Our beloved teacher and spiritual guide Rabbi Shalom Arush writes that desire is the root of Creation and the purpose of the entire Torah. Desire is the path, the instrument and the power with which to attain everything in life. Desire is the entire character of a person and of his or her service here in this world. And practically speaking, one's desire is the very character of his or her life! A person without desire is dead, and a person with desire is alive. Rabbi Shalom relates, "I once went to a yeshiva to deliver a talk. I saw that although the students were learning and praying, they were gloomy and rigid, almost dead. I asked them, “Is this a yeshiva or a cemetery!?” If a person’s Torah learning doesn’t inspire him to constantly kindle his desire to get close to Hashem, then the very essence of that learning is lacking...
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak - It's Not the Intermediaries
Rabbi Lazer Brody - The Kidnapped Baby
Dr. Zev Ballen - The Emuna Pause
Racheli Reckles - A Misused Torah
David Ben Horin - Dissent from Decadence
Dennis Rosen - Real Gratitude
Tziporah Barabi - The Fruit in the Mirror
Enjoy, and have a Happy 8th Day of Chanuka and a wonderful new month of Teveth!