Ascent Lights

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

Don't Tread On Me
Mashiach's arrival will be hastened because of the great self sacrifice required of us.
To the Very End
Mitzvot must be performed with utmost enthusiasm to achieve their end.
Evening Eating
Evening does not have the spiritual power of the day, so then it becomes easier for a person to turn towards impure thoughts.
The Spirituality of Eating
Kabbalah teaches that eating is also spiritual.
Bentching vs. Hatikva; Torah vs. the UN
Talmudic rabbis understood something about the Jewish psyche and Middle Eastern politics which may have eluded the founders of modern Israel.
A Tribute to Wine
Of the five fruits for which the Land of Israel is praised in the Torah, only grapes can be processed in such a way that their "status" increases. 
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