Shabbos Day or Saturday? “Remember the day of the Shabbos to sanctify it. Six days you shall do labor and do all your work; and the Seventh day is the Shabbos to Hashem, Your G-d. You may not do any work…” When it says, “You may not do any work (on the seventh day),” it’s […]
Parshat Terumah 5778: To Dwell Among Us In this week’s parsha, God commands the nation: ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם – “Make for Me a Sanctuary – so that I may dwell among them” (Shemot 25:8). The people are inspired and contribute to the construction. The Psikta recounts an amazing occurrence. When the decree came […]
Adar, daily simcha and gratitude The Gemara says, “…When Adar begins we increase simcha, our joy.” Besides Adar, how do we experience simcha daily in a world that’s full of pain, grief and suffering etc., which keeps getting worse day by day? 1) How does one attain simcha? Seifer Ha’Akeidah says that true simcha can be […]
Parshas Mishpatim – The Effect of an Action “Holy people you shall you be to Me: you shall not eat flesh of an animal that was torn in the field; to the dog you shall throw it.” — Shemos 22:30 The Torah tells us that if a sheep or goat is killed while grazing, it […]
Subtleties of Sasson and Simcha In the blessing which we customarily say for a newly-married bride and groom, we wish upon the couple different forms of happiness: sasson, simcha, gilah, rinah, ditzah and chedva. What are all these different types of gladness and how do they differ from each other? To answer these questions we […]
The power of self-restraint Rebbe Nachman writes (in Likutey Moharan, 25): “That every person needs to rescue themselves from [their] imagination, and to raise up their seichel (minds)… and know: that in each and every world, and that at each and every [spiritual] level, these fantasies exist (i.e. the power of imagination). And these, these […]
Parshat Yitro – Enduring Inspiration In this week’s parsha, the Jews, as G-d’s chosen people, are officially established as a fearsome force among the nations. After decimating Egypt and defeating Amalek, they begin their journey through the desert. The Torah tells us of Yitro, the father-in-law of Moshe: וישמע יתרו – “And Yitro, Priest of […]
Yehudis Litvak explores a higher perspective of the ‘Song of the Sea’, in Parshat Beshalach.
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 – […]
There are many, many examples throughout Tanach of the lesser person, the one trodden upon or ignored, being chosen by Hashem for an exalted role.