Kabbalah for Everyone
Kabbalah for Everyone
Rabbi Yisroel Bernath
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You have probably heard about Kabbalah either as a Hollywood phenomenon or something that is beyond the world that we live in. Kabbalah actually has incredible secrets that can transform your daily life. This is your chance to connect to this incredible ancient wisdom and change your life for the better. Cherished for his incredible warmth and non-judgmental personality, this hipster is not your typical rabbi. He is real, raw, unconventional and loved by thousands across the world. Rabbi Bernath has been teaching Kabbalah for over 15 years. He is also the author of three books, and continuously produces engaging content on his many social media & podcast platforms. As a professional voice-over artist, screen-writer and documentarian, he has been a part of dozens of productions, including the award winning CBC Documentary "Kosher Love". 
Introduction to Kabbalah - A Deeper Reality - Divine Dialogues: Unveiling the Essence of Creation and Purpose
In today's episode, we dive into a profound tale shared by Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, a distinguished philosophy graduate from Cambridge University who found himself in a thought-provoking exchange while studying Hassidism in Kfar ChaBaD, Israel. The story opens a window into the contrast between secular and spiritual perspectives, highlighted by a conversation between Sacks and a Chassidic student. The student's insight, that while Sacks pondered the existence of G-d, he himself grappled with his role and purpose within G-d's design, sets the stage for our exploration of Kabbalistic concepts of Daat Elyon (Supernal knowledge) and Daat Tachton (terrestrial knowledge).We'll unravel how these perspectives invite us to consider our existence and the world around us not just as physical entities, but as manifestations of Divine energy. Inspired by the wisdom of Albert Einstein's E=MC2, we'll see how everything from the glass on our table to the vastness of the universe is interconnected by this Divine spark. This episode is not just a journey through the intellectual, but a meditation on the spiritual, urging us to recognize the unity and purpose in creation as expressed in the Shema Yisrael prayer and the intricate dance of the Divine in every aspect of our lives.Through the lens of Kabbalah and stories that bridge the gap between the heavenly and the earthly, we'll explore how creation is a dynamic, ongoing act of Divine speech, with each letter of the Hebrew alphabet playing a crucial role in the fabric of existence. This knowledge not only deepens our understanding of the world but also our place within it, emphasizing the importance of living with purpose, recognizing Divine providence in every moment, and the continuous creation that sustains us.Donate Here | https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=36Donate Here in US dollars https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=15Download this little book and pray. These are prayers Jews have said for centuries in times of distress: https://jewishndg.com/media/pdf/1248/PQoG12484159.pdfSupport the show Support the show
Feb 10
1 hr 35 min
60 days of Joy: The Story of Purim and the Jewish Month of Adar's Eternal Optimism
Today we explore why the month of Adar is 60 days and the holiday of Purim symbolize an unending joy for the Jewish people. We dive into the historical backdrop of Purim, focusing on a time when the Jewish nation faced its darkest hour under the threat of Haman's plot. Despite these dire circumstances, the story of Purim emerges as a testament to the Jewish people's resilience and their deep-rooted bond with G‑d.Each episode will unpack the reasons behind the joy of Purim extending throughout the entire month of Adar, offering insights into how adversity was transformed into celebration. We'll explore the critical moments that led to Haman's downfall, the significance of the lottery falling in Adar, and how what seemed to be the worst possible timing turned into a triumph of spirit and faith."Joy in Adar" invites listeners to reflect on the essence of Purim's joy—celebrating not just a victory over external enemies but the enduring strength of the Jewish identity and its eternal relationship with the Divine. Join us for a journey of understanding, celebrating how even in the lowest points, our connection with G‑d remains unshaken, making Adar the happiest month of the year.Donate Here | https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=36Donate Here in US dollars https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=15Download this little book and pray. These are prayers Jews have said for centuries in times of distress: https://jewishndg.com/media/pdf/1248/PQoG12484159.pdf Support the show
Feb 8
24 min
Rabbi Bernath's Weekly Sermon: Positive Jewish Identity
