God The Loving Father

The most important thing for a Jew to remember is the posuk בנים אתם לה’ אלוקיכם, Children are you to Hashem your God. Just as one’s biological status of being related to your parents can never change, nor does our relationship with Hashem as our loving Father change. Even if we chas v’sholom mess upContinue reading “God The Loving Father”

Hashem Will Never Abandon Us

In Maseches Kiddushin, wherein we learn about the various laws of getting halachically betrothed and various aspects of marriage, there is a very interesting halacha we learn. Before getting any further into this, keep in mind that this was a very different time, and slavery as a concept was different than it is now. There’sContinue reading “Hashem Will Never Abandon Us”

Erev Shabbos Parshas Shoftim 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos and a git choidesh! This weeks parsha is Parshas Shoftim.There’s a posuk in this parsha that has various different ways of understanding: “Tamim tihyeh im Hashem Elokecho” “You should be simple with Hashem your God.” Rashi says this means to serve Hashem with simplicity, and not attempt to divine the future,Continue reading “Erev Shabbos Parshas Shoftim 5780”

Creating Heaven on Earth

A gitte voch! In Parshas Ekev, we learn the second part of Krias Shma. At the end is a very interesting phrase, למען ירבו ימיכם וימי בניכם על האדמה אשר נשבע ה’ לאבותיכם לתת להם כימי השמים על הארץ, “In order that your days and your children’s days shall be numerous upon the land thatContinue reading “Creating Heaven on Earth”

Parshas Ekev 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos! This weeks parsha is Parshas Ekev. The injunction to love Hashem and cleave to Him is repeated several times in this parsha. Rashi and Ramban have different views as to what this means, commenting on the last usage of the word for cleaving in in Devorim 11:22 “כי אם שמור תשמרוןContinue reading “Parshas Ekev 5780”

Converting Physical Love into Divine Love

In Sefer Keser Shem Tov the Baal Shem brings in the name of Saadiah Gaon that it is proper for one to learn from the desire for physical things how to desire avodas Hashem and His love. We know from nearly all works of Chassidus and Kabboloh that Hashem completely fills all the worlds andContinue reading “Converting Physical Love into Divine Love”

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”

Rebuilding the Beis HaMikdash Now

In the Zohar HaKodosh, daf 230 the inyonim of Ketores, the Beis HaMikdash, and tefilloh are discussed. The Ketores as offered in the Beis HaMikdash had the power to sweeten all the Dinim (harsh judgements), and this was one reason it was offered. The Zohar further states that the Ketores was a great joy toContinue reading “Rebuilding the Beis HaMikdash Now”

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”

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”