Yosef HaTzaddik teaches us the wisdom behind his interpretation of Pharoe’s dreams
Description The time of Chanukah ushered in the era of the Oral Torah. This new era represented a time when the Jewish people were imbued with the details of keeping the Torah. The details within the vastness of Torah observance can weigh a person down; the miracle of Chanukah is the ability to find the big picture within the details – finding the “forest within the trees”
The Unique Aspect of the Mitzvah of Lighting Chanukah Candles
The unique quality of Chanukah is the human factor in the miracle. The blessing within the miracle is that our eyes might penetrate the deeper G-dly experience within every human experience, just as the Chashmonaim did in the days of the Chanukah story.
Chanukah was the last great miracle before this long Exile…and so within Chanukah and it’s laws, exist the key of wisdom to surviving it
Yosef HaTzaddik earned his name because he faced and passed the greatest test of all – the Test of Uncertainty
The Kotzker Rebbe teaches, that even when a person finds himself in a state of hurriedness or disorganization, the potential to serve Hashem is still present, and likely his precise test in that moment of “Lo K’Seder”
Rav Tzadok teaches that the oil of Chanukah represents Torah study. When the Greeks “contaminated” the oil, the deeper lesson is that their philosophy contaminated our intentions in the purpose of learning Torah. When the jug of oil was miraculously found, and burned for eight days, the deeper miracle was that we merited to re-establish pure intentions in our quest for Torah wisdom.
The Love of Torah is an Instrumental Component in the Attainment of Ahavas Yisroel, the Love of the Jewish People
The Baal HaTanya teaches us a valuable lesson about Chassidus and what it comes to offer the Jewish people…by “bringing Heaven down to Earth”, and simplifying deeply mystical secrets of the Torah for the simple Jew to become ignited, the Jewish fire continues to burn, even in the darkness of Exile
In Parshas VaYishlach, we learn that Yaakov Avinu instructed his messengers to separate the flocks of sheep as they approached his brother Eisav. The deeper meaning here points to a profound prayer and blessing that Yaakov was entreating Hashem to bestow on his descendants
As Jews, we must always focus on having gratitude for every gift we receive from Hashem; and a step beyond that, is appreciating the fact that the King Himself is bestowing the gifts. It is this relationship that is the greatest gift of all!
When we “remind” the “King” why He built the “Palace”, He will surely perform the miracles we need in our Lives…The King is Hashem, the Palace is the World, and the Reminder is through Ahavas HaBrios
The straightest path to loving Hashem with all our heart, is meditating on Hashem’s intense and unconditional love for us
Like Yakov Avinu, even in the darkest parts of Exile, we must always connect to the dream of redemption, and believe that this higher state will surely materialize before our eyes in reality
How to Cultivate a Balanced Pursuit of Both Worlds; that of Torah and Mitzvos, and that of Tefillah
Chassidus teaches us that each and every character trait of a Jew is rooted in holiness. Even the darkest seeming traits stems from a place of purity. The work is harnessing each trait to utilize it from it’s root of perfection.
The Chovos HaLevovos (“Duties of the Heart”) teaches us the importance of serving the Creator with both the body and the heart. One without the other is incomplete. We must cultivate a balance of the two responsibilities to strive for perfection.
How Witnessing the Effect of a Gentle but Steady Stream of Water on a Hard Rock Imparts the Wisdom that Using Gentle and Loving Words of Encouragement, versus Mussar, is a Greater Catalyst for Real Change
In this world, a Jew must often learn to take on roles outside of his immediate spiritual vicinity. These roles may even seem foreign to his essence. But it is in these very “detours” that we raise up our homes and ourselves to their highest potential.
Parshas Toldos: Understanding Why the Merit of The World to Come was Granted to Yakov’s descendants, and not to Esav’s – the Intentions Behind Actions Determine the Reward…
Gaining a better understanding of the significance of the month of Kislev and the work of believing that Hashem surrounds us completely when we delve into Torah study