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Good week all, my dad whose involved in the Olympics is keeping us filled in, the team from Israel came top in Salmon filling bagel match and dreidal spinning lol 🙂

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August 6, 2012
Today’s Tanya Lesson
Iggeret HaKodesh, end of Epistle 5
Listen Online | MP3 Downloadובזה יובן מה שכתב האריז״ל, שיש ב׳ מיני נשמות בישראל

The above enables one to understand the statement of Rabbi Isaac Luria, of blessed memory, that there are two kinds of souls among Jews:

נשמות תלמידי חכמים, העוסקים בתורה כל ימיהם

the souls of Torah scholars, who engage in the study of Torah all their lives,1

ונשמות בעלי מצות, העוסקים בצדקה וגמילות חסדים

and the souls of those who perform the commandments, occupying themselves with charitable and kindly deeds.

דלכאורה, הרי גם תלמידי חכמים צריכים לעסוק בגמילות חסדים

Now surely scholars, too, need to occupy themselves with acts of kindness;

כמאמר רז״ל, שאפילו תורה אין לו

as our Sages, of blessed memory, taught, “[Whoever says that he has nothing but Torah,” and thus no kindly deeds], “does not have even Torah.”

How, then, could the AriZal have stated that people with a certain kind of soul invest their lives exclusively in Torah study? The Alter Rebbe’s answer, which follows, takes it for granted that even fulltime Torah scholars of course spend some of their time in doing good deeds.

אלא שהתלמידי חכמים, שתורתן עיקר ורוב ימיהם בה

However, as regards Torah scholars whose study of the Torah is their principal occupation and most of their time is spent in it, with only a minor part of their time spent on the performance of kindly deeds,

הנה פעולת אתערותא דלתתא, לעורר חסד עליון

the effect of their arousal from below, to arouse Supernal Chesed,

להמשיך ולהוריד אור אין סוף המלובש בחכמה עילאה, מקור תורת ה׳ שבפיהם

to call forth and bring downward the [infinite] Ein Sof-light vested in Supernal Chochmah, the source of G‑d’s Torah which is in their mouths,

הוא רק לעולם הנשמות שבבריאה, על ידי עסק התלמוד

extends only to the realm of the souls that are in Beriah, through their occupation with Gemara,

The study of Gemara, inasmuch as it involves reasoning and intellectual give-and-take, corresponds to the World of Beriah, the realm of comprehension.

ולמלאכים שביצירה על ידי לימוד המשנה

and extends to the angels that are in the World of Yetzirah, through their occupation with Mishnah.

The Mishnah consists of statements of law — “kosher” or “non-kosher”, “pure” or “impure”. Such bipartite divisions, which are a reflection in the material world below of the divergent attributes of Chesed and Gevurah in the realms above, are related to the World of Yetzirah, which is the realm of middot, the spiritual emotions.

יען היות חיות הנשמות והמלאכים נשפעות מצירופי אותיות הדבור, היא תורה שבעל פה

For the animation of souls and angels derives from the combinations of the letters of speech, i.e., the Oral Torah; as it is written in Patach Eliyahu,2“[The Sefirah of] Malchut [corresponds to] the mouth, which we call the Oral Torah.”

ומקור האותיות הוא מחכמה עילאה, כנזכר לעיל

The source of the letters, however, is in Supernal Chochmah, as mentioned above.

Thus, through their study of the Oral Torah, scholars draw down SupernalChochmah into the combinations of the letters of speech; this in turn provides vitality to [unborn] souls and angels.

אך להמשיך ולהוריד הארה וחיות מבחינת הבל העליון, ה׳ תתאה, לעולם הזה השפל

However, in order to call forth and bring downward an illumination and vitality from the level of the Supreme Breath, the “lower hei,” to this lowly world,

שהוא צמצום גדול ביתר עז

which entails a greater and extreme contraction,

לא די באתערותא דלתתא של תלמידי חכמים, העוסקים מיעוט ימיהם בצדקה וגמילות חסדים

the arousal from below by the Torah scholars, who for only a small part of their time engage in charitable and kindly deeds, is not sufficient.3

אלא על ידי אתערותא דבעלי מצות, העוסקים רוב ימיהם בצדקה וגמילות חסדים

[This is effected] only through an arousal by those who perform the commandments, who are occupied with deeds of charity and kindness for the major part of their life

(וכמו שכתוב בלקוטי אמרים בחלק א׳, פרק ל״ד)

(4as explained in Likkutei Amarim, Part I, ch. 34).

The Alter Rebbe explains there that even if a man distributes no more than a fifth of his income for charity, that fifth elevates the other four parts with it to G‑d, for thereby all his exertion becomes a dwelling for Him. Moreover, his acts of kindness will arouse G‑d’s “right hand of kindness.”

ולכן נקראו תמכי אורייתא

That is why [people who are mainly occupied with such mitzvot] are called5 “the supporters of [the] Torah [itself],” and not only of those who study the Torah, for by their activities they draw down the light of the Torah from its root and source so that it will illuminate this physical world below.

והן בחינות ומדריגות נצח והוד

These [people] represent the levels of Netzach and Hod, which are analogous to6 “the two thighs” which enable a man to stand upon the ground; the function of the Sefirot of Netzach and Hod is similar,

להיותן ממשיכין אור התורה למטה לעולם העשיה

because they cause the light of Torah to issue downwards to the World ofAsiyah.

ובזה יובן למה נקרא הצדקה בשם מעשה

Now it is clear7 why charity is referred to as an “act”,

כמו שכתוב: והיה מעשה הצדקה שלום

as in the verse,8 “And the act of charity will be peace.”

על שם שפעולתה להמשיך אור ה׳ לעולם העשיה

For the effect of charity is to elicit the light of G‑d down to the World ofAsiyah.

וזהו דקדוק לשון זוהר הקדוש: מאן דעביד שמא קדישא, דעביד דייקא

And this is the meaning of the subtle phraseology of the holy Zohar: “He who makes the Holy Name,” expressly saying “who makes.”

כי באתערותא דלתתא, בצדקה וחסד תתאה, מעורר חסד עליון

For by an arousal from below, through charity and mortal Chesed, one arouses the Supernal Chesed —

להמשיך אור אין סוף מבחינת חכמה עילאה, יו״ד של שם

to elicit the [infinite] Ein Sof-light from Supernal Chochmah, the yud of the Divine Name,

לה׳ של שם, בחינת הדבור ורוח פיו יתברך

to the hei of the Name, to the “speech” and “breath” of G‑d’s blessed mouth,

כדי להשפיע לעולם העשיה

in order to draw down [Divine light] to the World of Asiyah.

ועל דרך משל, להבדיל הבדלות אין קץ: כמו שאדם אינו מדבר אלא לאחרים

And, analogously speaking, though infinitely incomparable: a human being speaks only to others

(ולא כשהוא בינו לבין עצמו)

(9and not when he is alone),

ואז מצמצם שכלו ומחשבתו בדבורו אליהם

and then when speaking to them he contracts his intellect and thought.

והמשכילים יבינו

The intelligent will understand.

——— ● ———

FOOTNOTES
1. “All the other souls are included in the second category; hence the term ‘all their lives’ is not mentioned there.” ( — Note of the Rebbe.)
2. Tikkunei Zohar, Introduction II.
3. “Though insufficient, it is indispensable, for the downward flow must be drawn down through the Worlds of Beriah and Yetzirah.”( — Note of the Rebbe.)
4. Parentheses are in the original text.
5. Zohar I, 8a, paraphrasing Mishlei 3:18. See also Zohar III, 53b; Vayikra Rabbah25:1; Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 251:9; et al.
6. Tikkunei Zohar, loc. cit.
7. “Though this comment would appear to be less appropriate here than in Epistle 12, its inclusion here may be appreciated in the light of a statement by the Ramaz (Nitzutzei Orot, in Zohar III, loc. cit.).”( — Note of the Rebbe.)
8. Yeshayahu 32:17, expounded at length in Epistle 12, below.
9. Parentheses are in the original text.
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Shabbos Nachamu 

Last week we discussed that Yirmiyahu was a reincarnation of King Shlomo.
Following Tisha B’Av is Shabbos Nachamu, when Hashem consoles us with the promise of redemption. Our consolation is that Yirmiyahu will revert back into Shlomo and replace the lamentations of Eichah with the song of Shir HaShirim.
If we add the numerical value of Nachamu (104) to Yirmiyahu (271), it is gematria Shlomo (375). Shabbos Nachamu transforms Yirmiyahu to Shlomo.

Elul is a month of Divine favor and benevolence. The aura of Elul can already be felt with Shabbos Nachamu and the fifteenth of Av. We will now begin ascending a tall spiritual mountain which climaxes with Shemini Atzeres.

May we merit returning to Hashem with our hearts and souls, and renew ourselves in His service and may we be once more doubly consoled.

New video from Chapter32s
Only the Torah
Lyrics…
B”H
“Only the Torah”
Every single Jew better listen right now
I’m talking from the side of the both and that’s how
I know what I mean, when I tell you you slipping
Stuck to the physical force got you tripping
Thinking that Hashem aint around to see?
You even got the nerve to question how it be?
You paint a sea of injustice, burden the proof
And even got the nerve to let a murderer loose
I seen it all before, it work off the juice
Paint a picture so cute, but the kid know the truth
Evil is rampant amongst the youth
B/c they far from the Torah this you can’t dispute
You see the Torah’s a book, a book of instruction
Warning the reader not to fall for seduction
If he do, it a lead to obstruction
Abduction of seed, a have its repercussions
see Only Teshuvah, banish the fooler
have you in the afterlife chilling with the Ruler
I want to have the honor to school ya…
So you can learn like I did from the greatest of Jewelers
Or should I authors, should I say sages
Either way, grab a book and turn pages
Written in the oral they both combine
To be the answer to all your ills for all time
The Torah’s divine, given by Hashem
Revealed to the mind, in time you will ascend
so stay with me, while you still on earth
grab the horns of the devil and make him bow first
the curse is abolished when the sinner comes back
and see for yourself how the sinner come back
trapped in a body , written in the scripture
only the Torah can explain this mixture
Adam / Eve / the tree, the picture
Hashem said don’t, but eve couldn’t resist the
Chance to know, all of the secrets
in the end she was fooled by a creature
I’m W Dot, please to meet ya
Sent by Hashem to be a rapping teacher
Preaching the Torah, how can it be
All of these rockets fired overseas?
please…if the Jews would behave
Hashem would take Hamas and put them in their grave
Instead we a slave to the fire and desire
lust and the liar that the gentile sire
got us in a hole where the soul is trapped
only the Torah, could get you out of that…

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by Lovie Hops


The Orach Online squad caught up with Nissim Black, Co-Founder of OEMC, to discuss the past, the present and the future for him and OEMC. He spoke on his relationship with Sportn’Life and a D.Black comeback.

OO: You Mr. Black, spent a lot of time at Sportn’ Life Records both as an Exec and a MC. You’ve had to deal with being an artist and deal with artists, what gave you the inspiration for OEMC?

NISSIM: It was just that. After being on both sides of the fence, I developed a liking for different aspects of both. There were plenty of times when i wanted to sit back and strictly work with DeVon and take a break to really push the other artist, but it just felt like the time never permitted itself. So, with OEMC, which I cant take complete credit for I do have a partner in crime Yosef “Bradley” Brown, we just wanted to put together awesome music for people and exhaust our efforts to see it get the recognition we felt it deserved. So OEMC is the natural progression of that desire.

OO: You and Yosef (B.Brown) probably had your biggest success with people like Young Buck and the Game,will that same sound carry OEMC? And how will it play out according to your faith?

NISSIM: Thats all old news. We never really rode that wave, it wasn’t really the sound we were most interested in back then even. Our sound has definitely evolved. We focus on more on a contemporary soul and alternative with a bit of Pop. We are just kind of out there these days. As far as my faith is concerned, I still keep my distance. I don’t have a TV in my home  I only listen to certain things for work purposes. Its all business, one that im passionate about, but its still business. Certain aspects of this industry doesn’t belong in my spiritual world so i keep it out. But I do use my spiritual world to elevate my work.

OO: In most interviews most people wouldn’t ask what Im going to ask you now but, with certain people like Mattisyahu, Shyne and yourself, your faith almost is what makes you who you are so with that said; You’ve made a lot of changes over the past 4 to 5 years as an individual, and concerning yourfaith/ religious beliefs, what is your faith and what effect does it have on you musically?

NISSIM: Orthodox Judaism is my faith. It has been a crazy past few years for me one that has been eye opening. I was a Non-religious Christian, then a Messianic Christian what people would refer to as Hebrew Christian or Messianic Judaism (But this is NOT Judaism in anyway, shape or form) . But I don’t look at them as huge changes but rather the natural growth of a person truth seeking. It happens all the time with people who start challenging themselves, they begin to grow. I was exposed to a truth, then another and then another, which was headed in the direction of the path I was to embark on. Due to the fact that spirituality is big for me, this journey will forever be documented through music and all that evolves me. When you find emet (truth), you share it by living it. If people really believed in what they say they do, it would be seeping through their pores without them even saying a word.

OO: There’s been a lot of new artist both in your own city and in the broader industry, who’s your favorites in game today?

NISSIM: I think Adele proved herself to be the worlds favorite right? but, no really, other than the guys I work with, I like; The Black keys, Gotye, Fun, Michael Buble and John Legend.  I mean I guess thats my list, I still draw inspiration from old MoTown records. Im usually in the loop for inspiration only, as it relates to work, but I’m not engrossed, i keep it that way so my ears can stay fresh and unbiased.

OO: Congratulations on the birth of your new son. We also know you have a wife and daughter at home how hard is it to make time for everything?

NISSIM: Thank you. As you can imagine, it gets tough. I try my best to make it work, after all I have to. My wife is the most important person in my life and my kids follow that, my career is for our benefit as a whole. So just like any other family we manage. Plus, we still have Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) for family time!

OO: So you left the rap game alone after your LP “Ali’Yah” and your follow up EP “The Blackest Brown”. As I mentioned before your affiliation with Sportn’ Life, after being apart of its success for so long, whats that relationship like now that you moved on?

NISSIM: My relationship there never changed. I still consider myself Sportn’ life. In fact if I could of made it all work at the time I would have. I was growing spiritually and had to make moves that were going to aid and assist me in my growth. The departure from Sportn’ Life was apart of what was happening for me at the time. I definitely didn’t see OEMC coming at all. The only reason I didn’t take my music efforts back to Sportn’ life was because we were originally going to do religious music strictly. We later decided to do both, as long as the contemporary music doesn’t effect our values. We all still tight, its still “the Life”.

OO: Your album “Ali’Yah” had a impact on people everywhere, you seem to have anxious fans across the nation even in countries like Africa who were touched. So, I have to ask or else it wouldn’t be right; Do you think that  theres a possibility D.Black will lace back up the cleats and come back in the game?

NISSIM: I would be lying if I said I don’t think about it sometimes. But, truly Im content for the time being. Im working on some cool projects and seeing artists grow and develop, and its exciting to be apart of. D.Black is dead, Nis lives on.

Keep up with Nissim on twitter; @NissimBlack

Inspiration from August 1st, Really full of inspiration from a week of fasting to eating lol 🙂

Latest tunes in from the great ari lesser more-than-a-m-c.

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MirrorMenachem Av 13, 5772 · August 1, 2012
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

A mirror is simple. It has no shape or image of its own. If it did, it would not be able to reflect the image of other things. Simplicity is what makes a mirror a mirror.

Beyond our world is an Infinite Light, the origin of all that is. Relative to our world it is a nothingness. So simple and void, we feel as though we have no source at all. So formless, it is able to reflect whatever form we choose to show it from below.

Try it. Look up and celebrate. The heavens will celebrate along with you.

Simple.

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Today is: Wednesday, Av 13, 5772 · August 1, 2012

Today in Jewish History

Passing of Sir Moses Montefiore (1885)

Av 13 is the day of the passing, at age 101, of the famed philanthropist and Jewish advocate, Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885).

Link: About Sir Moses

Daily Quote

Abraham caused G-d’s name to be spoken in the mouths of all passerby. How so? After they ate and drank [in his home], they made to bless him. Said he to them: “Have you eaten of mine? Your food has been provided by the G-d of the world! Thank, praise and bless He who spoke the world into being!”

