Holydays
July 20, 2018

Tisha B’Av: Destruction and Rebirth

Our lives are filled with joys and sorrows, successes and disappointments, births and deaths, creation and destruction. Most of the time, we busy ourselves with the day- to-day affairs of…
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Holydays
June 29, 2018

In the Narrow Straits

On the seventeenth of Tammuz (commemorated on July 1), we begin the period of three weeks of mourning leading up to the solemn day of Tisha B’Av. Tisha B’Av commemorates…
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Holydays
May 18, 2018

Like a Desert

Why was the Torah given in the desert of Sinai? Whoever does not make himself ownerless and abandoned like a desert, cannot acquire the wisdom of the Torah. – Numbers…
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Holydays
April 18, 2018

WALKING THE LAND OF ISRAEL

“Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to you.” - Genesis 13:17 There are matters that we…
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Holydays
April 5, 2018

In the Midst of the Sea

“Speak to the Children of Israel that they go forward.” - Exodus 14:15 “He who can forebear, lives. He who cannot, is lost.” - Sri Ramakrishna {{1}} There are times in life…
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Holydays
March 30, 2018

Liberation

Pesach (Passover) is a time of liberation. It is the holyday when we break free from all of our fetters. Pesach is the moment when we are liberated from all…
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Holydays
March 23, 2018

Freedom

“Our soul is escaped like a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the…
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Holydays
March 16, 2018

Preparing for Pesach

The weeks before Pesach are a time of intense physical work, getting our homes ready for the holyday. We turn our house inside out and upside down to seek out…
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Holydays
February 28, 2018

Purim Knowledge

Lord, You fill all worlds, and surround all worlds. And Lord without You, there is no world at all. - The Zohar “The Lord does everything. My Divine Mother dwells in…
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Holydays
February 22, 2018

Zachor – Remember Amalek

Despite our deepest wish that it not be so, there are people in this world who have no compassion or love. There are people who show no pity or decency.…
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Holydays
January 25, 2018

Rooted in the Ground of Being: Tu B’Shvat: The New Year for Trees

  The most difficult thing in the world is to just be - to stop planning, scheming, and doing and just be. Yet, there is nothing more powerful than a…
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Holydays
December 15, 2017

This is Hanukkah

The eighth and last day of Hanukkah has a special significance in the Hasidic tradition. This added significance is emphasized by the distinctive manner by which we refer to this…
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