“Anything! Anything!!” Yumi banged on the table. Dovy rushed to right the wine bottle about topple from the concussive force. “The rocket has taken off,” he said to Jesse with a smile. “He can do absolutely anything!!” bellowed Yumi as he pushed his powder-blue shtreimel further back on his forehead and downed another shot of Read more
In English, the words ‘make’ and ‘earn’ are synonyms: “How much does he make?” = “How much does he earn?” In Lashon Ha-Kodesh, the word ‘make’- ‘Aseh’ is synonymous, not with ‘earn’, but with ‘do’. We don’t ‘earn’ our livelihood; objectively we deserve nothing. Rather, we do what we can, we make an effort-hishtadlus, and Read more
The game stays the same. The things that test you change, but The game stays the same. Know there’s only One. Be in it but above it. That’s the Narrow Bridge. Even when you fall, And you will, it’s part of life, Just get up again. Don’t beat yourself up. Though that’s Read more
“My father and mother both went through the Holocaust. They always told us stories about emuna and bitochon, trusting Hashem.”
It was during those walks that I sensed that G-d was always by my side, coaching me on.He had never left me, though I had left Him.
“Exactly what does “unconditional love’ mean?” Chaim asked. “Do we have to let this monster of ours get away with anything she likes?”
Sometimes, it can seem that the light is so covered over, so hidden under layers of dirt and decay. But I felt like God was saying all Shabbat: “Keep digging! Keep going! Sooner or later, you will hit the paydirt!”
A not-rose-colored perception of reality is a stark contrast to the platitudes we are used to hearing.
The spiritual illumination that shines in Eretz Yisrael is intrinsically completely different from every other place in the whole world.
We live in a time of hate, true visceral hatred the likes of which I have never seen in my lifetime. But, perhaps the most frightening aspect of this hatred is a new phenomenon: the social acceptance of vile expressions and acts of hatred and violence by ordinary people.