Parshas Lech-Lecha 5781

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas Lech-Lecha. The literal meaning of the first two words of the parsha are “Go to you.” In reference to Avrohom Ovinu this refers to his having to leave his land and his father’s house in order to serve Hashem. As the Torah is eternal and meantContinue reading “Parshas Lech-Lecha 5781”

The Power of Waking Up Early

In the Zohar, Parshas Beshalach, we learn how important it is to learn after Chatzos (midnight), before Alos HaShachar (first rays of the sun, still dark). It says there that one who wakes up and joins together the night and day through davening to Hashem accomplishes a huge unification of the Feminine and Masculine aspectsContinue reading “The Power of Waking Up Early”

Personal Torah Secrets

In Tzavaas HaRivash, it is brought in the name of the Baal Shem Tov that there are three main things that bring a person to d’veikus: due to seclusion from people, because of writing secrets of the Torah, and through performing the Yichudim of the Ari z’l; and at the time these Yichudim are doneContinue reading “Personal Torah Secrets”

Elevating our Prayers: Motzei Shabbos Parshas Noach 5781

A gitte voch! There’s another interesting sod we can learn from this week’s parsha that has to do with tefillah (prayer) from Parshas Noach .It says in the third aliyah that the waters caused the ark to float up. As explained previously, the word for the “ark” is the same as that for “word.” WeContinue reading “Elevating our Prayers: Motzei Shabbos Parshas Noach 5781”

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”

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”

Parshas B’reishis 5781

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas B’reishis, the first parsha in the Torah. This parsha is packed with many Sodos HaTorah (Secrets of the Torah). It is said as a general warning in Chazal (Chagigah 11b) that one who investigates what is above, what is below, what was before Creation and whatContinue reading “Parshas B’reishis 5781”

Isru Chag Sukkos/Shemini Atzeres

Today is Isru Chag from Sukkos/Shemini Atzeres. There are many interesting inyonim related to these two Yomim Tovim. I do not have wifi in my sukkah, otherwise I’d have written about them at the time, but seeing as there is still an element of the previous Chag that carries over into Isru Chag, now wouldContinue reading “Isru Chag Sukkos/Shemini Atzeres”

Erev Shabbos-Sukkos 5781

A gitten erev Shabbos v’Yom Tov! We’re getting closer to Sukkos as the clock ticks by, to the time known as “Z’man Simchoseinu,” the Time of our Joy. It would be easy to ask why we should be happy to leave our houses and go live in a (likely poorly constructed) hut for a week.Continue reading “Erev Shabbos-Sukkos 5781”

Derech HaBaal Shem Tov: Sadness and Happiness

Between a few particular sections in Tzaavas HaRivash and Keser Shem Tov, we can learn a wonderful path in avodas Hashem. Of course both of those seforim and the entirety of our mesorah contains advice in these areas, but specifically in regards to avodas Hashem b’derech haChassidus, these are wonderful. The Baal Shem Tov teachesContinue reading “Derech HaBaal Shem Tov: Sadness and Happiness”