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Yitschak Meir Kagan

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Why should the Creator, who is the essence of all goodness, require work, struggle and toil as man's only ultimate path to perfection?
These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan, in the wilderness, in the Plains [of Moab], opposite [the Sea of] Suf, between Paran, and Tofel, and Lavan, and Chatzerot, and Di-Zahav. (Deuteronomy 1:1) The book of Deu...
But today we cannot be satisfied with yesterday's standards of accomplishment. Not only is yesterday's liberation insufficient, imperfect--it is, for today, a strait, a limitation, an Egypt from which an exodus must be experienc
The wilderness is “where man does not dwell”; on the highest level this refers to Adam HaElyon (“Supernal Man”)—G‑d. One who finds himself in such a state must transform the desert into a place where G‑d does dwell . . .
And what they teach us about life’s difficulties
The Torah relates at length in the Parshah of Pinchas how the five daughters of Tzelafchad (an Israelite who had died in the desert) saw that they would not receive a portion of the Holy Land according to the way the Torah law then stood. In distress, the...
Moses, Aaron and the Elders stood, weeping with despair, not knowing what to do, as Zimri, a prince of the tribe of Shimon openly defied G-d's laws of morality. With them stood Pinchas, a grandson of Aaron (from his son Elazar). Pinchas saw that the leade...
The spiritual significance of Moses' manna, Aaron's clouds of glory and Miriam's well
At the end of the parshah of Chukat the Torah tells of the battle with Og, the giant king of Bashan: And they turned and ascended by way of Bashan; and Og, king of Bashan, came out to meet them--he and all his people--to wage war at Edrei. Then G-d said t...
This week's Torah reading relates how Korach, a member of the priestly tribe of Levi, rebelliously challenged the leadership of Moses and the high priesthood of Aaron. The MidrashMidrash Rabah beginning of Korach; Tanchumah Ibid. relates that Korach confr...
We too face the discouraging “reports” from our own internal “spies,” who try to induce fear, using three primary arguments. Here’s how to answer them . . .
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