THIS WEEK'S CHASSIDIC/KABBALAH STORY
from R. YERACHMIEL TILLES #1205
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"The Party Spoiler"

The party hosted by the local Moroccan Jewish community was a success, with the cruel Muslim ruler seemingly enjoying himself very much, but then Baba Sali made his entrance.

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Insight of the Week

27 Tevet 5781 - Monday, Jan. 11, 2020

"The study of Kabbalah and its insights ignites the soul of man; they are themselves mystical experiences. But these Jewish mystical teachings, the soul of the Torah, can never be separated from the body of the Torah, the commandments and practices prescribed by the Torah. Kabbala reduced to spiritual or philosophical symbolism, stripped from the observance of the mitzvot, is worthless mumbo-jumbo, an empty shell This is the first and foremost difference between Jewish mysticism and all other kinds and forms. It is why Jewish mysticism can never fall into the category of a cult.

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THIS WEEK'S ESSAY FROM RABBI SHAUL YOSEF LEITER
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Va'eira

.A person has to know themselves. Surroundings are dynamic, not static. The Torah is teaching us that either you will influence your surroundings or most certainly your surroundings will influence you.

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Kabbalistic Books by Ascent Staff

"Festivals of the Full Moon" (Koren)

If you enjoyed Saturday Night Full Moon", you're sure to want its sequel. Another collection of intriguing Stories of Kabbalah Sages, Chasidic Masters and other Jewish Heroes by Ascent's storymaster, Yerachmiel Tilles.

Available now either online at KabbalaOnline-shop.com or at Ascent of Safed. Read Reviews


"Apples from the Orchard"

OUT OF PRINT; now in its 3rd 4th printing!
Deep mystical insights from the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria on the Weekly Torah, translated into English by Moshe-Yakov Wisnefsky.

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"GPS for the Soul"

A summary of lessons conducted at the Ascent Institute in Safed by Nadav Cohen on the first 12 chapters of the Tanya, on its themes, including stories and examples.

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