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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Holydays
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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Holydays
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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Holydays
September 7, 2018

Rosh Hashanah: The Head of the Year

“And He humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that He might make you know that…
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Holydays
July 27, 2018

Consolation

According to the tradition, one of the tragedies that befell the Jewish people on Tisha B’Av was the banishment of the Children of Israel to the desert for forty years. This…
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Holydays
July 20, 2018

Tisha B’Av: Destruction and Rebirth

Our lives are filled with joys and sorrows, successes and disappointments, births and deaths, creation and destruction. Most of the time, we busy ourselves with the day- to-day affairs of…
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Holydays
June 29, 2018

In the Narrow Straits

On the seventeenth of Tammuz (commemorated on July 1), 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 18, 2018

Like a Desert

Why was the Torah given in the desert of Sinai? Whoever does not make himself ownerless and abandoned like a desert, cannot acquire the wisdom of the Torah. – Numbers…
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Holydays
April 18, 2018

WALKING THE LAND OF ISRAEL

“Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to you.” - Genesis 13:17 There are matters that we…
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Holydays
April 5, 2018

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
March 30, 2018

Liberation

Pesach (Passover) is a time of liberation. It is the holyday when we break free from all of our fetters. Pesach is the moment when we are liberated from all…
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Holydays
March 23, 2018

Freedom

“Our soul is escaped like a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the…
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