“How did you know that he was the one?” my friend asked me, shortly after I decided to marry this guy whom I had only known for two and half months. “It’s a totally unprecedented knowledge,” I told her. “Though I can tell you that he lines up perfectly with everything on my must-have list of crucial traits that I was looking for in a husband, I really can’t explain it to you.”
Whatever you do, don’t think about the green lizard. Think about anything, just not the green lizard. What are you thinking about? The green lizard of course! Just with the word “not” in front of it.
Now think about the pink butterfly. Where’s the green lizard?
The Power of the Silent Drop- Sephirat HaOmer
Akiva’s animosity was uncontrollable. “If I could just lay my hands on one of those Torah scholars, “he thought,” I would give him a beating he wouldn’t forget. I would bite him like a donkey, whose bite breaks bones.”
Pesach and the Profound Search for a Piece of Pretzel
I love to behold it. From my balcony I watch as all of my neighbors begin to make their uncharacteristically high number of trips to the dumpster daily. Men, women and children are seen in the streets, arms overflowing with stuff to throw away, and schlepping huge bags of clothes to the donation bins. My favorite part is the outlandish-looking truck that comes booming down our little street in Tsfat for its annual pickup of oversized things- a worn out couch, an inefficient dryer, that lamp that has been half-broken for months. This is the time, when we as a nation roll up our proverbial sleeves and clear out all of the things that have been overcrowding our homes and our minds.
Rosh Chodesh Nissan and the Birthday of Rebbe Nachman
It was on my first date with my husband, about 20 minutes after I had met him that I dropped the question- “So… do you feel connected to Rebbe Nachman?” My husband replied that yes, he had been to Uman for the first time just a few months earlier and now he was sold- forever bound to this powerful soul. “Excellent,” I thought, as I checked that major criteria off of my proverbial list of must-haves.
Purim and the Chance to Awaken
I need to tell you a story. About 2,000 years ago the Jews had been expelled from the Holy Land, and found themselves living in the capital of Persia, Shushan. The king of the Persian Empire, Achashverosh, had his beloved wife, Vashti, executed at the very party that he had thrown to celebrate his marriage to her. The beautiful and pure Esther, then 40 years old, gets crowned queen of this world empire. Years she is in the palace, refusing to tell anyone her background, wondering what she, a righteous Jewish woman is doing, married to this capricious, drunkard king.
Say Thank You- Chanukah and the Cosmic Power of Gratitude
Rebbe Nachman explains in the second teaching in the second part of his magnum opus, Likutei Mohoran, that the greatest gift that Chanukah awards every Jew is the light of the World to Come.
Tisha B’Av – Believe You Can Fix
During the time when the first Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) was still standing, two holy prophets Uriah and Zachariah came forth and revealed secrets of the future to the Jewish people. Uriah had a gloomy vision in which he saw the second Temple being destroyed and the people mourning the terrible loss.
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yocahi
Rabbi Shimon was a Tanna sage who lived during the destruction of the second temple in 70 CE. He was one of the closest and most prominent students of the well known tzaddik, Rabbi Akiva. Although he is attributed with many beautiful and lofty works, he is perhaps most well known…
Purim – “There is no despair in the world at all!”
Every month, the Nation of Israel sanctifies the moon.
This means that at least once a month, we form a deep bond with our Father in Heaven, the King of Kings.
In the story of Megillat Esther, when Achashverosh’s wicked declaration went forth, Mordechai notified Queen Esther (who symbolizes the Jewish people), and urged her to turn to the king for help – despite the fact that she had not been called to the king already for 30 days, or one month.