CONTENTS
PREFACE
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THE SABBATH
21…
Sabbath Peace, Inside and Out
23
The Proper Time to Light
26
The Sabbath Bride
29
Shabbat and Water
31
What is True Success?
34
The Sabbath Infuence
37
ROSH HASHANAH
41…
Unity and Repentance
43
The Teshuvah of Rosh Hashanah
45
Personal Judgment
47
The Call of the Great Shofar
49
The Dual Call of the Shofar
52
The Music of Teshuvah
54
Knowing the Teruah-Blast
57
Awakening the Mind and Heart
59
Blasts That Penetrate the Heart
62
CONTENTS
YOM KIPPUR
65
The Holy King
67
Eating Before Yom Kippur
69
Complete Teshuvah
72
“You Know the Mysteries of the Universe”
74
Fulfilling Our Mission
77
Healing the Universe
79
The Ox and the Goat
82
SUCCOTH
85
Completing the Days of Awe
87
All of Israel in One Sukkah
89
Our Protective Fortress
91
A Sukkah of Peace
94
Succoth and the Land of Israel
95
The Water-Drawing Celebration
99
Connecting the Natural with the Supernatural
101
The Role of the Lowly Willow
104
CHANUKAH
107
The Hellenist Challenge
109
Flickering Lights in Dark Times
112
Richness of Spirit
116
The Single Light of Chanukah
118
The Highest Love
120
PURIM
127
Parashat Shekalim: All for One
129
Accepting the Torah in the Days of Ahasuerus
133
The Assault of Amalek
135
Wine Enters, Secrets Emerge
138
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The Influence of Amalek
140
Timna and Purim
143
PASSOVER
145
Who is Free?
147
Aiming for Greatness
149
Destroy Chametz, Gain Freedom
151
The Strong Hand and the Outstretched Arm
154
“Because of This”
156
Answering the Wise Child
158
Priceless Jewels on Tattered Clothes
161
The Special Pesach Offering
163
The “Hillel Sandwich”
165
Shir HaShirim - The Song of Songs
168
ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY
173
Rav Kook and Zionism
175
The Balfour Declaration
181
“Who are You, Great Mountain?”
185
Redeeming the Land
188
The Sanctity of Yom Ha’Atzmaut
191
LAG BA’OMER
197
Elevated Souls
199
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai Returns
202
The Torah of Rashbi
205
JERUSALEM DAY
207
The Two Messengers
109
Windows to the City of Peace
211
Zion and Jerusalem
213
CONTENTS
SHAVUOT
217
Seeing Sound
219
The King’s Torah Scroll
220
Revealing Our Inner Essence
222
The Date of Matan Torah
224
Accepting Two Torahs
226
A Pure Revelation
229
The Lesson of Mount Sinai
231
Coercion at Sinai
233
Connecting to Torah
236
TISHA BE’AV
239
The Wall of Iron
241
Rebuilding the World with Love
243
The Beauty of the Universe
247
The Call for Sacred Splendor
250
The Three Watches of the Night
253
Anticipating Redemption
257
The Poel Mizrachi Kitchen
259
BIBLIOGRAPHY
263
GLOSSARY OF HEBREW TERMS
266
INDEX
268
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