Ribbono shel Olam

Posted in Main on September 10, 2010 by ychzqal

Ribbono shel Olam (Master of the Universe), I am nothing without You and the gifts with which You grace my life. I cannot honor another and can only turn to You. Use me as a vehicle for the blessings of others, and I shall be grateful for the opportunity to serve.”

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marriage…

Posted in Main on August 4, 2010 by ychzqal

The ritual of a marriage is not simply a social event: it is a crossing of threads in the fabric of fate. Many strands bring the couple and their families together and spin their lives into a fabric that is woven on in their children. The interweaving of human fate is part of the cosmic curtain of destiny that hangs before the Throne of Heaven. All meetings and marryings are ordained to accomplish particular ends or prepare the way for others. (Nuptial ceremony of the Portuguese Jews from Ceremonies et cootumes religieuses … by B. Picart, 1733.)

diverse names of God …

Posted in Main on May 11, 2010 by ychzqal

The diverse names of God revealed three periods of human history. First was the “natural period,” characterized by God’s revelation to the patriarchs as Shaddai (SnDY), God of Might. Secondly, in the period of the Torah (Instructions), God communicated to Moses as YHVH, the Tetragrammaton. The third the period of grace, during which the letter shin (Sn), representing Logos (the word of Christ), was added to the Tetragrammaton to form YHSnVH, Yehoshua, or Jesus. Whereas God revealed as YHVH was ineffable and unpronounceable, Jesus represented the coming of an accessible and knowable Deity, whose name could be spoken.

body …

Posted in Main on March 29, 2010 by ychzqal

Respect your body as the receptacle, the messenger, and the instrument of the spirit.

repentance …

Posted in Main on March 28, 2010 by ychzqal

Each person is obligated to give new life to one’s own being. — Repentance — is an act of creation ——- self-creation.

art of living …

Posted in Main on March 27, 2010 by ychzqal

The greatest art of all is the art of living ——- and the best preparation for the art of living is the cultivated heart. The cultivated heart is in the human being who knows and appreciates our heritage and our history; who can absorb and understand and translate this understanding into action in the present and also into action for tomorrow.

human quest …

Posted in Main on March 26, 2010 by ychzqal

God will return to us when we shall be willing to let God in ——- into our lands and our factories, into our congress and clubs, into our courts and investigating committees, into our homes and theaters, into our hearts and minds.