– Talmud, Sotah 10a
Daily Study

Chitas and Rambam for today:

Chumash: Va’etchanan, 4th Portion Deuteronomy 5:1-5:18 with Rashi
• English / Hebrew Linear Translation | Video ClassTehillim: Chapters 69 – 71
• Hebrew text
• English textTanya: Iggeret HaKodesh, beginning of Epistle 5
• English Text: Lessons in Tanya
• Hebrew Text
• Audio Class: Listen | Download
• Video ClassRambam:
• Sefer Hamitzvos:
English Text | Hebrew Text |  Audio: Listen | Download | Video Class
• 1 Chapter: Shevitat Yom Tov Chapter Three
English Text | Hebrew Text |  Audio: Listen | Download | Video Class
• 3 Chapters: Kli Hamikdash Chapter 6, Kli Hamikdash Chapter 7, Kli Hamikdash Chapter 8
English Text | Hebrew Text |  Audio: Listen | DownloadHayom Yom:
• English Text | Video ClassWe have been commanded to “love G-d with all of your hearts, all of your soul and all of your strength” [1] – which is referring to serving G-d either with money or to serve Him with love amidst any situation that he has put us in [2].Serving G-d through love can sometimes prove challenging (in a similar manner to the challenges of always serving Him with our all of our heart and soul [3]) and we must therefore be reminded to serve Him qualitatively in these areas. But how is our love of G-d demonstrated by spending “all” of our money on serving Him? Surely the challenge is only to maintain the quality of our service even when our finances are low and therefore for consistency we should have instead been reminded of this rather than spending “all” of our money on our Divine service. Indeed there is no requirement to spend more than a third of our income on our Divine service [4], which quite suffices to demonstrate our love of G-d.Mr and Mrs Greenberg (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan’s grandparents) were not particularly wealthy. They befriended a man they met in the park. His name was Charlie Birnbaum. He became a regular guest in their home.When Mr Birnbaum passed away the Greenberg’s were called by a lawyer – Charlie Greenberg had left them $10 000 (which was equivalent to about the value of a house today).Charlie Greenberg had no other relatives and left his life savings to the only people who showed him kindness.To serve G-d with “all” of your money is not referring to spending all of our life savings on an Esrog and not having enough to buy bread! And no, it is also not referring to writing a will dedicating all of our money to charity when we die.Rather then, it is referring to living our lives – always – in a manner that demonstrates our gratitude to G-d, Who has given and continues to give us all the care in the world.It is our recognition of His love of us and a demonstration of our love of Him.Have a lovely dear Shabbos,Dan. <- click here to learn more from Dan :)Additional sources:[1] Devarim 6:5[2] Rashi, Devarim 6:5[3] See ibid. See also Zohar, Shemos 162b[4] Bava Kamma 9

Inspiration from July 24th, The Arizal could’ve brought Moshaich – Eitan Kagan: He told his talmidim to join him on the walk to Yerushalayim…This meant he was about to bring Moshiach!

Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

You have to keep moving forward.

As long as you’re holding on to where you were yesterday,
you’re standing still.

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Today is: Tuesday, Av 5, 5772 · July 24, 2012
• Passing of “Ari” (1572)
Rabbi Isaac Luria Ashkenazi, known as Ari HaKadosh (“The Holy Lion”) passed away on the 5th of Av of the year 5332 from creation (1572 CE). Born in Jerusalem in 1534, he spent many years in secluded study near Cairo, Egypt. In 1570 he settled in Sefad, where he lived for two years until his passing at age 38. During that brief period, the Ari revolutionized the study of Kabbalah, and came to be universally regarded as one of the most important figures in Jewish mysticism. It was he who proclaimed, “In these times, we are allowed and duty-bound to reveal this wisdom,” opening the door to the integration of the teachings of Kabbalah–until then the province of a select few in each generation–into “mainstream” Judaism.

The Nine Days 2012—Laws and Customs< click here!

Correct. Famous story of him in the fields of Tsfas during LEcha Dodi
He told his talmidim to join him on the walk to Yerushalayim…This meant he was about to bring Moshiach
The talmidim told him that they first need to ask their Baal Habosters permission…
He realised they were not ready …
Rebbe has a good sicho on this
Bitul to a Tzadik…
As if the Ari Hakodesh never knew Halocha and didn’t consider Shalom Bayis as an iker…
Living by the Tzadik will bring Moshiach, specifically a Nasi Hador, which is higher than Tzadik

This Sunday is the fast of the 9 Av when we mourn over the spies return with a negative report of the Land of Israel [1]. But strangely the afternoon of 9 Av we relax our mourning as it is the time when the redeemer will be born who will bring us the ultimate happiness.

How and why do we entertain these two opposing themes on the same day?

And furthermore, being that we are mourning our spiritual losses, why do we express our mourning by limiting ourselves physically?

   A number of years ago, Rabbi Yaakov Galinsky of Bnei Barak went collecting overseas.

   One evening he phoned his wife. She asked him if he had managed to raise any money.

   “Over 8 million dollars,” he replied.

   “What do you mean?” she asked incredulously.  

   That day, he explained to his wife, he had met a man whose daughter was engaged to be married to a non-Jew. The man offered the Rabbi a million dollars if he could successfully persuade his daughter not to marry out.

   “I did not succeed,” concluded the Rabbi, “but if success was worth a million dollars to this man, we have 8 kids all married to Jews – that is worth at least 8 million dollars!”

 

 

Sometimes recognising that which we don’t have helps us appreciate the true worth of that which we do have.

 

The spies were not allowed to enter the land, but nevertheless G-d told Moshe that the next generations “who did not know good from evil this day – they will come there; to them shall I give it and they shall possess it” [2]. Whilst on a simple level the subject of this verse is the land of Israel, perhaps the seemingly superfluous repetition, ‘to them shall I give it and they shall possess it’ refers to the beginning of the verse which speaks of knowing good and evil. It therefore comes to remind us that a person actually acquires good or evil based on their free decision to follow them. This is what G-d will – tit-for-tat – ‘give’ them, for He leads a person on the path that they have chosen (or ‘come’ to) [3] and ultimately they will come to ‘possess it’ – either good or evil.

True happiness comes only when we are completely satisfied: both physically and spiritually. A person who ‘chooses’ this world and therefore seeks purely physical happiness will never truly be satiated, and will continue to seek but never actually attain true happiness. But a person who ‘chooses’ to believe in the next world and therefore ‘possesses’ [4] a portion in it will also be happy on this world because he recognises the true source of spiritual happiness and therefore only anticipates physical happiness from this world [5].

On the 9 Av, the redeemer is born. This is no coincidence. He is born as a result of our mourning. When we mourn our losses, we limit ourselves physically. We are demonstrating that we are not satiated by physical happiness alone, and on the contrary without the spiritual counterpart even our physical happiness is incomplete.

It is this recognition that gives birth to the redeemer, who will ultimately bring the greatest happiness of all… may it be speedily in our days.

Have a good Shabbos and a possessive 9th Av,

Dan.

Additional sources:

Story: heard from R. Yaakov Galinsky

[1] Taanis 29a

[2] Devarim 1:39

[3] E.g. Makkos 10b

[4] See Sanhedrin 10:1 and Sanhedrin 90a

[5] Similar to an idea heard from R. Yechiel Yaakovson

Inspiration from July 23rd, Only Give up on giving up!

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For the lost and the departed we grieve and forget. We only continue to grieve and regret for that which can be regained, that which can be changed.
For two thousand years we have been grieving the loss of our Temple and the unity of our people. Is there any greater testimony to the fact that we will soon regain that which makes us whole?
We still have the Torah and our connection to Hakadosh Baruch Hu (The Holy One). We will rectify that which has been broken, and we will keep the mainstay of the Torah, loving our friend like ourselves. We have faith and trust that we have Hashem, and we have more than we need, the only thing missing is what we give to others, God and man.
May Hashem build the Temple soon, and we will have a meaty Melave Malka this motzi Shabbos!

The Nine Days—Laws and Customs

 Heightened mourning, uplifting visions and rejoicing with mitzvot

The first nine days of the month ofAv, and also the morning of the tenth,1 are days of acute mourning for the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples.

During this time, we don’t:

  • Eat meat or drink wine, for during this period the sacrifices and wine libations in the Holy Temple ceased.2The exceptions to this rule are meat and wine consumed on Shabbat or as part of a meal that celebrates amitzvah, such as a circumcision, bar mitzvah, or the completion of a tractate of the Talmud.
  • Launder clothing (except for a baby’s)—even if they will not be worn during the Nine Days—or wear freshly laundered outer clothing.3 Those who wish to change their clothing daily should prepare a number of garments and briefly don each of them before the onset of the Nine Days. Then it is permitted to wear these “non-freshly laundered” garments during the Nine Days.
  • We don’t consume meat or wine, for during this period the sacrifices and wine libations ceasedSwim or bathe for pleasure.
  • Remodel or expand a home.
  • Plant trees to be used for shade or fragrance (as opposed to fruit trees).
  • Buy, sew, weave or knit new clothing—even if they will only be worn after the Nine Days.
    Exceptions to this rule: a) If you will miss a major sale, or if the garment will be unavailable later. b) For the purpose of a mitzvah, e.g., purchasing new clothing for a bride and groom.
  • Cut nails during the actual week of the fast of Tisha B’Av—i.e., starting from the Saturday night before the fast until the conclusion of the Nine Days.

The Sephardic custom is to observe the stringencies regarding meat, wine and bathing only in the week of Tisha B’Av.

Some more observances:

  • The Sanctification of the Moon is postponed until after Tisha B’Av.
  • There is no law forbidding traveling during the Nine Days; however, it is customary to refrain from traveling (or engaging in any potentially perilous activity) during these days, unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • One may become engaged to be married during this period, but no celebration should be held until after Tisha B’Av.

Note: All these restrictions are in addition to the restrictions that apply during all of the Three Weeks.

Shabbat Chazon

The Shabbat preceding the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Chazon—“Shabbat of the Vision.” This Shabbat’s reading from the Prophets begins with the wordsChazon Yeshayahu, the “vision of Isaiah” regarding the destruction of the Holy Temple. The legendary chassidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev said that on this special Shabbat, every Jewish soul is shown a vision of the third Holy Temple. The purpose of this vision is to arouse within every Jew a yearning to actually see this edifice which will be built by G‑d, and to do as many mitzvotas possible in order to realize this dream. While this vision may not be sensed with the physical eyes, the soul certainly experiences this vision, and it affects the person on the subconscious level.

There is no mourning on Shabbat—click here for more on this topic.

We try to moderate the sadness through participating in permissible celebrationsIf possible, this week’s havdalah wine or grape juice should be given to a child—younger than bar/bat mitzvahage—to drink.

Click here for the rules that apply if this Shabbat falls on the eighth or ninth of Av.

The Inner Dimension

“When the month of Av enters, we reduce our joy . . .”

—Talmud, Taanit 26b

The entire month of Av is considered to be an inopportune time for Jews. Our Sages advised that a Jew who is scheduled to have a court hearing—or anything of a similar nature—against a gentile during this month should try to postpone it until after Av, or at least until after the Nine Days.

On the positive side, as we get closer and closer to the Messianic era, when these days will be transformed from days of sadness to days of joy, we start to focus on the inner purpose of the destruction, which is to bring us to a higher level of sensitivity and spirituality, and ultimately to the rebuilding—with even greater grandeur and glory—of all that was destroyed.

We therefore try to moderate the sadness through participating in permissible celebrations. It is therefore the Chabad custom to have someone complete a tractate of the Talmud each day of the Nine Days, in order to infuse these days with permissible joy.

Click here for more on this topic.

FOOTNOTES
1. The Temple was set ablaze on the afternoon of the ninth of Av, and burned through the tenth.
2. Through custom, this prohibition has been expanded to include food cooked with meat. However, one may eat food that was prepared in a meat pot or utensil.
3. Shoes purchased specifically for the Ninth of Av—e.g., shoes made from canvas or rubber—may be worn even if they are new.
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The Source of Tragedy

By RABBI SHLOMO PRICE

Imagine, you come home one day, and you are greeted by a terrible smell coming from the kitchen. Your first priority is to track down the source and get rid of it. We would not think too highly of anyone who finds the source, but doesn’t do anything to remove it.

Now, if we could only find the “source of tragedy” (which is worse than any smell) then we could work on eradicating that as well. There are no words to describe the person that knows the source and doesn’t do anything to remove it. But what is the source!?

The answer can be seen in the Kinos of Tisha B’Aav. In the Artscroll Kinos p.270, Rabbi Feuer and Rabbi Gold wrote a beautiful and moving introduction for Kinah 25 “Mi Yiten Roshi Mayim– Would That My Head Were Water.” (Tisha B’Av has a lot more meaning when you understand what you are saying).

They explain that this is the first kinnah that is apparently unrelated to the destruction of the two Temples. Indeed this elegy mourns the calamity that befell the Jewish communities of the Rhineland- Worms, Speyer and Mainz (Mayence)- in the year 1096, during the First Crusade, over one thousand years after the destruction of the Second Temple. It was included here to demonstrate that the source and cause of all Jewish tragedies in exile can and must be traced back to the destruction of our Temple. The following incident illustrates this concept vividly.

When the Jewish people became aware of the awesome devastation that befell our nation at the hands of the murderous Nazis in World War II, many sought to establish a new day of national mourning to commemorate Churban Europa (the Holocaust). The contemporary Torah leaders were consulted. Among the responses was that of the “Brisker Rav” Rav Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik, who said that the reply lies in this Kinah (25). Why didn’t the great Rabbis and Sages of that generation- among them the greatest of the Rishonim, including Rashi- establish a new day of national mourning to commemorate that newtragedy? The author of this Kinah addresses the question and offers this insight:

Please take to your hearts to compose a bitter eulogy,/ because their massacre is deservant of mourning and rolling in dust/ as was the burning of the House of our G-D, its Hall and its Palace./ However, we cannot add a (new) day (of mourning) over ruin and conflagration, / nor may we mourn any earlier-only later. / Instead, today (on Tisha B’Ov), I will arouse my sorrowful wailing, / and I will eulogize and wail and weep with a bitter soul, / and my groans are heavy from morning until evening.

Thus, the essential purpose of this kinnah is to drive home this lesson: There are really no new tragedies befalling Israel. All of our woes stem from one tragic source-the Destruction of the Temple on Tishah B’Av . To establish a new day of mourning would detract from the significance of Tishah B’Av and obscure its lesson and message.

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About Ashreinu

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Our mission is to instill in our students a lifelong love and commitment to Torah, Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. This is accomplished through our unique curriculum combining a half day of Dynamic Torah Study, with Community Internships and a full program of educational and Challenging Tiyulim.

Ashreinu’s energetic staff is dedicated to the development of each and every student in a warm and caring environment!

The Nine Days and Licking our Wounds

The closer we get to Moshiach, the more Hashem is exposing previously concealed things. In other words, the truth is becoming more apparent daily.

People often ask me, how does one differentiate between a true Jew and a person with the spiritual makeup of erev rav (the tag-alongs that attached themselves to our people during the Exodus from Egypt and who initiated the Golden Calf fiasco)? Up until now, discerning between the two has been difficult. But, events in recent years reveals exactly who the erev rav are:

1. No Jew would force another Jew to lose his home, especially in the Land of Israel. Only the erev rav would do that.

2. No Jew would clamor for another Jew to go to jail because the latter truly devotes his life to learning Torah. Disdain of Torah is also another clear sign of erev rav.

RavElyashiv JPRav Elyashiv of saintly and blessed memory (image left courtesy ofjpost.com) left the physical world yesterday. We, the Jewish people, are licking a painful wound. The Rav zatza”l was surely a sacrifice for the World of Torah, which so many petty, self-serving, miniscule politicians yearning for notoriety have decided to attack in recent weeks. It’s truly amazing how the same party and politicians that initiated the devastating disengagement and destruction of Jewish Gaza, known popularly as Gush Katif, are the ones who have been demanding fierce sanctions including jail sentences for Torah learners who desire to cling to Torah. These are without a doubt the erev ravwithin our midst.

Do not take the passing of Rav Elyashiv zatza”l lightly; on the same day – yesterday – tragedy struck the Jewish people in the form of the terror attack in Bulgaria. Not only that, but with the Syrian mega-hit in Damascus yesterday, the final nail has been put in the coffin of Syrian stability. We now have highly volatile, instable borders with Egypt, Lebanon, Gaza, and Syria. Tensions are very high, and a match could set off an explosion between Israel and Hizbolla/Iran.

So what do we do? During the Nine Days, beginning tonight, we must put aside virtually everything else and concentrate on getting closer to Hashem. That means more Torah, more teshuva, more emuna, and more personal prayer. Men, it’s time to start guarding your eyes and to take personal holiness seriously. Women, it’s time to start covering your hair and dressing modestly. People with fake emuna, even though they look the part, must begin serving Hashem for real. And yes, the fakes who are listed as Torah learners but who are walking around doing nothing should be drafted, right away along with all the secular kids who are dodging the draft too. We all have to fight with dedication; if not with a Gemara, then with an M-16.

The voice of Moses is calling once more, Mi L’Hashem ai’lie! He who chooses Hashem, join me! The People of Israel are down, but certainly not out. We’ll soon see big miracles, but on the way, there will be a tremendous birur, or sifting process. Make sure you make the right choice.

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Only when you are happy, when you are full of joy, then you can control your mind and get your mind to sit down and think straight. So, therefore, it says, “Ki b’simcha tetzeu [Isaiah 55] With joy you go out from exile.”

(Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach – from the book “Rebbe Nachman Says…”)
You can buy the book online from www.shlomoc.com

“This book, in recording Rebbe Shlomo zatzal’s teachings for posterity, shows how his every utterance was a holy niggun. We owe a deep note of gratitude to Zivi Ritchie for his wonderful work.” — Rabbi Lazer Brody – – – – –

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The Shabbosim of Bain HaMitzarim

The weekdays of Bain HaMitzarim are currently the lowest and saddest days of the year. However, every Shabbos, the world is elevated and we experience a preview of the era of Mashiach. When Mashiach will come, the period of Bain HaMitzarim will shed its mournful character and be transformed into the most elevated and joyful weeks of the year.
The radiance of Bain Hamitzarim – so thoroughly obscured during the week – shines through on Shabbos, the day when we catch a glimpse of the era of Mashiach.

Friday night, we consol Yerushalayim, “Rav Lach Sheves BeEmek HaBacha,” ‘You stayed in the valley of tears long enough;’ you will soon arise from your seat of mourning.
The Maor VaShamesh, interpreted this stanza as follows: Rav Lach – great is for you, Sheves – the Shabbos, BeEmek HaBacha – that occurs in the valley of tears – in the depth and gloom of Bain Hamitzarim.
The three Shabbosim of Bain HaMitzarim are the most exalted of the year because then we experience a foretaste of the great festivals they will be when Mashiach will come.

