Feed on
Posts
Comments

Tag Archive 'Rachel'

Follow Your Heart

Matchmaker, look Matchmaker… Anyone who deals with matchmaking will eventually have to tackle this question: Is it a better idea to make a match between a girl and a boy who are similar in character or do matches between sharply contrasting characters— who complement one another and are drawn to one another like opposite poles […]

Read Full Post »

The verse in Jeremiah states, “I have surely heard Ephraim complaining.”[1] Chassidut explains that someone complains because they have found in their psyche two opposite impulses. The simplest such impulses are known as the good and evil inclinations. Even when one learns Tanya, and reads that one has both a Divine soul and an animal […]

Read Full Post »

From Nothing…

In Hebrew, the question “where [am I/are you] from?” (מאין) contains the answer. “Where from?” literally reads “from nothing.” The first appearance in the Torah of the question “where from?” is in the story of Jacob on his way to Haran, about to meet and fall in love (at first sight) with Rachel. (He was […]

Read Full Post »

Consummate service of God unites meditation (919), prayer (515), and action (415). They complement one another. Together, 1849 = 43^2. Meditation connects mind to heart. Prayer connects heart to mouth. Action connects mouth (in the Torah speaking is action) to hands. There is something special about hands. When lifted, they ascend above the head and […]

Read Full Post »

The Temple Mount’s Western Wall is called the Wailing Wall because people come to pray there and cry. In the future every tear will rejoice. In time of exile all gates to Heaven are locked except for the Gates of Tears. Our mother Rachel cries for her children in exile. Rachel = 2 times “tear.” […]

Read Full Post »

Complementary Numbers

“Love truth and peace” = 853. Mashiach = 358 – two complementary numbers. Light = 207, Shabbat = 702. Shabbat is the day of light. Rachel = 238, the Land of Israel = 832. Rachel symbolizes the Land of Israel. Leah = 36. Chanah = 63. Both personify understanding in Kabbalah. Samuel, Chanah’s son, is […]

Read Full Post »

God saved Jacob from his father-in-law Lavan, his brother Esau, and his “son-in-law” Shechem (his daughter’s rapist), three generations. Jacob is the all-inclusive Jewish soul. From him we learn that each of us has an enemy in the previous, this, and the next generations. The common denominator of the three enemies is that they all […]

Read Full Post »

Photosynthesis harvests the sun’s energy. It is the biological process that transforms light into life. Much can be learnt from it. Both blue and red light activate photosynthesis, but red light works better than blue light. Why is this so and what can we learn from it? Because of its higher frequency a blue photon […]

Read Full Post »

Chemistry Lesson

The 4 elements of the ancients, fire-air-water-earth, correspond to the 4 modern elements, carbon-oxygen-hydrogen-nitrogen, respectively. The element of earth is the power of growth in the earth, primarily nitrogen. Our atmosphere is a mixture, 3 parts earth to 1 part air. Coals are carbon – fire. Diamonds are concentrated carbon – fire. Most important: All […]

Read Full Post »

Slave of Slaves

Noah was a “complete tzadik.” A tzadik clings to truth, is consistent. Thus Noah was both complete and consistent, but in a confined system. Shneur Zalman (the first Rebbe of Chabad) = “complete tzadik” (said of Noah). He was complete and consistent, in a larger system than Noah’s. After the deluge Noah planted a vineyard, […]

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »