PATAH ELIYAHU–FROM THE TIKUNEY ZOHAR

The Zohar with its addenda is one of the primary texts of Classical Kabbalah. The material contained in the Chart of the S’firot is based on texts like this one. (note: “He” refers to the quality of Divine Transmission, “She” – The quality of Divine Reception) Elijah began saying Lord of the worlds You Who…

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Time Travel w T’mimah (Summer)

Summer heat is on. Beyn Hamaytzarim; between the tight and narrow places refers to the days between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. It is important because it marks the time of the capture of Yerushalayim which culminated with the destruction of the Beyt Hamikdash; Holy Temple. It marks the end of…

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Time Travel with T’mimah (Tammuz Musings)

This Shabbes brings the New Moon of Tammuz – just two weeks prior to the Summer Solstice. Sunshine feels wonderful. It grows crops and lifts spirits and more importantly, it grows crops – providing sustenance. Many through history receive the suns warmth as Spirit’s love. The Northern Hemisphere experiences increased sunlight each and every day…

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Tisha B’Av Musings 2010

One of the things that troubles me about Tisha b’Av is that there is so very much sadness and mourning. There is a tendency to dwell in the pain, as if the pain and discomfort were the final goal. “We hurt, so we are yotzay”, as it were. The calls for action on the Renewal…

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Summer Heat

An opportunity for transformation each and every year exists. The process is beginning right now quietly and with subtlety. It is time to start asking, “How will I change this next year.” Tammuz-Av; Corresponding to Cancer and Leo on the Zodiac in Jewish Tradition. Beyn Hamaytzarim; between the tight and narrow places refers to the…

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Eating Kitniyot (Legumes) on Pesach

Eating Kitniyot (Legumes) on Pesach http://www.responsafortoday.com/engsums/3_4.htm (OH 453:1) Question: In light of the ingathering of the exiles, would it be possible to eliminate the Ashkenazic custom of not eating legumes on Pesach? Responsum: 1) In our opinion it is permitted (and perhaps even obligatory) to eliminate this custom. It is in direct contradiction to an…

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Inspiration from Pesach 2011

MPesach practice offers fewer choices than the rest of the year. Leavened grains are not permitted, and this being true, the eating of all grains is looked at differently. The Pesach diet offers a subtle twist towards Tzim Tzum contracting as the days are getting shorter and warmer, and fruit is starting to blossom into…

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Rosh Hodesh Nissan; New Moon of Aries

MB”H Shalom Friends, On April 5 the new moon was seen in the night sky to herald the coming of spring. This new moon ushers in the month of Nisan, The Month of Spring: liberation from the tight cold of winter – Rebirth! On the full moon of Nisan we usher in the festival of…

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ADAR

Mischief and pranks fill the air. This lunar cycle invites the madcap festivities of Purim, Mardi Gras and ST. Patrick’s day. Costumes and drinking are common practices. On Purim, Talmud tells us to imbibe abundantly such that the very nature of good and evil become blurred. I used to think this meant it is incumbent…

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