Source:  Written English Translation of Parshas Matios Torah

Solar Storms and Global Warming from Lazer Brody 🙂

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Rays emerging from a “solar storm”, which is an explosion or a “rip” in the sun’s atmosphere – image courtesy of NASA by way of Yahoo News

The Prophet Malachi (3:19-20) teaches us that at the end of days, the sun’s intensity will increase, vastly heating the earth. The wicked shall burn like straw but the righteous shall be healed.

Our sages elaborate that as we arrive at Judgment Day, Hashem will “remove the sun from it’s protective cover.” In a nutshell, that’s what global warming is all about. We can see that all over the world, there are record temperatures, floods, and climatic craziness.

The “Ramchal” of saintly and blessed memory, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto writes in his Kabbalistic discourse Pnot HaMerkava says that the naked light of the sun will be illuminating for those who love Hashem. In other words, for them, it will be beneficial.

Hashem in His amazing loving-kindness is giving us a sweet wakeup call: “Judgment Day is near, beloved children. Don’t be afraid, just strengthen yourselves in emuna and come closer to Me.” The Solar Storm from last Thursday is still sending heat particles that are making the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) into a dazzling light show that used to be seen only from the states bordering Canada and northward, but can now be seen even as south as South Dakota, such as the image from Sunday that we received courtesy of Spaceweather.com:

Northern Lights Sw
Look at Hashem’s compassion – it’s the Three Weeks, but yet the wakeup calls are this sweet. Let’s strengthen ourselves in emuna now, and we won’t have to spend so much money on expensive sunscreen lotions.

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Nachum Segal and Rabbi Gotch Yudin Discuss Ashreinu Live at JM in the AM

Dec 29, 2011 10:45 AM
This new school opening in Beit Shemesh promises a unique post H.S. learning experience for boys from around the world.

Nachum Segal welcomed Rabbi Gotch Yudin to the JM in the AM studio this morning for a discussion focusing on the new yeshiva opening in Beit Shemesh in the Fall,Ashreinu, which Rabbi Yudin will be Rosh Yeshiva of. They began their conversation with a brief look at the current news from the streets and then moved on to future endeavors. Located in an area called Kiryat Chinuch Ashreinu hopes to offer a post high school learning experience like no other. The students will be involved in chesed projects, “social internships,” as well as educational trips around the country to help them gain a greater appreciation for our heritage and our Holy Land. The yeshiva also plans to focus on each students’ talents and abilities to help their individual strengths shine through. Click the link to listen.

First annual Beit Ruth gala dinner held in New York

The Jaffa Institute hosted its first annual Beit Ruth gala dinner in New York on 20 June, 2012

The Beit Ruth Educational Village will be established on a 100,000 square foot plot (16 dunams) of land near the city of Afula. The Beit Ruth Educational Village will be a safe haven for teenage girls who struggle to develop socially, academically, and emotionally. This place will provide them with therapeutic, rehabilitating, social, recreational, and educational enrichment programs all while nurturing their personal sense of self-esteem and self belief. For more info please click <- here!

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For unity amongst our people !
Birchas Avigdor
The great joy that’s always available
Sometimes Hashem causes a bereavement in order to remove that outer shell of gashmius (material) Simcha that blinds you and makes you forget the true Simcha.
Sometimes people are bereaved of everything and they’re left naked of all their possessions, all alone on the world. What’s the purpose? The purpose is, Look my friend, Hashem says, you’ve been wasting your life! You’ve been showering all your affections on your children. What about Me? That’s the purpose of your existence, to learn to love Hashem. The greatest happiness is waiting for you. Instead you loved your money.
So Hashem bereaves a man of his property. You learn to love your big strong body and now you’re reduced to a hospital patient and you can’t move. Your body is nothing to look at. When a man has lost everything he is reminded despite all of his losses the great joy still available: to love Hashem. Now his body interferes with his soul. His body is mourning for all of his losses, and his soul rejoices in the knowledge of Hashem.
But there’s no contradiction: in his subconscious mind he is happy with Hashem more than ever before, because he has nothing else to be happy with. It’s an instinct of human beings to be happy. People want to be happy, and now that he’s deprived of everything he goes back to the true happiness of Hashem. (Tape #685, True Happiness)
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 The Mini-Temple

During the Three Weeks, each of us must do his or her own part to rebuild the Holy Temple, which was destroyed during this time of the year. What can we do?

Our sages tell us that a divorce is tantamount to the destruction of the Holy Temple. We can thereby rebuild the Holy Temple by first rebuilding our mini-temple, our marital peace. When enough of us attain true marital bliss, wait and see how fast we’ll see our national Holy Temple once more. Here’s how:

We have been instructed “not accept ransom for the life of a murderer who is deemed evil and must die” [1]. Of course any proper judicial system must have specific punishments fitting for each respective deed. In this case the murderer cannot be excused by payment, but rather he “must die” [2]. But why is it necessary to add that he “is deemed evil”? Of course a murderer is evil!

   A teacher on her first day on the job, was assigned an ‘extremely difficult class’, who although they were 8th grade, they were closer to 2nd grade in their maturity level. The dean explained how he had tried absolutely everything with the class, but there had been no improvement. On the contrary they appeared to be getting worse and worse. Now due to a lack of funds, there was to be no more ‘special treatment’ and it was this teacher who had been assigned to the class – there was simply no choice in the matter.

   After about a year – it was complete miracle – the kids were acting their age!

   “I just have one question for you,” the dean asked bewildered, “I tried everything with that class; how exactly did you do it?”

   “Actually I have a question for you,” the teacher retorted, “at the beginning of the year you described these children as being immature, but why would you have said such a thing? It turns out in fact they were very clever”

   After having personal experience with that particular class, the dean knew beyond all shadow of a doubt that they were very far from ‘clever’. “And how did you come to that conclusion?” he challenged.

   “Well that is quite simple,” replied the teacher, “next to each name on the register their I.Q. level was printed, and each one was extremely high!”

   “Actually, that number,” concluded the dean, “was their locker number.”

Of course we are at least somewhat bound by the physical nature of this world. A table is a table, a kick hurts and a difficult class is a difficult class. But at the same there is also another equally – and sometimes even more powerful force: ourselves [3].

Our actions are affected by ourselves. Sometimes our attitude can even defy reality. By going through the very same physical motions, one person might fail, whereas a different person who believes they can make a difference can indeed make a difference.

It is not just what it is, but where it came from.

This is true of everything physical: despite the intrinsic qualities of an action or an object, they also carry with them certain qualities that they have absorbed – even ‘subconsciously’ – along their travels.

Avraham our forefather refused to take anything from the king of Sodom [4] because he recognised that it would have been affected by the negative attitudes of Sodom [5] that opposed Avraham’s Divine service [6].

The evil Haman’s descendants studied Torah in Bnei Barak [7]! Why? Because they inherited money from Haman which he had taken from the Jews. In addition to the intrinsic value of the money, it was Jewish money: it carried a special power to bring about positive results which it had absorbed from being in the hands of the righteous Jews.

We do not accept money from a murderer not only because we must be true to the judicial system, but also because accepting money from a person “who is deemed evil” – even in a ‘permitted’ fashion – will ultimately result in being negatively influenced by it.

Not every gift is free: nothing should be taken for its face value.

Have a valuable Shabbos,

Dan. <-click here for more!

Additional sources:

(First) story heard from R. Elimelech Belsky

[1] Bamidbar 35:31

[2] Rashi and Sifsei Chachamim, ibid.

[3] Ramban; Raavad, Sefer Yetzira; Igra d’Kalla; Sefas Emes, Shavuos 736; Baal Shem Tov

[4] Bereishis 14:23

[5] See Pirkei Avos 5:10

[6] Micah 7:20

[7] Gittin 57b; Sanhedrin 96b

Inspiration from July 15th, Good week all 🙂

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Answers to a Pastor (video link) 

One of the Nicest Letters I Have Ever Received

Hello Rabbi,

I was wondering if you have all your books and CD’s in stock, I live in Canada and would like to order them.

I’d like to add that I’m not Jewish, (not that it matters) but I find great joy and common sense in your teachings! I would like somehow or other to reach across our cultures and if only in my heart, see you as a friend and teacher. I’m 66 yrs old, I live in Vancouver B.C. Canada and have struggled with faith and making sense of religion for years.

I’m cult’ed out, finished with India, the Roman Catholic Church, the ‘new-age’ mysticism etc etc….. It was your comment to that preacher.. “who did Je-sus pray to?” It was like a slap in the face, it woke me up!

I’d love to hear from you, and if I never get to meet you let me thank you for your work and your concern for the rest of us.

I hope I haven’t come across as some kook…I’m not!

I hope this finds you well and in joy.

Shalom

Gary

Gutman’s answer;

Shalom Gary,

You do not sound like a kook, not at all. You sound like one of us who has spent his life searching, and only found disappointment. I bet you are going to make it, though. Not many people are really searching for the truth today, and instead are satisfied with what they have been doing, even though it has never paid off.

My books and music are available from www.thereisone.com

I recommend that you learn the Seven Commandments of Noah, and follow those simple commandments. This will give you a holy life in this world, and a share in the World to Come. You can search out such sites as AskNoah.org

Let me know if you have any questions.

Be well,

Your friend,

Gutman – I Bet You a Buck…

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Dovid HaMelech , King David the king of Israel, forever!

Dovid Melech yisrael chai vkayam
posted by Eliezer Goldsmithon Monday, July 9, 2012 at 2:01pm ·

written by Yam HaChochmah

Dovid HaMelech

“And They Will Seek Hashem their G-d, and Dovid Their King”

A Brief History of Dovid King of Yisrael. Our master, the “Light of Yisrael,” the “Annointed One of Hashem,” Dovid

HaMelech, son of Yishai of Beis Lechem and Nitzeves bas Edal,

was born during the year 2854. Keep seeking our King at the link above and within Tehlim / Psalms !!! 🙂

iNSPIRATION from July 11th, the fire from within 🙂 Remember who we really are 🙂

Before anyone gets confused, please read this<- , an Anonymous answer to Matisyahu’s changes and his article in aish.com with five big ?’s! thanks to G-d!
Now feel free to read below and remember , this is very confused!!!They posted my comments … 🙂aish.comMatisyahu -> Midnightrabbi inspires

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Click to visit the original postIn Memory of Leiby Kletzky a”h Leiby a”h brought Klal Yisroel together. Let us honor him by staying together.

Leiby;s name is yehudah ben Nachman a’h

Let us dedicate this blog and our positive actions make a difference

Yehudah is the name all the JEWISH people take i.e. Yid Click to visit the original post

Let us build in this tragic time.
Yehudah comes from the word thanks!

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Remember and never forget the precious children of Yisrael and may we hear only good news in Leiby’s merit , a year after his passing ! B’DH

Choose Your World

Hashem gives parents a clear-cut choice in life, this world or the next, material amenities or Torah. More than anything else, our choices influence our children’s choices.

Being  Sensitivite To Others-Part II

I personally have experienced something similar, but nowhere near the pain of the article, “Lifestyles of the Childless Poor” [see Part I], when I was still looking for a shidduch-match in marriage.

I had been learning in a big Yeshiva and it happened that I went out with a girl who had a brother in the same yeshiva. It was no secret, so this boy knew that I went out with his sister. As had happened many times, it didn’t work out, and after only one time she felt it wasn’t a shidduch. A while later the brother of this girl felt “obligated” to tell me that his sister just became engaged to someone else. Maybe he felt that since I “knew” her (for at least one night), I would be interested to know. The truth is, had I been working on my middos and studying mussar, I should have rejoiced and thanked him. However, I was far from such things, and all I could think about was this fellow’s insensitivity. I thought to myself, “Is he trying to make me jealous? Here I am still a bachelor and his sister, who rejected me, found somebody better.” Of course, that wasn’t his intention, but he should have thought twice before telling me.

On the other hand, I will now tell you a story of my shidduch adventures where someone did show great concern and sensitivity for my feelings.

Since I was on the shidduch circuit for five years, I had the “honor” to be notified many times, by different matchmakers, in many different ways of the cessation of a shidduch. I could probably write a book on the different expressions that were used to convey the message to me that shidduch # ? decided to call it quits. “Your personalities clash.” “It’s not a shidduch.” “She said, ‘It’s not for her.’ ” One of them even said, “She doesn’t want to close the door completely on the shidduch, but meanwhile ….” I’m still waiting for her to open the door and find out it’s too late. In all of these situations the matchmaker made you feel rejected or a loser. Of course it’s all Divine Providence and your right shidduch will come, and they don’t mean to hurt you, but still one feels somewhat slighted.

There was one exception to this occurrence. I was once approached by a young married fellow in our Yeshiva who was a very ethical person- a real baal mussar. After all, he was a grandson of Rabbi Chazkel Levenstien the famous Mashgiach of Mir, and Ponovez. He arranged an interesting shidduch for me and I went out. When I told him that I was interested in seeing her again, he said he would find out what the girl thought. A while later he came over to me and put his hand around me. Then he said with such sincerity, “Reb Shloima, she’s not for you.” Then it hit me. He wasn’t saying that I was rejected (even though that’s exactly what happened). He was saying that she is not good enough for me. There was somebody better, more suitable, waiting for me (and he was right). It doesn’t take too much effort to be sensitive to and not to hurt others’ feelings.

If we would think carefully, we would see that this point comes up quite often and with a little forethought we could avoid an indirect hurting situation.

You are invited to a wedding and you are looking for a ride. Naturally, you ask someone whom you assume was invited to the wedding. But when you ask for the ride, the person embarrassingly tells you that he wasn’t invited.

How can you avoid this situation? Just explain to the people who are making the wedding that you need a ride and want to avoid an embarrassing situation. Maybe they can tell you who they invited from your neighborhood with a car.

The next situation is a personal one that I had experienced myself. It was the custom in the Yeshiva that I attended in America, that when one of the fellows got married he wouldn’t send his friends in Yeshiva invitations to their homes by the mail. That would cost a lot of postage. Instead, one of the choson’s- groom’s friends would give out all the invitations in the dining room during lunchtime.

Now imagine the scene. Out of around 500 boys, maybe only 100 get invitations. After all, you can’t invite the whole world. Now, the boys who got the invitations joyfully would open them up, in front of everybody, to read them. Of course they don’t mean to hurt anybody else’s feelings, and maybe the others who weren’t invited shouldn’t feel hurt. But the bottom line is, not all of the other boys learned enough mussar for it not to hurt them. In fact, many are slighted because they thought they were very close to the choson. I know that I personally felt hurt (except in the rare times that I had received an invitation) and decided quietly to myself that when I would get married I would not give out the invitations that way. (Of course, those that received the invitations at the dining room could have avoided the problem by putting them away and looking at them later in private where it wouldn’t hurt anybody).

Well, Baruch Hashem, that great day arrived and I was finally a choson. I realized that now I have to keep my word. On the other hand, it would be quite expensive to send so many invitations in the mail, so I came up with a great compromise.

All incoming mail to the Yeshiva would come into the Yeshiva office, which was in the same vicinity as the Yeshiva. Now, I put all the invitations in the office (without stamps) and the boys picked them up whenever they wanted and read them wherever they wanted. Even if some of the boys read it in front of others, this certainly was not the same as so many boys reading it at the same time at the dining room.

Another point that I was sensitive to concerning weddings happened about 38 years ago. A wedding consists of the actual ceremony or chupa and the festive meal that comes afterward. Now, when I lived in America the custom was that if you were invited to the whole wedding including the meal, you received a return card with the invitation to be able to confirm that you would attend the meal. If you didn’t get a return card, that meant you were only invited to the chupa and not the meal. Whoever got a return card could look forward to a beautifully catered meal. Of course that is not the main reason to go to a wedding, but to some of us Yeshiva guys, a good meal doesn’t hurt. It is embarrassing to say, but I personally was one of those who looked forward to the meal.

Well, at one wedding, I had received my return card and promptly confirmed that I was coming. When I got there, I was in for a surprise. Instead of the sumptuous meal that I expected, I was introduced to a new concept call a “bachurim table” a buffet type table for some of the unmarried friends of the choson. This didn’t have all the fancy foods that everybody else got. In fact, it didn’t even have all the food that it was supposed to have (probably a caterer’s error). There wasn’t even bread or rolls to make a “meal” out of it. I was a bit hungry after this kind of “meal.” Now, usually when one gets invited to the regular meal he doesn’t eat supper (and sometime not even lunch) in anticipation of the great meal that he expected at the wedding. If I had known what I was going to get at this wedding, I would have eaten before. I understood that the “bachurim table” was to make the wedding less expensive, but why didn’t the choson tell us before not to expect a meal, so we would have acted accordingly. I know that this is only food and we shouldn’t make such a big deal about it, but we still have to be sensitive to someone else’s feelings (especially if that someone else was I). Again, I decided that when I would get married I wouldn’t have this “bachurim table”.

However, when that great moment arrived, I was being convinced that if you want to invite a lot of your friends you have to make such a table. If you don’t do it, you would only be able to invite a fraction of the friends that you wanted to invite.

So, I decided on two remedies to avoid the problem I had encountered years ago.

First of all, when I gave out the invitations, I apologized to every friend that had to be at the bachurim table. I explained that I wish that I could have invited them all for the whole meal, but the budget didn’t allow it. Now they knew before the wedding, and could prepare accordingly.

