Hebrew: The Ideal Language for Ordering Information

DATE AND LOCATION Cheshvan 19, 5766 | November 20, 2005 at University of California at Berkeley SUMMARY Hebrew has 22 letters, 231 gates, and 1540 roots. It is the only completely logically structured language and therefore presents us with the ideal model for organizing information and meaning. Hebrew, the holy language of the Bible, by …
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Mashiach and Jewish Leadership: Part 37 – The Second and Third Stages of Mashiach

In the second of three paragraphs recited along with the Shema daily, we are informed that the amount of rain and its subsequent blessings depends ultimately on the actions of man. Nature and how it treats us is thus a reflection of man’s level of righteousness. Once the entire Jewish People return to G-d and Torah, a …
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Mashiach and Jewish Leadership: Part 10 Redemption–To Bring Heaven Down to Earth

In the Aramaic translation and commentary on the opening verse of Song of Songs, the tradition is brought that there are ten primordial songs–nine appearing in the Bible, while the last one awaits the Messianic era. The nine that have already been sung are all called song, shirah, in the feminine gender. The song to be …
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A Kabbalistic Approach to Spiritual Growth: Part 57 – Maximum Patience and Realistic Expectations

The task of setting priorities carries with it an additional requirement and that is the need for maximum patience. The teacher must first restrain his enthusiasm to remold the student’s personality all at once by introducing instead a step by step plan of priorities; then, after accepting the limitation of a single goal, he must …
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A Kabbalistic Approach to Spiritual Growth: Part 46 – Union of Opposites

In the previous chapter, we discussed the skill of getting to know the student’s inner and outer realities. This skill corresponds to the sefirah of da’at (“knowledge”) because every state of awareness or recognition is an expression of da’at. Da’at lies on the trunk of the Tree of Life of the sefirot, and so combines aspects of the right branch (love and …
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A Kabbalistic Approach to Spiritual Growth: Part 35 – The Skills

In the coming chapters, we will consider the seven skills necessary for an educator to be effective.  These seven skills develop both logically and chronologically. They proceed from the general and abstract to the specific and concrete. They outline a sequence by which the heartfelt intention to educate and assist another can take form in effective, …
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A Kabbalistic Approach to Spiritual Growth: Part 34 – Making Order

Thus far, we have presented a kaleidoscopic view of the education process and its key components: inspiration and integration. Each turn of the lens has provided us with a new way of understanding the practical implications of that simple, yet elegant, model of growth and change. As we become sensitized to this dynamic–both as it operates …
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