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Mis­sion Statement

Con­gre­ga­tion Etz Chaim works with all peo­ple of Am Yis­rael in sup­port­ing their health, spir­i­tual evo­lu­tion, and Deveikut (con­nec­tion with HaShem) and Chey’rut (Enlight­en­ment). Peo­ple who have dis­tanced them­selves from Judaism or their reli­gions of birth are given an inspi­ra­tional way to con­nect to the great Torah Way as a full path to Lib­er­a­tion (Deveikut/Chey’rut). The PaRDeS (Pshat [lit­eral], Remez [sym­bolic], Drash [metaphor­i­cal], and Sod [metaphysical-spiritual]) is a teach­ing of the four gen­eral lev­els of under­stand­ing Torah. Con­gre­ga­tion Etz Chaim hon­ors all four, but par­tic­u­larly focuses on the “upper Sod” level, which takes us beyond meta­phys­i­cal and mag­i­cal Kab­balah to Achdut (direct cos­mic aware­ness and one­ness) and Deveikut/Chey’rut.