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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Holydays
December 7, 2017

Hanukkah: A Holiday of Illumination and Rededication

The Light of the Atman, the Spirit, is invisible, concealed in all beings. It is seen by the seers of the subtle, when their vision is keen and is clear….…
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Holydays
October 11, 2017

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 4, 2017

The Sukkah of Leviathan

After the experience of the Divine Presence that is the fruit of our spiritual work during the High Holydays, we enter into the joy of the festival of Sukkot. The…
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Holydays
September 29, 2017

Yom Kippur: Touched by the Will of God

We are deeply attached to the body and its urges. Swami Adbhutanada, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna used to say: “The mind craves the intoxication of worldly enjoyments.” We are…
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Holydays
September 15, 2017

The Yamim Noraim: A Time of Faith, Hope and Spiritual Opportunity

The High Holydays that begin each Jewish year are called the Yamim Noraim – the Days of Awe. For many Jews it is a time of fear and trembling at…
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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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