Category Archives: Days of Awe

Rosh haShannah Short Shorts

Some short shorts to get you ready for Rosh haShannah. The Maggid of Mezeritch writes that we have forgotten our divine mother tongue, and so on Rosh haShannah we blow the shofar, which is just a voice without words, and … Continue reading

Posted in Days of Awe, Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezeritch, Hasidic Masters, Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev/Kedushas Levi, Shorts, Uziel Meizlish/ Tiferes Uziel, Zeev Wolf of Zhitomir/Or HaMeir | Leave a comment

A fire offering to the LORD

From Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl, Meor Einayim, Parshat Ha’azinu. When a calf or lamb or goat is born, it must be left with its mother for seven days. From the eighth day on, it will be acceptable as a fire … Continue reading

Posted in Days of Awe, Ha'azinu, Hasidic Masters, Holidays/Days of Remembrance, Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl/Meor Einayim, Parsha, Samuel, Shmini Atzeret, Sukkot | Leave a comment

U’teshuvah, u’tefillah, u’tzedakah…

On the Yamim Nora’im we say U’teshuvah, u’tefillah, u’tzedakah ma’avirin et roa hagezeira : roughly, “atonement, prayer, and righteous giving will annul the evil decree” and bring us a year of blessings. I’m collecting some Hasidic teachings from throughout the … Continue reading

Posted in Concepts, Days of Awe, Divine Service, Elul, Holidays/Days of Remembrance, Prayer, Teshuvah, Tzedakah | Leave a comment

All is foreseen, yet freewill is granted

A teaching of the Baal Shem Tov, from Pitgamin Kadishin, Sefer Geulat Yisrael. And Moses, the servant of God, died there, in the land of Moav…     Deuteronomy 34:5 Rashi asks, “Is it possible that Moses died, and then wrote, ‘Moses … Continue reading

Posted in Baal Shem Tov/ Sefer Baal Shem Tov, Days of Awe, Hasidic Masters, Holidays/Days of Remembrance, Parsha, V'Zot Haberacha | 2 Comments

Instant At-one-ment

A teaching on serving and returning to G!d from Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl, Meor Einayim, Likutim. It is written, “Know G!d in all your ways,” that is, everything you do must be for the sake of Heaven (1). This includes … Continue reading

Posted in Days of Awe, Hasidic Masters, Holidays/Days of Remembrance, Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl/Meor Einayim, Talmud | 1 Comment