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”