The Book of Jonah is read on by the afternoon service of Yom Kippur. The story of Jonah is a deep story with many profound lessons for Yom Kippur and for life. The 3 main lessons are 1. We can't run away from G-d. 2. G-d is merciful and desires kindness. 3. The power of Teshuva- repentance.
Most importantly, we learn about the deep faith and love which G-d has for us and his steadfast support in our life's mission. The story of Jonah is a story of the Descent Of The Soul In This World, A Live Webinar class.
The Month Of Elul- The King Is In The Field
Happy new month of Elul! The “king is in the field” . Get out of the desert realm! There are 3 realms: Royal palace/city, field, desert. Our job is to awaken to come out of the field and into the palace
In his Song of Songs, King Solomon writes a most eloquent and deep passage representing a multitude of relationships. The verse “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine” (Song of Songs 6:3) is an immediate allusion to the month of Elul, for in its original Hebrew, “Ani ledodi v’dodi li,” the letters beginning each word serve as an acronym for this month.
Elul is the month preceding Tishrei, the beginning of the Jewish year, starting with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah and culminating with the festival of Hoshana Rabbah. It is during the month of Elul that we try and focus on our past year, reflecting on our deeds,...
This opinion is found in the Midrash and the famous Kabbalist The Ramchal equos this in his book “Da’at Tevunot”.
Rabbi Saadyah Gaon writes in Sefer Emunot ve-De’ot (one of the earliest systematic works of Jewish philosophy was The Book of Doctrines and Opinions):
“The creation of the world was an expression of goodness and kindness on G‑d’s part . . . and afterwards He gave them a cause through which they will reach the most complete happiness and the most complete goodness . . . that which He commanded them to implement and warned them to desist from”.
One of the main things that we can say about God in this manner is that He is good. Not only do we say that God is good, but also that He defines good. Every act of God contains the most pure and infinite Good that can exist. His goodness and love are the two most basic of God's qualities as far as we can understand, and they work together...
In this webinar class we will explore delve into the fascinating topic of prophesy. What is prophesy and is there such a reality nowadays.
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נָבִיא מִקִּרְבְּךָ מֵאַחֶיךָ כָּמֹנִי יָקִים לְךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֵלָיו תִּשְׁמָעוּן. כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר שָׁאַלְתָּ מֵעִם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בְּחֹרֵב בְּיוֹם הַקָּהָל לֵאמֹר לֹא אֹסֵף לִשְׁמֹעַ אֶת קוֹל יְהוָה אֱלֹהָי וְאֶת הָאֵשׁ הַגְּדֹלָה הַזֹּאת לֹא אֶרְאֶה עוֹד וְלֹא אָמוּת. וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלָי הֵיטִיבוּ אֲשֶׁר דִּבֵּרוּ. נָבִיא אָקִים לָהֶם מִקֶּרֶב אֲחֵיהֶם כָּמוֹךָ וְנָתַתִּי דְבָרַי בְּפִיו וְדִבֶּר אֲלֵיהֶם אֵת כָּל אֲשֶׁר אֲצַוֶּנּוּ.
The Lord your God will establish a prophet, like myself; him you shall listen to. This is just what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb, on the day of the Assembly, saying, 'I don't want to...
Ma’ayan 1// Nahar 20
Man’s soul is made of 3 parts:
A personal gradually merits these levels, ascending to the next level.
However Nefesh always stays. As it says “Israel is the soul of creation” and therefor always has the revelation of Nefesh “even within within their sins i will not forsake them”.
Ma’ayan 1// Nahar 21
Man is not in his place in the order of creation. The soul should have been from under the Throne of Glory, however it is placed in a lowly body.
This descent is the cause for the lack of revelation, just as S”M (evil angel) was a holy angel who descended down. Talmud says “better for a person not to be born”.
This novelty of the highest part of creation, placed in the lowest is the what the Tabernacle expressed. The Temple had the highest of G-d’s revelation descend down into this world.
Similar to the soul’s descent, the...
Elul — A Month of Mercy and Forgiveness
Elul is called the "Month of Mercy" and "Month of Forgiveness" (Hodesh haRahamin vehaSelihot). It is a time for teshuvah(return) to God, to renew one's efforts in prayer, Torah study and charity, and to seek forgiveness for transgression, especially against one's fellows.
It is the belief in Jewish tradition that God does not forgive sins committed against another person unless one first endeavors to be reconciled with those wronged. During Elul, the last month before the Days of Awe, we become mindful of the great sin of the Golden Calf, enter into a spiritual and practical cleansing which will culminate with Yom Kippur.
Lulei – "Had I not trusted!..."
There is a further allusion to Elul found in Psalm 27
"Had I not trusted that I would see the goodness of God in the land of life…" (v. 13).
The Jewish scribal tradition has accentuated the word lulei (Had I not) by placing dots over the...
We are living in amazing times where the future is essentially now. We are privy to incredible advancements that our grandparents could only dreamed of. While we are moving towards a more digital world, there are great dangers of our minds becoming increasingly distracted and desensitized. In this class we delve into the pros and cons of our digital era as well as provide tips on how to maintain spiritual focus and stability by minimizing and selectively choosing our digital practices.
The Future is now
The Zohar speaks about the flood of Noah which saw a downpour of water from above, as well as the “lower waters", which emanated from the abyss and underground wells. The Zohar says “in the 6th Millennium waters from on high and water from below will flood existence”. The 6th millennium corresponds to the 17 Century, which saw the advancements of the Industrial Revolution, the greatest advancement that the world has seen. The 17th Century was also a time of...
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