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Inspiration from 26th August, Close to my Heart
Just in (click here 4link of article)-> “Close to my Heart” Midnightrabbi inspires thanks toJoseph Joel Sherman
Midnightrabbii JIM = Jaffa Institute & Midnightrabbi eli goldsmith
Rabbi Eli Goldsmith is a Consultant at the Jaffa Institute in Beit Shemesh, Israel. He is also known the Midnight Rabbi because he reaches out to youth at risk through music and social media.
Rabbi Goldsmith says, “This is very real cause that is close to my heart as a seven and half years daily project, which was and is a real life changer! Daf Yomi has been taken up since by hundreds of thousands of Jews worldwide, including myself, which together keeps us together, and with millions of Jews United with Israel bringing Moshaich [Messiah] now!”
Agreed however we still need other people to help all of us have the courage to be yourself midnightrabbi-on-a-mission-to-inspire-youth-at-risk-in-israel-world!
The written English translation of the
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The embryo develops into the fetus in forty days. There are also forty days in which the year develops. These are the forty days between Rosh Chodesh Elul and Yom Kippur.
One can pray regarding the gender of the child during the first forty days of gestation because it has not yet been irrevocably determined. Similarly, we pray for the coming year during the forty days between Rosh Chodesh Elul and Yom Kippur. Although prayer can always be effective, later it is much harder to alter what has already been finalized.
The characteristics of generations of trees are mapped out within the genes of the original seed. Even a most minor defect in the DNA of a seed will result in a crippled plant. Although Rosh Hashana is but a short period of time, it contains within it the entire year. Our actions on this day effect the entire year.
These Indians asked me about tefillin. I explained what they are, and that G-d commanded only Jewish men to put on tefillin, but He also commanded all mankind certain things.
“Let me ask you a question. What do they teach you in Madras? (their hometown) Is G-d in the heart of the devil?”
It took them a while to understand the question. Then they shook their heads and said, “No! Oh, No!”
“Then you have a little god in Madras! If your god is not in the heart of the devil he is not everywhere. The G-d of the Bible is everywhere. King David wrote, ‘If I make my bed in hell, G-d is there.’ G-d is even in hell! He is everywhere.”
“Yes, yes,” they agreed, “G-d is everywhere.”
I said, “This is what you came here to learn. Only worship the G-d Who is everywhere.”
They agreed, and I went on. “There is a story about a man who was crucified 2,000 years ago. Did you ever hear that story?”
“Oh yes, many times.”
“After he was crucified, they went to his grave on the third day. Was he in the grave?”
“No, No. He was arisen.” They said with total conviction.
“Well, if he is not in the grave, then he is not everywhere. Do not worship him.” They were caught in one of their religion’s contradictions. They looked at each other not knowing what to say. I went on, “Only worship the G-d Who is everywhere.”
It caught them by complete surprise. Almost always at this point in the conversation, chr-istians say, ‘We gotta go,” turn, and walk away. Chr-istains are taught if they even waiver in their belief they will burn in hell forever. They cannot hear anything that challenges their beliefs. But these Indians were happy. Again, I asked them, “Where is G-d?”
They answered, “Everywhere!”
“Good for you.”
They asked if they could take some pictures of us together. I said, “You can take the pictures as long as when they take the picture you say, ‘G-d is everywhere.’”
They laughed, had a good time, and will surely remember the conversation. Will their catholic priests convince them that G-d is everywhere only sometimes or in some ways, but that their god is still god? I think that he is going to have a difficult time convincing them now.
When you learn how to explain the spiritual truth in a positive way you can influence those around you. Instead of demeaning their god, which would only cause hard feelings, try to help them in a simple way that they can understand.
Yoga, again, and again, and again!
It is hard for people to give up spiritual practices that they enjoy and think are helpful. One commentator to my article “Yogaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!” wrote that yoga was among the gifts that Avraham gave to his sons whom he sent to the East. He asked, “If yoga has spiritual benefits, why would that be bad?” He also asked about a number of Eastern practices.
Our sages explain that the gifts that Avraham gave to those sons were actually “unclean names!” (evil powers)[i]
Most briefly, Avraham knew that these powers already existed in the East. If his sons would have gone there without knowing these powers they would have become subservient to those with the powers. But since they too could wield such things they were able to push off that influence.
It is natural for yoga lovers to try to justify their practice, but no matter how you look at it, yoga is a non-Jewish, spiritual practice. Again, except for one or two movements that are entirely associated with yoga, it is not the movements themselves that are the problem. The problem comes when there is ANY association with yoga. Yoga is a branch of idolatry.
Idolatry is not just a social problem. It leads seekers in the wrong direction. One simple example; a famous Indian yogi-guru wrote in his book, “The Blue Pearl” that the highest vision possible is the “blue light.” There was a young man in my apartment just last week who raved about his martial arts master because when he looked at the master he saw a blue light surrounding him. He swears by this master now because of this vision.
Jewish mystical writings state, “All colors in visions are a positive sign except for the color blue. It is the lowest color, and much ardent prayer must be exercised to avoid it!”
This is a simple example of how idolatry is the worship of a particular form, and ignores the Universal. The real problem goes much deeper. The real problem is where idolatry leads. For instance, a common Eastern teaching is that insanity is considered a step along the way to development! And if you would learn what it is that drives them insane, you would tremble, and run from it.
[i] Genesis 25:6 Rashi Reb Gutman Locks – Pearls of Wisdom