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The Foundation Stone“When the Holy One, blessed is He, created His world, He created it like an infant born from its mother. For a fetus born from the mother, begins from its navel and expands outward to all four directions so too, the Holy One, blessed is He, began to create the world from the Foundation Stone and from that, the entire world was established.” - Midrash Tanchuma – Pikudei #3

 

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Elul Abundance Print E-mail

Elul“I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.”  (Song of Songs 6:4)
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Elul: Earned Advice Print E-mail

Elul“And God will circumcise your hears, and the hearts of your children, to love God, your Lord, with all your hearts and with all your souls, so that you may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:6)
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Sound Bites: Spreading Out Print E-mail
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Sound Bites“By His breath the heavens were spread – ‘shifra’ – His hand fashioned the earth-girding serpent.” (Job 26:13)  Shifra – spread – shares the same root as Shofar. The Alshich explains that God imbued the heavens with Ruach
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Sound Bites 1 Print E-mail

Sound Bites“Portions have fallen to me in pleasant places, even the inheritance is beautiful to me.” (Psalms 16:6) The Hebrew for “beautiful to me” is – Shafra aliy. Shafra shares the same root as Shofar.  One of the ideas of the Shofar is to remind us to act with beauty.
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Elul: Right & Left Brains Print E-mail

Rosh Hashanah“I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.”  (Song of Songs 6:4): The Ralbag (Gersonides) describes the tension between the right and left brain – the creative and the structured approaches. He connects this
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Elul: Desire Print E-mail
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ElulThe special quality of these days, to kindle our aspirations to return to Hashem, has its roots in the first Elul Israel experience as a nation, when people were steeped in intense repentance over the sin of the Golden Calf
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Elul: Love Songs: A Full Heart Print E-mail
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Elul“God, your Lord, will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:6) The first letters of “Your
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Elul: A Shepherd of Roses Print E-mail
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Elul“I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me, the shepherd among the roses.”  (Song of Songs 6:4) Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz explains that one may simply observe a rose for its beauty. One may smell the rose. One may want to lightly touch
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Elul: A Measure of Desire Print E-mail

Elul“God, your Lord, will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:6) The first letters of “Your heart and the heart of your seed” – Et Livavecha
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Parsha Mitzvot: Ki Teitzei: Mitzvot 557-558-605 - Concepts 598-599-600 Print E-mail
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613 ConceptsThe Yalkut Shimoni uses an interesting story to explain the Mitzvah to “Remember what Amalek did you”; One upon a time there was a king who planted a vineyard, placed a vicious guard dog inside a fence. He warned
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