The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

Shavuot 


An Offering In God's Image

"On Shavuot, when we celebrate receiving the Torah, we also celebrate the offering of the first fruits in the Temple, the bikurim. The offering was a supremely humble gesture. Yet without the small, perhaps wrinkled fruit of the bikurim, there could be no offering..."

El Mis'tater

"God of Secret Mystery". This old world zemer goes through the Sefirot of the Tree of Life starting with Keter. El Mistater also makes an appropriate song for Shavuot, when we finish our Omer journey through Sefirot.

"Shmita: The Purpose of Sinai"

Learn about the Torah's radical blueprint for sustainability. Download the pdf here or read it in the Huffington Post!

"Akiva's Crown of Thorns"

Download a PDF pre-publication draft of Reb Duvid's (academic) article about Menachot 29b, the amazing aggadah about the giving of the Torah to Moshe and Rabbi Akiva's death. It's titled "Akiva's Crown of Thorns: Divine Violence and the Inversion of Rabbinic Theodicy". This will blow your mind. (Feel free to skip over the academese. Note: this is not a happy subject. Read it in the right mood.)




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