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S h a m a t i

(Essays by Kabbalist Rabbi Y. Ashlag)

 

Kabbalist Rabbi Y. Ashlag
(1882-1955)
often called "Ba'al Hasulam"
due to his commentary on the Zohar,
"The Ladder" (Hebrew - "Hasulam")

 

 

1

There is None Else Beside Him
(To Virtual Lesson)
 

2 Divinity  in exile
3 The Matter of Spiritual Attainment
 
 
4

What is the reason for the heaviness
 

5

Lishma is an awakening from above
 

6

What is Support in the Torah, in the Work
 

7

What is the habit becomes a second nature in the work
 

8

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

9

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

10

What is Make Haste My Beloved in the Work
 

11

Joy With a Quiver

12

The Essence of Man's Work

13

Pomegranate

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
 
 
20

Lishma (For Her Name)
(To Virtual Lesson)
 

 
25

Things that come from the heart
 

 
28 I Shall Not Die but Live
34

The Profit of a Land

36

What are the Three Bodies in a Man
 

50

Two Situations

61 Round About Him it Stormeth Mightily
 
72 Confidence is the Clothing for the Light
 
86 And They Built Store-Cities
 
98

Spirituality is That Which Is Never Lost
 

115

Still, Vegetative, Animate and Speaking
 

138

When One is Sometimes Preoccupied with Fear
 

153 A Thought is an Upshot of the Desire
 
213

Revealing of the Desire

Introduction

 

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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