The Kozhnitzer Maggid teaches us a vital point of awareness in order to attain greater levels of holiness
It is a Mitzvah to welcome the month of Adar with happiness and joy. What does this mean, and how do we do this? Rebbe Nachman of Breslov offers us wonderful insights into the Jewish understanding of the word “joy”.
This Parsha teaches about the Jewish slave who must have his ear pierced in order to remain a slave. Rashi explains the deeper meaning behind it, and the lesson we must learn from it.
Reb Yaakov Ishbitzer teaches us a beautiful interpretation of two Mitzvos that are seemingly irrelevant to the times we live in…what we learn is that every Mitzvah in the Torah is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.
There is a beautiful story told about the great Talmid Chacham, Reb Chaim Volozhin, that teaches us how important it is to measure every word, action, and decision.
The Arizal teaches that the Shema in Shabbos Mussaf is the holiest of all…it is symbolic of a feeling of broken heartedness that the Jewish people felt at the time that it was added to the Siddur. This tells us how precious our broken hearts are to Hashem.
There are two important distinctions made by the great Sages in teaching us the value of certain intentions in carrying out specific Mitzvos
Before Matan Torah, Moshe Rabbeinu tells us that we will become a “kingdom of priests” through receiving the Torah. How could each person in the entire nation be considered a priest? Rebbe Nachman of Breslov explains a beautiful meaning behind these words.
The incredible miracles that the Jewish people witnessed as part of the Exodus from Egypt took them from stage one of having faith in G-d to stage two, which is “knowing G-d”. A Jew should always strive to attain the higher level of faith and attachment.
Like a loving parent, Hashem teaches us how to “walk”, through a sometimes painful process of holding our hand, and then letting it go. We learn this lesson through a unique Halacha related to the Korban Todah (Sacrifice of Thanksgiving). This sacrifice was permitted to be eaten only on the day it was brought. From this requirement, we learn that while Divine salvation occurs daily, we may not have the luxury of seeing it openly beyond today’s gift of it.
The Gate of Righteousness is Often the Feeling of Inadequacy
The Sages teach that a person who learns Torah and performs Mitzvos will be protected from the Evil Inclination. Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev relays a parable to help us deepen our understanding of the quality of service that is required in order to merit this Divine protective insulation.
The miracle of the splitting of the sea was unique from all other miracles. Even a lowly maidservant witnessed the greatest visions imaginable. This is a lesson in realizing that Hashem’s love and divine providence extends to each and every Jew, no matter how worthy or unworthy he may think of himself.
A man is compared to a tree. On Tu B’Shvat, we celebrate the New Year for the trees…and perhaps we learn more about human nature than we do about trees themselves…Always pay attention to the deeper message…
Surrendering to Hashem’s will can itself be the catalyst that brings on that which we desire so strongly. Sometimes the key to receiving Hashem’s blessings we await so anxiously, is peacefully accepting the situation as is, without the presence of that perceived blessing. The quality of surrender is often that powerful!
We learn from the Tzaddikim how important the middah of truth is in order to truly connect with Hashem, who is the ultimate Truth.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov shares a powerful parable to help us better understand the need for a Jew to find a Rebbe to connect with and learn from. Ultimately, the right Rebbe is the one who can help each of his students discover the treasure that already exists within them, and help raise their souls to their highest purpose here on Earth.
There is an astounding connection between the mitzvah of Torah learning and the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Just like Hashem exhibited such unbridled love and passion and preoccupation for us in redeeming us from bondage, so to, we exhibit the same extreme longing to be preoccupied with Hashem’s Torah.
It is taught that everything a person experiences in this world is decreed by a “Heavenly court”. Reb Chaim of Volozhin teaches a powerful lesson of who actually sits on this panel of judges.
In Judaism, we learn that there are two types of prayer. One, is the prescribed pre-written prayers of thousands of years; the other, is personal prayer between the individual and G-d. Each of these categories contain their own pros and cons. Tehillim (Psalms), which were written by Dovid HaMelech, contain both aspects within them, and are therefore a most powerful tool for every Jew in beseeching Hashem.