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What does tikkun means?

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Some people say that it means TO REPAIR and others say that it means RECTIFICATION. In simple words it means: TO FIX.

What to fix? FIX everything… but with help from above. Much of our world is messy… but not broken. It is pell-mell…

Why are we here? The Creator desires that we can find the pieces to bring harmony, stability and beauty to this world.

We have materials in a natural state, creativity and passion to FIX and make everything completely new.

For this we can use art in all its forms… but sometimes we forget and we were looking down… instead of focusing upward.

We are the partners of the Creator to help Him in this beautiful project. And everything we experiment, even without finding an answer, is being guided to help our SOUL BE FIXED.

So, the tikkun gives us meaning in every struggle, hope in the battles and love on our journey. Pain allows us to repair His creation.

We are the last generation in exile. The last sparks are emerging and final preparations are being achieved to bring the world should be. But we cannot stay within four walls. The world is waiting for our whole essence and being…

Based on: Chabad.com
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The two olive trees

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They are the olive trees. The anointed ones. The oil moves by that special touch with the divinity. Chosen to be next to the biggest King.

It is not the lack of love delaying the arrival of the most sublime moment that humanity will breathe…

It is the lack of deep and sincere friendship of all those who could connect through the thoughts… To be in unity with the Creator… Infinite light. Then… revelation of the olives trees…

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A big family

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Some people think of people as if they were cars on a highway: each with its own origin and destination, relating to others only to negotiate lane changes and turns. For cars, closeness is danger, loneliness is freedom… And for us?

People are not cars. Living things are needed, they strengthen each other, share their destiny and achieve them together. When we are alive, closeness is warmth and loneliness is oppression.

People belong to families. Families establish communities. Communities are the many colorful people of the world. And all those people form a single, magnificent body, with one soul called humanity.

Some divide this body into six billion fragments and roll back into a single mass. They want each person to do their thing in their own way and at the same time deal with each individual on the planet. They see no difference between people.

But we are like extended leaves from twigs branching larger twigs on branches of larger branches until we reach the trunk and roots, common to all of us.

Each person has its place in the tree of life, its source of strength and trust in this tree for their very survival.

None of us walk alone. Each one of us carries the experiences of ancestors wherever he goes, along with his troubles, his traumas, his victories, his hopes and aspirations. Our thoughts grow from his thoughts, our destiny is shaped from his goals.

At the highest peak we reach, they are there, holding our hand, pushing us upward, providing the shoulders on those who stand. And we share those shoulders, that sense, that heritage with all the brothers and sisters of our people.

That’s why our own people are so important. If we want to be at peace with anyone else in the world, we must start with our own brothers and sisters. For that you must find peace within yourself. And only when you find it, you can help us find peace for the whole world.

Every Jew is a brother or sister of a large family of many thousands of years. Where a Jew walks, there walk sages and martyrs, heroes and heroines, legends and miracles, all the path leads us back to Abraham and Sarah, the first two Jews who challenged the world with their ideals.

Walk the shreds, blood and audacity of millennia with him, the legacy of those who lived, yearned and died for a world to come, a world the way it was meant to be. Their fate is our fate. They are satisfied with us. In each of us and all of us together. For us it is that we are one.

When a Jew does an act of kindness, all our hands extend with it. If a Jew falls, we all stumble. If one suffers, we all feel pain. When one rejoices, we all feel happy. In our unit we find our destiny and our destiny is to be one. We are one body, breathing with a single set of lungs, throbbing with one heart, driving in one sense of right.

We are one. Let it be with love.

More Gabriel
Sheliaj General
Shuva, Jewish community of Costa Rica
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The keys

España 9

The Inquisition and its consequences. One of them are the traces left by our ancestors to remind our origin: they kept the keys to their homes in Sefarad (Spain).

There are several details that show us the addiction the Sephardic Jews had for that land which was also theirs.

First, they continued using the Ladino or Judeo-Spanish (the Castilian of the fifteenth century), and second, but more importantly, they kept the keys to their homes thinking of returning, but Spain was closed and bolted to them. The economic and cultural consequences were devastating.

From: The Sefardita Costarricense
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Tracks of Jewish last names

España 7
Given the persecutions, many Jews or “converts” chose or were forced to use new last names, or hide their Jewish heritage, but they left traces to follow… small clues for those who know Hebrew…

Last names of professions as Moreno or our Maestro or like Perez using the K (Perek). Others changed the order of the letters, for example Rojas: Zajor.

Also in Hebrew, last names acquired during a trip were remembered, or associated with cities such as: Leon, Cordoba, Toledo and toledano. Moreover names of “new Christians” as: Santacruz, Santamaria, Salvador… or taken from the names of their Christian godparents: Diaz, Herrera, Pereira.

From: El Sefardita Costarricense
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Jewish traces

España 8

The descendants of those who were forced, tried to lead a normal life, but in many cases, their families received “evidence” of the existence of something different in their daily behavior.

Because the theme of the “ex-Jewishness” often was not even known by the same “actors”, it did not become something crucial in their lives, but today there are those who do seek “traces” of their lost identity.

For example, they avoided eating pork, but did not know the origin of the custom, they preferred to perform their prayers in the basements of their houses or determined September 10 as the “fast day”, not far from the Day of Atonement…

Also customs like having an exclusive pot for boiling milk, touching the right frame of the door, etc. There are hundreds of thousands of families who show signs of their Jewishness, centuries after the Inquisition.

From: El Sefardita Costarricense
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Dispersion of Jews

España 3
After the expulsion from Spain, Jews were dispersed in distinct currents. One of those, which was installed in the Ottoman Empire and Asia Minor, was welcomed with benevolence. Another, seated in Portugal, did not have the same luck. More than thirty thousand families took refuge in the Lusitanian country, not only for its proximity but also because the promises made by their monarchs Juan II and Manuel. They offered shelter and protection of their faith, but these agreements were not respected and the Jews were subjected to forced conversions. It was a final path. New land: America.

From: El Sefardita Costarricense
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