Category Archives: Judaism

Rosh Chodesh: A Monthly Renewal

Jun 22, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The idea of sanctifying time is one of the foundations of Jewish faith and practice. In fact, the first words of the Torah are “In the beginning,” the beginning of time itself, which ever since has provided the backdrop for the interaction of the physical world and the spiritual which preceded it. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that the first commandment in the Torah given to the Jews […]

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The Essence of Kabbalah

Feb 05, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

“Kabbalah” (literally “receiving”) is the name given to the realm of Jewish mysticism. Although its origins are rooted in deep antiquity, going back more than four thousand years, for most of history the actual wisdom of Kabbalah remained virtually hidden from humanity, selectively passed down from teacher to student. Today, while the teachings of Kabbalah are available to the masses like never before, the common understanding of Kabbalah is still […]

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Israeli Cuisine: A True Melting Pot

Jan 12, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Whether or not a “true Israeli cuisine” exists is open for debate, however there is no doubt Israel enjoys an eclectic cuisine rooted in the uniqueness of Israeli society itself. Coming from over 80 countries, Jews have returned to their ancient land, bringing with them the foods and recipes they developed during their wanderings over many centuries. These traditions have combined with the native ingredients of the land of Israel, […]

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