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The Rebbe studied both sciences and humanities at the University of Berlin and at the Sorbonne. Throughout the nineteenth century and for most of the twentieth, rabbis dealt with the "challenge of science." Generally, their approach was the classic one of...
In the previous chapter, we discussed the flow of Divine creative energy through the four worlds of Atzilut, Beriah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah. We have also seen that Beriah is where souls and angels become manifest. The higher Garden of Eden is in Beriah and...
If we don't radiate we might as well be a black hole
The sun is able to radiate energy (or, in the words of the first chapter of Genesis, “to give light to the earth”). If the sun had the same temperature and energy but did not radiate its heat, it would be of no value to our planet. So it is with the Jew, ...
A very small amount of matter can have tremendous energy hidden within
One lesson we can learn from the popular term, “The Atomic Age,” is that we have seen in our time how the energy concealed within the minutest subatomic particles can destroy an entire city and millions of inhabitants. This is possible because within ever...
Even from the most horrible things we can learn great lessons. From the threat of nuclear destruction we can learn several things about how to rearrange the world for the good: • You don’t need great armies. • It can take only one simple act. • You don’t ...
Lessons learned… From a telephone: That which one speaks here is heard elsewhere! From a telegraph: Every word costs money! From a train: If I am one minute late, I can lose my ride! Sichos Kodesh, Shavuos, 5739
It is an age-old Jewish custom to find meaning in everything that occurs in one’s life. The Mishnah states: “Who is wise? One who learns from every person.” The Baal Shem Tov extrapolated this idea to apply to every single occurrence and detail. This rela...
Negative Commandment 32
"There shall not be found among you... a diviner of times"—Deuteronomy 18:10. It is forbidden to predict the auspiciousness of times or dates based on astrological formations: "This day is auspicious, and this day not so." It is also forbidden to act base...
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