By the Light of a Candle

By the Light of a Candle Bedikat chametz: the search for chametz By Ariella Bracha Waldinger As the eve of Passover fast approaches, it is vital to acquire a spiritual understanding of the depth and beauty hidden in the mitzvah of the search for chametz. Chametz is defined as a food that is made of... Continue Reading →

Honoring the Life of Miriam HaNavia on the Waters of the Kinneret

Honoring the Life of Miriam HaNavia on the Waters of the Kinneret by Miriam Kushner Imagine this....just picture this....a very beautiful, radiant, and regal 86 year-old courageous woman bursting with emunah and determination leading the daughters of Israel out of slavery.... across the Red Sea with drums and tambourines singing and dancing in praise of HaShem. “She went... Continue Reading →

Tu B’Shvat: a Celebration of Renewal

Tu B’Shvat: a Celebration of Renewal by Ariella Bracha History and Customs Yesterday, I was walking through the neighborhood noticing the trees and their magnificence, in spite of their state of barrenness. I love their majestic and upright stance and the variety and uniqueness of each individual tree. Their regal stateliness makes them a true... Continue Reading →

Beshalach: Redemption and Song

Beshalach: Redemption and Song By Ariella Bracha My beloved Jewish nation, “I am G-d, your G-d who removed you from the land of Egypt to be a G-d to you!” The Torah portion of Beshalach is in my personal opinion, the most dramatic, heart-wrenching, heart-warming, suspenseful, exciting and revealing Torah portion of the entire five... Continue Reading →

Parsha Shemot: What’s In a Name?

Parsha Shemot: What’s In a Name? By Ariella Bracha Waldinger The opening Torah portion in the book of Exodus is titled Shemot which means “names.” The Torah commentaries teach us that one of the reasons our ancestors merited to leave Egypt and be redeemed was because they did not change their Hebrew name.  Holding on... Continue Reading →

The Pain and Pleasure of Teshuva

TOUCHING SPIRITUAL LIGHTNING: THE PAIN AND PLEASURE OF TESHUVA By Ariella Bracha Waldinger In our monthly Rosh Chodesh gathering of women at our home recently, the question was asked, "What is teshuvah?" In Jewish tradition, teshuva is translated as a return to the original state of balance in our relationship with HaShem and our fellow... Continue Reading →

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