בס"ד
Mar 24 2017, Adar 26, 5777
Torah reading: Vayakhel-Pekudei

INSPIRATION

Is G-d a Chassid?

When R. Naftali of Ropshitz was a lad he asked a question on the piyut Adir Hu that is said in the nirtzah of the haggadah. There, the poet wrote about G-d “זכאי הוא, חסיד הוא” that G-d is both commendable and a righteous chassid. The young R. Naftali asked his father: “If G-d is … Read more

You are Better than Me

The Chozeh of Lublin once conversed with a simple Jew that was resolute in his fulfillment of the Mitzvot. “I am jealous of you,” remarked the Chozeh, “for you are more righteous than I am. I Rebbe is forced to be religious as his actions are constantly under watch.” “If, G-d forbid, the Chozeh will … Read more

More Important than Gold

Once, R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev saw a Jewish man with styled hair, like the custom of gentiles. R. Levi Yitzchak said to him: “My son, why do you grow a forelock, this is prohibited as it follows the custom of the Amorites? (See Tosefta, Shabbat Ch. 8)” The individual excused his actions saying: “I … Read more

Show them Love

R. Meir of Premishlan would recount that his Rebbe, R. Chaim of Chernovitz – the Be’er Mayim Chaim – had a son that did not go on the proper path. Rather than distancing himself from him, he took care of all his needs. He would lift his eyes heavenward and say: “Master of the universe, … Read more

“Ah” & “Oy”

R. Yissachar Dov of Belz once took his young son to immerse in the mikvah. Initially, when the young boy placed his feet in the frigid waters he yelled out “oy oy.” However, after he exited and warmed up a bit, he said with satisfaction “ah ah.” His father remarked: “My son, this is the … Read more

Fifty Years in a Day

I wonder what he would say about our era: The author of the Yesod HaAvodah (R. Avraham Weinberg) once remarked to R. Yehudah Leib of Slonim: “Yuda Leib, you know, the descent that used to take 50 years to occur in the world, now happens in a day.”

Truly a Fool

R. Yisrael of Ruzhin remarked that he was never able to understand the statement of Shlomo (Kohelet 4:13), the wisest of men, that the evil inclination is an “old and foolish king.” It is understandable that he is referred to as a king, as he rules and overpowers the individual. It as well is understood … Read more

It Would Never End

R. Yitzchak Meir of Gur would ask: Why is the confession said in alphabetical order? He would answer: Were it not said in alphabetical order it would go on forever, as there is no end to our wrongdoings.