The following is excerpted from the Drush of the Ben Ish Chai on Seder Birkhas haIlanos from his Pesach Haggadah. It can be downloaded and printed out. The bracha itself is on page 15 of the document.
“If one goes outside during the month of Nissan and sees trees that are blossoming he recites a blessing” (Berakhos 43b). Every year the Torah invites us to venture into the great outdoors, find some fruit trees in bloom and say Birkhas Ha’Ilanos: ברוך אתה ד’ אלהינו מלך העולם, שלא חסר בעולמו כלום, וברא בו Continue Reading »
One of the ways we repair the damage caused by the sin of Adam and Chava is to separate a portion of the dough when we make bread. When the Beis HaMikdash is standing, this portion is given to the Kohen (priest). The question is: why does Hashem entrust this task specifically to women? Some Continue Reading »
Parshas HaAzinu in light of the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. When a tzaddik mentions our shortcomings they can be transformed into something positive, similar to choosing the right notes in a melody. Text: Likutey Halakhos, Yoreh Deah 2, Hilkhos Sefer Torah 2, Paragraph 10. Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon.
When Hashem said “Let us make man…” (Bereishis/Genesis 1:26) He was speaking to the forces of creation that He had already brought into existence (cf. Targum Yonasan, Ramban). Why did some of the angels oppose the creation of man, and why did Hashem choose to ignore them? This fascinating account is based on the teachings Continue Reading »
It’s the “birthday” of the world, so all of creation joins in with our tefilos. Rabbi Nachman explains how every star and blade of grass lends its power to the yearnings of Am Yisroel for a good year filled with blessings. Text: Likutey Halakhos, Yoreh Deah 2, Orlah 4, Para. 27. Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov explains how observing the Torah law of not wearing leather shoes on Tisha B’Av brings a person tremendous spiritual repair and light. Text: Likutey Halakhos, Even HaEzer, Yibum 3, Paragraph 10 Mid. to End. Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon. (Photo: Chalitza Shoe, 19th Century)
Mastering time, day by day, hour by hour, connects us to the Source of All Strength. Rabbi Nasan Maimon delivers encouragement and solid, practical tips on how this can be done, especially during the Three Weeks. Remembering the Past Empowers the Present
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov explains why, when we say the blessing before eating bread, we emphasize the pronunciation of the letter “hey” in the word “hamotzi“. This calls to mind the five types of grains for which Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) is praised, and the letter “hey” that was added to the name Continue Reading »
How to “use the blues” and tap into the special power of tefilos (prayers) said from a low state of mind as Dovid HaMelech (King David) teaches, “Truth will sprout from the earth…” (Tehillim/Psalms 85:11). Text: Likutey Halakhos, Orach Chaim 3, Chanukah 6 – Para. 3. Praying When You Feel Down. Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon.
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