Chassidus Perspective

The Chanukah Story: A Deeper Look

The ultimate “miracle” is when a Jew’s essence is channeled into one’s intellectual and emotional character.

What's Special About 19?

There’s nothing impressive about explaining Hashem in rational terms, where His greatness is minimized to the degree that it’s understandable.

The Chesed-Gevurah Changeover

Children typically resemble their parents. So why was Yitzchak’s visage initially the opposite of his father’s?

Self-Sacrifice, No Strings Attached

Avraham stood to impress no one. In fact, sacrificing his sole successor would destroy everything he had worked for!

Two Ways to Look

Who  says the reason I noticed another’s shortcomings is because I have the same? Maybe the reason is another one altogether—so I can fulfill the mitzvah of tochachah?

We’re All United—But How?

You may love someone because you recognize that your souls are all united with Hashem. The problem is that you don’t love your friend as he exists in reality.

The Paradox of Teshuvah

The essence of teshuvah is limited to a single point: the resolve to mend one’s ways from now on. As soon as he resolves to live as a servant of Hashem, he is a tzaddik, regardless of any blemish that may still remain.

New House, New Protection

When a person is ready to begin a new phase and avodah, with new temptations and a new yetzer hara, he must erect a new fence.

No Reason to Fear

A person may be apprehensive that the yetzer hara will confuse him or tempt him; the possuk assures us we have no reason to fear.

The Ultimate Comfort

The name of this month Menachem Av hints to both "comforting" and "showing compassion". Comforting indicates that the problem is still intact. Compassion removes the pain. During this month we have the combination of both.

Fathers and Mothers

If a person is constantly involved in worldly pursuits, even if he does them lesheim shamayim, he will inevitably be affected by the materialism always there before him.

Minimizing the Fault

It should have bothered the Bnei Yisroel: How can it be that we will have to wait until we enter Eretz Yisroel to fulfill this mitzvah?! Moshe and Aharon were willing to forgo the great revelations they would experience, all so that the Jews’ discredit should be minimized.

One Day Later

The reason Hashem gave us the Torah on Zayin Sivan was to hint to the second day of Yom Tov, celebrated by Jews in the Diaspora.

Being Forced: Vice Or Virtue?

Why was it necessary to force the Bnei Yisroel to accept the Torah? Hadn’t they already accepted it of their own free will?

Open My Eyes

Just as today, seeing physical objects doesn’t require any unique miracle or Divine intervention, so too in the times of Moshiach, seeing Elokus will be a natural phenomenon.

A Jew’s Essential Value

We are Hashem’s “treasure,” and we have an intrinsic value just by virtue of the fact that we exist.

Uncovering Galus

When Hashem split the Yam Suf, every body of water in the world split as well. This means that every concealed level, no matter how sublime, was open to all.

Three Matzos, Four Cups

The matzos correspond to the expressions of geulah, too—but only to the first three of them.

The Place for Infinity

We tend to think that a spiritual entity or activity is surely closer to Hashem than a limited, physical act or place. However, this is not true.

The Mystery of Mishpatim

Abhorring evil is not divorced from having kabolas ol. The reason we detest certain actions is because Hashem wants us to feel that way.

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