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Tikkun for our Subconscious: The Deeper Work of Elul

Tikkun for our Subconscious:

The Deeper Work in Elul

Rectifying our Subconscious

Through Creative Visualization

Rav DovBer Pinson

The oldest known Kabbalistic text — Sefer Yetzirah — teaches that the month of Elul is connected to the Hebrew letter Yud,


The Practice of Silence in a Noisy World

Noise is so much a part of our life that we have become depended on it for our wellbeing. So many of us derive our sense of being alive from sound, and we feel empty in silence. There is a need, and almost perverse compulsion to break any silence and talk, or perhaps sing.


A thought on Charity

Charity: Two “Owners”

The charity that is given from the more fortunate to the less fortunate establishes a relationship between ‘giver’ and ‘receiver’ and ultimately reveals a deep bond between the two ‘owners’—the person who gives it away and the …


Being in the Present

A prisoner, in the sixteenth century who was incarcerated for life was given a unique choice; one day of the year he was allowed to live a free man. . .


The Kabbalah of Tefillin

A Basic Understanding

“You shall love Hashem, your G-d, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be upon your heart. You shall teach them thoroughly


The Way of Teshuvah/Return

To err is human, we all make mistakes. “There is no righteous person on this earth who does [only] good and does not err,” the wise King Shlomo wrote.

And yet despite the fallibility of human beings, as a tremendous …


Five Stages of Teshuvah corresponding to the Five Levels of Soul

The word teshuvah is normally translated as “repentance”, yet teshuvah does not mean “repentance”, rather it means ‘turning around.’


Talis: Makif & Penimi

Mitzvos operate in a paradoxical manner—they have finite formulas which we must grasp and somehow unite with the Infinite. The mitzvah to put on a talis was given to remind us of all other mitzvos, and it exemplifies this …


Netilas Yadayim: Lifting the Five Senses of Separateness

We take a cup of water—with its chesed of natural undifferentiated seamless whole—and we empty it on gevurah, thus receiving the power to transform restrictions and concealment into vastness and openness.


Modeh Ani: The Dawn of Awareness

The first thoughts upon awakening—and even more so, the first words spoken—have tremendous power and exert great influence on the rest of the day. They are the seeds which grow throughout the day.


Hataras Nedarim/Nullifying Vows: Correcting our speech

Every time we promise and say we will or will not do this or that, we create a form of reality through our words. Therefore when our actions do not match that reality, an emptiness results. Vows uttered but not fulfilled are empty, lacking vessels of fulfillment. And in order to repair this lack—in order to build the necessary vessels— we need to remedy how we speak. We begin by becoming conscious of our words.