Erev Shabbos-Sukkos 5781

A gitten erev Shabbos v’Yom Tov! We’re getting closer to Sukkos as the clock ticks by, to the time known as “Z’man Simchoseinu,” the Time of our Joy. It would be easy to ask why we should be happy to leave our houses and go live in a (likely poorly constructed) hut for a week.Continue reading “Erev Shabbos-Sukkos 5781”

Derech HaBaal Shem Tov: Sadness and Happiness

Between a few particular sections in Tzaavas HaRivash and Keser Shem Tov, we can learn a wonderful path in avodas Hashem. Of course both of those seforim and the entirety of our mesorah contains advice in these areas, but specifically in regards to avodas Hashem b’derech haChassidus, these are wonderful. The Baal Shem Tov teachesContinue reading “Derech HaBaal Shem Tov: Sadness and Happiness”

Importance of Yom Kippur Prayers

On Yom Kippur it is of utmost importance that we say Krias Shma properly, along with davening with proper kavannah. The Ginzei Yosef as brought in the Sefer Baal Shem Tov explains that all tefillos hapesulos, (unkosher prayers) are bound in the hands of the Malochim who reign over transmitting prayers from this world toContinue reading “Importance of Yom Kippur Prayers”

Criticize Like the Baal Shem Tov

In Keser Shem Tov it is brought in the name of the Baal Shem that one should never criticize someone or “help” them with the intent of making yourself feel better than them. He says there that especially a talmid chochom has to be careful not to do this, since there is a certain amountContinue reading “Criticize Like the Baal Shem Tov”

Four Keys of the Baal Shem Tov

In the beginning of Keser Shem Tov a small section called “Tzavah M’HaBash’t zl’hh” in which the Baal Shem Tov outlines four key precepts for the chassidim. I. To be simple and perfect in Avodas Hashem (Divine Service). Part of this is learning however much Mussar (Such as Mesilas Yeshorim) is needed daily; seeing toContinue reading “Four Keys of the Baal Shem Tov”

Defeating the Yetzer Hara and Serving Hashem With Joy

We can learn a wonderful thing about the Yetzer Hara and how to fight it from the Baal Shem as brought in Keser Shem Tov. He says there that the way to defeat the Yetzer Hara is through using its own arguments against it. Seeing that the Yetzer Hara is sent by Hashem to fulfillContinue reading “Defeating the Yetzer Hara and Serving Hashem With Joy”

Fulfilling All the Mitzvos in the Torah

It says in Keser Shem Tov that when a person feels some sort of simcha, they should connect with Hashem’s simcha, which is the root of all things. Also, when a person performs a mitzvah, that particular mitzvah is connected to all the other mitzvos in the Torah, since the mitzvos are directly connected toContinue reading “Fulfilling All the Mitzvos in the Torah”

Turning Evil into Good

A big inyan in Chassidus is that of turning things that are bad into good, it says this in Keser Shem Tov explicitly. The various Admorim speak of this matter in their own ways, giving examples as to how this is accomplished. The Baal HaTanya brings the example in Likkutei Amarim Perek 37 of blood.Continue reading “Turning Evil into Good”

Elevating Intrusive Thoughts to Their Source

In Keser Shem Tov the Baal Shem speaks of the inyan of Machshovos Zoros, “Foreign Thoughts,” that enter the mind during davening and other aspects of avodas Hashem. In short, he says there that they all have their source in the Aibishter, since there is no place lacking His presence, and therefore we can elevateContinue reading “Elevating Intrusive Thoughts to Their Source”

Divine Yichudim Through Common Speech

In Sefer Keser Shem Tov, the Baal Shem Tov learns out from the Mishnah in Maseches Kesubos about people seeing a marriagable age woman speaking with a man on the street that speech is a very powerful thing. He says that even when one is out on the street, being involved with Olam HaZeh, evenContinue reading “Divine Yichudim Through Common Speech”