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Friday, 29 April 2011 19:08

clean garment of speech

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-speechbubbleIn the 29th lesson of Likutei MoHaRaN, Rebbe Nachman speaks of the importance of clean “garments.” On the one hand, he is referring specifically to one’s clothing, while on the other hand he is referring to one’s speech.

“This is the concept of white garments. In other words, speech…corresponds to white garments. For it is necessary to take care of one’s clothing; not to abuse the clothing, but to care for them properly so that no spot or stain gets on them.” --Likutey Moharan, p. 209

Sunday, 30 January 2011 14:35

holy hands

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-washingOne of the first activities incumbent upon Jews as preparation for morning prayer and meals is the act of ritual hand washing. One of the more interesting features of this mitzvah is the language of the blessing one recites upon performance: 



Monday, 25 October 2010 05:11

the rung of cleanliness

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-ladderhandsThe “ladder” as found in Talmud Bavli according goes like this:

R. Pinchas ben Yair once said:

"Torah leads to Watchfulness;
Watchfulness leads to Zeal;
Zeal leads to Cleanliness;
Cleanliness leads to Separation;
Separation leads to Purity;
Purity leads to Saintliness;
Saintliness leads to Humility;
Humility leads to Fear of Sin;
Fear of Sin leads to Holiness;
Holiness leads to the Holy Spirit,
and the Holy Spirit leads to the Revival of the Dead." --Avodah Zara 20b

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The Hebrew word for loving-kindness is chesed.    . . .

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