Category Archives: High Holidays

Lost and Found

The High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are fast approaching, and every Jew feels a little pang of some unusual activity coming from the area that Kabbalah calls the Essence of the Soul (Yechida Shebanefesh). The soul is stirring from its slumber, eager to cast off the chains of the material world and […]

The Mysterious Logic of a Jew

If you ask someone coming out of a church on a Sunday, “Do you believe in G-d?” the worshipper is shocked. “What kind of question is that? Of course I do!” If you then ask him, “Do you consider yourself religious?” what will the answer be? “Certainly. That’s why I’m here!” If you go to […]

The Return Journey

In the years he spent in a forced labour camp in Siberia, Rabbi Mendel Futerfass occupied himself by living with the teaching of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov that everything a person sees or hears contains a specific lesson. Needless to say, some very profound insights came from some very unusual teachers. One of his […]