Ba’al Shem Tov

Transforming Suffering into Redemption

Aug 31, 2018Comments off

Why do we suffer? Are minor irritations included in suffering? How did King David deal with suffering and how can we apply his method in

Right and Left – Parashat Vayera

Nov 03, 2017Comments off

Abraham constantly advanced from intellect to faith until the surprising climax at the Binding of Isaac Parashat Vayera is the second Torah portion that deals

Shining the Mentor’s Light

Aug 09, 20113 Comments

The Seer of Lublin once said, “Between mentor and mentor (Rebbe and Rebbe) I can’t differentiate and I don’t want to differentiate. Between disciple and

9th of Av: the Seer of Lublin’s Yahrz...

Aug 09, 20111 Comment

The Seer of Lublin passed away, at the age of 70, on the 9th of Av 5575 (1815), a day of national mourning, but also,

Keen Eyesight Isn’t Necessarily Good ...

Jul 16, 20113 Comments

The Torah lists by name the non-kosher birds. One of them is the ra’ah, literally “the seer.” The sages explain: It stands in Babylonia and sees

The Heart and Mind of Dealing with Enemies

May 16, 20112 Comments

There are three ways to deal with enemies: surrender, fight, or make peace by neutralizing the root of their animosity. The Ba'al Shem Tov told it

Mitzvah: Close to God

May 10, 2011No Comments

The sign of having done a good deed is feeling close to God. Feeling far, estranged from God is the sign of having done something

Masters of Names

May 03, 2011No Comments

Before Yisroel Ba’al Shem Tov there were three Ba’alei Shem: Eliahu Ba’al Shem, Yoel Ba’al Shem, and Adam Ba’al Shem. “Ba’al Shem” means “master of

Hidden Things

Mar 18, 2011No Comments

David beseeches God: “Who can understand errors; cleanse me from hidden things” (“שגיאות מי יבין מנסתרות נקני”). Errors are unintentional sins. But what are “hidden

Loving your Opposite

Mar 12, 2011No Comments

Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz (one of the great disciples of the Ba’al Shem Tov) said that a consummate tzadik (righteous person) is one who loves

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