How Blowing the Shofar Can Blow Your Mind and Awaken Your True Self

Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, the Baal Shem Tov (Master of the Good Name), was a mystic and spiritual teacher who lived in the 18th century Eastern Europe and founded the Hasidic movement in Judaism. According to Hasidic teachings, a Jewish spiritual practice is a mitzvah, an opportunity for the soul to connect to the Divine. Rosh Hashanah is associated with the mitzvah of sounding the Shofar (traditionally a ram’s horn) to wake the soul from its spiritual slumber and during Elul (the month preceding Rosh Hashanah). It is customary to sound the Shofar every day during morning prayers to prepare for the Jewish New Year. Continue reading “How Blowing the Shofar Can Blow Your Mind and Awaken Your True Self”

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How I got my Hannukah fix

It’s the eighth night of Hannukah and I have been thinking about what I learned this chag. I want to live my Judaism in such a way that the holidays are not just a nice ritual of going through the motions but that I am changed. I had heard lots of different Torahs that effected me but I wanted something more I wanted a shift, I wanted an experience. Continue reading “How I got my Hannukah fix”