Monthly Archives: July 2014


To return takes but a moment. One moment a being is at an ultimate distance from his G-d and from his true self, the next he is in complete union. The power to return is beyond time. ~ R’ Tzvi Freeman

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The Need for a Mussar Seder

In his old age, the Chofetz Chaim called on all roshei yeshivhos to institute a Mussar seder – “In these times, it is our only protection against the storms of freethinking raging in the world.”

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The Kotzker Rebbe’s Followers

“I do not want followers who are righteous, rather I want followers who are too busy doing good that they won’t have time to do bad.” ~ R’ Menachem Mendel of Kotzk zt”l

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Urgent! Calling for a global recitation of Shema at 12:00 noon EST, 7:00am PST, 7:00pm in Israel.

This is taking place in a few minutes! Today, Monday, July 28, which is Rosh Chodesh Av, Jews around the world are being encouraged to recite the Shema at 12:00 noon, EST, 7:00am PST, which is 7:00pm in Israel. The … Continue reading

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The Coming of Mashiach

Chazal teach us: Three things arrive unexpectedly – Mashiach, a metziah (a find), and a scorpion.  What is the connection between these three?  Because if one is zoche (merits), the arrival of Mashiach will be like a pleasant but unexpected … Continue reading

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Inner Divine Intent and Purpose

Az a Yid kumt in a art, iz es tzulib a kavanah ton a mitzva, hayn a mitzva shebayn adam laMakom vehayn a mitzva shebayn adam lachavero. ~ Bal haTanya When a Jew comes to a particular place it is … Continue reading

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The Bal Shem Tov’s Ahavat Yisrael

The Bal Shem Tov’s Ahavat Yisrael (love of fellow Jew) was beyond imagination. The Maggid of Mezritch said: “If only we could kiss a Sefer-Torah with the same love that my Master kissed the children when he took them to Cheder … Continue reading

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In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.

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Draw Near

Even those who are distant from Torah and Divine service you must draw near with cords of love. And even if you fail in your efforts, you have not lost the reward for the mitzvah of brotherly love… ~ Tanya

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Several times a day we request redemption, but requesting is not enough.  We must demand redemption, just as a worker demands his salary.  For, the halacha states that if a person does not demand his pay, his employer need not … Continue reading

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