Aseh Lecha Rav (Make for Yourself A Rabbi)

עֲשֵׂה לְךָ רַב, וּקְנֵה לְךָ חָבֵר Make for yourself a rabbi (aseh lecha rav) and acquire for yourself a friend” (kneh lecha chaver). Pirkei Avot 1, Mishnah 6 The rabbinical exhortation to Aseh lecha rav is mentioned twice in Pirkei Avot, indicating its importance. When we think of a contemporary rabbis, we most likely envision …

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Parsha Kodeshim – What Does Holiness Mean?

Parashat (Parsha) Kedoshim / פרשת קדשים / Part One Vayikra/Leviticus 19:1–20:27 Kodeshim, the title of this parsha (Torah Portion), means holy ones (or holy things). This Parsha starts off with a bang! Right out of the gate, the opening commandment is: "Kodeshim tihiyu ki kadosh ani Adonoi Elohechem” — “Ye shall be holy; for I the …

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Angels (Malachim) In Judaism

Angels are called Malachim in Hebrew. What does malachim mean? It means messengers. Each malach (singular) has a particular role in Judaism and message to impart. Angels are not all sweetness and light in Jewish teachings. They may be helpful to humans or not so much, depending on the messenger role they were assigned when …

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The Multiplistic Voice of GOD: Each According To Their Need

The Talmudic Sages said that “There are 70 Faces Of Torah” שבעים פנים לתורה — Shiv’im Panim L’Torah. (Bamidbar Rabbah 13:15-16). In Psalms 29:4 it is stated "the voice of GD is in strength." קול יהוה בכח Rabbi Yochanan said, “The voice of GOD will be relayed to the people in 70 different languages.” We …

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Prayer From The Heart: Hitbodedut

I cannot think of a better time than the present to introduce a lesser known Jewish prayer practice, advocated by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772 - 1810). It’s called Hitbodedut (Hebrew), meaning “self-seclusion.” The Ba’al Shem Tov and other renowned Jewish mystics were devout practitioners. May the Force Be With You! Our greatest Tzaddikim have …

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Lilith – Adam’s First Wife – Battle Of The Sexes!

The Lilith story originates from the Alphabet of Ben Sira (between 700 and 1000 CE). Ben Sira was an allegorist and medieval Jewish scribe from the golden city of Jerusalem/Yerushalayim. Lilith was not created from a part of Adam’s body or his person. Nor was she an afterthought. She was her own person, created on …

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Heaven, Hell, Astral Projection, Prophetic Dreams and Reincarnation (In Judaism)

Does the title of this post bring Jewish beliefs to mind? Modern Judaism shies away from these topics, yet they all exist in Jewish theology and have been written about for ages in our religious texts. Astral Projection: In Jewish thought the neshama (soul) leaves the body while we sleep and reunites with Source (GD) …

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Sufism and Jewish Mysticism: Jewish-Sufi Avraham Maimonides

The interwoven history of Sufism (Islamic mysticism) and Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) speaks of Divine Mind to me. I’m a Jew from birth that has prayed and studied with Muslims, Christians, Baha'i s, Quakers and Buddhists. At one point I was part of Sufi meditation group. In these distressing and frightening times, it’s more important than …

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“The Ten Commandments”- Mystical Meaning

In a previous study session we learned that "The Ten Commandments” are not actually called "Commandments" in the Hebrew language of the Torah. They are called Aseret Hadibrot —The Ten Utterances and Aseret Hadevarim — The Ten Words or Ten Things. (Devarim means both words and things in Hebrew). In the Hebrew they are not …

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Every Leaf – Lurianic Kabbalah And Zen Buddhism

Connecting the mystical dots. The Holy Ari (Lurianic Kabblah) said: “Not only is every leaf on a tree a creation invested with divine life, created for a specific purpose within G‑d’s intent in creation, but also that within each and every leaf there is a spark of a soul that has descended to earth to …

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