Eikev – Jewish Practice of ‘Emotional-Intelligence’

Eikev – Jewish Practice of ‘Emotional-Intelligence’

This week’s Torah reading describes the practice of putting on Tefillin. This is no mere ritual but a spiritual practice that encourages the flow of ‘emotional intelligence’ a phenomenon already described much earlier in the Kabbalistic book, Sefer Tanya. Positioned on the head and on nthe upper arm opposite the heart, these black boxes that

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Va Etchanan – Transcending the Strange and Foreign

Va Etchanan – Transcending the Strange and Foreign

The Ten Commandments strangely begin with an an ancient Egyptian word, Anochi, meaning ‘I’, referring to G-d. Why begin with a foreign word from an idolatrous society? To teach us that the Torah transcends all peoples and circumstances and has the power to elevate every aspect of life. There is no separation of religious and

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Re’eh – Keeping Kosher Actually Changes the World

Re’eh – Keeping Kosher Actually Changes the World

Keeping Kosher is not some ancient ritual. And it can’t be rationalized as a matter of national identity or even maintenance of health, because many non kosher foods are completely healthy. Rather, eating kosher food is the way that the Jewish soul can elevate the spark of energy within the eaten animal or vegetable matter.

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