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On Yom Kippur, G‑d mercifully erases all the sins we have committed “before G‑d”—but not the sins we may have committed against our fellow man. If we really want to come out of this holy day completely clean, we need to first approach any individual whom we may have wronged and beg their forgiveness. This applies whether the offense was physical, emotional, or financial (in which case, seeking forgiveness is in addition to making appropriate monetary restitution).
Just as the offending individual is enjoined to sincerely seek forgiveness, so, too, the victim is expected to wholeheartedly forgive—provided he is assured that the plea for forgiveness is indeed sincere.
The Yom Kippur prayers begin with the moving ‘Kol Nidrei’ service. This service is more accurately a procedure of annulling our vows. But what connection and significance does this have to the High Holy Day of Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement?
During the Holocaust, a large group of Polish women were rounded up to be sent to the gas chambers. As the group gathered their possessions to take with them into the camp the evil Nazi officers called out to all the villagers who were standing by watching, “Anything that these Jews leave behind you may take for yourselves, because for sure they will not be
coming back to collect them!”
Two Polish women who were standing nearby saw a woman towards the back of the group, wearing a large, heavy, expensive coat. Wasting no time, they ran to the woman and knocked her to the ground, grabbing her coat and walked away. As the Jewish women were being led away, these two Polish women lay down the coat to divide the spoils of what was hiding inside. As they rummaged through the pockets, they discovered gold jewellery, silver candlesticks and other heirlooms. But still, as they lifted the coat it seemed heavier than it should have been. After further inspection they found a secret pocket, and hidden inside the coat was a little baby girl. Shocked at their discovery, one of the women insisted to the other, saying “I don’t have any children, and I’m too old to have now. You take all the gold and silver and let me take the baby”.
The deal was made and the Polish woman took her new ‘daughter’ home to her delighted husband. They raised the Jewish girl as their own, treating her very well, but never told her anything of her history. The girl excelled in her studies and became a successful paediatrician, working in the top hospital in Poland.
After some years the girl’s ‘mother’ passed away. A week later, there was a knock at the door. An old woman invited herself in and said “I want you to know that the woman that passed away last week was not your real mother…” and she proceeded to tell her the whole story. The girl did not believe her at first but the old woman said to her, “When we found you, you were wearing a beautiful gold pendant with strange writing on it which must be Hebrew,
I am sure that your mother kept the necklace, go and look.” And with that parting advice she left. The girl went into her ‘mother’s’ jewellery box and found the necklace just as the woman described. She had it extended and wore it every day, but thought nothing more of her Jewish roots.
Sometime later, she went on holiday abroad and saw two Lubavitch boys. Seizing the opportunity she told them entire story and showed them the necklace. The boys confirmed that a Jewish name was inscribed on the necklace but did not know what to say about her status. They recommended that she send a letter to the Lubavitch Rebbe explaining everything. She sent off the letter and received a speedy reply saying that it is clear from
the facts that she is a Jewish girl and since she had a special talent, she should use her invaluable skills in Israel, a place in desperate need of talented paediatricians.
She took the Rebbe’s advice and moved to Israel where she approached a Jewish court who declared her Jewish. She was accepted into a hospital to work, and she met her husband and raised a family.
Some years later…
When there was a terrorist attack at the Sbarro cafe in the centre of Jerusalem in August 2001, this woman was walking nearby with her husband. She told her husband to return home to the kids and she proceeded to rush to the scene where she treated the wounded and helped the injured to hospital.
When she arrived at the hospital she met an elderly man who was in a state of shock. He was searching everywhere for his granddaughter who had become separated from him. She calmed him down and went with him to search amongst all the patients in order to find his granddaughter. Asking how she could recognise her, the frantic grandfather gave a rough description of a gold pendant necklace that she was wearing. After searching amongst the
injured, they finally found the granddaughter who was wearing the necklace. At the
sight of this necklace, the paediatrician froze. She turned to the old man and said “where did you buy this necklace from?”
“You can’t buy such a necklace” he responded, “I am a goldsmith and I made this necklace.”
“Actually,” he continued, “I made two identical ones for each of my daughters. This is my granddaughter from one of them, and my other daughter did not survive the war.”
…And this is how the Jewish Polish girl was reunited with her father.
A vow is something binding and strictly speaking once they have been made they cannot be reversed. However, there is a special mechanism whereby they can be annulled enabling or vows and promises to be unbound. So too in life, it appears that a situation cannot be changed.
