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Heal Me, I’m Love-Sick!

I once heard a tremendous Chiddush from my brother Yitzchak. It was a beautiful Friday night, in the fall of last year, when he spoke to me without telling me a thing. Yet, what came out of his mouth said everything.... In the song Yedid Nefesh, we say the following: הדור נאה זיו העולם‎ נפשי... Continue Reading →

Tzaddikim At Sea

This morning I went to do some hitbodedut by the ocean. I was speaking to Hashem, thinking. I look at the ocean and said to Hashem, this must be a lesson and parable for how the tzaddikim live. The waves keep on seeking to come out to the land, and again and again and again... Continue Reading →

Material Spirituality

The secret in life is to take all the physical actions you do - from eating lunch, to going for a run, to being with family - and to do them for the sale of cleaving to Hashem. When you do that, you transform your animalistic spirit into a G-dly one. Your physical becomes spiritual.... Continue Reading →

Long Term Investments

Before a certain man passed away, he gave his sons two letters. He instructed the young men to open the first before his burial and the second after the burial. When the time for the burial arrived, the sons opened the first letter. To their chagrin, there was but one short instruction written on a sheet, albeit an... Continue Reading →

Spread Light

Im Lavan Garti – taryag mitzvot shamarti. Rashi explains that when Yaakov was living by his wicked father in law, lavan, he was nevertheless scrupulous in his observance of the commandments and in his constant study of Torah. The greatness of Ya’akov was his ability – as Rav Aharon Bina, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Netiv... Continue Reading →

Who Wants Life?

Today - the 24th of Elul - is the Yortzite of Rebbe Yisrael Meir Kagan, widely known as "The Chafetz Chayim." There have been many, many books written by and about this great luminary and Tzaddik, and they can all be summarized in the following few tales about his life. 1. When the rabbi was... Continue Reading →

Keep Your Eyes On The Road

It’s amazing how the smallest things in life can teach us the biggest lessons.  This morning I was looking for a parking spot in my college's enormous parking lot. It was so full that the top and bottom lots were completely packed, and some vehicles were even double parked. I was driving around for a... Continue Reading →

Defeat Your Enemy

Dear Readers, In this week's Parasha we come across a seemingly simple verse, which reveals deep concepts to us upon closer inspection. כִּֽי־תֵצֵ֥א לַמִּלְחָמָ֖ה עַל־אֹֽיְבֶ֑יךָ וּנְתָנ֞וֹ יְהֹוָ֧ה אֱלֹהֶ֛יךָ בְּיָדֶ֖ךָ וְשָׁבִ֥יתָ שִׁבְיֽוֹ (Devarim, Ch.21 V.10) "If you go out to war against your enemy, and Hashem your G-d will deliver him into your hands, and you take... Continue Reading →

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