Prayer and Kabbalah
by Rabbi Shimon Leiberman
by Rabbi Noson Weisz
Within the Afternoon Prayer lies the secret to our survival.
God is interested in our plans for the world and He wants to hear from us.
Prayer pierces through God's concealment and reattaches the universe to the Divine.
Prayer transforms the desire to satisfy our requests to the desire to satisfy God's requests.
The commandment to prayer bequeaths to man the sense of his own significance that enables him to perform all the other commandments with dedication.
The war in Iraq can be a catalyst for spiritual unity.
by Aish.com staff
Invoking God's protection for the members of the Israel Defense Forces.
by Am Echad Resources
A special call to unite in prayer during these dangerous times.
by Ted Roberts
A little blockage enables one man to appreciate the wonders of the human body -- and the power of genuine prayer.
An in-depth, Kabbalistic view of the makeup of the soul, and the impact of sin.
by Rabbi Ari Kahn
Exploring the depth of one of the most important days of the Jewish year.
Understanding the building blocks of spiritual entities.
by Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller
Skip the paralyzing guilt. The classical confession helps us maximize the power of the day.
Understanding the five levels of soul and how they relate to man and creation.
What is the function of the soul in this world?
by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan
What is the root of immortality and the soul?
by Rabbi Emanuel Feldman
Revealing why the story of Purim is wrapped in a disguise and concealed behind a mask.
by Rabbi Pinchas Winston
Some spots on earth are merely storage halls of Holy Sparks, until the time comes for each spark to be released.
The physical world contains latent sparks of holiness, waiting for us to draw them out.
by Rabbi Boruch Leff
The blizzard hits and life goes haywire. Understanding the mystical challenge can make it a gorgeous blanket of snow.
By ingesting food, we feed our soul the holy sparks hidden within.
Nobody wants to overstay his or her welcome. Jacob spends just enough time in exile to gather the sparks.
The snowy streets are slippery and it's cold and wet. It's also a special time to get close to God.
Why have Jews been scattered to the four corners of the earth?
The flow of world events, highlighted by the September 11 attacks, point to the dramatic culmination of history.
The Jews in Moses' time chose the barren desert over the Holy Land. Jews today are faced with the same fateful decision.
Why did God create a world where I need to do all this raking?
The last sefirah is the most important because God uses it to act through His creation.
In Hebrew, the word for gratitude can mean "thanks", "praise" and "confession."
The sefirah of yesod anchors the world to its spiritual bedrock.
By having the right intention in prayer, we raise the sparks and bring time closer to its ultimate end.
The sefirah of yesod, "foundation," translates spiritual concepts into actions that unite us with God.
The holy sparks of spiritual energy, embedded in the physical, animate the universe and fuel redemption.
Embodied in the first verse of the Sh'ma, and its accompanying praise of God's kingdom, is a profound allusion to the unity of the Jewish people.
Just like a loving parent may seem cruel when harshly disciplining a child in order to instill good values, the "tactical" sefirot of netzach and hod are often not what they seem.
If we look at the Sh'ma, the quintessential Jewish prayer, through the eyes of gematria, we can see encoded the mission of Jews in world history.
The imagery of Kabbalah, which examines God's actions through metaphor, can never lead to the creation of images or the suggestion that the One God exists in fragments.
by Richard Greenberg
Eons before anybody ever heard of Marion Jones or Tiger Woods, Judaism recognized the importance of mental focus. In the case of Judaism, however, the stakes are weightier than any gold medal.
The message of the Sh'ma is applicable to every Jew at all times, at every conscious moment. It embodies one of the most profound concepts known to man: the Oneness of God.
by Yaffa Ganz
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are a time of concentrated prayer. But how does one pray effectively if one isn't even sure how to begin or what to pray for?
The sefirot of chesed, gevurah, tiferet -- kindness, strength and beauty -- have an interrelationship that serves as a model for understanding the relationships between the other sefirot.
Abraham and Moses knew how to turn every action into an experience of communicating with God. Their very existence became synonymous with "prayer."
A mysterious dialogue between Moses and God gives us clues to the "ways of God" -- revelations of a deep mystical knowledge which enriches our understanding of the Torah.
The physical universe contains a spiritual counterpart that acts as its soul. To thrive, the soul of the universe needs to be nourished by prayer.
Purity has the power to transform prayer into a focused, uplifting experience. Here are a few simple tools.
The difference between the words in the seemingly incomprehensible Siddur and those in your heart is your understanding. Here's how to make them one and the same.
The dynamic of interaction between the three sefirot of "action" can be compared to a courtroom where kindness, chesed, is the defender and judgment gevurah/din the prosecutor.
Does prayer seems like a meaningless chore? Here is a fresh look at prayer and what it can do for you.
Of the Ten Sefirot, tiferet -- which literally means "beauty" or "glory" -- is the most central as it mediates between chesed ("kindness") and gevurah ("strength").