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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Holydays
January 19, 2019

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 7, 2018

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
November 30, 2018

Hanukkah: Dispel the Darkness

Rebbe Natan of Nemirov teaches that on the holyday Hanukkah we receive the light of the Beit Hamikdash or Temple. The Beit Hamikdash is the place where we can access…
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Holydays
September 28, 2018

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: Praying for Heavenly Rain

R. Assi pointed out a contradiction . One verse says: And the earth brought forth grass, referring to the third day, whereas another verse when speaking of the sixth day…
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September 21, 2018

Sukkot: The Joy of Divine Love

A human being is a creature that is split in two. One part of us is a Divine spark of God that longs for the heavens; the other is an…
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September 14, 2018

Yom Kippur: The Purifying Power of Ayin

Rabbi Akiva said, "Happy are you Israel! See before whom you purify yourselves, and who it is that purifies you? Your father in Heaven! As it is written, 'And I…
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