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What Do We Know About Creation? – – Part VI

Purpose? To make a dwelling place for G-d in the lowest world (that’s our world) is the reason for which He created the universe. A dwelling place means a place where you can be yourself, let your hair down. The first requirement for a divine home is to accept G-d as He is: infinite or…


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…


The Month of Cheshvon

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


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…


Rabbi Friedman in Long Island

October 29

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…


Moving Forward

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…


Shluchim Retreat

October 23