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Grasping The Infinite

Grasping the Infinite

God created the world with 10 utterances, He brought 10 plagues on Egypt, and then gave the Torah with 10 commandments.  What is the…

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Second Chances

Second Chances

Dear Friends, "Who of us doesn't need a second chance?"  I remember my Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach saying these words regarding the holiday we are…

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Can You Please Explain Shabbos?

Can You Please Explain Shabbos?

When we enter into Shabbos, we literally transport ourselves into another dimension.  It is simultaneously both the journey and the destination -- transcendence itself. …

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Becoming You

Becoming You

There is a fascinating dialectic contained within Rosh Hashana. On one hand, it’s the beginning of the new year. And yet Rosh Hashana actually occurs in the seventh month, (Nissan, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt, is the first month — see Exodus 12:2.) This means that Rosh Hashana actually falls out in the middle of the year!

There is a deep secret contained in this. People reach the middle of their lives and think that meaningful change is impossible. Therefore, the Almighty put Rosh Hashana in the middle of the year to teach us that it’s never too late to begin again.

In the most obvious sense, Rosh Hashana is all about making God our king, for whom we have awesome respect and commit to following His instructions.

But there’s an even more primary step. The Kotzker Rebbe once observed that

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