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Secret Unification of the Species
The Zohar
Rebbe Shimon bar Yochai taught the secret of the mitzvah of the Four Species on Sukkot is thus: just as the Holy One Blessed Be He takes Israel as his own on these days and rejoices in them, so Israel also takes Him as their portion and rejoices in Him.
Avenging the Death of Abel [Part 1]
The Holy Ari
"The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed..."

Both Cain and Abel were born with twin sisters, but Abel was born with two twin sisters. Cain was jealous of Abel's extra sister-wife, and this is one of the reasons he killed him. When Abel was killed, Cain's evil was transferred into the Egyptian taskmaster that Moses killed, since [Moses] was a reincarnation of Abel, who was killed by Cain.
Nation of Compassion
Mystical Classics
Every person must make himself a servant of G-d and must sanctify himself so as to come as close to the sanctity of the High Priest as is possible. He should practice some solitude and avoid emerging from this communion with G-d to the extent his circumstances allow. He must be concerned that no blemish, physical or spiritual, should attach to him. His striving must be that he himself should qualify as an offering to G-d.
Priestly Misconduct
Chasidic Masters
Judaism is keenly sensitive to the truth that every human being struggles against horrible demons lurking within - if you don't challenge and tame them, they can turn you into a monster. When overtaken by dark cravings, remember that you are no worse than the High Priest of Israel! But, you, too, may still enter into the Holy of Holies.
Holiness 101
Contemporary Kabbalists
The continuity and endurance of the Jewish people hinges on education. But it is insufficient to set an elementary standard for our youth or feel content with their basic observance of the mitzvahs; the Torah urges us to teach them to perform the mitzvot optimally, even beyond the letter of the law, so that they - the mitzvot and the children - sparkle.
Holidays: Gateways to G‑dliness
Ascent Lights
The revelation of divine energy is not something only spiritual and ethereal, rather something real that you and I can experience. "…asher tikri'oo otam b'mo'adam" can translate as, "you will make this happen", each at their right time and in a way unique to that holiday, through your appropriate preparation for that particular holiday.
A Delicious Offering
Mystic Story
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