The Warrior Legacy of King David

The Warrior Legacy of King David

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz King David started life as a shepherd but he came from a military family. I imagine his brothers coming home on leave, sitting at the dinner table, telling war stories to their red-headed little brother. Of course, David’s rise to the throne...
Holy Justice

Holy Justice

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Breslov Hassidim have many customs and traditions that look strange from the outside but actually make a lot of sense from the inside.  One spiritual practice, called Hitbodedut, involves going out to the forest or some secluded place and...
From Rebellion to Redemption

From Rebellion to Redemption

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz King David wrote psalms for every occasion. If he was happy, he sang to God. If he was sad, he sang to God. And these psalms were used for the Temple service and are still used in our prayers. But one group of psalms is confusing. Psalm 42 is...
The Mystery of Divine Mercy

The Mystery of Divine Mercy

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz I once stepped into a small synagogue in Jerusalem to sit down and say some psalms. I found an out-of-the-way corner hidden behind a shelf of books and began to recite silently. I was up to Psalm 41 when the door opened and a religious man...
The Power of the Process

The Power of the Process

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz King David has so many challenges and so many requests in the Book of Psalms that it is sometimes difficult to focus on the message he is trying to give over. This morning, I was reading Psalm 40 and, being a writer, a strange scenario began...