Spiritual Journey Or Ego Trip? – Sparks

In this week’s Torah portion Korach, a member of Moses’ tribe the Levites and other communal leaders challenge Moses’s leadership and the appointment of priesthood to Moses’ brother Aaron. Motivated by envy toward Moses and Aaron they argue for equality. We are all holy. How can there be a hierarchy …

A Thought from Rav Kook on Happiness

I must find my happiness within myself; not from social acceptance, not from my career nor anything else. The more I will know myself, the more I allow myself to be original and stand on my own with a an inner awareness combined with knowledge, emotion, poetry—the more the light …

Living In Sync With Our Highest Self – Shavuot

The Torah tells us that before the Israelites even knew what the mitzvahs were they accepted them unequivocally and unconditionally, telling G-d “we will do and we will hear.” The Talmud says that G-d responded in admiration, “Who revealed this secret to My children, the secret that the ministering angels …

Torah: Really Getting It – Sparks, for Shavuot

When the Jewish people received the commandments from G-d at Mt. Sinai, they experienced the difference between freedom from oppression and freedom to expression. When they left Egypt, the Jewish people were freed from Egyptian slavery, but only when they accepted the commandments were they free to be themselves — …

Dating the Divine: Celebrating Love – Sparks

“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 …

The Secret to You-topia – Sparks

A fellow once shared with me that although his father did not live a Torah life he was an incredibly moral man. “Torah would have made no difference to my father’s moral excellence.” He said. “But do you think your father might have been holier?” I asked. People often think …