Perhaps then the idea of Kol Nidrei is to evoke Hashem to also ‘annul’ his ‘vows’ and ‘promises’ such as punishment, judgement, decrees, the evil inclination, and even exile . We pray that He should hear and accept our repentance, and – like a loving father – judge us favourably.
Yom Kippur is our last connection.
As long as we remember who we are, keep hold of this connection and do not remove ourselves from our roots , we can reconnect ourselves to our Father in Heaven.
Have a vowry good Yom Kippur,
Dan. <-click for more!
This is a great story how we suffered after yom tov, this plumber cleaned out 2 playmobile men from the toilet by filling our house with poo and still didn’t manage to clean the block, the worst plumber and he advertises as a playmobile man lol finally after some real cash paid came a real perosn and now we’re cleaned up spiritually and physically, thank you G-d ! Struggle Group!
Fiddler Raises the Roof
Daniel Ahaviel is one of the Jewish world’s top fiddlers; he’s also our dear friend and spiritual brother. He’s the one who plays the violin on our Judean Dream album. There’s no one who can fiddle and dance like he can. Daniel lives and breathes the joy of serving Hashem. Rebbe Nachman teaches that you can’t make teshuva if you’re not happy, so we need to put smiles on our face before Yom Kippur, and not be sullen like some folks think. And by the way, Yiddishkeit is cool…
When the prophet noticed the Children of Israel deviating too far from their roots, he urged us, “Return Israel to Hashem, your G-d… return to Hashem” . Why did the prophet see to repeat the fact that we must return to Hashem? In addition, why emphasise that it is Israel who must return: obviously if they are the ones who were sinning it is they that must repent?!
Furthermore, a significant part of the repentance prayers  seems to involve expressing that the complete repentance programme is too cumbersome! Are we trying to make things worse for ourselves?!
Amongst the many who were affected by the Tsumani disaster, was a South African Jewish family. The husband was out at sea at the time, whilst his wife, baby and maid were on the beach. The maid was the first to spot the gigantic Tsunami wave and unsuccessfully attempted to attract her employer’s attention. It was too late. He watched helplessly as his family was washed away, whilst he himself managed to grab onto a tree as he was washed ashore.
In the meantime his wife and maid were pressed up against the side of a tall building. They were up to their necks in water and the mother became frantic – she had lost hold of her baby!
In the meantime the maid felt something brush against her leg from the side. Instinctively she picked up this ‘thing’ – it was the baby!
G-d is our Heavenly parent. He wants us – his baby – to return to Him.
This is what the prophet is coming to emphasise:
It is not just about ‘returning to G-d’, but rather that we – the sons of Israel – the children of G-d, return to our Father in heaven.
We do not just simply return to G-d for our own benefit, but rather because just like a parent desires their child to ‘return’ to them, so too our Heavenly Father desires and helps us return to Him. The repentance programme of contemplation, removing oneself from sin, regret and acceptance to improve in the future might all seem daunting, or even ‘against all odds’. But so might reading, writing, walking for the first time or learning how to ride a bike. As long as our teachers want us to learn, then we can indeed succeed to great heights. And so we must remember that it is our Heavenly Father that we are talking about who wants us to return to Him! All we have to do is express our desire to return to Him, appreciate that we will need His help and take the first few steps to return to HimimHimH.
Have by father best Shabbos,
Dan. <-click here for more!
Inspiration from 11th September, Midnightrabbi inspires always brings an insight if your looking for one:)
The Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Israel Mayer Kagan, the saintly legal authority whose special focus was upon Jewish ethics and proper speech, points out that there’s a big difference between one who does Mitzvos thinking only of his reward in the World to Come, versus one who is truly thinking about what G-d wants. And he offers a simple litmus test to distinguish between them.
A true Servant of G-d wants to see everyone serving Him and doing His will, to increase the Honor of G-d in the world. Someone only out for his own benefit doesn’t really care if other people are doing what they should or not; he’s content with his own reward.
Rabbi Kagan was sharply critical of those in his day who had the resources to help Jews obtain kosher food and stay attached to the community, yet failed to help. What would he say in our generation, when kosher food is plentiful, yet millions of Jews have little knowledge of anything Jewish? Are we doing everything we can to help them? Click here or above for more!
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As the anniversary of the 9-11-2001 terrorist attacks on our great nation gets closer, I find myself going through many different emotions. I will NEVER forget that day of horror as long as I live. I watched as thousands of my fellow citizens were murdered in front of my eyes and I felt so helpless to do something. To this day the main emotion that surfaces is anger. Angry that I could not do something. As a police officer, you are trained to help save peoples lives. I could do nothing since I was so far away. I pray for the families of the victims that terrible day all the time. They will always be in my thoughts and prayers. NEVER FORGET 9-11! NEVER!
