The Arrival of Consciousness and the Primary Redemption

By Rav Reuven Sasson | July 29, 2021

We have discussed the two stages of redemption. Practically speaking, the primary awakening from exile does not take place during the first stage, the ingathering of the exiles – the externality of the redemption, for that stage relates to the growth of the ‘body’, not of consciousness and its expansion. In this stage, we are…

“Do I Know You?”

By Devorah First | July 28, 2021

B’siyata D’Shmaya Today, the 19th of Av, is the yartzheit of one of Hashem’s gentle yet mighty warriors, a woman lived before the Holocaust, lived through the Holocaust, and was here after the Holocaust. The way Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis a”h gave blessings to people was a magical scene. She held their head in her hands…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #10 – Our Deep Acclimatization to Constricted Consciousness

By Rav Reuven Sasson | July 24, 2021

In exile, we have crumbled into shards. Our consciousness has become extremely constricted, the aspect of “katnus”, and we have become deeply accustomed to seeing ourselves as separate individuals, worrying only about our own spiritual situation alone. Now, the time has come for us to become awakened and nurture our minds to a broadened an…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #9: The Constriction of the Torah in Exile (Part Two)

By Rav Reuven Sasson | July 19, 2021

This tremendous downfall made it very difficult for souls to imagine the awesome and broad avodas Hashem in the Beis HaMikdash and to attain the light of the Torah in its elevated state of completion. A frightening gap developed between the regular avodas Hashem of the earlier days and that of exile. Therefore, the Torah…

Upon the Mountain Stands a Tree

By Yaakov Klein and R' Hillel Zeitlin | July 13, 2021

In recent months there has been much conversation about a so-called “aliyah explosion” amidst the various crises rocking Jewish communities around the world. While I certainly hope these predictions of mass emigration materialize, I believe it is equally important for our holy nation – including those who already have the great merit of living in…

The Wholeness of a Broken Heart

By R' Moshe Neveloff | July 12, 2021

What does it mean to have a broken heart? Is having a broken heart the same thing as sadness? What is the difference between them? Let us explore what Rebbe Nachman of Breslov teaches us regarding these questions. Rebbe Nachman teaches in the sefer Sichos HaRan (Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom) that a broken heart and sadness are not…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #9 – The Constriction of the Torah in Exile (Part One)

By Rav Reuven Sasson | July 11, 2021

As we have learned, exile represents the shattering of Hashem’s nation into shards. This reality where each shard stands alone produces small-mindedness, a constricted perception which allows one to experience only those matters relating to his own individual life. We compared this constricted consciousness to the “havla d’garmi”, the vapor of life that exists within…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #8 – The Constricted Consciousness Experienced during the Slumber of Exile

By Rav Reuven Sasson | July 5, 2021

Let us explain what the nature of this slumber is. It is known that sleep represents the removal of one’s cognitive powers, the person’s intellect. Still, the Arizal explains that a person’s cognitive abilities always remain, even when he sleeps, for without any consciousness he would die from the lack of life-force.[1] Therefore, during the…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #7: The Deep Slumber of Exile

By Rav Reuven Sasson | June 30, 2021

However, the revelation of this life-giving spirit is faced with many powerful and difficult obstacles. We have already long become accustomed to perceiving ourselves as separate individuals, to worrying only about our own personal completion – whether in physical or spiritual matters. Together with this, we have become used to sharpening the differences between ourselves…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #6 – Our Generation and the Generation of the Ingathering of the Exiles

By Rav Reuven Sasson | June 27, 2021

Understand well that the secret of the descent of the spirit is our generation’s avodah, after the first generation of kibutz galuyos (the ingathering of the exiles). The first generation engaged in the externality of the redemption, gathering the limbs and arranging them one next to the other. Included in this was the preparation of…