Impurity and moral decadence are all around us. Surely our souls are negatively affected and in need of spiritual healing.
The first three commands establish the single most important principle of a free society, namely the moral limits of power.
The Torah stipulates that a metal receptacle used for cooking the meat of a sin-offering must be thoroughly cleaned before being used for another purpose; it must undergo merikah and shetifah in water (Lev. 6:21).
Package? No, I not in America and no package here. Maybe you vant Shulem Fastag? Ich bin Shlomi Fastag. Shulem he live cross street. I not go to America.
We ought to recognize that in addition to creating all objects, Hashem is also responsible for specific objects being in our possession.
Rebbe Nachman tells us that we must "revive" ourselves by focusing on our good points.
Lower your spirit – act with absolute humility before them. And if you must talk to them, speak “softly… with a restrained spirit...
If we can change what we want, we can change who we are. When we make new decisions, we create a new reality for ourselves.
While it is true that the enemy always hates us for a reason, it is his reason, not ours.
What is a bracha if not a motivator to do something – to eat the matzoh, to lay tefillin, to recite Kiddush? But mitzvos of the heart are natural and organic; they happen naturally.
Each of these items on its own has no major value, but when grouped together in a pile, can become something important. In the same way, cleverness is like a pile of thoughts that the intelligent person has considered.
The time came for the case to be called up and there was Mr. Cohen, facing the judge alone (of course, he knew that he wasn't alone, but his lawyer wasn't there.)
Yes, you are so lucky. Hashem made such a big beautiful world and here you are able to see it.
It was the Alter Rebbe’s fervent wish to quiet the controversy and for there to be peace amongst the Jewish people.
Did the great ones become great despite their challenges or because of them? What is the secret to their success?
The name Moshe, a name that is rooted in kindness, is applied to the Torah itself, as it is called Toras Moshe – the Torah of Moshe.
In Judaism, the stories are not engraved in stone on memorials…. They are told at home, around the table, from parents to children as the gift of the past to the future.
Judaism is about belonging to a people who descend from and still identify with our avot and imahot.
Rabbi Pappenheim notes that in many instances natan and sam can be interchangeable, because they basically refer to putting something somewhere.
Like many good Brits, come what may, Anne's father would buy a weekly ticket in the football pools. He always used the same numbers; the birthdays of his two children.
The first stage was a gift, an illusion; the third is the product born of the effort and time you invested.
On 10 Shevat in 1951, the Rebbe officially accepted the mantle of leadership, and delivered a maamor that began with the same posuk, expounding upon his father-in-law’s discourse.
Freedom in the deepest sense, the freedom to do the right and the good, is not a given. We acquire it, or lose it, gradually.
Instead of becoming dejected because we think we have fallen from our previous spiritual level, we can now be encouraged by knowing that, in fact, just the opposite has occurred.
The way Rabbi Grayever explains it, chadal connotes the inability to perform a certain action, or sustain a reality, that leads to something being stopped – whether this inability stems from nature or from legal considerations.
I had suddenly grasped that I would have to change my whole attitude to Yitzhak, see him in a different guise from the irritating boy I had defined him as.
The more power, the more potential. The value in any power is only in the extent to which it can be controlled. Otherwise, the more power you have, the more destruction you will have.
It is plausible to say that we can fulfill the mitzvah by buying seforim, as this accomplishes the mitzvah’s goal – the study and knowledge of Torah.
This "old age mentality" is something a person can have even as a young adult. Conversely, an older person can possess a fresh and enthusiastic mentality despite having lived through countless ups and downs.
Yishmael is destined to bring Klal Yisrael to the ultimate level of tefillah. This is going to happen before the geula can come.