Chassidut

The Four Species: Strength to Overcome Tria...

Oct 10, 2019Comments off

On Sukkot we have the mitzvah of blessing over the four species. We take a palm branch, myrtle branches, willows and a citron fruit in

Picking Apples in the Field

Sep 22, 2019Comments off

Rabbi Shneor Zalman of Liadi, the Alter Rebbe of Chabad, said that in the month of Elul, the King is in the field, every person

The Ba’al Shem Tov’s Torah Innovations

Sep 13, 2019Comments off

Sometimes, when the Ba’al Shem Tov would convey a Torah teaching, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polonne (known as the Toldot Yaakov Yosef after his book),

The Seven Chambers of Prayer in the World o...

Sep 12, 2019Comments off

Last week we learned that in our morning prayers, we are in the Chamber of Love from the blessing preceding the Shema Yisrael prayer, Ahavat

The Maggid of Mezeritch: Self-Nullification...

Aug 30, 2019Comments off

Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritch, known as the Maggid of Mezritch, was the greatest disciple of the Ba’al Shem Tov. He was born in Lukatch,

The Kingmaker: the Wondrous Foresight of Re...

Aug 23, 2019Comments off

Rabbi Aharon Roke’ach of Belz – the fourth Rebbe of the Belz dynasty, was born in Elul 5640 (August 1880) in Belz (which was in

And You Thought Eating was a Simple Matter?...

Aug 15, 2019Comments off

Rabbi Shimon would say: Three who eat at one table and do not speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten of idolatrous sacrifices;

Why Hasn’t Mashiach Come? The three defen...

Aug 15, 2019Comments off

Above and beyond all of our mundane worries and anxiety, one all-encompassing anxiety hovers in the air: Why hasn’t Mashiach come? Feeling incapable of dealing

Photo: Keter Torah by Baruch Nachshon

Up, Down and Mashiach on Tisha B’Av

Aug 09, 2019Comments off

The sages say that the Mashiach is born on Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of the month of Av). It is written that every new

Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum of Satmer: Happiness...

Aug 09, 2019Comments off

Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, the father of the Siget-Satmer dynasty and one of the main disseminators of Chassidut in Hungary, was called the Yismach Moshe, the

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