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What Rosh Chodesh is and how to celebrate

How to Stay Cool and Beat Amalek – Adar 5781

On Purim, we have an obligation to imbibe until we can no longer distinguish between “cursed is Haman” and “blessed is Mordechai.” Without going into the reason why we should want to reach a stage at which we cannot distinguish between the two, we can ask, what is the best alcoholic drink that can help us accomplish this feat? The answer is, gematria

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The Choice of Adar – Adar 5781

Purim teaches us to appreciate the world's awesome beauty, amidst so much chaos and horror.

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Purim During Covid – Adar 5781

Ideas for celebrating Purim during Covid

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Celebrating Pleasure – Tu B’Shvat: a Mystical Interpretation – Shevat 5781

About 500 years ago, the Kabbalists revealed the deeper meaning of Tu B'Shvat. They taught that Tu B'Shvat is an opportune time for rectifying the transgression of Adam and Eve. Amazingly, just through the simple act of eating fruit during the Tu B'Shvat festive dinner, we are able to contribute to this cosmic repair ("tikkun").

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Shevat and the Democratization of Righteousness – Shvat 5781

According to Kabbalah, every month in the Hebrew calendar was created by means of one of the letters of the alef-bet. Here, we delve into the mysteries of the letter tzadik, which is the source of the month of Shevat.

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The Month of Shevat: Filling the Bucket – Shvat 5781

The astral sign (mazal) of Shvat (or Shevat), the fifth month of the Hebrew year, is the bucket, corresponding to the sign of Aquarius. A bucket is just an ordinary container made to hold water, but in Judaism water has enormous spiritual symbolism. Along with earth, air and fire, it is one of "the four elements." Let us look at them one by one.

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The Zodiac of Tevet – Teves 5781

Learn the mystical dimension of the Jewish month embedded in its Hebrew name, mazal, tribe, attribute and more. The Hebrew zodiac for Tevet is ‘gedi’ (goat) aka Capricorn.
With Rabbi Aaron L Raskin

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Maimonides: The Rambam – Teves 5781

The Rambam's yahrzeit is 20 Teves.
The most renowned of the Jewish medieval scholars, Maimonides indelibly changed the face of Judaism. Read about his scholarship and achievements, and the modern-day global campaign to incorporate his teachings into every Jew’s daily study schedule.

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The Meaning of the Fast of the 10th of Teves – Teves 5781

In this article from Inner.org, the meaning of the tenth of Tevet in light of our role as G-d’s emissaries to the nations of the world is explored

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The Month of Kislev according to Sefer Yetzirah – Kislev 5781

Kislev is the month of Chanukah, the only holiday in the Jewish calendar which spans, and hence connects, two months. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev and concludes in the month of Tevet (either on the 2nd or 3rd, depending on the number of days in Kislev)...

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