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S h a m a t i

(Essays by Kabbalist Rabbi Y. Ashlag)


Kabbalist Rabbi Y. Ashlag
often called "Ba'al Hasulam"
due to his commentary on the Zohar,
"The Ladder" (Hebrew - "Hasulam")




There is None Else Beside Him
(To Virtual Lesson)

2 Divinity  in exile
3 The Matter of Spiritual Attainment

What is the reason for the heaviness


Lishma is an awakening from above


What is Support in the Torah, in the Work


What is the habit becomes a second nature in the work


What is the difference between a shade of kedusha and a Shade of Sitra Achra


What are Three Things that Broaden One’s Mind in the Work


What is Make Haste My Beloved in the Work


Joy With a Quiver


The Essence of Man's Work



14 The Greatness of the Creator
15 What is Other Gods in the Work
16 What is the Day of the Lord and the Night of the Lord in the Work
17 What does it mean that Sitra Achra is called “Malchut without a Crown”
18 What is, My Soul shall Weep in Secret in the Work

Lishma (For Her Name)
(To Virtual Lesson)


Things that come from the heart

28 I Shall Not Die but Live

The Profit of a Land


What are the Three Bodies in a Man


Two Situations

61 Round About Him it Stormeth Mightily
72 Confidence is the Clothing for the Light
86 And They Built Store-Cities

Spirituality is That Which Is Never Lost


Still, Vegetative, Animate and Speaking


When One is Sometimes Preoccupied with Fear

153 A Thought is an Upshot of the Desire

Revealing of the Desire



Among the books and manuscripts that my Rabbi would study from, there was one particular notebook titled Shamati (What I Heard). That notebook would go with him wherever he went and time after time he would delve into it. On his deathbed, in the wee hours of the night, he suddenly handed me that notebook and said: "Take this notebook and study it." Early next morning, with me by his side, his pure soul climbed into the heavens. The notebook holds a collection of essays written word for word from the mouth of Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Ba'al Hasulam), my Rabbi's father, immediately after they were spoken. Because of their uniqueness, we've kept them in their original style of language, which my Rabbi so eagerly absorbed and upon which he based his schoolings. For our English readers we've translated some of the essays and will continue to do so until the work is done. May these essays promote you on your spiritual path.

Kabbalist Rav Michael Laitman, PhD


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