Shavuot is a Jewish agricultural festival (the wheat harvest) as well as a holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. The mystical dimensions of Shavuot involve harnessing the deep powers of the human soul to reach one's true potential.
The holiday of Shavuot begins at sundown of the 5th of Sivan and lasting until nightfall of the 7th of Sivan (May 17–19, 2021). The mystical dimensions of Shavuot, as well as their real-life applications, are many. The Meaningful Life Center offers an archive of deep-yet-accessible lessons on the Kabbalistic aspects of Shavuot. Explore!
From Passover to Shavuot, we conduct a daily count of the days and weeks in reenactment of the forty-nine-day process of self-refinement which our ancestors underwent from their exodus from Egypt on the first day of Passover to the revelation at Sinai on Shavuot.Read More
Achitofel was one of the greatest sages of his generation. Yet all his life he followed the route of giving precedence to his reason over his piety—a path which brought him much grief. Therein lies the deeper significance of the three pieces of advice he offers to his children before his passing: he is warning them not to repeat his error of placing wisdom before piety, as this pertains to the three “crowns” of human aspiration.Read More
The relevance of this narrative today is powerfully evident. We are witnessing today the struggle of nations stemming from Esau – the Roman/Christian/Western world, and Ishmael – the Arab/Muslim world, and their confrontations are deeply related to Israel and the Jews, children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This struggle can truly be understood only by retracing its roots.Read More
The Torah tells us that marriage begins with unconditional love and acceptance of the entire person – first “accept Me” and the details will follow. Read about the ways that the idea of unconditional love relates to marriages between men and women, and the cosmic marriage between G-d and the Jewish people.Read More