Secondly, I also made sure that the caterer would put a lot of good food on their table and give them plenty of rolls and bread. In fact, at the actual wedding, I went around to those tables to make sure they were being treated properly. I was pleased to hear that they were given such good food that the guests who were at the regular tables came to see if they could get something.

May we internalize these lessons and it should hopefully lead to eradicating Sinas Chinam.

I want to close with the words of our Mashgiach, who wrote, “May we all be worthy together with all of our brothers to dance together next year with the building of the 3rd Bais Hamikdash.”             from Rabbi price!

Rabbi Price

My Rebbi once said over a very important lesson in dealing with people.

Moshe spoke to Hashem, saying. “May Hashem, G-d of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the assembly. Who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall take them out and bring them in; and let the assembly of Hashem not be like sheep that have no shepherd.” Hashem said to Moshe, “Take to yourself Yehoshua son of Nun, a man in whom there is spirit, and lean your hand upon him” (Bemidbar 27:15-18).

Rashi interprets these passages according to the words of Chazal who explained that since no two people are alike, Moshe requested that the future leader of Israel be ‘a man in whom there is spirit,” meaning, one who understands the individual spirit of each and every Jew and knows how to deal with him accordingly.

The truth is, though, that even the same person must be dealt with differently at different times and in various situations. Consequently, to be successful in his mission, the true leader of Israel needs a large dose of siyata DiShemaya (Heavenly assistance). Rabbi Baruch Shim’on Shneerson zt”l, son-in-law of the Gaon of Tshebin ztvk”l, was such a man. He had the insight to understand whom he was dealing with, and the proper way to handle the situation at that particular moment. And he also had help from Above enabling him to be successful as the following story in Aleynu Leshabeiach clearly illustrates.

One his students, who wanted to continue learning Torah after his wedding, was offered the opportunity to do so by the father of his potential bride. However, after the engagement, it became obvious that the girl’s father had no intention whatsoever of fulfilling his financial obligations to the young man. The chosson’s father went to Reb Baruch Shim’on for advice. Contrary to his usually very gentle nature, the Rabbi immediately sent a strongly worded message to the girl’s father informing him in no uncertain terms that if he did not keep his promises, the engagement would be considered null and void. A short while later, the father handed over the entire amount to his future son-in-law.

However, after the wedding, during the sheva berachos, the young man was shocked to find out that his father-in-law had swindled him by taking many loans, for the entire amount, on his daughter’s name! It was now his obligation to repay them all. Trembling, the young man went to visit his Rabbi and ask his advice. Rabbi Shneerson asked the young man if he thought there was any hope of getting his father-in-law to cover the loans and he said absolutely not. The wise Rabbi suggested then that he not make an issue out of it at all, for the sake of his marriage which would only be ruined if he protested. “Trust in Hashem,” Reb Baruch Shim’on concluded, “and you will see that He will help you.”

The wise young man did as his Rabbi had counseled him and let the issue pass without comment. To his amazement, right after the sheva berachos he got a call from a relative who was a rabbi. It seems that a student in his yeshiva had just arrived from the USA and he needed a private tutor. The affluent, American parents were offering eight times the amount of a regular kolel stipend.

A day or two later, the Mashigiach, Rabbi Mordechai Rimer zt”l called to say that in his yeshiva too a weak student needed a private tutor and his parents were offering four times the average stipend. Consequently, this young man found himself earning twelve times the amount he had expected to receive and within a very short time he paid off all of the debts which had been forced upon him.

What he didn’t know was that these “miracles” were the result of the efforts of his Rabbi, Rabbi Shneerson, who had searched and found these exorbitant sources of income in order to help his student who had obeyed him.

But the most amazing thing is that as soon as the debts were paid, the first student got engaged and left that yeshiva and the second one changed to another yeshiva too. It was clear that there was obvious siyata diShemaya which had helped the concerned and dedicated Rabbi keep his promise to the young man. Now, he was free to learn in a kolel full-time and pursue his Torah studies all day without any financial burden at all.

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Although today, Sunday, is the 18th of Tammuz, we fast today because the 17th fell yesterday on Shabbat, and we don’t fast on Shabbat.

The 17th of Tammuz is a historically tragic day for the Jewish people; among other calamities, here is a partial list of the worst:

“He Doesn’t Want to!” from @gutman locks 🙂

I walked up to this nice family and asked the old man in the wheelchair to put on tefillin. His son jumped in and said, “He doesn’t want to!”

I said to the son, “What are you saying? Of course he wants to put on tefillin!”

He looked down at his father and asked him if he wanted to do such a thing. The old man smiled a little and nodded, “Alright.”

He was almost ninety years old. His family moved to Israel from Romania a few years before the holocaust so they all survived.

Even though his father put on tefillin, the son still refused. It was a tough, secular, Israeli family.

I had the father bless his son, and to say out loud all of the good things that he wanted G-d to give the boy. This is something even the secular Israelis usually like to do. Even though they show their tough side to the public they have very warm hearts for their children.

After the father blessed his son, I told the boy that when he became 13 he too could put on tefillin. He father quickly said that he already was 13.

“Okay,” I said with a big smile, “Then you too can put on tefillin,” and I gently pulled the boy over and put tefillin on him.

Then I went after his father, again. He was still tough, but seeing his father with tefillin, and his son also with tefillin on, he softened a little and I was able to pull his arm hard enough that he smiled and gave in, too.

We see this over and over again. They refuse with harsh looks, and if you are clever enough, you get them to agree, and then you see their harsh faces turn into sweet smiles.

Fast of 17 Tammuz from Lazer Brody ! 

Although today, Sunday, is the 18th of Tammuz, we fast today because the 17th fell yesterday on Shabbat, and we don’t fast on Shabbat.

The 17th of Tammuz is a historically tragic day for the Jewish people; among other calamities, here is a partial list of the worst:

1. Upon descending Mount Sinai and seeing the Golden Calf, Moses shattered the first tablets upon which written the Ten Commandments (2448 in the Hebrew calendar, or 1322 BCE).

2. The walls of the First Holy Temple were breached by Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian forces in the year 3184 (586 BCE).

3. A year earlier to the day, because of the Babylonian siege on Jerusalem and the shortage of sheep, the daily sacrifices in the Temple were terminated.

4. King Menashe, an evil and idolatrous king, placed an idol in the Holy Sanctuary of the Temple.

5. Titus and the Romans breaches the walls of the Second Temple in 3670 (70 CE), which led to the destruction of the Temple 3 weeks later on the 9th of Av (“Tisha B’Av”).

6. The wicked Apostomos, made a massive persecution of Jews and publicly burned the Torah.

7. Pope Gregory IX ordered the confiscation and burning of all Talmudic manuscripts in 4999 (1239).

There’s a lot more, unfortunately.

* * * * *

The politically-fueled forces demonstrating today – on the Fast of 17 Tammuz – want to convince us that they are seeking democracy. I truly hope they’re sincere. But, if Hashem arranged that today be the date of their demonstration, it’s a hint that this is just another attack on the world of Torah.

For sure, no one in Israel, should shirk his civic responsibility and duty. Our duties are twofold: spiritual and material. Those who learn Torah with full-time dedication are certainly fulfilling their duties. If one is not manning a spiritual battle station, then he should be manning a material battle station, as we wrote last week. It’s funny though how the flag-wavers of democracy in Tel Aviv don’t say a word about the growing number of Israeli secular youth who fulfill neither duty, spiritual or material. No one has said a word about them. Why? The whole business of “equality in the draft” is demogoguery, not democracy, where dozens of wannabe Knesset members who have nothing to offer are striving for the cheap vote in who will succeed in hating the World of Torah the most. They’ll never learn.

At any rate, the threats against the World of Torah in Israel also come from Hashem. The demonstrators call themselves Suckers. They’re right. Hashem wants us to improve and strengthen our Torah learning and dedication, so He uses suckers to threaten the World of Torah. This is all for the best and for our own good, like everything else Hashem does. The World of Torah in Israel, as well as our country, will emerge stronger and more dedicated. But meanwhile, the suckers – and the politicians who support them – are joining the ranks of Nebuchadnezzar and Titus. Spiritually, they have now exposed themselves.

Have an easy fast.

A Raging Sea

I just came back from my regular eye exam. The doctor is such a fine person. He is an eye surgeon, and a disease specialist, too. Thank G-d, all was well.

He is a very intelligent, calm, Israeli with patience, and a very pleasant disposition. He is not Torah observant. I have been seeing him for a number of years. I like him.

Today, he was moved to point to an old picture of a very religious-looking Jewish man that hangs on his office wall. He told me that he was his grandfather, and that he was the very important chief rabbi of his city in Europe. The doctor seemed rightfully proud of his righteous ancestor.

Subtly referring to his lack of Torah observance, I asked him, “But what happened to his grandson?” (the doctor)

He defended himself eloquently. “The prophets have told us that G-d is not interested in our sacrifices, and ceremonies, but in our hearts… that we should be good people, and be humble.” He was roughly quoting the Prophet Micah.[i]

I said, “What you are calling ceremony, I have found to be spiritual tools… exercises that open our eyes to G-d’s Presence.”

He did not give up, “It is alright for you, if you have found this good for yourself, but each person can take his own path.”

I did not give up either. “The real problem with straying from the physical practices of the Torah is that once you leave them you go further and further away, until there is even intermarriage, and the grandchildren are called Luke and John instead of Aaron and Moshe.”

His face dropped. His confidence left him. His eyes saddened. He had forgotten that a few years ago he told me that his daughter had moved to San Francisco, and married a wonderful, but non Jewish man.

There are no rituals in the Torah. Each is a precious vehicle that can safely take us across a raging sea.

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What is all the independence for? Well tonight is Gimmel Tammuz – The Yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe! The 3rd day of the Jewish month of Tammuz – Gimmel be’Tammuz, and the Jewi…

Inspiration from 2nd July, My Sunflower and Truth in Shreds

Shreds 470

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My Sunflower ! <-Click here for more! now-thats-what-i-call-a-birthday-cake on Matisyahu <- click here for more!

Listen too ->my-sunflower <- & remember this was written 10 years ago just before the twin towers fell! 2 souls got engaged and erected 2 strong towers that become one and will never be destroyed with this eternal unity! Remember 15 years ago when 2 souls first met. Well truth is here your going to have to imagine. In Heaven its harder to make matches/ Shidduchim than splitting the Red Sea. However, that is what Hashem, Himself was busy with, since the beginning of time.

2 souls are yearning to meet. And meet they do, on Yom Kippur day outside after Shul hopping in their secular atire / earings 2.

Great strugglegroup613/simcha-old-scool to new scool sing-and-dance-simcha

Rabbi Eli Goldsmith, the midnightrabbi, consultant of the JIM = Jaffa Institute & Midnightrabbi eli goldsmith, notes “This morning one of the very special Rabbis of our generation, Rabbi Moshe Wolfson asks ‘Why is it such a big deal in the Torah not to speak bad about the Land of Israel? The Torah cares that we speak good about Israel.'”

video http://youtu.be/4hW2xOsrtAc

Rabbi Goldsmith explains that every Jewish person has a connection to
the Land of Israel. If a person speaks bad about the land, they are
in essense speaking about about a peson. When you see the video, you
see how beautiful the land is. Why would anyone who is Jewish want to
live somwhere else? This is their place, their home. People want to
live where thier home is and help to support to build this !

One issue I had with Onn Henner’s video is that it did not protray the
Jewishness of the video. The place the video leaves off is the Dome
of the Rock. Jews are not even allwoed to go up to the Temple Mount.
It is a shame that he was not able to show the Jewishness of the land.
There were two Jewish Temples that stoood on the plaec where there is
the Dome of hte Rock.

Soon in our days we hope that all the Jewish people will return to the
land of Israel, and the world willsee the full beauty of Israel.

Israel is a place that is not like any other place. People can miss
the sould and spirituality of hte Land. Onn Henner did a good job
with clever photography, but it is a shame he doe snot capture the
innter message of Israel. Can you really do that on film? You have
to foucs on it.

The Gemara tells us (tractate Sanhedrin, 97a) that right before Moshiach comes, truth will be in shreds. In other words, no one will have a monopoly on the truth – it will be splintered all over the place.

On a practical level, what does that mean?

As long as we don’t have a Moses in our midst, we must learn from everyone and love everyone, for every person and group has their individual nekuda, their special quality and “point of truth” that others don’t have.. thanks to lazer Brody for this post!

Hayom Yom 12 Tammuz

Birthday of the Rebbe, R. Yosef Yitzchak, in 5640 (1880).

On this day, in 5687 (1927), he received the good tidings that he was freed from the exile imposed upon him after his arrest and imprisonment for his efforts in strengthening Torah and Judaism.

From a letter of the Rebbe (R. Yosef Yitzchak): During the forthcoming two Days of Liberation 12 and 13 Tamuz, Chassidim are to farbreng, for material and spiritual good and blessing, as instituted by our first father, the Alter Rebbe (may the memory of this holy tzadik be a blessing for life in the Hereafter; his soul rests in the hidden exalted heights; may his merit protect us). During this farbrengen chassidim are to talk to one another in a spirit of brotherhood about strengthening fixed times for Torah study. I send them my blessing that G-d favor them in body and spirit.

The highest level of teshuva [returning to Gd] is when I say to Gd, “You have to answer me. You have to tell me what I was created for.” But in the deepest depths I don’t need an answer. All I need is a little attention.
The deepest prayer is, “Gd, I don’t need an answer, I just want You to listen.”
The highest level of teshuva [returning to Gd] is when I say to Gd, “You have to answer me. You have to tell me what I was created for.” But in the deepest depths I don’t need an answer. All I need is a little attention.
The deepest prayer is, “Gd, I don’t need an answer, I just want You to listen.”
(Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach) <-Click here! Listen strugglegroup613/carlebach-tribute

Inspiration from 28th June, Jew by Choice 🙂

The learning for this week’s shiur, Chukas, (latest shiur is updated weekly, usually Tuesday evening but sometimes as late as Wednesday night. Tonight’s learning should be a zechus for the speedy redemption of:
Sholom Mordechai ben Rivka (Rubashkin).
Please remember him in your tefillos.The written English translation of the KORACH Torah is ready!

The Jewish Connection to Eretz Yisrael – Land of Israel!

Rabbi Moshe Wolfson last day in Israel before Moshiach comes please G-d! NEW SERIES OF SHIURIM – BAR MITZVAH 
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Inspiration for his special day
Language – Yiddish and English
English Titles:
1: The Kallah of the Bar Mitzvah Bachur – His New Neshama and the Torah
2: David Hamelech’s Bar Mitzvah Experience

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The four letters of Hashem’s name – Yud, Keh, Vav, Keh – can be arranged in twelve different orders. Each of these arrangements is hinted at in a different verse of scripture. When the name of Hashem is arranged straightforwardly, it is a sign of Chesed. When it is hinted at in the beginning of the words, it is also a sign of Chesed. The opposite is also true; the name of Hashem backwards, and also when it is hinted at in the end of the words, is a sign of Din.

Each of the twelve months of the year corresponds to a different one of these twelve arrangements. The arrangement of Tamuz is – Vechol Zeh Ennenu Shoveh Li – which is a verse from Megillas Esther. The month of Tamuz is one of strong Din. The arrangement of Tamuz contains the letters of Hashem’s name backwards and hinted at in the end of the words.
Tamuz is a very difficult time for the Jewish people. However, its arrangement is derived from the Megillah, a sefer which tells of a story of ‘Venohapoch Hu’ – of the overturning of a bitter decree to a sweet one. The date that was to be the demise and destruction of the Jewish people was transformed into a victory over their enemies.
This hints to the essence of Tamuz. Now it is a bitter month, but in the future it will be sweet.
Source: Excerpted from written English translation of Parshas Korach

The Jewish Connection to Eretz Yisrael – FREE SHIUR! 

from Gutman Locks 🙂

I helped an American tourist with tefillin. He was born and raised in Oklahoma. I asked him if there were any Jews there. He told me that there were around 4700 in the entire state. I wondered how he could find a Jewish girl to marry. I asked him if his wife was Jewish.

“A Jew by choice,” he answered,

This means that she was not born Jewish, but she converted.

“Was it a Reform conversion, Conservative, or what?” I asked.

He answered, “The conversion was Reform, but there was a Conservativemikvah”(emersion).

Improper conversion is always a sensitive subject, and you could very easily think not to discuss it with him… to just leave it alone. But that wouldn’t help him at all. In fact, if you leave someone doing something that he should not be doing, and you could have helped him but did not, then you too share in that deed!

I asked if he had children. He said that he did, and that they went to the mikvah with their mother, meaning that they also converted.

I explained, “When someone converts to Judaism he or she wants to become a Jewish person. We are not a religion. We are a people. Converting to a religion is easy; all you have to do is to believe like they do. But converting to a people is not such a simple thing.”

“If someone converts according to the Reform custom, then only the Reform Jews will say that that person is Jewish. If they convert according to the Conservative tradition, then the Conservative and the Reform Jews will say that that person is Jewish. But if they want to convert and have all Jews agree that they are Jewish then they have to have an Orthodox conversion.”

“If someone converts to Buddhism, and later changes his mind and converts to Islam, he is no longer a Buddhist. But if someone has a kosher conversion to Judaism, and then changes his mind and becomes a Buddhist, he is still a Jew. But now he calls himself, a Jewish Buddhist. This shows that the true convert does not covert to a religion, but to a people.”

