Chayei Sara

The Good Life

Jul 9, 2020 |

With its myriad laws and directives, it is easy to see the Torah as being restrictive and as preventing us from truly enjoying the good of this world. Wouldn’t it be great to do whatever we please? How amazing would it be if we could eat whatever we feel like, sleep for as long as we want, and live by our own perception of “the good life”? However, a closer look reveals that while, on the surface, the Torah appears…

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For No Reason at All

Jul 9, 2020 |

“And Yitzchak went out to converse in the fields toward evening, and he lifted his eyes and saw, and behold – camels were approaching.” Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchov zy”a teaches that while both Ma’ariv and Shacharis are founded, respectively, upon asking Hashem to guard our soul when we sleep (“V’emunah kol zos”) and thanking Him for returning it to us faithfully (“Emes v’yatziv”), the afternoon prayer of Mincha seems not to be compelled by any specific request or expression…

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Avraham’s Spiritual Daughter

Jul 9, 2020 |

Throughout his commentary on this week’s parsha, Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchov devotes several teachings to the hidden connection between Rivka and Avraham Avinu. While, on the surface, Avraham was Rivka’s great-uncle (the brother of her grandfather, Nachor), the tzaddik teaches that their spiritual bond ran very deep. One of the common themes in sefer Kedushas Levi is the idea that a Jew’s actions have an enormous impact on the entirety of creation. Each Torah thought, word of prayer, mitzvah,…

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