This week’s sermon reflects on the resilience and unity of our community. The book 'Buried by the Times' sheds light on a past where the Holocaust's truth struggled to find its rightful place in public consciousness, hidden away in the back pages of history's draft. Yet, this story isn't just about what was buried; it's a call to unearth our collective strength and purpose.Parshat Yitro brings the powerful symbol of the shofar, reminding us that awakening and unity are at the heart of our journey. From the echoes of the Holocaust to the triumphs of the Six-Day War, we've seen the shofar's call to action in our own times, stirring us to remember, to unite, and to act with courage and love.As we reflect on our history, we see not just the challenges, but the incredible victories and the miracles that have shaped us. These stories teach us that it's not just about surviving; it's about thriving, about taking pride in our identity, and about moving forward with positive action.Let's carry this spirit into every aspect of our lives, embracing our heritage with joy and a commitment to making a difference. Together, we're not just remembering the past; we're building a future filled with light, learning, and love.—Donate Here | https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=36Donate Here in US dollars https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=15Download this little book and pray. These are prayers Jews have said for centuries in times of distress: https://jewishndg.com/media/pdf/1248/PQoG12484159.pdfSupport the show
Feb 6
19 min
Recording of Rabbi Bernath's Shabbat Sermon: Amalek Revisited: Confronting Ancient Enmity in Modern Times
This was recorded Sunday evening, as recording devices are not allowed on Shabbat.🔍📜 Exploring Amalek: Ancient Hatred in Modern Times 🔍📜In a recent, controversial lawsuit brought by South Africa against Israel at the International Court of Justice, the ancient biblical figure of Amalek has resurfaced in a modern geopolitical debate. Accusations of genocide hinge on Prime Minister Netanyahu's invocation of the Torah's command to "remember what Amalek did to you" in the context of Israel's stance against Hamas. This historical reference has sparked intense discussion and scrutiny, especially given the evidence presented, including a video of soldiers and statements from a Knesset member relating to Amalek.🌍🕊️ Amalek's Legacy: From Biblical Times to Today's Struggles 🌍🕊️Amalek, historically, was the grandson of Esau and is emblematic of baseless hatred towards the Jewish people. This enmity is deeply rooted in Jewish history, with the Amalekites attacking the Israelites unprovoked as they journeyed through the Sinai Desert after their exodus from Egypt. The Torah's recounting of this ancient conflict underscores a relentless, generational animosity that poses a perpetual challenge to peace and morality. The episode of Moses and Joshua battling Amalek, and the divine command to erase Amalek's memory, symbolizes the ongoing struggle against unfounded hatred and evil.🤔💭 Contemporary Reflections: Understanding and Overcoming Doubt 🤔💭In Chassidic thought, Amalek represents the concept of 'doubt' (safek), challenging faith and moral certainty. This allegorical interpretation urges introspection, especially in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the broader challenges facing the Jewish community. The internal convictions regarding the Land of Israel, its history, and its spiritual significance are critical in this discourse. The teachings emphasize the importance of nurturing a strong connection to Judaism and Torah, fostering a sense of belonging and purpose, as a means to counter the "spiritual Amalek" of our times.---Donate Here | https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=36Donate Here in US dollars https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=15Download this little book and pray. These are prayers Jews have said for centuries in times of distress: https://jewishndg.com/media/pdf/1248/PQoG12484159.pdf Support the show
Jan 28
29 min
Introduction to Kabbalah - Evil - The Dance of Light and Shadow: Embracing Divine Purpose in a World of Choice
In this thought-provoking episode, we delve into the profound Jewish philosophical question: Why did a benevolent G-d create evil? We explore this enigma through the lens of classical Jewish philosophy, Kabbalah, and Chassidus, unraveling how these teachings illuminate our understanding of good, evil, and divine purpose.The episode begins by addressing the fundamental belief that G-d is inherently good, yet paradoxically, He created a world where evil and injustice exist. We explore the concept that G-d's creation of the world was an act of bestowing goodness, with the ultimate goodness being G-d Himself. However, this gift required a setting where humankind could earn it, leading to the creation of a world of free choice, where choosing good over evil becomes a meaningful endeavor.Delving deeper, we discuss how this world serves as an arena for earning rewards in the World to Come (Olam Habah), where the soul, free from physical