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For most of his life, he was a simple worker, doing road works, construction works, and low-level clerical work. He studied Kabbalah with his father for more than thirty years. When his father, Baal HaSulam, fell ill, he appointed the Rabash to give the lessons to his disciples in his stead.
Due to disputes concerning the rights to publish The Book of Zohar with the Sulam commentary that his father wrote, Baruch Ashlag left Israel for three years, spending most of that time in the United Kingdom. He also taught Kabbalah in Gateshead and in other cities in the U. Upon his return to Israel, the Rabash continued to study and to teach.
He did not want to become publicly known as a Kabbalist; hence, as did his father, he declined any offers for official posts. After the end of the s, he changed his ways and began teaching Kabbalah in broader circles. He would travel to wherever there was even the smallest demand to hear about Kabbalah.
Among the cities he frequented were HebronTiberiasand Jerusalem. He himself moved to the second floor of the building. Insome forty new students joined the group of Kabbalists that the Rabash had been teaching up to that point.
To help them "fit in" with the group more easily and quickly, he began to compose essays describing the spiritual evolution of an individual, and the basics of the work in a group of Kabbalists.
In time, his disciples collected the essays he had written and published them in a five volume publication known as Shlavey ha Sulam "Rungs [of] the Ladder".
His disciples testify that "the Rabash believed that any person, man or woman, and even the youngest child can study the internality of the Torah, if they only wish to complete the correction of their souls". The uniqueness of the book is in its content, and the conversational language in which it is written.
The book contains essays that describe the spiritual states one experiences along the spiritual path. These essays are the only documentation that we have of the conversations the author of the Sulam commentary had had with his disciples.
The book title comes from the writing that appeared on the cover of the notebook in which it was written, where the Rabash himself wrote, "Shamati" I heard. From the 2nd printing onward, the book also contains "The Melodies of the Upper World," music notes to 15 of the melodies Baal HaSulam and the Rabash composed.
Igrot Rabash "Letters [of the] Rabash": These are letters Baruch Ashlag had sent to his disciples while he was overseas. Dargot ha Sulam "Steps [of] the Ladder": This is a two-volume publication containing primarily utterances and notes that Rabbi Baruch Ashlag had written in the course of his life.
Shlavey ha Sulam "Rungs [of] the Ladder": From the moment a person enters a certain society, he no longer has freedom of choice and is completely subordinate to its influence. The actual spiritual work is revealed through study and a process of internal transformation. Therefore the teaching cannot be understood simply intellectually and is dependent on the inner processes the disciple experiences.
In other words, one needs to want to experience the states that the Kabbalist who wrote the book is describing. However, this is a complex process, requiring time and considerable effort on the part of the student, since one must reach a state of "prayer," i.
From the moment a person acquires a complete measure of desire to reach spirituality, the spiritual world opens and one discovers the Upper Worlds described by the author.
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