Dvar Torah for Parshat Balak

Based on Likutey Halakhot, Melamdim 4:6 Remember what Amalek did to you b’derekh, on the road, when you left Egypt (Deuteronomy 25:17). One of the leaders of Breslover chassidim today, Rebbe Yaakov Meir Schechter (may he live and be well), once pointed out that Rebbe Nachman’s two major works open in a similar vein. The [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Chukat

Based on Chayei Moharan #83* At the beginning of the summer of 5564/1804 Rebbe Nachman prefaced the following vision by saying, “I will tell you what I saw. And you tell your children.” We present here the beginning of that vision, with some of Reb Noson’s corresponding comments. There was someone lying on the ground, [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Korach

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson #24:2 “Let Korach and his entire party...offer ketoret (incense)...each one took his fire pan...and offered ketoret...Moshe then said to Aharon, ‘Take the fire pan...offer ketoret and take it quickly to the community to atone for them” (Numbers 16:16, 18; ibid. 17:11). Kelipot (literally, shells, husks) is a generic name [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat BeHaalotekha

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson 4:8–9 “There were some impure people who were [therefore] unable to make the Pesach sacrifice on that day. They approached Moshe and Aharon that same day. They said to [Moshe], ‘We are impure. Why should be worse than the other Jews and not be allowed to bring an offering [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Behar-Bechukoti

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson #191 “If you follow My laws and are careful to keep my mitzvot, I will provide you with rain...the land will bear its crops, the trees...will provide fruit...threshing season will last until your grape harvest...I will grant peace in the land...you will continue eating the previous year’s crops...and will [...]

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Weekly Parsha

Based on Likutey Halakhot, Chukat HaAkum 2:6–7 Dvar Torah for Parshat Ki Tisa “God said to Moshe...ki tisa et rosh, when you take a census (literally, ‘when you lift the head’) of the Israelites...each shall give an atonement offering...everyone included...must give a half-shekel...” (Exodus 30:11–12). Lifting your head, writes Reb Noson, means cutting through the [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Bo

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson #54 “Moshe said, ‘God said, “About midnight I will make Myself known in Egypt and every firstborn in Egypt will die”...’” (Exodus 11:4–5). “At midnight I awake to thank You...” (Psalms 119:62). Did David know and Moshe not know [when midnight was]?! David had a harp hanging over his [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat VaEra

Based on Rabbi Nachman's Wisdom #232 “The Israelites didn't listen to me, how will Pharaoh? And my lips are sealed” (Exodus 6:12, see Rashi). Even Moshe Rabbeinu, who knew how to daven (pray) very well (as evidenced by the results of his prayers following the sin of the Golden Calf and the sin of Miriam), [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Shemot

Dvar Torah for Parshat Shemot Based on Likutey Halakhot, Taaruvot 3:2–3 “And the Israelites were fertile and prolific; their population increased greatly. They became so numerous that the land was filled with them” (Exodus 1:7). The Torah tell us about the Jewish population explosion right before going into the account of the Exodus. What’s the [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat VaYechi

Based on Likutey Halakhot, Basar b’Chalav 5:7-8 “The days of Yisrael drew close to dieing; [Yaakov said to Yosef,] ‘I will lie down with my fathers...’ (Genesis 47:29,30); [Yaakov said to Yosef,] ‘behold I am dieing’ (48:21); [Yaakov] passed away (v.31); Yosef said to his brothers, ‘Behold I am dieing’ (50:24); Yosef died at the [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat VaYigash

Based on Hilkhot Basar b'Chalav 4:1 "Pharaoh asked Yaakov, 'How many are the days of the years of your life?!' Yaakov answered Pharaoh, 'The days of my years of sojourning are 130 years. [They have been] few and hard, and fewer than my fathers' days of the years, the days of their sojourns." (Genesis 47:8–9) [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat VaYishlach

Based on Likutey Moharan II, Lesson 4:10 Yaakov said [to Esav], “Please don’t [refuse my gift]. If I have found favor in your eyes, take my offering...For me, seeing your face is like seeing the face of an angel; and you have received me favorably” (Genesis 33:10). Said Rebbe Elazar, “When the Temple stood, a [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat VaYetze

Based on Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #92 The Midrash (Kohelet Rabbah 9:11) teaches: Yesterday, “[Yaakov] rolled the stone off the well” (Genesis 29:10). Today, “[his] sons carried Yaakov to Egypt” (ibid. 46:5). Rebbe Nachman once commented that an average human lifespan, seventy to eighty years, consists of three periods: growth, stability (“the prime of life”) and [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Toldot

Based on Rebbe Nachman's Stories, The Seven Beggars/Hunchback "There was a famine in the land...and so Yitzchak went...to Gerar...He sowed in that land and produced that year a hundred-fold" (Genesis 26:1, 12). Rashi (v. 12) asks why the location and year are emphasized. He answers, "Even though it was an unyielding land and a hard [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat VaYera

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson #244 Isn’t it enough that a person is in this vulgar world, in which angels are incapable of withstanding [the temptations of] this world. For so we find, that angels once came to this world and stumbled greatly* (Zohar I, 58a). But Jews are stronger than angels.... The Torah [...]

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Talking to Myself about the Parsha (Lekh Lekha)

There were ten generations from Noach to Avraham Avinu, to make known the greatness of God’s patience. All the generations got God angrier and angrier until Avraham came and received the reward all could have had (Avot 5:3). The Bartenura comments that Avraham Avinu did as many good deeds as all of them could have [...]

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