Between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur we have been instructed to be more meticulous in observing the laws and practices . This leads to the obvious question of what long term purpose this has being that we can seemingly return to our old ways straight after?
Every year, on the Torah reading on the Shabbos before Rosh Hashana, we are assured that the Torah is not the other side of the ocean such that we should ask who will go to fetch it for us . Nevertheless, we have been informed that if it was, then we would have to get it . But why tell us this theoretical fact?
Rather then, the Torah must be the other side of the ocean! But if so, how can we understand the statement that it is “not the other side of the ocean”?
Two donkeys were carrying their respective loads: the first was carrying heavy salt sacks whilst the second light sponges. After a while, the donkey carrying the heavy load began to bear the burden of the weight, and watched the other donkey travel in happiness and became jealous and began to cry. A few hours later they arrived at a river that they had to cross. When the donkey carrying the salt entered the water the salt began to dissolve and after a few minutes was left with empty sacks and he became happy. But when the second donkey entered the river, his sponges absorbed a large amount of water and became very heavy loads for the donkey and he buckled under the weight.
If we ‘carry the burden’ a bit in then when we immerse in the Torah (which is compared to water ) then it makes us feel lighter! But if always looking for easier option – then indeed Torah weighs us down!
The Torah is indeed the other side of the ocean, but it “is not the other side of the oceanthat we should ask who will go and fetch it for us”. Rather it is for us to get it ourselves.
If we ask and dwell on it being far then it is indeed the other side of the ocean, but if we don’t then we receive Divine assistance and it becomes near .
And so from Rosh Hashana we exert ourselves and improve our Divine service, even if we only intend to do so temporarily. If we take this suggestion seriously, the result is that we have made an effort to ‘carry the burden’ and not always seek the easier option. Subsequently we become the recipient of this special Divine assistance and ultimately realise how much nearer we really are to “the other side of the ocean” and long term spiritual improvement.
Have a boatiful Shabbos and a resolute Rosh Hashana,
Reb Dan. <- click here for more~!
“Oh! No!” from Gutman Locks!
I almost always try to get a picture of them smiling happily, but in cases like this, I try to get them to see themselves looking foolish. It is not so clear to the viewer, but the look on his face is really him saying, “Oh! No!”
If you look closely you can see that he has at least four earrings piercing his ears! Not such a bright thing to do. To get them to understand why it is not so bright (to put it mildly), when I take the picture, I ask, “When you get married, who is going to wear the pants in the family?” This means who is going to be the boss in the house.
Men, especially inexperienced men, think that they are going to rule the house when they get married. They feel that this is how they have to express their manliness. The smart woman very quickly learns to say, “That’s right dear, you are in charge, now please help me wash the floors, and also please take out the garbage.” And the smart man soon learns that he is in charge, as long as his wife doesn’t need anything.
Back to my young man in the picture…After they answer my question about who is going to wear the pants and they say, “I am!” I ask, “Then, who is going to wear the earrings?”
Almost always they catch on right away, laugh, look a little stupid, and say something like he did, “Oh, I was young when I did it.”
And I said, “Okay, but you are not young anymore. Take them out so the girl will know that you are looking for a girl, someone who wears earrings.”
He said that he would take them out, and I told him to come back when he has them out so I can see what he really looks like.
Is a secular Jewish man allowed to have earrings? Yes. Is it a smart thing to do? No. And if you love your fellow man (or woman) and you are in a position to help them, then you have to be pretty callous not to try.
Hide & Seek
Elul 23, 5772 · September 10, 2012
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson
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Rosh Hashanah, the Baal Shem Tov taught, is a game of hide and seek. G‑d hides, we seek.
But where can G‑d hide? Wherever you go, there He is. As the Zohar says, “There is no place void of Him.”
So perhaps what the Baal Shem Tov meant is more like peek-a-boo—when the parent hides behind his or her own fingers. So too, G‑d hides Himself within the guise of an awesome, indifferent king, judging His subjects strictly by the book until the most sublime angels shiver in dread.
And we seek. We seek the father behind the stern voice. We are the small child who climbs into the king’s arms, tears off the mask and exclaim, “Daddy!”
Which is just what He was waiting for.
Best Bet in a Chancy World from Lazer Brody
I must humbly disagree with the doomsday prophets. Sure, Israel suffers from big problems and major threats. But it’s heaven for your soul. The fact is that here, more and more people are quietly getting closer to Hashem. In Israel, a beautifully quiet spiritual revolution is taking place. Entire communities of emuna-oriented Jews are mushrooming in places that for years never had a synagogue or a Torah scroll. Yavniel, Carmiel, and Maalot are three examples. Folks there aren’t yelling at social protest demonstrations because they’re talking to Hashem. Many of our good friends in the USA and Canada have made Aliya recently. I urged those who sought my advice to consider places other than Ramat Bet Shemesh and Har Nof. I sent them to Maalot, to Katzrin, and to Yerucham, where they could buy nice apartments for a song, not worry where the kids are playing and breathe clean air. I’ve heard no complaints, only expressions of how happy they are to be here. I firmly believe that 5773 will be a wonderful year for the Jewish people in Israel, despite the threats.
The Evil Inclination wants you to think otherwise. By the way, the EI will do anything to prevent a person from making Aliya, especially casting worry and doubt in people’s hearts. The EI was active back in the time of the “Sin of the Spies”, and he’s still active now…
Every day, I get letters from worried parents with children in yeshivas and seminaries here in Israel. They’re frantic for their children to come home to the USA or Canada because of the apparent impending danger with Iran. Other families who had planned Aliya write and ask if it’s still safe to come to Israel; many are getting cold feet, especially whenever they listen to the news.
So is it safe in Israel? Let me preface my answer with a quick historical refresher of what happened a mere two decades ago:
A young man came up to me at the Kotel early in the morning and asked for help. He was very concerned about something that was going on in his life. He had heard about my background, and he really wanted my advice.
When I asked him what was the problem, he hesitated, and then with a slight tremble, he moved his hand slowly up and down his arm, and said, “It seems that I have an entity issue!”
I knew what his words meant, but I was not sure that he did. I asked, “What are you talking about?”
He said, “I have been bothered by certain feelings, and I met a Sephardi mekubal (mystic), and he told me that there is an ‘entity’ on me.” Now he looked scared.
“Why do you believe such a thing?” I asked.
He answered, “Sometimes it feels like I have insects crawling all over my arm, and there are other unusual things, too.”
I could see that he really believed what he was told. I said, “There is no entity on you.”
He argued, “The mekubal told me things about myself so I know that he is right.”
“Baloney!” I said, holding back what I really wanted to say. I said, “The real problem is that you have a huge worm in your nose!”
He looked at me like I was nuts.
“Why don’t you believe me when I tell you about the worm in your nose? … because it is just too outrageous, ridiculous! And neither do you have an “entity” on you. It is total nonsense, and you should not believe it for one second. You are exaggerating normal feelings, and saying that something is on you. No one can spiritually do anything to you unless you invite them to do it, and even then, it is only your imagination turned palpable.”
He would not listen. He wanted to believe that fairy tale. I told him that there was a genuine scholar of Kabbalah coming to the Kotel within an hour, and he could ask him to see who was right.
He left still convinced that he had some spiritual entity crawling on him!
When the rabbi I referred to came I told him what the young man said.
He said, “Imagination!”
I asked, “That’s it…only imagination?”
He added, “Someone (the so-called mekubal) has a talking sickness.” (spreading foolishness)
I did not plan to send out this story, but then, that very afternoon, a young women asked me how to get the “energy off” her that some man she had dated is putting on her. When I saw that there was more than one case of this type of foolishness going around, I realized that the subject needed to be addressed.
I told her the same thing that I told that young man in the morning, “Because you are still interested in that man you dated, you are imagining that he has some control over you, and he doesn’t. When you are ready to leave him, and move on in your life, those imagined feelings will stop bothering you.”
I explained to both of them that they should be looking up to the One Who is All. They should attribute everything that happens to Him and not think for a moment that there is any spiritual reality to the feelings on their arms. This is the type of foolishness that you find in India. But a Jew is supposed to talk to G-d, and have G-d lead him or her in their lives, not “energies” and “entities”!
Hashem is everywhere, including inside your head. Talk to G-d. Do not invent problems when we already have enough.
Inspiration from 1-4th September, good story, Chai Elul means living with energy that’s inspires 🙂
Our cherished friend Francis K. from Singapore writes:
This week is Teachers’ Day in Singapore’s calendar.
I thank HaShem for sending us such a charimatic teacher as you, fluent and at ease in the ways of Emuna, a light for the nations.
