Above and beyond Nature Let’s see what the Holy Rizhiner says. By Noach it says ‘Es Ha’elokim Hishalech Noach’, Noach walked with G-d. Everybody knows that G-d has two names, Elokim which is gematriya ‘teva’, Elokim is the name of G-d which manifests in nature. We also know that G-d is also the name Yud Key Vav Key, which is beyond nature, the one who created the world and is also beyond it. So in a nutshell, Avraham Avinu connected to Yud Key Vav Key. Avraham Avinu was on th
Dedicated to My Beloved Aba, z’l Emuna Witt-HaLevi
Due to the passing of my aba, Chaim Eliyahu ben Yisroel and Chana z”l, and corona, I literally forgot to work on the Kol Chevra, but we managed to gather a full issue, Baruch HaShem! My Aba, z’l was my chauffeur for the first 18 years of my life. Thank you, Daddy, thank you!!!He drove me to Young Judean events, Summer Camps, then NCSY, Morasha, then B’nei Akiva, to Crown Heights (with my little brother, too!), to and from Ye
By Rahel Musleah January 2008 As featured in: https://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2008/10/29/shlomo-carlebach-music-man/ On any given friday evening, the crowd is standing-room only. The long, narrow sanctuary often overflows with up to 300 people: On one side of the paneledmehitza, the women gather, some in head coverings and long skirts, others bareheaded and in pants. The men wear suits or jeans and T-shirts—and even a smattering of Hasidicstreimels (fur hats) and stringed ro
Tikkun Magazine, Fall 5758 https://havurahshirhadash.org/practical-wisdom-from-shlomo-carlebach/ (Tikkun editor’s note: Until his death in 1994, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Rabbi of Kehilat Jacob in Manhattan, was America’s most popular Chasidic songwriter This interview was conducted a year before his death and is being printed now for the first time to remind our community of the voices of tolerance in the Orthodox world.) TIKKUN: You are one of America’s most famous and most l
This week, Sunday and Monday , is Rosh Chodesh (the first day of the Jewish month of) Cheshvan. This month is referred to as "Mar Cheshvan" by our Rabbis. While "Mar" does mean "bitter" in Hebrew, and some people think Cheshvan could be a bitter month for its lack of holidays... in Aramaic, the language of the Talmud, "Mar" actually means "Rainy" - the Rabbis referred to this month as the one in which blessed rain begins to fall in the Holy Land!
On Shemini Atzeres, we bega