May you and yours have a warming month of TEVET 5778


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Jan. 22 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "Tu B'Shevat in Your Family" (Tu b'Shvat)
Jan. 22 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "A Tu B'Shevat Fruit Cocktail" (Tu b'Shvat - Zohar)
Jan. 22 Chasidut/Kabbalah: Essay on this week's Torah reading by Rabbi Shaul Leiter, Director of Ascent
Jan. 22 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "Leaders of People and of Time" (Beshalach)
Jan. 22 Chasidut/Kabbalah: MORE on this week's Torah Reading, Beshalach, from Kabbalah sages and Chasidic masters, and on
Jan. 22 Chassidic/Kabbalah Stories from R. Yerachmiel Tilles -- Year #21, Story #1050 (featuring: Rebbe HaRayatz of Lubavitch in Paris)
Jan. 15 Chassidic/Kabbalah Stories Archives: Story Bios Index now with connected story numbers! - updated
Jan. 15 Life at Ascent: The CURRENT Jewish Month: SHEVAT 5778 (starts after sunset on Tuesday night, Jan. 16)
Jan. 15 UPCOMING Jewish Holiday: TU B'SHVAT 5778 (Jan. 30-31)
Jan. 15 Life at Ascent: Ascent's 35th annual TU b'SHEVAT SEDER of the Tsfat Kabbalists -- Tues, Jan. 30, 8:08pm
  Support Ascent: A shorter, simpler, more efficient Donation page, including 3 new PayPal links and updated addresses
  ASCENT FACEBOOK "Ascent Tsfat" Please join!
  "Saturday Night, Full Moon" (vol. 1) and "Festivals of the Full Moon" (vol. 2) available for purchase through ASCENT online and in Tsfat, the publisher in Jerusalem (Koren), Jewish bookstores internationally, and on Amazon in both hardcover and Kindle editions
FULLY RENNOVATED, EXTRA BEAUTIFUL, - a project of Ascent-of-Safed
  Excerpts from 5 reviews of "Saturday Night, Full Moon" by Yerachmiel Tilles, the Ascent storyteller. [extract]
Jan. 29 Jews and Sports: "Orthdox Jew born and raised in Boston to represent Israel in 2018 Winter Olympics in S. Korea"
Jan. 29 Chassidic/Kabbalah Stories from R. Yerachmiel Tilles -- Year #21, Story #1051 (featuring: The Fourth Commandment)
Jan. 29 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "Tu B'Shevat in Your Dreams" (Tu b'Shvat - Talmud)
Jan. 29 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "Fruit Trees and the Jews" (Tu b'Shvat)
Feb. 5 Chassidic/Kabbalah Stories: R. Yerachmiel Tilles, the famed Ascent storyteller, will be telling amazing stories and signing purchased books in Jerusalem on Feb. 7, 2pm (details to appear by Feb. 1)
Recent features and selected Oldies but Goodies -- a sampling
Jan. 15

Shoot the Rabbi: Q: "Why do you stress Judaism as a religion? We see it primarily as a culture." Response:

Jan. 15 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "A Connection Deeper Than Natural" (Bo)
Jan. 8 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "Two Names for Two Brothers" (Vaera)
Jan. 1 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "To Speak in Your Name" (Shmot)
Jan. 1

Shoot the Rabbi: Q: "I try to be open-minded spiritually. Why is it that religious Jews are so closed to the wisdom of other religions?" Response:

Dec. 25 Chassidic/Kabbalah Stories #1046 (featuring: "The Scholars and the Lubavitcher Rebbe")
Dec. 11 Current Events: "Judah Maccabee at West Point"
Dec. 11 CURRENT Jewish Holiday: CHANUKAH 5778 (Dec. 12-20)
Dec. 4 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "Yehuda & Tamar" (Vayeshev & Chanukah)
Dec. 4 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "A Tale of Two Stories" (Yud-Tet Kislev)
Sep. 25 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "Uttering THE Name" (Yom Kippur)
Sep. 17 Chasidut/Kabbalah: ""What is a Soul" - (ROSH HASHANA - Chassidic Masters series)"
July 24 Kabbalah: Teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (the "Arizal")
July 17

Life at Ascent: Yahrzeit of the Ramak

June 26 The Lubavitcher Rebbe - 23rd yahrzeit: A Brief Biography
May 1 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "Getting Paid on Time" (Kedoshim - Arizal)
Oct. 5 Jewish Laws in One Minute: If you have been following this series and would like it to be continued, click here.
Aug. 22 Safed Shuls: List of active synagogues in Zefat Old City - UPDATED!
Aug. 1 Ascent's 'Kosher Humor': "A Nice Cup of Coffee"
June 27 Holy Sites: In the Valley of Love
May 16 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "Lag b'Omer in Meron"
Mar.28 Life at Ascent: University of Haifa student review of Ascent
Feb. 1 Life at Ascent: short video clip from our 33rd annual Tu bShvat Seder
Jan. 11
Dec. 7
Kabbalah/Chasidut: "From Sinai to the Internet" (Chanukah)
Chasidut/Kabbalah: "Kabbalah Soul Music"
Oct. 19
Chasidut/Kabbalah: "The Thirteenth Gate of Prayer"
Sept. 7 SPECIAL FEATURE: "The Kabbalah of Coffee"
August 10 Prayer: "Lecha Dodi": Original rhyming translation and commentary.
July 28

