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Should we “give up” our lives for God? Certainly not! That’s sacrifice. We shouldn’t give up our God-given talents and behaviors; we should bring them closer to their purer state.
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The baal teshuvah, who frees the sparks of divinity imprisoned in the realm of the forbidden, is examined in contrast with the tzaddik, who has more limited powers.
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Seven days before Yom Kippur, the Kohen Gadol (“High Priest”) is removed from his home to his chamber in the Holy Temple. Learn about the significance of home in relation to Yom Kippur.
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A source-based mystical perspective on meat eating and animal rights.
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The spiritual dimensions of the ketoret, or the incense offering, are discussed in conjunction with the concept of teshuvah.
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.
The Talmud points to the relationship between the soul and the body as a model for the nature of G-d’s relationship with the world.
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”.
In Parshat Korach the difference between Moses & Korach is Moses desired to be a Kohen Gadol; Korach & his crew acted to appropriate the rank for themselves