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Being In The Moment

Being in the Moment

Dear Friends, Think good and it will be good!  Most of our lives are spent either thinking about what's already happened or worrying about…

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Mourning The Loss Of A Loved One

Mourning the Loss of a Loved One

Anyone who’s lost a parent, or any loved one, goes through the inevitable process of wondering whether they’ve been abandoned by G-d.

Part of an answer comes in the words of consolation we say to someone in mourning. “May G-d console you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”

Interestingly, the Hebrew word used for G-d here, HaMakom, literally means “The Place.” May “The Place” reach out to console us. There are many different names for God in Jewish prayer and Torah, each of them opening our eyes to a different aspect of His light and reality. But the name HaMakom, “The Place”- or perhaps better, “The Omnipresent One” – is rarely used. Why this special name at this most sensitive time?

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Yom Kippur 2009

Yom Kippur 2009

Dear Friends, What can be said about the holiest day of the year?   Here are some thoughts to get us ready for the day. …

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The Holiness Of Humor

The Holiness of Humor

It is said that science describes the process through which something comes into being, but Torah describes why that thing exists. Put another way, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov says that science describes the outside of a phenomenon whereas Torah describes the inside. What then does the Torah say about Laughter?

The Talmud (Shabbos 30b) records that the great Sage, Rabbah, always began his lectures with a humorous statement. This uplifted the students. According to the Baal Shem Tov, humor is that thing that ushers a person’s mind from a place of constricted consciousness to a place of expanded consciousness. A person in a place of expanded consciousness sees the totality of creation before him. He sees G-d’s presence and goodness acting upon everything. And he realizes that anything and everything that happens is an expression of Hashem’s love for us whether we can understand it in the moment or not. Constricted consciousness is, of course, the opposite – the understandable impulse to take things too literally, believing that they are not a part of something greater. And so the greatness of humor is in its awesome ability to lift one out of depression into a place where the unseen – G-d’s constant love and goodness-becomes palpable and real.

Humor and Laughter, while great in themselves, are actually

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Questions And Answers

Questions and Answers

Dear Friends, I just published a new piece that I hope you like.  It's called "A Place for the Light." www.aish.com/sp/so/53785442.html Today I took…

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