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 …

What’s the Attraction? – Sparks

What is it about a person that truly is attractive? Kabbalah says it‘s God. A beautiful man or woman is a channel for God‘s beauty in the world, just as a kind man or woman is a channel for God‘s kindness in the world. The only thing about a painting …

Why Eat Kosher? – Sparks

The first man and woman ate fruits and vegetables—not animals—in the Garden of Eden. It was only later, after the Flood during the time of Noah, that G-d allowed mankind to eat meat. We cannot understand the exact connection between the sins of mankind and the subsequent permission to eat …

You are Loved. Here and Now.

YAccording to Jewish Tradition, as soon as the Hebrew month of Adar begins we must increase our joy because the miracle of the Purim Story happened on that month. Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jews in the year 357 BCE from the wicked Haman’s scheme to exterminate all the Jewish men, …

Finding Your Inner Fire & Burning Desire

When any person of you brings a sacrificial offering to the Lord    —– Leviticus 1:2 Take pleasure G-d, our Lord, in Your nation Israel and their prayers; And return the [sacrificial] service to the chamber of Your house and may the fire of Israel and their prayers, with love, be …

Secrets Behind the Holiday Mask

In the Purim story, there are no miraculous interventions, no sea splitting. In fact, G-d’s name is not even mentioned in the Book of Esther. This is a tremendous revelation of G-d’s omnipotence: that within the natural world, within the free choices of human beings, G-d’s plan is being completely …

You Are Loved. Here and Now – Sparks

According to Jewish Tradition, as soon as the Hebrew month of Adar begins we must increase our joy because the miracle of the Purim Story happened on that month. Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jews in the year 357 BCE from the wicked Haman’s scheme to exterminate all the …