A Jewish organization creates unforgettable summer experiences for special needs kids and their parents.
Posted on: September 28th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
One of Rav Kook's public proclamations, sent out all over the Diaspora, years before the Holocaust, was entitled, “The Great Call”: "To the Land of Israel, gentlemen, to the Land of Israel! Let us utter this appeal in one voice, in a great and never-ending cry."
Posted on: September 27th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
L eading up to the holiday of Sukkot, we’ll wrap up our condensed look at Rabbi Kook’s teachings on t’shuva with a few blogs on two of the holidays most important themes – Eretz Yisrael and Torah.
Posted on: September 24th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Inspired by the Holy Nation of Israel, mankind will abandon its vain and misguided paths, and a mighty spirit of t’shuva will be ignited throughout the world.
Posted on: September 23rd, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Rabbi Kook’s advice is to set out correcting the transgressions of the past which are within the person’s reach to correct. This will set into motion a snowball of t’shuva whose inner force will lead him to correct matters more and more difficult, until he succeeds in redressing all wrongs.
Posted on: September 21st, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
The more you learn Torah, the more t’shuva you will be inspired to do — and the more t’shuva you do, the more Torah you are able to learn.
Posted on: September 20th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Sudden t’shuva is different. It seems to come about all at once with superhuman energy and willpower.
Posted on: September 19th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Rabbi Kook has good news. If you are a loser, all is not lost. You too can be a winner. You too can succeed. How? Through t’shuva.
Posted on: September 14th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Simply put, to the initiate, the pain that comes with t’shuva is scary. The baal t’shuva is the man of courage. He is the true hero. He is the one prepared to set out on the greatest journey in life.
Posted on: September 13th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Only t’shuva can reconnect the sinner with God. Only t’shuva can restore the harmony between a man’s soul and the world. Only t’shuva can wipe away the sins which prevent a man from being a positive contributor to life.
Posted on: September 12th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
When you are sick, do you go to the doctor, or the student of the doctor? So why go to Uman where Rebbe Nachman is buried, when you could go to the cities in Israel where his teachers are buried?
Posted on: September 11th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Rabbi Kook explains that this misplacing of priorities between the means and the goal stems from the sin of the earth during the days of Creation. By understanding the depth of this teaching, we can learn to be happy, not only when we finally attain our goals and ideals, but also at every moment of our lives.
Posted on: September 10th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Even if you haven’t yet atoned for all of your sins, Don’t worry! Be Happy! As long as you are sincerely trying, this is what really counts.
Posted on: September 7th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Dear Friends, the clock is ticking down to Rosh HaShanah. You can hear the shofars blasting all over the world. T’shuva may seem like a towering mountain too high to climb, but it’s really not as hard as you think.
Posted on: September 6th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Today, the “evil thing” in our communities and homes is the onslaught of immodest websites and images on the Internet.
Posted on: September 5th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
The true champions of life are not the basketball players, not the Hollywood stars, not even the Prime Ministers and Presidents. The real heroes are the masters of t’shuva.
Posted on: September 4th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Even people who have tasted all of life’s secular pleasures insist that the experience of t’shuva is the world’s greatest joy.
Posted on: September 2nd, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
How can it be that in this clear time of Redemption, when millions of Jews have returned to the Land of Israel from the four corners of the world, in the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy that crises and setbacks like the evacuation of Migron still occur?
Posted on: August 31st, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
There is an old aphorism which claims that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. To this, Rabbi Kook would add a third certainty — t’shuva.
Posted on: August 30th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
When a man understands that his personal t’shuva advances the redemption process of the world, his motivation to mend his own life is enhanced.
Posted on: August 29th, 2012Blogs → Felafel on Rye
Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva encompasses man’s physical being, his moral life, religious life, and his highest, most ideal intellectual endeavor. T’shuva is man’s path to wellbeing, to physical and emotional health, as well as his path to the deep self-discovery which connects him to God. T’shuva can happen suddenly, in a burst of illumination […]
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