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Third Pirkei Avot Post During Counting of The Omer

The first one is – Without government, people would swallow each other alive. Therefore, pray for them.  The idea here is that we have to realize that, even though we may not agree with the government, unless it’s a horrible, deathly, dangerous dictatorship, we should pray that it has stability, so that people don’t swallow each other alive, only living according to the law of the jungle.

The next idea has to do with when we are sitting around the table – There we should talk words of Torah. Talking words of Torah invites in G-d’s presence, and not talking words of Torah invites in the opposite while we are eating.

Unless we are eating forbidden things, eating is sort of a neutral activity, and while we’re eating we have the ability to either raise up or draw down. So, we see the opportunity to take something as mundane and commonplace as eating, which is something everyone does, and infuse it with Torah learning, which draws G-d into the experience.

The next one is a big one – A person who takes upon themselves the burden of Torah will be absolved from the burden of taxes, and also the burden of going to work. These things are true only to the extent that a person takes on the burden of Torah.

Let’s say a person takes on a 7% burden of Torah, on a sliding scale, then his other burdens are lessened by that amount. We are talking about a spiritual principal here, something that’s going to happen by itself. We’re not talking about Jewish legislation, because that is provided for also when all the conditions of society and the legal system are in place. But we’re not really talking about that.

We’re talking about what’s going to happen when a person takes upon himself the same kind of a burden (this is a heavy idea..) he takes upon himself to earn a living. If you would put that much energy, and discipline, dedication and stability into Torah, then you wouldn’t need to put it into the other things.

That’s a very thoughtful one.

The next saying is about a person’s deeds, meaning what they do. If their deeds exceed their wisdom, their deeds will endure. When their wisdom exceeds their deeds, meaning they are just theoretical, those deeds will just fade away. They won’t have endurance.

The next saying is sort of a mind-blowing idea, and I anticipate huge questions on this one –If a person is pleasing to their fellow human, that’s a sign they are pleasing to G-d. And, the opposite is true as well.  We can see some lowdown human beings who might win celebrity or popularity contests, but they appear to be sort of horrible human beings…. How can G-d love them?

That’s the kind of question you should ask. And the kind of answers you should search for may come from deeper questions, such as, “Is this person really pleasing for the right reasons, or not?”

The next one is – A person should receive everybody with happiness. Just be a good person, emanating goodness. That’s how we should deal with people, although it’s not always easy or even possible. But it’s a maxim for life.

The next one is – The way to ensure wisdom is to be quiet. Silence aids wisdom. In other words, not only do you receive wisdom when you’re silent, but the best way you receive wisdom is to be able to hear what others are actually saying. That’s how you get wisdom from other people. And after you’ve heard what they say, you should be silent and let your mind process it as well.

The next one is – A human is beloved because they are created in the image of G-d. We have to understand that there’s an aspect of G-d that’s unfathomable and therefore, unknowable. The aspect of G-d with which G-d has let Himself be known is one which is in sync with human beings in the world. It is a universal image, that of the human being. Because of that image, a human being is holy and beloved.

This explains some Jewish laws, such those regarding the treatment of the dead, which are really for the benefit of the living. Seeing a dead body too long after death desecrates the image of G-d. The human has to be a body with the soul inside it, and that’s the source of the beloved-ness of the image.

The next one is – When there is no Torah, there is no income. And the opposite is also true.  In other words, if a person has no income, Torah is going to be hard to come by as well. A person needs words of Torah to make it happen. If there’s no Torah, when they should be learning Torah, when they should be engaged in that activity, then their lives won’t be blessed with the income to deal with it.

The last one for today talks about the value of time. It basically says, the description of living in this world is like this analogy – The store is open, and we can borrow on credit, but we must pay back what we borrow. When everything is taken into account at the end of our lives, we will see exactly what we owe. The judgment is, in fact, a judgment of truth… the truth of what we owe.

This analogy teaches us that we cannot think we’re entitled to everything we get. This life is not about entitlement.  Some people feel entitled to everything; they want it and they expect to get it.

Our Sages teach us this is not true. This world belongs to G-d, and if you choose to do what you should do, some of the world can belong to you, too. Start by recognizing G-d, and by being a good person, but if not, just remember G-d holds us accountable for whatever we receive, and for our very lives, in general.

It’s all about appreciating every minute of our lives, and every possession we own as precious to us.

Out Of The Box Essay

Box

This talk is called Out Of The Box, and I want to share it now, a couple weeks before Rosh Hashana, because this time of year it’s important to realize that there are no limitations on how we live our lives, what we make of them.

