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And You Shall Choose Life
Chapter 1: Life Does Not Happen. Life Is A Choice

Lesson 11

Published: November 26, 2013
Originally recorded: July 17, 2011

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Lesson Highlights

  • "Let there be Light, and there was Light"
  • Everything was created on Day One of Creation:
  • The beginning and end of the process are identical
  • Jumping ahead in our movie by controlling our nature
  • Pain provides us with the opportunity to transform
  • We have already completed our correction, but we must earn the end of the process
  • The Or HaGanuz (Concealed Light)
  • Our choice is chaos or the way of Kabbalah
  • Sharing the Zohar
  • Living a Life of Sorrow was part of the process during the time of the Mishnah
  • Doing even if it is not for its own sake eventually brings us to the point of doing for its own sake
  • Reading the English text and scanning the Hebrew
  • The Life of Sorrow is no longer the way to correct

About This Course

Preceding the time And You Shall Choose Life (also known as the Introduction to the Ten Luminous Emanations) was written in 1933-34, Kabbalah was considered taboo. But Rav Ashlag, the founder of The Kabbalah Centre, was a visionary pioneer. He stood in the face of opposition and made it his mission to plead the case of studying this wisdom. In advance of World War II, he foresaw that darkness would fall upon the world. He believed that learning Kabbalah was the only way for people to reveal Light and that gathering people together in study and writing kabbalistic text would generate enough Light to transform darkness. The goal of this essay was to implore the study of Kabbalah. It was Rav Ashlag's belief that walking a kabbalistic path enabled people to find their true purpose and subsequently enjoy a life of fulfillment. Join Senior Instructor Meir Yeshurun for this in-depth study of one of the most difficult, yet profound kabbalistic texts.

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