I told him to check with his nearest orthodox rabbi and see what it would take to make the family’s conversion kosher so everyone will agree that his daughters’ children will be Jews.

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Beyond Logic – Emuna kicks in when the brain kicks out.

  • everything is from Hashem (G-d),
  • our lives are holy text through which Hashem communicates with each of us individually,
  • our life circumstances and experiences are exactly as they need to be for our souls to evolve in this lifetime, and
  • it is our job to be with whatever happens in a way that enables us to grow, to become who we were created to be, to make our rightful contributions to the world and to come closer to Hashem.

Bs”d

4 Tamuz 5772
To my dear Colleage and/or Talmid,
It is a great chesed from Hashem and very exciting for me to hopefully have the zchus in a few days from now to arrive back in Eretz Hakodesh.
I must be honest with you about my feelings. I feel exhausted, spent, yearning, thirsty for avirah d’eretz Yisroel, after being in Chutz l’aretz for almost 1.5 years. I can’t wait for the zchus just to exist within the confines of Eretz Yisroel again and to “recharge” batteries that have run out of any extra “juice” they might have had. So in a sense, when I come iy”H I am just imagining: absorbing, refueling and “just being” in Eretz Yisroel.
But at the same time, I realize that I must use my kochos productively. And that’s why I’m sending you this short message. I know that many of you are involved in Kiruv Nafshos Yisroel in different capacities, and as such, we both know that it is not uncommon for a baa’l Tshuva (or even a frum from birth) to feel that they need some guidence and hadracha, better knowledge of self, or just stam chizuk in the different matzavim they come in to.
So I just wanted to “put out there” that I will make myself availiable for appointments – the official price I was taking here is $75/hr, but understanding the financial situation of many (I’m also included in the many) I would be willing to do it for the reduced price of 120 sh/hr in the case of need – the topics could be in chizuk emuna, yiddishkeit, shalom bayis etc. etc. I”m sure that each of you know yourselves when you see someone who might need such guidence or counseling and would be able to benefit and if you do know of someone, a talmid , acquaintance, someone in the neighborhood, anyone that you could forward me would be graetly appreciated.
My contact number in Eretz Yisroel
Home: 02-579-8821
Cellphone: 058-319-4391 

– and I hope to be availiable Jun 27 – Aug. 27.

Looking very much forward to seeing each and every one of you,
Nachum Chaimowitz
Please feel free to contact Eli Goldsmith

Israel – 00972-57-317-5856
Email – umuse613@gmail.com

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Books by Miriam Millhauser Castle

The Inner Torah Series The Inner Torah Series

Inner Torah Inner Torah: Where Consciousness and Kedushah MeetA groundbreaking book presenting a unique Torah-based approach to knowing and growing the self and coming closer to God. It gently but firmly guides us into the inner world – that vast inner expanse that is home to the essence of who we are. There we can cultivate serenity and stability even in the most turbulent times. And there we can connect to the eternal spark of divinity that enlivens each of us. Based on the author’s work helping women from around the world, this profound book offers guidance into the deeper realms of body and soul, and shares powerful true stories of women who have made this remarkable journey within.NEW! Now available in Hebrew!Details…

The Inner Torah Series

Practical Inner Torah Practical Inner Torah: A Guide to Going WithinA companion volume to the much-heralded Inner Torah, this book is vital for people seeking to know themselves, better their relations with others, and truly reach the enormous potential locked within them. Practical Inner Torah offers a dynamic and effective program to help people develop the skills to: enter deeply into their own inner world, get to know all facets of themselves, heal old wounds and change habitual reactions, and come closer to Hashem. Complete with real-life examples and an easy-to-use worksheet, it both inspires and guides.NEW! Now available in Hebrew!Details…

The Inner Torah Series

Breath and Body The Breath and Body of Inner TorahHashem gave each of us the capacity to stay in right relationship with ourselves and others. That capacity is so basic to our ability to be what He created us to be that He implanted it in the breath – the most essential component of life itself – and in the body – the soul’s home in the physical world. The breath and body can help us to come into deep contact with ourselves and maintain that contact in our encounters with others.This book, the third in the Inner Torah series, is devoted to exploring ways in which breath and body can serve as doorways to our authentic selves and to closeness with G-d. It elaborates and expands on ideas discussed more generally in Inner Torah and is intended to be used in conjunction with Practical Inner Torah. Covering such core topics as breath, voice, movement, touch, energy, and boundaries, it is a remarkable guide to living a fully embodied life – a life of wholeness and holiness.Details…

Related Works Related Works

Halachah is Jewish spiritual law, it directs our actions according to the needs of the soul. Those actions include much of what we do in our relationships with others and with ourselves. Torah-observant Jews strive to meet these halachic standards in their daily life. Unfortunately though, most people do not really understand what the halachic requirements are in this realm. They unknowingly underestimate or overestimate what is asked of them and then act, and view themselves, accordingly.So it is important to have a resource that explains in enough detail to be practically applicable, just what the Torah is asking of us in our interpersonal relationships and even in our relationship with ourselves. To Live Among Friends is that resource. Once we know what the soul needs in any given situation we can do what we need to do to reach that level. We can also avoid holding ourselves to standards that may be beyond what halachah requires and only appropriate to someone who has reached a much higher level of piety.That’s where Inner Torah comes in. It’s not always easy to behave on the emotional and spiritual level that halachah requires, and certainly not on the higher levels beyond that. So even once people know what is expected of them, for example not to hold a grudge in a specific situation or to judge another favorably in another situation, they might not know how to genuinely get there. They may be stuck in feelings or attitudes that are counter to what halachah requires. Inner Torah then offers a way to clear whatever it is blocking one from feeling or acting in alignment with halachah – in alignment with the needs of the soul.
To Live Among Friends- By Rabbi Dovid Castle To Live Among Friends- Laws and Ethics of Everyday Interactions
By Rabbi Dovid Castle
An encyclopedic work of astounding depth and breadth on every aspect of interpersonal interactions. With eminent practicality, the author- a sought-after lecturer, Rav, and dayan (rabbinic judge)–presents cases both thorny and simplistic which every reader will benefit from studying. This beautiful and essential two-volume set includes such a vast myriad of topics and examples that it is difficult to give even a partial list of them. Suffice it to say, this work contains such detail and description that its pages leave “no stone unturned” in the laws and ethics of everyday interactions.Details…

Other Books by Miriam Millhauser Castle Other Books by Miriam Millhauser Castle

Walking Mom Home- Cover Image Walking Mom HomeA daughter’s poignant account of the time she spent with her mother in the last year of her mother’s life. Mother and daughter joined forces to face the challenges of terminal illness and in the process grew in ways that neither could have imagined. This book is a magical weave of the inner and outer experience of some of life’s most challenging times – living in one’s dying days, serving as the caregiver of a loved one, grieving a great loss and going on from there. It shows us how one’s last days can be a time of awesome potential, how endings can become beginnings, and how love can blossom in any circumstance.Details…

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Inspiration on June 24th, Real people keep shinning no matter what! Mum,s Mum and Dad My family and Friends !

A Time for Unity

With all the threats against us and the renewed hostilities in the South of Israel, in addition to reacting to terror with an iron fist, we must strengthen ourselves in three areas, urgently.

1. Giving – it’s a time to give more to one another. Remember, giving a warm smile and a “Good Morning” greeting to another person won’t cost you a cent.

2. Emuna – it’s a time to strengthen our emuna and our connection to Hashem.

3. Unity – it’s certainly a time for unity, to begin loving one another despite the differences between us. A brother is a brother, no matter what… (aish & chabad & … lol)

The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s  Yahrzeit     3rd Tammuz

This Shabbos, the 3rd of Tammuz, is the YahrZeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, ztl. I have gained a lot from him and his teachings. I’m posting a few short pieces that I saw and heard about and from the Rebbe ztl. It should be a merit for his neshomo. I have taken this fromWWW.CHABAD.ORG

Who sat shiva for theLubavitcher Rebbe? Technically, no one; in reality, almost everyone.

Due to a technicality – a tragic one, at that – there was no formal shiva for RabbiMenachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory.

He left no family and, therefore, no obligated mourners.

He did, however, leave a bereaved Jewish world, which lost a man of great spiritual and intellectual intensity, a heroic human being of incalculable strength but, most of all, an uncompromising and unconditional lover of Jews individually and the Jewish people as a whole.

In the period of mourning our focus ought properly to be on what we lost and, therefore, what he was.

What he was is epitomized by the following story.

The Rebbe saw every Jew as family, as having the same background, that of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, and, therefore, as having the same potential for a full Jewish life. One of his great admirers and devoted followers, George Rohr, who created and conducts the beginners service in our congregation, Kehilath Jeshurun, came to the Rebbe three years ago, right after Rosh Hashanah.

Rohr told him proudly, “Rebbe, you will be pleased to know that we had 180 people for Rosh Hashanah services, Jews with no background.” The Rebbe’s eyes flashed and he responded: “You’re wrong; they have a background. Go tell them that they are the children of Abraham, Issac and Jacob ,Sarah, RebeccaRachel and Leah!”

This response encapsulates a worldview with love of your fellow at its core.

The Rebbe saw every Jew as family, as having the same background, that of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, and, therefore, as having the same potential for a full Jewish life.

 

Not ‘Handicapped’ But ‘Special’

The Rebbe addresses disabled Israeli soldiers and athletes – Part 1 (August 19, 1976 · 23 Av, 5736)

When someone has a physical weakness or lack, it is a sign that the Creator has endowed that person with special powers which enable him or her to overcome and succeed where the ordinary person cannot.

“When for some reason a person is lacking something quantitatively, it is no reason at all to be dejected ,Chas Veshalom-G-D Forbid.  Quite the contrary, because he is lacking something physical, on no fault of his own, or from doing a good thing, and especially through sacrificing himself in the defense of the Jewish people in a particular place, and particularly in the Holy Land, this is proof positive that the Creator has endowed him or her with special spiritual powers which enable him or her to overcome that which ordinary eyes perceive as physical and bodily lacking. And to demonstrate that, in fact, this person is not only equal to all those around him, but he also has superior spirit which enables him to overcome the apparent physical shortcoming. It shows that he is able to achieve a position and to rise in important and good areas to succeed above and beyond the ordinary person.

For this reason, I do not approve of the term “handicapped,” being used for anyone, which suggests some type of inferiority. To the contrary, we must emphasize, that he is someone special and exceptional by the Creator, Who endowed him special powers above and beyond the capacity of an ordinary individual and this enables him to overcome hardships and obstacles which an ordinary person cannot overcome. Therefore, in keeping with the “Jewish custom,” of offering advice even in areas that are not quite one’s own business, I would like to suggest that the name be changed from “handicapped,” to “exceptional,” whether exceptional by cause of war or otherwise. And this change in name is not merely semantics rather it describes the situation in the truest way. The very name highlights the real and outstanding qualities which gives them the ability to be a living example to show joy and self confidence, showing how every Jewish man and woman, regardless of their physical or bodily state, possess a soul which is “an actual part of G-D Above,” in the words of the Alter Rebbe, founder of Chabad Chasidism, and that this Divine Soul which is present in everyone, ultimately overcomes limitations of the body. And so when a person encounters any difficulties, any unpleasantness, or something far more severe, it arouses within him hidden powers that surface and become active. And he then demonstrates to others that one can perceive with happiness and fulfill his mission in this world, to increase light, spirituality, and holiness in this world.”

“The best way to predict the future, is to invent it.” Andy Warhol

Acrylicize is a passion <-click here for more. It’s about art, it’s about fashion, and it’s about design. It’s about providing creative ideas to creative problems and being dynamic enough to own and transform the spaces that we touch. Most importantly, it’s about telling a story about your space in a way that you love.

Inspiration on June 22nd, good shabbos and remember the people who make a real inspiration in our lives!!!

Happy July 4th- the Rebbe’s independance!

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What is all the independence for? Well tonight is Gimmel Tammuz – The Yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe! The 3rd day of the Jewish month of Tammuz – Gimmel be’Tammuz, and the Jewish world is commemorating the Yahrzeit of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson who passed away on this day in June 1994. […]

A Mission in Time

Just as there are places of extremely strong forces of immorality, so are there times in the year where tests to maintain holiness are very strong. These are the two months of Tamuz and Av. Because of sins of immorality the Bais HaMikdash was destroyed. Those that remain pure during these months rebuild it.
The Bais HaMikdash was the light, i.e. the eyes, of the world. As a reward for refraining from looking at the immodest sights so prevalent in these months, the eyes of the world will be restored.
Our generation at the end of time corresponds to Tamuz and Av, which are at the end of the Jewish year. We are forced to live in an era in which promiscuity is protected and encouraged by law and yet maintain the pure morality demanded of us by Hashem.
Source: Excerpted from written English translation of Parshas Shelach click here for more ->Shelach.pdf

Inspiration on June 20th, Struggling<-> (group) with the heat and a heavy bug, can cause u to bug out , but heres a quick dose of inspiration 🙂

Do u thing the Rebbe will like it chanukas-habayis-ldovid-with-the-tolna-rebbe-in-english-too? Well for now its inspiration 🙂 BS”D
Have just spoke to Rebbetzin Altusky’s nephew directly.
Great yeshuos needed. Rebbetzin Altusky now in unconscious state.
Please daven. Fruma Rochel bas Basha.

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“Korach took” [1] and began his argument.

But why do we learn of this argument from the word “took”: why not simply state ‘argued’? And what exactly did Korach take? [2]

   At an international sports gathering for the handicapped, each country boasted of its government’s investment in developing different aids for the impaired. The Americans boasted of their latest simulated artificial limb technology and ultimately ‘the first ever handless basketball player’. The English revealed their latest biomechanical developments and subsequently their plans for legless football players.

   When it came to the turn of the Israelis, they offered, “that’s nothing: our head of state does not have a head!”

Our purpose on this world is to use our Heaven sent strengths and abilities for their correct roles. We must use each limb and sinew for the right reasons [3]. Just like our head has been given to us to think in the correct manner, our hands ultimately also have their purpose: to give rather than to take.

There are two types of people: givers and takers [4].

Korach was a ‘taker’ [5] which led him to argue first of all with Aharon [6] who ‘loved peace’ [7]. True ‘love’ (ahuva) is a result of giving (‘huv’ in Aramaic) rather than receiving [8]. Aharon ‘loved peace’ is referring to the sacrifices that he made for peace [9]. Aharon was able to pursue peace because he ‘gave’ for peace: he was a ‘giver’.

And so, Korach the ‘taker’ disrupted the peace by confronting Aharon the ‘giver’.

In life, due to our varying natures, there are plenty of opportunities for disagreement, sometimes even necessities. The question is if we are acting for the sake of Heaven or not; for a positive, constructive outcome or not [10]? Will the result be one of ‘fighting and destruction’, or of ‘peace and love’ [11]?

“And he took” (vayikach) shares the same gematria (system of numerical values of letters) as the word ‘fighting’ (ketata). ‘Shalom’ (peace) on the other hand comes from the word ‘shaleim’ indicating completeness, and ‘ahava’ (love) shares the same numerical value as the word ‘echad’ meaning oneness.

An argument not for the sake of Heaven is a fight and can lead to destruction, but if it is for the sake of Heaven it can lead to peace.

Ultimately it all boils down to whether we are looking to misuse our hands and be a taker or to use our heads and be a giver.

Huv a peaceful Shabbos,

Dan. <- click here for more!

The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s  Yahrzeit

3rd Tammuz

This Shabbos, the 3rd of Tammuz, is the YahrZeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, ztl. I have gained a lot from him and his teachings. I’m posting a few short pieces that I saw and heard about and from the Rebbe ztl. It should be a merit for his neshomo. I have taken this from WWW.CHABAD.ORG

Who sat shiva for theLubavitcher Rebbe? Technically, no one; in reality, almost everyone.

Due to a technicality – a tragic one, at that – there was no formal shiva for RabbiMenachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory.

He left no family and, therefore, no obligated mourners.

He did, however, leave a bereaved Jewish world, which lost a man of great spiritual and intellectual intensity, a heroic human being of incalculable strength but, most of all, an uncompromising and unconditional lover of Jews individually and the Jewish people as a whole.

In the period of mourning our focus ought properly to be on what we lost and, therefore, what he was.

What he was is epitomized by the following story.

The Rebbe saw every Jew as family, as having the same background, that of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, and, therefore, as having the same potential for a full Jewish life. One of his great admirers and devoted followers, George Rohr, who created and conducts the beginners service in our congregation, Kehilath Jeshurun, came to the Rebbe three years ago, right after Rosh Hashanah.

Rohr told him proudly, “Rebbe, you will be pleased to know that we had 180 people for Rosh Hashanah services, Jews with no background.” The Rebbe’s eyes flashed and he responded: “You’re wrong; they have a background. Go tell them that they are the children of Abraham, Issac and Jacob ,Sarah, Rebecca Rachel and Leah!”

This response encapsulates a worldview with love of your fellow at its core.

The Rebbe saw every Jew as family, as having the same background, that of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, and, therefore, as having the same potential for a full Jewish life.

 

Not ‘Handicapped’ But ‘Special’

The Rebbe addresses disabled Israeli soldiers and athletes – Part 1 (August 19, 1976 · 23 Av, 5736)

When someone has a physical weakness or lack, it is a sign that the Creator has endowed that person with special powers which enable him or her to overcome and succeed where the ordinary person cannot.

