Higher Ground
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Higher Ground

When the majestic bald eagle takes flight from its mountain perch, its speed and focus seem to be something from another world. The eagle’s grace and beauty are only matched by its precision and power. Having eyes about six times more accurate than a human, they are able to dive to their target reaching speeds...

A Brand New Life
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A Brand New Life

When water is present, life can be possible. Water is an essential part of all living things and we thrive in its presence. When I think of the beautiful country of Ireland, I think of how green and lush it is because of its high source of rainfall. Even from space, Ireland seems to glow...

A Door to Freedom
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A Door to Freedom

In life one of the greatest gifts we can receive is to be able to start over and be given a new clean slate. Whether we find ourselves tired, confused, lost, or burdened by mistakes we have made, a chance to start anew is a priceless. How many of us have found ourselves wishing we...

Igniting the Spark of the Creator Within
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Igniting the Spark of the Creator Within

This week, our power to be creators in our lives and make our dreams come true is activated, perhaps moreso than ever before. When a child is born in this world, the first part to leave the womb is the head. It is the head that sees first light. The head represents the “self” of...

Kindness For No Reason
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Kindness For No Reason

I’ve always loved Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables because in it, the story’s hero is redeemed and restored by one powerful, transformative act of kindness. The main character in the book is Jean Valjean, a convict who was unjustly imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to give to his starving sister. In the opening...

Increasing Our Capacity For Love
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Increasing Our Capacity For Love

“No one can become fully aware of the essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized, but ought to be actualized....

Awakening Oneness
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Awakening Oneness

This week we gather together for Rosh Hashanah, the 6th day of Creation, the day that Adam was “born.” The kabbalists explain that on one’s birthday there is a renewal of the soul that occurs, the individual is strengthened in their purpose in the world. Rav Berg used to say that Rosh Hashanah is all...

Light From The Most Unexpected Places
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Light From The Most Unexpected Places

Shavuot assists us to listen to our inner voice, which is always one with the Creator. It is a time in which we can be reborn, so that we may see the world and ourselves in a new and better way. Over the past seven weeks, a heavy period of time called the Omer, we...

To Be Truly Free
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To Be Truly Free

It is so easy to mistake freedom as the ability to do whatever we want. Spiritually speaking, freedom is the fortitude to refrain from doing what we don’t want. This is a very special week, as it is the holiday of Pesach, the time the Creator Himself took the Israelites out of Egypt, removing them from bondage. At...

All is Light
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All is Light

All is Light, and Light is all. Purim is a day that will be for all of eternity, for we learn in the Bible that following the Final Redemption, when we are escorted by God into the world of unconditional love, there is but one day that shall remain, and that day is Purim. The...