Chassidus Perspective

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.

Redefining Reality

The world is inherently a good and beautiful place. We are here merely to bring it back to its original state.

Cultivating Our Connection with the Rebbe

A true shepherd doesn’t only care for his flock. His flock is his essence, and if the flock is lacking, he is lacking too.

The Truth About Truth

If one’s inspiration is indeed genuine and comes from within, it will remain even once the outside circumstances change.

Descent Into Spiritual Sightlessness

Both he who possess proofs and he who lacks them are in fact equal in their disconnect from the actual matter. To be persuaded of something is to be detached from it, bereft of the straightforwardness of plainly seeing it.

The Feet’s Advantage

Moshiach’s legs are described as “standing atop the Mount of Olives,” demonstrating that Moshiach’s legs are higher than the wisdom represented by oil.

The Birthday of Klal Yisrael

The departure from Mitzrayim is compared to the birth of a child. Although the Yidden actually left Mitzrayim on 15 Nissan, their “birth” began earlier, on Yud-Alef Nissan.

Parshas Tazria 5776

Parshas Tazria emphasizes the advantage of man's natural effort. By contrast, Parshas Hachodesh relates how Hashem revealed Himself to us in a miraculous way. These two opposite ideas are merged when a Yid realizes that his natural and limited Avodah can be expressed in an unlimited way being that he is connected to Atzmus.

Parshas Parah 5776

Chukim are the ratzon Hashem as they are in their original source. They are not rendered into a form that also man can understand and are observed only as the means to fulfill Hashem's will. This idea is most seen in the fact that the one involved in preparing the Parah Aduma in order to make another person Tahor, becomes Tamei himself.

To be a Mentch

When one Yid harms another, the Torah obligates him to give compensation. This is not merely a technical obligation or a mitzvah. It should truly bother a Yid that he mistreated someone else, and accepting full responsibility.

Vayikra 5776

The theme of our Parsha is "Vayikra - Calling as an expression of affection". This affection includes all segments of Yidden regardless of their level. Purim is observed in such a manner where all Yidden go beyond their spiritual limitations and connect to Hashem.

Built to be Rebuilt

The double mention of Mishkan in our Parsha hints to the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh. This seemingly negative idea actually hints to our deep and essential connection to Hashem.

Moshe’s Business Advice

For one to sit back and rely on bread to descend from the heavens, he must have emunah. But why does one need emunah to plant a kernel?

Self Transformation

When we work on ourselves and develop a sensitivity to the fact that Moshiach is not yet here, the essence of the neshamah is effective at all times, even in the “morning.”

Making Sense of Shtus

R. Shmuel’s shtus in kedushah wasn’t merely an occasional avodah; it was his outlook with which he lived on a constant basis.

The Mishpatim Paradox

“Parshas Mishpatim begins with the laws of slaves, to teach us that the foundation of all mitzvos, mishpatim included, is bittul and kabbolas ol.