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Rebbe Yechiel Michel of Zlotshov: What it T...

Sep 09, 2020Comments off

Rebbe Yechiel Michel of Zlotshov, called “The Maggid of Zlotshov” was born in 5486 (1736) to his father, Rabbbi Yitzchak of Drohovitch. Rabbi Yitzchak was

Pirkei Avot 3:7 Only God

Sep 09, 2020Comments off

Rabbi Elazar of Bartota would say: Give Him what is His, for you and whatever is yours, are His. As David says: “For everything comes from You, and

Do Sinners Benefit from the Mitzvot they Pe...

Sep 08, 2020Comments off

Q: Is it true that a sinner receives no benefit from the mitzvot that he performs, as the prophets said that God does not desire

The Beinoni in a Nutshell

Sep 02, 2020Comments off

There are no holidays in the month of Elul, but the entire month is preparation for the holidays coming in the month of Tishrei. In

The Ba’al Shem Tov: Rejoice and Dance

Sep 02, 2020Comments off

When the Ba’al Shem Tov was ten years old, he was already a member of the cohort of hidden tzaddikim. When he was seventeen, he

Pirkei Avot 1:7: The Three-Stage Approach ...

Sep 02, 2020Comments off

Nitai the Arbelite would say: “Distance yourself from a bad neighbor, do not cleave to a wicked person, and do not abandon belief in retribution.”

Q&A: God and Overeating

Sep 02, 2020Comments off

Q: How can I apply the directive to know God in all your ways to overeating? A: The Ba’al Shem Tov teaches that a person

The Song of the Angels Here on Earth

Aug 26, 2020Comments off

“Many are the sorrows of the evil person, and he who trusts in God – lovingkindness surrounds him” (Psalms 32:10).   This verse, one of

Rebbe Pinchas of Kuritz: Bringing the Mashi...

Aug 26, 2020Comments off

Rabbi Pinchas Shapira, who was known as Rebbe Pinchas of Koritz, was born in Shklov in 5486 (1726) to his father Rabbi Avraham Abba, grandson

Pirkei Avot 1:10 Converts and Penitents

Aug 26, 2020Comments off

Shma’ayah and Avtalyon received from them. Shma’ayah would say: Love work, loath mastery over others, and avoid intimacy with the government. (Pirkei Avot 1:10)  Shma’ayah