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

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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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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Life of Service
February 17, 2017

Service of Love

When we are children, our heart is open and easily loves others. As we grow older, however, personality flaws arise to close off our heart, and the difficulties of life…
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Universal Vision
February 3, 2017

Angle of Vision

In 1974, I stopped by Calcutta to say goodbye to Dipa Ma . I told her, “I’m going back to America for a short time to get my health together,…
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Meditation and Prayer
January 26, 2017

The Path of Silence and the Path of Words

“In silence one can contemplate the greatness of God and bind oneself to God more than one can bind oneself through speech.” - The Baal Shem Tov There is a spiritual…
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Self-Transformation
January 19, 2017

Keep the Mind Up

When my wife Nomi was pregnant with our second son Navonel, she was forced to spend an extended period in hospital lying on her back. Adir, our five year old,…
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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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Self-Transformation
January 6, 2017

Standing in the Light

“You have set our wrongdoings before You, our hidden sins before the light of Your countenance.” - Psalm 90:8 When we hold an object at a distance from a light…
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Holydays
December 30, 2016

Eight:The Number of Completion

Eight is the number of completion. It is the number of infinity, of reaching beyond ourselves to touch the Absolute. (more…)
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