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Vayechi, 6 Tevet 5778

December 24, 2017

Unity is a basic kabbalistic truth; we are all one with one another, every other human being and creature in the universe, and we are one with the Ultimate One. We affirm this every day, three times a day as we say the Sh'ma. Love your neighbor is not such a difficult task when we acknowledge the truth that we are all one. I wonder if the person who coined the phrase, "united we stand, divided we fall," is not a kabbalist. Part of our task is to pick up the pieces of the shattered vessel, each one of us who is a piece of that vessel, and come together in unity to fix our broken world. The Zohar speaks of this age we live in by saying, "Woe to those who will live in those days; blessed are those who will live in those days." There is much work to be done and it all begins with each of us thinking unity and living in harmony with one another. When we realize that we are all one, it is not so difficult to love our neighbor. May that realization shine upon the all people and may each of us collectively reveal the Light of the Creator and put an end to darkness in our world.

Shavua tov,


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Parashat Vayechi
Torah Portion:
Bereshit (Genesis) 47:28-50:26

Haftarah:
Melachim Alef (I Kings) 2:1-12

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Tenth of Tevet
The fast of the Tenth of Tevet commemorates the beginning of the end of the First Temple. In recent years, the Tenth of Tevet was chosen to also serve as a general kaddish day for the victims of the Holocaust. It is considered a minor fast and on this day we fast only from food and drink from dawn until nightfall. Those who are sick or elderly should refrain from fasting or eat very simply. The Tenth of Tevet will occur this Thursday, December 28, 2017.

Next Kabbalah Study...
Our next Kabbalah Study will be on Monday, December 18, 2018. It will coincide with our Chanukah Service and the study portion will be about the new month of Tevet (Capricorn).

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