Category Archives: Yehuda Leib Alter of Ger/ Sfas Emes

The Tree Fifty Cubits Tall

A teaching by Yehuda Leib Alter of Ger, from Sfas Emes, on Purim. It is written in the Gemara that we are obligated to become so intoxicated on Purim that we cannot tell the difference between “Blessed is Mordechai” and … Continue reading

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The essence of a mitzvah

When you come into the land which the L!RD your G!D gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and settle in it, then you shall take the first of all the fruit of the earth which you bring … 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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The Sfas Emes, Rabbi Akiva, and a Barber

A teaching by Yehuda Leib Alter of Ger, from Sfas Emes, Parshat Emor, in honor of Yom HaZikaron LaShoah VelaGevura, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. I will be sanctified among the Children of Israel, I the Lord Who sanctifies you, … Continue reading

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A Continuous Fire

A teaching of Yehuda Leib Alter of Ger, from Sfas Emes, Parshat Tzav. A continuous fire shall burn on the altar; it shall not go out. Leviticus 6:6 It is written in Proverbs, “Love covers all sins,” and in the … Continue reading

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Humble Abode

A teaching by Yehuda Leib Alter of Ger, from Sfas Emes, Parshat Vayakhel. Take from among you gifts for the LORD; everyone whose heart so moves him shall bring them. Exodus 35:5 On this verse the midrash quotes the Song … Continue reading

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A Holy People

A teaching of Menahem Mendel of Kotzk, given over by Yehuda Leib Alter of Ger, from Sfas Emes, Parshat Mishpatim. You shall be a holy people unto Me. Do not eat of any meat [of an animal] left torn in … Continue reading

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