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Elul–Selichot: Out of the Self ModeElul–Selichot: Out of the Self Mode
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The Evil Inclination tries to make a person think about himself, whereas Elul teaches us to get out of the self mode and to seek our Loving Father who is ever so close...

Elul–Selichot: The Anti-Arrogance ToolElul–Selichot: The Anti-Arrogance Tool
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
We are tested at every moment; that's why we must listen so carefully to the inner voice that asks, 'Where are you?' Do we have an answer? Do we know our true place in life?

Tisha B'Av: The Heart of JudaismTisha B'Av: The Heart of Judaism
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The heart's pain radiates throughout the body. In a similar way, all of a Jew's troubles are radiated pain from the destruction of the Holy Temple, as we see from current events...

Three Weeks: The False MessiahThree Weeks: The False Messiah
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
A wagging tongue and a gullible ear led to the destruction of ancient Betar, a bustling metropolis that was home to millions of Jews, bursting the bubble of a false Messiah...

Pesach: No More ChainsPesach: No More Chains
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Shabbat HaGadol teaches us that we can do anything if we so desire; no obstacle can prevent us from performing the most difficult of mitzvoth...

Purim: Downfall of the IngratePurim: Downfall of the Ingrate
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Both Adam and Haman had every possible amenity that any person could wish for. But each lacked one small thing; in their minds, everything else was rendered worthless...

Tu B'Shvat: The Arbor IntifadaTu B'Shvat: The Arbor Intifada
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for trees, is the greatest symbol of the Jewish People's return to our homeland; for that reason, the trees in Israel are now prime terror targets...

Chanukah: A No-Debt ChanukahChanukah: A No-Debt Chanukah
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Gifts on Chanukah are not a part of Jewish tradition; the real celebration of Chanukah is lighting candles and singing songs of praise and thanksgiving to Hashem...

Sukkot: Willow in the WindSukkot: Willow in the Wind
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Kalman looked up from his butcher block and he saw some menacing Cossacks in the doorway. 'Jhid,' they sneered in Russian, 'the day of your funeral has arrived'...

Yom Kippur: The Greatest GiftYom Kippur: The Greatest Gift
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Hashem tells us to put aside bodily needs for one special day and to concentrate on binding our souls to Him. At least once a year, the soul deserves the final say...

Yom Kippur: The Best SignatureYom Kippur: The Best Signature
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Here's great news for Yom Kippur: even if you committed the worst imaginable transgression, you can be considered a tzaddik just by desiring to be a righteous individual...

Rosh Hashanah: You are the KingRosh Hashanah: You are the King
by Dennis Rosen
The material world and the evil inclination try to fool us all year long, making us think that we determine things. On Rosh Hashana, we remember that Who is the King...

Rosh Hashanah: 5 Tips for 5777Rosh Hashanah: 5 Tips for 5777
by David Perlow
The way to truly perfecting ourselves is through prayer. Prayer helps us rise above our natural limitations in our character and brings forth blessing in our lives...

Elul–Selichot: The Strength of ConfessionElul–Selichot: The Strength of Confession
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
A laudable indication of character strength is one's willingness to admit a mistake, and not to hide from it. Hashem regards a person's confession as strength, not weakness...

Elul–Selichot: Daily PaymentsElul–Selichot: Daily Payments
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
We certainly don't want to go into Rosh Hashana with an entire ledger of 'unpaid spiritual bills'. Now is the time to clear ourselves of debt...

Elul–Selichot: First Step to AscentElul–Selichot: First Step to Ascent
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
With Elul almost here, our first priority must be self-correction, for this is the time of year that's so especially conducive for it. Let's take the first step...

Shavuot: Ruth's Blessed EyesShavuot: Ruth's Blessed Eyes
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Ruth the Moabitess came from a spiritually disadvantaged background. How did she merit to become the great grandmother of Hashem's anointed King David?

Pesach: Apart From the RestPesach: Apart From the Rest
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
In the 210 years of the Egyptian exile, there was only one case of breached modesty among the millions of Jewish women; that's why they're called 'outstanding'...

