The Holy Epistle: Epistle 09 – Part 1 – audio

Like the preceding Epistle, the present one too centers on the theme of tzedakah. If it is to be performed properly, tzedakah ought to be given unstintingly, and not only after all one’s own needs and desires have been satisfied. Ideally, it should be given in the spirit of an aphorism that was current among […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 09 – Part 1 – video

Like the preceding Epistle, the present one too centers on the theme of tzedakah. If it is to be performed properly, tzedakah ought to be given unstintingly, and not only after all one’s own needs and desires have been satisfied. Ideally, it should be given in the spirit of an aphorism that was current among […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 09 – Part 2 – audio

אך בזאת יאות לנו Rather, this [approach] shall be befitting us — להיות כל עסקינו במילי דעלמא לא לגרמייהו that19 all our involvement with mundane affairs should be [conducted] not for its own sake, כי אם להחיות נפשות, חלקי אלוה but in order to animate souls, (i.e., to provide sustenance for fellow Jews, whose souls […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 09 – Part 2 – video

אך בזאת יאות לנו Rather, this [approach] shall be befitting us — להיות כל עסקינו במילי דעלמא לא לגרמייהו that19 all our involvement with mundane affairs should be [conducted] not for its own sake, כי אם להחיות נפשות, חלקי אלוה but in order to animate souls, (i.e., to provide sustenance for fellow Jews, whose souls […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 09 – Part 3 – audio

על כן אהוביי אחיי Therefore, my beloved ones, my brethren: שימו נא לבבכם לאלה הדברים הנאמרים בקצרה מאד Direct your hearts to these words which are expressed very briefly, ואם ירצה ה׳, פנים אל פנים אדבר בם בארוכה (24and face to face, please G‑d, I will speak of them at length) — איך היות כל […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 09 – Part 3 – video

על כן אהוביי אחיי Therefore, my beloved ones, my brethren: שימו נא לבבכם לאלה הדברים הנאמרים בקצרה מאד Direct your hearts to these words which are expressed very briefly, ואם ירצה ה׳, פנים אל פנים אדבר בם בארוכה (24and face to face, please G‑d, I will speak of them at length) — איך היות כל […]