Exploring New Territories

When The Light is with you all is in order.

Don’t be afraid to explore new frontiers/territories, when the Light is with you all is in order. The Light is always with us, we just need to open our eyes/heart/soul. Even in our darkest night the sun comes up in the morning.

Only you can change/decide your path, so grab on to the Light and start the journey. True power comes from knowing yourself and being kind, make this day the best ever and shine your light with strength. Don’t fear your inner Light, embrace it and welcome it in. “Authentic” spirituality knows Love, Light, Inner Peace and Acts of Loving Kindness.

If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is. Sometimes it’s hard to understand, just reach out to the Creator who’s always on hand. Money glitters, beauty sparkles and the Light shines – let it shine brightly.

Find your truth, let it shine; make sure it doesn’t blind others but illuminates their journey. Be a shining Light today, if opportunity doesn’t knock… build a door. Only those who can see the invisible, can do the impossible, spirituality is not a crutch it’s a pair of wings. Lead by example and by living life to the fullest. Don’t wait for someone else to do it, do it yourself and shine the Light.

It only takes one person to make a difference. Are you ready?

Exercise:

Find a quiet, comfortable place where you will not be disturbed. Do some breathing exercises (breath in deeply and then exhale slowly until there is no breath. Repeat this process several times).

Imagine that your body is slowly filling with light, starting from the feet and slowly moving upwards. As the light is moving up your body —– feel that it relaxing the muscles and your mind.

Repeat the following phrase as the light fills your body:

“I feel the light moving upwards until my entire body is filled with light and every muscle of my body is feeling relaxed.”
Allow The Light to shine brightly through you. Send it to the whole world.
Now, direct the light towards any area of the body that is giving you pain or discomfort (including depression and or self-doubt).

Keep shinning a loving healing light so that all the darkness and pain is removed and you are feeling lighter, brighter, healthier and generally more joyous.

  • “I radiate my shining light to my body and fill my bodies with this warm healing light.”
  • “I now radiate this healing light to the world.”
  • “I begin to feel that this healing light is returning me to health and vitality I am ready to emanate Love and Light to the world around me.”

Archangel Ariel

It was a gloomy day. The sun was hiding behind a veil of dark gray clouds. I woke up feeling a little down. As the day progressed nothing seemed to “go right.” Nothing seemed to flow. I felt alone (though I was surrounded by people). I felt as though I was “stuck” in the throes of life with no way to move forward.

That night, I lay in bed praying, crying, wondering…

“Ribono shel Olam (Almighty)” I cried, “Please give me a sign. I’m feeling lost and afraid. I feel like I am not going anywhere. I BEG you to show me THE LIGHT and free me of this oppression!”
Tears were falling down my cheeks and my eyes were closed. I was clutching my fists and holding my breath.

Then, a whisper, “Open your eyes… Open your eyes…” I slowly opened my eyes and saw a MAGICAL site! It was MAGNIFICENT and the whole room basked in the glow. His robe was a dazzling combination of gold, blue, silver, and although I could not see his face, he was beaming with a Golden Light. “Who are you?” I asked. He answered, “Ariel Hamalach. I have come to you with a message…” (The word for Angel in Hebrew is Malach, which means, messenger).

I wanted to ask him questions; I needed to scream and shout…
Ariel put his finger in the air, and with a loving gesture signaled for me to calm down and become quiet. “I have a message for you from EL-SHADAI, but first you must compose yourself. Wipe those tears away and send the ego home.”

I did as Ariel advised, took some deep breaths and reached a state of relaxation and excitement. What was he going to tell me?

I took another deep breath in and then exhaled out slowly. Ariel seemed pleased. The Golden Light became brighter.

A soft voice, it could have been a tune – Ariel began to speak and the message was, “Life is not living in a waiting room— it’s waiting in a living room.”

THANK YOU Archangel Ariel!

The whole world is a very narrow bridge and the most important thing is not to be afraid.
-Reb Nachman

Las Vegas wedding Rabbi

Archangel Ariel is the angel of nature. Carolyn lagattuta/Getty Images. Updated November 16, 2015. Ariel means "altar" or "lion of God." Other spellings include Ari'el, Arael, and Ariael.

Bar Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies

Although the ritual of bar mitzvah dates back almost two thousand years and has been a staple in our tradition ever since, the Reform Movement abandoned it in its early years. Along with many of the ritual laws and minhagim (customs), the Reform Movement felt that bar mitzvah was no longer a pertinent ritual. A boy, only 13 years in age, no longer had the adult status in society that he once had. Reform introduced the ceremony of confirmation, whereby a group of young men and women would become confirmed together around the age of 16 following years of education. However, the power of tradition eventually prevailed: Reform brought back the bar mitzvah for boys and even introduced the bat mitzvah for girls. s Bar Bat mitzvah ceremonies

Today with the increase in interfaith marriages, the choice to send a child to a religious school, whether it is Jewish or another religion’s, is not an easy one to make. There are more extra-curricular activities and greater academic pressures nowadays which can often take precedence over religious schooling. Parents often choose to maintain religious traditions associated with the holidays at home, instead of sending kids to school to learn about them. Regardless of a child’s religious schooling, they should be entitled to a bar/bat mitzvah. Just as one born of a Jewish mother is no less Jewish if he never had a bris, a Jew becomes bar mitzvah, according to Jewish law, simply by reaching the “age of majority.” No other conditions apply. Nonetheless, knowing that a ceremony is not necessary to one’s becoming bar/bat mitzvah means little to many families and their children who want to experience this meaningful lifecycle event.

