Parshat Tzav: thank God

Parshat Tzav: Thanking God

Parshat Tzav: Thanking God Vayikra 7:11-12 “This is the law of the peace offering…when he is offering it as a thanksgiving.” Every trouble that the Jewish people experience, from big to small, it’s all connected to...
The secret of destiny

Tapping into the Secret of Destiny

The Secret of Destiny It is written in our holy books that the secret of destiny or fate is a very deep and hidden concept. There are times in our life and sometimes in our...
is this apathy or emuna

What’s the difference between ‘apathy’ and emuna?

Is this apathy or emuna? Guest post by Rivka Levy You know, I thought things were going a little too well the last couple of weeks. The Gemara teaches that if you have 40 days where...
incense is a segula for happiness

The Incense – A Segulah for Happiness

A Segulah for Happiness “Incense makes the heart happy.” Therefore, we need to recite the passages which describe the incense offering with great intention. The main aspect of raising up the sparks of holiness from the...
Ofer Erez Hagada

How to get the most out of Pesach

Practical advice for how to get the most out of Pesach - Nisan, 5778 The holy Ari tells us that every single year during the month of Nisan, and particularly during Pesach, the concept of...
Nisan: gift of happiness

Word to the Wise: How to Get the Gift of True Happiness

Rav Ofer's Word to the Wise - Month of Nisan 5778 The holy books tell us that when a person actually merits to connect to his ‘inner light’, the light of his neshama (Divine soul),...
Only He Can

In a Difficult Reality When You Cant, G-d Can

When You Cant, He Can There are times in our life, more often than not, where we find ourselves in an extremely difficult reality where we feel like everything around us is in ruins. It...
redemption depends on the Tzaddik and you

Newsletter Nisan 5778: Our redemption depends upon the Tzaddik – and also on you!

Redemption depends on the Tzaddik, and on you! Translated from the Ka'ayal Ta'arog Newsletter by Rav Ofer Erez, for Nisan, 5778. Every year, we read the story of the exodus from Egypt in the Pesach Haggada....
Poor man's prayer

Parshat Vayikra: The prayer of the poor man

Parshat Vayikra: The poor man’s prayer Vayikra 2:1 “When a soul offers a mincha / meal-offering to God” Based on the writings of Rav Natan in Likutey Halachot. In Temple times, a person could find atonement for...
Getting out of Egypt

Getting out of Egypt was easy. How do we get Egypt out of us?

Getting 'Egypt' out of us is much, much harder than getting out of Egypt Rav Natan of Breslov taught that getting ‘Egypt’ out of ourselves is really the whole essence of geula. But practically speaking,...