Acharei Mot: Feeling the Pain of Others

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Zohar Class With Eitan Yardeni

Acharei Mot: Feeling the Pain of Others

Published: December 19, 2013
Originally recorded: April 11, 2011

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Lesson Highlights

  • After the death of Nadav and Avihu, the children of Aaron
  • The story of the two goats that we read on Yom Kippur
  • After death we let go of personal imperfections, connect to the big picture and the value of the life just lived
  • Imagining our own death and recalling the special moments of purpose and meaning in our lives
  • The opportunity to cleanse before Pesach
  • On Pesach, the emphasis is the cleansing of the heart rather than our deeds
  • Unlocking our potential by seeing our negativity for what it is
  • Cleansing our blindness through the death of Nadav and Avihu
  • Self examination: evaluating our capacity for clarity to see past the illusion
  • Gaining perspective from the big picture of our life and its significance
  • Kabbalists would use this technique daily, even imagining their own funeral to learn what traits needed to be redeemed
  • Dedicating time to seek areas for grow and begging to see what we need to change
  • Pain is in our life for one reason: to cleanse us and to enable us to feel the pain of others
  • Bringing in Light by acting like the Light
  • Heaven or hell
  • Connecting to the Light by feeling the pain and the joy of others
  • Spiritual blindness and spiritual deafness keeps us removed from the Light of the creator
  • Connecting to the pain of the sons of Aaron as a tool to draw closer to the Light

Lesson Description

The journey to redemption begins not with us, but with the awakening of our hearts to feel another's pain. The actions we take to uplift our neighbor simultaneously serves to restore our own soul with cleansing and light. Eitan walks us through this stirring story of Acharei Mot where we come close to the souls of Aaron's two righteous sons, Nadav and Avihu, and through it, find the means to purge our own selfishness.

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