19
Jul

Readings: Parsha Mitzvot-Vaetchanan-Talmud Torah

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in 613 Concepts, Portion of the Week

Elevate The Reader, by Brian Doyle – The American Scholar: The second great editor I worked for, after Mister Burns in Chicago, who taught me to never begin a sentence with the word hopefully and indeed to search out and destroy all adverbs as unnecessary crutches for poor writing, was a newspaper editor named Floyd […]

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19
Jul

Readings: Parsha Mitzvot-Vaetchanan-Tefillin

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in 613 Concepts, Portion of the Week

No, you never will bind him To your signs and your burdens! The least chink — he’s inside it, Like the supplest of gymnasts. By the drawbridges And flocks in migration, By the telegraph poles, God’s escaping us. No, you never will train him To abide and to share! He, in feelings’ resident slush, Is […]

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16
Jul

Kinah 22 – The Composer

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

“All I know about music is that not many people ever really hear it. And even then, on the rare occasions when something opens within and the music enters, what we mainly hear, or hear corroborated, are personal, private, vanishing evocations. But the man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with […]

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15
Jul

Kinah 36 – Zion: Beyond Our Fears

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

“Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: when will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of […]

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15
Jul

Kinah 13 – Script or Writer

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer, Relationships

Remember what Chardin told us at the Salon: “Gentlemen, gentlemen, be lenient. Look through all the paintings here and find the worst, and know that two thousand poor devils have bitten their brushes to pieces in despair of ever doing as badly. You all call Parrocel a dauber, and so he is, if you compare […]

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15
Jul

Kinah 16 – Readings – In the Slave Hold of a Ship

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

In “Kinah 16- The Greater Terror,” we read of the young boys and girls who were being brought by ships from Israel to Rome for immoral purposes. I share the following chapter from the narrative of a slave to help us understand what the experience must have been: The first object which saluted my eyes […]

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15
Jul

Kinah 16 – The Greater Terror

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

“The ocean is an object of no small terror. Indeed, terror is an all cases whatsoever, either more openly or latently, the ruling principle of the sublime (Edmund Burke).” This Tisha b’Av Kinah – Lamentation mentions a famous story from the Talmud: On one occasion four hundred boys and girls were carried off for immoral […]

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15
Jul

Kinah 10 – Silence

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer, Reflections & Observations

“The voices of those who carried the Ark were silenced.” Destruction often causes the loss of music: Listen to, “TED Talks: Bernie Krause: The Voice of The Natural World.” Author Info: Learn & discover the Divine prophecies with Rabbi Simcha Weinberg from the holy Torah, Jewish Law, Mysticism, Kabbalah and Jewish Prophecies. The Foundation Stone™ is the […]

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15
Jul

Kinah 3 – Gaining From Crying

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

Negative Emotions Are Key to Well-Being Feeling sad, mad, critical or otherwise awful? Surprise: negative emotions are essential for mental health By Tori Rodriguez A client sits before me, seeking help untangling his relationship problems. As a psychotherapist, I strive to be warm, nonjudgmental and encouraging. I am a bit unsettled, then, when in the […]

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15
Jul

Kinah 13 – Readings – The Oakling and The Oak

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer, Relationships

This Tisha b’Av Kinah – Lamentation bemoans the seeming loss of the Divine promises to the Patriarchs. We have a strange relationship with the Patriarchs, on whom we depend for the merit to protect us, and defend us before God, and yet… An 1833 review of the only book of poetry Hartley Coleridge published in […]

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