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Purim 2021–Who is Charvonah…

Charvonah is a seemingly insignificant character in the Purim story. He is one of the king’s attendants who appears at the beginning with those who convey the kings fateful summons to Vashti and then again at Haman’s demise. It is here, in this second mention, that he delivers his single line:
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Turning Noga into Chashmal

Chashmal thus becomes the codeword for embracing paradox by skirting back and forth between opposing perspectives and admitting the truth that’s present in each. This kinetic approach to truth-seeking jiggles the mind open to higher awareness. It is not just a mental exercise, it’s a spiritual practice …and it’s the one that Esther employed to enter the King’s sanctum unawares. Her alternating-chashmal-current jammed the psychic “radar” of the guards blocking her way.
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From Eden to Purim: Simcha shel Mitzvah

Purim 2018 / 5778 Sarah Yehudit Schneider The Talmud asks: “Why did the
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All the Creatures Pray for a Fruitful Harvest

Tu B’Shvat, 5778 / 2018 Sarah Yehudit Schneider All the trees of the
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The Akeida–A Hero’s Journey

This essay presents Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Gellman’s exploration of the Mei HaShiloach’s teachings
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The Two Trees at Eden’s Center

Tu B’Shvat, 5777 / 2017 Sarah Yehudit Schneider God made grow out of
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