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Dear Friends, (click above / image for original blog ^) or click below V !
Thirty years have passed since May 1982 when Zonik Shaham and I established a home for deeply deprived children where they could grow and blossom into law abiding, productive citizens of the State of Israel.
Ever since that day, our goals have remained the same and it is with a great sense of dedication and commitment that the Jaffa Institute’s team of professionals and volunteers continue to serve the needs of this increasingly despairing population. Today there are over 20,000 children in Jaffa clamoring for attention and loving care. Our 39 different programs in 9 sites accommodate over 4,000 children, many on a daily basis.
From a small institution serving several dozens of boys and girls to a major force in Israel’s not-for-profit sector, the Jaffa Institute has been acclaimed nationwide for making a world of a difference to the lives of many thousands of graduates who serve their families and communities as doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers, military officers, social workers and businessmen and women.
We are proud of our accomplishments and dedicated to doing even more in the years ahead, but without you, our partners around the world, it could not have happened. Thank you for being there for us and for our wards. May G-d bless you with a wonderful year ahead.
Please continue your support of our vital programs. Now, more than ever before, your financial support is needed. Below are the addresses you can use to send a gift, or you can do it online by going to our website –www.jaffainstitute.org and please mention your “Eli Goldsmith’s” friend!
On behalf of our children and staff, I wish all of us on the eve of a new Jewish year that the coming year will be a fruitful, successful and happy year. I extend my sincerest expression of gratitude and appreciation to all of you.
Dr. David J. Portowicz
and Eli Goldsmith!
The learning for this week’s shiur, Kisavo, tonight’s learning should be a zechus for the speedy redemption of: Sholom Mordechai ben Rivka (Rubashkin). Please remember him in your tefillos.
Our cherished friend Francis K. from Singapore writes:
This week is Teachers’ Day in Singapore’s calendar.
I thank HaShem for sending us such a charimatic teacher as you, fluent and at ease in the ways of Emuna, a light for the nations.
Please accept this song dedication to honour our spiritual teachers, Rav Shalom Arush and you.
May it be His will that He watch over you and the Breslev army who are spreading the message of connection to HaShem everywhere,
May you see many more people turning to HaShem,
May you and yours always experience joy, serenity, peace, good health.
G-d bless, Francis from Singapore
Towards the approach of the New Year, when we reflect over the past year and are looking to make resolutions and improvements, we are reminded “And it will be if you listen listen to G-d you will be blessed…  and it will be if you don’t listen to G-d you will be cursed” .
Strangely though, when discussing the blessings we see that they come if we “listen listen” indicating an additional listening. And even stranger, being that the introduction “and it will be” indicates happiness , why is this also the introduction to the curses?!
Human nature is such that when we are blessed and successful, we are more than happy to take the credit for it, but when things do not go according to plan, we ask, “How could G-d have caused it to happen? Mrs. Noa Silberberg Miller of Middlebury Connecticut also sought an answer to that question…
During June 2003, Mrs. Silberberg travelled to Koblenz Germany to meet with her cousins for the first time. She longed to reconnect with her heritage, and in particular to see her grandfather’s synagogue: The Great Community Synagogue of Leipzig.
After a long journey, when they finally arrived at the site of the ruined synagogue, they discovered a plaque that detailed the decimation of the synagogue and how the Jews were forced to pay for the cleaning up afterwards.
She sat down and began crying, “How could G-d have caused such a terrible thing to happen!” She decided to seek some literature that would hopefully help her to understand. Finally she discovered a documentation of the lives of the Jews in Leipzig. And that is where she saw the answer to her question: a letter dated November 25, 1938, just after (Krystalnacht and) the decimation of the synagogue, from the Jews of Leipzig addressed to the police of Leipzig requesting permission to pray in the Tikitiner synagogue on 3 Richard Wagner Street, signed by Eidelmann, Beer and S. Folmann… her grandfather.
The Klausenberger Rebbe, Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam (1905-94) was a survivor – in more sense of the word than one. He himself lost his wife and 11 children in the Holocaust, and like so many others made his way to the DP camp. In the Feldafing and Foehrenwald camps near Munich he encouraged many to rebuild their lives. He encouraged the building of schools, synagogues, Torah study and kosher food and burials. He moved to America in 1946 and rebuilt a Tzanz-Klausenberg community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and in Union City, New Jersey. He started a new family. In 1957 he moved to Israel where he built a community in Netanya. He established schools, an orphanage, an old age home and the Laniado Hospital. Ultimately he rebuilt a dynasty with thousands of followers.
The Rebbe commented, “A person could have given up – they had no future. Or,” he continued, “he could have looked to the positive future – these people would live and rebuild.”
“How can G-d cause bad things to happen?”
He doesn’t: we do … as the verse clearly testifies: “If you don’t listen to G-d you will be cursed.”
It is up to us to recognise this  and more importantly to accept it .
Perhaps this is hinted by the repetition “listen, listen to the blessings”. Even if we did not properly listen the first time and suffered the consequences, nevertheless there is a second opportunity to listen and to accept the cause of our suffering. If we do so, then we can still be blessed  and happy.
Have a glistening Shabbos,
Rabbi Daniel Leeman <-click here for more!
First story: In the spirit of the Maggid, R. Paysach J Krohn, p. 117
Second story: see The Klausenberger Rebbe 1 and 2 (end comment heard from R. Chaim Halpern)
 Devarim 28:1
 Devarim 28:15
 E.g. Medrash Rabba, Bamidbar 13:5
 See Ohr Hachaim Devarim 11:28; Sfas Emes
 Devarim 11:26
 Megilla 31b (as explained by R. Moshe Shapira)
 See Seder Hataras Nedrai, Achos Ketana