What We Believe Is What We See
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What We Believe Is What We See

Have you ever noticed how an interview sometimes says more about the person asking the questions than the one who is answering? I’ve been interviewed for a few magazines and news programs myself recently. I’m always grateful for the opportunity to speak about the things that are close to my heart: Kabbalah, Global Spirituality, and...

Creating Better Destinations
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Creating Better Destinations

Have you ever spent any time with unruly children? I mean, really unruly children. I have. Now, don’t get me wrong – all children are beautiful, some are just shall we say… highly spirited? A friend of mine had a couple of kids like that. No matter what she and her husband seemed to do, they could...

The Power Of Unity
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The Power Of Unity

We are separate so that we may find unity. We are different so that we may choose harmony. We are varied so that we may discover the many ways in which we are surprisingly the same. This week, we read the portion of Bamidbar the first chapter in the book of Numbers. It is in this story...

The Secret Of The Golden Rule
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The Secret Of The Golden Rule

This week’s portion of Acharei Mot-Kedoshim is so potent, we read it twice a year – once on Yom Kippur, and once during Shabbat in the month of Iyar (Taurus). There are countless lessons we can learn from the story and innumerable benefits from listening to its reading. One of the most important among them is the spiritual teaching...

From The Heart
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From The Heart

The holiest of actions are the ones that come from the heart. Big or small, every turn of hand has the power to uplift all of humanity when done with love. This week’s portion of Tazria-Metzora deals largely in part with the repercussions of our actions. The portion reads like a list of rules and regulations for...

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...

Acts of Love
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Acts of Love

To show love to another human being is to show them the face of the Divine. Love is what we are made of. It is the definitive quality of the Creator, and so too is it the essence of our souls. I have to be honest. Many years ago, when I first came to read Vayakhel-Pekudei, I...

Choosing Selflessness
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Choosing Selflessness

The soul is selfless. For, like the Creator, our soul has but one desire – to share. After the sin of the Golden Calf, the Creator wanted to destroy the people – to essentially hit the reboot button, and start over. Moses challenges God, “If you bring destruction on these people, then destroy me too. Erase...

The Revolutionary Millennial
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The Revolutionary Millennial

Millennials are special souls. They don’t just believe in God, they want to experience God. What they might not know is that it’s their very destiny is to do so. Google the word “millennial” and you are sure to find a deluge of disparaging articles: What’s Wrong with Millennials, Millennials: The Me, Me, Me Generation. As the Spiritual...

Let Your Light Shine Bright
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Let Your Light Shine Bright

“This, above all, to thine own self be true.” These words of wisdom from William Shakespeare reflect the enduring truth for humanity. In our world of physicality where conformity is the norm, it is so difficult to be who we are, to express the innermost essence that is our heart, and yet this is all...