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Parshat Shemot

01/08/2024 10:57:08 AM

Jan8

Holding on to Your Name
 
The whole story of our exile in Exodus is called Shemos, 'Names'. In order to go into exile and come out alive, you've got to hold on to your name. The name is something so deep; very, very deep...
What keeps us going in exile? What's the whole thing about exile? The whole world wants to tear us away from the Land God gave to us. How come Israel is called Eretz Yisrael? (The Land of Israel) Because...Read more...

Parshat Vayechi

01/08/2024 10:56:34 AM

Jan8

Eyes of Honor

“And Yisrael’s eyes were heavy from age.” (Bereishis 48:10)

I want you to know, it says about Ya’akov Avinu, “v’einei Yisroel kavdu mizoken” (Bereishis 48:10), that his eyes became old from age. But if you translate it properly it says, “The eyes of Ya’akov have reached the level of honor.” And here I want you to know something awesome. Honor is not given with your hands or with your head; it's...Read more...

Parshat Vayigash

01/08/2024 10:55:41 AM

Jan8

 “And G-d has sent me ahead of you
to insure your survival in the land"
-⁠Genesis 45:7

Reaching Beyond Yourself
 
I want to open your hearts to something very deep.
Do you know what G-d wants of us? G-d doesn’t want me to be exactly what I can be. G-d wants me to be so much more. A dog can only be a dog, an apple can only be an apple. Cheesecake will always be cheesecake. Do you know what G-d wants of...Read more...

Parshat Mikeitz

01/08/2024 10:54:41 AM

Jan8

Harmony

Sweetest friends, I want you to know that harmony is the greatest thing in the world. I always say that harmony is the one thing you can't do yourself. You can sing a song by yourself, but harmony is always with others. 
I want to tell you something. At the time when Yaakov Avinu sent his children back to Egypt, Yosef HaTzaddik was ruler of Egypt. So Yaakov told his sons to bring the ruler some gifts. And the words he...Read more...

Parshat Vayeshev & Chanukah

01/08/2024 10:53:33 AM

Jan8

I want you to know, sweetest friends, when I see someone else putting on tefillin, I don't have to say a blessing over it. When I put on tefillin, I say a blessing, but I don't need to make a bracha over someone else fulfilling the mitzva. And the same thing is true of all the commandments except one - Chanuka. If I go for a walk on the street and I haven't yet kindled the light in my own house, and I pass by someone else's house and I see his...Read more...

Parshas Vayishlach

01/08/2024 10:53:02 AM

Jan8

Holiday of Children I want to share an unbelievable Torah from the Holy Ziditchover. Esav finally met up with Ya’akov, and they made peace. So, Esav said to Ya’akov, “Let's go together.” Now friends, you have to realize that for that one moment, Esav and Ya’akov had reached such a high level, it was as if Moshiach had already come. Still Ya’akov said to Esav, “If it was just you and I, we could go together. But it's also my...Read more...

Parshas Vayetze

11/24/2023 02:21:03 PM

Nov24

MA’ARIV - Evening Prayer

He encountered the place. (Bereishis 28:11)
Ya’akov instituted the evening prayer. (Rashi)
The evening prayer has no set time, rather its time is the whole night. 

Avraham Avinu brought the morning down into the world, and in the morning you see a great light shining. Do you know when you have a taste of the day? Just before the day is over, at sunset, you taste the day. Yitzchak was on...Read more...

Parshat Toldot

11/19/2023 04:04:17 PM

Nov19

Transcribed by Stuie Wax

We learned something awesome from the Ropshitzer.
When Yitzchak was praying for children it says the most beautiful thing. It says “Vaye’aser lo Hashem” (Bereishis 25:11). The shallow translation is “and God answered him.” Why shouldn’t God answer? So the Ropshitzer says, “Vaye’aser lo Hashem,” Yitzchak’s praying for children so strong that even God began praying that Yitzchak should have children. “Vaye’aser lo...Read more...

