Teshuvah in the time of love

Selichot at the Kotel

Selichot at the Kotel

The essence of the month of Elul is “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” Yet this doesn’t square with it being the month of Teshuvah, repentance. Or does it? It’s a time for repairing relationships till they reach the level of love they had before we messed up, whether they are relationships between ourselves and our fellows or ourselves and God. It is a time of Teshuvah, a time of coming back.
From Ani Ledodi by Rabbi Chaim Sabato with added inspiration from the teachings of Rabbi Ashlag and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

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Learning the language of love

Loving hands

Love your neighbor as yourself: This is widely known to be a mitzvah that encompasses the whole of the Torah. But why should that be? There are many other mitzvot that deal with our relationship with God. Why are they also included in “Love your neighbor as yourself?”

We find that although the Scripture writes “Love your neighbor as yourself”, the Sage Hillel in the Talmud put it in another way. “Don’t do to your fellow what is hateful to you.” Why did he turn it around? Does the language of love teach us something about ourselves?

Drawn from the the article Matan Torah by Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag with the commentary of Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Gottlieb with grateful acknowledgment to my chevrutas, David Bar Dov and Ilan Bengal
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Loving God 2: Like Abraham or like Noah?

In this talk we continue our learning of the fourteen root commandments (mitzvot ) whichwe started on before the holiday season took over. The commandment of loving God still seems to be beyond reach. In our last talk we learnt that it is the 613  commnadment that comes as a grace when we have attained all the rest. However, the Zohar opens up to a different possiblity which it hints at by looking at Noah , the father of all humanity, and Abraham our father. How did they come to love God?  Can we learn from their approach?

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Loving God: the second root mitzvah

Is it possible to love God? Why is this a mitzvah, surely it  isn’t possible to command a feeling let alone a feeling of Love? Can we define love and how can we learn what this mitzvah involves. Join Yedidah in her search for answers. Listen to the full talk  (13 minutes)http://www.nehorapress.com/115470/Audio-Classes 

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priestly blessing at the Kotel

Loving God , Loving ourselves

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In the Shema that we say every day, it says, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Where does one begin from ? and is it possible to command love anyway? Rabbi Yehuda Lev Ashlag z”l wrote on this subject in his Introduction to the Ten Sephirot. He looks at the stages of love between people . In this broadcast Yedidah looks at the very first stage of love this great Kabbalaist describes. Click on audio link below

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