Holydays
October 18, 2019

Stay with God: Shemini Atzeret

“On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly: you shall do no work of labor.” - Numbers 29:35 Shemini Atzeret – the solemn assembly of the eighth day of…
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Holydays
October 11, 2019

Sukkot: A Shelter of Faith

In the Kabbalah, the sukkah is called tzilah demehemnutah – the shelter of faith. In the Talmud, we are told that the sukkah is symbolic of the clouds of glory…
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Holydays
October 3, 2019

Yom Kippur: A Day of Truth

“The seal of God is truth.” – Tractate Shabbat 55a "Truthfulness is the first pillar in the Temple of God-realization. Truth is the gateway to the Kingdom of God." – Swami Sivananda…
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Holydays
September 27, 2019

Birth of a New Year

The New Year is a time of new beginnings. Rosh Hashanah is a time to reflect and prepare. The literal meaning of the Hebrew word “rosh” is head, and the…
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Holydays
August 16, 2019

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
August 9, 2019

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
June 7, 2019

Shavuot: Touching the Infinite and Eternal

Shavuot is a joyous festival where the synagogue is decorated with flowers and other greenery. The Torah (Exodus 23:16) calls Shavuot “the harvest festival, the first fruits of your labor…
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Holydays
May 17, 2019

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
May 8, 2019

Spiritual Optimism III: Spiritual Optimism and Israel

Optimism is an intrinsic part of the Jewish tradition. This optimism has upheld us amid countless sufferings and ordeals. This optimism has carried us through two thousand years of exile.…
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Holydays
April 25, 2019

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
April 19, 2019

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 15, 2019

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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