“The Soul of Man is G-d’s lamp” —Proverbs 20:27 Each of us has a divine lamp inside. Nurturing the lamp has a double effect: it makes our own flame warmer and brighter making our lives and environments warmer and brighter, and it allows us to light other lamps and get them going.
The world is a stage Torah is the screenplay We are the performing artists. The universe is a platform, ours to utilize and maximize!!
Our eyes sense light, our ears sense sound, but the greatest of all energies is not sensed by our bodies:Divine Creative Energy. Every individual, every object, every concept and idea is the result of a divine creative force that makes it exists. We are surrounded by this Divine Creative Energy and can connect with […]
On Shavuos in 1313 BCE we were given the Torah by G-d on Mount Sinai. The catch? Torah was already studied – and followed – for generations before it was given on Mt. Sinai… So, what is Shavuos REALLY about??!! What did it change?? Something incredibly profound happened when G-d formally presented the Torah to […]
Lag B’Omer is a festive day celebrating . . . the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Does it strike you as strange that we celebrate the passing of the author of the Zohar — the most prominent kabbalistic text in existence? In 2 minutes, this video makes it all clear.
Everything that exists is part of the same continues infinity. Every person, every stone, every gust of wind, exists because of the same infinite creative force and for the same collective infinite purpose. When we nurture our individual gifts while recognizing that we are part of something infinitely greater than ourselves, we make the […]
What makes humans special is that we can make progress. Unlike angels that are already perfect we are fallible, and in our fallibility lies our unique beauty. Because we are imperfect we can progress. Because we face challenges we can achieve.
Each of us was created intentionally; with a unique role to play in the universe and all the tools we need to do what only we can. Our individual strengths and circumstances are the signposts that point us to what we can do individually to make the world a better place.
We can not reverse the Holocaust but we CAN choose how to respond to it. We CAN preserve and strengthen awareness — honoring the memory of the millions who were slain and reducing the chances of it happening again, God forbid! And we CAN stick it to the Nazis by not allowing the tragedies […]
Every thought we think, sound we speak, and action we take sets of a series of outcomes through many realities; most of what we achieve we will never know. Regardless of whether anyone see, doing the right thing makes a real difference!!
Believing in that which is greater than oneself is an excellent start, but faith that is abstract and/or academic is not (yet) effective. It’s when we work to relate to that which we believe, to make our faith personally real and meaningful that the real magic happens!!
Passover is the Festival of Freedom, but if we look at it as a commemoration of something that happened millennia ago the holiday isn’t necessarily so exciting. The good news is that it is not merely a commemoration of something that happened in the past. The cosmic energy of freedom that was active at the […]
Intellect vs. emotion, thoughts and feelings are world apart BUT dissonance between them can be overcome. Call it meditation or mindful contemplation, intentional focused thought about the ideas we know/believe to be true can slowly build the bridge that will allow them to flow from the mind into the heart. This is the essence of […]
Does Judaism condone any form of sacrifice in today’s modern world? The answer is yes and no because not all sacrifices are equal. Although sacrifices in the literal sense of the word are not a part of Jewish life today, there are sacrifices tat Judaism does not only approve of, but even recommend. If you […]
The mind is a tool for the deepest form of expression we have, the closest expression to the soul itself. It is also the most dynamic; we cannot just close our mind the way we can close our mouth or not take action. So, we have to actively keep it occupied with thoughts we want […]
Fire represents the spirit, always burning, radiating light and warmth, and striving upward. The flames of the menorah personify the victory of Chanukah; the victory of the soul of Judaism over the Hellenistic attempt to extinguish it.
Being from the least tangible physical phenomena that exist, fire represents the spirit. The Soul. Fire always moves upwards, representing the soul’s constant striving to grow and overcome obstacles that stand in its path. The flames of Chanukah — the festival of light — remind us to nourish our personal flames, encouraging them to grow […]