The prophet Amos tells us that Joseph the tzaddik was sold for the price of shoes (see Amos 2:6). Why specifically for the price of a pair of shoes? With Hashem's guidance, let's try to understand the underlying connection between Joseph's tribulations and the concept of shoes, for there is certainly an important inner message here.
My esteemed and beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a told me a story about Rebbe Yechiel Michal (“Michel'e”) of Zlatshov, of saintly and blessed memory, which sheds light on our question at hand... Read all about it in The Perfect Fit, my feature article in this week's issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Chanuka is only 9 days away. Halacha requires us to use Chanuka candles large enough, or to use sufficient oil, so that the candles can burn for at least 30 minutes after nightfall. It is also customary to sit by the Chanuka candles during this duration. At this time, many families sing Chanuka songs and songs of praise to Hashem, play the dreydel and tell Chanuka stories. What is behind the custom of sitting by the Chanuka candles, rather than "lighting and running"? The answer to this and more is in my pre-Chanuka article, Power of the Pure.
Also featured this week:
Rav Shalom Arush - A Tale of Two Friends
Dr. Zev Ballen - Brain Lock
Racheli Reckles - The Rack of Lamb Rabbi
Jennifer Woodward - Reaching out to Noahides
Zev Zalman Ludwick - The Teshuva Tank
Rivka Levy - How to Spot Fake Rabbis
Bright Beams blessings for a beautiful week!