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The Ever-Amazing Reb Elimelech (Part XV)

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
Reb Elimelech maintained that just for him alone they will have to make a new Gehinnom, for the one that already exists is not adequate enough. He also commented – in his infinite humility – that the reason people come to him and request his assistance with children, health and parnassah is because it is his sins that are responsible for the absence of these blessings.

The Ever-Amazing Reb Elimelech (Part XIV)

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
As has been noted in a previous column, Reb Elimelech – like the Baal Shem Tov before him – asserted that pessimism and depression cause sin and spiritual apathy. Repentance (yes, even repentance!) that causes depression and sadness distances the Holy Presence.

Reb Elimelech’s Ascent To Leadership (Part XII)

26 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
Wandering from town to village, the Holy Brothers neglected their physical needs and were sustained by meager coins or scraps of food that were donated along the way.

Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part X)

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
To the misnaged-opponent, chassidus was not perceived as a different strand of normative Judaism, nor as a movement to uplift downtrodden Jews – but as an existential threat to Judaism itself. And the threat was no longer viewed as a futuristic potentiality; it was a real and imminent danger, for the movement was no longer limited to just the commoner but had infiltrated the ranks of scholars.

Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part IX)

25 Sivan 5772 – June 14, 2012
The Baal Shem Tov was the founder and the visionary of chassidus, but the architect who built and spread the movement was Rabbi Dov Ber, the maggid of Mezeritch.

Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part V)

23 Shevat 5772 – February 15, 2012
Baruch, from the village of Radovitz, was a sharecropper who barely eked out a living. His income was at the mercy of the infamously cruel Poritz, who owned the Radovitz environs.

Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part IV)

26 Tevet 5772 – January 20, 2012
Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk was considered one of the finest students of the Baal Shem Tov’s successor, the Maggid MiMezretch. When the Maggid passed away, his disciples gathered for the funeral and then had to decide who would succeed their master.

Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part III)

26 Kislev 5772 – December 21, 2011
Wherever the two holy brothers went on their self-imposed exile they generated a spirit of repentance. Their standard routine was to admonish themselves out loud for their supposed crimes, when in fact their “sins” were precisely the ones that the villager within earshot needed to rectify.

Title: Mipeninei Noam Elimelech

2 Iyyar 5768 – May 7, 2008
English-language readers are fascinated with Rabbi Tal Zwecker's Mipeninei Noam Elimelech.

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