Holydays
March 27, 2020

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 6, 2020

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
February 7, 2020

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 26, 2019

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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Holydays
December 20, 2019

Blinding Light

The sun is rising in golden radiance! The sun of a thousand rays in a hundred regions abiding; the god omniscient, the aim of all prayer; the light and fire…
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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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