בס"ד
Apr 20 2018, Iyyar 5, 5778
Torah reading: Tazria-Metzora

INSPIRATION

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.

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

Jealous of the Sinner

R. Levi Yitzchak once approached a sinner who was known as a difficult tormentor and ruffian and told him that “it is possible that I should be jealous of you.” When the man was perplexed as to how, R. Levi Yitzchak explained: ‘Our sages state (Talmud, Yoma 86b) “repentance is so great that premeditated sins … Read more

Removing the Sickness

The Dubna Maggid once sought a donation from a miserly individual who never gave charity from his great wealth. When he came to the man’s house, the miser asked him what he wanted to which he responded: “I heard that you were sick and wished to fulfil the mitzvah of visiting the sick.” The man … Read more