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THEMES of Featured Contemporary Kabbalists Articles

The Ascent of Sin
With our penitence G-d elevates the sparks of holiness in the sin.
The Baal Shem Tov taught that not even a sin could exist unless it contained a spark of holiness. G‑d returns them to their source and this is the essence of forgiveness.
A Jewel of an Education
Four ingredients of proper child-rearing that all parents should contribute
In order to properly raise Jewish children who will transform the world into G-d's home, parents must hearken to the Torah's instructions as well of those of their generation's Torah sages in all aspects of educating their children.
Counting Gold and Silver
A blessing always leads to an increase and an addition.
When a person counts and numbers in order to know how much they possess, a blessing does not dwell on that counted or numbered thing. However, if all of the abundance is for the purpose of giving to others, then on the contrary, a blessing will dwell on it; thus the Torah makes a strict accounting of the donations to the Mishkan.
Shabbat and the Worlds
The Sanctuary needed to be built like this world, which corresponds to the body of man.
The Mishkan was composed from inanimate, vegetable, and animal products in order to elevate the material of this world to Holiness, to create a vessel for the dwelling of the Shechinah which will descend from "above to below". This is opposed to Shabbat, when the material world ascends to the spiritual worlds.
Intellect and Emotions
The Tabernacle embodied the revealed as well as the mystical
The revealed level of divine light is called "lower Shechinah" and the hidden level is called "higher Shechinah".  Man, in building his personal Tabernacle of service to G-d, accesses the lower Shechinah through the fulfillment of "active" mitzvahs and he accesses the higher Shechinah through the fulfillment of "passive" mitzvahs.
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