“When for some reason a person is lacking something quantitatively, it is no reason at all to be dejected ,Chas Veshalom-G-D Forbid.  Quite the contrary, because he is lacking something physical, on no fault of his own, or from doing a good thing, and especially through sacrificing himself in the defense of the Jewish people in a particular place, and particularly in the Holy Land, this is proof positive that the Creator has endowed him or her with special spiritual powers which enable him or her to overcome that which ordinary eyes perceive as physical and bodily lacking. And to demonstrate that, in fact, this person is not only equal to all those around him, but he also has superior spirit which enables him to overcome the apparent physical shortcoming. It shows that he is able to achieve a position and to rise in important and good areas to succeed above and beyond the ordinary person.

For this reason, I do not approve of the term “handicapped,” being used for anyone, which suggests some type of inferiority. To the contrary, we must emphasize, that he is someone special and exceptional by the Creator, Who endowed him special powers above and beyond the capacity of an ordinary individual and this enables him to overcome hardships and obstacles which an ordinary person cannot overcome. Therefore, in keeping with the “Jewish custom,” of offering advice even in areas that are not quite one’s own business, I would like to suggest that the name be changed from “handicapped,” to “exceptional,” whether exceptional by cause of war or otherwise. And this change in name is not merely semantics rather it describes the situation in the truest way. The very name highlights the real and outstanding qualities which gives them the ability to be a living example to show joy and self confidence, showing how every Jewish man and woman, regardless of their physical or bodily state, possess a soul which is “an actual part of G-D Above,” in the words of the Alter Rebbe, founder of Chabad Chasidism, and that this Divine Soul which is present in everyone, ultimately overcomes limitations of the body. And so when a person encounters any difficulties, any unpleasantness, or something far more severe, it arouses within him hidden powers that surface and become active. And he then demonstrates to others that one can perceive with happiness and fulfill his mission in this world, to increase light, spirituality, and holiness in this world.”

Inspiration on June 17th, Did you put in your prayer for yourself and your family today! Come visit <- 🙂 Happy Fathers day!!!:)

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“And he spoke to Korech and his entire congregation saying, ‘[wait till] morning and Hashem will let us know who is for Him and who is holy to sacrifice for Him.’” (Bamidbar 16:5)

Rashi comments: “At this time we are as if intoxicated and we cannot show ourselves to Hashem.”

The disciples of the Rebbe R’ Shmelke of Nikolsburg once asked him: “We are constantly reminded to prepare ourselves for Moshiach and to improve ourselves to enable him to come. On the other hand, the Rebbe keeps on telling us that each generation is spiritually weaker than the generation before. If so, how can the weaker generation be expected to accomplish that which their predecessors were unable to achieve? How can we keep our hopes up that we will bring Moshiach, when our far-greater ancestors were unable to bring him?”

The tzaddik Rebbe Shmelke replied with a parable: “A powerful king constructed a magnificent city some distance from his capital. He built a strong protective wall around the city and designed beautiful gardens around palatial homes within the city. The king settled his children and relatives there and requested of them to maintain the city’s beauty and keep up the splendor of its gardens and orchards. He promised to visit periodically to check on his beloved city.

“Unfortunately, after the king left, a group of rebels entered and took control of the city. They intoxicated all of the king’s relatives with wine, which made it impossible for them to keep the city in good shape. Within a short time, the gardens were overgrown with weeds, the streets were full of refuse and the mansions showed signs of neglect. The orchards produced thorn bushes instead of fruits, the decorations on the gates fell apart, and the entire city lost its beauty.

“One day, the king arrived at the city gates for an unexpected visit. The rebels quickly locked the gates; the strong walls that were built for protection were now used to the city’s detriment. To ensure that the king’s relatives do not come to his aid, the rebels gave the residents even more wine to drink, so they were unable to act decisively. The king and his ministers stood outside the city, looking for a way to enter. Since they knew all the secrets of the wall, they were able to think of ways to overcome it. They tried various methods until they finally succeeded to break the wall and enter the city.

“Upon seeing the terrible destruction of the city and its extremely filthy state, the ministers told the king, ‘Your Highness cannot walk through such unclean streets! It is not befitting for the king’s honor; we must first clear the city as much as possible and then the king will enter.’

“So the king waited outside the city, while his ministers walked through the streets proclaiming, ‘The king is waiting to enter the city! We must do a thorough cleaning to enable him to come in. don’t worry about the orchards and the gardens; we will replant them later. But at least you should all pitch in and pick up the garbage!’

“The news about the king’s visit penetrated the intoxicated minds of the city residents. Even though they were not fully coherent, they were able to see to the immediate task of cleaning up the streets, and they all got to work. The king had an excellent view from outside the city and was able to see who was helping and who was getting in the way. The people worked frantically, despite their mental limitations, trying their best to prepare the city for the king.

“When the king finally entered the city he was able to point his finger at each person and say whether or not he helped clean up the mess.”

Reb Shmelke concluded the parable and explained its deeper meaning: “Our great ancestors, the tzaddikim of previous generations, used their wisdom and Torah greatness to break the walls that prevented the King from entering the city. Now, in our times, the gates are open! The King is standing outside and waiting for us to clear the garbage so that He should be able to enter. True, we are like drunks, with limited mental and spiritual abilities, but we are still able to help clean up the mess! If we were able to mess up the place, we should be able to clean it up. We don’t need to be spiritual giants to do the cleaning; even people of our spiritual stature can do this.” Moshiach NOW!!!

Which prayer reveals us to be truly great?
When a man enters the kitchen and sees that it’s stocked with all good things, and yet he’s able to raise his eyes to Hashem and pray for his Parnassa (livelihood), that’s true greatness. (Tape #60, Prayer in Prosperity)

L’Refuah Shleima: Yosef Sholom B. Chaya Musha, Chaim Yisroel B. Chana Tzirel, Aaron Yehuda B. Gitel
For The L’Refuah Shleima Of Rafael Aryeh ben Rivka Sima

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When the World Wakes Up!

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The young man wearing tefillin walked into the Kotel thinking that he was not Jewish, and the young man without tefillin walked in thinking that he was Jewish. They were both wrong. IMG_1167

The boy with tefillin was told by his mother that she was a Jew. I explained to him that this means that he is a Jew, and that he could put on tefillin, and that he had to marry a Jewish girl. He was very happy.

The boy without tefillin has a Jewish father. The boy converted to Judaism, but it was a Reform conversion. I explained that we discourage people from converting to Judaism. But, if their father is Jewish, then, for the father’s sake, we do not discourage them from converting. I told him how to follow up on his desire and to have a Kosher (Orthodox) conversion. I also told him that I would wait at the Kotel for him to come back after his proper conversion and put on tefilin.

“Don’t Lecture Them!”

Their rabbi brought them from England. When I put tefillin on them he sternly warned me not to lecture them about marrying a Jewish girl. (He knows me from before).

When I was about to take the picture I said to them, “I have a problem…. Your rabbi told me not to do something, but G-d told me to do it. Who should I listen to?”

“G-d, of course!” they all said.

“Okay,” I said loudly “then, you got to marry a Jewish girl! This is the most important thing in the world for you!”

The rabbi was nervous (3rd from the right), but the boys loved it. thanks to  Gutman Locks gutman1@013.net

Inspiration on June 14th, time to come home , everyone is singing the same song, this land is beautiful!

Chanan come home lol 🙂 and bring all the bros and sis with u! 

The written English translation of the Parshasa BEHALOSCHA Shalosh Seudah Torah (said in Eretz Yisrael) is ready!
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Drying the Tears of Tamuz and Av

Each month of the year corresponds to a different one of the organs of a person. Tamuz and Av correspond to the two eyes. These eyes have witnessed much tragedy, and the Prophet Yirmiyahu lamented that, ‘Water descends from both of my eyes,’ in reference to the tears that Tamuz and Av shed.

The most crucial aspect of our service of Hashem in these months is to dry the tears of Tamuz and Av by avoiding the proliferation of immoral sights that abound in these months. Thereby, the two eyes that are Tamuz and Av are rectified and are transformed into the eyes upon which Yeshaya prophesized, ‘For they will see with their own eyes the return of Hashem to Tzion.’

Each of the twelve months also corresponds to another one of the twelve tribes. Tamuz and Av correspond to Reuven and Shimon. The names of the leaders of the tribes of Reuven and Shimon are Elituzr ben Shdeur and Shlumeul ben Tzurishadei. Their names are gematria “Oitzem Einav Meraos Bera, Hu Bimromam Yishkan,” ‘One who closes his eyes from seeing evil, he will dwell on high’ (they both equal 1199).
The key focus in these months is to avoid immoral and forbidden sights.

Source: Excerpted from written English translation of the Parshas Behaloscha Shalosh Seudah Torah 5772

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Israel is a beautiful country, there’s no denying that fact. With its diverse landscapes and scenery, ranging from desert in the south, to lush green hills in the north, that beauty is incredibly varied, and whilst travelling in Israel you are almost certain to, very often, gasp in awe at the beauty this land has to offer. Here are five of the most beautiful places in Israel which you might like to include when deciding what to do in Israel.

Hula Valley

The beautiful Hula Valley by Flavio Grynszpan

The Hula Valleyin the far north of Israel may appear very different to the sandy desert that many people consider Israel to be covered by, but this spot, which is one of the most important stop off spots for migrating birds and as a result, one of the best bird watching sites in the world, was until recently a malarial swamp which was drained and rehabilitated. Today, people visit from around the world just to watch the birds, although the tranquil outlook and peaceful leisure activities make it a great place for all to visit.

Ramon Crater

The Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert was, for centuries a wonder to those who lived in the land. Thought to be the work of an asteroid which collided with the earth and created a huge crater-like landform (and a number of smaller ones nearby), it is now known that the Ramon Crater is actually the result of water erosion when the desert was, thousands of years ago, covered by oceans. With its incredible outlook, and the unique climate and wildlife within the crater itself, the Ramon Crater is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Israel.

The Golden City of Jerusalem

Beautiful Jerusalem of Gold by Or Hiltch, on Flickr

Jerusalem, the ‘City of Gold’ is beautiful. Whether you observe it from up close, walking through the narrow streets of the Old City, or step back and take in the panorama from one of the amazing outlook spots such as the Haas Promenade, the glistening stone which symbolizes this city, considered so holy and important by so many people, and the magical approach to the city through the lush Jerusalem Hills make it one of the most beautiful places to visit in Israel.

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth and whether you actually go in it or admire its beauty from further away, there is little doubt that this is one of the most beautiful places in Israel. Its saline bright blue waters combined with the bright sunlight of the surrounding Negev Desert, create magnificent sunrises and sunsets which people visiting Israel from around the world marvel at every day.

Sunset over the Mediterranean Coast

Mediterranean Sunset by Or Hiltch, on FlickrMediterranean Sunset by Or Hiltch, on Flickr

Israel’s Mediterranean Coast produces amazing sunsets! Whether you are walking along the promenade alongside Tel Aviv’s beaches, sitting at the beautiful archaeological site at Caesarea, or observing from high atop Mount Carmel, you will likely be blown away by the magnificent shades of red that the sky will turn as the sun falls beyond the horizon.

More beautiful places in Israel

Israel is a beautiful country and beauty is subjective! We’re sure you will have other places in Israel which you will consider to merit a place on this list… why not comment below and leave your favorites, and if you can get enough people to like it, we might just be able to add it on to this list!

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Inspiration on June 13th, a time for peace 🙂 comehome <-

Demands from your Children

People make a lot of demands from their children and then wonder why the kids don’t do what they’re told.

Our children are good; they drarely do things deliberately to spite us.

Then why don’t they do what we tell them to?

Usually because we don’t do what Hashem tells us to do.

But there’s another big reason, that I learned from my beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush: If you don’t live, you can’t give it.

We can’t expect our children to do anything that we don’t do ourselves. In that respect, the best way to educate our children is to educate ourselves.

I just found this poster advertising a Kennes Chizuk, “Facing the Challenges of Modern Technology”, scheduled for June 17/27 Sivan. The speakers at the event will be R’ Yitzchok Berkovitz, R’ Yaakov Hillel of Ahavat Shalom, and R’ Yosef Elefant from the Mir. The speeches will be only in English, catering to English speaking Bnei Torah. It seems that women are not invited. The event will take place at 8:45 in Bais Yisrael Hall at 16 Ezras Torah. There is a 10 nis admission fee. A live broadcast for women will be available on Kol Halashon by calling 03-617-1111. For more info or to book advance/group tickets, call 02-653-6007.

Just adding my two cents- I find it funny that while the Asifa speeches in America were given in Yiddish, in Israel, the speeches will be given in English. עולם הפוך ראיתי

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Inspiration on June 12th, Get Close to our …from Golders Green…

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Winners and Losers

>As long as you keep trying, you’re never a loser. A winner is someone who never gives up, even when he loses. Above all, don’t ever compromise on your dreams and aspirations. Share them with G-d in your daily conversations with Him. Don’t delay talking to G-d, because the time will come when you regret that you didn’t speak to Him more.

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Inspiration on June 11th, From the Holocaust to rebuilding Jerusalem with the family, come visit 🙂

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Yishmael and Eretz Yisrael 

Yishmael demands a part in Eretz Yisrael claiming, “I also circumcise myself!” However, his Milah is an illusion; it is merely a procedure. He commits to no standard of holiness with the Milah; to the contrary, the Ishmaelite nations are the least moral of the nations.

However, Yishmael demands his due! So Hashem did give him Eretz Yisrael – but only during the Jewish exile, when Eretz Yisrael is empty. (That is why the efforts of Christian crusaders to wrench control of Eretz Yisrael from the Muslims failed.) Indeed, throughout the years that Yishmael occupied Eretz Yisrael, it yielded him nothing. The barren desolate hills of Eretz Yisrael were Yishmael’s lot for a Milah devoid of spiritual content.
Only for the Jews does Eretz Yisrael yield its bounty. Today Eretz Yisrael is blossoming with greenery in contrast to as little as forty years ago. (Fascinatingly, as soon as any piece of land is returned to the Arabs, they themselves destroy it!) There is no sign as promising for the redemption as the renewed flowering of Eretz Yisrael.
When Mashiach will come, Hashem will shake Eretz Yisrael like one who shakes out linen and all of those who don’t belong in Eretz Yisrael will fall out.

Source: Excerpted from written English translation of the Parshas Naso Shalosh Seudah Torah 5772

Received via e-mail from my good friend Dov ben Avraham:

I am pleased to announce the release of a book that will enthusiastically be sought after by Jews who were Gerimnot born Jewish, and those on the path to becoming Jewish. This book – full of teachings from Breslov literature – has received glowing approbations from Rabbi Lazer Brody, Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Morgenstern, Sudilkover Rebbe, Bostoner Rebbe, Hornsteipler Rebbe, and Rabbi Dovid Meisels.

Unlike numerous books already published in English on conversion to Judaism, this book is not a personal narrative, how-to manual, digest of relevant laws, or academic historical overview.  This book presents the story behind the story — the mystical teachings found within Chassidic literature that illuminate the hidden inner world of the ger.

Until now, these teachings were scattered in an unorganized manner throughout countless volumes and inaccessible to those unfamiliar with the Hebrew language. With this book, Bnei Avraham Ahuvecha: Gerim in Chassidic Thought, relevant Chassidic teachings are collected, translated from Hebrew into English, organized topically, and further elucidated, when needed. Interspersed with these translated teachings, stories- both old and new – are included to help bring them to life. In addition, this book includes supplementary essays written by Rabbi Chaim Kramer, Rabbi Ozer Bergman, Rabbi Dovid Sears, Rabbi Avraham Chaim Bloomenstiel, and Mrs. Talya Lipshutz (based on conversations with Rav Elazar Mordechai Kenig of Tsfat).

Bnei Avraham Ahuvecha: Gerim in Chassidic Thought is now available for purchase online -> Amazon.com here

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Everything is for a Reason from Gutman Locks!

Every letter in the Torah has been given to us for a good reason. Even the location of the letters on the scroll has been handed down from Moshe on Mt. Sinai. 

Not only has the location of the letters been handed down for a good reason, but everything the Torah tells us to do has been given to us for a good reason.

Many times we do not know the reason why we do things the way we have been taught, but we still do them. The problem with saying that such or such is the reason why we do something is that the real reason is surely much deeper than we can fathom at any particular time. Whatever reasons we find for the tradition will not be the ultimate reason. So, even without knowing the real reasons, we continue to do them, but this does not mean that we are not to ask, “Why?

The blessing that Hashem commanded the Kohaneim (Jewish priests) to give to the Jewish people is written in the Torah in a most unusual manner. There is no other place anywhere that we find such a strange pattern. Why is it like this? When we ask the learned people they will all answer, “It is L’Moshe Me’Sinai” (the law as handed down to Moshe on Mt. Sinai). But still, we should look for a reason why it has been handed down this way.

The words of the blessing are “Hashem bless you and guard you. Hashem make His countenance shine upon you and be gracious to you. Hashem turn His countenance toward you and grant you peace.”

The Kohanim are instructed to lift their hands when they bless the people. But this tradition is not mentioned in the Torah. It is found in the Talmud where there is a detailed discussion of how high they are to lift them when they say this blessing. There are a number of different customs as to how they are to hold their fingers and arms when the blessing is being given. But all sources say that they are to use their hands when they do it.

What does this have to do with the unusual way the blessing is written in the Torah? Here is how the blessing is arranged:

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When we turn the scroll around the words look like this:

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The unusual design forms the shape of a hand. By the way Midnightrabbi here is a Kohen and blesses us all every day in the holy land thank G-d!

