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Awakening Consciousness and Mindfulness
Our sages teach that all sevens are special. Tishrei, the seventh month, is “saturated” with holidays and holiness. This month, we work on bringing down our spiritual and intellectual consciousness into all that we do.
The feminine modality for change
Elul, the month of feminine energy, is a time to incubate and grow small changes in our lives to give birth to a deeper, transformed relationship between G‑d and man.
From the fires of destruction to the fires of redemption
The astrological sign of the month of Av is connected with a lion, and represents a month of enormous potential and also great tragedy. Just as healing and redemption follow the fires of destruction, similarly in our lives, our challenges are divine gifts...
The radiant light of summer
There’s a duality within the sun, in that it provides light but its light can also be blinding. We, too, contain opposites within ourselves, and our most powerful inclinations can also become our greatest weaknesses. How can we direct our energies positiv...
Transcendent divinity directing the humanistic
Sivan is the month in which the Torah was given. The commandments are not humanistic, but divine. An overarching light and transcendent divinity must drive our reading of the Torah. This lesson explores how to bring the essence of our Creator into the det...
G-d Is Your Healer
The name of this month, Iyar, spells an acronym for the phrase “I am the L‑rd your healer.” What does the unique nature of this month teach us about illness as well as healing? What role do we play in blocking or facilitating our own healing?
Creating yourself from the inside out
In the Talmud, Rabbi Eliezer says that the world was created in the autumn, in the month of Tishrei, while Rabbi Yehoshua says that the world was created in the spring, in the month of Nissan. What are the two different “creations,” and how do they corres...
“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?
Drawing down a line of holiness
The month of Shevat teaches us how to widen the circles of sanctity and draw down holiness into our everyday lives. Notable events include Moses’ translation of the Torah on the first of Shevat, and the New Year for Trees on the 15th of Shevat.
Understanding the Jewish Months
In this introduction to a monthly class on the Jewish calendar, our host, Shimona Tzukernik, explains the significance of the monthly holiday of Rosh Chodesh (the New Moon, or literally, “Head of the Month.”)
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