Sometimes, a person needs to ask themselves, “Am I in this world to sanctify G-d’s Name or my own name?”
Mordechai Lewis is a yeshiva bochur who is Kovea Itim while working. He enjoys freelance writing on various Jewish hashkafic topics as well as Divrei Torah. You can find more of Mordechai's essays at: https://www.sefaria.org.il/profile/mordechai-lewis
Recent articles by Mordechai Lewis
On Sukkos, we shake the four species three times ahead at הוֹדוּ, back at טוֹב, up at לְעוֹלָם and down at חַסְדוֹ. Is there any lesson that these words teach us?
1) As an American, what does learning Torah do for me? If you toil very much in the Torah’s words, the Holy One, blessed be He will remove the yeitzer hara from you. If you learn Torah when it is difficult for you, your reward is one thousand; when things are going smoothly for you, Read more
Teshuvah is listed as one of seven things created before the universe because without it the universe could not endure.
The Gemara says, “A person’s given name expresses his essence.” The letters of Korach’s name are an acronym for his demise.
The Gemara relates that during the days of Sefirah between Pesach to Shevuos, twenty-four thousand talmidim of Rebbe Akiva died because they did not treat one another with respect.
Aharon’s silence “The sons of Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, each took his fire pan, they put fire in them and placed incense upon it; and they brought before Hashem a strange fire that He had not commanded them. A fire came forth from before Hashem and consumed them, and they died before Hashem.” What was Read more
Yearning for the Geulah “… and there was a darkness of gloom throughout the land of Egypt for a period of three days.” Rabbi Pinchas Winston cites Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein, who states the following: “The exodus from Egypt liberated only one out of five Jews — and some say one out of every 50 – Read more