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”

Criticize Like the Baal Shem Tov

In Keser Shem Tov it is brought in the name of the Baal Shem that one should never criticize someone or “help” them with the intent of making yourself feel better than them. He says there that especially a talmid chochom has to be careful not to do this, since there is a certain amountContinue reading “Criticize Like the Baal Shem Tov”

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”

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”

Erev Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei 5780

A gitten erev Shabbos everyone! This week’s parsha is Parshas Ki Seitzei. There’s a well known chassidishe vort on the opening words of the parsha, “כי תצא למלחמה,” (for when you go out to war) that explains this to refer to the time of eating, because the word for war “Milchomo” has the word “Lechem,”Continue reading “Erev Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei 5780”

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”

Fulfilling All the Mitzvos in the Torah

It says in Keser Shem Tov that when a person feels some sort of simcha, they should connect with Hashem’s simcha, which is the root of all things. Also, when a person performs a mitzvah, that particular mitzvah is connected to all the other mitzvos in the Torah, since the mitzvos are directly connected toContinue reading “Fulfilling All the Mitzvos in the Torah”

The Greatness of Stability in Halacha

It is brought in Maseches Avodah Zarah first that one must not refrain from learning from multiple rabbonim, that such a person will lack simon brocho, sign of blessing. On the other hand, another opinion states that one shouldn’t learn from too many rabbonim, at least when it comes to Gemoro, since this can leadContinue reading “The Greatness of Stability in Halacha”

Becoming Higher than the Angels

In Likutei Moharan Torah 110, Rebbe Nachman teaches an interesting concept in regards to sighing. He compares the sighing of a Tzaddik and that of a Rosho, and which sighing is better. If a Tzaddik sighs, chas v’sholom, in yearning for wickedness, this is a horrible thing and his breath connects him to the aspectContinue reading “Becoming Higher than the Angels”

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”