Today is a special day in memory of my teacher, Rabash, the anniversary of his departure (Yahrzeit). But in fact, this day cannot be called special because we are always in connection with Rabash, with his high spirit, his path.
It is not customary among Kabbalists, like ordinary people, to grieve for the deceased, for his body no longer being near us. After all, he is connected with us even more than during the life of the physical body because we are filled with his spirit, and day by day we try to cleave to his words, to his message, to his soul.
Therefore, it remains only to thank the Creator for sending us such a soul, which has become our guide on the spiritual path, leads us and guides us. Through Rabash, the Creator fills us and manages us.
First of all, of course, we should be grateful to the Creator, and after Him to this great soul Rabash for his efforts to build the Kabbalistic group Bnei Baruch in order to convey to us all the wisdom of Kabbalah and the method of correction with the help of which we can achieve merging with Creator.
That is why I named our group Bnei Baruch (Sons of Baruch) in honor of Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag. Let’s hope that we will be able to justify the name we have taken and implement its methodology right up to the very purpose of creation.
Kabbalists usually do not celebrate the day of remembrance as it is customary, to commemorate the deceased on this day and gather at his grave. We understand that a person is not where his body is buried. Our thoughts are directed in a completely different direction.
Baal HaSulam said that it did not matter to him where his sack of bones will be buried because the soul is not connected with material remains. We want to cleave to the soul of Rabash and that is why we attach such importance to the day of his memory because this is an occasion, a special opportunity, to get even closer to his spirit and to further advance in his path to the Creator.
Of course, we celebrate this special day of memory of Rabash, but we associate it more with the spiritual path he paved.
I chose this name Bnei Baruch for our Kabbalistic group because Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag is our spiritual father, which means that we are his sons. Therefore, I had no doubt that we should be called Sons of Baruch. I was hoping that we could be worthy of this name.
I was with my teacher for twelve years and felt like a small child growing up next to an adult. He seemed huge to me, and I tried to hold on to him all the time as a child clings to a father. Therefore, I did not have to look for this name; it came to me naturally, by itself.
Our center is located on the street named after Rabash. Petach Tikva now has a street named after him, and the building of the Bnei Baruch center is located on this street. Every day we study his articles, his methodology, and we get everything from him. It is clear that Baal HaSulam stands behind Rabash, but he is extremely high, like endless space. And Rabash is closer to us. He is like a father to us.
Baal HaSulam is followed by Baal Shem Tov, then the Ari, and then Rabbi Shimon, the author of The Book of Zohar. Through this chain, we receive all our sources for studying Kabbalah. Rabash and Baal HaSulam are two people the Creator gave us so that we could approach Him.
I am grateful to my disciples for the fact that they have received from the Creator the desire to accept this material, to bind themselves to the goal of creation, and to try to achieve it. Thank you!
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/20, “Memorial Day for Rav Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (Rabash)”