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 …

“Anger Management.”

There are many programs for “Anger Management.” We may not be able to avoid feeling angry when provoked, but we can control our reactions. The tzaddik Rebbe Mordechai of Neschiz longed to have a talis katan (four cornered garment with tzitzis) made of wool from sheep in the Holy Land. Read More …