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    Chassidish Stories

    The King's Palace

    Two people entered the king's palace. One of them walked through each chamber and studied the magnificent vessels and treasures. The second also walked through the chambers of the palace, but his only thoughts were: This is the home of the king!

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | Nissan 5768
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    On the Spiritual Hunting Grounds

    Hunger moves man to action. Spiritual hunger must become the sort of necessity that pushes man to embark upon the spiritual hunt of his life. A person must ask himself if his need for closeness to God is as pressing as his desire for lunch.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | Adar 2 5768
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    The Seder Night

    The Light Beyond the Window

    Daily hardships and the momentary pressure of the exile prevent a person from discerning the important processes unfolding in existence. From time to time one must put aside whatever is going on inside the house and go over to look out the window.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | Adar 5676
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    The Dance of Sanctity

    When we proclaim at the end of Yom Kippur that “God is the Lord!” what we mean to say is that the very same unique spiritual reality we experienced on Yom Kippur must also be revealed in the material world we reenter immediately after the fast.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5766
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    Tu Bishvat

    The Land of Israel in Theory

    Rabbi Yitzchak Meir elaborated upon a Talmudic text dealing with Tu BiShvat. The Rebbe of Kotzk said to him, “Were we in the land of Israel, it would be sufficient to go out to the fields and look at the trees in order to grasp Tu BiShvat's meaning.”

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5765
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    The Month of Elul

    A New Path

    R' Chaim makes it clear that struggling with transgression and sin is his lot in life as well and not only that of his followers. Each of us faces his own forest in life, each must deal with his own entanglement and find his way out of the woods.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5766
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    R' Moshe Leib's Merchandise

    A merchant goes to the market to do business. Man comes into the world in order to observe the Torah and its commandments. What can we say about a person who reaches a certain location with a said purpose, yet abandons that goal for something else?

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5766
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    The Angels and the Watch

    When R' Elimelekh would recite “Kedusha” on the Sabbath, he would take out his watch and look at it. The sweetness of the moment threatened to consume his soul. By looking at his watch he was able to anchor himself firmly in the physical world.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5766
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    Pure and Simple Intentions

    “What you wish to attain,” explained Rabbi Menachem Mendel, “is a very high state of perfection which only a few individuals in each generation merit attaining: you wish to learn all of the secrets of Kabbala, and then to pray like an innocent child.”

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5765
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    “Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?”

    A Hasidic parable teaches us that there are two faculties at work in a person's character: on the one hand, there is a forward-pushing, dynamic ingredient; on the other, a fixed and constant ingredient. One must know when and how to use each trait.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5766
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    The Seder Night

    Hastening the Redemption on Seder Night

    In the wake of Napoleon's fall, the Seer of Lublin tried to hasten the final redemption. The time chosen by him to do this was Seder Night, for, in the words Sages, “In Nisan they were redeemed, and in Nisan they will be redeemed in the future.”

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5765
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    Playing Hide-and-seek with God

    God plays hide-and-seek with man. This state of Divine concealment, with all of the vicissitudes it involves, nevertheless possesses profound meaning as far as man's nearness to God is concerned; God's absence evokes a longing to draw near to Him.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | cislev 5765
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    The Lugubrious Bed

    The Chozeh of Lublin senses that the bed which has been prepared for him by the carpenter is not a rejuvenating bed but a bed of lugubriousness and anxiety. From such a bed it is impossible to rise invigorated with a thirst for renewed creativity.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5765
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    The Lugubrious Bed

    The Chozeh of Lublin senses that the bed which has been prepared for him by the carpenter is not a rejuvenating bed but a bed of lugubriousness and anxiety. From such a bed it is impossible to rise invigorated with a thirst for renewed creativity.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5765
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    Descending from the Hilltop

    R' Yissachar Ber's descent from the hilltop in our story bears deep Chassidic significance. When, in the wilderness, the Children of Israel committed the Sin of the Golden Calf, God turned to Moses, saying, “Go down, for your people have sinned.”

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5764
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    The Charm of Jerusalem

    The problem lies in a person's outlook, how a person relates to things. When the land of Israel appeals to those who gaze upon her, when Jerusalem finds pleasure in the eyes of its residents, no difficulty in the world will dampen this affection.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5764
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    The Horse Vs. The Sabbath

    The physical world does not run counter to the spiritual. Its purpose is to assist the spiritual world. The problem begins when people portray these two spheres as negating one another. When this happens a war erupts and the spiritual world stands to be harmed.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | 5764
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    A Tailor’s Task

    The art of tailoring is to create a satisfactory whole out of an assortment of parts. Breaking a proud heart is the essential stage on the road to attaining personal perfection, on the road to creating a garment fitting for man to adorn himself in.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | sivan 5764
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    The Service that Blazes

    People have a tendency to assume that a person who possesses a fiery spirit infuses his divine service with his own personal heat. Yet, in truth, each of us is called upon to extract spiritual strength from our service of God.

    Rabbi Aryeh Hendler | sivan 5764
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