Nitzavim-Vayelech: The Promise of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai

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Nitzavim-Vayelech: The Promise of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai

Published: November 20, 2013
Originally recorded: September 9, 2009

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Lesson Highlights

  • The Gate towards Teshuvah: changing how we view others
  • Hashem Tzilcha: The Creator is our shadow; how we act with others is how the Creator acts with us
  • Over al pesha: The Creator skipping judgment on us based on seeing the good in others and not seeing their lack
  • Three steps to Cleanse the negativity we see in others:

1. Avoid judgment

2. Try to help the person

3. Pray for the other person to cleanse their negativity

  • Vayelech: the path will not be forgotten
  • Worry about deluding ourselves about our spiritual work
  • A deep connection to the Light of the Zohar and Rav Shimon Bar Yochai

Lesson Description

The portion of Nitzavim is always read the week before Rosh Hashanah. This year Michael reveals how the combined portions of Nitzavim-Vayelech provides us with powerful opportunities to eliminate negativity from our lives before Rosh Hashanah through the concept of Teshuvah (repentance) and transform the way we judge others so the Creator will not judge us. We also learn how the negativity we see in our lives is a reflection of the negative actions we performed in this or past lifetimes and how we can remove these blockages from our life. In the portion of Vayelech, Rav Shimon Bar Yochai presents us with the opportunity to connect to the power of the Zohar and the promise that we can follow the path he established for a life free of chaos.

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