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Tefilah Before Lighting Chanukah Lights

Posted on December 10, 2020

Pidyon Nefesh – How Rebbe Nachman Pleads Your Case in the Heavenly Courts

Posted on August 27, 2019

Text: Sichos HaRan 175. Speaker: Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z”l. Rebbe Nachman assured his students that he was able to mitigate judgements against them through pleading each case in all 24 supernal courts.

Apple Blossom

Hilkhos Birkhas HaIlanos – Seder Ben Ish Chai

Posted on April 7, 2019

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.

Blossoming Fruit Trees - Ayalon Valley, Eretz Yisrael

Birkhas HaIlanos – To Bless is to Blossom

Posted on March 13, 2018

“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 »

Shoreline at Netanya, Israel

Kedoshim 5777 – Mysteries of Mikveh and Sefiras HaOmer

Posted on April 30, 2017

The spiritual purification achieved by mikveh (ritual immersion) and by counting the Omer is an experience of profound renewal. Text: Likutey Halakhos, Orach Chaim 1, Hilkhos Birkhas HaShachar 5:41. Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon. Photo: Seashore at Netanya, Eretz Yisrael.

handmade matza for pesach seder

Pesach Seder – Mah Nishtana – The Four Questions

Posted on April 7, 2017

Pesach Seder: the four questions – mah nishtana. The process of simply asking and and responding on this special night activates powerful dynamics for the benefit of all worlds. Speaker: by Rabbi Nasan Maimon. Text: Likutey Halakhos, Orach Chaim 3, Hilkhos Rosh Chodesh 3, Paragraph 8 (Mid) – Pesach Seder – Mah Nishtana – The Continue Reading »

Praying to Find the Right Hat?

Style and Soul

Posted on March 8, 2017

Wondering what to wear on Purim – or any other day? Wearing the “right hat” is more than a fashion statement. Dressing for connection to Hashem brings happiness all the way through to our soul. But how to harmonize budget and personal style in a Torah true way? In this shiur based on Sichos HaRan Continue Reading »

The Fiery Half-Shekel Offering - transforms the giver

Coin of Fire

Posted on February 20, 2017

This coming Shabbos we read Parshas Shekalim – our first step toward yearly redemption from slavery to freedom. How does the “coin of fire” (half-shekel tribute) achieve this? Just as fire transforms metal, even the hardest heart is transformed by this humble act for the benefit of the community. (Shemos/Exodus 30:11-16; Bava Basra 10b, Rashi). Continue Reading »

Rabbi Michel Dorfman Breslov Music Chanukah

Ana BeKoach – Mystical Tefilah Said on Chanukah

Posted on January 1, 2017

Ana BeKoach is an ancient plea for Israel’s redemption from exile. It’s structured in seven lines of six words each with the first letters of each word spelling out a Name of Hashem. Ana BeKoach is during the time when the Chanukah lights are burning. Rabbi Yechiel Michel Dorfman z”l,  former Rosh Yeshiva of the Continue Reading »


Getting Ready for the Light?

Posted on December 8, 2016

In the Likutey Halakhos, Rav Nasan of Nemirov applies the teachings of Rebbe Nachman to practical decisions like where to set up the menorah. Why do we place the lights with reference to the entrance of our home? Secrets in every detail of our kindling enrich the festival of lights. Text: Orach Chaim 3, Chanukah Continue Reading »