Kabbalah–Arizal and Reb Chaim’s Soul of Life

photograph by Meir Simcha Sokol, may his soul have an aliyah-   Sky in Europe

photograph by Meir Simcha Sokol, may his soul have an aliyah- Sky in Europe


Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, known as the Arizal Hakodesh, is part of the basic foundation of what we call in modern lingo Kabbalah.

One book that describes much of the Arizal’s thinking is Soul of Life, (Hebrew: Nefesh HaChaim).  The author is Reb Chaim of Volozhin.  A new book in English which is authentically the translation of Nefesh HaChaim is The Soul of Life, The Complete Neffesh Ha-Chayyim, translated by Eliezer Lipa (Leonard) Moskowitz.  2012,  New Davar Publications, Teaneck, N.J., distributed by Amazon.com.inc.  www.amazon.com

Because the English translation reads so fluidly, it is a great source book to recommend to everyone.  The life of the book is really the pulse of authentic Orthodox Judaism.  Whereby we pray seriously and know our prayers written by the Great Sanhedrin and that they are to be directed to the Great Creator of the Universe.  Whereby we also keep all the 613 Torah commandments with scrupulous care.   This is a thrust of Reb Chayyim (Chaim) of Volozhin.   The other part of the basic foundation of what we call Kabbalah includes the Zohar.  This, too, is quoted extensively in the book being reviewed here: The Complete Neffesh Ha-Chayyim.

Quote: “…a fundamental principle of Rav Chayyim’s worldview, and of the other sages who subscribe to the Kabbalah of the Ariza”l…” …is that God’s purpose for Man in this world is …”to heal the world, to repair what is broken via the thought-acts, speech-acts and physical-acts defined in the Torah, to ultimately bring the world to wholeness and perfection–meaning the awareness of God’s one-ness and adherence to and enactment of His will, as expressed in Torah…rectification…that achieves TEE-KOON (Hebrew for repair).” Page 253 of Neffesh Ha-Chayyim (Nefesh HaChaim).  So here we have in a nutshell that teekoon, repair/rectification is the main thrust in our lives.  And this book by Rav Chayyim/Chaim in this book review gives us all the tools to do much of the repair!  A handbook for repair of the world!!! in a 600 page book!  All it takes is to study this book!  But the book has tasks for us to do: 1. to study Torah daily and deeply, 2. to keep all the 613 mitzvos/commandments of the Torah scrupulously.  3. and other tasks.

The power of the Jew in doing good or (God forbid) not good has huge effects on the universe.  “The wise man who understands the veracity of this, his heart/mind will shiver within him with fear and trembling when he regards his no-good actions (heaven forefend), when they arrive to ruin and destroy with a minor sin (heaven forefend) much more than Nebuchadnezzar and Titus (who were the generals in charge of the armies that destroyed the first and second Holy Temples respectively.)” page 52 of Neffesh Ha-Chayyim.

It is important to see unadulterated Kabbala and you can find it in this book.  It goes by chapters and if you have the original Hebrew text of Neffesh Ha-Chayyim you can see that the chapters are the same with the translation not word for word, but the meaning so exact and careful in translation.  In this way you can use the Hebrew original, if your Hebrew is up to snuff, and have the translation by Moskowitz enhance your understanding.

I will not review the many ideas in the book as they are mighty and powerful and in need of much explanation, so a short book review is not the place to do surgery on kabbalah.  I hope you investigate these ideas above and read the book and then apply it to your life.

As we always write in Beyondarecipe.com, a Jew keeps the 613 commandments of the Torah and a non-Jew has the responsibility to keep the 7 commandments in the Torah for Noahide gentiles.  This is not chance stuff, nor is it choice.  For Jews is it not our history for thousands of years that proves adherence to the Torah is our life and the whole meaning of existence?  Can a Jew hang around in bars on a Saturday afternoon, watching a movie and smoking a cigarette?  Never.  So the Jew is really one and the same with Torah.  And can a non-Jew be ignorant of the 7 Noahide laws and feel that is just a o k?  Nope.  Noahide laws:  please learn them and be surprised that they are about respecting Jewish Orthodox Rabbis and their Torah.  No room for anti-semitism and no room for other religions.  This sounds so intolerant, but in the larger picture it is the blueprint for world unity and peace–yes, indeed.


photo by Meir Simcha Sokol, may his soul have an alliyah. title:Europe's sky

photo by Meir Simcha Sokol, may his soul have an alliyah. title:Europe’s sky





Kabala can refer to: Kabbalah

Pesach/Passover Restaurants

In Jerusalem

Restaurants for Pesach/Passover

Who is Etzioni!
Etzioni Catering has been supplying take away foods for Rosh Hashana and Pesach for more than 15 years. Etzioni Catering offers a traditional European menu. Mehadrin, Kitniyot Free, Non-Gebrochts, Gluten Free, Shmita L’chumra. Delivery thoughout the country for a fee depending on distance. Delivery Thursday April 2.
See the Etzioni Pesach menu and place your order by Motzei Shabbat March 28.

