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The Bride With Many Souls

The Bride With Many Souls

On the 15th of the Hebrew month of Av, the maidens of Jerusalem would go out dressed in white garments and dance in the vineyards.

The Summer Solstice And Judaism - Bring On the Clouds!

The Summer Solstice And Judaism - Bring On the Clouds!

The longest day of the year is a time when God's presence is most concealed. Even on a hot, cloudless day, however, the Sages’ words of Torah aroused moisture in the air, which in turn created the beautiful semblance of a rainbow.

Comedians In The Talmud

Comedians In The Talmud

There have always been jokers among us. Their destiny is not like everyone else's...

The Hidden Holiness

In trying to become a holier person, one can go astray despite donning the garments, behaviors, and thoughts of holiness. 

The Lubavitcher Rebbe had a beautiful teaching about this...

One Should Taste Every Permitted Food

Rav Chizkiya said in the name of Rav, "In the World to Come, every person will be called to account for everything his eyes saw, but of which he did not eat. 

Made in God's Image

Rabbi Akiva would say: Beloved is humanity, for we were created in the image [of God]

One Who Turns 50 Gives Advice

My pals, today I turn 50. According to our Sages, this is the age at which one gives advice. 

Here are 21 pebbles of wisdom I’ve picked up in my 50 trips around the sun:
 

The Jewish Valentine's Day

The Jewish Valentine's Day

Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel said, "Israel had no days as festive as the 15th of Av, when the maidens of Jerusalem would go out dressed in white... and dance in the vineyards."

Curing Jewish Ignorance

Too many Jews are turning their back on something they don’t even know. I was one of them.

Day 2704 - What is a Soul?

One week to go. After seven and a half years of reading Talmud, only seven days and seven pages remain until the Daf Yomi cycle renews. G-d willing, I will attend the massive celebration called Siyum HaShasat MetLife Stadium in New Jersey next week, along with nearly 100,000 other Jews. I can scarcely believe it.

Day 271 - The Longer Shorter Way

R’ Yehoshua ben Chananyah said: Once I was walking down the road and I saw a little boy sitting by a fork in the road, and I asked him, “Which is the road we take to the town?” He answered me, “This road is short and long, and this one is long and short.”

Day 1574 - Don’t Eye the Merchandise

My son’s 7th birthday is coming up and he wants a punching bag so he can practice tae kwon do at home. I studied the art myself for years, so I know what he needs, and it’s not an inflatable, wobbling piece of dreck that ends up punctured in a week. He’s got a solid roundhouse. He needs a good bag, with a heavy base, that will survive thousands of punches and kicks.

Day 715 - Murder at a Purim Feast

As Purim approaches, we encounter a Talmudic conundrum:
Rava said: One must become so intoxicated on Purim that he cannot distinguish between “Cursed is Haman” and “Blessed is Mordechai.” Rabbah and Rav Zeira celebrated the Purim feast together. They became intoxicated. Rabbah arose and slaughtered Rav Zeira.