Loving the Torah Opens Up Her Secrets

The Zohar in Saba Mishpatim (99a) teaches us something very helpful and revealing in terms of accessing the secrets of the Torah. It says there that the truest aspects of the Torah are hidden, and covered completely up. The way to come to these is through love, and the Zohar teaches us the process throughContinue reading “Loving the Torah Opens Up Her Secrets”

Created in God’s Image

A common question that many ask themselves is in regards to the idea that we are created in the image of God. For a Jew it especially doesn’t make sense, considering Hashem is completely non-corporeal and beyond all physical constraints, how can it be said that we are made in His image? Various answers haveContinue reading “Created in God’s Image”

Motzei Shabbos VaYishlach: Hashem Recompenses According to Deed

A gitte voch! The Tana D’Vei Eliyahu teaches us that Hashem renders punishment (or on the flip side, reward) according to the actions we do. There, in the section for Parshas VaYishlach, the examples of the plagues brought upon Mitzrayim are explained in such a way that we can understand why those specific plagues wereContinue reading “Motzei Shabbos VaYishlach: Hashem Recompenses According to Deed”

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”

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”