Vayeshev: The Power of Joy

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Vayeshev: The Power of Joy

Published: December 4, 2013
Originally recorded: November 25, 2007

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Lesson Highlights

  • Joy and happiness attract blessings and strengthen the immune system
  • Shechinah: when the Light manifests in a person's life
  • Jacob as Yisrael: when he is in a higher state he is called Yisrael and a lower state Jacob
  • The Shechinah cannot dwell with a person when there is no joy
  • Experiencing sadness  when the Shechinah is not with us so we can achieve higher levels of joy
  • The Patriarchs exist in two dimensions
  • Joseph's coat (ketonet pasim): Pasim is a code for Joseph's time as a slave
  • Jacob and parallel universes: Jacob knew his son's dreams were true, but was depressed when he thought Joseph died
  • Dots above the word 'et':  the Shechinah was with Joseph's brothers
  • Sadness and depression: not getting what we want
  • Righteous souls experience pain to remove their negative inclination
  • Temporary and long term sadness
  • Using pain to stimulate joy
  • Effort and pain
  • Desire leads us to chase animal pleasures, honor/respect and wisdom
  • True joy comes from connecting to our root
  • Joy does not come from receiving
  • Removing entitlement
  • All actions are for revealing Light

Lesson Description

The portion of Vayeshev provides us powerful lessons about how joy and happiness are essential parts of our spiritual work. Join Eitan as he explores how we can create more true joy and happiness in our lives.

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Written 2,000 years ago by Rav Shimon Bar Yochai, the Zohar explains all of the secrets of the Bible, the Universe and every aspect of life. The Zohar class is a weekly journey to understand the energy and challenges that will confront us during the week and how we can elevate our consciousness to prevent chaos from occurring in our lives.

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