Weekly Teachings

Every Friday a teaching is posted as a subject for study and contemplation during the coming week.

 

The Ocean of God

“’Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the Ocean of God’s Beauty.” – Kabir

Meditation and Prayer
August 18, 2017

I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is Mine

My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousand fold. Every cell, taking wings, flies about the world. All seek separately the many…
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Universal Vision
August 11, 2017

Divine Vision

For twelve years, Rabbi David of Lelov fasted from one Sabbath to the next and subjected himself to all manner of spiritual disciplines. Yet he still felt that he had…
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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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Self-Transformation
July 20, 2017

The Path of Great Compassion

When the Hasidic Master, Yitzhak of Vorki passed away, his son was broken- hearted. He acutely felt the loss of his father and prayed for a sign from him. After…
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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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Self-Transformation
June 23, 2017

The Yearning for Perfection

The yearning for perfection is a spiritual quality that indicates a high level of evolution in a soul. It is the expression of a refined sense of harmony and beauty,…
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Universal Vision
June 9, 2017

Echad – One: The Whole World is Filled with God’s Glory

Shma Yisrael Adonai Elohenu Adonai Echad Hear O Israel the Lord is our God the Lord is One When you say the first line of the Shma, “you should extend…
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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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Universal Vision
May 19, 2017

The Waveless Ocean

“Not the Desirer of desires, but that man attains Peace, in whom all desires merge even as rivers flow into the ocean which is full and unmoving. “ - Bhagavad…
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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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Self-Transformation
April 28, 2017

Purify Our Hearts

In the Sabbath prayers we say: “Purify our hearts to serve You in truth”. There is no more powerful teaching than this. The purification of our heart lies at the…
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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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Holydays
April 7, 2017

Roadmap to Freedom

“The order of the Pesach service is now completed in accordance with all its laws, its ordinances and statues. Just as we were found worthy to perform it , so…
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Holydays
March 30, 2017

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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Meditation and Prayer
March 24, 2017

The Presence of God

  “When I am on the Heights, I say ‘I am He,’ and when I have a stomachache, I say ‘Mother, have mercy on me.” Swami Vivekananda {{1}} “Lord, by Your…
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Holydays
March 10, 2017

Drunk with God

“Do you know of what this net of maya is comprised? Sense objects, lust, gold, name, fame, ego, vanity, selfishness, and so on. With all these, maya binds the mind…
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Meditation and Prayer
March 3, 2017

Asking God

Elijah said to Rabbi Yehuda brother of Rabbi Salah Hisda: “When you set out on a journey, ask permission from your Maker, and then depart.” – Tractate Brachot 29B What…
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