Tag: Torah

Eating b'Kedusha

Eating in Holiness – b’Kedusha

It is Pesach time and it is necessary to review the aspects of Holy Eating. 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 is at Laila Seder, because it is the only time when eating (of matzah and…

Pesach Seder kosher-style

Will you have Kosher-style Seder this 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……

The Tikkun of the Ben Ish Hai for Erev Rosh Hodesh – Yom Kippur Katan

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.

Real Simplicity can be a bit Complex

“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.

Why Call the site “Ish Tam”

“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…