In Time For Elul! Teshuvah Through Recovery

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HEAR THE VOICES OF THOSE MOST VULNERABLE: those addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, exposure to inappropriate material, and other destructive plagues of our times. Promising yeshivah bachurim, kollel yungeleit — no group is immune to the devastation of these dangers. Spouses and parents watch helplessly as their loved ones sink Read More …

The Beinoni

The Alter Rebbe referred to Tanya as the “book for beinonim.”  The word beinoni is usually understood to mean the median between two opposite poles. This is not the way it is used inTanya.   Citing sources in the Talmud, the Alter Rebbe lists five categories of people: (1) tzaddik(righteous  Read More …

Simple but Pure

There are many esoteric, kabbalistic thoughts (kavannos) one may have when performing mitzvos, and these are known only to a select few initiates. Before Rosh Hashanah, Rebbe Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev announced that he wanted to interview candidates to blow the shofar. Several people volunteered, and Rebbe Levi Yitzchak tested Read More …

A Cute Story

The Chassidic master, Rebbe David of Talna, was famous for his wisdom and wit. In particular, he had a way of reaching people with psychiatric problems. One time, a man was sent to him who was psychotic, with a delusion that he was Moshiach.Rebbe David said to him, “Do you Read More …

Joy with Tremors

“Serve Hashem with awe, and rejoice while trembling” (Psalms 2:11) This appears to be a bit inconsistent. Joy does usually not accompany awe and tremors. A chassid once came to the Alter Rebbe ( Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liadi, author of Tanya), and presented him with a kvittel (petition), in Read More …