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In Solomon’s Temple, there were two places reserved for the Holy Ark: One in the Chamber of the Holy of Holies, and one hidden deep beneath that chamber.

There are two places to find G‑d’s presence in all its glory.

One is in the most holy of chambers, beyond the place of light and heavenly incense. There G‑d Himself could be found by the most perfect of mortals on the most sublime day of the year.

Today, we cannot enter that place. But there is another place, beyond catacombs and convoluted mazes, deep within the bowels of the earth—and yet always accessible to those who will make the journey.

There, those whose faces are charred with the ashes of failure, their hands bloody from scraping through dirt and stone, their clothes torn from falling again and again, and their hearts ripped by bitter tears—there, in that subterranean darkness, they are blinded by the light of the hidden things of G‑d . . .

. . . until that Presence will shine for all of us, forever.

Likkutei Sichot, vol. 26, pp. 156ff

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Avraham was the first man to become selfless and submit himself to G-d without any reservations. Period end of discussion. Avraham the Hebrew is one of the models that we Jews must learn to emulate.

By doing this Avraham experienced G-d on a whole new level. Avraham had a direct pipeline to HaShem.

How? By dying to self as my teacher Pastor Steve Gray says it.

Avraham did this and thus he paved the way for Yeshua the Jewish Messiah to show us how to live and put Torah on our hearts.

Yeshua died, defeated death so that we could live and escape the trappings of a corrupt religious system that was killing us. Yeshua’s death gave us life and direct access to the Father.

This is hard to die to self.

I know I do this on a daily basis because I don’t want to miss the revival of Israel and we Jews.

The struggle is to kill me so that G-d’s soul and will becomes mine. It is not about me it is all about Yeshua the L-rd of my life.

On the third day of Abraham’s recovery after his circumcision, G d appeared to him, paying a visit to the sick.

 G‑d appeared to [Abraham]. Genesis 18:1

G‑d’s self-revelation here to Abraham was on a fundamentally higher plane than His previous appearances to him. By circumcising himself in response to G‑d’s command, Abraham became the first human being to surrender his selfhood entirely to G‑d. Abraham could now experience G‑d directly, without his ego getting in the way. Thus, Abraham’s circumcision paved the way for the Giving of the Torah, through which this self-transparency became the hallmark of Jewish existence.

This means that by accepting the Torah from G‑d and committing ourselves to living according to His vision for us, we can remove all barriers between G‑d and ourselves. This, in turn, enables G‑d to reveal Himself in our lives in increasingly tangible ways.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 10, pp. 49–54.

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Jacob was prepared properly to take on the mission G-d gave him. How? Jacob studied Torah and was taught the things of G-d by his mother and father. He was taught to observe G-d’s mitzvahs and most important of all Jacob was willing to do G-d’s will.

Jacob’s mission was to find a dwelling place for G-d.

This is the mission of all of us Jews. Bring the Kingdom of Heaven earth so G-d can have HIS dwelling place. Somedays I do well other days not so well. At the end of the day I ask G-d to forgive me of my evil ways. I repent and turn back to G-d and work hard to do HIS will.

The only way I can do this is by accepting Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah. Yeshua is the master of my life. Everything Yeshua taught and did was taken directly from the Torah. Yeshua is Torah observant and HE is a true prophet of G-d. Why? Everything Yeshua did and said lines up perfectly with what G-d gave Moshe on Mount Sinai.

Yeshua is Torah and Torah is Yeshua. Yeshua is the representative of every Jewish soul from the beginning of time until Yeshua comes back again.

The Messianic age is upon us. The Moshiach is coming back again soon.

L-rd make me clean. Prepare me properly for your coming back. Remove everything out of me that is not of you. Please HaShem let me know and do your will by studying Torah every day.

Thus confident of G‑d’s protection, Jacob set out for Aram.

Light of foot, Jacob set out for the land of the people who lived to the east. Genesis 29:1

Even though Jacob was on his way to enter a spiritually dangerous environment, his joy in fulfilling his Divine mission and trust in G‑d’s protection permeated his entire being, down to his feet.1 Following Jacob’s example, we can adopt the same joyful and confident attitude when we set out to tackle life’s numerous daily, mundane activities, even though they may not seem as spiritual. The key is to make sure beforehand that, like Jacob, we are properly nourished (by studying the Torah), properly clothed (by observing G‑d’s commandments), and properly focused on our goal (of making the world into G‑d’s home).2 1.Hitva’aduyot 5745, vol. 5, p. 3100. 2. Sichot Kodesh 5731, vol. 1, p. 178; Hitva’aduyot 5719, vol. 1, pp. 233–


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Think about this for a moment. This is Yeshua. When I am presented with the opportunity to save another person I must do it. If not then I am going against Yeshua taught us to do. Yeshua died for us so following my L-rd’s actions.

