Passover

  1. PESACH – PASSOVER

    Thoughts The word Pesach is both understood and not understood. Most people are familiar with the translation “Passover”, and are aware that it refers to God passing over the houses of the Jews during the plague of the first born in Egypt (see Exodus 12:13). Simply put, we are grateful to God for sparing us during ... Read more...
  2. The Days of Sefira – a time of spiritual growth

    The Days of Sefira – a time of spiritual growth Passover – Sefira – Shavuot In the Torah (Leviticus 23:15) it says that we have a mitzvah to count the 49 days between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. Since we are celebrating the receiving of the Torah on Shavuot, it is an expression of our anticipation ... Read more...
  3. Passover and Conception

    Rabbi Isaac Luria, the master kabbalist known as the Ari, teaches that at the original Pesach sedar, in Egypt, a conception occurred.  Conception is defined as the point when a soul makes contact with a body and they begin a life together, a story, and a journey.  So what was conceived on that first Pesach ... Read more...
  4. A Passover Teaching, by Sarah Yehudit Schneider

    Sarah (Susan) Schneider is the founding director of A Still Small Voice, a correspondence school that provides weekly teachings in classic Jewish wisdom to subscribers around the world Everyone knows that on Pesach, the removal of all chametz (leavened grains) from our household mirrors the removal of inflated ego states (i.e. arrogance) from our personalities.  On ... Read more...
  5. The Secret of Eating at the Seder

    The great Kabbalist, Rabbi Tsadok HaKohen, revealed a deep secret about how to fix the way we engage with the world. He says that humanity’s first sin was not Adam and Eve’s eating of forbidden fruit, but rather the way they ate it.  The Tree of Knowledge, says he, was not a tree or a ... Read more...
  6. The Four Questions

    A Pesach Teaching From the Sod Yesharim The hagada is transmitting lights and instructions on many levels.  There is information about history and many deep secrets about how the universe works and what freedom really means.  For example, according to Sod Yesharim, the hagada seeks to convey, emphatically, the importance of questions in the transformation process. ... Read more...
  7. Passover: In the Name of Love

    Rabbi David Aaron, Founder and Dean of the Isralight Institute, is internationally recognized as an expert on the Kabbalah and is the best-selling author of: Seeing God: Ten Life Changing Lessons of the Kabbalah; Endless Light : The Ancient Path of Kabbalah,The Secret Life of God: Discovering the Divine within You and his newly released ... Read more...
  8. Passover – A Time to Grow

    Sometimes whether we like it or not it’s time to grow. The spiritual calendar is has the next month, starting Thursday, designated as a time for growth against our will. Against your will you are born Nisan, the month the Israelites left Egypt, is a period of intensity that the sages look at like a birth. There were ... Read more...
  9. What’s the most important part of Passover?

    Matzah? Wine? Haggadah? Aunt Tilly’s Gefilte Fish? Freedom from slavery is awesome. But despite the lines of the Haggadah song “dayenu”, the freedom would not have meant very much without the Torah. Our reason for existence as a people is to be a conduit for Godliness as expressed by our fulfillment of the principles in that ... Read more...

Purim

  1. Unmasking Nature: The Divine’s Love is Here and Now

    Rabbi David Aaron, Founder and Dean of the Isralight Institute, is internationally recognized as an expert on the Kabbalah and is the best-selling author of: Seeing God: Ten Life Changing Lessons of the Kabbalah; Endless Light : The Ancient Path of Kabbalah, The Secret Life of God: Discovering the Divine within You, and his newly ... Read more...
  2. Queen Esther – the inside story

    What is on your inside? – Your soul. What is on the inside of the universe? – God, the infinite creator. The story of Purim is not merely the story of a nation in exile that was saved from extermination, but is an _expression of a deep truth about our world, that what’s on the inside ... Read more...
  3. Enjoy Life PURIM

    Ben Zoma says, “Who is wealthy? Someone who takes pleasure in what he has.” Ethics of Our Fathers 4:11 Thankfully, the holiday of Purim has its own book amongst the Writings, called the Scroll of Esther, that explains the entire historical event we’re celebrating, and gives us an understanding of the meaning behind the holiday. In ... Read more...

Rosh Chodesh

  1. Rosh Chodesh -Mystical days of spiritual accounting

    Are you too busy? Every generation has its own challenges. One of the challenges of our generation seems to be taking the time for what we truly value. Most people are stressed out about time. Even though our homes are filled with more time-saving machines then ever before, many of us feel we just don’t have ... Read more...
  2. Rosh Chodesh – The Elusive Holiday

    On many calendars in America the lunar cycle is noted. This is strange because most people have no need to know when the moon is full or new. Who cares? However, to the Jews this information is vital since the Hebrew calendar is defined largely by the cycle of the moon. Each month of the ... Read more...

Shavuot

  1. The Days of Sefira – a time of spiritual growth

    The Days of Sefira – a time of spiritual growth Passover – Sefira – Shavuot In the Torah (Leviticus 23:15) it says that we have a mitzvah to count the 49 days between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. Since we are celebrating the receiving of the Torah on Shavuot, it is an expression of our anticipation ... Read more...
  2. Shavuot – Celebrate the Gift

    The holiday of Shavuot falls out this year  is tonight Thursday May 28th and tomorrow night. The word Shavuot means “weeks” and this holiday is mentioned in Leviticus Chapter 23. How badly do you want wisdom? Because the Torah was given to man on this day, the sages say that the storehouses of wisdom open up every ... Read more...

Tu B’Shvat

  1. Tu B’Shvat: Celebrating Pleasure

    Rabbi David Aaron, Founder and Dean of the Isralight Institute, is internationally recognized as an expert on the Kabbalah and is the best-selling author of: Seeing God: Ten Life Changing Lessons of the Kabbalah; Endless Light : The Ancient Path of Kabbalah, The Secret Life of God: Discovering the Divine within You, and his newly released ... Read more...