To Know and to Love
From the desk of Rabbi Nissim Lagziel, mashpia in Oholei Torah: Fifty years ago there was a Knesset member who belonged to the Left and represented an extreme position. He believed that communism is the future of humanity and in every Israeli-Palestinian conflict he automatically sided with the Arabs. In a session preceding the new year starting in Tishrei 5728, this person delivered a speech in the Knesset that was an attack against the rights of Jews and was in favor of the rights of Arabs. The speech was sprinkled with harsh and extreme expressions disparaging Israel and this speech outraged many people across the political spectrum • Click to Read
To Know and to Love
From the desk of Rabbi Nissim Lagziel, mashpia in Oholei Torah: This week’s double parsha, Acharei-Kedoshim, contains one of the most foundational of all the mitzvos, particularly from a Chassidic perspective, that is, the mitzva of ahavas Yisrael. Everyone can tell dozens of stories about this mitzva. In our childhood, we were taught that ahavas Yisrael is the foundation of the entire Torah, especially Toras Ha’Chassidus. The problem is that in real life, we don’t always see it or feel love for another as we love ourselves. We don’t always behave with others as we would want them to behave with us • Click to Read
Start Living the Redemption Miracles Now!
From the desk of Rabbi Nissim Lagziel, mashpia in Oholei Torah: Rabbi Zushe of Anipoli had a custom that every morning, after davening, he did not ask someone to bring his food. He would say, as though to himself, “Master of the universe, Zushe is very hungry. Please bring him something to eat” • Click to Read
Light the ‘Fire’ of Redemption Today
From the desk of Rabbi Nissim Lagziel, mashpia in Oholei Torah: We all know that the revelation of the teachings of Chassidus symbolize the beginning of the development of the Geula. The revelation of the Baal Shem Tov a few years prior to the year 5500 along with the birth of the Alter Rebbe about five years later, are certainly an inseparable part of the global process that needs to happen as part of the coming of the Geula. But why does it take so long? Why isn’t the time of the Geula known? • Click to Read
Hashem is Calling. Is Anybody Home?
From the desk of Rabbi Nissim Lagziel, mashpia in Oholei Torah: The parsha this week, Vayikra, begins a new book of the Torah with a window to a new light hidden inside the world of sacrifices. The beginning of the parsha and book is very interesting, “And He called to Moshe and G-d spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying.” At first glance, this verse and opening have nothing to do with the topic of the parsha. It’s not like this is a special “calling” that took place only one time in history • Click to Read
The Amazing Self-Constructing Mishkan/Mikdash
From the desk of Rabbi Nissim Lagziel, mashpia in Oholei Torah: The Medrash says that due to the heaviness of the boards, huge wooden kerashim that were ten amos long, an amah and a half wide and an amah thick (imagine wooden beams 14 and 3/4 feet tall, almost two and a half feet wide and a little more than one and a half feet thick. Sounds heavy, right?) nobody was able to lift them, not even Moshe who was an extremely tall and powerful man • Click to Read