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Understanding Chassidus - Learn a Maamar from Samach Vov

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EST

The series of chassidic discourses affectionately known as Samach Vov, from the year 5666 by the Fifth Chabad Rebbe, the Rebbe Rashab, are famous for their exceptionally comprehensive and deep nature. Join Dr. Yaakov Brawer for clear and profound elucidations of these discourses.

A Chaos of Infinite Light

Thu, 28 Jun 2001 12:00:00 EST

Galut seems an impossible reality: impossible to comprehend, and impossible to overcome

A Man I Met in Shul

Sat, 02 Dec 2000 12:00:00 EST

He had his tallit over his shoulder and was obviously preparing for prayer. I gave him little thought until three and a half hours later when I got ready to leave for home. He was standing in the same place with his tallit still over his shoulder...

The Abnormality of Jewish Life

Fri, 14 Jul 2000 12:00:00 EST

People intuitively equate "normal" with good. In fact, normal is very bad. A person achieves normalcy when the molecules that comprised his being are in thermodynamic equilibrium with the environment, which is to say he is dust

Planet of the Apes

Wed, 13 Jun 2001 12:00:00 EST

She scrutinized me for a few moments and suddenly her face lit up with the wonder of discovery. Her eyes grew wide and she exclaimed, "Oh my gosh! there are two of you!"

Something from Nothing

Wed, 08 Dec 1999 12:00:00 EST

It is not easy to understand how a world view that leads nowhere and ultimately explains nothing became so rooted in the human psyche

Tevye’s Query

Thu, 02 Aug 2001 12:00:00 EST

Via modern theater, we can gain insights into the nature of the infinite.

Finding Joy in Changing Times

Thu, 21 Jun 2001 12:00:00 EST

The significance of a car, indeed, the only reason for owning one, is that it moves. For someone who can visualize a car but is incapable of conceptualizing movement, the car exists without meaning or purpose. We can think of the experiences that occupy our time on this earth as letters sprinkling down on us from the Yud of G-d's four-letter name. They have emerged from the Yud and entered our lives in order to convey us upward to our long-awaited encounter with the face of G-d. Our problem is that we do not recognize the design represented by these letters, and we thus tend to misconstrue our lives as random sequences of mostly meaningless incidents.

In Pursuit of Ignorance

Wed, 30 May 2001 12:00:00 EST

There are at least four varieties of ignorance (passive ignorance, active ignorance, essential ignorance, and enlightened ignorance) two of which are beneficial; one of these actually supersedes knowledge

Swallowed Up Forever

Wed, 18 Apr 2001 12:00:00 EST

From every incident in a person's life, one can acquire profound insight into the service of the Creator. So says the holy Baal Shem Tov. Fortified by this idea, I began my descent in the morgue elevator of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University