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) 

 

Eco-Torah on Sukkot

Teachings about Sukkot exploring the symbolism of the lulav species, the meaning of the Hoshanot prayers, the Tishrei cycle, the rules about s'khakh, and the waving of the lulav, in the light of ecology and the climate crisis.

Hoshanot on Sukkot and Hoshana Rabbah!

The original Jewish earth prayers

A Hoshana for the planet -- #NoDAPL!

A prayer for our planet as we face climate change, in honor of the protesters fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline

How-to Build a Sukkah For Under $40

Forget Sukkah kits. Here's one you can build for less than 40 bucks. A how-to guide for the frame, the walls, and the s'khakh.

Geshem

The prayer for rain: Mark and Reb Simcha's geshem piyut for the mothers.

Egalitarian Seder Ushpizin/Ushpizata

Get the Ushpizata liturgy, in pdf format or in calligraphy to hang in your sukkah. The liturgy is in Aramaic and Hebrew side-by-side with the English.

Ushpizata: The Kabbalah of Inviting the Mothers Imahot to the Sukkah

A liturgy for the sukkah that includes the imahot, the mothers, and not just the fathers, seems not only good but imperative. Here's a full explanation for how the traditional Kabbalistic Ushpizin liturgy works, and how to make a parallel liturgy rooted in Kabbalistic teachings about the mothers.

A Sukkot Embrace

Embrace is hinted at in the sukkah, just as a person embraces her child in love, encircling her with her arms, and sheltering her with her head...




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