Shemini – Delete ‘Seven’ – Express ‘Eight’

Shemini – Delete ‘Seven’ – Express ‘Eight’

Design underlies all of creation, presupposing both intent and a Grand Designer. The surface of the world is represented by the number seven – natural law.  The number eight represents quantum change where the seeming impossible is achieved, even beyond natural design.  Each one, through their soul, can achieve the impossible in their lives.

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Shemini – Touching the Infinite

Shemini – Touching the Infinite

he number seven represents the natural sequence of life. There were seven days of creation, and hence seven branches of the Mishkan Menorah, and we curl Tefillin straps seven times over the forearm to represent the seven Sefirot (creative energies), and seven weeks of personal growth between Pesach and Shavuot, and seven spiritual shepherds of

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Shemini – Getting High – Pleasure or Prison

Shemini – Getting High – Pleasure or Prison

The me-generation seeks pleasure for pleasure’s sake – a self-titillating experience – perhaps to escape a cruel world or simply out of boredom. There are truer pleasures of sharing, contributing, and assisting. Nadav and Avihu’s actions of getting ’high’ in the Holy of Holies was a more subtle, but nevertheless an act of supreme selfishness.

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Shemini – Spirituality is not the Goal but a Stepping Stone

Shemini – Spirituality is not the Goal but a Stepping Stone

Nadav and Avihu entered the Holy of Holies and died from an ecstatic experience. The purpose of life is not ecstasy or spiritual enlightenment. These are stepping stones to an even higher purpose – the ordinary and mundane Working here on earth with the ordinary and mundane to elevate these to a higher plane is

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