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Shabbat Chazon - The Sabbath of Vision Before Tisha B'Av

Greetings & Blessings! Have you ever had a goal, maybe a project or a change you wanted to make, that seems endlessly beyond reach? You work on it and work on it. You think you’re getting closer. Then another year goes by and it’s still not done?! Yeah. Me, too. I’ll tell you more about that below (That’s why I asked for your encouragement!). And it’s not only you and me. It looks like G-d also has an unfinished project that seems like it’s going on forever (at least from our perspective). It’s rebuilding His home in this world. This Shabbat is the Shabbat before Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Menachem Av [The fast day of Tisha B’Av,...

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The New Month of Menachem Av - Is Something Troubling You?

  Greetings & Blessings! Can you imagine what it would be like to be homeless?Today is Rosh Chodesh Menachem-Av. This month brings with it a deep sadness for our broken world and the things we lack – especially our Holy Temple, the Bais Hamikdash, that is G-d's home in this world. Imagine - the Master of the Universe, Who is everything, and has everything, is homeless in our world! Do you know why G-d even created this world? To build a home here – and now it's smashed in ruins!Have you ever wondered why the chassan, (groom) smashes the glass at the end of the Jewish wedding ceremony? As our holy sages teach us, even in the midst of our greatest...

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