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Pinchas, 18 Tammuz 5779
July 21, 2019

Today we begin the three most negative weeks of the year known as Y'mei Bein Ham'tzarim or literally "between the straits."  Perhaps you have noticed that the past few days have been heavier than normal.  Emotions have run higher or maybe stress has seem magnified?  This is part of the energy of this month of Tammuz and it's also because we are very close to the Three Negative Weeks.  Usually after the full moon the month's energy like the moon begins to wane, however this is not true for Tammuz because of these Three Negative Weeks.  Yet our Sages teach us that these weeks are negative because we do not know how to deal with the intense flow of Light that is flowing into our world during this time.  We restrict ourselves in order to rise above the seemingly negative and connect to the positive.  Some of the things we restrict are the consumption of red meat (it connects us to Gevurah-Judgement), wine, and music.  We do this not because we are sacrificing something, but rather because it should be a time of intense introspection.  Please note that these restricitions should never be observed on Shabbat as they would interfere with the holiness that is unique to the Seventh Day.  Restriction should cause us to connect to the Upper Worlds and to the Creator's Light and also foster within us a spirit of compassion and love of neighbor.  May these weeks be a time of intense connection and growth and may we be blessed to turn darkness into Light.

Shavua tov,

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Korach - July 6, 2019
Torah Portion:
Bamidbar (Numbers) 16:1-18:32

Shmuel Alef (I Samuel) 11:14-12:22

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The Three Negative Weeks
The Bein Ham'tzarim begins with the 17th of Tammuz on Sunday, July 21, 2018. These are the three most negative weeks of the year. During this time we should keep in mind the idea of restricting our ego nature. We fast from red meat and wine (except on Shabbat) and we make a point of making extra time for meditation and connections. Click here for a special Kabbalistic meditation for The Three Weeks.
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