OPINION & COMMENT
What is a cold world? It is a world of isolation and disconnectedness, a world in which there is nothing that connects different points in space nor different instants in time. Everything is, but it might not be. You might be here and you might not be here. Your friend might be here today but gone tomorrow -- and for no reason. Whatever is gone, is completely finished, dead and done with.
"Amolek: Their Crime and Their Punishment
The Art of Giving: Matonos Le'Evyonim and Shelach
Giving. The Rebbe MiSanz was completely infatuated with this fundamental middoh. He possessed such a burning desire to give tzedokoh that every day he could not retire without first donating every cent that he possessed to the needy. One night he could not fall asleep, so he got out of bed and looked around the house. After much searching he found a single coin, and immediately ran to give it to tzedokoh. Only then was he able to retire.
"An Offering Made of Fire, a Sweet Offering unto
The sacrifice of offerings is considered one of those things high on the scale of sanctity. Chazal enumerated it among the three pillars that support the world, alongside that of Torah and chesed. They considered it of primary importance, without which heaven and earth "could not continue to exist" (Taanis 27b).
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