Erev Shabbos Parshas VaYechi 5781

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas VaYechi, hence the last week we lain from Sefer B’Reishis. In this parsha, Yaakov Avinu blesses his sons with their individual brochos, he is niftar, and the Yidden get established in Mitzrayim with Yosef HaTzaddik taking care of their needs. One interesting aspect of the parshaContinue reading “Erev Shabbos Parshas VaYechi 5781”

New Ideas in Serving Hashem: Potentially Wonderful as well as Possibly Dangerous

There’s a wonderful shtikl of Rebbe Nachman’s Torah in Likutei Moharan, Torah 171. This is in the section known as the “Toras Lashon Chaveirim,” meaning it was said over by those who heard Rebbe Nachman say it, in Breslov mesorah it is specifically referring to R’ Avrohom Peterberger z’l who heard these from R’ NachmanContinue reading “New Ideas in Serving Hashem: Potentially Wonderful as well as Possibly Dangerous”

The Wonders of Learning Nigleh

A common complaint about delving into the study of Gemara and Halacha is that it is dry and at times tedious. Some erroneously believe that someone can be a sincere Jew and minimize study in these areas, even misquoting the Baal Shem Tov and other chassidic sages, rachmana litzlan. Learning Keser Shem Tov, it isContinue reading “The Wonders of Learning Nigleh”

Parshas Noach 5781

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas Noach. This is quite the interesting parsha. Between Parshas B’Reishis and this parsha there is so much to unpack, whole seforim could be written about them. Of course every word of the Torah could have a whole set of Tikkunei Zohar on it. For now thisContinue reading “Parshas Noach 5781”

Parshas Ha’azinu 5781: The Song of Torah

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas Ha’azinu, it is also Shabbos Shuva, the Shabbos before Yom Kippur in which we must focus on making t’shuva and returning to Hashem. One interesting part of this parsha is that the Torah is referred to as a שירה (song) consistently, as it is referred toContinue reading “Parshas Ha’azinu 5781: The Song of Torah”

Becoming Higher than the Angels

In Likutei Moharan Torah 110, Rebbe Nachman teaches an interesting concept in regards to sighing. He compares the sighing of a Tzaddik and that of a Rosho, and which sighing is better. If a Tzaddik sighs, chas v’sholom, in yearning for wickedness, this is a horrible thing and his breath connects him to the aspectContinue reading “Becoming Higher than the Angels”

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”