בס"ד
Apr 19 2018, Iyyar 4, 5778
Torah reading: Tazria-Metzora

meditations

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

Explore Your Heart

R. Tzadok of Lublin once said: Man constantly explores and searches. He visits mountains and peaks; he is curious to know what are in the oceans, deserts and wilderness. There is one thing though that he is not interested in exploring – the G-dliness that is inside himself.

A Reckoning for the Righteous

An old chassid related in the name of his Rebbe, R. Tzadok of Lublin: Just as a rasha must eventually stand trial to give a reckoning regarding the destruction they brought on the world due to their evil, so too , there are certain “tzaddikim” that will need to give a reckoning regarding the destruction … Read more

The Power of Words

A thought from R. Yisrael of Ruzhin: The verse (Amos 4:13) states: “For behold, He..creates the wind, and declares to man what his speech is.” Just as wind is a insubstantial matter yet nevertheless has incredible strength, as expressed in the verse (I Malachim 19:11) “wind splitting mountains and shattering boulders,” so too with speech. … Read more

Read my Heart

R. Mendel of Rimanov remarked that during his amida he has intent for all the various individuals that requested that he pray on their behalf. When he was asked that the time constraints do not allow for that, he replied: “Their needs are engraved upon my heart. During my prayers, I open my heart and … Read more

Know What to Pray For

It is important to know what to pray for: Once the Besht said: “A person who knows how to pray is not lacking in anything.” He explained this through an allegory. There was once a king that said to some constituents that they can request anything from him. One asked for money, the other precious … Read more

Don’t be too Holy

R. Simcha Bunim of Peshischa asked: “Why does one not recite a bracha before giving tzedakah?” He answered: “so that a person cannot say, I cannot give charity because I cannot make a beracha.” I think one can express this is a similar manner: the act of charity should not be religious in nature but … Read more

Holy Heresy

R. Moshe Leib of Sasov remarked: “There is no trait – even the negative ones – that G-d created in man that cannot be used in service of G-d. For example haughtiness can be uplifted to service G-d proudly. Apikursut can be used in giving tzedaka. When an indigent comes to you in need of … Read more