Chassidus Perspective

The Beginning of Redemption

At Yetzias Mitrayim the Yid were "born". This began a new and higher Avoda. The Yidden were already involved with refining the world in Mitzrayim, and perfecting the world is important. However, the true purpose of  a Yid is to build a unique connection and unity with Hashem.

The Psychology of Sin

When someone performs a deliberate sin, it does not necessarily mean that his character is faulty. After all, a person has free choice; it’s possible that his midos are by and large the way they should be, but at that specific moment he succumbed to his desire.

The Lower Mishkan

The details of the Mishkan are repeated to represent the two Mishkans. The supernal upper Mishkan and the physical lower Mishkan. It is only the lower Mishkan where Hashem's essence is fully disclosed.

Seeing in the Dark

Hashem merely wants us to create a levush in nature, but the source of one’s sustenance is beyond nature and is based on one’s connection to Hashem

Destroying the Inner Amalek

Amalek represents an apathy and a complete disregard for spirituality that cannot be reasoned with. It can only be eradicated with an absolute bittul which goes beyond reason.

A Dedicated Place

Why must our spiritual tefilos be focused towards the location of the physical Beis Hamikdash?

Torah Ethics

One is supposed to integrate the wisdom of Torah into his own intellect. Yet, he strives to understand only because it is the will of Hashem that he should understand. 

Yes or No?

Rabbi Akiva teaches us that we responded to "no" at Har Sinai with a "yes". In order to fulfill the will of Hashem we must use all of creation, including even, the negative aspects of our lives.

Yud Shevat

The maamar of Bosi L'gani emphasizes that world was originally Hashem's garden, hence the importance of (re)making it a dwelling for Hashem. We were ultimately chosen to serve Hashem in a physical body using our maximum effort to spread G-dliness throughout the world.

Freedom or Wealth?

By taking the wealth out of Mitzrayim the Yidden achieved a transformation of physicality into holiness. Now too we must transform our environment which is the purpose of Golus and leads to the Final Geula.

What is Truth?

Matan Torah accomplished that the physical can be impacted spiritually, whereas Moshiach’s era will allow that change to manifest itself physically. Our galus now, in turn, is preparing us for the coming revelation.

Not Just Aware

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 Edge

Using oil on the foot signifies that proper bittul should be supplemented with what oil represents. When coupled with understanding and emotion, the ‘foot’ absorbs the ‘oil,’ and the kabalas ol is infused with excitement and delight.

The Life of the Inanimate

Kabalas ol isn’t about us and what we understand; it’s about focusing on Hashem and removing ourselves from the picture, yet we must first begin with serving Hashem on our own terms, and we can then progress to a level of true selflessness.

Not Confined to Rationalism

“If the Jews wish to kindle the menorah, to illuminate the world with their wisdom, we’ll allow it, even if we believe our intellectual tradition to be superior, but to do so with ‘pure’ oil?”

What's Special About 19?

Tanya remarkably succeeded in capturing the emuna in a “great G-d” and making it conveyable it to anyone in their current state through the means of a “small book.”

The Third Month

There’s a level where there appears to be unity, but in fact it’s the result of completely ignoring the other, which isn’t true achdus, and there’s a different plane on which another existence is somewhat acknowledged but isn’t taken seriously, which is also flawed oneness.

To Be Mundane

To see holiness only in the spiritual is to interact with Hashem in a limited, reduced fashion; the revelation of a far more powerful level of G-dliness enables us to connect with Hashem even in the mundane aspects of our lives.

Countering the Scoffers

When the identity of a Jewish child is at stake, when the ‘scoffers’ seek to sever his connection to Avraham, it is specifically Yitzchak, gevura, that which is concealed, that Hashem renders into Avraham, revelation.

A Time to Segregate

Even when we engage in everyday activities like eating or business, we must deem these the throwaway ‘gifts’ to our inner non-Jew, and give ‘everything we possess’ to ‘Yitzchak,’ our spiritual pursuits.