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Elevation into Oneness

Jul 9, 2020 |

“And Yosef said to Pharaoh, ‘The dream of Pharaoh is a single dream…’” Our Sages teach that a fundamental duality exists at the foundation of the Jewish identity: the inclinations toward alignment with, and separation from, the will of Hashem; yetzer hara and yetzer tov. The common experience is that these forces are polar opposites. While the yetzer hara is to be engaged with and strengthened, the yetzer hara is to be negated and ignored entirely. However, the Sefas Emes…

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The Dance of Humility

Jul 9, 2020 |

In Likutei Moharan, (Torah 10), Rebbe Nachman of Breslov zy”a speaks about the terrible malady of arrogance and the manner in which one may break free. Emblematic of Rebbe Nachman’s exalted teachings, this lesson spans an astoundingly kaleidoscopic range of Torah sources and concepts which extend far beyond the scope of this short column, but we shall endeavor to focus on one of the many elements weaved into the glorious universe of thought that is “Torah Yud” . In this…

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Preparing for Moshiach

Jul 9, 2020 |

Commenting on Pharaoh’s words, “Is there anyone found like this, a man filled with Godly spirit”, the Midrash praises the Avos and Yosef in a manner that, according to the Sefas Emes, implies a fundamental distinction. While the Avos are praised with terms that relate to their bond with the transcendent realms of spirituality, Yosef is praised with the words, “If we go from one of the world to the other, we won’t find another like him”, implying a connection…

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