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Articles by Shlomo Yaffe

Articles and insights by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, spiritual leader of Congregation Agudas Achim of West Hartford, Connecticut, and a member of the editorial staff.

Eight Lights, Eight Lessons
Each day has a purpose, so each of the menorah's lights must have a distinct lesson. Let us explore eight lessons we can learn from these little lights...
Of Fasting and Feasting
Why don't we fast on all the Jewish holy days? After all, they celebrate the triumph of the spiritual
Blossoms in the Winter?
I live in Connecticut, and all I see this time of the year is snow and bare branches. What's the point of celebrating the "New Year for Trees" in January?
The High Holiday Anthem
The festivals of the High Holiday season pluck every string of our being, from introspection to commitment to solemnity to joy. The key to these diverse experiences is the opening line of Psalm 27: “G‑d is my light.”
Trees don't talk, but they have a great deal to say. And one of the most amazing things a tree says is about survival
October 20th
The most important day of (this) year
The countdown is over, a button is pressed, and -- hopefully -- away it goes, to where silicon has never gone before. On October 20th, we'll all be on the launch pad
The Myth of Relaxation
A recent medical study shows that, contrary to common wisdom, relaxation does not reduce stress. Our ancestors learned this at the Exodus, when they discovered that transcendence is not the key to freedom
A Tree's New Year Resolution
Did I grow towards the sun, reaching up higher and higher towards that which I can never grasp, but which nurtures me all the same the more I strive towards it?
From Barley to Wheat
Is there such a thing as bad art? Amoral logic? The 20th century has settled the question once and for all, driving home the truth embodied by the "Wheat Harvest Offering" of biblical times
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