Do you get postcards from God? What do postcards from God look like? Some are easy to understand while others require more work with the interpretation.
Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson explores the deep meaning behind Parashat Balak to reveal what to do with our ever expanding and contracting consciousness and how we can prepare ourselves to decipher the postcards we receive from God.
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Postcards. Do you remember postcards? I used to collect postcards as a kid in Israel. I get postcards from God. Do you get postcards from God? What do postcards from God look like? Some are easy to understand while others require more work with the interpretation.
Postcards are what’s happening in this week’s parasha:
The pasuk says: “There are no divinations in Jacob and no enchantment in Israel.”
Jacob and Israel are two different levels of consciousness, Jacob, like the word ‘ekev’ in Hebrew, or heel, represents contracting consciousness. And Israel, is expanding consciousness.
The Izhbitza rebbe said when we are in contracted consciousness, like Jacob, and we don’t know what to do – “Don’t be a nachash, like a snake, don’t wrap yourself on to it and not let go of it, wait, let go, let it be.”
On the other hand, if you are like Israel, and you know what needs to happen, then don’t say, “ I’ll wait and let it happen.” No. if you know it needs to happen, you have to go for it. Sometimes we have to hold on to something and sometimes we need to let go. Sometimes we have clarity and sometimes, truth be told, we don’t. Here, we are told: We know when we are not sure and to let go and we know when we have clarity and we need to hold on.
I bless us that when the postcards from God come that we can understand what those postcards are.
Reb Mimi serves as the Mashpiah Ruchanit (spiritual mentor) of the Rabbinical School, and teaches Talmud and Hassidic Thought. She will guide and walk with the rabbinical students on their personal-spiritual journeys. She served as the Mashpiah Ruchanit of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles for the last 16 years. Prior to this Reb Mimi was one of the founding administration and faculty members of the “Yakar” Beit Midrash and community.