Holydays
August 19, 2016

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 12, 2016

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 10, 2016

Shavuot: An Ever-Unfolding Revelation

We are all searching for the truth. We yearn to understand the nature of this world, to find the purpose of our lives. This quest is a lifetime endeavor that…
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Holydays
May 6, 2016

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 28, 2016

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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Holydays
April 22, 2016

The Passover Seder: Night of Grace

“I sleep, but my heart wakes: hark, my beloved is knocking, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my pure one: for my head is filled with…
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Holydays
March 22, 2016

Purim Knowledge

Lord, You fill all worlds, and surround all worlds. And Lord without You, there is no world at all. - The Zohar “The Lord does everything. My Divine Mother dwells in…
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Holydays
March 17, 2016

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
December 9, 2015

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 4, 2015

The Light of Hanukkah

A Song of dedication of the House, by David. I exalt You Lord, for You have uplifted me, and did not allow my enemies to rejoice over me. Lord, my…
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Holydays
October 2, 2015

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 25, 2015

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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