Pre-Shavuos and Shavuos for Those Who Are at Least Somewhat Desperate And when you’ve stretched your hearing and your vision about as far as you think you can, you know that there is more there, yet to come. Dear Friend, That’s the name I know you by, having only this morning learned your given […]
Ruth brought something into the Jewish people that enabled King David to fight his battles – and win.
Suspended Judgment – A Shabbos Costume Ball Kabbalas Shabbos in Tsfas… Kabbalas Shabbos is Tsfas. It’s where, in the times of the Arizal, the weekly Shabbos-arrival ceremony as we know it originated. So I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that it was Kabbalas Shabbos in Tsfas, during our recent visit there, when I had a […]
Yoram turned to his wife, and told her: Good will come out of this.
Hashem is asking us to keep going, to continue learning even when we feel overwhelmed and despair of ever understanding. It is the effort that counts.
Confessions of a soup-powder connoisseur
It’s All in The Cards Where can you find the memories of a lifetime? They are stored in several large plastic containers neatly arranged on the shelves in my den. The time has come to revisit these mementos and as I begin to wade through more than 60 years of birthday, anniversary and holiday cards a […]
The Holiday of Shavuot is known under many different names. By elaborating on the meanings of the holiday’s different names, we can gain a better appreciation for the ideas associated with the holiday.
The Gemara relates that during the days of Sefirah between Pesach to Shevuos, twenty-four thousand talmidim of Rebbe Akiva died because they did not treat one another with respect.
POETRY IN THE DAYS OF SEFIRAH The 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot are traditionally a time for introspection, recapitulating the purification which the Israelites needed to undergo after being taken out of Egypt in order to receive the Torah. It is said that in Egypt the Israelites had passed through “forty-nine gates of tumah” (uncleanness); […]