good & evil

It’s Harder to See the Good in a Bad ...

Jul 21, 2011No Comments

“Good in bad” (טוב ברע) = “bad in good” (רע בטוב) equals  289 = “good” (טוב ,17) squared. The phrases “good in bad” (טוב ברע) and

Perfect Vision

Jul 03, 20111 Comment

Each month of the year is associated with a sense. The sense of the month of Tamuz is sight. The month of Tamuz is the

The First Ten Questions

Jun 06, 20111 Comment

Questions come from doubt. Doubt comes from sin. Sin comes from illusion. The Torah was given to save us from false illusions. Illusion is in

Life After Death

May 18, 20112 Comments

There are three levels of life: Living a healthy life in this world; life after spiritual death (sin); life after physical death. To live a

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

From Afar God Appears to Me

Mar 23, 2011No Comments

In one verse King David says: “I place God before me always” (“שויתי הוי’ לנגדי תמיד”). But in another he says: “My sin is before

The Unhappy Tzadik

Mar 22, 2011No Comments

I would like to be a true tzadik (consummately righteous), but I’m not. Is it because I don’t want enough, or is there some other

Rectifiying Edom and Ishmael

Mar 17, 20111 Comment

The two great exiles of the Jewish People in our days: Edom (אדום, 51) and Ishmael (ישמעאל, 451) equal 502 = “Cursed be Haman” (ארור

Snake Spine

Mar 15, 20112 Comments

In the Torah there are many applications to the “law of similars.” One of them is that in order to kill a snake you must

Preventive Love

Mar 12, 20111 Comment

Loving a rasha does not mean to condone his evil deeds. If you love his soul you’ll do everything possible to prevent him from doing

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