Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Covenant

As the Torah relates:
The earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth and beheld that it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its way on the earth. And God said to Noach, “The end of all flesh has come. The earth is filled with violence because of them, and so, I will destroy them with the earth....”

When Noach and his family emerged from the Ark they had built, God formed a new covenant with them, and hence with all of humanity. He blessed Noach and his familty and instructed them in the ways of the new order, declaring:

I have now given you everything... And thus, of the blood or your souls, I will demand and account...”

From: Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

Thursday, January 26, 2012

“Just the Fact of the Presence” p: 69

AyinBase with R' Paltiel ThursdayNight 2 Shvat 5772 

Page 68– last 3 lines of the page (line starts, 'bebano...')
See link (top right) for link to all pages of the text.

There is no mashal/metaphor for essence. One can think of the host when you are a guest. His presence is beyond qualities and features. There is no transmission – just the fact of the presence is all it is.

The human being attests to the fact that this is His creation. He bears witness to His presence.

There is no way to measure a man – just his presence here supersedes anything. It there is a human life involved everything is done to save him.

The souls of Israel are rooted in Essence. There is no way to express this except in the negative, by saying, 'it is impossible to substitute them for another!'  

you can describe 'being rooted in the essence' – you can't explain or identify 'what the soul receives from being rooted in Essence'.

Just as the host provides a 'reality' element to a gathering, an aspect that cannot be identified, so too, but more so with Essence and the souls of Israel.

The father provides his son with total independence. There is no quality, it is his very presence that is provided.

This is where you see the difference between the father and the mother, with her the 'relationship' counts much more. The father provides the essential element.

Inside the text: How is choice involved in the relationship between Essence and the souls of Israel? They represent His pleasure – so how is it choice? It is because Essence itself – is completely separate even from the essential pleasure. So at the level of essential pleasure 'choice' is not a factor – they have a relationship. At actual essence, which is completely removed from qualities and relationship and hence room for 'choice' seem to exist...

but in real truth... (which is outside the real of concept/understanding) even the Actual Essence is united with the souls of Israel.

So first we said actual essence is removed from pleasure and hence the element of 'choice' has a place...

But now we see a 'change of heart' – 'yes', says the Rebbe, 'what I told you does hold, but still in truth, also the actual element of essence is a place where the souls of Israel are rooted'.

And hence it is says, 'to substitute them with a different nation is impossible'. This cannot be understood.

All we can say is 'the souls of Israel are rooted in Essence, and this does not detract in any way from the pure unity of Essence...!'

We're having it both ways, it is His choice, and it is not based on qualities.

When we say in the negative, 'to substitute them with a different nation is impossible' it's because there is nothing there. This is different to what we have been discussing previously of being rooted in His pleasure.

This is a paradoxical presentation – at the level of nothingness, that's where the root of the souls exist.

Ownership is an extension of your own reality. Ownership does not make the human being. The human being makes ownership.


The Torah portion that is most associated with righteous gentiles is Noah. 

It begins with the Torah describing Noah's character, “Noah was a righteous and earnest man among the people of his time, and he walked with G-d.”

Every non-Jew who wishes to walk with G-d should seek to emulate Noah , who trough his commitment to follow the word of G-d, saved the human race from extinction during the Flood.

- from Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

Sunday, December 25, 2011


620 (the number of letters in the 10 Commandments) is the numerical value of the word 'crown' in Hebrew. 

As such we find that the Jewish people – who carry the responsibility for the 613 commandments – together with the righteous gentiles who are responsible for the universal commandments, together adorn the Almighty's crown of Kingship over the entire world the the 620 jewels – the commandments of the Almighty's words unto man.

- from Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Beginning with Adam

Though the 10 Commandments are made up of 10 separate articles, they include more than 10 of the torah's 613 commandments. 

Indeed, even the earliest commentators on the Torah write that the text of the Ten Commandments alludes to all 613 commandments.

The most important allusion to this is that the orignal Hebrew text of the Ten Commandments (as they appear in exodus 20:2 tru 20:13) contains exactly 620 letters. 620 is 7 more than 613.

According to some Rabbinic authorities, the 7 commandments that complement the 613 commandments given to the Jewish people are the 7 Laws of Bnei Noach, that were given to the first generations of man, beginning with Adam.

- from Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Ten

Arguably, the 10 Commandments are the most famous religious document in the world.  

Actually, calling them the 10 commandments is an incorrect translation of the their Hebrew name, which whoud more correctly be translated as the Ten articles (Aseret Hdibrot, in Hebrew).

- from Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

Thursday, November 17, 2011

American Grace

“Look, I don't think we've ever had the opportunity that we have today. Harvard sociology professor Robert Putnam last year pubblished a book called, 'American Grace', in which he revealed the results of years of research which showed that of all the religious communiteis in america, the one most admired by average Americans is the Jewish community. So why shut ourselves away ifrom the world when the world is so hungry for the Jewish message?”

-British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Novel and Lucid

In a letter the Rebbe wrote,  

“... Chassidut contains teachings not only for the Jewish people, but for non-Jews, as well, inasmuch as the seven commandments of Bnei Noach are also expounded upon and explained in Chassidut in novel, mystical and lucid perspectives, shedding light on all their aspects...”

- from Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Rebbe Says

Rebbitzin Chaya Mushka
The Lubavitcher Rebbe impressed upon his Jewish brothers and sisters the need to make sincere inroads to the hearts of the non-Jews and to be receptive to their spiritual needs. 

Thus most Chabad-Lubavitch centers are willing to teach non-Jews how to be Benei Noach either directly of by referring them to their lodcal appropriate Torah authority.

According to the Rebbe, bringing the seven Laws of Bnei Noach to the non-Jewish word is a most worthy endevor for all Jews.

- from Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

Thursday, November 10, 2011


There is no question that the world is now experiencing a religious revival. 

This revival, though positive in some aspects, is bringing about what some call a clash of civilizations whose end cannot be foreseen.

Instead of encouraging peace, understanding, and tolerance, the respective commitments to the Creator of both Christians and Moslems alike are threatening to cause terrible turmoil.

This is exactly the time for the Jewish people to fulfill their mission as G-d's chosen people and together with the non-Jews who have already embraced and committed themselves to the Laws of Bnei Noach to spread the message of these laws and offer hope, in the form of a truly universal covenant between man and G-d, for a new era that can dawn upon us all.

- from Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh