בס"ד
May 25 2017, Iyyar 29, 5777
Torah reading: Bamidbar

INSPIRATION

Turning Others Into Gods

A thought from Radzin on the verse (Shemot 20:3) “You shall not have the gods of others.” Don’t turn other people (אחרים) into G-d’s by copying their actions in the assumption that they are surely correct. This is not the correct path rather one should discover the personal G-d of (Shemot 20:2) “I am the … Read more

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.”