More so than any other time of year, NOW is the time to step up, and to see that we’re much more than what we think we are. So, it’s really important to step up and to jump out of the box to become something we’ve never been before.

Kabbalistically, the idea of “out of the box” is very central to the creation of the world, and the way the world runs. G-d was the only one around at the beginning of time, and he had to create a void, and then from the outside, from out of the box, came G-d’s ever-present reality to fill the void.

All of Creation fills the void from an out-of-the-box way into an in-the-box way. And in Kabbalah there’s a concept called Ohr Makif, which is the surrounding light, or energy, and it is seen as the way we grow spiritually. We take that which is beyond us, which is surrounding us and which includes the level of soul to which we have access, and we draw that down inside us. And that’s the way we grow, by bringing what’s out of the box into the box.

The Jewish people are a great example of out-of-the-boxing. We are people who are constantly drawn to something beyond ourselves, such as a Messianic time, a post-life reality, the essence of our souls, which part is beyond us entirely. And we are drawn to G-d, to strengthen our connection to G-d, which is another out of the box kind of thing.

So, we’re always living our lives in this bridging, back and forth, from outside the box then into the box… that kind of reality. In my own explorations of teachings and spiritual principles I’ve found that we first have to clear out the clutter inside ourselves in order to begin to express ourselves. And the more we do that, meaning clear out and fully express, the more that which is out of the box becomes accessible to us, and we’re able to bring it down into us.

Personally, I have always felt a draw to whatever is out of the box, so I’ve had to transcend reality in order to grasp what was “out there” and bring it to myself and others as we move towards a Messianic consciousness, which is out of the box. We’re all drawn to that, it’s the ultimate draw. The world is being drawn to G-d in a variety of ways. It’s a draw from that which is out of the box into the box, which is the central idea we’re dealing with here.

I have a lot of practical ways for that to happen, but first I’d like to share some of the writings of Rabbi Avraham Issac Kook. In my humble opinion he is one of the greatest articulators of the experience of enlightenment, certainly one of the greatest in the modern day.

Looking at it from this perspective then, a look at out-of-the-box thinking from another, higher perspective. I chose a few specific quotes to illustrate what out-of-the-box consciousness is all about.

Musings From The Beyond
**Drawn from the ‘Lights of Holiness’
—R. Avraham Yitzchak Kook z’tl**

1. CONSTANT RENEWAL
The perception to see the world
Not as finished but as in the process
of continued becoming, ascending,
developing—changes a person from being,
‘Under the sun’ to being ‘Above the sun’
From a place where nothing is new,
to a place where nothing is old
(quoting King Soloman’s famous line from Ecclesiates)

2. SONG OF THE SOUL
Surely the soul sings always…
[if you wait for the time when
Creative spirit will inspire you—
You lack the illumination].
You must raise yourself to the heights of
Confronting your soul…Be ready to listen to
its holy discourse
At all times in every hour
It release streams of its precious gifts

3. SOULS OF CHAOS
The souls inspired by the realm of Chaos are greater than the souls whose affinity is with the established order…They seek too much from existence—from what is beyond their own faculties to assimilate—a very great light……….they can’t bear what’s limited……they descend from a very high realm….they soared on high like a flame and were thrust down……their striving knows no bounds….they aspire constantly to the beyond and to the impossible… they fall [inevitably] in sorrow , despair, —leading to their becoming wicked, destructive……..they especially reveal themselves at the end of days….they rebel against everything…..they seek nourishment in alien pastures and ideals…..they are passionate souls……….. truly heroic spirits know that this force is one of the phenomena needed for the ultimate perfection of the world….in the end , their power will be taken from them and turned over to the righteous ones…..dark clouds will pave the way for great light…”

Now, here are some practical ways to bring some things that are out of the box into the box, into your life: a) The Graduation Speech – Projecting a future “you” and working towards it; b) Partnering with G-d – Take upon yourself to share with G-d whatever profits come your way, in whatever way you think G-d would like it to happen, and have G-d help you in the process as well; c) Seeing With The Eyes of G-d – See people and situations for what they are, were and will be; d) Beyond Limits Yearning Vision Dialogue – If you had no limitations what would you want? This is beginning to live with a post-life reality where every word, thought and piece of wisdom reverberates forever.

And I have a number of tools to help us get answers from above, or beyond, and to live from an incomplete perspective to a whole, complete prospective, and to see how everything is preparing for the birth of something else in your life. These tools help you fuse with G-d, so that G-d can speak through you, think through you, be through you in all of your senses, etc. They help you study the Creator’s ways and emulate how the Creator creates so you can do the same. And they help you ask questions and receive answers that you think the Creator would give you. And they help you have the trust that just as G-d has come through for you in the past he will come through for you again now.

