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

meditations

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

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.”

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.

Two Mistakes

In two things the world makes a mistake in doing the opposite of what makes sense: Concerning one’s livelihood, the Talmud (Ta’anit 2a) states that the key is in G-d’s hands. All a person’s worries are futile as the verse (Tehillim, 55:23) states: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will bear you.” However, … Read more

For Heaven’s Sake

On the statement of the sages (Avot 2:12) “and all your actions should be for the sake of heaven,” R. Yitzchak Meir of Gur said, “one’s sake of heaven should also be for the sake of heaven.”

Don’t Delude Yourself

Sometimes sinners are so deluded that they think they are saints: The Chozeh of Lublin was once asked: The Talmud (Eiruvin 19a) states “The wicked do not repent even at the gate of Gehenna.” Don’t they see that they are being taken to hell? The Chozeh answered: “They think that they are being taken to … Read more