Please accept this song dedication to honour our spiritual teachers, Rav Shalom Arush and you.
May it be His will that He watch over you and the Breslev army who are spreading the message of connection to HaShem everywhere,
May you see many more people turning to HaShem,
May you and yours always experience joy, serenity, peace, good health.
G-d bless, Francis from Singapore
Towards the approach of the New Year, when we reflect over the past year and are looking to make resolutions and improvements, we are reminded “And it will be if you listen listen to G-d you will be blessed…  and it will be if you don’t listen to G-d you will be cursed” .
Strangely though, when discussing the blessings we see that they come if we “listen listen” indicating an additional listening. And even stranger, being that the introduction “and it will be” indicates happiness , why is this also the introduction to the curses?!
Human nature is such that when we are blessed and successful, we are more than happy to take the credit for it, but when things do not go according to plan, we ask, “How could G-d have caused it to happen? Mrs. Noa Silberberg Miller of Middlebury Connecticut also sought an answer to that question…
During June 2003, Mrs. Silberberg travelled to Koblenz Germany to meet with her cousins for the first time. She longed to reconnect with her heritage, and in particular to see her grandfather’s synagogue: The Great Community Synagogue of Leipzig.
After a long journey, when they finally arrived at the site of the ruined synagogue, they discovered a plaque that detailed the decimation of the synagogue and how the Jews were forced to pay for the cleaning up afterwards.
She sat down and began crying, “How could G-d have caused such a terrible thing to happen!” She decided to seek some literature that would hopefully help her to understand. Finally she discovered a documentation of the lives of the Jews in Leipzig. And that is where she saw the answer to her question: a letter dated November 25, 1938, just after (Krystalnacht and) the decimation of the synagogue, from the Jews of Leipzig addressed to the police of Leipzig requesting permission to pray in the Tikitiner synagogue on 3 Richard Wagner Street, signed by Eidelmann, Beer and S. Folmann… her grandfather.
The Klausenberger Rebbe, Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam (1905-94) was a survivor – in more sense of the word than one. He himself lost his wife and 11 children in the Holocaust, and like so many others made his way to the DP camp. In the Feldafing and Foehrenwald camps near Munich he encouraged many to rebuild their lives. He encouraged the building of schools, synagogues, Torah study and kosher food and burials. He moved to America in 1946 and rebuilt a Tzanz-Klausenberg community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and in Union City, New Jersey. He started a new family. In 1957 he moved to Israel where he built a community in Netanya. He established schools, an orphanage, an old age home and the Laniado Hospital. Ultimately he rebuilt a dynasty with thousands of followers.
The Rebbe commented, “A person could have given up – they had no future. Or,” he continued, “he could have looked to the positive future – these people would live and rebuild.”
“How can G-d cause bad things to happen?”
He doesn’t: we do … as the verse clearly testifies: “If you don’t listen to G-d you will be cursed.”
It is up to us to recognise this  and more importantly to accept it .
Perhaps this is hinted by the repetition “listen, listen to the blessings”. Even if we did not properly listen the first time and suffered the consequences, nevertheless there is a second opportunity to listen and to accept the cause of our suffering. If we do so, then we can still be blessed  and happy.
Have a glistening Shabbos,
Rabbi Daniel Leeman <-click here for more!
First story: In the spirit of the Maggid, R. Paysach J Krohn, p. 117
Second story: see The Klausenberger Rebbe 1 and 2 (end comment heard from R. Chaim Halpern)
 Devarim 28:1
 Devarim 28:15
 E.g. Medrash Rabba, Bamidbar 13:5
 See Ohr Hachaim Devarim 11:28; Sfas Emes
 Devarim 11:26
 Megilla 31b (as explained by R. Moshe Shapira)
 See Seder Hataras Nedrai, Achos Ketana
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Inspiration from 30th August, Saving people every-day 🙂
Midnightrabbi inspires wants us to know , this happens everyday, wegot to keep being kind with everyone JIM = Jaffa Institute & Midnightrabbi eli goldsmith
To save us from the floods of the world Oih, gevalt!
I was on my way to Yosef Daniel sons brit and buses being late cause me to post this instead 🙂 B’H and mazel tov 🙂
The Cry of a Child\
You shall not see your brother’s ox or sheep going astray and ignore them; rather, you should restore them to your brother.
And so you shall do with every lost thing of your brother – you may not remain oblivious (22:1-3)
When Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch was a young man, he lived in the same house as his father, Rabbi Schneur Zalman. Rabbi DovBer and his family lived in the ground floor apartment, and Rabbi Schneur Zalman lived on the second floor.
