Boston Thoughts

I am still in shock. I haven’t written about what happened in Boston on Monday other than on my Facebook page.  But what the city of Boston and our nation experienced is exactly what Israel experiences on a regular basis and throughout the Second Intifada.  A bombing on a city street where people were gathered…Read more »

Beautiful Shabbat

Shabbat Shalom World.  Day of Beauty-tiferet, Day of Above all other days! Malchut sheb’tiferet.  Ruling in beauty. That is today.  Twenty days of the Omer.  Sweet Shabbat most beautiful of other days-day of union and rest and renewal. 

Day 19 Splendor and Beauty

Today Yom Haaztmaut -Israel’s Independence Day! The renewal of the Jewish homeland in our life time!!!! It is also the 19th day of counting the Omer. Today we also think about the attributes of hod b’tiferet. Hod is splendor and majesty. Tiferet is balance and beauty. The splendor and majestic beauty of Israel is the…Read more »

The Balance of Power and Strength

Two weeks and Two days-that is how long we have been counting.  For 16 days we have been working on spiritual repair and correction.  First within ourselves and then carrying that tikkun into the world.  This period of reflection between Pesach and Shavuot are marked with spiritual preparation and purification in order that when we…Read more »

How do you wield power?

Day seven of the omer! A whole week of counting has happened.  The first week.   The week of Chesed-lovingkindness.  Did you practice it?  Today is Malchut b’Chesed  Soverienty in lovingkindness… how do you wield power?  Our tradition teaches that even for the Holy One of blessing that compassion outweighs strict justice.  Be careful how…Read more »

Eternity in Lovingkindness

The future is unknown. But today is day four of the Omer and teaches us Netzach b’Chesed: Eternity, perseverance with loving-kindness.  We can’t know the future, we can try and control its outcome but the truth is that it is beyond our control.  We can ultimately only control our own actions and reactions.  Netzach b’Chesed reminds us…Read more »