Exploring the mystical underpinnings of this misunderstood concept.
God told the Jewish people to put a boundary around Sinai. Much more than a white picket fence, this actually represents a deep spiritual concept.
Why have Jews been scattered to the four corners of the earth?
Some spots on earth are merely storage halls of Holy Sparks, until the time comes for each spark to be released.
The physical world contains latent sparks of holiness, waiting for us to draw them out.
By ingesting food, we feed our soul the holy sparks hidden within.
Nobody wants to overstay his or her welcome. Jacob spends just enough time in exile to gather the sparks.
In Hebrew, the word for gratitude can mean "thanks", "praise" and "confession."
The flow of world events, highlighted by the September 11 attacks, point to the dramatic culmination of history.
By having the right intention in prayer, we raise the sparks and bring time closer to its ultimate end.
The Jews in Moses' time chose the barren desert over the Holy Land. Jews today are faced with the same fateful decision.
The holy sparks of spiritual energy, embedded in the physical, animate the universe and fuel redemption.
Embodied in the first verse of the Sh'ma, and its accompanying praise of God's kingdom, is a profound allusion to the unity of the Jewish people.
If we look at the Sh'ma, the quintessential Jewish prayer, through the eyes of gematria, we can see encoded the mission of Jews in world history.
The message of the Sh'ma is applicable to every Jew at all times, at every conscious moment. It embodies one of the most profound concepts known to man: the Oneness of God.
Abraham and Moses knew how to turn every action into an experience of communicating with God. Their very existence became synonymous with "prayer."
The physical universe contains a spiritual counterpart that acts as its soul. To thrive, the soul of the universe needs to be nourished by prayer.
Purity has the power to transform prayer into a focused, uplifting experience. Here are a few simple tools.
The difference between the words in the seemingly incomprehensible Siddur and those in your heart is your understanding. Here's how to make them one and the same.
Does prayer seems like a meaningless chore? Here is a fresh look at prayer and what it can do for you.
We are witnessing events that shake us and cause a seismic shift in perception. Attaining clarity of what it all means is our goal on Yom Kippur.
Shechem -- where Joseph was sold into slavery and later buried -- is where redemption will begin with acts of estruction.
Early morning in a birthing hospital, amid the joyous sound of a baby's first cry, my wife gave birth to silence.
The Mideast conflict is about eradicating false assumptions and joining forces with Ultimate Truth.
Prayer can be difficult. Here are some practical exercises on how to use it to our advantage.
The levels of soul transform prayer into a spiritual elevator that takes us up into the presence of God.
Connecting with the five levels of soul during prayer draws down different aspects of spiritual energy and transforms the prayer experience.
The five levels of soul channel the light of God into us, but our actions effect the flow of spiritual energy.
The soul is a complex spiritual entity made up of five intricately connected parts, which may explain why at times we feel different degrees of spirituality.
For millennia, Jews have eagerly anticipated the arrival of Moshiach. Today we need him more than ever.