-> Boruch Hashem, Rabbi Price is beginning his fifth year on writing Divrey Torah on the Parsha. “I want to thank all of you for constantly encouraging me to continue.

This past Friday 18 Sivan-June 8 was Rabbi Price Hebrew Birthday.

One thought about Birthdays I heard from Yitzchok Belsky o.h , it should be a merit for his neshomo, “Your birthday is the day that Hashem decided that the world would not be complete without you.” We should try to justify Hashem’s creating us. We must remember, “I must be very special because Hashem doesn’t make junk!”

May Hashem grant me many more years to do my job in making this a better world as Hashem wants me to.

On a sadder note, I just learned of the passing of Rebetzin Baila Golda Elefant widow of  Rabbi Mordechai Elefant ztl.

They were the backbone of the ITRI network of yeshivos.

I owe them a lot of Hakoras Hatov as they started our Yeshivah Neve Zion [which was then called Neve Yehoshua] over thirty five years ago in a Moshav called Beit Yehosua.

Unfortunately, they had no children. People have been asked to learn in their memory.

I am dedicating this dvar Torah in their memory.

Mordechai ben Mayer and Baila Golda bas Nachum Dovid.

Anyone who can learn in their memory would be doing a big mitzvah.

My Rebbi once sent out a Parsha sheet with a very important lesson.        “…and the glory of Hashem shall fill the entire world” (Bemidbar 14:21).

A Jew’s hope should be that Hashem’s honor will fill the world and everyone will recognize His greatness. But it’s not enough to just hope. Every Jew’s goal should be to take part in making this happen.

The great author and Jewish philosopher, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan zt”l, once published a pamphlet about how to refute missionaries. When I was young, I had a personal experience with one of them (which is an interesting story in itself; one which I may relate at another time i.y.H.), and so I found the topic to be very essential.

In the early 1970s, I visited Reb Aryeh and suggested to him that he prepare something more extensive and much more serious; a disputation of the entire, so called, “New” Testament. I explained that the Christians had launched a massive missionary campaign, “Key ’73,” and many of our youth were being approached by them. Since these youngsters were ignorant of the Bible, ours and theirs, they were very vulnerable and were easy prey. He replied that he had only published the pamphlet to “fulfill his obligation” to put at least something brief on the market. However, he did not really believe that it was Biblical discussions which were luring our youngsters away from our religion and attracting them to theirs. It was something else entirely.

“There is a tremendous generation gap today,” he began to explain to me. Parents have very little to do with their children. Many teenagers have personal problems and they have no one to discuss it with. Even worse; no one really cares. Everyone is caught up in his own life and his place in the “rat race.” Boys and girls walk around with heavy hearts and no place to unburden them.

“Imagine this scene,” he continued. “A young ‘messenger’ stands on a street corner, looking for a victim with a sad, troubled face. When he spots one, he approaches him and simply says, ‘Hi, how are you?’ The teenager is startled. It’s perhaps the first time anyone ever inquired into his situation. Not sure if the questioner was sincere or merely being polite, he mumbles a short answer: ‘Not so good,’ he says. The inquirer says something like, ‘I’m very sorry to hear that. Would you like to discuss it with me?’ This suggestion totally floors the young man who could never find anyone to agree to listen to his problems for even a few moments; let alone offer to hear him out. Gratefully, he replies, ‘Actually, I would like very much to talk to you if you have the time.’ ‘I have all the time in the world for you,’ the successful “fisherman’ responds. The bond has been made and will only get stronger as time goes on.

“After enjoying a meaningful conversation, the two new friends agree to meet again the next day. But the ‘messenger’ surprises his victim with even more exciting news: he is not the only ‘nice guy’ around town. He is a member of a whole group of boys and girls who care about each other and would love to hear him talk about his problems and offer suggestions! ‘Would you like to meet them too?’ he asks. Of course the response is a resounding ‘yes.’

“The fellow goes home totally elated that he has finally found people who are interested in him and really care about his life. The next day he meets the other members of the group and it is even better than he imagined. He continues to spend time with his new ‘friends.’ One Saturday, one of them announces that the nest day they will meet at a certain time and place and go to church together. He is shocked to hear this and protests that he is Jewish and cannot possible go to church. To his amazement, his new ‘friends’ tell him that they are Jewish too but that there is a new movement called ‘Jews for J.’ and all of its members go to church and behave like Christians in many other ways.

“The moment of truth has arrived,” said Rabbi Kaplan. “Our poor Jewish fellow has to decide whether to return to authentic Judaism, where he came from, and abandon all of his new friends, or to stay with them and do what they do. Of course, he finds it impossible to break out of the ‘web of friendship’ they have woven around him and so he chooses to remain with them and do as they do.

“And so, another Jewish soul was lost to Christianity, R.l.” Rabbi Kaplan concluded. “But notice that not one word was even mentioned about Bible proofs or criticisms. The book you propose I write would not have helped him at all because those points were never even discussed. They simply took advantage of his weakest point and lured him into the clutches of the church, together with them.

“If we want to save our teenagers from converting,” Rabbi Kaplan told me, “we have to be genuinely concerned with their spiritual and material well being. If they receive from us the attention and friendship they receive from them, they will remain loyal Jews forever and will raise their children to follow in their ways.”

Almost four decades have passed since Reb Aryeh zt”l enlightened me with his wisdom. Since then, I have seen the truth in his words many times.

Inspiration on June 7th, Getting read to be elevated this summer with kindness 🙂

Nice pics for Midnightrabbi aka Eli Goldsmith Rocks it for our kind French Visitors to the Jaffainstitute <-click here!

2012 Summer Camp

From July onwards, for over one month and a half, Israeli children will stop going to school and will start their summer vacation. This marks the beginning of a dangerous period for the children in the care of the Jaffa Institute.

Indeed, as the school year ends, most Israeli children look forward to a long break filled with fun, games and relaxation. However, many of the parents of the children in our care cannot afford to pay for summer camps and need to keep working long hours.

As a result, in July and August, the children in our care find themselves unattended for most of the day. With Jaffa’s crime and drug abuse rates almost twice the national average, children on the streets are often placed in at-risk situations related to drugs, violence, and other forms of crime. For more and how you can make a difference Click -> Summer Camp for our children!

Visit Program Sites This Vacation!

Welfare to Wellbeing Program

The Food Distribution Center is also home to our Welfare to Wellbeing Program. This program trains a select group of mothers of children in our programs in telemarketing and communications skills and prepares them to join the workforce. A visit to this site would include meeting program participants, one of the program’s social workers, and hearing how the program is making an impact on the participants, their families and the community.

Neve Ofer House

The Neve Ofer House is a residential facility which provides immediate relief to children from Jaffa, Bat Yam and South Tel Aviv, in emergency or dire situations.  These children have been urgently removed from their home by the local department of Welfare and Social Services due to parental incarceration, parental neglect, and/or abuse.  Visitors to this site will have the opportunity to meet the staff and children.  You will experience first-hand the love, tenderness, safety and warmth that creates a true home infused with constant support and encouragement.

Beit Shemesh Educational & Residential Center

The Center in Beit Shemesh provides over 340 needy boys suffering from extreme poverty, neglect or abuse with the opportunity to live and study in a caring environment, and to receive a quality Jewish education. Through the Center’s counseling program and modern educational facilities, children who might otherwise have been lost to the streets have graduated from high school, served in the armed forces, and have been accepted into institutions of higher education.  A visit to the Center would include a tour of the facility, interviews with staff and discussions with some of the students whose lives have been changed since they first arrived at the Center. For more and how you can help click -> Visit Program Sites This Vacation!

A Blaze in the Darkening Gloom
The life of Rav Meir Shapiro
Feldheim Publishers, 1994 (from p. 365)The Yiddish manuscript upon which this book is based was written in 1934 by a student of Rav Shapiro’s, Rav Yehoshua Baumol, who was killed in the Holocaust. The manuscript was translated into English by Charles Wengrow for publication by Feldheim publishers.

The Great Rabbi Meir Shapiro’s Last Moments

The hour of night grew later and later. On a piece of paper he asked that he be shown all the prescriptions which the doctors had written. When they were handed him, he went through them and selected the one for a preparation to cleanse the throat and the respiratory organs and he asked that a new supply be gotten for him. Every few minutes he kept washing his hands while his mind was obviously immersed in distant thoughts. The evident struggle that he had to make to draw breath was heartbreaking. One could feel the frightul, racking agony that he had to undergo to try to get a bit of air into his lungs, and try as he would, he kept failing, because the channels were blocked.

On a piece of paper, her scrawled a request to be carried into another chamber that he designated by its number (“Room number so-and-so”). Interestingly, that room had two doors, each with the name of an organization that had contributed money toward its construction. One door bore the name of the Bikur Cholim society (for care of the sick) of Chicago; the other, of the Chesed Shel Emes Society (for proper Jewish burial) of St. Louis.

When the transfer was accomplished, he asked for a change into a clean shirt and a fresh Talit Katan (a four-cornered garment with Tzitzis, ritual fringes, at the corners). Needless to say, his wishes were carried out. But then his wife, the Rabanit, noticed a change in his countenance, and she began weeping emotionally. Rav Meir did his best to calm her, as he wrote the message, “Now the true Simcha begins”…

In a broken, barely legible scrawl he wrote, “Let everyone drink l’Chayim!” Some liquor was poured out into tiny glasses, and all who were there drank and wished him l’Chayim, “to life!” Then he shook hands with them all, one by one, holding each one’s hand in his for a long time. And now he gave his instruction, “Make a Rikud (a little Chassidic dance) to the words, ‘b’Cha Batchu Avoseinu’ (“In You our fathers trusted, and You rescued them”; Tehilim 22:5). His wishes were obeyed: they joined hands, put hands on shoulders, and lifted their feet in rhythm as they sang the holy words to the melody they knew so well – the melody which he himself had composed.

It was clear that the end was approaching. Into the great Shul (the Hall of Prayer) the young scholars came streaming now to say Tehilim, to implore Heaven’s mercy for him../.

[As he noticed some of the dancing students sobbing,] clearly and distinctly he pronounced two Yiddish words: “Nor b’Simcha” (“Only with joy!”); then he snapped his fingers — and expired. He passed over and away and out of his body. And he was gone from us.


“Zecher Tzazdik l’Vrachah” – May the memory of the righteous be a blessing to all of Israel, and may we see, in his merit, the final redemption arrive speedily in our days. For more Click-> 12th-dafyomi-siyum-hashas-the-english-language-siyum-in-yerushalayim!

Inspiration on June 6th,who wants another Unity concert, otherwise your just going to have to hear from us from justanotherwordpress blog or not 🙂

Nossan Zand when you coming to the holy land ?

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The Nadvorna Rebbe came to Menachem Avel our Founder at the Jaffainstitute! The Nadvorna Rebbe is a Hasidic rabbinical dynasty within Orthodox Judaism. The dynasty derives its name from the town of Nadvorna, known in Ukrainian as Nadvirna. The town was located in the province of East Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire until World War I; and between the two world wars, the town was located in Poland.
The most famous rebbe of the dynasty was Rabbi Mordechai Leifer of Nadvorna (the son of Rabbi Yissachar Dov Ber (Bertche) Leifer of Nadvorna), whose writings form the corpus of the group’s hassidic thought.[1] He was raised by his great-uncle, Rebbe Meir the Second of Premishlan. He was well known as a Godly man, and Hasidim from all over Hungary and Romania would come to receive his blessings and his advice[citation needed]. He was also known as a great miracle worker.[citation needed] His teachings are collected in G’dulas Mordechai, Tif’eres Mordechai, Aspaklarya Hame’ira, Ma’amar Mordechai, and Oros Mordechai.

Rabbi Yissachar Dov Ber (Bertche) Leifer of Nadvorna was a son of Rabbi Yitzchak of Kalish (a brother of Rabbi Meir of Premishlan), a son of Rabbi Aharon Leib of Premishlan, a son of Rabbi Meir Hagadol of Premishlan, a disciple and friend of the Baal Shem Tov.[1] The Nadvorna dynasty is notable inasmuch as many of its descendants become rebbes (even during the lifetime of their father). It has perhaps the largest numbers of rebbes of any Hasidic dynasty. Since many of the rebbes of the Nadvorna Dynasty (as in other rabbinic dynasties) married relatives, many of the rebbes in this list are sons-in-law of other rebbes on the list.

There are Nadvorna congregations in Bnei Barak, Hadera, Tzfat, Haifa, Williamsburg and London, among others.[1]

The rebbes of the Nadvorna Dynasty have several unique customs, such as playing a violin on special occasions,[1] for instance in front of the menorah on the festival of Hannukah.

The mode of dress of Nadvorna rebbes is unique in that they typically wear a white gartel over a colorful bekishe and a white crocheted Jerusalem-style kippah under their shtreimel.[1]

Grand rabbis are known as “Admorim” (Hebrew אדמו”ר, which is the acronym for “אדונינו מורינו ורבינו” “Adoneinu Moreinu V’Rabeinu”, “Our master, our teacher, and our Rabbi”).

Big appreciation to Jeremy Vann a true friend check out his pictures too.
Example of Jeremy Vann great kind work a huge part of diamondimagesphotography- where he came for free to inspire the youth, click here -> “Jeremy Vann” , “Yirmiyahu Vann” ,

The learning for this week’s shiur, Behaaloscha, (latest shiur is updated weekly, usually Tuesday evening but sometimes as late as Wednesday night. Tonight’s learning should be a zechus for the speedy redemption of:
Sholom Mordechai ben Rivka (Rubashkin).
Please remember him in your tefillos.

Inspiration on June 4th, Come visit the Midnightrabbi Tours- the Kotel because you care 🙂 ->Click here for info <-

Love to do another unity concert, whose in?

Only simchas , sad to announce the passing of Mrs Gital Portowiz, the mother of our founder Dr David J. Portowiz!  Off to the Shivah House tomorrow Bnei Barak, may her memory bring comfort to the whole family , amongst mourners of Yisrael!

Rav Moshe Wolfson shlita comes home this week to Yerushalyim/Jerusalem! Click here for update on the-jewish-connection-to-eretz-yisrael-land-of-israel!

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The Months of Tamuz and Av From Rosh Chodesh Shevat until Shavuos is a time of spiritual ascent. After Shevuos, we begin the descent into the lowly days of Tamuz and Av.
During Tamuz and Av, the powers of evil are very strong, and holiness must lie low. Because joy is holiness, sadness is the required mood (due to the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash). In general, it is very difficult to serve Hashem during the summer months. The feminine forces of evil cloak themselves in garments that make it torturously hard to maintain purity of thought.
However, our task is not to sink in the swamp, but to dig into the depth of these days. True, one cannot discern holiness with a superficial glance; but that is only because it is hidden due to the upper hand of the evil forces!
Lo and behold! Mashiach is born on Tisha B’Av. There is a glory hidden in these days; when Mashiach will come, these will be the most joyful days of the year. It is only now in exile that they are cloaked in a veil of sadness.
Connection to G-dliness is possible if one only searches for it beneath the surface! We are guaranteed that if we search for Hashem, we will find Him. Source: Shevuos Torah 5772

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Parshas Behalosecho – From Rabbi Price, name your price to be happy 🙂

I saw in “Tuvicho Yabiu,”  from Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein, an important attitude in life. To make it easier for me I will cite part of the translation of it from my Rebbi. He wrote,

“The people took to seeking complaints; it was evil in the eyes of Hashem, and Hashem heard and His wrath flared, and a fire of Hashem burned against them, and it consumed at the edge of the camp” (Bemidbar 11:1).

Rashi records the explanation of the Sages that the people complained that they had been traveling for three days without a break. Actually, Hashem was doing this for their benefit so that they could make it to the Land of Cana’an quickly before anything went wrong; as it subsequently did and they were delayed for forty years.

Very often, there are two ways of looking at the same occurrence. The person who has a positive personality and is optimistic will see everything in a good light whereas the fellow with a negative personality and is pessimistic will see only darkness. Either way of looking at things will have a definite effect on the observer; for better or for worse. One should try to be in control of this phenomenon. As a Torah leader used to advise his followers, “Think good and things will be good.”

[I can add two quotes along these lines, which I use often.

“A happy man is not a man with a certain set of circumstances, rather a man with a certain set of attitudes.” See “Gateway to Happiness,” by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin.

And as Winston Churchil once said:

“A pessimist finds difficulty with every opportunity, and an optimist finds opportunity with every difficulty.”]

Inspiration on May 31st, Be nice to your friend and see the blessings in your life!

This weeks parsha brings the blessings to us all, especially as I’m a Kohen and this week is where you get blessed, now you pleace be kind with the Jaffa Institute and helps us to make the Bar Mitzvah every year!

At the holiest place in the world even acrylicized<->welcome-to-our-world
Introducing ->shesh-james-burke

Inspiration on May 30th, Friendship and “family” live on…

Family And Get Together In J-Town, Yerushalyim Hakodesh!

Please come visit us in Jerusalem and through out Israel our great programs of the Jaffainstitute, likemy good friend James<- and check out a glimpse of his talent beyond words! And check out the recorded version of a song which had many a jam and chill in the good old days lol->family click here<-

And some good old memories … Pay attention to detail-> Acrylicize – Welcome to our world(<-click here for a glimpse of pure talent) and the good we do!

