Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Name "Sandy" and the 2 Terrible Events


"Sandy" in Hebrew, together with the numerical equivalents of each letter of its name is sin(300)-nun(50)-dalet(4)-yud(10), which in Hebrew looks like this: שנדי - it's total numerical equivalent = 364.
"The Satan" or HaSatan in Hebrew, the angel of death and the accusing angel of stern judgment, together with the numerical equivalents of each letter of its name is hey(5)-sin(300)-tet(9)-nun(50), which in Hebrew looks like this: השטן - it's total numerical equivalent is 364, exactly like Sandy!
We can clearly see that the culprit of both tragedies is clearly the abovementioned angel of death, hiding behind the name of Sandy. Both the Zohar and the Gemara tell us that when he strikes more than once, it's a sign of stern judgment that is still hovering above whichever group of people - whether a family, a town or a nation - that has been hit.





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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

TOMER DEVORAH: Better late than never...

TOMER DEVORAH: Better late than never...: 15 Kislev 5773 The following is Rabbi Nachman Kahana's parshah commentary for Parshat Toldot. Although it's late, its message is timely!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

GO HOME ALREADY!


“Do not become disheartened nor discouraged by the words of the antagonists, for they speak out of ignorance.”   Writes the renowned gaon, Yisrael Yehoshua of Kutno  z”l, av beit din of Kutno, in the approbations to the volume Derishat Tzion  written by R. Tzvi Kalishcher z”l in 5624/1864. R. Kalishscher was the prime advocate of rebuilding our Land.

Rabbi Sholom Gold in his article "Shall We Ascend the Mountain" quoted Reb Dovid: "Reb Dovid quoted the Yid HaKodosh who said that though every Jew must strive to fulfill all the commandments of Torah, there are commandments unique to each individual from the time of creation and for which he came to this world. How, asked the Yid HaKadosh, should one know what is the commandment destined for him? He replied, the Mitzvah toward which one feels drawn and longs to fulfill.


R. Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal, zt”l, in his book Eim Habanim Semeichah wrote that he discovered in the volume, Tiferet HaGershuni, by R. Gershon of Metz, z”l (a colleague of the Shach), that we must take the initiative to bring the complete redemption by moving to our Land*. If HaShem acts first, we cannot possibly reckon that exact moment and begin together with Him. On the other hand, if we act first, HaShem can certainly synchronize with us and begin at that very moment. Tiferet HaGershuni (Munkatch, 5663 [1903], VeZot HaBerachah, p.98
Ketubim Midrash Tehillim (Psalms) 85
I. For the leader. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Lord, You have been favorable unto Your land, You have turned the captivity of Jacob (Ps. 85:1-3). These words are to be considered in the light of the verse A land which the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it (Deut. 11:12). That is, God turns to it, and turns again to it, and regards it, and keeps His eyes upon it until such time as its deeds and the performance of precepts concerning it, which were enjoined upon Israel, will find favor with the Holy One, blessed be He. When they bring forth the tithes, and observe the years of release and of Jubilee, and observe all the other precepts which were enjoined concerning the land, in that hour the land will make its deeds find favor with the Holy One, blessed be He. As Scripture says, Then will the land make her Sabbaths find favor (Lev. 26:34). Hence, You have been favorable unto Your land.
II. You have forgiven the iniquity/lawlessness of Your people (Ps. 85:3). Can anything but the land wherein they dwell cause the iniquity/lawlessness of the people of Israel to be forgiven, since it is said The people that dwell therein will be forgiven their iniquity/lawlessness (Isa. 33:24)? Behold, the living will be forgiven. The dead, too? Yes. Since Scripture says Its earth makes expiation for His people (Deut. 32:43), we are to understand that what makes expiation for His people is its very earth.
Happy are they, they that dwell in the Land of Israel, for neither when they are alive nor when they are dead is sin or iniquity/lawlessness in them. Thus Scripture says, You have forgiven the iniquity/lawlessness of Your people, You have pardoned all their sin for ever (Ps. 85:3). And it is also written Who is a God like unto You, that pardons the iniquity/lawlessness, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? (Micah 7:18).
III. You have taken away all Your wrath; You have turned Yourself from the fierceness of Your anger (Ps. 85:4). As Ezekiel said: Thus will Mine anger spend itself (Ezek. 5:13), and as Hosea also said: I will heal their backsliding ... For Mine anger is turned away from him (Hos. 14:5). When the Sons of Korah asked: How long will You be angry with us? You did say, Return, O backsliding children (Jer. 3:14). However, when the children of Israel said to You: “Return You first,” as is said Return, O Lord; how long? (Ps. 90:13), You did reply: “No, but let Israel return first.” Since You wilt not return alone, and since we will not return alone, let the two of us return as one, as is said Return [both of] us, O God of our salvation (Ps. 85:5). And what is Your answer? Will You be angry with us for ever? (ibid. 85:6): If we repent, will You not receive us? Will You not revive us again? (Ps. 85:7), even as Ezekiel says: Behold, I will open your graves) etc. (Ezek. 37:12), and again And I will put My spirit in you, and you will live (ibid. 37:14).


