Seven Pillars of Faith

SEVEN PILLARS OF FAITH “Trust in God and do good, dwell in the land and feed off faith” ( Psalms 37:3 ) . God controls everything Everything in the entire universe is under God’s control. This includes everything that happens to you personally, both spiritually and materially, including what you yourself do, whether deliberately or unwittingly, wilfully or under compulsion: everything is from God. Even … Continue reading Seven Pillars of Faith

Walking in Faith

People who knew R’ Yitzchok Breiter (1886-1943?) described his magnetic effect on people. He had a magical power of speech, and his words went directly into the hearts of all who came in contact with him. Yet despite his penetrating wisdom, he conducted himself with the utmost simplicity in his studies and devotions. He spent much time in hitbodedut (secluded meditation and prayer), gathering a … Continue reading Walking in Faith

The Gentle Way to Educate

Parshat Emor The Gentle Way to Educate G-d spoke to Moses saying, “speak to Aaron.” –Leviticus 21:16-17 The Torah mainly uses two Hebrew words for “speaking.” The first (dibur) is reserved for “hard speech,” the straightforward, accurate delivery of the message. The second (Amirah) is “soft speech,” i.e., tailoring the message to its intended recipient in order to ensure that it is indeed received and clearly … Continue reading The Gentle Way to Educate

Parshas Emor

Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. 1st Aliya: Specific restrictions for Kohanim and the Kohain Gadol pertaining to marriages, sexuality, and mourning. 2nd Aliya: Laws pertaining to physical blemishes of the Kohanim and who can … Continue reading Parshas Emor