Rabbi Price saw an interesting lesson about the Sotah –unfaithful wife, which in this week’s Parsha. He brings from Rav Moshe Shapiro, in his book “Mi’mamakim” [Out of the Depths]

“When we need to give the Sotah [suspected adulteress] the special water to test her fidelity to her husband, we take G-d’s Name, write it on a piece of earthenware, throw it in the water and erase it. The Talmud says, “My name that was written in holiness shall be erased upon the waters…” in order to bring peace between husband and wife [Shabbos 116a]. The simple interpretation of this is that for the purposes of establishing Shalom Bayis [domestic harmony] between husband and wife, G-d even allows the erasing of His Name.

The Maharal, in his Nesivos Olam, gives a different interpretation to this halacha. When a husband and wife are living in peace, the Shechinah [Divine Presence of G-d] dwells amongst them. When there is disharmony between husband and wife, the Shechinah is not there. In other words, when the husband and wife are in dispute with one another, there is already an erasure of G-d’s Name. For this reason, G-d says, “Let them use my Name to bring back Shalom Bayis.” Such a process does not cause an erasure of My Name and Presence from this world, on the contrary, that process restores the Shechinah!”

And thanks to Gutman locks for his encouragement at the Kotel in front of my friend and family! When You Help Your fellow Jew…Dear Reb Gutman,My friend suffered pretty badly at the hand of the Communists before finally getting out of Russia. I feel that growing up in the US in the 70’s-80’s was also a form a suffering…a suffering that could be defined as a desert, devoid of spirituality and meaning.Today I am frum [Torah observant] and my wife and I primarily define ourChassidus through Chabad. My 70’s-80’s experience and my non-ending never fulfilled search for spirituality, included a stint in Israel with a movement which bases much of its teaching on yashka as the prime example of enlightenment, but also included buddha, and American Indian philosophy.My friend told me that I must read the book by the guru of Central Park, Coming Back to Earth. So I went home and got it on my Kindle. Though much more extreme, your story and mine are not dissimilar. Yet, you sound happy – still on fire. You describe at the end of the book what got you to understand that place of happiness.But, I still am left with wondering. You came to understand why you “needed” your “wasted time”. I lived in Madison, NJ for four years of college and every time the Yeshiva boys asked me if I was Jewish my answer was, “no,” and I kept on walking. I lived in Israel for 9 years and I was in synagogue 3 times. One of those times was Masorti! (Conservative)My wife and I came to teshuva (Torah observance) when I was about 42, and I am now 51. I have a phenomenal, deeply spiritual wife with whom I have grown only stronger in Yiddishkeit (Judaism) and two teenage daughters who were educated only in a Torah environment for the last 9 years.But, in me, I still feel deeply that there is spirituality, but I feel a sense of loss and lack of meaning almost all of the time. Sometimes especially when davening!![praying]I had intended to return to Israel after coming back to the States. We never did. My wife (rightly) could not leave her parents here and move to Israel. That too has left emptiness in me.Hashem has clearly led you every step of the way to be the light that you are to all of the Yidden [Jews] you touch every day.I know He led me, too. But I can’t find the joy in where He has led me. I am a semi successful chiropractor in America living in a well-to-do frum [religious] community in the suburbs. I know that Hashem led me to these as well as gave me the amazing gift of my wife and daughters.I would truly appreciate a small dialogue with you. Perhaps you might give me a Guru kick in the butt to see the light within the circumstances of my life. I’d like to succeed as I have seen you have succeeded in finding the meaning of your life. I’d love your guidance. My beard is getting very gray. I’m also moving up in the line of those who may have to come back to clean up the mess I made this time.ZacharyShalom Zachary,Really, and sadly, your story is quite typical… not so much of where you have been, but more so, where you are. Most briefly, the answer almost always (and I assume for you too) is to go help others. This is the quickest way to get most of what you are seeking. There is still more than even this, but this will bring you joy, purpose, fulfillment, appreciation, and a dozen or more other such benefits, almost immediately.I have not yet met you, so I know nothing about you, but let me ask, how many times have you put on tefillin? Most likely almost 3000 times, and if you count your Rabbeinu Tam tefillin it will be twice that many times! Wow, that’s great. But (and forgive me if I am wrong) how many times have you put them on someone else?  Odd, but I cannot hear your answer. Let me know. Is it as many times as you have put them on yourself? Have you helped others to put on tefillin ten times more times than you have put them on your own arm? I do not think so, or you would not be having the problems that you have.Do you only concern yourself with aligning your patients’ physical bones, or are you also concerned with their spiritual bones? One of my friends, from Florida, whose name is also Zachary, is an Animal Pharmacist, and he loves to blow theshofar (ram’s horn) during the month of Elul for his customers when they come into his pharmacy. He really enjoys helping them.As I said, I might be wrong, but it sounds like paying attention to more than physical bone alignment, but also concerning yourself with others’ spiritual growth will solve most of your problem….Sorry, if I misjudged you. Let me know.Be well,Gutman

Inspiration on May 28th, moving on with cheese-cake and spiritual rectification! Check out the public report in the making <-

Ger Tzedek of Vilna Burned at the Stake (1749)

Avraham ben Avraham, the famed “Ger Tzedek” (Righteous Convert) of Vilna, was born as Valentin Potozki, the son of Count Potocki, one of the richest landowners in Poland. As a student in Vilna he discovered Judaism and decided to convert — a capital offense in most countries in Christian Europe at the time. He fled to Amsterdam where he secretly converted to Judaism, assuming the name Avraham ben Avraham (“Abraham the son of Abraham”).

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Years later he returned to Vilna, where he was eventually recognized as the missing son of Count Potocki and arrested by the church. He refused to renounce his faith and was sentenced to death. He was burned at the stake in Vilna on the 2nd day of Shavuot of 1749.

Would prefer to focus on the power of Torah bring mercy to us all but its still worth watching!

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Soften Your Heart for the Engraving of the Torah

Every year on Shevuos the Torah is given again. By the original giving of the Torah, Hashem engraved the Ten Commandments – which incorporate all of the Mitzvos – upon the Luchos and gave them to Moshe Rabbeinu.

Every year, Hashem engraves the Ten Commandments, though not on sapphire tablets. He engraves them upon the heart of every Jew. However, they are fixed within our hearts depending upon its softness.
By making our hearts soft through repentance, the Torah is more strongly imprinted upon our hearts.

Source: Heard on one of the Shevuos Yiddish Shiurim

Inspiration on May 24th, Good Yom tov!

G-d Said, “Be Holy—Eat a Matzah After the cheesecake right?”

Viznitz Loving jews is an inspiration! 

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Eli Pmusic, we need to daven, Shlomo ben Sara.
His kidneys aren’t functioning too well, and he’s going into hospital for a couple of days on Monday to also give him some blood transfusions as his haemoglobin count is low.
May he have a Refuah Shleimah. Inspirations-for-today dedicated in the merit of healing!

Good Day, Is A Shavuos Day, Live Inspired And Spread The Unity!

We can all make big changes, And this weekend is the time Click here for more <- Inspiration! We get to enjoy the cheesecakelol and deep spiritual renewal that comes down! We can all do great kindness for true causes!

Dr Clive: Thanks cuz
Eli goldsmith: love to all there and lets dance
Eliezer Kosoy good friends.. .Unity and Torah…good inspiration for yom tov enjoy !

Rabbi Sitorsky’s weekly shiurim on the parsha are an eclectic and inspiring blend of rabbinic and kabbalistic influences. Bamidbar/Bamidbar_5772.MP3
Dovid Hamelech and B’shet Hakodesh birthday and yahrzeit, may there merit inspire us and protect us especially my holy father Meir Dovid Hakohen so he can come and visit again in Jerusalem with the kids etc… Unity!
Thanks to the kind generous friends out there who inspire us all daily with there kind deeds and inspirational stories , this is great time to live inspired… u 2 !!! Think Jaffa Institute, Think Tikun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (justice and giving). Join us: www.jaffainstitute.org and donate generously after reading below http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffa-institute write in comments eli friends …

When we do a mitzvah properly, trying to understand why Hashem wants us to do that mitzvah, and we try to see what changes when we do it, spiritual joy comes into our life. Hashem did not give us the mitzvahs to burden us. He gave them to us to remove a burden. Either we serve G-d, or we serve our senses. G-d Said, “Be Holy, Eat a Matzah”

Enjoy my holy friend yosefdaniel5772/kol-israel-demo

Singing with redeeming words of struggle and redemption is the unmistakable sound of DeScribe. The Brooklyn-based recording artist sings with the passion of a prophet mixing pop music and Caribbean influences with meaning, intertwining spirituality with the street.…

I don’t like the pop style of the music and wish the marley brothers would have more influence on the style and we have the power to keep the message pure , but this is a great video enjoy from A GOOD FRIEND WITH LOVE AND BLESSINGS 🙂

Kedusha cover art

from Kedusha by Ari The MC

Ahavah Rabah

Inspiration on May 23rd, getting ready for cheesecake and the best gift there is !

When things don’t go our way, it’s because our ego is getting in Hashem’s way.
Hashem does everything for the absolute best, so let’s put our own sorely limited intellect aside and let Hashem run the world.

Dovid Hamelech’s birthday this weekend and yahrzeit including the Baal Shem Tov Hakodesh, moshiach now!

All about unity enjoy this too…

the-torah-jews-internet-gathering-asifa/ This blog has topped the charts how ironic lol , moshaich now and good yom tov pontov lol

Inspirations on May 22nd, The Public Annual Report of the year 2011/2 @Jaffainstitute.org be kind! stay tuned- 🙂

Great work my new friend Alex Clare, i heard about u from a great rabbi friend in Golders Green, London. We have met, and keep coming to the holy land and we got a show and we can inspire, please G-d!  My man Alex Clare just changed his wikipedia.org/ status to ” Clare is a practicing Shomer Shabbat Jew, refusing to perform, travel or work on the Jewish Sabbath or religious Holidays. He lives in Golders Green, North London but often travels to Jerusalem when his work permits.” Now that’s Really Doing it!

Inspirations on May 21st, A time for prayer for our children with 🙂 nachus!

Today is a big day for prayer, for all our children… please say today and may Hashem hear all out prayers!!! and have a great month etc…

Lets help all our fathers and mothers and children …

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This special prayer was composed by the Shelah Hakadosh to express the prayers of parents on behalf of their children. The Shelah said the optimal time for parents to recite this prayer is Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan , but it may be recited anytime. The holy Shlah Hakadosh left Europe in the 17th century and made his home in Eretz Yisrael, becoming chief Rabbi of Jerusalem.

The Artscroll website states:

“All parents want the best for their  children — that they should be good and upright, that they have everything  they need for a fruitful, joyous life.

(We recite the prayer anytime but especially…) on THE DAY BEFORE ROSH CHODESH SIVAN,  for that is the month when God gave us the Torah, and when the Jewish people  began to be called His Children. On that day, (the Shelah Hakadosh) writes, fathers and  mothers should give charity to the poor and repent. They should even  fast, if they are able to.”

Click here for the full text of this special prayer:

English TranslationYou have been the Eternal, our G-d, before You created the world, and You are the Eternal, our G-d, since you created the world, and You are G-d forever. You created Your world so that Your Divinity should become revealed thorugh Your holy Torah, as our Sages expounded on the first word therein, and for Israel, for they are Your people and Your inheritance whom You have chosen from among all nations. You have given them Your holy Torah and drawn them toward Your great Name. These two commandments are, “Be fruitful and Multiply” and “You shall teach them to your children.” Their purpose is that You did not create the world to be empty, but to be inhabited, and that it is for Your glory that You created, fashioned, and perfected it, so that we, our offspring, and all the descendants of your people Israel will know Your Name and study Your Torah.

Thus I entreat You, O Eternal, supreme King of kings. My eyes are fixed on You until You favor me, and hear my prayer, and provide me with sons and daughters who will also be fruitful and multiply, they and their descendents unto all generations, in order that they and we might all engage in the study of Your holy Torah, to learn and to teach, to observe and to do, and to fulfill with love all the words of Your Torah’s teaching. Enlighten our eyes in Your Torah and attach our heart to Your commandments to love and revere Your Name.

Our Father, compassionate Father, grant us all a long and blessed life. Who is like You, compassionate Father, Who in compassion remembers His creatures for life! Remember us for eternal life, as our Forefather Avraham prayed, “If only Yishmael would live before You,” which the Sages interpreted as “…live in reverence of You.”

For this I have come to appeal and plead before You, that my offspring and their descendants be proper, and that You find no imperfection or disrepute in me or them forever. May they be people of peace, truth, goodness and integrity in the eyes of G-d and man. Help them to become practiced in Torah, accomplished in Scriptures, Mishnah, Talmud, Kabbalah, mitzvos, kindness, and good attributes, and to serve you with an inner love and reverence, not merely outwardly. Provide every one of them with their needs with honor, and give them health, honor and strength, good bearing and appearance, grace and loving-kindness. May love and brotherhood reign among them. Provide them with suitable marriage partners of scholarly and righteous parentage who will also be blessed with all that I have asked for my own descendants, since they will share the same fate.

You, the Eternal, know everything that is concealed, and to You all my heart’s secrets are revealed. For all my intention concerning the above is for the sake of Your great and holy Name and Torah. Therefore, answer me, O Eternal, answer me in the merit of our holy Forefathers Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya’akov. For the sake of the fathers save the children, so the branches will be like the roots. For the sake of Your servant, David, who is the fourth part of Your Chariot, who sings with Divine inspiration.

A song of ascents. Fortunate is everyone who fears the Eternal, who walks in His ways. When you eat of the toil of your hands, you are fortunate, and good will be yours. Your wife is like a fruitful vine in the inner chambers of your home; your children are like olive shoots around your table. Look! So is blessed the man who fears the Eternal. May the Eternal bless you from Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you see your children’s children, peace upon Israel.

Please, O Eternal, Who listens to prayer: May the following verse be fulfilled in me: “‘As for Me,’ says the Eternal, “this My covenant shall remain their very being; My spirit, which rests upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth nor from the mouths of your children, nor from the mouths of your children’s children,” said the Eternal, “from now to all Eternity.” May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing before You, Eternal, my Rock and my Redeemer.

In an address to a group of teenage students, noted author, lecturer and educator Rabbi Manis Friedman dismissed the notion of banning the internet and rejected the idea that the Jewish community is facing an unprecedented crisis.

Speaking on May 2nd at the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Crown Heights, Rabbi Friedman called the internet the nisayon of today’s generation and advised students to do what Jews have been doing for years – stay strong and withstand the test that is being placed before klal yisroel.

Rabbi Friedman explained to the bochurim that while for their grandparents, it was communism that enticed Jews to stray from their yiddishkiet, today it is the internet that presents a challenge.

“The test, the nisayon of that generation was, are you going to give in to communism or not,” said Rabbi Friedman. “In our generation, the test is can you handle a computer or you can’t? Can you handle the internet or not? That is the test. Is it any worse than communism? No, communism was much more dangerous.”

Reminding the bochurim that each generation of klal yisroel has withstood its own nisyonos, Rabbi Friedman urged them to use their yiddishkeit to master the potential nisyonos presented by the internet saying, “instead of being afraid of the computer we need to become stronger than the computer.”

Rabbi Friedman told the students that just as Jews over the years have survived the inquisition and communism, they will weather the challenges presented by the internet as well.

“We are much stronger than the internet,” added Rabbi Friedman. “Don’t get so intimidated.”

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Inspirations on May 20th, Big changes and oih vey ?I;m not Gay! But i do struggle with my desires to be truly happy 🙂

Click here ->Its good to remember the miracles G-d does for us all elipmusic 

The Six Day War and Tefillin – May 28, 1967

thanks too www.chabad.org

A brief history of the Six Day War and the Rebbe’s call for all Jewish men, particularly soldiers in the IDF to don Tefillin as a special merit for added security.

Arthur Ashe stadium added as Second venue for sold out internet asifa, klal yisrael

Due to overwhelming response and a sold out Citi Field stadium, The Ichud hakehilas are in the final stages of arranging for a second nearby location  at Arthur Ashe stadium, enough to seat an additional 22,000. All those who ordered tickets will receive on a first come first serve basis. There will be live speeches at each location as well as satellite hook ups between both arenas. Many Gedolim from all international communities will attend. the full list and program will be made available.  Listen here 718-258-2008 and click 9 for the live teli-line!Tickets will not be available through email or phone order, they will be sold at specific locations  in the tristate area since many will first be allocated for those who purchased tickets already. Click here -> for more!!!

gudah statement on Obama’s approval of same gender marriage

The following statement was released by Agudas Yisroel of America following President Obama’s statement in support of same-gender marriage:
In the wake of President Obama’s sharing of his personal feeling that the millennia-old institution of marriage should be redefined in contemporary America, National Jewish Democratic Council chair Marc R. Stanley declared his admiration for the president’s demonstration of “the values of Tikkun Olam.”
A political group is entitled to its opinion, no less than a president is to his. But to imply that a religious value like “Tikkun Olam” – and by association, Judaism – is somehow implicated in a position like the one the president articulated, is outrageous, offensive and wrong.
We hereby state, clearly and without qualification, that the Torah forbids homosexual acts, and sanctions only the union of a man and a woman in matrimony.
The Orthodox Jewish constituency represented by Agudath Israel of America, 
as well as countless other Jews who respect the Jewish religious tradition, remain staunch in their opposition to redefining marriage.
Happy to get back to Jerusalem, Israel in a few enjoy for the journey and see u all there 🙂 
Nice Bovi pics and  like Midnightrabbi inspires time for some purity in the world asap->Behar_5772.MP3

We got to pick us up from the ground together!~

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