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Before the Torah was given, it existed as “black fire written upon white fire.” This is alluded to by the unusual term “eish-dat,” which is written as one word but read as two.

A Fiery Law

A Fiery Law

Letters and numbers of Simchat Torah

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Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin is the official Chabad emissary to downtown Brooklyn and rabbi of Congregation B’nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights, New York. He is the author of the books "Letters of Light", "By Divine Design", and "Guardian of Israel", and the co-author of "The Rabbi & The CEO".
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October 14, 2014
A problem
First, thank you so much for this excellent inspirational shiur. One problem: your explanation of the "two days" of Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret does not work if one is B"H Israeli. Since S.T. and Sh.Atz are only separate days outside of Israel, then your reasoning regarding these two days being parallel to Rosh ha'Shana's two days does not work out. Although I really like this idea of bracketing the entire season of the Chaggim by a two-day festival--only one of those days is Rabbinic (Simchas Torah outside of Israel), while Shemini Atzeret is a commandment de'Oraita. I would love to hear your ideas on this. Thank you again, and Chag Simchateinu Sameach!
Liebe Feiga
Jerusalem, Israel
October 9, 2012
HILL... EL
O, to bottle this talk!

"This joy can impact the entire year".

We yearn for this.

Sameach Yod. A perfect 10.

Ani YODeah.

Black: the absorption of light
Black: for dark, not understood

White: purity, a crystalline lens, prismatic
reflective


NOW IS the time of the Burning Bush. Autumn. Aut for self. OM: eternal fire.
I feel Moses especially this season

Newsprint: Black/White White: to read between the lines, to interpret, discuss

Black and White: rarely the case in the creation of ethical decisions.

We can argue merit on both sides, OFTEN. We must use our "gray" matter.

AV is aurally OF in English as in belonging and be longing. And for Audio Visual. And for birds, AVES

G_d is in the wings.

G_d wrote for us a LAV story.

Wherever we look: such Unity of Truth.

The "letter of the LAW" requires we read, between the lines, as what's writ in stone is meant to be interpreted

Hillel: for the climb, the hill: Mt. Sinai.

reSPIRE breathe inSPIRE
ruth housman
marshfield hills, ma
October 5, 2012
Simchat Torah (A Fiery Law)
Thank you for the lecture and excellent delivery
LChaiam...
Geraldine
Anonymous
Limerick, Ireland
October 20, 2011
Simchat Torah
Thank you Hashem for the Torah!!! and LChaiam to life!!!! Amen and Amen
velma witkowski
Monroe Twp., NJ
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