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Ariel Mayse

Entries by Ariel Mayse

Building Devotion (Parshat Vayakhel/Pekudei, Exodus 35:1-40:38)

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 2:33 PM

Judaism is often described as a religion of law, an identity that it shares with Islam. But it is perhaps more accurate to consider Judaism as a religion defined by its commitment to embodied practice and experience. This is abundantly clear in the final chapters of Exodus, which concludes with...

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Resting Beneath the Tree (Parshat Vayera, Genesis 18:1-22:24)

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:05 PM

In Parshat Vayera, we meet Abraham resting near the entrance of his tent. He notices three weary travelers approaching, and he runs to greet them, with no regard for the intense heat of the day (as one midrash tells us) -- or the fact that he is still healing after...

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The Momentum of Freedom (Passover)

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:42 PM

By Ariel Evan Mayse & Yossi Quint

In celebrating the Jewish liturgical year and holiday cycle, we relive significant occasions in the tale of the Jewish people. The Hasidic masters emphasize that each festival highlights a particular spiritual quality, some essential element of life that is a...

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The Journey Home (Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4 - 36:43)

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 11:42 AM

The opening of this week's "parasha" (portion) finds Jacob on his journey home after many years of indentured servitude. He returns in triumph with a new family and great wealth, but coming back to the land of his forebears means that Jacob...

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Learning to Listen (Ekev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

(9) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 3:36 PM

And if you do hearken to these rules and observe them carefully, Y-H-V-H your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers (7:12).

If, then, you faithfully keep all this Instruction that I command you,...

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