THEMES of Featured Ari Articles

Honoring the Masculine and Feminine
When we honor both the male and female aspects of Shabbat, we will be redeemed.
The Sages state that if the Jewish people would keep two Shabbats properly, they would be redeemed immediately. This is usually understood to mean two Shabbats in a row, but the Ari comments that the mystical meaning of this statement is that we must keep the two spiritual aspects of the Shabbat - the feminine and masculine aspects - Shabbat night and Shabbat day.
Mistake of the Mixed Multitude
Kabbalah reveals the spiritual drama between soul-roots.
When the Jews left Egypt, Moses acceded to take along a "mixed multitude" of non-Jews with them, people who had not been fully educated about the ways of Judaism and the path of the Torah. G-d did not want to accept these unfit converts. Had they not joined the Jewish people, there would have been no death or exile.
Fixing the Mixing
Fixing the Mixing
Kabbalah expounds the mystical background of the Golden Calf.
The Sages note that it was the "Mixed Multitude" of non-Jews that accompanied the Jews in their exodus from Egypt who instigated the idolatry of the Golden Calf. The Arizal explains that they were indeed meant to be elevated eventually, since they contained sparks of holiness, but Moses tried to do this prematurely.
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