……………“We will receive the goodness from God at the end of day, [but only] after the proper preparation.” *   Writes the great gaon, the holy Sefardic scholar, the Rishon LeTzion, R. Chayim David Chazan, z”l, in the approbations to the volume Derishat Tzion written by R. Tzvi Kalishcher z”l in 5624/1864

* R. Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal, zt”l, in his book Eim Habanim Semeichah writes “..the words of the gaon z”l are stated explicitly in Yeshayahu’s prophecy: For the increase of dominion and for peace without end upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to establish it and support it with justice and righteousness from now to eternity. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts performs this. (Yeshayah 9:6) This verse seems to contradict itself. At first it says that we ourselves must establish and support it with justice and righteousness. But afterwards it says, The zeal of the Lord of Hosts performs this. We can understand this based on the gaon’s idea [above]. In order to receive this great good from HaShem, we must first effect a great preparation through our deeds. Then, the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will bring our work to a successful end, for we cannot complete it with our strength alone. HaShem will only bring it to the utmost perfection after we perform some initial act which will serve as a preparation.
R. Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal, zt”l, in his book Eim Habanim Semeichah writes: The brilliant and holy Kabbalist of Greiditz and the Sefardic scholar, the Rishon LeTzion, regard the fact that the gentile kings gave us permission to build Eretz Yisrael and Jerusalem as the fulfillment of the verse My Beloved sent forth His hand through the hole (Shir HaShirim 5:4). They concur with our Sages in the Midrash on this point [see Shir HaShirim Rabbah 5:3].
Similarly, these righteous and profound gedolim are correct that today, as well, the fact that the kings of the nations permit us to come and build the Land is considered a miracle and a fulfillment of this verse [Shir HaShirim 5:4]. This is the handiwork of our God; the Holy One Blessed be He is performing miracles through them. Therefore, anyone who opposes this, opposes the will of the Almighty. We can say to him, as Moshe Rabbeinu said to Korach, Your complaints are not against us, rather against the Lord. (The verse quoted here is Shemot 16:8 which referes to the episode of the quails. It, therefore, seems that the author’s reference to Korach is a scribal error. [See, however, BeMidbar 16:11 where a similar verse can be found in reference to Korach.]
“….it is undoubtly a great mitzvah because the ingathering is the beginning of redemption, and it says, I will gather others to him, beside those already gathered to him (Yeshaya 66:8).” Also, the Talmud states that the Shechinah does not rest upon less than 20,000 Jews (Yevamot 64a). Especially, now that we have seen the great desire [for Eretz Yisrael displayed by all typed of Jews], including lowly, average, and upright people, it is almost certain that the spirit of redemption has sprouted. Fortunate is your portion, for you are among those who bring merit to the masses.  Writes the renowned gaon, Yisrael Yehoshua of Kutno  z”l, av beit din of Kutno, in Teshuvot Yeshu’ot Malko 66.
R. Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal, zt”l, in his book Eim Habanim Semeichah writes: “…..in the year 5660 [1900], the holy gaon, our mentor, R. Hillel of Kalamoya, published a manifesto calling and urging our Jewish brethren to buy the Land of Israel from the Ishmaelites (Arabs). It was an opportune moment, for the sultan was at war and needed money. He was willing to sell Eretz Yisrael , Transjordan, and Syria for almost nothing……….”
And
“Those who tremble at the word of HaShem however, stood on the side and refrained from sharing in the work [to build the land with the irreligious whose desire was to return to the Land of our forefathers]. They stood by their age-old claim, “It is preferable to sit and do nothing.” In the meantime, these “initiators” began rebuilding our Holy Land (so may it continue and prosper), while the Orthodox Jews and the tzaddikim stood aloof. It is clear that he who prepares prior to the Sabbath will eat on the Sabbath, (Avodah Zarah 3a), and since the Orthodox did not toil, they have absolutely NO INFLUENCE in the Land. Those who toil and build have the influence, and they are the masters of the Land. It is, therefore, no wonder that they are in control, for He who guards the fig tree will eat its fruit (Mishley 27:18).
“……….Now, what will the Orthodox say? I do not know if they will ever be able to vindicate themselves before the heavenly court for not participating in the movement to rebuild the Land, and for not heeding the call of these tzaddikim of the generation.
The author of Chovot HaLevavot, in his introduction, writes, “One of the components of caution is not to be overly cautious.” (Lev Tov edition vol.1, p.51) He further states that if every person who is involved in something positive would wait silently until all of his requirements are fulfilled, no one would accomplish anything.
The divine Kabbalist, R. Avraham Azulai (the grandfather of our master, the Chida), writes in his holy work, Chesed LeAvraham (Ma’ayan 3, Nahar 12):

Anyone who lives in Eretz Yisrael is considered a tzaddik even though it does not seem that way. For if he was not a tzaddik , the Land would vomit him out, as it says, “And the Land vomits out its inhabitants (VaYikra 18:25). Since the Land does not vomit him out he must be considered a tzaddik, even though he is presumed to be wicked.*

R. Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal, zt”l, in his book Eim Habanim Semeichah writes on the above: It seems to me that there is a Talmudic source for the words of this divine Kabbalist, whose every utterance was said with Ruach HaKodesh. It can be found in Avodah Zarah (26a) in the statement “Come and see the difference between the thieves of Babylonia and the highway robbers of Eretz Yisrael…” See Rashi’s comments, as well as those of the brilliant Maharshak of Brod zt”l in Avodat Avodah.
I would like to add to this. When we see from Chazal that the Omnipresent is pleased by the acts of today’s builders (as I will demonstrate at length, God willing, in chapter three), then it is certainly forbidden to slander them. Hence, he who is not careful to guard his tongue about this, does not guard his soul from troubles (Based on Mishley 21:23). He will be included in the decree And all who provoke Me shall not see it (BeMidbar 14:23), as explained by R. Moshe Chagiz (above) [see pg. 28]. May HaShem protect us from them and their associates.
When Rabbis admit their mistakes, they are praiseworthy.

R. Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal, zt”l, in his book Eim Habanim Semeichah also writes: I will not revoke my Torah opinion because of any gadol or rebbe of our generation, unless he debates the issues with me in the manner of Torah dialogue, using proofs from the words of Chazal. I will then concede to his words, if they are correct, but not if they are unfounded.
The blog writer now directs attention to the following from the Introduction of the book Song of the Soul based on Rabbi Chaim Moshe Luzatto’s “Kalach Pitchei Chochma”:
The Chazon Ish in his work Emunah U’Vitachon (Faith and Trust) writes: “If man is refined, at peace with himself, free of lustful desire, and amazed at the sight of the heavens on high and depths of the earth, he becomes excited and astounded because the world before him seems to be a hidden, wondrous enigma. This enigma captivates his intellect and heart, leaving them no ambition other than solving this puzzle. This solution absorbs his soul. He would pass through fire and water to attain it, for what is the point of this pleasant life if its purpose is concealed from him? His soul becomes disoriented, mourning and yearning to comprehend this secret and know its roots – but the gateways are locked.”
…..As noted, our purpose in this world is to transform the world into a kingdom of the Almighty. The first step toward this goal is the fulfillment of the 613 mitzvot, as specified in the Torah and Oral Law. The performance of mitzvoth inspires one to learn, expand his knowledge, and rise spiritually. Once a person decides to fulfill his obligation in this world, he cannot remain the same. There is ascent and descent, advancement and regression; he cannot stagnate. Driven by his soul, this person will search more and more. This drive fills him with yearning. As King David said, “My soul thirsts for You” (Tehillim 63), and “As a deer yearns for brooks of water, so my soul yearns for you, O God.” (ibid 42). This internal push differs from person to person. Every Jew’s neshamah (soul) is rooted in the upper worlds, and the higher the root, the stronger the push. His aspirations to unite with and devote himself to his Creator lead him to seek until his thirst is quenched.
Some are satisfied with fulfilling mitzvoth and understanding their reasons as expounded in many classical texts, such as Sefer HaChinuch. These explainations suffice for those seeking general information related to fulfilling mitzvoth. These people pray with devotion and study Torah for its own sake. In their prayers, Torah study, and mitzvoth, they serve their Creator with all their hearts and grow in Torah and fear of God, each according to the root of his soul. [blog writer directs the reader to type in the blog search on this page “your name is your essence to read about the blog writer’s soul after reading here.]
However, these reasons do not satisfy everyone. Some consider this approach is too superficial. They feel that the stories in the Torah have deeper meaning…….
The sefer Kol HaTor  writes that The Gaon of Vilna wrote much about the fact that the redemption depends on learning Kabbalism, for thus the teachings of our righteous Mashiach will be revealed gradually, which means the teachings the Tora of Eretz Israel (which is the Jerusalem Talmud). This is revealed in the words “and the gold of the land is good” (Bereshis 2:12) – blog writer [this is mentioned in the reading of my name] ………………… Mashiach ben Yosef resides within the 999 sparks of many a soul in Israel, in those who merit carrying out deeds that promote the ingathering of Israel, in those who merit carrying out deeds that promote the ingathering of exiles, etc. Whoever merits, on the basis of his deeds as well as the merits of his forefathers, carrying out deeds that are characteristic of Mashiach ben Yosef, is considered a spark from the root of the soul of Mashiach ben Yosef – each according to the level of his deeds.
This blog writer ends here for the time being.  May my deed in bringing just a “tidbit” of emes to my readers regarding the ingathering of exiles to our Land indeed give me merit to have a tidbit spark  of Mashiach ben Yosef within me. READ THE ESSENCE OF MY NAME! I have a son named Yosef – my name is GOLD - …the gold of the land is good – LET US ALL GO HOME! Please HaShem NOW! Pray for the peace of Israel.

Levi Chazan of Yeshivat Ohr Hara'ayon states in his article The Natural Miracle, "Interestingly, when it comes to finding the best doctors or running after a livelihood, we make the greatest effort. Why, then, when it comes to bringing the Redemption closer do we just sit around and wait?"



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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Eating Insects

Everything we do should be done for the sake of heaven. See: 

http://tidbitsoftorah.blogspot.com/2011/07/let-all-your-deeds-be-for-sake-of.html 

What follows is old news but I was reminded of this situation when reading again Vayikra chapter 11. 

It is so grand to be a Jew that follows the Torah of HaShem! 

(CNN) - - A 32 year old man downed dozens of roaches and worms to win python at a Florida reptile store, then collapsed and died outside minutes later. 

Vayikra/Leviticus 11:42-45
42. Any [creature] that goes on its belly, and any [creature] that walks on four [legs] to any [creature] that has many legs, among all creeping creatures that creep on the ground, you shall not eat, for they are an abomination. 43. You shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping creature that creeps, and you shall not defile yourselves with them, that you should become unclean through them. 44. For I am the Lord your God, and you shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, because I am holy, and you shall not defile yourselves through any creeping creature that crawls on the ground.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Is it Enough to Believe?

