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.
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.
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…