בס"ד
Sep 25 2017, Tishri 5, 5778
Torah reading: Ha'Azinu

VALUES & ETHICS

Parameters of Charity

By Rabbi Dovid Markel   Giving charity is the hallmark of the Jewish people. In fact, Rambam, in his laws of charity (10:1), states that we are to be careful in charity more than any commandment: “We are obligated to be careful with regard to the mitzvah of charity to a greater extent than all … Read more

Almost Dawn

The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, once said[1]: We are now at the threshold of the redemption. One must be vigilant so that they not fall asleep and squander this time. When one meets another Jew, they should tell him: “Listen my brother! Don’t fall asleep before daybreak! Very soon it will be … Read more

He’s Already Here

The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yizchak Schneersohn, once declared:[1] “Moshiach is already here: ‘Behold, he is standing behind our wall.[2]’ “In more supernal worlds, there is already joy and merriment that he has come! However, in this world, he is waiting that the Jewish People repent.” When our holy Rebbes beheld that Moshiach was … Read more

Moshiach and Prayer

Chassidim once sat and discussed the way that the world will be after the coming of Moshiach. One of participants was an old chossid who had seen both the third and fourth Lubavitcher Rebbes. He professed his opinion of the messianic era: “When Moshiach will come, we will wake up in the morning to pray and … Read more

A Conversation Overheard

The third Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, was once asked the following: “What is the point in toiling in the study of Chassidus? For, when Moshiach comes, the depth of Torah will be revealed. Everyone will study it, even those that did not learn it now.” The Rebbe responded with the following allegory: … Read more

Four Extra Years

A chossid of the third Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, managed an inn that he would rent from the local landowner. Each year, he would renew the lease and pay the ten rubles upfront for the following year. Once, he sent his son to arrange the lease instead of going himself. The landowner … Read more

Climate Change and Moshiach?

Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa remarked: “In the time before the coming of Moshiach there will be winters that will not be cold, summers that will not be hot, scholars without Torah, Chassidim without Chassidus and rich people without money.”