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Letters and Numbers of Torah—Chayei Sarah
“Sarah died . . . and Abraham came to eulogize Sarah and to cry over her.” (Genesis 23:2) The word “to cry” is written with a small letter “kaf.” What is the meaning of this small letter?
One Minute Meditation
Your body is like sunglasses for the soul.
The strength within us, the support that re-grounds us in our uncertainty and insecurity, the part of us competing in this war with the external forces and energies that dare to blind us and steal us away from who we really are . . .
Bringing Passover into the Rest of the Year
In modern-day society, it is not always easy to be a woman. We are surrounded by billboards, magazines and actors that form not only our definition, but the world’s definition, of what is beautiful. Blame it on consumerism, but there’s always some product...
Do health and fitness have a place in Judaism? It seems that the secular world encourages a healthy life far more than the Jewish world does. I hear rabbis talk about spiritual matters, but find it hard to listen to them if they themselves are overweight....
Though the body may have enjoyed Yom Kippur, it gets a bit envious. "Can I have a day like that," it asks, "when I can indulge in my relationship with G‑d?"
Sinai unequivocally states that you do not have to resign yourself to a life of duality
The Jewish Take on Body, Soul and Resurrection
In the beginning of time, G-d blows a soul into a body of clay and thus creates man. So, too, will it be at the end of time. Join Rabbi Kaplan as he expounds upon this wondrous fusion of body and soul.
. . . and what it taught me about writer’s block
Turn any mitzvah inside out and you’ll see a light—an active and energetic light that looks to shine in every black corner. Turn any mitzvah inside out and you’d see . . . a menorah.
Doctors discovered that Houben had an almost normal level of brain activity. He was suffering from a form of "locked-in syndrome," in which people are unable to speak or move but can think and reason.
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