From The School of Pshish’kha/Kotzk, zt”l

I am currently reading, very slowly reading, Kol Simchah and Ohel Torah, a collection of Hasidic teachings from the school of Pshish'kha/Kotzk. There are small collections of sayings included at the end of each book, and I hope to translate a few one or two once a week.


These two are from the Kotzker, zt”l. Enjoy.


כל זמן שאדם הולך בחושך אינה רואה מה שהוא באור

“Any time a person walks in darkness they cannot see anything that appears in the light.”


מפני שאין לאדם בושה במעשיו אין לו יראה ג״כ

“When a person has no embarassment, no shame, over their actions, know they have no conscience.”

(note conscience is literally “fear”, ie. fear of God).


If you haven’t seen this……”Women in Breslov Chasidus”

R’ Shalom Arush on Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home)

“The entire ge'ula, or full redemption of our people, depends on peace in the home. A peaceful home is a worthy sanctuary for the Shechina, or Divine Presence. The more the Divine Presence fill the world, the closer we get to the ge'ula.Therefore, every family that builds a peaceful home hastens the ge'ula. Our sages say that peace is the best vessel there is for all kinds of blessings. By enhancing the peace in one's home, one merits every imaginable blessing. For that reason, it's work making every effort to make our homes peaceful.”

– R' Shalom Arush, The Garden of Peace

Yossi Katz on The Parsha (from

All’s Right in the End

I like this drash, and also find it interesteing because of R' Yaakov Breiter's comment quoted at the end. Alot is made in some circles of the Ishbitzer's controversial perspective on free will, but this seems to take the same view.

Chayei Nefesh

An interesting defense, and history of, the practice of holding close to the tzadikkim (hiskashrus hatzaddikim). Written by Rav Gedaliah Kenig, z”l, a major 20th century Breslov teacher.