Introduction We were all affected in different ways by the murder of the eleven Kedoshim at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh. The Shabbos morning of Chai Cheshvan 5779, I was on my way to Chabad in Squirrel Hill when I saw and heard ambulances. At that time, I thought at first it was a major
The background topic of this essay is the unparalleled success of two opposite-pole industries in the US: The ever-thriving food industry, and the brazenly successful diet industry, both paragons of unmatched revenue. It offers insight on how our own million-year observances are a shield and a response to these challenges. With this background, the focus
Creative Art Piece Oil on Canvas Moshe sent the spies to Israel requesting of them to go search and see if there was a tree in the land… Rashi explains that the tree represents the man that is meritorious for his generation, the Tzaddik.1 The Tzaddik is also one of the letters of the Hebrew
Introduction On the 10th of Shevat, 1951, the Lubavitcher Rebbe gave a groundbreaking maamer (chassidic discourse) as He accepted the leadership of the Lubavich movement. In the talk, entitled Basi Legani, the Rebbe laid out the mission for our generation. The Rebbe explained how Gds Divine Presence – the Shechina, was originally in this world.
Chassidic Tools for Self-Discovery Introduction – Chassidus is the Compass “Rebbe, what is a chassid?” Replied the Rebbe: “A chassid is a lamplighter…” Rabbi Sholom DovBer, the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe Everyone has the same question, and so few people know where to look for the answer. For some, the question takes the form of a
“They didn’t change their names, their language or their dress”  Living in our world nowadays isn’t at all that easy. There is the constant and persistent voice in our head that whispers “Just do what everyone else is doing”, “Why do you have to stick out as different?” and “Just be like everyone else”.
Torah Mapping It is a well known concept within Chassidut that sight has an advantage over hearing; there are abundant sources within the writings and Torah’s of all the Rebbayim, but for brevity I bring just a few sources from Maimorim of the Rebbe on this subject. In the Maimor from Parsht Mikeitz (Zote Chanukah)
Judaism: Irrelevant Micromanagement Or An Inconceivable, All-Encompassing Relationship Human beings instinctively search for meaning. We crave purpose and fulfillment. In an analysis done by the Pew Research Center, it was found that in the U.S. and many other countries around the world, regular participation in a religious community is clearly linked with higher levels of
Introduction This poem is based on the concept of Unity within Multiplicity. The sources are from: Tanya, chapter 20 and Shaar Ha’Yichud v’haemuna, chapters 1 and 2. The poem is connected to the idea that Olam, world, can mean concealment of E-lokut, but also in this world of Malchut is the deepest revelation of essence,
The issue: Often I spend a minute or two, every few months, analysing my accomplishments, achievements and the like in the given duration. Have I done the best I can? How come I keep getting the same results in this area? What am I doing wrong? Most times I perform these little “self-accounting” exercises, the