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Sifra, Sefer, Sippur

The Torah, says Sefer Yetzira, is really three in one. There’s the Torah of Bereshit, the Torah of Sinai, and the Torah of souls. Our job, says the Baal Shem Tov, is to unify these three Torot with every word we speak and breath we take.
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The Coveted Sukkah of Sodom

"Anyone who fulfills the mitzvah of sukkah in this world, will get a perpetual share (are you ready for this) in the Sukkah of Sodom” [Pesikta d'Rav Kahana].
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Video–Rosh HaShana and the Kabbalistic Mystery of Nesira

R. Tsadok notes that Rosh Hashana (humanity's birthday) is actually a very strange Yom Tov given the debate between Hillel and Shamai about whether its better to be born...or not.
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Chai Elul—A Rosh HaShana Teaching for the Baal Shem Tov’s Birthday

R. Tsadok notes that Rosh Hashana (humanity's birthday) is actually a very strange Yom Tov given the debate between Hillel and Shamai about whether its better to be born...or not.
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Masters of Judgement

Rosh Hashana marks the conception (when the thought of creation arose within the mind of G-d) and Pesach marks the actual birth (when an actual “creature” evolved that could hold the level of consciousness, called yechida, the capacity to understand what it means that G-d is one on the 50th gate level of understanding. That “creature” is Kenesset Yisrael, the Mystical Body of Israel, born on the other side of the parted sea that served as its birth canal.
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A Chanukka Meditation from the Zohar

This Chanukka teaching is dedicated to Yaku, daughter of Heltcha: “Thank you for
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Meditation #10 – The Obstacle of Strange Fire (part 2 of 2)

A spiritual path asks its adherents to walk their talk.  Yet that is
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The Obstacle of Strange Fire — #9

One of the most difficult and subtle challenges of a spiritual path is
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Prayer as Meditation — #8

Prayer is called “service of the heart” because it’s challenge (and calling) is
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“…Until there are no stragglers in the marketplace.”

Sarah Yehudit Schneider   When is the time for lighting Chanukka candles? The
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Esther, the Mistress of Prayer

PurimBurst 2012 / 5772 Sarah Yehudit Schneider HaShem said to Israel: “When the
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The Inner Search for Pure Oil

Sarah Yehudit Schneider   Among the various categories of mitzvot are those that
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Chanukkah, Greece and Democracy

5769 / 2008 Sarah Yehudit Schneider There is no person or nation that
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