Category Archives: Moshe Chaim Efraim/ Degel Mahane Efraim

A grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, Moshe Chaim Efraim (1748-17th Iyar 1800) also studied under his grandfather’s primary disciples Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezeritch, and Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye. He lived a life of quiet study, reflection, and poverty, in stark contrast to his famous brother Baruch of Mezhbuzh, who established a lavish “court” modeled after King David’s. Degel Mahane Efraim was published by his son, Yaakov Yehiel of Koretz, in 1810.

Hide-and-Seek

From Moshe Chaim Efraim, Degel Machane Efraim, Likutim, also found in Sefer Baal Shem Tov, Parshat Vayeilech. And hiding I will hide My face on that day, because of all the evil they have committed, when they turned to other … 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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A beautiful woman among the captives

If you go out to war against your enemies, and the LORD your God delivers him into your hands, and you take his captives, and you see among the captives a beautiful woman and you desire her, take her for … Continue reading

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When Your Wells Overflow

A teaching of Moshe Chaim Efraim, from Degel Mahane Efraim, Parshat Beshalach. וַיְחַזֵּק יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֶת לֵב פַּרְעֹה מֶלֶךְ מִצְרַיִם וַיִּרְדֹּף אַחֲרֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל יֹצְאִים בְּיָד רָמָה And G!d hardened the heart of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and … Continue reading

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Houses of Wisdom

A teaching by Moshe Chaim Efraim, from Degel Mahane Efraim, Parshat Shemot. And so it was, because the midwives feared G!d, that He made them houses.   וַיְהִי כִּי יָרְאוּ הַמְיַלְּדֹת אֶת הָאֱ־לֹהִים וַיַּעַשׂ לָהֶם בָּתִּים   Genesis 1:21 Something is being hinted … Continue reading

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