Ascent or Descent

Rabbi Sima’i taught: At the moment the Jewish people answered “Na’aseh ve’nishma – We will fulfill and learn the Torah,” 600,000 angels descended and crowned each Jew with two crowns, one for na’aseh and one for nishma. (Talmud – Shabbos 88a) The commentaries have discussed at length

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Mesiras Nefesh

YISHMAEL’S POTENTIAL One thing we always must keep in mind when studying Torah is that the Chumash, the Five Books of Moses, is not merely a set of laws, history, and insights. It is the Jewish people’s way of connecting with God. The Ramban, Nachmanides, mystically writes

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Mystical Intimacy

Author: Rabbi MItch Mandel Introduction: Need a basic definition of Mystical. Mysticism is the study of the world of the spirit. The real world as it is, that animates the physical. The physical world is a conduit, an expression of the mystical. Kabbalah looks at life in

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I Am Sooo Stressed Out

Author: Rabbi Mitch Mandel The roots of ‘burn out’ and Judaism’s antidote. We need to define what we’re talking about. (Joke) Dr. Hans Selye the man who introduced the concept of stress into medicine defines stress: “Stress is the non-specific response of the body to any demand/threat

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Love of God

Introduction to Torah Study I. Life is for pleasure Tell your class: “It is a principle of Jewish understanding that G-d created us because He wanted to give us pleasure. Illustration: When you have children you’ll see, or if you already have children you know that all

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