5781: Heading for a Showdown

Sep 17, 2020Comments off

…and their lifeblood is dashed against My garments and I have stained all My raiment. For the day of vengeance is in My heart and

Rosh Hashanah: It’s All in Your Head

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Rosh Hashanah in Hebrew literally means “the head of the year.” As such, it isn’t just that it’s the first day of the year. Like

Q&A: The Cycle of Time

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Q: I have read in several sources that time unfolds in a cyclical pattern, with  spiritual energies returning in cycles and that the Torah reading

Which is better: Paradise or Redemption?

Sep 09, 2020Comments off

From the first day of Elul, we recite chapter 27 in Psalms twice a day, after the morning and afternoon prayers (according to some customs,

Pirkei Avot 3:7 Only God

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Rabbi Elazar of Bartota would say: Give Him what is His, for you and whatever is yours, are His. As David says: “For everything comes from You, and

Do Sinners Benefit from the Mitzvot they Pe...

Sep 08, 2020Comments off

Q: Is it true that a sinner receives no benefit from the mitzvot that he performs, as the prophets said that God does not desire

The Beinoni in a Nutshell

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There are no holidays in the month of Elul, but the entire month is preparation for the holidays coming in the month of Tishrei. In

The Ba’al Shem Tov: Rejoice and Dance

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When the Ba’al Shem Tov was ten years old, he was already a member of the cohort of hidden tzaddikim. When he was seventeen, he

Pirkei Avot 1:7: The Three-Stage Approach ...

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Nitai the Arbelite would say: “Distance yourself from a bad neighbor, do not cleave to a wicked person, and do not abandon belief in retribution.”