One night, while Rabbi DovBer was deeply engrossed in his studies, his youngest child fell out of his cradle. Rabbi DovBer heard nothing. But Rabbi Schneur Zalman, who was also immersed in study in his room on the second floor, heard the infant’s cries. The Rebbe came downstairs, lifted the infant from the floor, soothed his tears, replaced him in the cradle, and rocked him to sleep. Rabbi DovBer remained oblivious throughout it all.
Later, Rabbi Schneur Zalman admonished his son: “No matter how lofty your involvements, you must never fail to hear the cry of a child.”
The Lubavitcher Rebbe told this story to a gathering of community activists in 1962. “To me,” said the Rebbe, “this story characterizes the approach of Chabad-Lubavitch. With all the emphasis on self-refinement and one’s personal service of the Almighty, one must always hear the cry of a child.
“This is most applicable today, when so many Jewish children of all ages, have fallen out of the cradle of their heritage. Their souls cry out to us, and we must have the sensitivity to hear their cries and to respond. We must interrupt our prayers and our studies and do everything in our power to sooth these desperate souls and restore them to their cradle.”
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Guarding Bris Milah
A Mitzvah in which we invest ourselves fully cannot be taken from us, our sefarim teach.
Recently, in this city (New York) there have been forces that wish to abolish an integral part of Bris Milah, Metzitza B’Peh. In one city in Germany there has actually been action taken against Bris Milah. In France as well as in other European countries, Milah is under attack.
Why is this happening?
The Mitzvah of Milah is not concluded when the baby is eight days old. We have to guard the Bris Milah our entire lives by conducting ourselves with holiness.
Recently, proliferations of gadgets which promote immorality have been released on the market. May have fallen prey to the evil allures these present. If many neglect to guard the covenant of Milah, the gentile nations are empowered to enact decrees to abolish it.
When we remove evil from within our midst, it will cease to attack us.
Source: Erev Shabbos Ekev Shmuess in Bais HaMedrash Emunas Yisrael. For original recording in Yiddish, respond to this email.
Inspiration from 28th August<- keep thanking the one who deserves praise as we all fight/struggle on 🙂 and be kind 🙂
The Sounds of Geula from Lazer Brody
If you’ve been to Israel and you’ve been anywhere near an Arab town or village, you’ll hear the muezzin calling the people to prayer from atop the minaret of the mosque, before each of the prescribed times of prayer. He calls out, Allah Hu akbar – Hashem is all-powerful.
When Moshiach comes, all of Israel will resound each morning 72 minutes before daybreak with the call of Shma Yisrael. Yaniv Madar, an outstanding vocalist, does this better than anyone I’ve ever heard. His Shma Yisrael is preceeded by the blowing of a Moroccan shofar, the type of which will herald the coming of Moshiach. These are surely the sounds of Geula, the full redemption of our people that’s ever so close. And don’t worry about our troubles – the labor pains are fiercest right before the joyous event of the birth. The Geula – redemption – is the rebirth of our people. May it be soon, amen!
Elul 10, 5772 · August 28, 2012
|Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson|
Higher consciousness is more than a state of mind.
It is a way of eating, of sleeping, of loving, of speaking, of doing business—it is apparent in all your ways.
Inspiration from 26th August, Close to my Heart
Just in (click here 4link of article)-> “Close to my Heart” Midnightrabbi inspires thanks toJoseph Joel Sherman
Midnightrabbii JIM = Jaffa Institute & Midnightrabbi eli goldsmith
Rabbi Eli Goldsmith is a Consultant at the Jaffa Institute in Beit Shemesh, Israel. He is also known the Midnight Rabbi because he reaches out to youth at risk through music and social media.
Rabbi Goldsmith says, “This is very real cause that is close to my heart as a seven and half years daily project, which was and is a real life changer! Daf Yomi has been taken up since by hundreds of thousands of Jews worldwide, including myself, which together keeps us together, and with millions of Jews United with Israel bringing Moshaich [Messiah] now!”
Agreed 🙂 however we still need other people to help all of us have the courage to be yourself 🙂 midnightrabbi-on-a-mission-to-inspire-youth-at-risk-in-israel-world!
