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Rabbi Ari Kahn

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Blessed Be Haman?

February 26, 2018, by

The Zionist plan appeared to have failed. God had kept His word; He had fulfilled his part of the covenant forged with the patriarchs. Their descendants had inherited the Land of Israel, as He had promised, but the Children of Israel had failed to honor their side of agreement, and the default clauses were set […]

Liminality

October 2, 2017, by

lim·i·nal ˈlimənl/ adjective technical adjective: liminal 1. of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. 2. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. limen |ˈlīmən| noun (plural limens or limina |ˈlimənə| ) Psychology a threshold below which a stimulus is not perceived or is not […]

“And though the holes were rather small…”

September 21, 2015, by

In a daring and optimistic passage, the rabbis describe the Divine assistance 1 received by those who make even the smallest gesture of repentance: Yassa said: The Holy One, blessed be He, said to Israel: My children, make for Me an opening of repentance no bigger than the point of a needle, and I will […]