Do Good, Feel Good. Do Bad, Feel Bad – Sparks

The prophet Hosea (14:2) calls, “Return, Israel, unto G-d, for you have failed in your transgressions.” Hosea did not say, “you have fallen,” but rather, “you have failed.” In other words, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik explains, we are not just sinners — we are failures. Our wrongdoings have made spiritual …

The Secret to Miraculous Resilience – Sparks

All things are mortal, but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality? ~ Mark Twain When G-d said to Abraham “Go to yourself–Lech Lecha” what was He actually asking Abraham to do? This command seems to be contradicted by the remainder …

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 …

Sukkot: Recovering Our Childlike Joy – Sparks

I find the contrast of Sukkot next to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur amazing. We just spent 10 heavy days, from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, immersed in intensive introspection, probing the depth of our souls to uncover our flaws and confront our mistakes, expressing heartfelt remorse for our wrongdoings …

What Really Happens On Rosh Hashanah? – Sparks

Rosh Hashana although referred to a day of judgment is actually an annual review. The English definition of “judgment” is not quite indicative of the true feel for the day because the theme of Rosh Hashanah is God’s compassionate manifestation of Avinu Malkeinu— “our Father, our King.” Perhaps it would …