Pesach: Stuck in the MudPesach: Stuck in the Mud
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The Torah, by commanding us to serve Hashem every day as if it were our very first, prevents us from getting stuck in the mud and growing spiritually old...

Purim: Haman's Evil EyePurim: Haman's Evil Eye
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The 'good eye' is holiness, the spiritual fiber of a Jew. The word in Hebrew for 'Jew' - Yehudi - is a derivative of the word lehodot, to give thanks...

Chanukah: The Brightest CandleChanukah: The Brightest Candle
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Your children are looking at you right now: How is Daddy lighting Chanuka candles? Is he rejoicing or is it a pain for him? What do Daddy and Mommy find thrilling?

Sukkot: Reliable WeaponrySukkot: Reliable Weaponry
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Many think that the spiritual war is over after Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – but that is not so! Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are only the beginning of...

Yom Kippur - Shabbat Shuva: Free ChoiceYom Kippur - Shabbat Shuva: Free Choice
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Thought clarification, which is the opposite of instinct (when one does things without premeditation), is a prerequisite for a desirable outcome in any decision we make...

Elul – Selichot: The Cramming SyndromeElul – Selichot: The Cramming Syndrome
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Richie and Susan had a fantastic spring semester, with plenty of time for tennis, golf and bike-riding; before they knew it, they faced a final exam in Organic Chemistry 202...

Elul – Selichot: 40 Days to a New LifeElul – Selichot: 40 Days to a New Life
by Libi Astaire
But where do we begin? Even if we are sincere in our desire to improve, how do we know that our inner spiritual compass is accurate and...

Shavuot: The SleepwalkerShavuot: The Sleepwalker
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Most of the world behaves like sleepwalkers – they don't know where they are or even who they are, they don't understand what they're doing or where they're going, and why...

Pesach: Counting the OmerPesach: Counting the Omer
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
True freedom, which includes liberty from social pressure and bodily urges, comes only from Torah. Therefore, although we break off the chains of...

Pesach: Only YouPesach: Only You
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Don't ever underestimate yourself. Passover comes to show you that you are capable of doing things that seem way beyond your reach. Only you can do the job...

Pesach: The DemonstrationPesach: The Demonstration
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
They burned the national flag right in front of the riot police; what type of totalitarian power would tolerate such civil disobedience? A Shabbat HaGadol parable...

Purim: Celebration of LeadershipPurim: Celebration of Leadership
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
What do the upcoming elections in Israel have to do with Purim? With so many political parties, many bewildered people ask which the best party to vote for is...

Tu B’Shvat and ShovevimTu B’Shvat and Shovevim
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
'The righteous man shall flower like a date palm and grow tall like a cedar of Lebanon.' Why does King David use a double imagery of date palm and cedar? The answer...

Sukkot: A House of PrayerSukkot: A House of Prayer
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Since the 'Clouds of Glory', the Divine Presence envelops a person's Succa, sitting in the Succa is most conducive for prayer, especially personal prayer...

Yom Kippur: Fear or Joy?Yom Kippur: Fear or Joy?
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
People are so afraid of Yom Kippur. What are they afraid of? The fast? Being in synagogue all day long? The finalization of the Heavenly Verdicts passed on Rosh Hashana?

Rosh Hashanah: Who's Responsible?Rosh Hashanah: Who's Responsible?
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Since everything comes from Hashem, including the Evil Inclination, can we blame Hashem for our sins? Why must we do teshuva at all? Who's really responsible?

Elul–Selichot: A Drop of HumilityElul–Selichot: A Drop of Humility
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Who in their right mind would dare exhibit the slightest trace of arrogance while standing in front of the King of King's in judgment on Rosh Hashanah?

Shavuot: Why Torah?Shavuot: Why Torah?
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
On Shavuot, we receive the Torah and renew our connection with Torah. A person might ask, 'Isn't it sufficient to be a good person? Who needs Torah?'

