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What Rosh Chodesh is and how to celebrate

Elul: A Road Map for Successful Relationships – Elul 5781

In explaining the unique properties of the month of Elul, the Alter Rebbe, the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, invokes a parable of a loving king who comes to visit his subjects in their world, the ‘field’. An examination of the details of this parable reveals a template for successful parenting, education and marriage. (Based on Ani L’dodi 5726)

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Rabbi Yisrael Ba’al Shem Tov and the Hidden Tzaddikim – Elul 5781

Rabbi Yisrael Ba’al Shem Tov was born on the 18th of Elul 5458 (1698). When he was a small child, his parents passed away and he joined a group of hidden tzaddikim, wandering with them throughout Ukraine. In his youth, the Ba’al Shem Tov worked as an assistant melamed (teacher of small children), concealing his righteousness and greatness in Torah behind the persona of an uneducated orphan.

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The Month of Elul – Soul Reckonings – Elul 5781

Preparing for Rosh HaShanah; Revelations of Divine Mercy - a collection of teachings from the Zohar, the Holy Ari, Mystical Classics, Chassidic Masters and more

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Av: Disaster and Consolation – AV 5781

The same covenant that promises suffering, promises redemption.

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The 15th of Av: Love and Rebirth – Av 5781

An overview of the joyous day of the fifteenth of Av, its inner meaning and significance.

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Shabbos Chazon – Av 5781

The Shabbat before the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Chazon

On this Shabbat, say the Chassidic masters, we are granted a vision of the Third Temple; we may not see it with our physical eyes, but our souls see it, and are empowered to break free of our present state of galut (exile and spiritual displacement) and bring about the Redemption and the rebuilding of the Temple

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10 Facts About the Month of Tammuz that Every Jew Should Know – Tammuz 5781

Tammuz is the fourth month, it always has 29 days, its zodiac is cancer

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Tammuz: Forces of Nature – Tammuz 5781

What can happen when we see everything as being fully within our grasp and under our control.

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17th of Tammuz: History, Laws and Customs – Tammuz 5781

The fast of the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, known as Shivah Asar B’Tammuz, is the start of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples.

The fast actually commemorates five tragic events that occurred on this date.

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The Festival of Shavu’ot – Sivan 5781

The verse immediately following the account of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Israel by G-d at Mt. Sinai, which summarizes the experience of that greatest of all days, reads: “And the whole people saw the voices and the torches and the shofar blast and the smoking mountain…” (Exodus 20:15).

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