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On Tattoos

How many friends have you lost to a message or an idea?

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Celebrating Halloween the Chassidic Way

Why can’t we just celebrate Halloween if it’s secular nowadays?

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There's No Such Thing As A Simple Idolator

Fourth member of a Sukkot series on the teachings of the Holy Baal Shem Tov. Members the 1st, the 2nd, and the 3rd. “The wholesome simplicity of the simple Jew touches on the utterly simple essence of G‑d. ” The Holy Baal Shem Tov It’s tricky to be simple. The opposite of chassidic simplicity is […]

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On “Knowledge is Power”

If knowledge is power, then Kaballah is idolatry. There is a reason we were discouraged from studying the holy sefirot, the arrangements of the divine lights, the permutations of the divine speech in their infinitely intricate manifestations. Upon meeting a system, there is an all-too-human tendency to conquer it, to bend it to one’s will, […]

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The G-d of Nothing

Imagine you are an ancient pagan worshipping spirits, the forces of nature, or mathematical abstractions. You have no problem saying what your god is. He’s this dude with pale blue eyes and a massive hammer. He can turn into a magnificent swan. She is the perfect triangle transcending all worldly triangularity. What does it mean […]

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Is Advil Idolatry?

Nature, free will, and headache (relief).

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