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What Rosh Chodesh is and how to celebrate

Elul: The Month of Elul According to Sefer Yetzirah – Elul 5782

According to Sefer Yetzirah, each month of the Jewish year has a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a zodiac sign, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, a sense, and a controlling limb of the body that correspond to it.

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Seven Thoughts About Elul to Help Us Turn Inward and Forgive – Elul 5782

Welcome, Elul. Welcome to the month of turning inward, the month of forgiveness, the month of spiritual accounting, the month of deepening.

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The Jewish Heart – The Secret of Elul – Elul 5782

The month that we are now in, Elul, is the key to unlocking the inner and most potent meaning of the heart. As is well known, the Hebrew letters that make the word “Elul,” aleph, lamed, vav and lamed, are an acronym for the phrase (from the biblical Song of Songs) ani l’dodi v’dodi li, which means “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.”

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Finding the Love in the Destruction – Av 5782

One of the hardest feelings for the human soul to grapple with is the feeling of being trapped. Trapped in a dead-end job, trapped in an unhealthy relationship, trapped by our own negative habits and inner demons. Even when facing a monumental hardship, if there is a sense of forward movement, of progress, the pain of the hardship is not as intense. But when a person feels trapped, with no clarity on how to proceed or any hope for things to change, the pain is infinitely worse.

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Shabbat of Vision – Shabbat Chazon – Av 5782

On the “Shabbat of Vision,” says Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, of Berditchev, each and every one of us is granted a vision of the third and final Temple—a vision that, to paraphrase the Talmud, “though we do not ourselves see, our souls see.” This vision evokes a profound response in us, even if we are not consciously aware of the cause of our sudden inspiration.

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Seasons of the Moon: Av – IBM and the Nazis – Av 5782

How were the Nazis able to carry out the Holocaust - something extremely complex - without a computer?

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The Month of Tammuz – the Radiant Light of the Summer – Tammuz 5782

There’s a duality within the sun, in that it provides light but its light can also be blinding. We, too, contain opposites within ourselves, and our most powerful inclinations can also become our greatest weaknesses. How can we direct our energies positively?

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3 Tammuz: Anniversary of the Passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe – Tammuz 5782

The Lubavitcher Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—passed away on the third day of the Jewish month of Tammuz in the year 5754 from creation (June 12, 1994).

Traditionally, this is a day for reflection, learning, prayer, re-commitment and, above all, positive action.
This year 3rd Tammuz is observed on Shabbos, Jul 2, 2022

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Perfect Vision – Tammuz 5782

The month of Tammuz is the time of the year to rectify our sense of sight.

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Rabbi Yisrael Ba’al Shem Tov and the Hidden Tzaddikim – Sivan 5782

Rabbi Yisrael Ba'al Shem Tov passed away on Shavuos. Learn about his life and teachings

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