Is is enough to believe in HaShem with simple faith?

The appeal to simple faith (Emunah Peshutah) is usually an excuse to do nothing. Without effort there is no belief, awareness, or understanding.

(Awake, My Glory)

Simcha Minute by Rabbi Avigdor miller ztl, designed for busy people.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NY City Crimes Against Jews

Because of the world events and the sound of the shofar blowing loudly in my ear, I wanted to compile a few "tidbits" for all Yidden living in Chutz L'aretz (outside of Israel).

1) I have taken the following from the New York State Criminal Justice Hate Crime 2010 report (2011 has not been issued) because I live in New York. (I suggest this be done in all the major places where Yidden live but I have no time to do this).

MAJOR FINDINGS: The most frequently reported bias motivations for hate crimes in 2010 were anti-Jewish (31%), anti-black (20%), anti-male homosexual (16%), and anti-Hispanic (8%).

Of the 699 total hate crime incidents reported in 2010, Table 2 shows specific bias motivation for crimes against persons and property crimes.

Anti-Jewish hate crimes accounted for 220 (80%) of 275 religious bias incident reports.

CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS: Anti-male homosexual crimes (105), anti-black (95) and anti-Jewish (90) were the most frequently reported crimes. (hate to know what the unreported numbers are).

Within the religion category, anti-Jewish bias accounted for 90 out of the 119 incidents (76%).

PROPERTY CRIMES: Anti-Jewish bias accounted for 130 of 156 reported hate crimes against religion. Fifty percent of incidents with unkown offenders were motivated by anti-Jewish bias. 

SOURCE: http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/crimnet/ojsa/hate-crime-in-nys-2010-annual-report.pdf

2) It is a very good idea to visit the following post on Tomer Devorah's website. New York has already been effected by the hand of G-d (we should wake up). Read all the links so that you will   see the facts about the effect in New York and make this known to Yidden in New York so they will be aware of what is taking place in their own backyard. http://palmtreeofdeborah.blogspot.com/2012/10/interesting-updates.html

3) Rabbi Sholom Gold in his article "Shall We Ascend the Mountain" quoted Reb Dovid: "Reb Dovid quoted the Yid HaKodosh who said that though every Jews must strive to fulfill all the commandments of Torah, there are commandments unique to each individual from the time of creation and for which he came to this world. How, asked the Yid HaKadosh, should one know what is the commandment destined for him? He replied, the Mitzvah toward which one feels drawn and longs to fulfill.
http://www.rabbisholomgold.com/media/media/articles/Shall%20We%20Ascend%20The%20Mountain.pdf

4) Levi Chazan of Yeshivat Ohr Hara'ayon states in his article The Natural Miracle, "Interestingly, when it comes to finding the best doctors or running after a livelihood, we make the greatest effort. Why, then, when it comes to bringing the Redemption closer do we just sit around and wait?" I found this also at Tomer Devorah's site. Just do a search for Levi Chazan at the site and the post will show.

5) Home Invasions Rise! Just wait until after the elections, G-d forbid that anything more terrible than the hate-crimes already noted should rear its ugly head. http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/10-shocking-home-invasion-horror-stories-that-are-almost-too-creepy-to-believe

6) READ ALL OF Rabbi Sholom Gold's articles - I gave the link above. 

Yidden, it is time to go home to Israel where we belong. The Shofar is sounding - do you not hear it ?!?!!!!
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Jew Hatred - Always Here

A LITTLE TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT! This happened in "my neck of the woods."



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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Time is of the Essence!

PASS IT ON - MAKE PHONE CALLS!

The following world-wide prayer among Jews is being organized for today, less than 3 hours from now.....

Here's the prayer in English: Master of the Universe, we, the children of Israel, ask for Moshiach to redeem us, now and with mercy, from exile and all suffering, to reveal your Name in the world and to bring peace. That's it. Just 35 English words. How can you not?

