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16 Tammuz 5784 - Monday, July 22, 2024

One of the lessons to learn from the destruction of the wall around Yerushalayim: In our personal lives this wall represents the practice of meditation. A wall is intended to separate those inside the city from all the influence that exist on the outside. Hence, the wall of Yerushalayim separated those who have true acceptance of the yoke of G-d’s commandments and the quality of self-annulment from those who lack these qualities. Of course, there still are gates and passageways in the wall so that no two Jews will be completely separated from each other.

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Everyone has heard about the mother who was able to lift a car because her son was trapped under it. This is the lesson that each of us can learn from Pinchas. That we are capable of giving ourselves over completely to our very essence.

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Kabbalistic Books by Ascent Staff

"Festivals of the Full Moon" (Koren)

If you enjoyed Saturday Night Full Moon", you're sure to want its sequel. Another collection of intriguing Stories of Kabbalah Sages, Chasidic Masters and other Jewish Heroes by Ascent's storymaster, Yerachmiel Tilles.

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"Apples from the Orchard"

OUT OF PRINT; now in its 3rd 4th printing!
Deep mystical insights from the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria on the Weekly Torah, translated into English by Moshe-Yakov Wisnefsky.

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"GPS for the Soul"

A summary of lessons conducted at the Ascent Institute in Safed by Nadav Cohen on the first 12 chapters of the Tanya, on its themes, including stories and examples.

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