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Behaalotcha | Weekly Inspiration 2023

June 7, 2023

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Episode Description:

Class Title:

Elevating the Soul: The Kabbalistic Path to Unity and Spiritual Growth

Class Description:

In this transformative class, inspired by the Torah portion Behaalotcha, we delve into the profound Kabbalistic teachings on elevating our spiritual practices, achieving unity, and understanding the deeper meanings of our rituals. The session illuminates the metaphor of lighting the Menorah in the Temple, exploring how this act symbolizes the elevation of the soul and the collective journey towards spiritual enlightenment. Participants will engage in discussions, guided meditations, and practical exercises aimed at enhancing their spiritual journey and fostering a sense of unity within the community.

Key Points to Cover:

  1. Introduction to Behaalotcha:
    • Explore the significance of the High Priest lighting the Menorah and the deeper, spiritual meaning behind the ritual.
    • Discuss the concept of “elevation” in a spiritual context and its relevance to personal growth and community well-being.
  2. The Soul as the Divine Candle:
    • Delve into the Kabbalistic interpretation of the soul as “God’s candle,” highlighting the importance of nurturing and elevating our spiritual essence.
    • Reflect on personal talents and virtues that can be elevated for spiritual growth and contribution to the community.
  3. The Journey from Selfishness to Selflessness:
    • Analyze the transformation required to move from personal desires to serving the greater good, using insights from Kabbalistic teachings and the Zohar.
    • Discuss practical ways to serve without expecting rewards, focusing on the joy of giving and contributing to collective spiritual elevation.
  4. Unity in Diversity: The Menorah as a Symbol:
    • Examine the Menorah’s construction from a single piece of gold as a metaphor for unity among diversity within the community.
    • Engage in activities that promote understanding and acceptance of different spiritual paths and practices within Judaism.
  5. Practical Application: Elevating Daily Actions:
    • Introduce a “Spiritual Elevation Challenge,” encouraging participants to select daily actions or rituals and consciously infuse them with intention and joy, aiming for personal and communal upliftment.
  6. Guided Meditation: Connecting with the Inner Divine Light:
    • Lead a meditation focused on visualizing the inner divine light (represented by the Menorah’s flames) and expanding it to illuminate the community and the world.

What Participants Will Get Out of It:

  • A deeper understanding of the Kabbalistic perspectives on spiritual growth, community unity, and the significance of rituals.
  • Practical strategies for elevating personal spiritual practices and contributing positively to the community’s collective energy.
  • Insights into transforming personal challenges into opportunities for growth and service.
  • An enhanced sense of connection with the divine and a commitment to act for the collective good.

Practical Challenge for Participants:

For one week, participants are encouraged to select an everyday action or ritual and approach it with the intention of elevation and service. They might choose acts of kindness, prayer, study, or any practice that resonates with them. Participants will journal their experiences, reflecting on how this conscious intention affects their spiritual state and sense of unity with others.

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