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The Color Blue is the Center of the Universe

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The color blue is said to rule the mind, our reasoning ability and the intellect as well as represent knowledge, dignity and intuition. The color blue also plays an important role in the Bible.  The blue dye, called “techelet” (תכלת), was used in the special garments of the high priest, in the cloth that covered the vessels in the Holy Place, in the curtains in the Tabernacle, and as a covering over the Ark of the Covenant (ארון) in preparation for transport.  In addition, a twisted blue thread of “techelet” was woven within the fringes or “tzitzit” on the corners of the garments of the children of Israel.  This blue…

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Cleaning out the Leaven

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There’s nothing like Passover for a spiritual spring cleaning and getting the leaven or Chametz out of our homes and ultimately out of our lives.  Chametz is a term Rav Shaul used in Corinthians to compare sin with leaven.  He said, “It takes only a little Chametz to leaven a whole batch of dough.  So let us celebrate Chag HaMatzah not with leftover Chametz, the Chametz of wickedness and evil, but with the matzah of purity and truth. The word Chametz is composed of the three-letter root Chet, Mem, Tsadee.  It literally means to make sour referring to the harsh taste of something that has fermented.  The process of fermenting…

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Rachel and The Holy Spirit

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“A voice is heard on high, wailing, bitter weeping.  Rachel weeps for her children; she refuses to be consoled for her children, because there are none…but they will return from the enemy’s land.  There is hope for your future – your children will return to their border”. Jeremiah 31:14-16 Stone Ed Rachel is weeping for her children because “there are none”. This is an idiomatic expression for the non-existent world, which has yet to come into being (Rabbi Hirsch). It is by the Spirit of God the world comes into existence and Rachel, is a picture of that Spirit. She is the “voice” of the Spirit lamenting for children to…

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