Reb Shlomo Carlebach on Parshat Chayei Sarah

11/10/2023 11:38:39 AM

Nov10

Transcribed by Stuie Wax

“And Isaac went out to the field to pray toward the evening”- Bereishis 24:63 You know my darling friends, what is Yitzchak all about? When it comes to the last few minutes of the day, Yitzchak shows up. Our holy father Yitzchak brought the prayer of Mincha down to the world. You see what it is, when I wake up in the morning like Avraham Avinu, I have so many gevalt plans for today, but when the day is over, gevalt, am I broken. Let me...Read more...

Parshat Vayeira 5784

11/03/2023 03:14:31 PM

Nov3

Transcribed by Stuie Wax

Have you ever noticed Under the chupah the man says something and the woman doesn’t say anything. So I want to say the deepest Torah in the world. The man says to the woman I want us to be holy. You know what she wants? She wants more than that, she wants the highest, the holy of holies. You know why the woman brings down children into the world? Because she is connected to the holy of holies. You know friends, for us it’s the mother who...Read more...

Parshat Lech Lecha 5784

10/27/2023 03:13:47 PM

Oct27

Transcribed by Stuie Wax

Keep On Moving   It's so easy to do today what you did yesterday, and to do yesterday what you did the day before. You know friends, as far as I'm concerned, the saddest thing in the world is when you meet people today and you meet them ten years later and they haven't moved an inch. Basically, we are living in a society where people are standing still. People have two hundred PhD's hanging on the wall but they themselves haven't...Read more...

Reb Shlomo Carlebach on Parshat Noach

10/20/2023 12:39:07 PM

Oct20

Transcribed by Stuie Wax

“The waters strengthened and 
increased greatly upon the earth”
(Genesis 7:19)

 Open your hearts like mad. Water does not address itself to your consciousness, water is from beyond creation. Water is basically unconscious. Water wipes out your consciousness. When I'm very sad and consciously I have no way to be happy, I put water on my face and I am suddenly happy and awake, because water mamesh reaches the...Read more...

Reb Shlomo Carelebach on Parshat Bereishit

10/13/2023 02:08:12 PM

Oct13

Transcribed by Stuie Wax

World of Words And God said...(Breishis 1:3) The World was created with Ten Sayings. (Tractate Avos 5; 1) You know friends, this world was created by God's word. But let me ask you, what does this mean? Basically, the world only has vessels to receive that light which has words,which is the world we are living in. But God created man for something else, for something deeper. God wants man to bring that light which has no words into the...Read more...

 Teaching for Simchas Torah by Reb Shlomo Carlebach 

10/06/2023 01:47:03 PM

Oct6

Transcribed by Stuie Wax

The heilege (holy) Porisover Rebbe had a chassid, a tailor who made just enough for bread and herring. A nobleman came to a shop, took a liking to him, and appointed him his tailor. When you are the tailor of the nobleman, you don't need a Rebbe, and you don't eat bread and herring anymore. He kept away from Yidden, kept his nose in the air, and was a very outstanding tailor. One day, the nobleman came with material from Paris, and he said to...Read more...

Reb Shlomo Carlebach on Sukkot

10/03/2023 03:20:29 PM

Oct3

Transcribed by Stuie Wax

    Moving From Yom Kippur to Sukkos: Carrying the Torah Forever After Yom Kippur we feel homeless in our own homes. We don't want to live in a house where the protection is made out of stone or wood. We want to live in a house where it's clear to us that God Himself is protecting us. I don't want to live in a house where I cannot see the stars in the sky. I want to live in a house where every little star can send me a message of...Read more...

Reb Shlomo Carlebach zt"l on Yom Kippur

09/22/2023 03:17:58 PM

Sep22

Transcribed by Stuie Wax

Getting Clean From Sins

What do we do when we make mistakes? You know what happens to us? Each time you make a mistake you begin to hate somebody you love, because you don't want to be angry at yourself.

Adam made a mistake. So what does he do? Adam's angry at Eve, Eve is angry at Adam, they are angry at G-d, and then they are angry at their children.

But I'll tell you something else. When you make a lot of mistakes...Read more...
Sun, April 14 2024 6 Nisan 5784