Immediately after the chapter in the Torah concerning the destruction of Amalek, there follows the law of the sanctity of the Temple site. So our Sages declare, “The people of Israel were instructed in the performance
Rabbi Yehuda holds that he who ascends from Babylon to the Land of Israel transgresses a positive commandment, for it is written, “They shall be carried to Babylon, there shall they be until the day that I remember
The world is full of strife. There are wars between the great world powers. There are conflicts involving different localities. There are feuds between families. There is discord between neighbors. There is friction within
The Baal Shem Tov taught: Every Jew must rectify and enhance the aspect of the “full stature,” Komah Sheleimah, of the Messiah that is related to his own individual soul. As is known, the name Adam is the acronym
“There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city
“All your fortresses are like fig trees with their first ripe fruit; when they are shaken, the figs fall into the mouth of the eater. Look at your troops — they are all weaklings. The gates of your land are wide open to your enemies;
“When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?
“When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege