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”

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”

Erev Shabbos Parshas Nitzovim-VaYeilech 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas Nitzovim-VaYeilech, a double-parsha. There’s a wonderful set of pesukim about the Torah in the first parsha. Hashem tells us “Behold this commandment (the Torah) is not fallen beneath you (Rashi explains this means it is not concealed under anything. Onkelos translates the word נפלאת to meanContinue reading “Erev Shabbos Parshas Nitzovim-VaYeilech 5780”

Defeating the Yetzer Hara and Serving Hashem With Joy

We can learn a wonderful thing about the Yetzer Hara and how to fight it from the Baal Shem as brought in Keser Shem Tov. He says there that the way to defeat the Yetzer Hara is through using its own arguments against it. Seeing that the Yetzer Hara is sent by Hashem to fulfillContinue reading “Defeating the Yetzer Hara and Serving Hashem With Joy”

Erev Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas Ki Savo. This is an incredible parsha as we receive the potential of many wonderful brochos (blessings), and also quite heavy, seeing as we also receive the potential of wretched klolos (curses). The crux of the whole issue of receiving brochos or klolos sits on oneContinue reading “Erev Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo 5780”

True Secrets of the Seder HaTefillah

At the end of Shaar HaBrochos in Pri Etz Chaim from the Arizal there’s an apt description of the purpose of each part of davening according to Sod. Following is a paraphrased translation:”From waking up and washing the hands to remove the Ruach Ra (“evil wind,” the spirit of impurity) that falls upon them atContinue reading “True Secrets of the Seder HaTefillah”

Working on Love

In regards to the concepts of ahavas Hashem and yiras Shomayim there are many different hasogos, different levels of attainment. For those of us just getting started on the path to growth, this can be very difficult, especially ahavas Hashem. It’s easy to find it difficult since our normal concept of love relies on perceptionContinue reading “Working on Love”