Seizing Spiritual Opportunities
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Seizing Spiritual Opportunities

Sometimes we think that this life is about getting prizes and avoiding punishment, about following all the rules to be the good boy or girl we are expected to be, about coloring inside the lines, or knowing it all. But Kabbalah says otherwise. This week’s portion is called Ekev and when you look in the Zohar you...

Spirituality in Action
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Spirituality in Action

There are many components to spirituality. Of course, there is study through which we can gleam insight into the many profundities of the Creator’s magnificence. There is also prayer, a channel whereby words and thoughts can connect us with God’s ever-present Light. Both these pieces are important, and yet there is another component, one I...

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Reaping the True Rewards
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Reaping the True Rewards

Imagine a guy who is about to close a huge contract and make a lot of money. Just before it happens, the deal falls through, and he ends up with nothing. He invested so much time, energy, effort, and then poof it is gone. It is all taken away. Most of us would probably think...

Why Does It Feel Harder Than Ever To Be Spiritual?
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Why Does It Feel Harder Than Ever To Be Spiritual?

I have been told by many friends and students in the past few years that it is becoming increasingly difficult to invest in spirituality. The energetic atmosphere seems “heavier” than it did a decade or so ago. There is a curtain that veils the vast importance of something as simple as a morning meditation, or...

To Rise Above
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To Rise Above

Sometimes we use spirituality as an excuse for laziness. I’ve done it. You’ve done it. We’ve all done it. It’s one of the great traps of becoming a ‘spiritual person.’ For example: Meditation is a very powerful spiritual tool, but if you sit in bed all day eating ice cream and meditating on being thin,...

Spiritual Endurance
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Spiritual Endurance

There is nothing impossible under the sun. For all that’s impossible just waits to be done. When the Wright Brothers told the world they wanted to build a transport that could allow people to travel through the air, they were told it would never happen. Years later, when Amelia Earhart wanted to fly an airplane...

Walking The Spiritual Talk
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Walking The Spiritual Talk

Spiritual greatness is defined more by what we do with all that we have learned, and less with what we know. It is behavior that makes us spiritual, not beliefs. In the portion of Tzav, Moses is instructing the sons of Aaron how to bring sacrifices to the Tabernacle. The portion is filled with many intricacies...

Embracing the Ride
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Embracing the Ride

From big dreams, great rewards may come, but there is none greater than the journey itself. For just as there is no reward without a journey, there is no journey without reward. There was once a man for whom every day was the same. He awakened very early each morning and donned his suit and...

Miles To Go
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Miles To Go

Just when we think we have done so much, helped so much, grown so much… there are still miles to go before we sleep. At the beginning of the portion of Vayeshev, we see that Jacob sought to rest. He felt that he had completed his spiritual work. After all, he’d been married; he had...

The Choice
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The Choice

Every minute, every, day, week, month and year has its own unique energy. As it says in the Bible, “For everything, there is a season.” There’s a time to plant, and a time for harvest. A time for planning, and a time for action. The energy of this week, the week of Vayetze, as we will discover together, lends itself...