Rosh Hashanah 2018 with Karen & Michael Berg | Kabbalah Centre South Africa

Rosh Hashanah 2018 with Karen & Michael Berg

New York City September 9th – 11th, 2018

Your Rosh Hashanah Connection Fees Are Paid

thanks to a generous donor 

The two days of Rosh Hashanah are the most important and consequential days of the year for each person individually, and for the world collectively. The Zohar teaches that these two days and the connections that we make decide the next 363 days. How much life, Light, blessings, health, happiness, and fulfillment we will have in our lives is created on these two days. The importance of making the connection on these days cannot be overstated; we are creating and determining all aspects of our year on these two days.

We are happy to share that a generous donation has allowed us to have free connections & services in New York, for our global community. 

Making these connections properly with all of the kabbalistic tools, words, and meditations is very important on every Rosh Hashanah but even more so this Rosh Hashanah. It is therefore from the Light of the Creator that this year one of our generous friends and donors has been awakened by the good in his heart and desires to make the connections open for all people for free this year in New York City.* This will enable our students and friends to participate in all of the Rosh Hashanah prayers and connections together. 

Registration is now open!

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Please join us as we unite with other Kabbalah students around the world. To see the full Rosh Hashanah schedule of events, visit:

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*The free registration covers the connections and services only. It does not include hotel, meals, or Kids Camp.



More Consciousness for Rosh Hashanah

Message from Karen Berg

Welcome friends to the birthday of all of humankind known as Rosh Hashanah. It is true that Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the human being. Therefore, every soul on earth, no matter what religion, faith, or creed can connect and celebrate this day because it is a day owned by all humanity.

On Rosh Hashanah, we are given by the Creator a chance to begin again and renew our spiritual path. It is an opportunity to change the course of our lives. Is there not one among us who has not at one point wished he could start over again? Have we all not made a mistake and wished it could be fixed? Logic tells us that once a bell has been rung, it cannot be unrung, but logic is not aware of the power allotted to us from the Creator. Rosh Hashanah is a day when our actions are observed and even scrutinized from the preceding year. Yet, because of the awesome love of the Creator, we have also been given a way to circumvent any negative energy we have created and transform it to positive, not just for ourselves, but for our families as well. Each of you who will be joining us represents not just yourselves, but your families, friends, communities, cities, and countries. With all of us joining forces in the love we share for one another and the connections we make on this day, this energy will indeed extend to all whom you hold in your heart.

Rosh Hashanah is a time when we are obligated to face our karma, but when we pray here together, hand and hand, with the desire to better our lives in the coming year, we can change that karma. We do have that power and privilege during these 48 hours to draw down blessings for the coming year and negate any negative decrees. With the help of the Rav, Rabbi Shimon, the Ari, the magnificent tool of the Shofar, and the love we hold for each other, the opportunity is in our hands to create a good year ahead for ourselves and the people we love.

Throughout the year, the consequences of our actions are concealed. Whether we smile or scowl at a stranger on the street bears little consequence then. The effect of our actions is hidden via the mercy of time. On the day of Rosh Hashanah, which means head of the year, our accounting books are opened, added, checked, quantified, and calculated. We can no longer escape the truth of our actions during last year or even previous lifetimes. It seems to be an inescapable cosmic event. But nevertheless, the Light is stronger than darkness. Positivity does conquer negativity. Love does triumph over hatred. The Creator has given us the tools of the Shofar and prayer to combat the swinging pendulum of karma that heads our way during these two days. However, Kabbalah teaches us that these tools are not enough alone. If we wish to have a year full of as many blessings possible, we need to add to our tools a new consciousness; the consciousness of simple and pure love. The Shofar, meditations from the Ari, and connections can do half the job, but the other half lies within our hands. The Zohar refers to this as “chazek yadai” (strengthen my hands). In order for a year to come that radiates with blessings and all that is good, we need to choose love for our fellow human beings. This is how we can alter our destinies for the coming year.

You see, the answer is and always has been love. Love is our greatest tool and most powerful solution to fortify a year with seeds of sustenance, health, happiness, love, and Light of the Creator. This is what I wish for you.

We will stand, hand in hand, and face the truth of who we are together. With the blast of the Shofar, the wisdom of our teachers, and most importantly, a commitment to activate the spark of the Creator within, we will send love to every corner of the world. For it is then that we are able to face these two days with the certainty that we and our loved ones are indeed written in the Book of Life for the coming year.

Shana Tova and all my love,


Message from Michael Berg

"This Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year 5779 תשע״ט the last two letters עט are connected to the second verse in Psalms chapter 45. The entire chapter is filled with great secrets, and Rav Ashlag, the founder of the Centre, wrote his most important melody to the words of this chapter in Psalms. Verse two ends with the word “my tongue is a pen (עט) of an expert scribe.” This reveals to us two important secrets about this coming year.

First, the Zohar teaches that on Rosh Hashanah, the books of life and death are opened and through our prayers, meditations, and connections, we endeavor to be written in the book of life. Rav Ashlag taught that it is not the Creator who writes us in the book of life; rather that each of us through our connections on Rosh Hashanah achieves this “being written in the book of life” as he taught “we need to write ourselves in the book of life”. This year is the year of the ״pen (עט) of an expert scribe,״ so we have the greater ability to ensure through our words and connections to inscribe ourselves in the book of life, joy, and fulfillment.

The second revelation about this year speaks to all the hidden potential that we each have. The kabbalists teach that one of our biggest and constant mistakes in life is that we underestimate our own potential. It is because of this that we then do not manifest our true innate potential goodness in the world for ourselves or others. Verse two begins with the words “my heart is awakened to good things”. This refers to all the great potential in each of our hearts and souls that unfortunately often remains only in potential. This year we have the ability more than in any year to bring that potential to be revealed and manifested. This is the secret of the words, “my tongue is a pen (עט) of an expert scribe.” It means that we can be given the ability to bring into manifestation our innate goodness and greatness. This year on Rosh Hashanah, we have the ability to connect with our greater potential and draw the Light and strength to reveal it completely more than any other time before in our lives. We can make sure that this year so much more of the “good of our heart” is revealed in our lives and in our world as we will become “a pen (עט) of an expert scribe” able to reveal and manifest our Light."

– Michael Berg