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Just as the moon is reborn right after its disappears, so too will the Jewish people experience a renaissance following their darkest moments.
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The first ten days of the Jewish calendar are known as “the ten days of teshuvah.” These are days for soul-searching, repentance and return (teshuvah) to G-d.
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The third month of the Hebrew year, Kislev, has the potential to make us all beautiful.
On Yom Kippur we fast and pray, on Purim we party. Yet the Zohar sees the two days as intrinsically similar.
Purim derives its name from the lots cast by Haman. It is not some incidental detail but the single event that most expresses what Purim represents.
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Both Mattot and Massei are parashiyot read during the Three Weeks – both are lessons on galut.
The Torah delegates various aspects of our relationship with G-d to “appointed times” but we should also endeavor to make “every day an appointed time”.
The dimensions of the rainy and sunny seasons of the Jewish calendar are explored in correlation to the birth of Chabad Chassidism, which is linked to Kislev, the third month of the “Season of Rains.”
Understanding “twilight” as an intermediary and transition, as part of the cosmic order and and its link to Shabbat and the Ten Commandments.
On Simchat Torah we read Vezot Haberachah in conclusion of the annual Torah-reading cycle. It is the day of rejoicing the Torah, but not of receiving it.