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An Essay on Shoftim
What does it mean to “Be wholehearted with God your Lord”? It is not so simple to determine what type of person qualifies as tamim.
Chapter 30 of Positivity Bias
Part I: The Theory The Rebbe once encouraged a man seeking guidance to use his unique talents to the fullest. At a subsequent meeting, the Rebbe said, “I hope you are fulfilling what we discussed. Don’t turn me into a sinner!” Taken aback, the man asked, ...
The urim denotes its brilliant awareness of its Divine source and its fiery yearning to dissolve in it. The tumim denotes its wholehearted sincerity and thorough devotion to fulfill the commandments.
Rabbinic enactments take us beyond the strict letter of the law, reflecting the deep, innate Jewish desire to cleave to God's ways.
Chapter 12 of Positivity Bias
The story is told of a follower of R. Menachem Mendel, third Lubavitcher Rebbe, the “Tzemach Tzedek,” whose son was seriously ill. He was advised to travel to the Tzemach Tzedek to ask for a blessing. With a heavy heart, he made the difficult trek to the ...
Chapter 11 of Positivity Bias
The famed Chasidic master, R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, once met a Jew who was smoking on Shabbat. He said to him, “My friend, perhaps you forgot that today is Shabbat.” “No, Rabbi, I know that it is Shabbat,” he replied. “Ah,” said R. Levi Yitzchak, “...
Chapter 1 of Positivity Bias
1951. 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York. On the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, a small group of Chasidim huddled together in the middle of winter, anxiously waiting to hear the first words from their new Rebbe. This humble gathering repres...
Ha'azinu
One Yom Kippur, Avner sent guards to the synagogue, ordering the Ramban to appear before him. In his palace, before the eyes of his former teacher and master, Avner slaughtered a pig, roasted it and ate it on this holiest of fast days.
Vayeira
“That’s it! I’ve had enough!” Do you hear yourself saying those words as you resolve to work on breaking a bad habit that has gotten a stronghold on your life?
Vayechi
Don’t we all harbor inside of us memories that elicit our strongest emotions against individuals who deceived or misled us?
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