constraints, basks in divine light. Yet, the episode takes a turn, examining the Chassidic view that the ultimate purpose of creation is not just the World to Come, but to make a dwelling for G-d in this world. We explore the idea that the soul's descent into the physical world isn't a fall, but a mission to transform darkness into light.As we journey through the concepts of Kelipah (evil as a 'shell' or 'peel') and the division of the world into realms of holiness and impurity, the episode highlights the dynamic struggle between these forces. We emphasize the role of human choice in this cosmic battle, where every thought, speech, and action can elevate or degrade the soul.The episode also examines the Kabbalistic perspective on the origins of evil, discussing the World of Chaos (Tohu) and the Shattering of the Vessels (Shevirat HaKelim). This leads to a fascinating exploration of the process of Tikkun, or correction, where the fragmented sparks of holiness are elevated through human actions.We conclude with the transformative power of refining these sparks, especially through everyday acts like eating kosher food with the right intention, and how these actions contribute to the ultimate redemption in the days of Mashiach. This episode promises to offer a deep, insightful look at the interplay of light and darkness in our world and the divine purpose behind it, encouraging listeners to see their everyday choices as part of a grander divine plan.Donate Here https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=36Donate Here in US dollars https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=15 Support the show
Jan 28
1 hr 26 min
🌳🍇 Celebrating Tu B'Shvat: Healing the World with Every Bite! 🌍🍎
Dive into the profound spiritual significance of Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish 'New Year for Trees.' This class unravels how this ancient day, once focused on tithing fruits as per Talmudic teachings, evolved into a powerful tool for cosmic repair, as revealed by Kabbalistic wisdom. Discover how the simple act of eating fruits during the Tu B'Shvat feast isn't just a culinary delight but a ritual of mending the rift caused by Adam and Eve's original mistake. Learn how enjoying these earthly delights reconnects us with the Divine, transforming our physical world from a barrier into a bridge to spiritual fulfillment. Join us in exploring how Tu B'Shvat is not just about fruit, but about turning our earthly pleasures into paths to divine connection and making the world a bit more like paradise with every bite.#TuBShvat #SpiritualFeast #CosmicHealing #JewishTradition #KabbalahInsightsYou can join Rabbi Bernath every Thursday at 9am EST for a fantastic conversation on Zoom. Just email rabbi@jewishndg.com to get the zoom link.Donate Here | https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=36Donate Here in US dollars https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=15Download this little book and pray. These are prayers Jews have said for centuries in times of distress: https://jewishndg.com/media/pdf/1248/PQoG12484159.pdfSupport the show
Jan 25
22 min
Empowering Every Human: The Rebbe's Revolutionary Vision of Leadership and Redemption
On Yud Shevat 5711 (1951), the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi MM Schneerson, revolutionized Jewish leadership. He declared a bold vision, not merely to anticipate Moshiach in a distant future, but to actively work towards this era in our lifetime. This audacious goal was set against the backdrop of post-Holocaust Jewish reality, challenging every Jew to contribute to this ultimate redemption.The Rebbe's approach to leadership was groundbreaking. He insisted on a partnership model, where he would guide, but each individual was responsible for their own spiritual and worldly contribution. This was exemplified in his Sunday interactions, where the simple act of giving a dollar for charity transformed recipients into 'shluchim,' agents of positive change and personal responsibility.The essence of the Rebbe's philosophy was beautifully encapsulated in his interaction with Gabriel Erem. Rather than focusing on his own greatness, the Rebbe redirected attention to the potential within every Jew. By redefining 'tzadik' and 'rebbe,' he democratized spiritual greatness, making it accessible to all. His teachings continue to inspire a vision where personal achievement and universal perfection are inextricably linked, empowering every Jew to be a leader in their own right.You can join Rabbi Bernath every Thursday at 9am EST for a fantastic conversation on Zoom. Just email rabbi@jewishndg.com to get the zoom link.Donate Here | https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=36Donate Here in US dollars https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=15Download this little book and pray. These are prayers Jews have said for centuries in times of distress: https://jewishndg.com/media/pdf/1248/PQoG12484159.pdf Support the show
Jan 18
26 min
What is Love Really?
