The exile of the Jewish nation from their land involved the mystery of death. This is apparent from the Vision of the Dry Bones – exile is likened to a cemetery. And so our sages have said, “Tzion is considered to be dead, as the verse states ‘you have placed me in the dark like…

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Each Jewish person contains two aspects, the mystery of chitzoniyus (exteriority) and penimiyus (interiority.) The external element relates to his personal life as he knows it from the time of his birth until the present moment, and his seeing himself as a complete being with an entirely independent existence. As it relates to avodas Hashem,…

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This Kuntres is adapted from an English translation of selections taken from Rav Itche Meir Morgenstern shlita’s sefer Yam HaChochmah. This foundational pamphlet, introduced in sefer B’Yam Darkecha, presents a deep perspective on our desire for pleasure and the intense battle with the yetzer hara our generation is fighting before the coming of Moshiach. We hope…

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It was a couple of Thursday nights ago, I don’t exactly remember when. Let’s just say it wasn’t a particularly easy time for Am Yisrael.    A group of 14 and 15-year-old girls and I were sitting on the floor in one of their homes. Candles, popcorn, sweets- Voices. A Rosh Chodesh Kumzitz. Not such…

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This series, of which installments will be”H be posted twice weekly, is adapted from an English translation of Rav Itche Meir Morgenstern shlita’s sefer Yam HaChochmah. This foundational pamphlet, “Sod HaTaanug”, presents a deep perspective on our desire for pleasure and the intense battle with the yetzer hara our generation is fighting before the coming…

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Shalom u’veracha brothers & sisters around the globe. We are all processing, grieving, healing… being (fill in the blank) in our own way during this time. You and I are not going to have the same feelings. We will probably have different thought processes. We may have different questions. You may not have any questions…

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AS I’M SURE everyone knows, this past Thursday was the yahrtzeit of Reb Shayaleh Kerestirer. While I am aware of the possibility that I live in an echo-chamber, it seems that everyone on frum social media was posting about the tzaddik – pictures of candles l’illui nishmaso, stories of his legendary chessed, posters of free…

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The lifetime of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, incredibly consequential and remarkably brief, may be likened to a flash of lightening in the dead of night whose momentary illumination grants a measure of clarity and direction that remains long after it is gone. But in truth, Rebbe Nachman was more similar to lightening sustained – a…

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Dearest friends, Over the years, many have reached out in the days leading up to Purim asking if I could share some ideas, kavvanos, and avodas that can enable us to get the most out of the Purim experience. This year, I decided to sit for a while and compile a few of the thoughts…

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