Kabbalah for Everyone
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Rabbi Yisroel Bernath
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Introduction to Kabbalah - Evil - The Dance of Light and Shadow: Embracing Divine Purpose in a World of Choice
1 hour 26 minutes Posted Jan 28, 2024 at 12:00 pm.
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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.



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