba’al Shem Tov would say that the reason, why the Jews had to live in Europe, doesn’t exist anymore. In … Continue reading

Aliyah / Kabbalah

One-third of new Olim commit Suicide

B”H Arutz 7 published a disturbing news: One-third of Israelis committing suicide between 2000-2013 are new immigrants (Olim Chadashim). Unfortunately, the article doesn’t tell us about the countries where those immigrants came from. People committing suicide usually find themselves in a deep depression and don’t see any more hope. Everything seems so useless and the … Continue reading

Kabbalah / Rabbi Mordechai Machlis / Rabbi Yitzchak Luria / Stories / Zfat (Safed)

In Memory of Rabbanit Henny Machlis: “A story from the Arizal”

Photo: Baltimore Jewish Life B”H The wife of the famous Jerusalem Rabbi Mordechai Machlis, Rabbanit Henny Machlis, very much liked to tell inspiring stories during the family’s popular Shabbat meals. Unfortunately, Henny Machlis passed away and I am publishing one of the stories she loved to tell: It was at the time of the Arizal … Continue reading