The Wide and Narrow Paths

As human beings we tend to separate then regroup things. Yet God asks us to bring things together (see John 17). And so many ask themselves, how can we rely fully on grace if we do good works? How can we do good works if we rely on grace? And most importantly, if the path is that narrow, how can we know if we are truly saved? The answers are simple: we receive what we receive, do what we do and know what we believe is true because we are on the path of teshuvah. We know because we know.

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What’s in a Name

The Sages teach us in this parasha story which refers to events that transpired with Jacob: in Ecclesiastes there is a verse that talks about the sun rising and setting. The sun set early so that Jacob would have to sleep in Beth-El on his way to Haran, and it rose early on him in order to heal him on his journey to Haran. Upon reading this report by the Sage I could see that Jacob’s story is about our own soul’s life journey.

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In The Beginning

Many years ago I joined a group that were reading “The Artist Way.” One of the skills the book encouraged people to develop their creativeness was to write three pages every day. If we would do that, the book promised it would unlock the blocks we were having that keep us from being creative. These pages were to follow the free flow of consciousness, ignore periods, paragraphs, and grammar, just write.

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Ayin and Yesh

The idea of yin and yang is very popular in modern western culture. It is the idea of balance between light and dark, positive and negative, between everything. But it is not a new concept. In Kabbalah this idea of balance is called the Ayin-Yesh.

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