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The Five Levels of Pardes

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV In  rabbinic Judaism there are four types or levels of study called pardes. In Mormon Kabbalah, we add a fifth. These are: P’shat (פְּשָׁט‬) – “surface” is the literal or direct interpretation, taking the words at their most basic and literal meaning. Remez (רֶמֶז‬) – “hints” the allegoric. the hidden or symbolic meaning when we…

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Unconditional Love

“YHVH hath appeared of old unto me, saying: ‘Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.’” -Jeremiah 31:3 What is love? Is there a difference between God’s love and mankind’s ideas of love? Does God ever stop loving us? There is an idea out in the world that God will only love us “if.” What must we do then to earn God’s love? Please follow and like us:

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Ayin Hara and the Red Bracelet

“Therefore one who has ayin hara, the evil eye—that is, one who is naturally envious and jealous in disposition—is biased by the spirit of evil; and the sphere wherein they move becomes a power of evil to others and should be avoided, in order to escape injury from them.” -Zohar ‘Why the Animal was Destroyed by the Deluge‘ vs 20-21 One of the most well known traditions in Kabbalah may be the red or scarlet bracelet worn by practitioners. It is חוט…

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Holy Sabbaths, Holy Days

”They observed to keep the law of Moses and the Sabbath day holy unto the Lord.” —Jarom 1:5b OPV, 1:11 RAV The Sabbath is a holy day of rest for all of the Abrahamic religions. The most well know, weekly Sabbath is based on the creation story in the Torah, in the second chapter of Genesis. In Teshuvah, the Sabbath is a day of rest from a week of recreation, growth in Christ’s Grace. The Law of Moses and Christian Sabbath…

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Hei Lamed Lamed

“Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.” Psalms 9:11 Hei Lamed Lamed (Hebrew is read backwards) is a meditation for dreaming or entering the dream state. Dreams are a gateway to the subconsciousness. The Lord spoke to many prophets; Joseph of Egypt, Lehi, Omer, Daniel, and Joseph the husband of Mary are but a few (Genesis 37:5; 1 Nephi 1:41 RAV, 8:2 OPV; Either 4:3 RAV, 9:3a OPV; Daniel 7:1; Matthew 1:20).…

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The New and Everlasting Covenant

“Behold, I say unto you that all old covenants have I caused to be done away in this thing; and this is a new and an everlasting covenant, even that which was from the beginning.” -Doctrine and Covenants 20:1a CoC, 22:1 LdS With the restoration of all things started by Joseph Smith, the Lord made an everlasting covenant with those that would follow and worship Him in these, the last days. About 1,800 years after Christ had ascended to heaven,…

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Garments of the Priesthood

“Let all thy garments be plain, and their beauty the beauty of the work of thine own hands; and let all things be done in cleanliness before me.” -Doctrine and Covenants 42:11a CoC, 42:40-41 LdS As a part of receiving one’s Initiatories we are given the garments of the priesthood. Into these garments symbols are sewn or cut, that they may function much like a classic amulet that has power from God. What are these garments? When should we wear them?…

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