Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Maggid’s Menorah

The story is told about the Koznitzer Maggid, Reb Yisroel Hopstein, whose daughter, Perela, lost several children, and the Koznitzer beseeched the gedolim of his time to bless his daughter with healthy children. The Berditchever Rebbe came to the Koznitzer … Continue reading

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Zos Chanukah

What the tzadikim cannot reach on neilah of Yom Kippur ,a regular person can reach on Zos Chanukah, the 8th day of Chanukah.  ~ R’ Eli Mansour

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Kindling the Lights

Through the mitzvah of kindling the lights of Chanukah we acknowledge the glory of God. His glory is exalted and magnified in the world. Those who were distant from Him are stirred to return. We can attain true fear of … Continue reading

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The Holy Candles

Since the holiness of the Chanuka candles is so great and the Divine Presence is so prominent, sitting by the Chanuka candles is like sitting in Hashem’s arms. Many great tzaddikim quivered like leaves in the wind in the presence … Continue reading

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Low Battery

Imagine if your cell phone battery was on 10% and it lasted for 8 days. Now you understand Chanukah.  

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Days of Teshuva

The days of Chanukah are days of teshuvah out of love…The first 7 days correspond to the 7 days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  The 8th Day of Chanukah corresponds to Yom Kippur. ~ R’ Eli Mansour

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Seeing the Light

The world is full of radiant, wonderful, and elevating secrets, and it is only the small hand held up before our eyes which prevents us from seeing the light. ~ Baal Shem Tov

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Listening to the Torah Reading

Aside from being a mitzvah in and of itself, listening to the communal Torah reading is an expression of honor for the Torah. When one honors the Torah in this manner, the Torah arouses mercy for him and for all … Continue reading

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“If one pursues honor, it will elude him, but if one flees from honor, it will pursue him.” (Talmud Eruvin 13b). A man once approached his rabbi to ask how it was that he kept fleeing from honor and it … Continue reading

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Eternal beings 

Human acts are forever. When you say a word, that word is forever. You just cannot erase that word. It’ll continue to live on for eternity. Everything that people do in this world is of eternal significance. There’s no such … Continue reading

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