Q&A: Rabbi Refrains from Blessing?

Jan 03, 2023Comments off

Q: I read in a biography of the Chatam Sofer that he and his wife had to wait some time before they had a child.

Blessing with the Love Particle

May 16, 2019Comments off

Q: How does the blessing of a tzaddik work? How is it different from the blessing of the Kohen (Priest)? A: The ‘mechanism’ through which

The blessing hidden in the rebuke

Jul 10, 2013No Comments

In the final book of the Pentateuch, Sefer Devarim (the book of Deuteronomy), Moses recounted the events that happened to the Jewish people following their

A Message for the New Year 5773 from Harav ...

Sep 14, 20123 Comments

On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we traditionally eat foods whose names carry a positive symbolic connotation. Just as we taste foods as positive

The Blessed Kingdom

Aug 16, 2012No Comments

The Cursed Kingdoms The first verse in Parashat Re’eh contains seven words, which correspond to the seven emotive sefirot (from loving-kindness to kingdom). The seventh

The blessing of the tzadik

Aug 15, 2012No Comments

Parashat Re’eh begins with a seven-word verse, “Behold, I give before you today blessing and curse” (רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָה). As with

Drawing down blessing from Above

Aug 10, 2012No Comments

The Zohar on parashat Eikev discusses the verse, “You will eat and be satisfied and you shall bless Havayah, your God for the good land