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Ascent Lights

Contemporary Illuminations from Ascent-of-Safed's director - Rabbi Shaul Leiter - & other staff & guest teachers

Fallen Kings
King Saul's humility ultimately led to his downfall.
Is G-d Missing?
G-d is ever-present, even if not always visible.
Purim's Many Gifts
The nuances of Purim's mitzvot reveal many levels
Purim and Providence
The miracle of Purim was a miracle cloaked in nature.
Complete Reversal
When a judgment cannot be changed or rescinded, a new one can supersede the previous decree, making it in effect null and void.
Adar - The Deepest Joy
Adar is the matrix that gives rise to Purim; every day of Adar sparkles with the light of Purim.
Iran and its Jewish Connection
The ‘Lion of Judah’ is an emblem among Jews almost as common as the Jewish Star.
Spiritual Intoxication
By David M. Wexelman
By David M. Wexelman
Wake Up!
Of all the 24 books of the Written Torah, only in the Scroll of Esther is G-d’s name is not mentioned even once
Planting any tree in Adar makes it destined for success; planting the tree called Adar anytime helps to have success in all endeavors.
Queen Esther and the Absurdity of Jew-Hatred
Haman did not argue the case for Jewish extermination on the basis of senseless venomous passion; he presented what was to the King a sound and persuasive argument.
The Mysterious Bond of Reciprocal Affection
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Everyone felt seen, mirrored and drawn to Esther through a mysterious bond of reciprocal affection