The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 


A Kavvanah for Bedikat Chametz

On the earth and soil and afra d'ara

Waking Up the Chamets!

A strange rule about Chamets can teach us some profound lessons.

Yachats: Sharing the Broken Piece

At Yachats we split the middle matsah, inviting the stranger to share a fragment of broken matsah that wouldn't be even enough for one.

Sparks of Pesach

The Besh"t on the Pesach sacrifice and raising the holy sparks.

The Mystery of Charoset

There's one important symbol that we don't explain or mention even once in the Passover seder: the charoset. Why?

Unlocking the Haggadah

A summary and mp3 files of the Beit Midrash Ruach v'Lev session on "Unlocking the Mysteries of the Haggadah" about the deep structure of the seder.

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