About the Author


Rabbi Abba Wagensberg

Rabbi Abba Wagensberg is a disciple of Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, and is a popular lecturer in Jerusalem and throughout the Jewish world. Originally from New Jersey, he now lives in the Old City of Jerusalem.


Growing Like a Tree

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! The Tiferet Shmuel (vol. 1) begs forgiveness for...

One Extra Day

Greetings from the Holy City of Jerusalem! Throughout the week of Sukkot we are instructed to...

The Active Attachment

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! The Torah says, "You shall make [literally, "make for...

Guaranteeing a Good Year

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! The Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is...

Eradicating the Bitter Root

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha is always read close to Rosh...

The Snake Oven

The three keys to spiritual success.

An Out Loud Prayer

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha discusses the mitzvah of "first...

Lunar Modules

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! Parshat Ki Teitzei begins by describing a scenario in...

Two Kinds of War

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's portion begins (Deut. 21:10) with a...

Reward of Long Life

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha discusses the mitzvah of Shiluach...

Emotional Alignment

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! The beginning of Parshat Shoftim cautions the judges...

The Mind's Eye

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! In the opening verse of this week's parsha, Moses...

Spiritual Nourishment

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha contains the verse, "...Not by...

The Essential Command

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! One of the highlights of Parshat Va'etchanan is the...

The Iron Furnace

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha is always read on the Shabbat...

When Victory Is Assured

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week we begin Deuteronomy, the last Book of the...

Focus in the Exile

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha, Masei, describes the journeys of...

Jewish Soldiers

Bridging the gap between mind and heart.

Cultivating New Leaders

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha contains the explosive story of...

A Different Destructive Approach

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! Parshat Balak tells the story of a Moabite king named...

Global Influence

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha describes how the Moabite king...

Fifteen Quick Mistakes

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! One of the primary topics discussed in this week's...

Passing the Test

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! Among the many topics discussed in Parshat Chukat, we...

Clinging to the Light

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha tells the story of a man named...

Motivation of the Spies

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! In this week's parsha, God tells Moses, "Send...

The Good of the Land

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha deals with the story of the spies...

Of Ants and Grasshoppers

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! In this week's portion, Moses sends spies to scout the...

Life's Second Chance

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha discusses the topic of Pesach...

Eliminating the Spiritual Waste

Greetings from the Holy City of Jerusalem! As we near the end of the Ten Days of Repentance,...

The Tishrei Unit

Greetings from the Holy City of Jerusalem! The month of Tishrei incorporates the three major...

The Essential Bones of Joseph

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week, as there is no regular Torah reading, we...

Why Is This Exile Different?

One of the most famous elements of the Passover Seder is the "Ma Nishtana" paragraph, more...

Hungering for Meat

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! In this week's parsha, we find one of the most...

The Triple Pattern

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! One of the highlights of Parshat Naso is the Priestly...

The Torah's Three Elements

Hard work, happiness and humility are the keys to success in Torah learning.

Of Love and Pain

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! Parshat Bechukotai contains a series of blessings and...

The Joy of Opportunity

Why we don’t lose when performing mitzvot.

The Omer and Peak Potential

Shaking off layers of self-centered physicality and materialism in order to elevate our existence.

The Great Rule of Torah

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! In this week's Torah portion, we find the famous...

The Holy Separation

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! In this week's parsha (Leviticus 18:3), God charges...

The Twofold Shabbat

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's Torah portion primarily deals with the...

Seven Fatal Mistakes

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's Torah portion contains the dramatic story...

To Hear God's Call

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's Torah portion begins with God speaking to...

The Struggle to Build

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's Torah portion concludes the Book of Exodus...

The Wise Approach

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! In this week's parsha, Moses tells the Jewish people...

The Cleansing Water

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's parsha discusses the copper basin that the...

Taking the Blame

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! This week's Torah portion describes the infamous...

Symbolic Clothes

Greetings from the holy city of Jerusalem! In this week's portion, we find a detailed description...

Total Integration

The Torah encompasses the whole.

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