Shavuot: A Nation of ConvertsShavuot: A Nation of Converts
by Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum
The Talmud teaches us that the souls of the future righteous converts were actually there, with us at Mount Sinai, and received the Torah together with us.

Pesach: Riches on the BeachPesach: Riches on the Beach
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
When all of the Jewish People were preoccupied with gathering the booty of Egypt after crossing the Red Sea, Moses was preoccupied with the bones of Joseph...

Shabbat HaGadol: No More ChainsShabbat HaGadol: No More Chains
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Shabbat HaGadol teaches us that we can do anything if we so desire; no obstacle can prevent us from performing the most difficult of mitzvoth...

Pesach: Double DimensionsPesach: Double Dimensions
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Shabbat Parah: The same exact function can be the greatest mitzva or the worst transgression, an elixir of life if one is deserving or an elixir of death if he is undeserving...

Purim: Above the SunPurim: Above the Sun
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
How can King Solomon, the wisest of all men that ever walked the face of the earth, say that there's nothing new under the sun? Was there Google Search in his time?

Purim: The Thorn in Haman's SidePurim: The Thorn in Haman's Side
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Even though the palace feast was Glatt Kosher, Mordechai issued a directive prohibiting any Jew from attending. Other Jewish leaders called him 'extreme' and 'primitive'...

Tu B’Shvat: Planting and PosterityTu B’Shvat: Planting and Posterity
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The nations of the world protest our right to the Land of Israel. But what does give us the right to every bit of our holy land? Tu B'Shvat is the answer...

Chanukah: The FortressChanukah: The Fortress
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
With the illumination of Chanuka lights, parental presence, the joy of dreidel games and the aroma of fried potato pancakes or donuts, a child feels secure...

Hoshana Raba: The Role of the WillowHoshana Raba: The Role of the Willow
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
On Hoshana Raba, after waving all four species, we set aside the other three species and raise just the willow. Then, after the Hoshana prayers, we beat the willow on the floor...

Sukkot: The Guide for SukkotSukkot: The Guide for Sukkot
by Breslev Israel staff
You shall dwell in booths for a seven-day period...So that your generations will know that I caused the Children of Israel to dwell in booths when I took them...

Sukkot: The Key to National SecuritySukkot: The Key to National Security
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Other nations - even our allies - have been threatening us that we are in danger of political and international isolation. Should we really fear isolation?

Yom Kippur: Another ChanceYom Kippur: Another Chance
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Therefore, during this opportune time, how important it is for us to put aside time, each and every day, to be alone with our Maker, to speak with Him...

Rosh Hashanah: Tatty!Rosh Hashanah: Tatty!
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
What can a person possibly do at the last minute to mitigate the harsh judgments that seem to be facing us collectively this New Year?

Elul: ABC's of ElulElul: ABC's of Elul
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
The last month of the Jewish calendar is the most important – serving as preparation for the High Holidays.

Elul–Selichot: The Field and the PalaceElul–Selichot: The Field and the Palace
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Before a king enters his city, its inhabitants can go out to greet him in the field. At that time, anyone who so desires can speak to the king, not like in the palace...

Elul–Selichot: The Color of the SkyElul–Selichot: The Color of the Sky
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
During the month of Elul, people make all types of lofty resolutions, which dissipate like dewdrops in the morning sun.

Three Weeks: Emuna, To Repair the WorldThree Weeks: Emuna, To Repair the World
by Rick Eskenazi
Things around us look really scary, but Moshiach doesn't necessarily have to come after a nightmarish push-button war; there's a better way to bring the Geula...

Three Weeks: The False MessiahThree Weeks: The False Messiah
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
A wagging tongue and a gullible ear led to the destruction of ancient Betar, a bustling metropolis that was home to millions of Jews, bursting the bubble of a false Messiah...

Shavuot: Like A Rolling StoneShavuot: Like A Rolling Stone
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
What are we talking about, Mick Jagger, an avant guarde magazine, or King David? A rolling stone gets kicked around from person to person and from place to place...

