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Kabbalah Online Magazine
Shelach 5776
Vol. 12 No.40, 20 - 26 Sivan, 5776 / June 26 - July 2, 2016
A note from the staff of Kabbalah Online in Tzefat
This Shabbat is the yahrzeit-hilula of Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel, the top student of the great sage Hillel. His burial site in Amuka Valley, outside of Tzefat, receives tens of thousands of visitors a year, especially those that heard it is a propitious place to pray to meet one's destined marriage partner.
The lead article provides fascinating insights from the Baal Shem Tov on this seminal figure in Jewish history and scholarship

The Torah reading, Shelach, is built around the sad rejection of the Jewish people in the desert to "making aliyah" to the Promised Land;
the antidote is to arouse in ourselves love and fondness for the Land and for life in it. (see articles 5-7)

ATTENTION! Kabbalaonline-Shop's Monthly Sale includes Special Delivery of your personal prayer to Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel's gravesite on the day before or after his yahrzeit-hilula this Shabbat.
Dedication
In memory of Rabbi MORDECHAI-TZEMACH ELIYAHU, one of the leading sages in the state of Israel in the last sixty-five years, a major judge of Jewish law for the Sephardic communities, a former chief rabbi of Israel and --not so publicly known-- an accomplished Kabbalist, whose 6th yahrzeit is this Friday (25 Sivan / July 1).
He is also the father of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, whom we know personally from his 25 years of service as chief Rabbi of Safed, and also from his active and enthusiastic participation in many ASCENT* outreach activities.
(* mother organization of KabbalaOnline.org)
 Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel
Straying Birds

The Talmud teaches that whenever Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel studied Torah deeply, birds flying over his head were burnt and fell.
  Pirkei Avot- 'Ethical Principles'
3:7 The Gift of Wealth

A person not so deserving of life may still be allowed to live because others depend on him.
 Weekly Torah Reading
Souls of Spies and Princes

Joseph's brothers were reincarnated as the spies sent into Israel
 
Stronger than We and He

How could their spiritual elite fall so low as to question G-d's omnipotence?
Spying on G‑d

Israel is an opportunity to redeem the physicality of the world.
 Tuv Ha'aretz
Righteous, and in the Land — Chapter Four, Part 1

The righteous of Eretz Yisrael act as the conduit for all divine influence
 Mystic Story
How to See Israel

A man from Tzefat visited Rabbi Avraham Dov of Avritch in Europe and spoke wonders in praise of the Holy Land.
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