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Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai—His Life and Works

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, often referred to simply as Rashbi (an acronym taken from the initials Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai), was one of the great Tannaitic sages who lived during the era of Roman persecution (2nd century CE). He was … Continue reading

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SIMCHAT TORAH Dancing with the Torah

The hallmark of a loving marriage is each partner’s readiness to do the will of the other. If one partner expresses a desire for something, the other will do everything in his or her power to bring about its fulfillment.A … Continue reading

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The Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat VeZot HaBrachah

The final eight verses of the Torah describe the death of Moses. Our sages have two opinions as to who wrote these verses. The first opinion is that God dictated these last eight verses to Moses’ successor, Joshua. The second … Continue reading

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SUKKOT (the Holiday of Sukkot)

After bringing ourselves back into G-d’s domain with the month of Elul and recognizing He is King with Rosh Hashanah and repenting the 10 days till the spiritually cleansing service of Yom Kippur we have perfected ourselves just like the … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur. When Yom Kippur is on Shabbat

The Talmud tractate that is entirely devoted to the laws of Yom Kippur is called Yoma, which means “the Day.” Even among the unaffiliated it is known as “the Holy Day.” As indicated in the Torah, and expressed in prayer, … Continue reading

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ROSH haSHANNA (the Head of the Year)

We are told many meanings of the shofar-blowing. In fact, the leading Jewish sage in the tenth century C.E., Saddia Gaon, listed ten major ones, each with a scriptural basis. Rabbi Sa’adia explained that the sound of the shofar should … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Ha’azinu

It is well known that in the song of Ha’azinu are encoded the personal histories of every single Jewish soul and all that it will experience from that moment until the coming of the redeemer. In Seder Hadorot, a 17th … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat vaYeilech

Parashat Vayelech contains the Torah’s 613th and final mitzvah (commandment), to write a Sefer Torah (Torah scroll), just as Moshe Rabbeinu did. Parashat Vayelech also contains the Torah’s 612th mitzvah, to gather the entire Jewish people, men, women, and children … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Nitzavim

Every day of our lives is a series of choices: between good and evil, blessing and curse and life and death. On the surface, the choice is not always clear. Often, we must peel away the outer shell of reality … Continue reading

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Advantages of Being in Israel by Rav Nathan Schapira

Behold, he who doesn’t live in Eretz Yisrael is called by the sages as, “One who is as if he has no G-d.” (Ketubot 111) The reason for this is simple. Every Jew’s soul emanates from a holy place, and … Continue reading

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