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הזמנה של מצווה
לכל באי ביהמ”ד ה’ עליהם יחיו
הננו בזה בהזמנה של מצווה
לכל באי בית המדרש, זקנים עם נערים,
להשתתף בחלוקת הפרסים השנתית,
בהשתתפות כ”ק מרן אדמו”ר שליט”א
שתיערך בעזהשי”ת בי’ באלול
יום הולדת כ”ק מרן אדמו”ר זיע”א
יום ג’ פר’ כי תצא
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עזרת הנשים פתוחה לאמהות הילדים
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RE’EH – ELUL Torah is ready!
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The embryo develops into the fetus in forty days. There are also forty days in which the year develops. These are the forty days between Rosh Chodesh Elul and Yom Kippur.
One can pray regarding the gender of the child during the first forty days of gestation because it has not yet been irrevocably determined. Similarly, we pray for the coming year during the forty days between Rosh Chodesh Elul and Yom Kippur. Although prayer can always be effective, later it is much harder to alter what has already been finalized.
The characteristics of generations of trees are mapped out within the genes of the original seed. Even a most minor defect in the DNA of a seed will result in a crippled plant. Although Rosh Hashana is but a short period of time, it contains within it the entire year. Our actions on this day effect the entire year.
These Indians asked me about tefillin. I explained what they are, and that G-d commanded only Jewish men to put on tefillin, but He also commanded all mankind certain things.
“Let me ask you a question. What do they teach you in Madras? (their hometown) Is G-d in the heart of the devil?”
It took them a while to understand the question. Then they shook their heads and said, “No! Oh, No!”
“Then you have a little god in Madras! If your god is not in the heart of the devil he is not everywhere. The G-d of the Bible is everywhere. King David wrote, ‘If I make my bed in hell, G-d is there.’ G-d is even in hell! He is everywhere.”
“Yes, yes,” they agreed, “G-d is everywhere.”
I said, “This is what you came here to learn. Only worship the G-d Who is everywhere.”
They agreed, and I went on. “There is a story about a man who was crucified 2,000 years ago. Did you ever hear that story?”
“Oh yes, many times.”
“After he was crucified, they went to his grave on the third day. Was he in the grave?”
“No, No. He was arisen.” They said with total conviction.
“Well, if he is not in the grave, then he is not everywhere. Do not worship him.” They were caught in one of their religion’s contradictions. They looked at each other not knowing what to say. I went on, “Only worship the G-d Who is everywhere.”
It caught them by complete surprise. Almost always at this point in the conversation, chr-istians say, ‘We gotta go,” turn, and walk away. Chr-istains are taught if they even waiver in their belief they will burn in hell forever. They cannot hear anything that challenges their beliefs. But these Indians were happy. Again, I asked them, “Where is G-d?”
They answered, “Everywhere!”
“Good for you.”
They asked if they could take some pictures of us together. I said, “You can take the pictures as long as when they take the picture you say, ‘G-d is everywhere.’”
They laughed, had a good time, and will surely remember the conversation. Will their catholic priests convince them that G-d is everywhere only sometimes or in some ways, but that their god is still god? I think that he is going to have a difficult time convincing them now.
When you learn how to explain the spiritual truth in a positive way you can influence those around you. Instead of demeaning their god, which would only cause hard feelings, try to help them in a simple way that they can understand.
Yoga, again, and again, and again!
It is hard for people to give up spiritual practices that they enjoy and think are helpful. One commentator to my article “Yogaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!” wrote that yoga was among the gifts that Avraham gave to his sons whom he sent to the East. He asked, “If yoga has spiritual benefits, why would that be bad?” He also asked about a number of Eastern practices.
Our sages explain that the gifts that Avraham gave to those sons were actually “unclean names!” (evil powers)[i]
Most briefly, Avraham knew that these powers already existed in the East. If his sons would have gone there without knowing these powers they would have become subservient to those with the powers. But since they too could wield such things they were able to push off that influence.
It is natural for yoga lovers to try to justify their practice, but no matter how you look at it, yoga is a non-Jewish, spiritual practice. Again, except for one or two movements that are entirely associated with yoga, it is not the movements themselves that are the problem. The problem comes when there is ANY association with yoga. Yoga is a branch of idolatry.
Idolatry is not just a social problem. It leads seekers in the wrong direction. One simple example; a famous Indian yogi-guru wrote in his book, “The Blue Pearl” that the highest vision possible is the “blue light.” There was a young man in my apartment just last week who raved about his martial arts master because when he looked at the master he saw a blue light surrounding him. He swears by this master now because of this vision.
Jewish mystical writings state, “All colors in visions are a positive sign except for the color blue. It is the lowest color, and much ardent prayer must be exercised to avoid it!”
