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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »