Chassidus Perspective

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.

Building a New Home

A Yid at times must focus his Avoda outside of the safe spiritual environment. Although the Torah assures him that this new venture will be successful it still requires a new type of fence for protection. 

Regretting Rebellion

An Averia both demonstrates a lack of Kabolos Ol Malchus Shomaim and causes a stain in one's character. Teshuva as well contains two components. An acceptance of all Mitzvos and a cleansing of the dirt accumulated by the sin.

How Can I Prevail?

Clarity and strength are required in order to avoid sinning. However, after a sin, a Teshuva which stems from the innermost core (Tzur) needs to be revealed.

Uniformity and Diversity of Mitzvos

Even creating an emotional attachment to Hashem must be done because this is what Hashem desires.

Knowing Him Below

The posuk "VeYodata" seems to describe a lower awareness of Hashem than the posuk of "Ata Oraisa". Yet, it is the knowledge of Hashem initiated by man ("VeYodata") that has the "Hayom" quality - an unchanging revelation of G-dliness.

The Truth About Golus

Hashem desires to show us His greatest love, and as a result he “set out on a journey” and brought about the golus.

Essential Powers

The bechira a Yid possess is unlimited. It can even cause a fundamental change in kedusha realities.

Beyond a Doubt

Chukim indicates that the ideas are engraved and internalized. Yet they are also the type of Mitzvos which are not understood and seemingly external to the person.

Connecting to the Rebbe

Every person understands that Gimmel Tammuz is a day to increase one’s connection with the Rebbe, and through him, to strengthen and reveal his connection with Hashem.

Independent Decisions

A yid is not supposed to fulfill mitzvos merely with kabbolas ol. He should try to understand whatever he can, so that his intellect will be elevated to the truth of Torah.

When a person goes beyond the letter of the law and strives to study Torah and fulfill mitzvos behiddur, the dirah betachtonim he creates is truly part of him.

Sparing Them Disgrace

The yidden didn't request permission to bring the Korban Pesach throughout all the years in the midbar although it had great relevance to them. Moshe and Aharon also remained silent about this, as not to embarrass the yidden further.

Accepting the Torah

At Matan Torah the Jews achieved a new level of refinement (Tachtonim Yaalu Lelyonim). This enabled them to establish a second day of Yom Tov, bringing Kedusha to the mundane.