Chassidus Perspective

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?

Ki Tisa 5776

What distinguishes our observance of Torah and Mitzvos over the other nations' religious practices?

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.

Mitzvah Number One

“Every story in Sefer Bereishis contains lessons in our avodas Hashem. How could they be omitted?!”

The Hail's Downfall

As far as Heavenly ‘nature’ is concerned, to take back the hail would constitute a greater feat than to let in remain.

A Donkey With Three Uses

A businessman can actually see Hashem’s intervention in his business dealings. Hashem’s Hand is evident every step of the way.

When to Cry

When one perceives a personal ruin it isn't the time to cry. In fact crying may even cause the person to feel as the situation is somewhat under control - causing even further delay in taking the proper actions to begin the rebuilding.

Riches And Sparks

From time to time, even a baal esek must devote himself to Torah study, so that nothing else exists at that time—now he is a yeshiva bochur!

Three Miracles, Three Numbers

It would be normal to assume that physicality is just a figment of our imagination. The proof that this is not so is because it is used for mitzvos.

Chanukah Miracles

We must thank Hashem for everything we experience, even those events where we don’t see his intervention as clearly.

The Accomplishment of Chassidus

Tanya teaches how a Yid is completely higher than the world, giving us a special strength. The world is not really an opponent; deep down, it itself “agrees” to the nefesh ha’elokis.

The Joy of Selflessness

The great joy associated with the Nisuch Hamayim is the ability to generate an excitement in serving Hashem based on the directive to do so.

Inherently Connected

On Yom Kippur, the day itself atones. Teshuva is still necessary, as it connects the essential nature of the Jew with his conscious faculties, which allows that connection to last beyond Yom Kippur.

A Higher Awareness

Awareness of levels beyond our reach affect the way we view our connection to Hashem and how we perform our avodah.

Celebrating Together

The Bikurim were brought at the height of a Yid's simcha. This personal simcha was fully felt only after all of the Yidden had completely settled in Eretz Yisroel.