Tehillim 27:4 Elul 5767 The art of equanimity Travel is stressful. Journeys are full of surprises. They have beginnings and ends, they start with goodbyes and end with hellos. They entail waiting in lines, making new connections, crossing boundaries and encountering different cultures. We have to pack and unpack, live in strange surroundings, hear strange sounds and smell strange odors. Journeys include adventure and exploration, risk and reward, loss and gain. By their very nature they create memories, they inspire, they excite, they exhaust. That is what journeys..
Is it permissible to use "non-Jewish" methods such as Meditation, for self-improvement? Not long ago Rabbi Leib Kelemen wrote to me to say that his Rebbe, Rabbi Wolbe ztz"l, quoted the chazal (Talmudic source): "Chochma bagoyim, ta’amin – Torah bagoyim al ta’amin" (you should accept that the non-Jewish world has brilliant wisdom but not that it has Torah) in this context. Rabbi Wolbe explained, wrote Rabbi Keleman, that the difference between Chochma (wisdom) and Torah is that Chochma refers to scientific and natural knowledge about the universe. Torah ref..
Please give us your feedback. The book will be published by Urim Publications Fall of 2007. A new and dazzling interpretation of The Creation Sample Chapter By Rabbi David Lapin Chapter 1 Intellect Transformed “In the Beginning, G-d created the Heavens and the Earth.” Bereishit 1:1 Embedded in the narrative of the world’s genesis lies the origin of every force and the secret of every energy that has shaped the world’s history or that will propel its future. G-d imparts to humankind the secret of creativity in a gesture that challenges us t..
For a long time the secular intellectual world has been on a path that does not intersect with the spirituality of Torah. In modern times we have been through periods of hedonism, materialism, hippyism, obsession with science, and obsession with money. But now a new wind is blowing across the plains of current thought-leadership: the wind of spiritual consciousness. It is now "cool" to talk of "energy", to be conscious of its healing powers, its blessing and its miraculous capabilities. New-age intellectuals avoid using religious terminology. They avoid words like "holiness", "G-d" ..
Trust and trustworthiness Trust depends on more than the trustworthiness of the other. Trust also depends on our own openness to trusting. For, although being trustworthy is a virtue; trusting is an art. Benei Ysra..
Asking others for help doesn't make you seem weak; It makes them feel valued. Avodah: To Work and to Serve The word avodah is full of meaning. Simply it means both service (of G-d - particularly with respect to prayer and Temple service) andwork, labor. The first time the term avodah appears in the Torah is in Bereishis 2:5. The Torah describes the state of the world just before its greenery appeared. The trees, plants and grasses were ready to burst through the outer layers of the earth's surface, but they had not yet done so. The earth still looked brow..
Zeddaka and Chessed are different and they produce different results You know the story of The Giving Tree? It’s a charming children’s book about a lifetime’s relationship between a boy and an apple tree. The boy plays in the shade of an apple tree and climbs its branches. When he grows up and no longer wants to play, the tree gives him its apples so that he can sell them and earn money. Later, when the boy wants a house the tree offers him its branches with which to build a home and then its trunk with which to build a boat. Finally, the tree, having given the boy all of its resources, has n..
Motzei Tisha Be’Av and Erev Shabbat Nachamu, 5774 Cycle of Insanity If, as Einstein is reputed to have said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then the corollary should be true as well: If you keep getting the same results when you are expecting different ones, you must be doing the same thing over and over again, and you are probably insane! Every year (at least once) we say Le’Shanah Haba’ah Birushalayim (may we be redeemed in Yerushalim this time next year) indicating our desire end the milenia-old cycle of mourning for the dest..