Category Archives: God

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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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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Sons and Daughters

A teaching of Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezeritch, from Sefer Orach Lachaim, Parshat Behukotai. I heard from the great rabbi, the holy spark, Dov Ber, on the verse, “And you will eat the flesh of your sons and daughters,” … Continue reading

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Song of Songs, Holy of Holies

A teaching on the Song of Songs from Uziel Meizlish, Tiferet Uziel. שיר השירים אשר לשלמה   The Song of Songs, which is leShlomo. Song of Songs 1:1 The title is difficult: is it one song, or many songs? Our sages explain … 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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God is not God

From Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev, Kedushas Levi, Parshat Vaetchanan. Hear, O Israel, the LORD is our God, the LORD is One. Deuteronomy 6:4 When we pray and call God “great,” then God puts on the “garb” of greatness, and when … Continue reading

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Knowledge in Exile

A long and difficult teaching from Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl, Meor Einayim, Parshat Devarim, that’s totally worth the effort. I’ve slightly condensed and restructured it with headings for clarity, so if you’re reading along with the original (posted below) it … Continue reading

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