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

Holydays
July 27, 2018

Consolation

According to the tradition, one of the tragedies that befell the Jewish people on Tisha B’Av was the banishment of the Children of Israel to the desert for forty years. This…
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Holydays
July 20, 2018

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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Self-Transformation
July 13, 2018

Spiritual Discrimination

  Every morning, we begin our day with the following prayer: “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Who gives the rooster understanding to distinguish between day and night.” The…
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Holydays
June 29, 2018

In the Narrow Straits

On the seventeenth of Tammuz (commemorated on July 1), 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 15, 2018

Overcoming Jealousy

Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; but who is able to stand before jealousy? - Proverbs 27:4 The feeling of jealousy is a deadly poison for those on the spiritual…
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Self-Transformation
June 8, 2018

Moment of Destiny

Saint Francis was the son of a wealthy merchant. He had grown up like any other rich man’s son and was known for his magnificent clothes and his extravagant ways.…
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Self-Transformation
May 25, 2018

Joy in God

  Sri Ramakrishna was known for his God-intoxicated state. One day, he went with a devotee to a reservoir in a Temple garden in order that he might teach him…
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Holydays
May 18, 2018

Like a Desert

Why was the Torah given in the desert of Sinai? Whoever does not make himself ownerless and abandoned like a desert, cannot acquire the wisdom of the Torah. – Numbers…
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Spiritual Wisdom
May 4, 2018

The Ocean of God

“’Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the Ocean of God’s Beauty.” - Kabir “There are innumerable pathways leading to the Ocean of Immortality”, explains Sri Ramakrishna, “the essential thing is…
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Spiritual Wisdom
April 26, 2018

For God

We all have many requests from God. We have wishes for ourselves and for others. We want aid for an illness, assistance in getting a job, help finding a spouse…
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Holydays
April 18, 2018

WALKING THE LAND OF ISRAEL

“Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to you.” - Genesis 13:17 There are matters that we…
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Self-Transformation
April 13, 2018

Four Remembrances

There are four remembrances in the Torah that God asks us to hold in our mind. The Hasidic Master, Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Apt, teaches that these four remembrances are…
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Holydays
April 5, 2018

In the Midst of the Sea

“Speak to the Children of Israel that they go forward.” - Exodus 14:15 “He who can forebear, lives. He who cannot, is lost.” - Sri Ramakrishna {{1}} There are times in life…
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Holydays
March 30, 2018

Liberation

Pesach (Passover) is a time of liberation. It is the holyday when we break free from all of our fetters. Pesach is the moment when we are liberated from all…
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Holydays
March 23, 2018

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
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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Spiritual Wisdom
March 9, 2018

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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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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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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Self-Transformation
February 9, 2018

Living with High Aspirations and No Expectations

“By practicing, it can happen anytime, at any door of perception, when one is ready, but not by expecting. Continue working. Every step is taking you near the goal. Continuity…
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