Nothing Other Than God

אין עוד מלבדו “There is nothing other than Him (Hashem).” This is sentence basically communicates the entire essence of Torah, especially as viewed through the lens of Chassidus. For all the various descriptions of the seder hishtalshelus (order of descent of the Divine Light) and advanced concepts as taught in the Kedushas Levi and Tanya,Continue reading “Nothing Other Than God”

The Path of Light

Mishlei 4:18-19 “וארח צדיקים כאור נגה הולך ואור עד-נכון היום: דרך רשעים כאפלה לא ידעו במה יכשלו” “The path of the Tzaddikim goes forth like a shining light illuminating greater until the proper point of the day (meaning: Chatzos/Noon according to Rashi and Metzudos Dovid). The way of the wicked is dark and they knowContinue reading “The Path of Light”

The Wonders of Enjoying Shabbos

In the Gemoro in Maseches Shabbos Perek Kol Kisvei (16th chapter) there are various aspects of the mitzva of Kovod Shabbos (Honor for Shabbos) explained, such as amount of seudos (meals) to eat, types of foods, clothes, etc. In the previous perek, interestingly enough, it brings that if a person doesn’t have an extra setContinue reading “The Wonders of Enjoying Shabbos”

Attaining the Resting of the Shechinah

Tanya Perek 35. In this perek the Baal HaTanya talks about the matter of Hashroas HaShechinah, the Resting of the Shechinah. In very brief summary, the Baal HaTanya brings from the Zohar that the Shechinah rests upon a person when they’re doing mitzvos, and when one is involved with doing mitzvos and learning Torah. ThisContinue reading “Attaining the Resting of the Shechinah”

Keeping to the Old Ways of our Tzaddikim

Direct yourself to walk in good paths and the ways of the Tzaddikim keep. The Malbim in Moser Chochma states that this posuk refers to looking at all the details of how Tzadikim conduct themselves in order to perform justice before Hashem beyond the letter of the law in each of their matters. We couldContinue reading “Keeping to the Old Ways of our Tzaddikim”

Parshas Korach 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas Korach, in which Korach and his congregation break away from Klal Yisroel and hence get cast into the earth, for doubting the authority of Moshe and Aharon. On the surface level, this seems to be incredibly harsh. The truth is though, that this was really veryContinue reading “Parshas Korach 5780”

One Aspect of Elevating Corporeality

Derived from Likutei Amarim/Tanya Perek 34. The perek opens talking about the fact that the Avos were on such a level of avodas Hashem that they were the Merkavah (Chariot) for the Shechinah. Variations of this level of the Shechinah resting on people were accomplished by the Nevi’im, and even for Klal Yisroel by HarContinue reading “One Aspect of Elevating Corporeality”

Yom Rosh Chodesh I Tammuz 5780

A git choidesh! Today is the first day of Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, 30 Sivan. It says in the Mogen Avrohom on Hilchos Rosh Chodesh that according to the Midrash, Rosh Chodesh was supposed to be a monthly Yom Tov mamesh, no melochos (labors) permitted and all the same halochos as any other Yom Tov. However,Continue reading “Yom Rosh Chodesh I Tammuz 5780”

Lail Rosh Chodesh I Tammuz 5780

A git choidesh! We have entered Chodesh Tammuz now, though it is a two day Rosh Chodesh so we’re not officially in Tammuz until second day Rosh Chodesh. This can be seen as a hard month, due to the fact we must commemorate the beginning of the conquer of Yerushalayim, which then led to theContinue reading “Lail Rosh Chodesh I Tammuz 5780”