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מחשבה יומית
Thought for the Day

Think and consider that every place was, at the beginning, full with the light of Ein Sof (the Eternal). So it was necessary for G-d to contract Himself to make a space to create the worlds. Nevertheless, there still remains an impression of that original, all-encompassing holiness. Everything in the world, in the beginning, was all within G-d. 

Hanhagos Tzadikim, Rebbe Mordechai miTchernobyl

The Month of MarCheshvan 

Cheshvan is the second month of the Jewish calendar counting from Rosh Cheshvan is the only month that does not have any holidays or special mitzvot. We are taught that it is “reserved” for the time of Moshiach, who will inaugurate the Third Temple in the month of Cheshvan.

The great flood in the days of Noach began in this month, and it was a year later, also in the month of Cheshvan, that Noach left the ark.

In the month of Cheshvan we commemorate the yahrtzeit (anniversary of passing) of our matriarch Rachel. She is buried on the road to Beit Lechem, where throughout the ages, and still today, Jews of all walks of life go to pray and beseech that she intercede on their behalf as a mother does for her child.

This month is the anticlimax of the previous month of Tishrei. With so many holidays and spiritual experiences, it was a feast for the soul—a vacation of sorts. Now, as we enter the month of Cheshvan, real life begins, back to the daily “mundane” grind. This is the time to take the inspiration and all that we gained in the month of Tishrei and integrate it into our lives, learning how to balance the spiritual and the physical elements of our life in unison and harmony.

Live & Interactive Online Class!

The Illuminations of Rav Kook


Every Sunday, 5:00 - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
in our state-of-the-art virtual classroom 

with special guest teacher
Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein of Jerusalem

“And a generation will come alive
And sing to beauty and to life.”
(Rav Kook, Whispers of Existence)

Rabbi Avraham Itzchak HaCohen Kook (haRaYaH) tz”l, 1865–1935, was a spiritual giant who integrated complete mastery of the entire Torah, Talmud, and Kabbalistic literature with an enlightened consciousness. His spiritual notebooks are a major new Torah treasure for our generation. His illumination and insights are breathtaking.

Our interactive online learning circle will read selections from his most profound writings in the original Hebrew. (We will translate everything into English.) Rav Kook's writings cover a vast array of topics. We will select topics to focus on based on the interests and desires of the participants.

We will explore the significance of what we learn in the context of our process of personal and spiritual development.

No previous background is necessary. The only prerequisite is a desire to look deeply & widely into the nature of reality.

Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein is a rabbi whose teachings integrate the depths of the ancient teachings and the breadth of the contemporary unfolding. As a passionate student of the teachings of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook for over 30 years, he is doing pioneering work in bringing Rav Kook to the public. His current focus is a creative jazz-poetry collaboration with Greg Wall’s Later Prophets known as “HA’OROT: The Lights of Rav Kook.” Their acclaimed CD was recently released on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records.,

Cost: $22/month (Usually 4 classes, but occasionally 3 or 5; every effort is made to hold all classes as scheduled. Payment is for monthly access and cannot be prorated, and credit is not given when a class is cancelled due to a holiday or unforeseen circumstances or when a student is unable to attend.)

Click here to register for this class. You will then be sent the link to the virtual classroom.

This class is presented by Mercaz Machshava Tova (a project of Room613/Jewish Education Alternatives) In collaboration with Mercaz HaRayah-The Centre For Jewish Arts and Literacy (

“It is necessary to raise our thought, will, and basic preoccupations
towards universality, to the inclusion of all, to the whole world,
to humankind, to the Jewish people, to all existence.”

(Rav Kook, Lights of Holiness, 3:147)


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