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 …

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 …