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Pinchas

The daughters of Tzelofechad approached…. In this parashah, G-d gives the commandments regarding the division of the Land of Israel among the...

What is a Rebbe?

A Rebbe (pronounced REH-beh) is the spiritual axle that makes the wheel of Chassidism go ‘round. The first Rebbe was the Baal Shem Tov, the founder...

What is Chassidut (Chassidic Philosophy)?

Chassidut (or, Chassidus) is the inner dimension of Torah explored and taught by the Chassidic masters. Chassidut teaches you how to...

Why do people have to hate?

Question: Hi. Why is there such thing as hate? Why do people hate? I am not talking about anti-Semitism but 'just' hate in general. Thanks,...

Shining from the Inside Out: Adolescence and You

Adolescence – The Darkness Before the Dawn Do you remember what it was like to be an adolescent? The anger, the confusion, the rebellion? The...

In the Trenches

The Pawn What is your favorite piece on the chess board? The queen, horse, castle and bishop are all important, but the pawn has one capacity that the...

Deep Sea Diving

The Gardens Seeking an escape from the fast pace of the big city, I used to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Strolling along quiet lanes, I would...

Spiritual Meaning of Snow

Nothing is as it appears. What lies beneath the enchanting snowflakes floating gently from heaven to earth? From whence do these white angels originate? Is...

Why is it so important to study Chassidut?

Of all the 613 commandments of the Torah, only six are relevant at any given time.1 These include belief in G-d, knowing G-d, revering and loving Him....

What is the kabbalistic significance of the three Patriarchs?

Before we start speaking directly about the patriarchs, a short introduction to basic kabbalistic concepts is in order. According to the kabbalistic model...