From a piece in the chassidic masterpiece ‘Tanya’, Rabbi Aaron explores the difference between bitterness and depression, and explains why the goal on Tisha B’Av is to reach the level of ‘holy bitterness’. This class was recorded live at Isralight’s yearly Tisha B’Av event in the Old City.
from Isralight blog, July 20, 2015 at 05:30PM
In this short, but powerful, recording Rabbi Aaron discusses the spiritual meaning of Passover which is a message of love. He explains that “Passover” refers to a specific event in the story of our going out of Egypt – the last plague.
On Seder night, we tell over the story of how the Jewish people were in their homes after having been commanded to paint the blood of the pascal lamb on their doorposts. As the story unfolds many of us are left with this very disturbing image of G-d personally going into Egypt and skipping over – hopping and passing over – Jewish homes when He sees that blood.
Have you ever wondered why, out of the entire Exodus saga, that this one event seems to have captured the meaning of this piece of history so much so that the holiday is named Passover? Why does the Exodus become understood as Pesach? And where is the love? [read more]
A couple things about Purim…
We celebrate this holiday with a pastry that is meant to resemble our enemy’s ears (or hat)! Are we nuts?! Maybe not, join Rabbi Aaron as he explains how the hamantashen wraps it all together.
We read Megilat Esther because that’s the book that tells us the story.
We eat because that’s a basic Jewish tradition – they tried to kill us, they failed, let’s eat!
That makes sense, but there are other things in the holiday that are very bizarre. [read more]
We hope you enjoy this enLIGHTening and humorous Chanukah audio from Rabbi David Aaron which includes:
- The war between nature and Kedusha (holiness).
- Demonstrating the victory of the Jews over the Greeks then and even in today’s society.
- Belonging to SUPERnature.
- Lighting Chanukah candles to become inspired with awe and reverence of the Sacred Light that fills our lives every day.
How does spending practically all day confessing sins enhance one’s cosmic relationship with Hashem? The secret is that Yom Kippur is a day that is like Purim, a very special day that transforms a person, and gives us an opportunity to see life from G-d’s perspective. Through the five afflictions, Rabbi Aaron shows how to enjoy a deep connection to Hashem on this high and holy day. [read more]