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What Rosh Chodesh is and how to celebrate

10th of Tevet – The Tenth Descent to the Tenth of Tevet – Teves 5782

The Tenth of Tevet marks the beginning of the siege on Jerusalem―then we begin to realize that there are dates in the Jewish calendar that are not such happy occasions…

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Tevet: A Month of Contradictions – Teves 5782

The problem with the Realm of Chaos is that it has a few screws loose -- its lights are not connected to its vessels.

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The History of Hanukkah They Didn’t Teach You in Hebrew School – Teves 5782

Delving into the history of Hanukkah to understand the deeper meaning of the holiday.

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Chanukah Insights and Stories – Kislev 5782

Explore the inner meaning of Chanukah in this collection of thoughts, essays and thought-provoking articles.

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Kislev: United Colors of the Rainbow – Kislev 5782

Each of us has to fight off darkness in his or her own way.

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19 Kislev: The “New Year” of Chassidism – Kislev 5782

The 19th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev is celebrated as the “Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism.” It was on this date, in the year 1798, that the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745–1812), was freed from his imprisonment in czarist Russia. More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism, heralding a new era in the revelation of the “inner soul” of Torah

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Why Jewish Mother’s Day – Cheshvan 5782

The figure of our matriarch Rachel is the one most associated in Kabbalah with the building of Jewish nature, the inbred character of an individual who walks willingly and naturally in the path of G-d. Just as our matriarch Eve, “the mother of all life,” is the mother of human nature, so our matriarch Rachel is the mother of our unique Jewish nature.

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The Month of MarCheshvan – Cheshvan 5782

The Month of MarCheshvan: Back to Normal: The Month of MarCheshvan Why This Is Not Going to Break You, but Make You! Why Jewish Women Will Bring Moshiach and more...

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Hush! The Month of Cheshvan – Cheshvan 5782

Now is the time to reflect and integrate the spiritual insights gleaned from the holiday season.

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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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