There are other options for families not affiliated with a synagogue who wish to celebrate their child becoming a bar or bat mitzvah. A bar/bat mitzvah does not have to take place in a synagogue. It can take place anywhere that there is a minyan (10 Jewish adults) present for public prayer and public reading of the Torah. A synagogue is holy only as a place of worship, but not intrinsically so.

Rabbi Shai welcomes the opportunity to teach Judaism, prepare and preside over a ceremony that takes place in locales beyond the synagogue. No Jewish child, whether the child of two Jewish parents or just one, should be denied the opportunity to have this special lifecycle ceremony.

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A Feather and a Bag of Gold

A Story by Rabbi Eli Mallon M.Ed., LMSW

Once, a boy walked down a country road.

Between two fingers, he held a feather that he’d found. He liked to look at it and imagine all the things he could do with it.

As he walked, he met an old neighbor, who was carrying two heavy bags.

The boy asked the old man what was in the bags.

The old man said, “Gold coins. If you’ll carry one of the bags, I’ll give you what’s inside it. It’s more gold than I need and it’ll make me happy to give it to you.”

The boy said, “Yes.”

But soon after he took the bag, the boy grew bored.

So he said to the old man, “I’m sorry, but I’d rather look at my feather.”

And he gave the bag of gold back to the old man and continued on his way, enjoying the feather and imagining all the things he could do with it.

I read a comment by a writer, who said: To believe that God is good, we’d have to “abandon our rationality completely.”

I thought of all the times when, in prayer, I gave up my idea of what’s right and wrong or good and bad, and accepted that God knows far better than I do. I thought of the relief I felt, of the Presence that I experienced, when I did.

Our rationality is like a feather, and God’s goodness is like a bag of gold.

When we give up our own sense of “good and bad” and accept God’s goodness, we get back infinitely more than we give.

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Life Is Short. Live In Joy!

All too often we tend to focus on what we don’t have, rather than the beautiful things we do. See the things you take for granted just as you did in the beginning – before you got used to them and forgot they were there… Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.

Occasionally, in our modern way of living, we seem to get caught up in materialistic gratification and forget to invest in our spiritual needs which are just as important to our mental and physical health.

Thinking merely of our physical needs and neglecting the spiritual ones may result in low vitality. The need for spirituality is inherent in each and everyone of us.

The fact that one lives now and here is not coincidental. Hence one should act here and now accordingly, by trying to integrate with his/her surroundings and society as much as possible. One should realize the fact one’s head is above all other organs is not coincidental: Wisdom can take us higher resulting in better life!

The more you give, the more you love. Where love is, no room is too small, so Love a little more. Take some time to see the positive in people and things around you. Then, the Light will surely be brighter… The Key is to LOVE.

It is written In the Torah (The Old Testament) that – “This is the day of light and a day of joy, a day of peace and total Harmony.”

What day does this passage refer to? The answer is; this day – Today – is the only day we have. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is uncertain… So live each day to it’s fullest and try to find joy, peace and total harmony in all that you do!

Exercise

Find a place where you will be comfortable and not be disturbed for about 15 minutes. Close your eyes and visualize you and God walking along a beautiful sandy beach. It can be some place you’ve been before or a beach that you create in your imagination.

Be aware of the fact that you are not walking “after Creator,” as Noah is described as doing in the Bible, nor are you walking “before Creator” as the Bible describes Abraham doing. Instead, you are walking side by side with God. You and God are together, the two of you are one. Take a long walk with Creator. Remember the words of the Psalmists who said, “if you are with Creator you will have no fear.”

As you walk with Creator tell Him/Her what you want. This is the perfect moment to ask the Creator to remove fear from your life so that you can get on with your healing work. Now imagine a feeling of calmness sweeping over you.

You have released your worries, fear, and anger. You have surrendered difficulty and replaced it with Creator’s power. Bask in this feeling of inner peace. You are no longer afraid.

Shalom Aleichem |Who Are The Angels?

Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman, a renowned kabbalist Rabbi (and my Master teacher) said:
“Not being aware of the angels presence in our lives is like having a billionaire uncle in califonia who died and left you millions of dollars. Unless you’re aware of that uncle, you’re never going to get that money…”

The word “angel” actually comes from the Greek word aggelos, which means “messenger.” The matching Hebrew word mal’akh has the same meaning.
Sometimes, the Bible uses these words for human beings:

• ordinary people who carry messages (Job 1:14)
• Prophets (Isaiah 42:19; Malachi 3:1)
• Priests (Malachi 2:7)

Sometimes, it speaks figuratively of things or events as “messengers:”

• The pillar of cloud (Exodus 14:19)
• Pestilence or plagues (2 Samuel 24:16-17)

But it usually describes the whole range of spirits whom God has created, including both good and evil angels, and special categories such as cherubim, seraphim, and the archangel.

Anyone of us is capable of being an angel when we become aware of the world around us. When we lend a helping hand, do acts of loving kindness, cheer someone up etc, we become angels. Similarly, we are also capable of connecting with our spiritual angels who protect and guide us.

Have you ever experienced an immense feeling of joy and serenity on a beautifully warm spring day? Your whole being is elated and when you look around the whole world seems to glow. You are experiencing the glorious touch of your guardian angel who is reminding you of the beauty of life and light.

Your gut feelings are often angels trying to convey a message to you. Angels can fly directly into the heart of the matter. They are never too distant to hear you. Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. In fact, anyone can be an angel. So find your passion, fight for the things you believe in, and offer your talents and wisdom to people who need them, because, we are all angels, whether we like it or not.