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What Brought This Rebel Back for Rosh Hashanah - On the utter awesomeness of the Days of Awe

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

By adolescence I was doing my own thing on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—and it wasn't anywhere near a synagogue.

Dangerous Advice Your Rabbi Might Give You Before Rosh Hashanah - How to search through your past without falling into it

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST

Proceed With Caution There’s a lot of bad advice going around this time of year. Dangerous advice. The Internet is full of it. So is your synagogue. Maybe even your favorite rabbi. Look, they mean well. But they’re often completely unaware of the hazards involved. Which makes their advice an even greater threat to your mental and spiritual health. “Days of Judgment are upon us,” they tell you. “Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur. It's time to take an account of all you’ve done wrong in the past year and resolve never to return to your wayward deeds.” Absolutely true. Absolutely crucial. And equally dangerous. SuchWithout serious precautions, this inventory-taking can be downright toxic. advice works wonders for the spiritually advanced. But for the rest of us, without serious precautions, this inventory-taking can be downright toxic. Here's why: Dwelling on the moral misdemeanors of your past and the bru

Tikkun Olam and the Secret of Tzimtzum - The ultimate explanation to why things are so messed up—and what we are supposed to do about it

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST

Before, it was impossible to imagine a world. Now it is impossible to imagine anything but world.

The Kabbalah of the Solar Eclipse - In each of us there shines a bright sun. In each of us there is a time of its eclipse.

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST

The Solar Eclipse Within If you can observe it, recognize it and understand it, it must be found somewhere within you. Yet more: Anything you observe is teaching you something about something inside of you. Something vital for your Divine mission here on earth. Yet more: The truth of each thing is the lesson it comes to teach you. Because if a thing enters your world, there could be only one reason: So that your soul could better fulfill the mission for which it is sent to this place. If so, if there is anything you want to understand to its depths, you must first find it within yourself and listen to what it is teaching you. And the Torah is your guide to finding it there. So here’sWhere is the solar eclipse within your life? the question of the day as the solar eclipse makes its way across America on August 21, capturing a nation’s attention: Where is the solar eclipse within your life, and within your life’s m

An "Interview" with a Solar Eclipse Engineer - Whoever knew the job could be this complex—and exasperating?

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST

This August 21 (eve of the month of Elul on the Jewish calendar), daylight will suddenly become twilight. Birds will cease their chatter. Temperatures will plummet. Massive streamers of light will streak through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. There will also be some real bad traffic. About 25 million people live within a day’s drive of the “narrow band of totality”—the perfect view of the solar eclipse that will make its path across America. And how could you miss it? Astronomy is pretty much built into Judaism. For much of our history, that’s how you figured out when the months and years began, and which direction to face so that you could pray towards Jerusalem. It’s also considered Astronomy is considered a great way to get to know your Creator and fall in love with Him.a great way to get to know your Creator and fall in love with Him. In the words of the

Fund Raising on Holy Days

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

Question: I am troubled by the fund raising that goes on this time of year in the Jewish world. I always imagined that these "Days of Awe" between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are days for soul searching and spiritual yearning. It all seems soiled by the crass mention of money at every turn. Why bring up dirt when we're trying to get to heaven? Response: Some consider money to be dirt. In the Hebrew language, the word dirt has no negative connotation. Why should it? Dirt is the earth from which life grows. In Hebrew, the words dirt, soil, earth or mud are never used as deprecative adjectives as in English. So too, money. Jewish people never considered money to be evil. Neither is money a contradiction to spiritual growth. Rather, like earth, it is the stuff from which many good deeds can grow. Put it this way: We are G‑d's treasurers. Money is put into our hands as a responsibility. Those who have more s

On the Passing of a Jewish Mother

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

On the plane from TLV to LAX, 05/23/2017 My mother has passed on. And her words—I can’t recall her words. It’s true. Don’t ask a son for a biography of his mother. He never really left her womb.Don’t ask a son for a biography of his mother. He never really left her womb. How much can you see from inside a womb? And in the sense that he did leave her womb, he never escaped her embrace. He may have spent his entire life wriggling his way out of that embrace—but then he was preoccupied with the embrace, with his attempt to escape, with declaring his own identity. His mother, her life—what does he know? Her words—what can he recall? A mother teaches a child his first words. In those years that molded my character until I left home, there was no voice that rang, sang, whispered, flowed and entered my ears as much as her voice. Words that penetrated my heart, the things I most value in life—they rest there to th

Is Social Activism Destroying American Judaism? - Tikkun Olam, For Real

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 EST

What’s needed is an ideology that explains why raising a Jewish family is just as crucial to tikkun olam as your contribution to society at large.

Korach and Anarchy - Dancing with the Ultimate Authority

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:00:00 EST

Korach is a figure I can highly identify with. From primary grades on, I never got along too well with authority.

What Is Tikun Olam? - What does Tikun Olam mean, who came up with it, and how do I do it?

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 EST

Tikun Olam: In Jewish teachings, any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created.