Category Archives: Tzaddik/ Rebbe

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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For the non-morning-people among us, or, Sometimes I think I’d rather die than get up.

From a letter by Yehuda Leib Alter of Ger, the Sfas Emes, from Otzer mikhtavim uma’amarim 22. You should know, my brother, that if any mitzvah seems out of reach so that you despair of being able to perform it, … Continue reading

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Loving Peace Versus Pursuing Peace

A teaching of Moshe Chaim Efraim, from Degel Mahane Efraim, Parshat Acharei Mot. וְכִפֶּר הַכֹּהֵן אֲשֶׁר יִמְשַׁח אֹתוֹ וַאֲשֶׁר יְמַלֵּא אֶת יָדוֹ לְכַהֵן תַּחַת אָבִיו וְלָבַשׁ אֶת בִּגְדֵי הַבָּד בִּגְדֵי הַקֹּדֶש And the Kohen, the one who is anointed, who is … Continue reading

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Do It Yourself

A teaching from Menahem Mendel of Kotzk, from Ohel Torah, Parshat Vayishlach וַיִּשְׁלַח יַעֲקֹב מַלְאָכִים לְפָנָיו   Jacob sent messengers (or angels) before him… Genesis 32:4 צריך לדעת אומרו לפניו ללו צורך. ונראה הפירוש שיעקב שלח את המלאכים מלפניו, והיינו שילכו מאתו … Continue reading

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Crushed for Lighting

A teaching by Kalonymus Kalman Halevi Epstein, from Maor VaShamesh, Parshat Tetzaveh. וְאַתָּה תְּצַוֶּה אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ אֵלֶיךָ שֶׁמֶן זַיִת זָךְ כָּתִית לַמָּאוֹר לְהַעֲלֹת נֵר תָּמִיד And you shall command the Children of Israel, and they shall take to you … Continue reading

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