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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.
The literal and figurative implications of the Hebrew word “hashbatah,” which means “terminate,” are debated by Talmudic sages Rabbi Judah and Rabbi Shimon.
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The natural and spiritual dimensions of the numbers seven and eight are discussed from a Kabbalistic point of view.
Weekly Op-Ed •April 18th, 2008• 0 Comments
The 20th century experienced some of the worst destruction and greatest advances this world has ever seen. In light of this dynamic globe, what is the purpose of our generation?
Weekly Op-Ed •May 13th, 2006• 1 Comment
The Hebrew calendar’s technical and spiritual dimensions are analyzed with respect to the counting of the Omer period between Passover and Shavuot.
Stories •Weekly Op-Ed • 4 Comments
Rabbi Jacobson tells a story about his own Passover growing up, intertwined with a discussion about the four questions and the experience of life.
Weekly Op-Ed •April 28th, 2005• 0 Comments
Reflections on a Puerto Rican Passover, the slavery of excessive freedom, and the search for the Divine inner light.
Questions & Answers •Weekly Op-Ed •April 21st, 2005• 0 Comments
In order to spiritually prepare for the Seder, one should ask himself a series of questions related to the four questions recited from the Haggada.
Weekly Op-Ed •April 14th, 2005• 9 Comments
In order to fully grasp the truth of this world, one must embrace both the orderliness of life and its paradoxes.
Questions & Answers •Weekly Op-Ed •April 7th, 2005• 25 Comments
Understanding the apparent abundance of violence and anger in the Torah requires one to gain deeper insight into its literal and symbolic dimensions.