Holydays
August 4, 2017

Double Consolation

There is a famous Zen parable that tells the story of a rich man’s son who was lost or kidnapped. In the parable, the rich man searches for his son…
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Holydays
July 27, 2017

Tisha B’Av: The Great Shattering

The story is told of how the Indian saint, Seshadri Swami, would go through the market of the town where he lived and smash the windows of the local shopkeepers.…
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Holydays
July 7, 2017

In the Narrow Straits

On the seventeenth of Tammuz (commemorated on July 11), 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 25, 2017

Revelation Through Love

When the Baal Shem Tov was once asked why he came into this world, he replied: “In former times, they served God through yirah – through the path of austerity,…
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Holydays
May 11, 2017

Lag Ba’Omer

Bar Yochai! With oil of sacred anointment were you anointed from the holy measure You bore the headplate, a crown of holiness, bound upon your head is your glory… Bar…
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Holydays
April 14, 2017

Higher Mind: The Vision of the Red Sea

“A handmaid saw at the Red Sea what even Ezekiel, son of Buzi, did not see.” - Mechilta Exodus 15 The Rabbis made this astonishing statement, not about the revelation…
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Holydays
April 7, 2017

Roadmap to Freedom

“The order of the Pesach service is now completed in accordance with all its laws, its ordinances and statues. Just as we were found worthy to perform it , so…
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Holydays
March 30, 2017

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
March 10, 2017

Drunk with God

“Do you know of what this net of maya is comprised? Sense objects, lust, gold, name, fame, ego, vanity, selfishness, and so on. With all these, maya binds the mind…
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Holydays
December 30, 2016

Eight:The Number of Completion

Eight is the number of completion. It is the number of infinity, of reaching beyond ourselves to touch the Absolute. (more…)
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Holydays
December 23, 2016

Light is Good

O God, give me light in my heart and light in my tongue And light in my hearing and light in my sight And light in my feeling and light…
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Holydays
October 21, 2016

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: A Day of Longing for God, a Day of Living in God

The Hebrew month of Tishri is permeated with a feeling of holiness. The Holydays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot take us out of the drudgery of our mundane…
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