Recounting the Journey
Chassidus / Growth

Recounting the Journey

BS”D Dudes, I know that parshas Matos-Massei is so yesterday, but I got somethin’ to say about it, so ya’ll are gonna listen. ‘Kay? This past week’s Torah portion recounts the forty-two pit-stops taken by the Israelites on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. The narrative flow from the previous parsha literally stops so the Torah can tell … Continue reading

Defying the Darkness
Chassidus

Defying the Darkness

BS”D I’d like to start this post by wishing you a light-filled Hanukkah and by asking G-d, “What in the hell is going on?” In the past week, I’ve had to say “Baruch Dayan haEmes” (Blessed is the True Judge – said upon hearing that someone has passed away, or other especially bad news, G-d … Continue reading

Ye Olde Sin City
Chassidus

Ye Olde Sin City

BS”D Did you know that ancient Egypt was the original Vegas? Sex everywhere, shady business deals, corrupt politicians, magic (of the black variety), decadent food, high fashion, and I’m pretty sure Celine Dion had a show there. Not exactly an oasis of G-dliness. Ye Olde Sin City is the backdrop of this week’s Torah portion, … Continue reading

Repairing the Irreparable: Yom Kippur (Guest Post by Rabbi Dan Lewin)
Chassidus

Repairing the Irreparable: Yom Kippur (Guest Post by Rabbi Dan Lewin)

BS”D As we move from “the Day of Judgment” to “the Day of Atonement” there are two buzz words that pervade the prayers and literature surrounding this ten day period: teshuva (repentance) and kapparah (atonement.) Often confused, teshuva is our effort; kaparah is theresult. Outwardly, the mitzvah of teshuva involves two components- regret over the past, and resolve for … Continue reading