9 Oct 2015 | No Comments | written by Rabbi Yoel Glick | in Meditation and Prayer
“In silence one can contemplate the greatness of God and bind oneself to God more than one can bind oneself through speech.” – The Baal Shem Tov
There is a spiritual path of silence. It is a path that has tremendous power. Silence leads us to God consciousness.
Silence is central to meditation. It is only by learning to quiet the mind and discover the place of inner silence that our meditation will become potent and alive.
Words also have great spiritual potency. The Baal Shem teaches that when we speak words for the sake of Heaven, we arouse the “Divine utterances” by which the world was created and cause them to emanate of their spiritual livingness to the lower worlds.
The path of silence and the path of words both have many different dimensions. In exploring these two paths, we will discover how each can bring us closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to ourselves.
2 Oct 2015 | No Comments | written by Rabbi Yoel Glick | in Holydays
R. Assi pointed out a contradiction [between verses]. One verse says: And the earth brought forth grass, referring to the third day, whereas another verse when speaking of the sixth day says: No shrub of the field was yet in the earth. This teaches us that the plants commenced to grow but stopped just as they were about to break through the soil, until Adam came and prayed for rain for them; and when rain fell they sprouted forth. This teaches you that the Holy One, blessed be He, longs for the prayers of the righteous.
Talmud Chulin 60B
The holydays of the month of Tishri are the spiritual highpoint of the Jewish year. They provide spiritual intensity, personal transformation and the experience of ecstatic joy. By the time we reach Shemini Atzeret, it has become clear to us that we cannot live without inspiration: we need this higher input in our lives as surely as our lungs need air to breathe. Read more…
25 Sep 2015 | No Comments | written by Rabbi Yoel Glick | in Holydays
A human being is a creature that is split in two. One part of us is a Divine spark of God that longs for the heavens; the other is an animal body that is firmly entrenched in this physical world. The goal of our existence is to make a bridge between these two parts of ourselves, to bring the energy and consciousness of the higher worlds down into our earthly existence.
We accomplish this spiritual work through the medium of the centers or sefirot that compose our spiritual body. Through spiritual practices and disciplines we refine the quality of the energies that pass through our centers and raise the level of our state of consciousness. The more refined the centers, the higher we can reach into Heaven and the greater the energies that we are able to bring down into the world. Read more…