Holydays
March 16, 2018

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
February 28, 2018

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
February 22, 2018

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
January 25, 2018

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 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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