THIS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23 2012, 7 Tishrei 5773, a simultaneous worldwide Jewish prayer for peace through the coming of Moshiach will take place. Based on Israel Time 17:00, New York 11:00, Los Angeles 08:00, Paris 17:00, Sydney 01:00 Sept 24… Sunday, September 23 5 PM Israel time 11 AM East Coast USA time ALL JEWS AS ONE: This unique event in Jewish history has been impulsed by motivated Jewish people with help and blessings of rabbis around the world of all affiliations (Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Chassidim) with a strong desire that all Jews will be united at the same instant, observant or not, whatever beliefs, affiliation, age, nationality to end all suffering and to welcome the revelation of Hashem’s (G-d) Name. Organizers report they have received a bracha from HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita. Time is of essence. Please, pass it on now!

ALSO RECITE Tehillim 72, written by David Ha'Melech to bless his son, and ultimately, Moshiach ben David


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

WHO WILL LIVE and Who will Die



http://whoshalllive.com
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Marry a Jew!



     If you are Jewish, and dating a non-Jew, read this 43-year-old American’s comment to my video on the importance of Jews marrying Jews.
He wrote:  
     “I agree that Jews marrying Jew is the most important message. My family line ended up non-Jewish because my grandparent’s son did not marry Jewish, and now everyone in the family is not Jewish in two generations.”
Gutman adds:
     Look beyond the sensual moment before you get involved and become attached. Do not throw away your 4,000-year-old family for a physical attraction. A central prayer that we say three times a day warns; “Do not follow your eyes and hearts for they will lead you astray.”[i]

[i] Shema Israel, Numbers 15:39
by Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths


Why Marry Jewish? A question that so many young people ask. What happens if you meet someone non-Jewish who you love? What if that relationship is "perfect"?

Listen to this compassionate and thought-provoking response from Rabbi Manis Friedman, as he discusses the various aspects of this emotional issue.





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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Day of Judgment for ALL OF MANKIND


Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Judgment for all of mankind. On this day man is judged for all of his actions, and all that will transpire and occur during the coming year is recorded.

The
 Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 8a) derives this from the verse (Deuteronomy 11:12) that states: The eyes of G-d, your L-rd, are upon it [the land] from the beginning of the year until the end of the year - i.e., from Rosh Hashanah, the world is judged as to what will transpire throughout the year.

Our Sages said:

On Rosh Hashanah all of mankind pass before Him like sheep -they pass by Him one by one, one after the other, yet He scrutinizes them all with a single
  glance. Thus, the verse (Psalms 33:15) states: "He created all of their hearts together and understands all of their actions"; G-d, Who is the Creator, sees all of their hearts together (with a single glance) and understands all of their actions.

R. Cruspedai said in the name of R. Yochanan: Three ledgers are opened on Rosh Hashanah: one for those who are entirely wicked, one for those who are  entirely righteous, and one for those who are in the middle. The entirely righteous are immediately inscribed and sealed to live. The entirely wicked are  immediately inscribed and sealed to die. The fate of those in the middle is held in balance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

If they have merit [i.e., if they repent), they are inscribed to live. If they do not have merit [i.e., if they fail to repent), they are inscribed to die (ibid. 16 a,b).

Rosh Hashanah was ordained as a Day of Judgment for two reasons: The first is that on this day the creation of the world was completed and it was the Divine intention that the world be ruled by the trait of strict justice. Hence, the commencement of the year was ordained as the Day of Judgment.

The second reason is, as we noted above, that on this day
 Adam was judged, he repented, and he was forgiven.

These two reasons are alluded to in the
 Musaf service of Rosh Hashanah, where we recite: For You have ordained a statute of remembrance to judge all spirits and souls, to consider a multitude of actions and creations without end. From the beginning You have made this known and from the commencement You did reveal this. This day is the commencement of Your works, a memorial of the first day- a memorial of the first day of the completely created world and of the first Day of Judgment.

Our Sages have noted: Come and see how G-d's ways differ from the ways of man. The way of man is to judge a loving friend with good will, in order to treat him mercifully; and to judge an enemy with anger, in order to exact strict justice.

