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Chassidus Perspective

A Shepherd and His Flock

Moshe understood each mitzvah, including parah adumah. Does this mean he was missing the advantage of chukim?

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.

The Meraglim’s Mistake

The spies feared that the artziyus of the land would “consume” its inhabitants, making them coarse and lowly as well.

Within the everyday world of business, we must realize that Hashem is operating teva on a plane that transcends teva.

Focusing on Torah’s Essence

The only reason there can be something that is against the Torah is because the truth is not felt.

Of course, the entire world depends on the Torah, but this is merely the Torah’s external dimension.

Not a Wagon More

Couldn’t the nesi’im have been more generous by donating an extra wagon, so that the task would be a bit easier?

In the Mishkan there was no such thing as an unused entity, as that would go against what the Mishkan was all about.

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?

The Avodah of the Three Censuses

Lomdus and reasoning, however great they may be, cannot bring about Yetzias Mitzrayim, because they are part of who we are.

Aharon accomplishes that our self-transformation should not just be the result of a higher force, but should be our own achievement.

The Importance of Reward

Life isn’t a detail; it is the entirety of our existence, and is therefore present wherever any element of us is to be found.

Where do we see that Torah is our very life? When we see that if a Jew who studies Torah owns a tree, it bears fruit.

Of Shemitah and Shabbos

Why does a Jew engage in business? Not because this is where his passion lies, but because it is what Hashem wants.

Revealing Our Inner Light

The concealed facet of a Jew is his neshamah and his connection to Hashem. It is the “light” within him that has no limits.

However, this “light” of a Jew may not always shine.

As Holy as Hashem

Doing permissible activities lesheim shamayim is not merely a hiddur; it is a mitzvas asei and a fundamental part of Torah.

For a Jew to truly belong to Hashem, he cannot have “private affairs”; the Torah must permeate everything he does.

White Garments

When our essential connection to Hashem is revealed, nothing else carries significance—even angels.

This connection is simple and unadorned; it is the “white clothing” with which we enter the Kodesh Hakadashim and connect to Hashem Himself.

Chametz: Prohibition or Mitzvah?

To believe that one is a great thinker and needs to understand everything is enslavement to yeshus and gaavah.

Our bittul to Hashem should be so great that serving Him becomes the way we think and feel, until it turns into our source of enjoyment.

Continuous Freedom

Apparently, it’s our state of redemption itself that is miraculous, and it must constantly be perpetuated.

When we were redeemed from Egypt, we didn’t merely revert to our pre-Egyptian state, but embraced a new type of freedom never experienced before.

Tazria and Nissan: Are They Opposites?

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.

Selfless Assistance

Even if purifying the other will bring us spiritual harm, we must disregard that and assist him nonetheless.

Call of Affection

Hashem is our Father and we are His children, and our love does not depend on the qualities we see in each other.

Although he does not despise evil nor appreciate good, he resolves to curse Haman and bless Mordechai “ad delo yada.”

The Closeness of Golus

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.

From Ches to Hei

A baal gaavah doesn’t necessarily possess additional qualities and talents. Yet, he is haughty and arrogant.

A baal gaavah will never concede that he made a mistake. Either he will convince himself that it wasn’t wrong, or he will shift the blame to someone else.

A Rock, a Covenant, and Half a Coin

Giving a machatzis hashekel demonstrated that we and Hashem are essentially one, causing any aveirah to be wiped away.