This goes against the grain of logic however this is the kingdom of G-d in action.

Avraham’s action to save his brother Lot from destruction as well as the city of Sodom. This is same that Moshe did when Korach rose up in rebellion. Yeshua did the same for us Jews when HE was sent by the Father to save us from our corrupt religious system.

The kindness and hospitality practiced by Abraham in Hebron stood in stark contrast to the wickedness and inhospitality of the nearby cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, and their neighbors. After the three angels visited Abraham, G‑d informed Abraham that He was going to eliminate these cities, but Abraham pleaded with G‑d on their behalf

[Abraham] came forward and said [to G‑d], “Would you obliterate the righteous along with the wicked?!” Genesis 18:23

When Abraham saw that the angels were already headed toward Sodom in order to annihilate it, he realized that he had to go against his naturally kind disposition and that he could not mince words. He had to argue vehemently and demand of G‑d that He annul His decree.

From Abraham’s example we learn that when we are presented with the opportunity to save another person, either physically or spiritually, we must not hesitate. We should immediately do all in our power to come to the person’s aid, even if that means acting in direct opposition to our natural dispositions.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 10, pp. 58–59.

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All that G‑d created, He said was good. Except for one: “It is not good that Man is alone.” (Genesis 2:18)

And so He made Woman, and everything was very good. (Ibid. 1:31)

If so, how is it possible that a man could despise the woman who took him from not good to very good?

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The mind of a woman and the mind of a man are two distinct minds at their very core. And only with both can there be a world.

It began when G‑d decided to create a world. In doing so, He took two perspectives. He saw the world from beyond, as its Creator. And He saw the world from within, as the energy of life.

From that first perspective originates the mind of man; from the second, the mind of woman.

That is why the man has the power to conquer and subdue, but he does not have the woman’s sense of the other.

That is why the woman feels the other. She does not conquer, she nurtures. But her light is tightly constrained.

As they bond together, the man unleashes the woman’s light, and the woman teaches the man to feel the other. In that union shines the very essence of all that is holy and divine.

Sefer ha-Likkutim (Ari), Shemot; Sefer ha-Maamarim 5652, p. 118

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G-d wants us to become clean. So we can be ready to receive the Kingdom of G-d. We Jews are circumcised at birth. This is just the start. Then G-d wants us to have Spiritual circumcision so I can get rid of all of the foreskin of the heart. The pride, ego, haughtiness, and all of the other things that block my path to true connection to G-d.

This is hard. As my father would say if it was easy everyone would do it. My teacher Pastor Steve Gray calls this dying to self. This is a must if I want to live a G-dly life and have a true and real connection with my father.

Despite G‑d’s promise, Abraham and his wife Sarah had not yet had any children. Sarah therefore asked her Egyptian bondwoman, Hagar, to bear a child by Abraham, hoping that in this merit she would also conceive. Hagar indeed quickly conceived. Concluding from this that her spiritual merits were greater than her mistress’s, Hagar mocked Sarah, who then told Abraham to send her away. Hagar gave birth to Abraham’s first son, Ishmael. Thirteen years later, G‑d told Abraham that the time had arrived for him to have a son with Sarah, and in preparation for this, he should circumcise himself.

On that day, Abraham was circumcised. Genesis 17:26

Spiritually, circumcision is the removal of the “foreskin of the heart,” the layer of apathy and haughtiness that obstructs our true connection with G‑d. In order to spiritually circumcise ourselves, we must wean ourselves of our attachment to self-indulgence. It is usually not so difficult to renounce obvious or coarse material gratifications. It is harder to wean ourselves of more subtle attachments, whose negative effect on us might not be so apparent. Therefore, G‑d has promised to complete the process of spiritual circumcision for us. This latter aspect of circumcision will occur in its fullest sense only in the Messianic Era.

Circumcision is the only commandment that is sealed in our physical flesh. Through it, every Jew is connected physically and irrevocably to G‑d, and thus we are given the power to transcend our material drives in order to manifest our true G‑dly natures.1 Torah Or 13ab; Igeret HaKodesh 4 (105b–106a).

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