Your Spiritual DJ: Curating insights into the weekly Torah portion and the infinite light of Kabbalah

As physical creatures, we can’t fully defeat the forces of fate; we’re constricted by time and space. But our souls-- the parts of us that are infinite-- can reach beyond these constrictions. It’s only when we choose with our souls to surpass our limitations that we can connect to the true, everlasting, joyful freedom that can only be found in the Light of the Infinite

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When to abstain from creating and meditate on being created

I love to daven/thank/celebrate Hashem (or as Jim Morrison would call it, petition the Lord with prayer) when I’m surrounded by his handy work, the nature that surrounds. This photo is me in Joshua Tree earlier today, before heading into the national park.  In this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa, we are commanded to keep the Shabbat, which is the only Jewish ritual mentioned in the Ten Commandments and the one commandment mentioned in the Torah more than any other. There is no more elevated bridge between this world and the next, it is the finite in time and space where our soul feels tapped into the infinite, its splendor is ineffable. We read, “Hashem said to Moshe, saying: And you, speak to the children of Israel saying: ‘Just observe My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and …

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Light of Infinite is a book series (coming soon), a podcast, and a weekly Dvar (digital + pamphlets distributed to shull’s in LA). Erez Safar acts as Your Spiritual DJ, curating insights into the weekly Torah portion and the infinite light of Kabbalah.

The living revelation of the concealed

In last week’s Torah portion we learned about the Mikdash; “They should make Me a mikdash [a Temple], and I will dwell within them.” This being the first appearance of old adage, ‘if you build it, He will come’, going into great detail over the laws of how to build the Mishkan (Tabernacle) that dwells within, including precise measurements, and how each and every person can give in order to create. To this day, we still face towards the Temple in Jerusalem, “the gateway to heaven,” where all our prayers ascend On High, the meeting place between the finite and the infinite. R’ Simcha Zisl of Kelm says of the Mikdash’s function, quoting the Ibn Ezra who likens the idea of holiness being concentrated and confined to a set “place” to a person’s sense of smell, which is confined to …

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The love you take is equal to the love you make

“Tzedakah and acts of kindness are the equivalent of all the mitzvot of the Torah” – Jerusalem Talmud, Pe’ah 1:1. Where we are at now in the Torah, is a place where we are coming out of everything being taken care for us, being taken out of Egypt, the splitting of the sea, even our food (the manna), we didn’t have to do anything, as if we were children, because we are, the Children of Israel. We were just given everything. This parsha (Terumah) teaches us how to give and the only way to grow is to give. The parsha (weekly Torah reading) goes into great detail over laws of how to build the Mishkan (Tabernacle), this includes precise measurements, and the three kinds of Terumah; Shekalim – annual contribution of half a Shekel The one time payment of half …

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MLK and paving the way

When Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked Rabbi Everett Gendler to help in Albany, GA., Gendler replied, “Even though my furniture had not yet arrived, I felt the need to respond to Rev. King’s prophetic appeal to conscience.” He walked hand in hand with MLK and the Torah in Selma joined by one of my favorite Theologian/Poet/Philosopher, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. When Heschel was asked upon his return from the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march with Dr. Martin Luther King, “Did you find time to pray?” he famously answered, “I prayed with my feet.” Some of Heschel’s most famous philosophical works charge human beings to sanctify time and space and to rediscover the power of wonder. Heschel’s famous expression “radical amazement” embodies his gift for highlighting spiritual curiosity and grandeur. His writings are filled with moments of transcendence. I …

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