The Perfectly Sweet Mixture of Torah Based Life

Today, boruch Hashem, I made a siyum on Maseches Eiruvin. There are countless halochos in this particular masechta, primarily having to do with eruvin, which for those unfamiliar are various legal devices to allow certain things like carrying outside on Shabbos, cooking for Shabbos on a holiday, and walking beyond 2000 amos (cubits) in oneContinue reading “The Perfectly Sweet Mixture of Torah Based Life”

Motzei Shabbos Parshas Bo 5781

A gitte voch! In Parshas Bo we receive the mitzvos of Pesach and Pidyon HaBen in the midst of our Geulah. What follows is from what was said by seudas shlishis. This is a fascinating part of the Torah if you sit and think of it. Amidst all the plagues, and the freeing of KlalContinue reading “Motzei Shabbos Parshas Bo 5781”

Erev Shabbos Voero 5781

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas Voero, the second Shabbos of Shovevim. For those unfamiliar, Shovavim is the period of time between Parshos Shemos to Mishpatim. In Kabbistically based Judaism it is a great time for cheshbon nefesh (self-evaluation) and teshuva (return to Hashem). This week we start the process of theContinue reading “Erev Shabbos Voero 5781”

Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat 5781

It is now Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat! A gitten choidesh everyone! The Zohar HaKodosh teaches us that on Rosh Chodesh all the gates to Shomayim are open, and the Arizal teaches we receive an extra nefesh just like Shabbos as well. In the Zohar HaKodosh Parshas Chayei Soroh it states there are two times when theContinue reading “Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat 5781”

Secret of Escaping Misery of Corporeality

“Coincidentally,” put in quotes due to there only being Hashogocho Protis, I learned the shtiklech aggadata in Eruvin having what to do with wine as well as a very interesting Torah from Rebbe Nachman also discussing this inyan. The Gemoro in Eruvin teaches us that as wine is given in 70, so is sod. ThisContinue reading “Secret of Escaping Misery of Corporeality”

The Tremendous Power of Oaths

In Zohar Parshas Yisro, the Aseres HaDibros (Ten Commandments) are discussed at length, as that was when the Torah was given at Har Sinai. An interesting statement there is that the entire Torah is included in these specific mitzvos, and one who contemplates them can merit wonderful levels in understanding and general spiritual growth. TheContinue reading “The Tremendous Power of Oaths”

New Ideas in Serving Hashem: Potentially Wonderful as well as Possibly Dangerous

There’s a wonderful shtikl of Rebbe Nachman’s Torah in Likutei Moharan, Torah 171. This is in the section known as the “Toras Lashon Chaveirim,” meaning it was said over by those who heard Rebbe Nachman say it, in Breslov mesorah it is specifically referring to R’ Avrohom Peterberger z’l who heard these from R’ NachmanContinue reading “New Ideas in Serving Hashem: Potentially Wonderful as well as Possibly Dangerous”

Trust in Hashem, Not Scientists

In the sefer Chovos HaLevavos there is a section called Shaar HaBitachon, the Gate of Trust, which talks about the greatness of the wonders of Hashem. In the Hakdama to that section, the author gives various examples of things that a person could wrongly put his trust in, and shows the downfalls of these things,Continue reading “Trust in Hashem, Not Scientists”

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”

Parshas VaYera 5781

A gitten erev Shabbos! This week’s parsha is Parshas VaYera. One of the defining aspects of the parsha is the Akeidas Yitzchok (Binding of Isaac). While this incident may appear quite troubling according to a simple reading, there is far more to be uncovered and understood learning it according to Kabbalah. In the Zohar HaKodoshContinue reading “Parshas VaYera 5781”