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The Fear Fix Solution – Shevat 5781

The Fear Fix: solutions for every child's moments of worry, panic and fear. Sarah Chana Radcliffe demonstrates tapping, a simple technique designed to deal with anxiety and fear

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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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Embracing the Tears and Joy: My Life as a Widow – Shvat 5781

Not a second of my day goes by that I don’t miss my husband, but each day I try to focus on choosing happiness.

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Live for Them All: A Survivor Tells Her Story – Shvat 5781

It’s very difficult to remember the pain, but I know how important it is to share these stories.

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22 Shevat and Beyond – Shevat 5780

On 22 Shevat in the year 5748 (1988), the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson passed away. In the days and weeks that followed, it became clear just how central she was to the life work of her illustrious husband, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

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The Zodiac of Shevat – Shvat 5780

Learn the mystical dimension of the Jewish month embedded in its Hebrew name, mazal, tribe, attribute and more. The Hebrew zodiac for Shevat is “d’li” (bucket), a.k.a. Aquarius

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15 Shevat – The New Year for the Trees – Shvat 5780

The 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Monday, February 10, 2020—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. Commonly known as Tu Bishvat, this day marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

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A Former Nazi Preaches Tolerance – Shvat 5780

Can a rabid white supremacist, neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan leader change? TM Garret, a German-American who used to fit all those labels, says yes.

As a young man he sported skinhead tattoos. As a 44-year-old grandfather, he is a champion of peace and human rights who sometimes wears a yarmulke when visiting synagogues.

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