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When Tishrei comes to an end, we find ourselves in a month completely bereft of holidays; the month of Cheshvan, also called MarCheshvan because Mar means “bitter,” and the month is “bitter” because of its lack of holidays. Mar also means “drop of water” intimating that Cheshvan initiates the rainy season in Eretz Yisroel. Cheshvan…

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The Month of Cheshvon

What do we know about the month of Cheshvon? And what does it teach us in mother-daughter relationships?

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What Do We Know About Creation? – – Part V

Continuing on last week’s thoughts…   I recall a particular afternoon some years ago, in the early 1960s, when thirty Jewish scientists from various Eastern universities attended one of the Rebbe’s Shabbat afternoon gatherings (called farbrengens.) The scientists sat among the Chassidim and listened while the Rebbe spoke in Yiddish, which they did’nt understand. During the…

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Shluchim Retreat

October 23
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What Do We Know About Creation? – – Part III

Before we move on to the more distant origins of the universe, let’s look again at words and thought. Words are necessary only when communicating with something outside of yourself. Words are revealed. Thought is for yourself, remaining inside and concealed. G-d’s words are revealed to us. What they create we can see. We see…

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What Do We Know About Creation? – – Part IV

I addressed a non-Jewish audience on this very subject – “Creationism” or “Intelligent Design.”  Here’s some of how I presented it to them:   He alone exists and there is nothing besides Him. Some people imagine G-d to be something like a cosmic sculptor chiseling away at a chunk of primal stuff until it assumes…

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What Do We Know About Creation? – – Part II

Of the three garments of the soul – thought, speech and action – only thought is continuous. There is “a time to speak and a time to refrain from speaking” but never a time to not think. Thought is constant. This is because thought is closer to the soul and the soul never stops. What…

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Marriage Course for Men

December 1
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