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How to approach the tension between the spiritual and the material
Jewish approaches to asceticism from the Mishnah to Chassidic teachings
Some Jewish commentators saw the conflict between body and soul as insurmountable, others saw it as non-existent, yet others saw it as an opportunity for a step by step process of mystical synthesis
Harnessing the Sukkot Energy for the Whole Year
Throughout the month of Tishrei, which is replete with holidays, we receive many special blessings and divine gifts. Now after its conclusion we ‘unpack’ these tremendous energies of love and joy to utilize them for the entire year.
Towards a universal language in the domains of body, mind and soul
The effort to find common ground between psychiatry and religion, involves a search for corresponding language that is as meaningful to secular people as it is to those of religious persuasion. Historical precedent provides several intellectual and emotio...
Why is fasting more important than praying on Yom Kippur?
The purpose of fasting on Yom Kippur is to induce a contrite and humbled heart before the Supreme Judge. If so, why if one falls weak fasting and cannot properly repent and pray, is he to nevertheless complete the fast, even if it entails sleeping through...
Learning from the Rebbe: Episode 26
How is it possible that the best year's of our forefather Jacob's life were spent in Egypt and not in the Holy Land? What does this teach us about the purpose of the soul's descent into the body? Guest Expert: Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. (From “Messages”—Season 4...
Like sunglasses which block the powerful light emanating from the sun, our physical bodies cover and conceal the precious light of our souls. But surely, this was orchestrated by G-d for a purpose. Our mission, we are told, is to bring forth the concealed...
12 Tammuz 5745 • July 1, 1985
The Stalinist regime that imprisoned my father-in-law, the Rebbe, in 1927, was then a superpower. Despite that, he defied his oppressors. He did not budge an inch in anything that jeopardized his principles. Even at the train station, about to be exiled, ...
Why is peace so elusive? Life seems full of conflict on every level – internal, personal, national, and global. There are quick fixes and deeper long term solutions. Learn insights for integrating the parts of your life that seem intractable.
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