And finally, the ultimate tool – Let Go And Let G-d.

These are practical ways of living out of the box, and of course there are many more regarding how you act, how you see, how you open yourself up and expand yourself. I won’t go into them all right now, but there are many more.

Sefirothic Tree

THE MASTERS PROJECT #1

MY LATEST TELEPHONE AND 1 ON 1 TOPICS

THE MASTERS PROJECT

Dear friends,

My USA trip is only 2 weeks away [June 1-5 Cleveland, June 6-12 Maui, June 13-23 NYC] …..I tend to broaden my horizons prior to a trip, and peak into the future [even beyond the timeline of my trip], and try to explore what I’d like to be doing during the trip and afterwards….I hereby present to you the results of this exploration….I want to be able to grow—and at the same time share that growth with special people in an intense way…

I think the best way to do that, is in the context of a series of ongoing, personalized telephone sessions…..My trip could enable me to meet with interested people for one on one sessions[or possibly small groups]—to give us a taste of good things and good growth to come–though I am ready to begin now or whenever we are ready….I hope to blend text learning with tools and meditative teachings as well as personal guidance….

Though I am open to create a totally personalized track for anyone interested, I would like to suggest the following topics that I believe will be inspiring and attractive for many different types of people [and of course myself]…….The common denominator besides growth, is the idea of MASTERY—– mastering Torah and Kabbalah Text and Judaism areas in the first track , and in the other track, mastering the art of living in a way that’s beyond our present level….

If you’re interested , please email me at yitzchakschwartz@msn.com and we’ll work out together, all the necessary details….

and for more info about my upcoming trips , see my 3 latest facebook pages;

Kabbalah Maui

Kabbalah on maui

Kabbalah in new york

The torah masters track

1. MASTER OF SAGES WISDOM

Let’s become Masters—even mini masters, of the totally unique world view of our Sages , ancient and contemporary….Let’s complete sections of the Aggadata [the Homiletical part of the Talmud]….Let’s see the world as they see it with specialized texts and teachings that penetrate systematically to uncover their “Daat Torah’’[their Torah perspective way of engaging all aspects of life], until we can begin to develop Daat Torah as well…

2. MASTER OF KABBALISTIC WISDOM

Let’s become Masters—even mini masters, of the vast depth and breadth of Jewish

Mysticism….let’s learn to look through the eyes of the Mystics…let’s learn

the original texts in their abstract analogies and multi-layered technicalities, and

then together translate these texts into their holy physics formats and and then

further into their universal psycho-dynamic language—and thereby unleash the

esoteric wisdom of the Holy Zohar and the Ariza’l and the other masters of

Kabbalah, ancient and contemporary—unleash their wisdom to serve as a bridge

and a guideline for how to live all aspects of our lives in a transcendent way…

3. MASTER OF CHASSIDIC WISDOM

Let’s become Masters—-even mini masters, of the teachings and practices of the

Masters of Chassidut….let’s learn to see and engage the world as they do…to see

the hand of G-d pervading every detail of living…to see the wisdom of the

Kabbalah translated into the Chassidic perspective of personal growth and

transcendence…..let’s open up the [and become expert in ] the classic sources of

the Baal Shem Tov and the classic masters of the following generations up until

the present day….let’s gather together a data base, a working knowledge of the

terminologies, axioms and mindsets that will help us to see and engage the world
with the same ecstacy and purity and holiness as that of the Chassidic masters….

4. MASTER OF TORAH IN EXILE WISDOM

Let’s become Masters—even mini masters, of the unique wisdom that is usually

only practiced by the most elite and capable of esoteric masters—the wisdom of

identifying, translating and redeeming the vast array of wisdom that is found in

in the exile—an exile that is still very much a part of our lives, literally, spiritually,

conceptually and emotionally—-the exile-based wisdom which basically consists

of every type of knowledge , secular or otherwise,that’s found ‘out there’ in

the world……our challenge will be to find the corresponding source of this

wisdom in Torah, and then reintegrate these missing puzzle pieces into Torah—

‘bring it back home’ so to speak [a principle that’s based on the understanding

that G-d created the world based upon what is written in Torah [therefore ALL

wisdom is sourced in Torah—some of it just got exiled ]…..our work together

will be to work with the most compelling topics of the day, and compare what the

world says with what the Torah [both the mystical and revealed Torah ] has to say

—and to constantly build on this comparative base…..

