Eating in Holiness: Pesach is the best time for correcting our eating. It is Pesach time and it is necessary to review the aspects of Eating b’Kedusha, Eating in Holiness. As Rav Tzadok HaKohen reveals (see the “Secret of Eating at the Seder” ), the main tikkun person can make for his lack of kedusha of eating during the whole year…
Do we indeed leave Egypt this year or we just adorn our personal Mitzraim with a pretty Pesach theme? The picture here is the unfortunate symbol of many Seders that might be conducted this year… Kosher-style, mehadrim min mehadrim, comfortably staying in personal bondage… Untouched pyramids of slavery coated with matza… or we can really make a difference in our lives……
Pesah Week Meditations Translated and compiled by Rav Rahmiel Drizin: Alef”Taf ; — The day of the week on which the first day (Alef) of Pesah takes place will also be the day of the week when Tisha Be’Av occurs. “With matzot and merorim (bitter articles) they should eat it” connects the matzoh of Pesah to Tisha Be’Av, a day…
Sefer Yitgaber KeAri, a compilation of the all-night study for next Thursday night, 5 Av, July 15th, in honor of the Holy Arizal, whose Yahrtzeit is that night and the Friday that follows. It is a translation of about 90% of the material found in the Tikkun 5 Av prepared by the Ben Ish Hai.
Rosh Hodesh, the New Moon of the New Jewish Month, is a time of renewal, both of body
and spirit. The day before is practiced as an ancient tradition as a Yom Kippur Katan –a
mini Day of Atonement–where many fast and say prayers of penitence. It is a tremendous
opportunity to review the past month’s activities, admit one’s miss-takes, regret doing
them, and pledge to try to not repeat them in the upcoming month.
We should not require any kind of a “push” to propel us up – the springboard return motion will do it for us.
This is Shavuot Learning Compilation
by HaRav Rahmiel Hayyim Drizin:
One needs to get on the right level of consciousness to understand the Sod – the secret – fourth deepest level of Torah.
“Lo bashamaim Hee” (Devarim 30:12) – Torah “is not found in heaven” – Moshe Rabbeinu explains Jews that Torah and mitzvoth they received are very close to their everyday life and needs:
“For that (the Torah) is your life and the length of your days” (Devarim 30:20) – this is not some abstract set of rules for mythical reward and punishment – it’s very down-to-earth manual on “How to avoid shooting-yourself-in-a-leg” and live happy prosperous life if nothing more.
“Ish Tam” – simple, innocent, wholesome man – that’s how Torah calls our forefather Yaakov. “Tam” is also used in Haggadah to describe the third son, where it sometimes interpreted as “simpleton”. However Haggadah gives a key into the real meaning in that context as well: The third son’s question is “Mah Zot?” – What is that? Normally in Hebrew…