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Woman’s search for meaning

Since a few weeks’ before Pesach, I’ve been feeling pretty strange. Yes, Pesach was very hectic this year, with lots of family coming out to Israel. Yes, I got hit with the ‘mystery’ illness that kept me feeling exhausted and out of…
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The worst (and then best) Seder ever

Getting into Pesach this year was such a slog for me. Around two weeks’ before the holiday, I had another dose of my pre-Pesach ‘mystery’ illness, where I start feeling so weak and horrible, it’s all I can do to get out of bed, let…
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Leaving the land of money, reprise

One of my favorite Rebbe Nachman stories is ‘The Master of Prayer’, which tells the story of a King and his 9 advisors, and how they all get lost and separated from each other as a result of a raging storm-wind. In the story, each of the…
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Where’s more dangerous: Hevron or NYC?

This Pesach, you can see that all the headlines of the ‘next intifada’ that the press has been steadily churning out over the last few months have taken a real toll on certain parts of the country. Downtown Jerusalem, and particularly the…
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Leaving the Land of Money

One of my favorite Rebbe Nachman stories is ‘The Master of Prayer’, which tells the story of how a great storm wind comes and throws the world into chaos, scattering the King’s ten advisors in the process. The Master of Prayer is one…
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49 Days, the book

So, what’s the ‘big idea’ behind 49 Days? Well, it’s like this: God created the world via 10 ‘worlds’ or spheres of energy, that are commonly referred to in the Jewish mystical tradition, (a.k.a. Kabbalah) as Sefirot. According…