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Spirituality is not achieved solely by meditating on a mountaintop or in an out-of-the-way monastery.
Jewish spirituality comes through grappling with the mundane world in a way that uplifts and elevates.
I am perplexed about a certain juxtaposition in the Torah.
Parshas Yisro describes the dramatic revelation of God to the Jewish People at Mount Sinai.
A true faith and realization of God's watchfulness over us would reassure us that just as He has not abandoned us in the past, which is attested to by our very existence, He will not abandon us in the future.
The Zohar explains that the ideals of Sinai must be internalized and absorbed into our very bones.
That, the Torah tells us, is how we bring the heights of Sinai... In 163 BCE, King Antiochus V lifted the siege of Jerusalem.The lofty level of yesterday is no guarantee we'll retain that level tomorrow.It is only through the laws of daily life that we can hope to transform ourselves and our world.The day was observed in subsequent years as a holiday.Antiochus V was only nine years old when he became head of the Seleucid dynasty, following the death of his father Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the oppressor of the Jews who provoked the Maccabees' revolt.With stories and insights, Rabbi Twerski's new book Twerski on Machzor makes Rosh Hashanah prayers more meaningful.