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Chassidus Perspective

The Two Crowns

Our subservience to Hashem extends beyond our hands into our hearts and minds, so that they, too, are harnessed to serve Him.


Purposeful Sleep

Our souls are ordinarily confined within our bodies, no matter how refined those are; even the souls of tzaddikim gemurim are restricted by their bodies while vested there.

Hashem descended during Matan Torah, and likewise we must engage other Jews and empower them to observe Torah and mitzvos. We shouldn’t leave our bodies; we must receive the Torah in them.


What Should Motivate Me?

It isn’t enough that the yoke prevents the ox from kicking, the yirah must be present and underlying the beneficial act of plowing as well.

When someone loves another, he isn’t nullifying himself, he’s expressing his affection and his desire to connect; yirah is submission, ahava is expression.


The Three Steps of Self-Transformation

When you’re involved and invest effort, while you might not be as aroused, the inspiration you do feel is part of you and lasts longer.

Aharon and the Two Doctors

We should thirst to draw closer to Hashem and connect so deeply with Him, that we must be warned to avoid klos hanefesh!

The Paradox Of Eight

“Shabbos isn’t too removed but doesn’t greatly affect the mundane, while the eighth is completely transcendent yet has a thorough impact.”

A Miracle and a Birthday

Yud-Alef Nissan is the true birthday of the Jewish nation, teaching us who we truly are—a nation infinitely higher than the world, who unites with Hashem through Torah and mitzvos.

A Lesson from Ahaliav

The Mishkan seen by Moshe on Har Sinai was indeed spiritual and lofty, but Hashem’s essence was revealed particularly in the physical Mishkan.

Power Without Inspiration

The neshamah’s divine source allows it to affect even purely physical acts and make them special and meaningful. The way to arouse a Jew is not through philosophical debates, but through igniting the “candle” of the neshamah with the “candle” of mitzvos.

The Amalek Within

Amalek’s goal is to detach intellect from emotions, so that what we learn should not have an effect on our feelings and conduct. Sometimes we know full well that a certain activity is wrong and is aware of its severity, yet we tell ourself: “Nu, and therefore?” This attitude comes from Amalek.

What Makes Us Unique?

What differentiates us is not only those areas that do not exist elsewhere, but even those that other nations seem to replicate.

The Message of Kinyan

When a Jew studies Torah, he’s not merely collecting another piece of information. Every teaching he learns connects him with a level entirely beyond his understanding.

Realizing that Torah is essentially beyond his grasp does not dampen his spirits; to the contrary, it gives him chayus and energy.

Seeing the “Yes” in Everything

When encountering a nisayon, we must look at the positive aspect, that it was placed there to provide another opportunity to serve Hashem.

What Truth Really Means

Clearly, “truth” means much more than just “the opposite of falsehood.” There must be a deeper meaning to the concept of truth.

The Chanukah Story: A Deeper Look

The ultimate “miracle” is when a Jew’s essence is channeled into one’s intellectual and emotional character.

What's Special About 19?

There’s nothing impressive about explaining Hashem in rational terms, where His greatness is minimized to the degree that it’s understandable.

The Chesed-Gevurah Changeover

Children typically resemble their parents. So why was Yitzchak’s visage initially the opposite of his father’s?

Self-Sacrifice, No Strings Attached

Avraham stood to impress no one. In fact, sacrificing his sole successor would destroy everything he had worked for!

Two Ways to Look

Who  says the reason I noticed another’s shortcomings is because I have the same? Maybe the reason is another one altogether—so I can fulfill the mitzvah of tochachah?

We’re All United—But How?

You may love someone because you recognize that your souls are all united with Hashem. The problem is that you don’t love your friend as he exists in reality.