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One of the most famous figures in the Chassidic world is Rabbi Elimelech of Lizensk, who is also sometimes referred to by the name of the book he authored, Noam Elimelech. Rabbi Elimelech―together with his older brother, Rabbi Zushe―were disciples of the Ba’al Shem Tov’s successor, Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezeritch. Later, Rabbi Elimelech became […]

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When a person experiences difficulties in life, it is an opportunity to reach the spiritual root of the matter, and sweeten the harsh judgments there. The meaning of contraction (צִמצוּם) during these life trials—as Rebbe Nachman explains[1]—relates to a person who is stuck in a situation with no apparent way out. If someone is in […]

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…There is a custom among some Chassidim, prostate to begin the study of the Talmudic tractate of Shabbat, troche starting with page 77b. As yeshivot around the world are studying it this year, diagnosis we thought it especially appropriate to mention a story that appears there on that page. One day, Rabbi Zeira saw that […]

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The blessing of the tzadik

Parashat Re’eh begins with a seven-word verse, “Behold, I give before you today blessing and curse” (רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָה). As with other opening verses of seven words, such as the opening verse of the entire Torah, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם […]

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