Shavout: Getting G-d’s Love Letter

The revelation of G-d at Mt. Sinai wasn’t simply an opportunity for the Jewish people to receive G-d’s laws but experience G-d’s love. What happened at Mt. Sinai was a personal, face-to-face encounter with G-d. It wasn’t just about getting the laws that made the day important, it was about …

You Are Loved: Stand Up and Be Counted – Sparks

The LORD spoke to Moses in the Tent of Meeting in the Desert of Sinai on the first day of the second month of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. He said: “Take a census of the whole community of Israel by their families and households, …

Bonding or Bondage: Why Serve the Divine?

“For unto Me the children of Israel are servants; they are My servants who I took out of the land of Egypt; I am the Lord G- d.”~~ Leviticus 25:55 There is an Eastern teaching that proclaims, “Be here and now.” Torah however would say, “Serve G-d here and now.” …

Shabbat: Rest Assured

SLove is in the Air Shabbat is known as a day of rest. In six days God created the world and on the seventh day He rested. How are we to understand God resting? Was God tired? Shabbat actually means that God abstained from creating. God stopped on the seventh …

Dating the Divine: Celebrating Love – Sparks

D“These are the appointed holidays of G-d, holy convocations, which you are to proclaim in their appointed times.” — Lev. 23.4  Henny Youngman, the comedian, once said, “I tried being an atheist, but I gave it up. There were no holidays.”  What is a holiday really about? Is it the same …

Bonding or Bondage: Why Serve the Divine? – Sparks

“For unto Me the children of Israel are servants; they are My servants who I took out of the land of Egypt; I am the Lord God.” ~~ Leviticus 25:55 There is an Eastern teaching that proclaims, “Be here and now.” Torah however would say, “Serve G-d here and now.” …

The Answer to All Human Suffering

Humble Words to Console According to the Kabbalah, creation is an act of divine thought. G-d is like a thinker, and the entire universe is His thought. We come into existence through G-d’s thinking of us, so to speak. And we exist only as long as G-d continues to think …

Passover: You Are Loved – Sparks

Passover commemorates the miraculous exodus of the Jews from Egypt. After 210 years of oppression and cruel servitude, an entire people leave in astounding record time, faster than it takes dough to leaven into bread. We celebrate this event with a festive meal and ceremony called the Seder, during which …