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Winning a Spiritual War Takes Spirit

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

As an Israeli, it is hard to speak of responsibility when emotions of terror and vengeance permeate every sensible corner still left in our minds.

Meet the Purim Cast to Understand What's Happening in Our World Today (Best Screenplay Award Goes to God)

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

Purim is a great drama. It is also a symbol of what our world can be when we abolish the disunity between us. As then, so now, it has to start from the Jews. "Love your neighbor as yourself" was given to us first.

Preparing for High Holy Days 5774 With Chocolate

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

As we enter into the Jewish month of preparation prior to the High Holy Days, Elul, I am thinking about the spiritual aspects of chocolate. Like the complex transformation of the cocoa bean to chocolate, I seek to transform myself at this sacred season.

Jewish Black Magic And The Raging Battle For Israel's Soul

Nicholas Saidel | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Nicholas Saidel

An old saying within the Israeli political establishment goes something like this: "You haven't made it in Israeli politics until you've been cursed by the Pulsa Dinura." The latest such threat is a conjuring-of-last-resort by those within the ultra-Orthodox community who feel sidelined.

Manifest Melody: A Textual, Mystical Inquiry

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Early yesterday, during my morning prayers, I came across an interesting passage in the Zohar -- the enigmatic, poetic, foundational opus of Jewish mysticism -- and soon, innumerable surprising connections were revealed.

A Few Musings On The Spiritual Work Of Rosh Hashanah

Rabbi Chaim Miller | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Chaim Miller

Originally, G-d didn't care about good and evil or the Torah. Then, out of an act of absolute selflessness He decided He would care about this stuff. With all this in mind, we can now begin to appreciate the secret of Rosh Hashanah according to Chassidus.

The Fire Of The 33rd Day Of The Omer

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman | Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman

For the Jewish people, the strength and wisdom to arise victorious will have to come from where it has always come -- from the light, inspiration and power of our holy Torah.

Kabbalistic Feminism And The War On Women

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 06.18.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Women's rights have come a very long way in a very short time. This is right and good and how things should be. It is also a facet of the plan for the ultimate unification of humanity that was foreseen centuries ago.

Surrealism, Sufism And The Zohar: A Journey Of Kabbalistic Discovery

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 02.23.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

I first learned of the outstanding classic of Kabbalah, the Zohar, in a manner atypical even for this extraordinary topic. Rather than discovering it in metaphysical circles or the Jewish religious milieu, I saw it cited by a French surrealist poet.

The Essential Jewish Canon

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

What follows is the list of what I consider to be the most essential works (available in English) to engender or enhance Jewish literacy for the present generation.

Why You Don't Understand The Bible

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

The oral tradition that crystallized into the Talmud, the Midrashim and the Kabbalah is the only tool available to successfully decode the massive amount of legal, ethical and spiritual information embedded in the text.

A Kabbalistic View Of Evolution

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 06.10.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

It is widely supposed that Charles Darwin's theory of the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection is as correct and certified as the laws of g...

The Secret Of Dreams: A Lesson From Joseph

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

The Zohar, the central text of Jewish mysticism, teaches that we are all "children from the chamber of yearnings." I hope this year we listen not only to ourselves - to the echo chamber of our own dreams - but to others.