This is a simple example of how idolatry is the worship of a particular form, and ignores the Universal. The real problem goes much deeper. The real problem is where idolatry leads. For instance, a common Eastern teaching is that insanity is considered a step along the way to development! And if you would learn what it is that drives them insane, you would tremble, and run from it.
[i] Genesis 25:6 Rashi Reb Gutman Locks – Pearls of Wisdom
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Doors & Gates
There is an almost endless variety of doors & gates in the Rova (Jewish Quarter).
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IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS AND SORROW THAT WE INFORM THE JEWISH WORLD OF THE PASSING LATE LAST NIGHT OF THE REBBE OF SHOMREI EMUNIM, haRAV AVRAHAM CHAYIIM BEN REBBE AHARON ZATZA”L. THE REBBE WAS THE SON OF THE FOUNDER OF “REB ARALEH CHASSIDIM”, THOSE KNOWN TO WEAR THE COLORFUL GOLD/BLUE CLOAKS IN MEAH SHE’ARIM, JERUSALEM. HE WAS KODESH KODASHIM. וכל בית ישראל יבכו את השריפה אשר שרף ה’
Inspiration from 19th/20th/21st August, Whose going to respond with some inspirational kindness!
Dakuwaqa’s Dream- We are pleased to share with you a magnificent celebration of creation, the untouched underwater world of Fiji in the south Pacific. The photography and film production are the exquisite work of Nick Hope, and the background melody is by Skanoir Music.
A mere glance at Hashem’s magnificent universe is enough to make even an insensitive person cry out in love of Hashem. Our job in Elul is exactly that – to enhance our love of Hashem and to get closer to Him. Once we do so, the High Holidays become a sublime pleasure and not a dread, Heaven forbid. Enjoy! Thanks to @lazer brody! 🙂
REAL new beginning with the Jewish month of Elul begins today with a blast, the Shofar call us!
LIFE IS SO DEEP Our Land
Elul 3, 5772 · August 21, 2012
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson
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The nations cannot understand why the Jewish people should have a land. “If it is G‑d and scriptures and heaven that you are all about,” they claim, “then why do you want a piece of earth? Is G‑d in a place? Will you find G‑d in settling land, in governing a country, in defending it? Make up your mind: Is it heaven you want, or earth?”
Those words, perhaps, are never said. They are quiet words, engraved within the human psyche. And they are the bias behind all their contentions with us: We don’t belong here, on earth, where they belong, playing by their rules. Because G‑d is in the heavens, and the earth belongs to humankind.
But this is the mission of the Jewish people: For all to see that the same G‑d in heaven is here within the earth, within all the endeavors of humankind. For there is nothing else but Him.
Beginning with that specific, well-defined, very special piece of earth to which our destiny is tied.
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Tell Me G-d, Why Am I Here?
thanks to Lazer Brody
Award-winning filmmaker Maya Batash woman journeys across the world, searching for faith (emuna). Here are a few excerpts from her upcoming feature film on emuna. What is faith? How does one acquire it? How can it change a human life for the better? Through her discussions and experiences she comes to a new level of existence..
Inspirations from 14th August, Why Would the Creator of the World… cause of Gutman locks and you 🙂
…take the time to paint a fish in such a way? He must truly love to make beautiful things. We are told to emulate our Creator. We can see from this fish that we are to try to make the world an even more beautiful place than it already is.
There was a celebration at the Kotel for the completion of a very special sefer Torah (scroll). Each of the hundreds of thousands of letters in this new sefer Torah was dedicated to a Jewish child. Thousands of Chabadniks and young children came to the celebration.
Whoever thinks that the Rebbe did not have any children does not understand the nature of reality.
It’s a Different World
What would you do if the guy davening at the amud (leading the prayers) took out his telephone, and starting reading from the screen while he was saying the prayers out loud? It used to be that we would scream at him. But now, it’s a different world. He was reading the prayers that he was saying from his phone/email/computer screen.
Waiting for Tatie to Daven Mincha
(Father to pray the afternoon prayers)
How Can You Pray
How are you expected to be able to pray with two little kids holding onto your legs, and putting their hands in your pocket? The truth is, they make your prayers better. Because of them, your words go straight into Heaven.
“Hashem help me to help them. You have to help me to provide better for them and for their mother. Hashem, you have to help me to do a better job…Hashem, Hashem, make me a better father and husband… I love you, and I thank you… thank you for all that You are giving us….”