vayera: God is in the Otherr

Translated by Netzach Sapir


The Zohar, which literally means “glow” or “radiance,” is named for the inner layer of reality, the layer in which, according to Kabbalah, G-d can be found. The Zohar directs its readers to identify the world’s underlying glow with G-dliness, and to seek to encounter it – an encounter which leads to enlightenment. One of the Zohar’s greatest messages for humanity is that the Divine can be found in life itself: in our selves, in our relationships and in all

Lech Lecha: A Journey to the Self


Translated by Netzach Sapir

My teachers taught me that the first four parshas of the book of Bereshit, “Bereshit,” “Noach,” “Lech Lecha” and “Vayera,” are a summarized guide to spiritual enlightenment. From one’s initial phase, “Bereshit,” one must come to a place of “Noach,” a place of calm and tranquility. From there he can continue to “Lech Lecha,” the phase of journey. The double language of “Lech Lecha,” “go unto yourself,” teaches that the journey is a journey inward, and through

Vayechi -The Eternal Life in This World


Translation by Yaakov Tzemach

The Days Don’t Pass

Each encounter with death emboldens the notion that death is infinite and eternal, leaving man to contemplate the temporal and finite nature of life. These feelings could lead one to belittle this world, based on the assumption that this world is merely a stepping stone to true life, the life that comes after death.

The Zohar on Parshat Vayechei, through discussing Yaakov’s death, reveals the secret of eternal life. Eternal life

Miketz - A Portrait of Yosef


A Portrait of Yosef

Tranlation by Yaakov Tzemach

In last week’s parsha, Yosef hit rock bottom. He was thrown in a pit, sold into slavery and, when he finally seemed to recover, lost everything as he was thrown in jail on an a false accusation of adultery. But in Parshat Miketz, Yosef’s life takes on a new direction. Yosef rises to greatness and becomes second in power to Pa’aro in the Land of Egypt. He marries a girl of high social stature and has two children with her. The names he

Parshat Vayishlach: Finding Blessing in Suffering



Translated by Yaakov Tzemach


Dr. Rachel Remen, a pioneer of integrative medicine in the United States, has cared for many patients with severe illness. She, herself, has lived with chronic illness since she was a young girl. Her experiences in the medical world from both sides have given her deep insight into the human psyche. As doctor she discovered that coping with the physical elements of disease pales in comparison to the emotional struggle of the patient. The

Parshat Vayetza: Me and my Ego



Translated Yaakov Tzemach

One night along his journey to Charan, Yaakov dreamt of a ladder whose top reached the heavens and upon which divine angels climbed up and down.  The dream brought Yaakov to a spiritual realization: “And Yaakov awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Indeed God is in this place –  v'anochi lo yadaati –  and I, I did not know.’”    In, “God Was in This Place and I, I Did Not Know: Finding Self, Spirituality and Ultimate Meaning,”