Category Archives: Creation

One for Two and Two for One

Here’s a teaching of R. Aharon of Karlin (1802-1872) based on teachings his grandfather, Aharon the Great of Karlin (1736-1772), one of the earliest Hasidic rebbes, gave at Simhat Torah. Before we start, it’s worth taking a look at the … Continue reading

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The Creator created everything, and is everything, and is included in everything.

From Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev, Kedushas Levi, Parshat Bereishit. בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ            In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… Genesis 1:1 The principle is that the Creator created … Continue reading

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Different Strokes

A teaching of Menahem Mendel of Vitebsk, from Pri HaAretz, Balak. וַיַּרְא אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל שֹׁכֵן לִשְׁבָטָיו             Bilaam saw Israel dwelling by tribe. Numbers 24:2 Rashi explains that their [tent] openings were not set one against … Continue reading

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Two Halves of Desire

A teaching of Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezeritch, found in Or Torah, Imrei Tzadikim (Or haEmet) 10, and Likutei Amorim (Maggid Devarav LeYaakov) 7. Make for yourself two trumpets of silver.         עֲשֵׂה לְךָ שְׁתֵּי חֲצוֹצְרֹת כֶּסֶף    … Continue reading

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Two Hasidic Masters on Esther

Two (abridged) teachings from Uziel Meizlish of Ostroha and Zeev Wolf of Zhitomir on Megillat Esther. From Tiferet Uziel: המן מן התורה מנין Where in Torah do we find Haman, Mordechai, and Esther? Babylonian Talmud, Masechet Hullin 139b For Torah is the source … Continue reading

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Let there be light

Ten teachings on Parshat Bereishit attributed to the Baal Shem Tov. From Sefer Teshuot Chen, Parshat Tazria, by Gedaliyahu of Linits (a disciple of Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye and one of the primary sources for tales about the Baal Shem Tov): The … Continue reading

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Means and Ends

Israel of Kozhnitz on Pirkei Avot, from Avodas Israel. The world was created by ten utterances [of God, i.e., “Let there be…” (1)]. Since it could have been created by one utterance, what does this teach? It teaches us that … Continue reading

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