menorah

A Chanukka Kavvana

Sarah Yehudit Schneider   When is the time for lighting Chanukka candles? The earliest (and preferable) time is sunset but one can still fulfill the mitzvah until pedestrians disappear from the street.  ...
A Meditation from the Code of Jewish Law

A Meditation from the Code of Jewish Law

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truthfromlie

The Secret of Sorting Truth From Lie

Tisha B'Av, 5774/2014 Sarah Yehudit Schneider R. Yehoshua ben Levi met Mashiach and asked him: “When will you come, Master? When will you announce yourself?” Mashiach answered: “Today!” But the...
together

Like it Or Not, We Are In This Together

Shavuot 2014 / 5774 Sarah Yehudit Schneider The Torah’s revelation at Sinai was the most profound manifestation of God that ever transpired on the planet. An estimated four million people beheld that...
plagues

Plagues by Land…Plagues by Sea

Pesach 2014 / 5774 Sarah Yehudit Schneider Rabbi Yosi the Gallilean said: The Egyptians were struck by ten plagues in Egypt, and fifty plagues at the sea... Rabbi Eliezer said: …In Egypt they were...
purim.haman.2

Remember Amalek…Don’t Forget

PurimBurst 2014 Sarah Yehudit Schneider (1) Remember….(2) to blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under the heavens….(3) Do not forget!      Who is this Amalek that three of our 613 mitzvot...
wheat

A Tribute to Wheat for Tu B’Shvat

Sarah Yehudit Schneider It is customary to eat fruits and drink wine in celebration of Tu B’Shvat, the Rosh HaShana of fruit trees. And it is fitting to admire each fruit and speak its praises...
chanfem

Chanukka and the Feminine

by Sarah Yehudit Schneider In Jewish symbology, the masculine archetype conflates with the sun and the feminine with the moon. Based on this equation the Ari maps out a seven-stage sequence from waning to...
Paradox #11 — The Quagmire of Moral Relativism

Paradox #11 — The Quagmire of Moral Relativism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaXQCIQ_xxo How do I become a patron of paradox without compromising my moral convictions? That is the question explored in this new video called, “The Quagmire of Moral...
Paradox Video Teaching #10

Paradox Video Teaching #10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqceYOBvaEc This video teaching, called Varieties of Paradox, is a summary of the different types of paradox that we encounter in the world. People expressed confusion...
dinim

Sweetening the Dinim

Rosh HaShanna 2013/5774  Sarah Yehudit Schneider  Our Rosh Hashana avoda—its soul-searching, lengthy prayers, and special mitzvot—is all directed toward one mysterious aim called “sweetening the...
Paradox #9 — Hashmal Jig 3/3

Paradox #9 — Hashmal Jig 3/3

This illustrated video teaching, called The Hashmal Jig 3/3, is the ninth installment in our series on Paradox.  It examines the second step of our Hashmal Jig—the need to make a choice despite our...
masterprayer

Master of Prayer — Tisha b’Av, 5773 / 2013

“Everything that the Merciful One does is good.” That means everything, without exception. Our job is to find that good…and proclaim it. From this perspective complaints with providence expose the...
hashmal

Paradox 8–Hashmal Jig 2/3

This video teaching, called The Hashmal Jig 2/3, is the eighth installment in our series on Paradox. It develops the kabbalistic secret of Hashmal—the energy of consciousness generated from dancing between...
Paradox 7 — The Hashmal Jig

Paradox 7 — The Hashmal Jig

This video teaching, called The Hashmal Jig 1/3, is the seventh installment in our series on Paradox. It introduces the kabbalistic secret of Hashmal—the energy of consciousness generated from dancing...
sinai

Dewdrops of Light–Shavuot 5773 / 2013

 When HaShem revealed the Torah at Sinai, the Israelites died at every word. Their souls flew from their bodies and Hashem revived them with the dew that He will use to resurrect the dead.  From where does...
pesach

Tsafun—Afikoman

Pesach 5773 / 2013 Sarah Yehudit Schneider The 12th step in our seder is called Tsafun—meaning hidden or secret. It follows the festive meal and marks the time for “dessert” which, at the seder, means...
purim_burst

PurimBurst 2013 / 5773

DIALOGUE WITH DESTINY Sarah Yehudit Schneider Said Haman to Achashverosh: “Let these people be destroyed...” The King removed his signet ring, gave it to Haman and replied: “Do with them as you see...
wine

A Tribute to Wine for Tu B’Shvavt 2013 / 5773

It is customary to eat fruits and drink wine in celebration of TuB’Shvat, the Rosh HaShana of fruit trees. And it is fitting to admire each fruit and speak its praises before you eat it. In that spirit I...
bestlove

Paradox 4: Introducing I-Centers

This Illustrated Video Teaching introduces the concept of I-centers—an extremely useful tool for sorting through the complexities of paradox. It is always good to build an idea from the ground up. In the...
hanukkah

Paradox — A Hanukkah Dilemma

Hanukkah teaches us how to survive exile and how to accomplish the purpose of it.  And that brings us the paradox of "isolation and integration" as you shall see. http://youtu.be/-_C9cj6UO7s We...