Chai Elul means living with energy that’s inspires :)

Inspiration from a good story, <- click here for more!

Good week and

Dear Friends, (click above / image for original blog ^) or click below V !

Feed A Family On Rosh Hashana – The Jaffa Institute! <-

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 – 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.

Shana Tova,

Dr. David J. Portowicz

and Eli Goldsmith!

Give a gift through mention “Eli Goldsmith” sent you, with thanks! 
American Friends of The Jaffa Institute
Attn: Dr. E. Hartman
171- 06 76th Ave.
Flushing NY 11366
Canadian Friends of The Jaffa Institute
22 Lambert Road
Thornhill, Ontario L3T 7E6
British Friends of The Jaffa Institute
Catherine House
76 Gloucester Place
London, W1U 6HJ, United Kingdom
French Friends of The Jaffa Institute
Attn.: Me Laurent Lahmani
122, avenue des Champs-Elysees
75008 Paris

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.

Shana tova u’mesuka Make it sweet for others too thanks 🙂 Elul, the last month of the Jewish year, is a month devoted to stocktaking and introspection. A Chassidic tradition holds that the last twelve days of the year — Elul 18 to 29 — are specifically devoted to the twelve months of the closing year: on each of these twelve days, one should review the deeds and achievements of its corresponding month. <-click here for the full blog tonight- today Chai Elul inspired Lchaim!
Excuse the women singing , but the talent is shining forth , the DAY Of JUDGEMENT is coming Mercy upon us all! 🙂
Tribute to Teachers From Rabbi Lazer Brody

Our cherished friend Francis K. from Singapore writes:

Dearest Rabbi,

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… [1] and it will be if you don’t listen to G-d you will be cursed” [2].

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 [3], 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 [4]… 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 [5] and more importantly to accept it [6].

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 [7] and happy.

Have a glistening Shabbos,

Rabbi Daniel Leeman <-click here for more!

Additional sources:

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)

[1] Devarim 28:1

[2] Devarim 28:15

[3] E.g. Medrash Rabba, Bamidbar 13:5

[4] See Ohr Hachaim Devarim 11:28; Sfas Emes

[5] Devarim 11:26

[6] Megilla 31b (as explained by R. Moshe Shapira)

[7] See Seder Hataras Nedrai, Achos Ketana


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About Midnightrabbi inspired aka Eli Goldsmith

Eli Goldsmith aka the Midnightrabbi inspired, is originally from a well-known family, in the music biz and entertainment industry, from London, has transferred his upbringing and talents to be at the cutting edge of culture and Jewish talent hosting events for many programs. He studied in England at John Lyons School Harrow, Woodhouse College and Sussex University! Continuing his education in Israel, Talmudic Law and group council at Ohr Somayach, Kollel Aiza Birah and Kollel Boston, in Derech Hamelech and Rabbi in 6 well-known programs where was named honorably the Midnightrabbi by the beloved students themselves, He has rounded off his outlook with a large breath of wisdom including the "7 habits" from Stephen Covey to become the “10 habits” practical business successful approach. Working as a Consultant in the well-known Charity for 4 years, the Jaffa Institute and sister program the Bet Shemesh Educational Center is where he honed his talents in management and formed a bond with many special people worldwide. Recently working as a Consultant and Office manager of UKA United Kashruth Authority. And as a Counselor at Retorno a REHAB center. Eli was excitedly consulting, & as Customer Service & Sales Executive updating their Social media, @Student Services at MJI Institute. Eli Goldsmith is looking for new opportunities to inspire, alongside performing successfully as a Customer Service Executive at Nu Mark LLC. Eli contributes to HR and training with CX talks and positive professional feedback. Speaking in front of large audiences with confidence and inspiration. Eli is dedicating his spare time to the Future Special Education. This is the key to the root of the issue in Education! Partner with Founder of Unity Inspires Projects aka UPI! speaker :) Eli G manages Nissim Black to book please email thanks :)

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