Category Archives: Divine Service

49 Steps

Excerpts from R. Ze’ev Wolf of Zhitomir’s teachings on Counting the Omer, from Or haMeir. וּסְפַרְתֶּם לָכֶם מִמָּחֳרַת הַשַּׁבָּת מִיּוֹם הֲבִיאֲכֶם אֶת עֹמֶר הַתְּנוּפָה שֶׁבַע שַׁבָּתוֹת Count for yourselves, from the morrow of the rest day from the day you … 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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Hold the Wine

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is better than wine. ישקני מנשיקות פיהו כי טובים דודיך מיין  Song of Songs 1:1 (1) There are two aspects of divine service. One serves God because God … Continue reading

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The Power of the Tongue

Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev, Kedushas Levi, Parshat Emor. וַיֹּאמֶר יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֶל מֹשֶׁה אֱמֹר אֶל הַכֹּהֲנִים בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם לְנֶפֶשׁ לֹא יִטַּמָּא  G!d said to Moses, “Speak to the Kohanim, the sons of Aaron, saying to them, ‘None shall defile himself.’” … Continue reading

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Wearing Holy-Glasses

A teaching from Zeev Wolf of Zhitomir, Or Hameir, Parshat Kedoshim.  וַיְדַבֵּר יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֶל מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר: דַּבֵּר אֶל כָּל עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם God spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all of Israel and … Continue reading

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Three Masters on Song of Songs

In celebration of Pesach: three teachings on the opening verse of Song of Songs, each a little more challenging than the last. The Song of Songs, which is le’Shlomo.             שיר השירים אשר לשלמה From Levi … Continue reading

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A full life

A teaching of Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev, from Kedushas Levi, Parshat Tetzaveh. And you shall fill the hand of Aaron and the hand of his sons.  מִלֵּאתָ יַד אַהֲרֹן וְיַד בָּנָיו          Exodus 29:9 (1) Wholeness is … Continue reading

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