Kabbalah/Chasidut: "Holy Ari - Basic Teachings"

June 16 5-STAR REVIEW on for the Kindle edition of
"Saturday Night, Full Moon" by Yerachmiel Tilles,
the Ascent storyteller.[preview]
May 26 RAVE REVIEW by Yanki Tauber for "Saturday Night, Full Moon" by Yerachmiel Tilles, the Ascent storyteller.
Available for purchase in Tzfat through ASCENT, or else from the publisher
in Jerusalem. [preview]
July 22 Life at Ascent: Shabbat Experience in Mystical Tzefat (improved)
May 6 Chassidic/Kabbalah Stories -- AMAZING 'Lag b'Omer Miracle in Meron' story with CORRECTED AUDIO LINK
May 6 Chassidic/Kabbalah Stories -- Another amazing story with CORRECTED AUDIO LINK
Oct. 29 Shoot!: The ASCENT Question & Answer Forum menu (updated: "Jewish Yoga?"--at Beliefs #15)
Oct. 9
Kabbalah/Chasidut: "The Female Adam"
Sep. 3 Ascent Studies: Links page (updated)
June 11 Sages of Safed: Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel (Amuka) as explained by the Baal Shem Tov!
Mar. 19 Torah and Science: Global Ecology
Feb. 27 Kabbalah: "What is Kabbalah and Why?" -- more definitions
Jan. 22 Era of Moshiach - "Moshiach and the Moon"
Jan. 22 Prayer: Morning Blessing #17 - Women's perspective
Jan. 2 Life at Ascent: "Friend Brings Friend" campaign
Aug. 15 Life at Ascent: Ascent's First Thirty Years (updated)
June 13 Kabbalah/Chasidut: "Recommended Reading List" (corrected)
  Life at Ascent: Original, unique, breathtaking Kabbalah Exhibit
  Life at Ascent: Map to Ascent from the Central Bus Station (now GPS compatible!)
  Life at Ascent: Your Personal Torah Code (updates, upgrades and new offers)
  Life at Ascent: Seminar Reviews (updated)
  Life at Ascent: SUMMER DAILY Schedule (REVISED!)
  Life at Ascent: Library/Media Center (updated)
  Life at Ascent: 30th annual Safed Klezmer Festival (Ascent schedule w' Festival schedule) August 22-24. 2017
  Life at Ascent: What is Ascent? (updated)
  Life at Ascent: Contact us (updated)
  Life at Ascent: Ulpan (updated)
  Ascent Studies: Links page (updated)
  Sages of Safed: An expanded list
  Prayer: Annual Blessing on Blossoming Fruit Trees (month of Nisan)
  Ascent Studies: Free E-subscriptions (updated)
  Ascent Studies: Surf & Learn -- Just like from our Visitor's Lounge here in Tsfat
  Kosher Humor: Ascent "Kosher Humor" archives open for the merry month of Adar only
  Life at Ascent: short video clip from our 33rd annual Tu bShvat Seder
  "One Shabbat, One World" International Shabbaton - Feb. 3-4
  Farbrengen with BIG MO in L.A. (more information)
  Ascent on the Road!: TWO Reunion Shabboses in L.A. with BIG Mo
  Upcoming Jewish Festival: "New Moon of Nissan"
  Prayer: "Lecha Dodi": Original rhyming translation and commentary.
  Pirkei Avot: Chapter 1 -- Mystical Insights into Rabbinical Ethics
Kabbalah: "The Lag B'Omer Departure of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai" (Lag B'Omer)
Kabbalah: "Deeds of Kindness with Mystical Intentions" (-Ramak)
Kabbalah: Kitvei Arizal - the Writings of the Holy Ari
  The Lubavitcher Rebbe - 20th yahrzeit: A Brief Biography
  A personal story with The Lubavitcher Rebbe from one of Ascent's founders
  Chassidic/Kabbalah Stories -- Tuesday of this week (Kislev 12) is the 185th yahrzeit of the Avritcher Rebbe of Tsfat, author of the mystical Torah book, "Bat Ayin"
5777 Chasidut/Kabbalah: "For a Full Month" (KiTeitze, Elul - Ohr HaChayim)

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