Spiritual Wisdom
February 16, 2018

The Three Pillars of a Jewish Spiritual Life

The first pillar is Torah. For the rabbis, Torah meant study. The rabbis saw study as the central focus of all religious practice. All other dimensions of Judaism arose out…
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Spiritual Wisdom
December 28, 2017

What is True?

“If this is true, what else could matter? If it is not true, what do our lives matter?” - Swami Vivekananda {{1}} What is it that we believe in? What is…
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Spiritual Wisdom
November 17, 2017

Wisdom

Psalm 104:24 declares: ”You have created them all with wisdom.”  Wisdom reaches to the heart of the Creation. It evokes the Divine idea that has formed this world and applies…
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Spiritual Wisdom
February 24, 2017

Two Spiritual Approaches

After breaking bread, one should recite the following prayer: “For the sake of the union of the Holy One Blessed be He and His Shekhinah , I am not eating…
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Spiritual Wisdom
January 13, 2017

The Help of Heaven

There is a great deal of work that each of us needs to undertake in order to get ourselves right. It takes tremendous courage to even attempt this work and…
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Spiritual Wisdom
August 5, 2016

What do We Need?

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord, does man live. - Deuteronomy 8:3 The Hasidic Master, Yisrael of…
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Spiritual Wisdom
June 17, 2016

Corridor

“This world is like a corridor before the World to Come.” - The Ethics of the Fathers 4:16 “Better one hour of bliss in the World to Come than the…
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Spiritual Wisdom
January 1, 2016

Spiritual Optimism II: Transcending the Conflict Between Optimism and Tradition

There exists an inherent tension between tradition and optimism. Tradition emphasizes the imperfections in human nature and the many difficulties of life in this world. According to the tradition, our…
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Spiritual Wisdom
February 28, 2014

As God Commanded

“And Moses saw all the work, and, behold, they had done it exactly as the Lord had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.” - Exodus 39:43…
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