Etzioni Catering

A Nis 300 voucher is on auction now. Start bid just 100 shekels. Place your bids

catering offers a dairy and parve menu for Pesach. Delivery in Jerusalem and throughout the country.
Orders are accepted through Chol Hamoed but if you don’t order early the items that you want may be out of stock. View and print the Devorah Shecter Pesach menu. Circle the items to order, and fax it in.
A Nis 300 voucher is on auction now. Place your bids

View and print the JERUSALEM CUISINE Pesach menu. Circle the items and fax it in. Delivery in Jerusalem and throughout Israel.
Orders are accepted through Chol Hamoed

but if you don’t order early the items that you want may be out of stock. Free delivery for orders above NIS 980.


Dinner Specials in March
Just one more week to enjoy a 15% discount at ETNIKA restaurant with this eLuna coupon. If you know this restaurant you will want to dine at a discount. Etnika Restaurant will be open on Chol Hamoed and will honor eLuna coupons.

Emile Zola…once more by R. L.

The poem below was composed March 2015 by R. L.  see her other poem and her biography  Breathes There a Jew

Emile Zola…once more   by R.L.

Emile Zola, could you please help us once more and accuse

The world of falsely condemning Israelis and Jews;

of finding us guilty of excessive might:

Disregarding our threatened existential plight.

If we weakly and meekly continue to treat

The Moslems and their supporters will go right ahead

with their condemnations and allegations of all

we’ve done evil

Throw our liberties and freedoms into utter upheaval

So help us, Emile Zola, maintain our good reputation,

and live in peace as a people and as a nation.

(Original poem by R.L. March 2015)

Yitzhak Hasson-Violin Lesson In Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, Israel!!!!
Violin Lessons, so make a bee line for a great
opportunity to learn to play the violin!!! please call
Yitzhak Hasson!
Professional Violinist – MA 

Available for violin lessons
Susuki Method
In your home or mine.
Children and Adults
References available
Yitzhak Hasson
Violin lessons are his specialty

Faran– Ramon Crater Natural Care


What an amazing product line!  The Baby Oil has lavender and many other gentle and soothing oils and natural ingredients.  You must buy it and use to take off make-up, or lubricate your neck and face and body, or use for massaging muscles after exercise or before bed.  The many other products by FARAN are  on their website for sale–www.FARAN-COSMETICS.COM

Ramon Crater Natural Care products.  972 8 6539333

MITZPE RAMON is near Sde Bokek and not far from Beersheva.  It is a wonder of nature with a crater that is natural,  not from a meteor.  The desert area with the Ramon crater is a canyon type desert landscape with gorgeous beauty and silence and visitor touring center.  Jeep rides are available.  I did this and it was fun and interesting with ADAM giving us the geology lecture on the bottom of the crater.  Stunning to view, to photograph, to sit and ponder the endless wonder of sky and hills and cliffs and desert.

Kosher and Jewish

Kosher is not always easy to keep.  It means not eating pork in a public restaurant.  It means not eating shrimp or sushi with crabmeat.  It means not eating cheese with meat.

So WHAT can you eat?  Susie Fishbein has a great bunch of cookbooks to give you hundreds of great recipes that are 100 per cent kosher and so delicious and elegant.  But then again there are endless foods you can eat that are kosher in your home or in a kosher restaurant.

Where are kosher restaurants?  In major cities in the U.S. and Europe, S. Africa, Australia and parts of Asia and all over Israel.  There are Apps on I Phone with kosher restaurants!  Check them out.  An Orthodox Jewish Rabbi has to oversee the restaurant, in order for the food to be kosher.  There are foods in stores with kosher emblems, that means the factory or kitchen was kosher and the emblem was put on with the approval of an Orthodox Jewish rabbi as an individual or with an organization (team of rabbis).

Some famous organizations include OU, OK, Chof K, Eidus Hareidi, to list only a few.

