One week before 9/11, Kabbalist Rav Berg  said to everyone sitting in the Kabbalah Centre on Saturday morning: “What is a catastrophe?” The Rav explained that people call an event a catastrophe if death happens all at once and in the same location. The Rav said that if 100 people die in one location at the same time because of an accident we call it a catastrophe. But when 500,000 people die over the course of a year because of smoking, why why aren’t we calling smoking and the existence of tobacco companies a catastrophe?

The Rav said this is how the Adversary (the force called Satan) fools us. He spreads death out over time. He places the victims who are dying througout the world so that we do not connect the dots and feel the drama and sorrow of death. Just imagine if all 500,000 people were congregated in one place at the same time?

The Adversary uses “time” and “space” to blind us to the true darkness in our world. This way we do not see the disaster and catastrophe that is happening right in front of our eyes, every day.

Then the dark force in our world uses the drama of catastrophes on TV to keep us blinded to the other and far worse disasters in terms of the amounts of death and suffering taking place on a human scale.

This way both disasters keep on happening.

Events like earthquakes, airplane accidents, acts of terror, mass shootings, tornados and nuclear accidents occur because we do not perceive the catastrophes and disasters that we cause when we hurt the other people in our lives each day. We “spill blood” when we embarrass another human being. Every day billions of people allow their ego to shame other people and spill their blood, to cheat other people.

We allow injustice to happen to other people. We do not rise up against the day-to-day negative actions that occur. We believe that if we only steal a little bit, or curse at a person only when we’re angry, or talk slander only when the person deserves it, this will have no effect on the world — certainly not a disaster like a nuclear meltdown or earthquake or terrorist attack.


That’s the trick.

That’s the deception.

Each of us impact the world in every moment through our behavior. We can contribute to this world by contributing kindness and resisting egocentric behavior all day long.

The message of the Rav on that Saturday morning before 9/11 was clear: We don’t realize that our individual negative actions of ego accumulate. They build up. Then they feed the collective dark force on a global scale. When a disaster strikes on the news, we all react and feel the pain. Of course, we do need to react and take action to help with global catastrophes that appear on the news. But JUST as important, we need to take proactive action and feel the pain from all the disasters and catastrophes that happen in the world each day of our lives. To know that human beings are being trafficked every day. That people are hurting from poverty. That injustice happens daily to individuals in small towns and large cities throughout the world. And that our own actions either contribute Light or contribute darkness to the collective whole. We are either strengthening the dark force of this world, or we are strengthening the Light-Force in this world. Every second.

It’s the small things. It’s always about the small things.

The large dramatic disasters only occur when the small egocentric, reactive and selfish actions of individuals accumulate and reach critical mass!

When we raise our consciousness to the the level that we truly see the impact our individual behavior has upon the world, the world-at-large will change.

Make no mistake — space between people creates a space for chaos to happen. The disunity between us is the ultimate source of negativity. Unified evil will always defeat the side of good if there is disunity. The side of good must be unified in order to defeat evil.

Send food, donate blood, offer your prayers, send water, money, Zohars and other aid to people, cities and countries when a disaster occurs.

But just as important, the Rav is saying we need to start living differently. Right now. We need to become accountable. We need to recognize that our actions accumulate. Icebergs do not appear out of nowhere. They emerge from the ocean. Our collective actions are the ocean. We either produce icebergs of darkness or Light.

We need to fight the future chaos and prevent tomorrow’s disaster before it appears on CNN.


By fighting our ego in the next minute. By not being right all the time. By conceding a point. By not judging someone, even if they deserve it. By doing small acts of uncomfortable sharing. By spending 5 minutes meditating upon the Zohar to remove the darkness from within and the darkness from the world. By offering tolerance to our enemies. By offering dignity to friends when they make us burn with anger. By looking for the good instead of looking for the bad in others.

We must use the Zohar to turn our ego and ambition that is solely directed towards the self and direct a portion of it to serve the welfare of others.

Soon the world will realize that all of our talents were given to us for the purpose of causing happiness in other peoples lives. Not our own life.
Soon the world will come to the realization that we did not come to this existence to make our own dreams come true.

We came here to make OTHER people’s dreams come true.

And THEN the rest of the world will make our dreams come true as well.

That’s the trick. That’s the secret to creating heaven on earth and experiencing profound technological, biological, sociological breakthroughs in the world that will transform everything in ways we dare not imagine.

A simple shift in consciousness—from taking to giving—will turn the world into a true paradise.

Remaining with the destructive consciousness of “me first” will allow the earthquakes, poverty, wars and loneliness to continue to afflict our lives.

And remember, the ego (The Adversary) has one job right now — to convince us that the ego cannot possibly be the cause of earthquake, hurricanes, mass shootings and nuclear meltdowns.

Ever wonder how many miracles and disasters have we already prevented by sharing the Zohar and restricting our egos? We don’t know because those disasters never happened. But if there are still tears in the world, if there are people still hungry, sad, lonely, homeless, hurt and broken, there is still more work to be done.

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3 Responses

  1. Juan Carlos says:


  2. ruth says:

    its all so weird and wonderful to put these pieces together and make sense of what is really going on

    i am living in jerusalem, what a honour, this is the place where people think of others all the time where that is the norm.

    its amazing to be in this new world of spirituality all around all the time and here its easier to do these things you talk about

    i am sure that there are people who will listen to this message and do the right thing and there is a hunger in the world for peace as never before because of all the violence and terror

    in the meantime blessings from the holy city and hag samach for our pessah and may this pessah be better and bring more light than all the pessahs before

  3. Valerie says:

    Thank you.
    Beautiful. Simple. Profound.
    Stop taking – start giving … unconditionally, without agenda.

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