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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


שיפור עצמי לחודש

for the Month of 

Tammuz is the fourth of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar. The letter of the month is chet, the mazal (sign) is Cancer, the tribe is Reuven, the sense is sight, and the body part is the right hand.

The month of Tammuz begins the season of summer. As we enter the summer, men especially are frequently challenged in the realm of “sight.” The Torah tells us “not to stray after our eyes and our hearts.” One tool for this is tzitzit, which we read about in parshas Shlach.

Chassidut explains that the intense heat of the summer is due to a greater revelation of G-dliness than at other times of the year. As the summer progresses, it's a good idea to revisit certain mitzvot, such as tzitzit, which are meant to help us keep our passions, and our thoughts, in check.

Some of this material is adapted from

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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