Archive for 2009

Yom Kippur / Keter Elyon

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

On each Yom Tov, a special light of meheimnusa / faith is shining.  On Yom Kippur, it is erech apayim / slow to anger, patient, forgiving, atoning. 

In the Yishmiru Daat DVD, Reb Zalman says:

And do you remember at Neilah / the locking of the gates (final section of the Yom Kippur service), instead of having the long Al Chet / enumeration of sins, it says, ata notein yad laposh’im / you extend a hand to transgressors.  That sense of, (Psalm 73:22-23), “you have given me a hand.”


Please click here, to hear Reb Zalman sing the melody for this Psalm.


On Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

In the mapping of the Holidays and the Sefirot, Rosh Hashanah‘s two days correspond to Chochmah and Binah.  The following is a translation of Reb Zalman’s text for Rosh Hashanah from Yishmiru Daat.  You will find the Hebrew at the end of this post.  Blessings to you.  Gabbai Seth Fishman, BLOG Editor

And on Day One of Rosh Hashanah, God makes possible for us an opportunity to tap into energies of “Beginning” and Chochmah / Flash of insight so one can start afresh.  And on Day Two, the opportunity to tap into energies of fifty gates of Binah / practical plans for the above flash and Teshuvah / realignment with God, with the Supernal Mother Who is the source of loving-kindness, and the lady of Forgiveness


Chesed / Lovingkindness

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Thanks again to Chaplain Gloria Krasno for graciously sharing her poetic and artful meditations between Tisha B’av and erev Rosh Hashannah.  Many blessings to her for her spiritual soul and her generosity in sharing them.  Gabbai Seth Fishman, BLOG Editor



Holy Gevurah / Judgment

Monday, September 7th, 2009



Gal-Or-Ya’s Tiferet

Thursday, August 27th, 2009



Netzach / Persistence

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009



Welcome to Hod

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel, at the wonderful opening ceremony she hosted at this year’s Aleph Kallah said:  “When I first met Reb Zalman in 1972, he spoke about the unexplored Sefirah of Hod, the emanation of glory and beauty experienced through the senses.   He said, ‘That would be our work.’  Here’s Chaplain Gloria’s meditation for the week of HodGabbai Seth Fishman, BLOG Editor



Building a Foundation

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Please join Chaplain Gloria Krasno as she continues to guide us upward toward Rosh Hashanna.  This week begins the ascent through the Sefirah of Yesod, beginning with Malchut sheb’Yesod and ending with Chesed sheb’YesodGabbai Seth Fishman, BLOG Editor



Toward Consciousness and Goodness

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Dear Friends:

Gal-Or-Ya provides us with beautiful meditations for our journey from Tisha B’Av to erev Rosh HaShannahSefirat HaBinyan / a reckoning toward more conscious and appropriate living.  Thank you, Chaplain Gloria Krasno!  Good Shabbos, Gabbai Seth Fishman, BLOG Editor



Dirge For Auschwitz

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

As Reb Zalman writes in his book, Paradigm Shift, (pp. 68-69), “We have yet to attend to the Holocaust liturgically, with only a few notable exceptions…  I have written a Hebrew version of a lamentation prayer (kinah) on Auschwitz in the style of the medieval kinot, with an English rendition.  Both can be chanted to the melody of Eli Zion V’areha.”  Please consider including Reb Zalman’s “Dirge for Auschwitz” in your Tisha B’Av ritual.  Gabbai Seth Fishman, BLOG Editor