Pesach: Shmura Matzas, Shmura HeartPesach: Shmura Matzas, Shmura Heart
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
'Chametz' in Hebrew literally means 'soured'; shmura matzas are especially protected from any leavening influence.

Tu B'Shvat: Save the TreesTu B'Shvat: Save the Trees
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Few nations are so environmentally aware as the Jewish People; Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for trees, is a day when we focus on beautifying the earth we live on...

Chanukah: Wannabe or Maccabee?Chanukah: Wannabe or Maccabee?
by Natalie Kovan
The Maccabee's entire struggle was a fight to remain what they were—Jews, dedicated to HaShem, His Torah and His Land. And now, we find ourselves with a similar script...

Yom Kippur: Fast Lane to ForgivenessYom Kippur: Fast Lane to Forgiveness
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
People who are stressed out by Yom Kippur think that teshuva is something heavy that normal people can't do; but, there's a fast lane to forgiveness that makes life easy...

Rosh Hashanah: Your First Rosh HashanahRosh Hashanah: Your First Rosh Hashanah
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
In Israel, there are thousands of new Baalei Teshuva for whom this will be their first Rosh Hashanah as observant Jews.

Elul: Finding Our WayElul: Finding Our Way
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Elul is the month of teshuva. Most people think that 'teshuva' means penitence, but that's not really accurate.

Tisha B'Av: The Heart of JudaismTisha B'Av: The Heart of Judaism
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The heart’s pain radiates throughout the body. In similar fashion, all of a Jew’s troubles are radiated pain from the destruction of the Holy Temple.

Shavuot: Wisdom of SinaiShavuot: Wisdom of Sinai
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Recent generations have especially strayed from our spiritual source.

Yom HaZikaron: The Miracle of Ad HalomYom HaZikaron: The Miracle of Ad Halom
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Eddie Cohen, a quiet English-speaking pilot that loved classical music, was the IAF’s first martyr. The people of Ashdod and all of Israel owe him a debt of eternal gratitude.

Pesach: God's Favorite NightPesach: God's Favorite Night
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Torah describes Seder night as a 'night of protection', when God personally took His beloved children of Israel out of Egypt.

Purim: A Happy and Holy PurimPurim: A Happy and Holy Purim
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
On Purim, when we drink and take joy in the salvation of Hashem, the positive sides of drinking are revealed. Yet there are limitations on inebriation.

Shavuot: Ruth - The Invisible WomanShavuot: Ruth - The Invisible Woman
by Dr. Aryeh Hirsch
"All that you say to me I will do" (Ruth 3:5).

Tu B'Shevat: The Value of LifeTu B'Shevat: The Value of Life
Life is the ultimate gift from God. Life is the environment in which we are allowed to participate in all things good. Our souls find animation in life.

The Triumph of ChanukahThe Triumph of Chanukah
Because Chanukah usually occurs in December, it is sometimes thought of as the "Jewish Christmas." It isn't, of course. And yet it is fair to say that the reason for Chanukah's popularity.

What is Chanukah?What is Chanukah?
The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication". Jews observe the holiday for eight days in honor of the historic victory of the Maccabbees and the miracle of the oil.

A Quick Overview of the High HolidaysA Quick Overview of the High Holidays
The most important time of the Jewish year is often the most misunderstood. Here's all the basics you need to know.

Laws of Shabbat for BeginnersLaws of Shabbat for Beginners
Love of God, time with family, reconnecting with friends and with oneself -- all these fulfill the commandment to "remember" Shabbat. What, how, why and where do all these laws come from?

Weep for the DestructionWeep for the Destruction
The formal repository of the Divine Presence is the Temple, but the commanding passage in the Torah states: "And build for Me a sanctuary that I may repose in their midst."

Overview: The book of LamentationsOverview: The book of Lamentations
The prophet describes all of the suffering that befell the Jewish people at the time of the destruction of the Temple. The proud majestic city of Jerusalem, in ruins! Her inhabitants in exile! Her enemies rejoicing!


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