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Rabbi Ben-Tzion Krasnianski is director of Chabad Lubavitch of the Upper East Side in Manhattan
A Chassidic Perspective on the Final Redemption
Moshiach Is Not a Reward!
Maimonides codifies the belief and anticipation to the coming of Moshiach as an absolute imperative in Judaism. Why is it so necessary to await and year for the Messianic Era?
A Chassidic Perspective on Shavuot, Part 2
Sinai: Total Transformation
Shavuot, when we received the Torah at Sinai, is the culmination of the Exodus on Passover. Yet, on Passover we stay clear of the smallest amount of chometz, but on Shavuot two loaves of leavened bread were offered in the Holy Temple.
A Chassidic Perspective on Shavuot, Part 1
Sinai: The Marriage Between Heaven and Earth
The giving of the Torah reconciles the dichotomy in everything and reveals the unifying essence in both the spiritual and the material.
Shabbat: A Day of Re-Jew-Venation
What are the spiritual underpinnings of Shabbat that makes it a sacred day of rest? This class explains the deeper understanding of why we rest and celebrate Shabbat.
Two ways of looking at Chanukah
Hillel or Shammai, Liberal or Conservative?
The House of Shammai says: “On the first day of Chanukah, one lights eight lights; from here on, one progressively decreases.” The House of Hillel says: “On the first day, one lights a single light; from here on, one progressively increases.” (Talmud, Sha...
Chanukah and the Miracle of Jewish Survival
The Triumph of Jerusalem Over Athens
The Jews' devotion to maintaining their spiritual freedom can only be described as supernatural. What gives us this miraculous strength?
A Jew is a Jew is a Jew
The Chasidic Revolution
The "Chasidic revolution" of the late 1700s and early 1800s revealed the basic truth that "a Jew is a Jew is a Jew." This premise -- that a Jew always remains essentially Jewish -- also introduced a new approach for dealing with spiritual defects when the...
Looking Forward to the Coming of Moshiach
Waiting or Anticipating?
One of the foundations of our faith is the belief that Moshiach may arrive at any moment. How do we develop a feeling that Moshiach's coming is imminent?
Spiritual Insights on Important Days of the Year
Jewish Holiday Series
A mystical exploration of the deeper meaning behind Jewish holiday observances.
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