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The Talmud on the Megillah, Lesson 6
Delve into the opening words of Megillat Esther in this fascinating Talmud class, which reads into names with incredible depth and insight. Get a peek into the twisted soul and psyche of this ancient Emperor whose royal ambition, ruthless military conques...
For thousands of years people have looked at the zodiac for direction. But while these signs have power, the constellations are controlled by G-d, who can decide to bypass their predictions.
“Mazal tov” is not “good luck”
The Torah tells us not to pay attention to astrological influences, but it also tells us that Adar is a month full of “mazal” (good fortune). How do we reconcile these concepts?
Question: I know that the days from the first until the ninth of Av are considered bad days for the Jewish people and that I should try not to have a court case during that time, as the mazal of the Jewish people is not so good. I was wondering, however, ...
In the previous chapter, we discussed the flow of Divine creative energy through the four worlds of Atzilut, Beriah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah. We have also seen that Beriah is where souls and angels become manifest. The higher Garden of Eden is in Beriah and...
The Mysterious Name Especially mysterious is the esoteric inscription: KUZU BMUKSZ KUZU on the back of the parchment, which, at first glance, is unintelligible. Further, it is written upside-down. To decipher this cryptogram, we must replace every letter ...
Thus the above-quoted phrase -- "G-d's infinite light extends ... downward without end" -- refers to its revelation and utterly boundless diffusion even as it is revealed at the lowest levels of creation. The infinite worlds that precede the tzimtzum, and...
This requires clarification, however. Have not our Sages asserted, [Beitzah 16a.] “A person’s sustenance is allotted on Rosh Hashanah”? For on Rosh Hashanah, as is known, all created beings are judged and their verdicts rendered. Accordingly, we recite in...
Yud-Alef Nissan is the Rebbe’s birthday. A birthday is more than a day for songs and celebrations. Instead, a birthday is a day when mazalo gover, the spiritual source of a person’s soul shines with power. When we say “the spiritual source of a person’s s...
What is the point in celebrating an event that has already happened? This question applies to our birthday, anniversary or our Exodus from Egypt
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