"What is Love?" Love is redefined beyond the conventional understanding of a mere emotion or a passive state of being. We emphasized that love is an obligation and a directive, as illustrated in Leviticus 19:18, which commands to "love your fellow as yourself." This idea suggests that love is not just a spontaneous feeling but an active choice and action. Before one can extend love to others, it's crucial to first develop a sense of love for oneself. This foundational self-love sets the stage for meaningful and authentic relationships with others.We further explored the idea that the essence of love is deeply rooted in the act of giving. It posits that love begins with giving and grows through consistent, thoughtful acts of kindness and generosity. This concept challenges the popular notion of love as a feeling that happens to us, suggesting instead that love is something we actively create through our actions. The more we give, the deeper our capacity for love becomes. This principle is encapsulated in the phrase, "First comes giving, then comes love," highlighting the transformative power of giving in cultivating and sustaining love. The chapter concludes by asserting that love is not just about feelings but about the deliberate and ongoing practice of giving, which ultimately shapes and strengthens our relationships.You can join Rabbi Bernath every Thursday at 9am EST for a fantastic conversation on Zoom. Just email rabbi@jewishndg.com to get the zoom link.Donate Here | https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=36Donate Here in US dollars https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=15Download this little book and pray. These are prayers Jews have said for centuries in times of distress: https://jewishndg.com/media/pdf/1248/PQoG12484159.pdf Support the show
Jan 11
31 min
What if I am disappointed with humanity as a whole?
In a world that often feels overwhelming and disappointing, Rabbi Yisroel Bernath brings a beacon of hope in this thought-provoking episode of "Kabbalah for Everyone." Addressing the deep-seated feeling of disillusionment with humanity, Rabbi Bernath delves into the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah to offer a fresh perspective. This episode guides listeners through understanding the collective journey of mankind, the role of individual actions in healing the world, and how to find personal peace amidst global disappointment. Rabbi Bernath shares inspiring stories and practical Kabbalistic teachings that help transform feelings of despair into actions of love and light. Tune in to rediscover hope and find solace in the power of positive change, one soul at a time.Donate Here https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=36Donate Here in US dollars https://ndg.chabadsuite.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=15 Support the show
Jan 4
30 min
What Does it Mean to “Believe in G‑d”?
Rabbi Yisroel Bernath, named “La Rabbin de Lamour” by the La Presse online daily and “Montreal’s Hipster Rabbi” by VICELAND’s Matty Matheson, is director at Chabad of NDG and the Jewish Chaplain at Concordia University in Montreal.Cherished for his incredible warmth and non-judgmental personality, this hipster is not your typical rabbi. In 2012, Rabbi Bernath founded the smashing success JMatchmaking International, a network of Jewish dating sites. He has made several dozen matches to date! In addition to being a matchmaker and dating coach, Rabbi Bernath is also the author of three books, and continuously produces engaging content on his many social media & podcast platforms. As a professional voice-over artist, screen-writer, and actor, he has been a part of dozens of productions, including the hit CBC Documentary "Kosher Love".Got your own question for Rabbi Bernath? He can be reached at rabbi@jewishndg.com or http://www.theloverabbi.comSingle? You can make a profile on www.JMatchmaking.com and Rabbi Bernath will help you find that special someone.Contact Rabbi Bernath via http://www.theloverabbi.comDonate and support Rabbi Bernath’s work http://www.jewishndg.com/donateSign up for Rabbi Bernath's Relationships Podcast https://anchor.fm/the-love.../episodes/Love-Rabbi-QA-ecpnteSign up for Rabbi Bernath’s Kabbalah Podcast  https://anchor.fm/kabbalahforeveryoneListen to Rabbi Bernath and Aleeza Ben Shalom’s New Podcast Matchmaker, Matchmaker as they handle the toughest questions about dating at https://linktr.ee/matchmakermatchmakerFollow Rabbi Bernath’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ybernathAccess Rabbi Bernath's Articles on Relationships https://medium.com/@loverabbi Support the show
Dec 21, 2023
35 min
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