Kosher is something that is part of laws of dietary matters for Jews, as given to Mose by God in the Five Books of Moses.  They are detailed and include many things such as how to slaughter animals and which animals are kosher and how to then prepare the animals.  There are produce from trees and the ground that are permitted only when checked that they have no bugs or worms.  The checking is also set down with rabbis able to teach us the particulars.

Kosher requires care and time and learning.  It is finite, but does seem a bit endless.  There are foods not permitted on the holiday of Passover.

There are foods that cannot be prepared one day a week, Sabbath.  For example, you cannot take a raw steak and barbecue it on Saturday afternoon.  Even if the steak was slaughtered in the kosher way.

So if you are interested in Kosher, you can learn from an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi.  chabad.org and other websites have qualified Orthodox Jewish rabbis with the information at their fingertips.

Why eat kosher?  Because God told Jews to eat kosher and we wish to serve God and follow His laws/commandments/mitzvos!


Bullying Jonah organization

Pray for Jonah’s success (see   letter to you about details) Bullying Jonah organization may cause world destruction as Jonah is all about the right to decide to abandon same sex attraction.  The U.S. court system as it stands has often championed homosexuality as the new option.  However, this is a wild idea full of immorality.  The fact that a person decides to be homosexual need not be championed as ideal, even in a world of freedom.  Sometimes freedom to do anything can fall into freedom to do destruction.

I am not saying that a person cannot be homosexual.  Of course, if that is what a person is doing, then that is what they are being.  Now if a person is doing homosexual acts and wants it to be considered normal and fine, then having the legal system say it is fine might be a very wise solution.

There was a time that no one was allowed to marry out of their religion.  There was a time no one could be black and marry a white person in places in U.S.  So many times there are traditions and laws that existed and that were changed.  Thus, laws can change and do.

However, as a basic right anyone who says he is homosexual and wishes to stop having same sex attraction, this is so suitable for the laws that the U.S. and Europe had for thousands of years.  However, now with so many powerful and wealthy people pushing homosexuality as a option for life-style, a strange thing happened that the right to STOP having the same sex attraction has been battled, so  that the courts want to say YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO SAY YOU CAN HELP A PERSON TRYING TO ABANDON SAME SEX ATTRACTION IN HIS/HER LIFE.

As this is the problem now, so this above is trying to ask you: pray that people can turn to JONAH and not have JONAH organization destroyed by the court and the many lawyers.  Boy, have they a lot of money to try to end JONAH.  And who are they?  They are some large organizations pro-homosexuality.

I know beyondarecipe.com is here to promote morality.  So one of the Noahide laws says that homosexual behavior is against the morality of the universe: it is part of the Seven Noahide Laws–one cannot do homosexual acts and that is how it is.  Of course, as Rabbi Aaron Feldman, the Orthodox Jewish rabbi, says: one can think about wanting to have homosexuality but one cannot do anything about it.  Thinking is not doing.

One might think to steal a great diamond bracelet, that can be possible yet no one is allowed to steal a thing from another person.

So it is thinking happens…and that is for all mankind.  But acting on such thoughts is prohibited.  A man should have a woman as a sexual partner and they must be interested in permanent relationship and aim to have children.  Sexuality is not a sport, nor a big opened option for all types of levels.

letter for you

September 2014: Jonah is an active organization with a mission to offer homosexuals an option to leave their same sex attraction for heterosexual attraction.  They have been bullied by individuals and groups to the point of almost destroying the Jonah organization.  to reach Jonah Organization:

For more information or to support JONAH, Please contact us.
Phone: 201-433-3444 Email: info@jonahweb.org
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 313 Jersey City, NJ, 07303 USA

Pray for Jonah to have success!!!

Dear Friends,  (see JONAH unwanted same sex attraction)

This note was received from Alan Downing, one of the parties being sued, reporting on the litigation. We believe it is an important request to share it with all of you.  We ask that you please read it and keep Alan and the entire JONAH team in your prayers.

I am writing today with an urgent request for your fasting and prayers this weekend and in the week to come.  We are at a critical point in the court case.   The judge will be making decisions that are fundamental, not only regarding whether or not we go to trial, which is pretty much assumed at this point, but more importantly regarding limitations that will be placed on our attorneys during the anticipated trial that will make our defense far more difficult.  The details of what happened are as follows.


