Temple

Connecting “Me” to “My Na...

Feb 22, 2018Comments off

The Tabernacle connects between two levels: “For Me” and “For My Name.” These allude to two paths to serving God For My Name In the

Sacrifice and self-sacrifice

Jul 12, 2012No Comments

This week’s Torah portion is named after Pinchas whose zealous act retracted God’s anger and atoned for the Jewish people’s sins of promiscuity. The final

9th of Av: the Seer of Lublin’s Yahrz...

Aug 09, 20111 Comment

The Seer of Lublin passed away, at the age of 70, on the 9th of Av 5575 (1815), a day of national mourning, but also,

Uniting the Four Elements in the Soul

Aug 08, 20111 Comment

The two elements of fire and water unite in the Temple. The two elements of air and earth unite in the Land of Israel. In

If You Can’t See It It’s Not Th...

Jul 29, 2011No Comments

An important Talmudic rule says, “‘We didn’t see it’ is no proof [that it doesn’t exist or that it didn’t happen]”. In Hebrew, “sight” (רְאִיָה)

The Mind’s Eye, the Heart’s Eye

Jul 25, 20111 Comment

Both the mind and the heart possess an “inner eye.” On Shabbat the inner eye of the mind opens to see Godliness in contemplative meditation.

Awe of the Temple

Jul 23, 2011No Comments

“Keep My days of Shabbat and stand in awe of My Temple.” What do Shabbat and the Temple have in common? Both relate to the

Kabbalah and the Art of Tying Your Shoelace...

Jun 09, 20115 Comments

First put on your right shoe, then your left shoe, then bind your left shoe, and finally bind your right shoe. That’s the way Jews

What to Pray For

Jun 09, 2011No Comments

Bat Sheva prayed that her son, Solomon, be wise and fitting for prophecy. David’s other wives prayed that their sons be fitting to rule. King

Where Are You Headed?

Jun 02, 2011No Comments

In English one may ask “where are you headed?” instead of “where are you going?” The parallel Hebrew idiom is, “where is your face set?”

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