5. MASTER OF PARADISED JEWISH OBSERVANCE WISDOM

Let’s become Masters—even mini masters, of Jewish observance,

the realm of Judaism that unfortunately is rejected and misunderstood by a large majority of the Jewish people…..the areas of Halacha and Mitzvoth and custom and tradition and practice, if

properly approached, with creativity and enthusiasm and meditative presence

and slow deliberate spirituality, can open up in one’s life a state of G-d

connection and rich full-bodied allness, incomparable in any similar

discipline…….let’s create that richness in our lives with a full blend of

learning and practice and mutual encouragement in a very personalized way…

the GOING BEYOND YOURSELF track

6. MASTER OF ENLIGHTENED INTERPERSONALIZING

Let’s become Masters—-even mini-masters, of enlightened interpersonalizing….let’s reach out beyond our present capacities in harnessing all the incredible abundance that’s available to us if we could only properly connect to the people in our lives [as well as the abundance that we could give to others]…..let’s learn how to paradise those people in our lives—those we are intimate with, as well as our casual acquaintances, those who are difficult to get along with , as well as those who we flow with easily….let’s learn how to identify inside of ourselves, the people of our lives, and how to then heal them as well as ourselves…let’s learn how to know how to hyper focus on the redeeming trait of the people that others have given up on, and thereby transform that person into a very desirable person……let’s learn how to maximally bond with our mates and our not yet mates…..let’s learn the inner essence of love and sex and marriage and how to tap into these dimensions in the most powerful and sacred ways….let’s learn to find everyone’s special point and tap it and make us and them shine….let’s learn how to have a bliss-bliss relationship with those who are our soul-brothers and sisters [and even those who aren’t]…let’s learn how to open up the heart and the allness of others by opening up our own…..let’s create communities—communities of like-minded mystical consciousness seekers….

7. MASTER OF EXTRAORDINARY LIVING

Let’s become Masters—-even mini-masters, of living in an extraordinary way….let’s reach out beyond our present levels—beyond what the world considers standard or normal or in the stream of things—into a level of THE BEYOND…..let’s learn how to fuse ourselves with G-d 24/7….let’s learn how to see and live life like Abraham and Sarah did, and dare to live according to our values, even when we find ourselves alone in the world….let’s learn how to think with our Soul and not just with our mind…..let’s learn how to co-create and manifest miracles in our lives as much as possible….let’s learn how to receive Divine answers at will….let’s learn how to grow to the limits of our own potentials and beyond…let’s learn how to make the impossible become possible…let’s learn how to defy nature and live in a super-natural way….

8. MASTER OF THE AFTERLIFE AND MESSIANIC CONSCIOUSNESS

Let’s become Masters—-even mini-masters, of a futuristic consciousness—that which is beyond the scope of our lives and beyond the scope of our era—and thereby prepare ourselves and all of mankind to step into the future and to usher it in……let’s learn thoroughly, the topic of the after-life, and based on the reality of that world, create a personalized plan for living in a way that will be as synchronized as possible with our anticipated afterlives…..let’s learn thoroughly, about the consciousness that will be prevalent in Messianic times—and then become that consciousness! ….let’s become G-d’s partners in rectifying the world and returning the world to the the garden of Eden and for making the world a more G-dly place [by revealing G-d where G-d is hiding] and for bringing back the glory of our glorious people and everyone else’s glory as well

9. MASTER OF HEALING CONSCIOUSNESS

Let’s become Masters—-even mini-masters, of healing—healing everyone—ourselves and everyone else—of healing everything—healing and opening up an uninterrupted flow to the body and the soul and the psyche and our relationships and all else that makes up the human experience…..let’s learn how to live a worry free existence….let’s learn how to maximally integrate our lower soul into our lives—our inner child…..let’s learn how to heal the massive brokeness and trauma and depression that is so prevalent in our generation….let’s learn how to heal with acceptance and integrity….let’s learn how to heal with the Kabbalistic healing approaches….let’s learn how to heal with the Sefirotc Alignment Therapy approaches….let’s learn how to heal with the mind-body approaches and the life-body approaches…let’s learn how to heal with the past-life healing approaches…….

10. MASTER OF SELF ACTUALIZATION

Let’s become Masters—-even mini-masters, of self actualization—of living a life that we love living and loving the life we live—-of living a life of RATZON [primal expression of our Will and our Essence]—of living our calling, our mission our purpose, our unfinished business…….let’s learn the skills, and tools required to live such a life—the tools of Ratzon, the tools of manifesting, the tools of interpreting and acting upon G-d’s constant guidance, the tools of being in a state of maximal presence and receptivity and expanded consciousness, the tools of ALL-ING, the tools of Sefirotic alignment and all the other tools and meditations and teachings and prayers needed to maximally actualize our lives…..

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