Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Returning From Spiritual Exile

Jerusalem isn’t just the physical entity of a city. Jerusalem is a concept that evokes our spiritual aspiration for unity. In Tisha B’Av, as we commemorate the destruction of the Earthly Jerusalem, we also recognize the beginning of a spiritual exile. Through the text we connect with the tears of our ancestors, weeping by the waters of Babylon and yearning

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Rosh Hashanah 2018 5779 – You’ve got to believe!

It is the 6th day of B’nai Israel’s journey toward freedom. Just three days ago Pharaoh finally understood that they weren’t coming back, and now he is chasing them. And this chase is not a benevolent one; 600 chariots and many many men of the infantry are coming after them. The noises of the approaching Egyptian army become closer and

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Breaking the Infinite with Holiness

In the world of Torah we often talk about the distinction between blessing and curse, between good and evil, between Yetzer Hatov – good inclinations, and Yetzer Hara – bad inclinations. Sometimes we tend to think that that’s the nature of our choices: there are good choices and bad choices. But that dichotomy knows nothing about Starbucks’ Tall, Grande and

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Seeking a path in the Wilderness between Jerusalem and Gaza

This week we read Parashat Bamidbar.  Bamidbar is the first Torah portion and the name of the 4th book of the Torah.  Bamidbar literally means in the wilderness, however its English name is The  Book of Numbers. These two names are almost opposite sides of the same coin. Bamidbar, the wilderness, is the symbol of transition and confusion and on

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When the Words Of Leah Goldberg Meet Yehudit Ravitz’s Voice, “Selichot- Forgivness” For a Thoughtful Shabbat in Elul

  You came to me, to open my eyes. To me your body was a view, A window and a mirror. You came as night comes to the owl To show him, in the darkness, all things.   And I learned: There’s a name For each eyelash and fingernail, And for every hair on the exposed flesh. And the scent

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