The Path of the Soul is filled with landmines. One of the greatest is the temptation to be overly strict. Learn how to tell the difference between coming close and falling into a spiritual trap.
How does forgiveness work? What is sin anyway? How do I get forgiven? And what does all this have to do with the Incense offering by the Kohain Gadol, the High Priest, in the Holy of Holies? In this week’s talk, go to the heart of the most special day of the year to try and fathom what is going on. With lots of love and blessings for everything beautiful in the new year!
The dark days of the year are now behind us. In this week’s talk, we learn Torahs of healing, tell stories of Divine providence, explore the dynamics of the voices in our heads, and look at the blueprint of Av and what it can tell us about life.
What is the purpose of death? Is it forever? What is this world for? And what is this trampoline business about?? In this week’s talk, we mourn the loss of Micol Cohen, a great person who left us way too early, read an awesome piece she wrote http://www.aish.com/sp/pg/Micols_Gift.html and try to wrap our minds around life’s most mysterious chapter.
A person who walks alone at night and occupies themselves with idle thoughts jeopardizes their soul. This teaching from the Ethics of Our Fathers (3:5) seems straight forward enough, but in this week’s talk we go into the depths of it from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. We also open with a shout out to all the Moms and Parents-to-be out there. (PS: If you make to the end of this one the source is Lemech in Gen 4:23 — “Shemahn” )
“Who of us doesn’t need a second chance?” I remember my Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach saying these words regarding the holiday we are celebrating today — Pesach Sheni. The custom today is eat some matzah. How did we get this day and what are we supposed to do with the whole idea of second chances not just today but everyday?
This is a very fundamental talk. It discusses what a human being is and what we are made out of. It also gives over a map of the universe — so that we can clearly conceptualize where the earth ends and the heavens begin in a very tangible way. We even show where the creation of gravity is in the Torah. Clarity is so precious. There is clarity in this talk. Please listen and share.
Would you agree to be the author of a world class piece of art — like writing Hamlet or painting the Mona Lisa — if it meant being miserable your whole life? We explore that question, plus we look at strategies for answered prayers and how to see all of life as a gift.
I shot this short film on the streets of Jerusalem. I met Yoseph, the star, the night before at the Holy Wall, and immediately knew that I had to make a movie with him. He kindly agreed and we met the next day. The idea was simple. Wherever he’d go people would spontaneously break out dancing. We met most of the people in the film while we were shooting, so what you’re seeing is more or less what actually took place. It was mayhem. So much life, so much energy, so much love. I haven’t seen Yoseph since, but I think of him almost every day.
Once a year we get to say a blessing over the flowers on fruit trees. What is so remarkable is that we are thanking God for the fruit and yet — there’s no fruit on the tree yet! In this week’s talk, we unwrap this mystery and connect it to essence of time itself.
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Holy Brother: Inspiring Stories and Enchanted Tales about Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
This may be my favorite Jewish book of all time. It’s a collection of first person accounts of people’s encounters with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. You’ll literally laugh, cry, be inspired beyond belief and want to be a better person.
The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet
From the very first Kabbalistic work, through the Talmud, through an impressive array of rabbinic literature, great minds have found the Aleph-Beis to be a gold mine of wisdom and guidance. This fascinating best-seller weaves these golden threads into a glorious tapestry, presenting hundreds of ideas and comments on the Aleph-Beis, including: the Aleph-Beis as the force of Creation, as a primer for Jewish living, and as a fountainhead of Torah insight and mystical meaning. The product of decades of learning, thinking, and teaching by the revered educator, lecturer, and community activist Rabbi Michael L. Munk. A treat not to be missed.