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Nov 20, 2018, 1:23 AM
Dreams: ‘God’s Forgotten Language’
A couple of years ago, while training to become a certified spiritual counselor, I discovered Dream Work, and – as a lover of symbolism, narrative and deep inner work – I was immediately hooked. I was never someone who wrote...
Alexander I. Poltorak
Nov 19, 2018, 8:40 PM
The Meaning of Life as Taught by Bayesian Angels
And he dreamed, and behold! a ladder set up on the ground and its top reached to heaven; and behold, angels of God were ascending and descending upon it. (Gen. 28:12) Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (a.k.a Baal HaTanya,...
Nov 19, 2018, 4:42 PM
Parshat Vayetzei — Jacob’s Well
Last week we read one of the most thrilling family dramas in the Bible: after Esau sold his birthright to Jacob, Jacob and Rebecca deceive Isaac in order to get the blessing from him; ultimately resulting in Jacob fleeing to Haran...
Alexander I. Poltorak
Nov 19, 2018, 12:32 AM
Jacob Teaches Wave-Particle Duality
…and he at his head, and he lay down in that place (Gen. 28:11) And Jacob arose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had placed at his head, and he set it up as a...
Nov 16, 2018, 11:25 PM
Why is Hashem Hitting Me?
In Parshat Vayeitzei, we encounter the verse from where we derive that Ya’acov instituted the mitzvah to daven Ma’ariv each evening, as we read in Bereshit 28:11, “And he encountered the place and lodged there because the sun had...
Nov 16, 2018, 11:24 PM
Identity theft. Business scams. Misrepresentation in social media. Fictional accounts of events. Doctored images. Today’s world can sometimes feel awash in falsehood. Even worse, such a trend may be generating an unintended tolerance for duplicity. Lying that no longer feels...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Nov 16, 2018, 4:28 PM
Beit El — Coming Full Circle
After Avram left Charan and arrived in the land of C’naan, he passed through Shechem and Elon Moreh. God appeared to him and said “To your descendents I will give this land.” Avram then built an altar and knew...
Nov 16, 2018, 12:51 PM
Infertility and sensitivity: Parshat Vayetze
The story of Rachel and Jacob schools us to be sensitive, in the hopes of preventing additional pain for those who yet await a child
Ariel Ben Avraham
Nov 15, 2018, 11:10 PM
Parshat Vayetzei: The place where we belong
“And he lighted upon the place and tarried there all night, because the sun was set. And he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place...
Nov 15, 2018, 3:58 PM
When the ‘I’ is silent (Vayetze 5779)
If we could only stop asking the question, 'How does this affect me?' we would see that we are surrounded by miracles.