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Everywhere we look we see cycles in our lives: the cycles of time, the seasons, of nature, in history, the holidays, and the human psyche itself. Jewish life is constructed to be in tune with these cycles, and a higher awareness of how they affect us yields great insight and wisdom.

The Mystery of Cycles

Everywhere we look we see cycles in our lives; cycles of time, the subtle changes of the colors of the sky as the sun makes its daily orbit across the heavens, the moon as it waxes and wanes, seasons changing, the ebb and flow of the tides, life cycle events, the daily emotional roller coaster […]

Lifecycles: Wedding

Every point of time contains, in potential, all of time; every point of space contains, in potential, all of space. This somewhat abstract statement is born out, not only by our own experiences and certain scientific concepts, but by various verses and traditions in Torah. A few examples in regards to space: Have you ever […]

Lifecycles: Mikvah – The Art of Transition

Two complimentary reasons emerge when contemplating the various times we are instructed to go to the mikvah, the Jewish ritual bath. The Torah prescribes going to the mikvah in order to become ritually pure after a temporary state of ritual impurity, or when a person or object changes status, such as when a non-Jew converts […]

Cycles of Seven

The statement by the Sages (Vayikra Rabbah 29:10) that “all sevens are precious” is derived from their understanding that seven is the primary cycle of time as revealed by God in the Torah. “And the heavens and earth were completed and all their array. By the seventh day God completed His work that He had […]