I spent Friday morning with Arthur Goldberg, Elaine Berk, and our attorneys Charles LiMandri and Mike Laffey.  We were in court with two of the five plaintiffs and fourteen of their attorneys. We were there to hear the judge determine who amongst the plaintiffs and defendants expert witnesses would be allowed to testify in the trial, currently scheduled for April. The result of today’s ruling is that the judge has denied our motion (the defendants) to exclude their (the plaintiffs) expert witnesses and has taken under advisement the plaintiffs motion to deny the defendants expert witnesses the right to testify at trial. The judge expects to rule on the plaintiffs’ motion by next Thursday when we will be back in court so the judge can hear oral arguments around two additional motions one from the plaintiffs for partial summary judgment and one from the defendants for summary judgment.  The judge sent some very clear messages today in his ruling and statements.  


These include:
– This case will be tried as a simple and straightforward consumer fraud action
– The judge does not appear to see this case as impacting freedom of religion and freedom of speech, and seems to want to avoid any “politicization” of the issues
– That the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistics  Manual) and the opinion of mainstream mental health organizations regarding homosexuality is definitive and carries the weight of scientific fact, even if those statements were based more on political pressure than scientific proof. We will not be allowed to litigate the validity of the APA’s and other organizations positions

The most significant issue that has come out of yesterday’s hearing and that will also be addressed in next week’s hearing is the contention on the part of the plaintiffs that since the majority of mental health and medical organizations have said that homosexuality is not “disordered”, therefore to say or even imply that about homosexuality should be considered fraudulent speech and thus a violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.  This ruling, if it goes in favor of the plaintiffs, will have a major impact on our case and perhaps more importantly on anyone who holds an opinion around homosexuality that runs contrary to the opinion held by the APA, AMA, ACA, etc . . .  


While we are confident that we can show that statements describing homosexuality as a mental disorder or illness were not made by the defendants, or were taken out of context, a ruling favoring the plaintiff’s motion would nonetheless make the job of disproving consumer fraud much more difficult as it might even impact what our fact witnesses, who have benefited from this work, will be able to say in their testimony. More importantly, such a ruling will set the precedent that can and will be followed by other courts and legislatures to inhibit the work of other individuals and organizations. 


People Can Change / Journey into Manhood came up again during yesterday’s hearing, in that the plaintiff’s see Jonah and PCC as one in the same.  Up to this point we have no indication that the judge will prevent them from establishing that connection in the minds of the jurors.  It isn’t a far stretch to see how other organizations like Northstar, and even religious organizations could ultimately be impacted by the direction that this ruling is currently headed, where to express an opinion that runs contrary to “mainstream” thinking is viewed as consumer fraud. 


So as I said at the outset of this email, I am writing today to ask if you would keep us in your prayers and make our cause a part of your fast this weekend.  We are deeply in need of G-d’s intervention that somehow He will influence the judge’s thinking and not let this attack on free speech and freedom of choice go any further. 

– Please pray for our attorneys who are valiantly fighting this battle on all of our behalf, despite limited time and resources.  They are not unlike the army of Gideon who went up to battle against the Midianites (Judges 7) with a small force and the power of G-d behind them.  Please pray that G-d shows his hand soon.
– Please pray that the judge will let our experts testify.
– Please pray that the judge will not make this incredible leap that would make stating an opinion that is not endorsed by the DSM fraudulent speech.
– Please pray for our cause and the men and women whom we serve, who want and need the freedom to work out their internal conflicts in the way that honors their beliefs and values.

The judge could have ruled on the motion to exclude our witnesses yesterday.  We believe he was ready to do so and yet he hesitated and deferred his decision.  Were the arguments of our attorneys so compelling?  We think they were.  Did he need to find more solid legal precedent?  We think he did.  Does he need to consult with colleagues?  Perhaps and we hope so that he might hear opinions that will increase his options in carrying out justice.  Was the spirit of G-d present and working on his conscience?  We can only hope, but we do know that like Gideon, we are not fighting this battle alone.  


Though the court was adjourned yesterday, the work of convincing the judge is not over.  Please fast and pray that a miracle will occur, that the Judge will be blessed with wisdom and discernment as he grapples with this decision and of course for the will of G-d to be accomplished. Thank you for your prayers and on-going support and for fighting alongside us in this battle. 


In brotherhood, Alan    to reach Jonah Organization: For more information or to support JONAH, Please contact us.
Phone: 201-433-3444 Email: info@jonahweb.org
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 313 Jersey City, NJ, 07303 USA