LPI Annual Report: 2020-2021

By Yaakov Klein | May 15, 2021

Shalom uveracha friends! It is with a heart filled with gratitude, excitement, and joy that I present to you our very first annual report on the momentous occasion of LPI’s first anniversary. One year ago, on May 14, 2020, we began our unique social media programming with the intention of increasing awareness of, and fostering…

In Our Defense: A Letter to Hashem

By Yaakov Klein | May 3, 2021

Following a long legacy of men of faith who confronted heaven and defended their People in times of crushing despair, I take my position at the stand. It is a delicate craft, this defense, one easily misunderstood. But, at the risk of almost certain misinterpretation, I train my steady gaze on the visage of the…

LPI: Moving In, Not Moving On

By Yaakov Klein | April 20, 2021

People often think that some things go without saying, that not everything needs to be spoken out. There is truth to that. But even those things that don’t need to be spoken out need, from time to time, to be spoken out. Here goes. I walk a very fine line. On the one hand, I…

More Than Just a Segulah

By Yaakov Klein | April 17, 2021

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…

Infinite Light, Eternal Love: The Inner Dimension of Purim

By Yaakov Klein | February 19, 2021

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again! Winter will soon be losing its icy grip on the world as the days grow longer and the warmth of spring begins to cautiously emerge. Even the most stubborn snowdrifts will soon be melted away, forgotten by gleeful children whose parents (to their great relief)…

“Mesiras Moda’ah”: Understanding the Purpose of Aggadah (Part Three)

By Yaakov Klein | January 14, 2021

Translated by: R’ Yaakov Klein The article that follows is part three of a remarkable essay entitled, “Mesiras Moda’ah.” This work, which is printed in the back of sefer Derech HaMelech, was penned by Rav Kaloynimus Kalmish Shapira zy”a, the Piacezner Rebbe, as an introduction to his commentary on the Zohar HaKadosh, “Reshimos HaZohar”. Aside…

“Mesiras Moda’ah”: Understanding the Purpose of Aggadah (Part Two)

By Yaakov Klein | January 13, 2021

Translated by: R’ Yaakov Klein The article that follows is part two (of three) of a remarkable essay entitled, “Mesiras Moda’ah.” This work, which is printed in the back of sefer Derech HaMelech, was penned by Rav Kaloynimus Kalmish Shapira zy”a, the Piacezner Rebbe, as an introduction to his commentary on the Zohar HaKadosh, “Reshimos…

“Mesiras Moda’ah”: Understanding the Purpose of Aggadah (Part One)

By Yaakov Klein | January 12, 2021

Translated by: R’ Yaakov Klein The article that follows is part one (of three) of a remarkable essay entitled, “Mesiras Moda’ah.” This work, which is printed in the back of sefer Derech HaMelech, was penned by Rav Kaloynimus Kalmish Shapira zy”a, the Piacezner Rebbe, as an introduction to his commentary on the Zohar HaKadosh, “Reshimos…

Choosing God on the Stage of “The Voice”

By Yaakov Klein | December 31, 2020

At this point in our courtship with the technological revolution and the depth to which we are sunken in a seemingly endless ocean of information, it is difficult for a single piece of content to truly make an impression. When it does, the very fact of its endurance itself demands that we revisit it and…

The Inner Light of Chanukah #3: To Illuminate Our World

By Yaakov Klein | December 16, 2020

A DISCUSSION IN the Gemara (Shabbos 22a) regarding the proper placement of the menorah concludes that the menorah should be placed on the left side of the doorway so that it will be surrounded with mitzvos; mezuzah on the right side and menorah on the left. The Shulchan Aruch (OC 671:7) rules this way l’halacha,…