But G-d does otherwise: He judges the entire world - including those who violate His commandments - only with good will, in the month of
 Tishrei. And Tishrei's numerous Festivals and mitzvot bring anew the affinity between Him and His creatures. During this month of reconciliation, G-d welcomes man's prayer and repentance and judges him with compassion.


The teaching of the sages that each person is judged on Rosh Hashanah does  not refer to whether a person will merit Gan Eden and the World to Come if he is worthy, or Gehinnom and eternal destruction if he is unworthy. Rather, man is judged on Rosh Hashanah concerning only this world: whether he is worthy of life and peace, or death and affliction.

Our Sages taught: The verse
 (Psalms 81:5) states: This is the day on which Your works began, a remembrance of the first day. It is a statute for Israel, judgment for the G-d of Ya'akov. [In the Musaf prayer we continue:] And concerning the nations, it will be said then: Which for the sword and which for peace, which for famine and which for prosperity. And all beings will then be recounted to be remembered for life or for death.

This then is the manner of judgment: On Rosh Hashanah man's actions are weighed and he is written and inscribed either favorably or unfavorably regarding this world, based on that which he deserves for what he has done in  this world. And when man departs to his final resting place, his actions are weighed and his portion in the world of the souls is allotted him, based on his  merit (Ramban, quoted by Abudraham).

Even if a person sins throughout the year, he should not lose confidence in his capacity for repentance. Rather, he should return to the path of righteousness before judgment comes.

He should always believe that he has the ability to tip his own scales - and the scale of the entire world - to the side of merit. It is for this reason that it is customary among the whole House of Israel to be especially generous in giving charity, in performing good deeds, in the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Man is judged only according to his present actions
 (Rosh Hashanah 16a). Even if they are completely absorbed in sin throughout the year, G-d Himself testifies that Israel desires to fulfill His will. Hence, if they repent as the Day of Judgment approaches and fulfill G-d's will, they are judged as they are, and not as they were.

SOURCE:  
http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4399/jewish/Day-of-Judgment.htm

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Elements of Man’s Form


Elements of Man’s Form - Chapter 6
(tidbits comment: a MUST read sefer: Song of the Soul

Kabbalistic scholars have assigned names to the elements of man’s form. They are nefesh, ruach, neshama, chaya and yechida.

Nefesh is the spirtual force which is the most inferior of the five elements of man’s form. Nefesh activates and is responsible for the functioning of the dimension of vitality. The dimension of vitality contains within it the cohesive force mentioned above in connection with the inanimate, the growth and sprouting force found in vegetation and the force described above as vitality found in animals. Thus man contains within him the qualities of the inanimate, vegetation and the animal. The element of nefesh is the spiritual force that brings the dimension of vitality into being and keeps it alive because such is the continual ratzon of the Creator. The Kabbalists determined that the liver symbolizes the nefesh and as such is described as the “dwelling place” of the nefesh.


Ruach is an element of form which is on a higher spiritual level than nefesh. It is responsible for human emotions and characteristics. Ruach is the force that arouses desires, lusts, ambitions, and indeed all human characteristics. The capacity to choose between good and evil stems from ruach and all the components of action and activity are also connected with ruach. The heart symbolizes ruach and as such is described as the “dwelling place” of ruach.





The neshama is a spiritual-intellectual force which guides human beings. The neshama’s task is to guide and correct evil traits, to overcome lusts, and to harness one’s powers to serve the Creator. The brain is described as the “dwelling place” of the neshama.

We shall elaborate on chaya and yechida, which are higher level spiritual forces, further on.




The Connection between Nefesh, Ruach and Neshama.



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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Song of the Soul


The Chason Ish in his work Emunah U’Vitachon (Faith and Trust) writes: If man is refined, at peace with himself, free of lusful desire, and amazed at the sight of the heavens on high and depths of the earth, he becomes excited and astounded because the world before him seems to be a hidden, wondrous enigma. This enigma captivates his intellect and heart, leaving them no ambition other than solving this puzzle. This solution absorbs his soul. He would pass through fire and water to attain it, for what is the point of this pleasant life it its purpose is concealed from him? His soul becomes disoriented, mourning and yearning to comprehend this secret and know its roots – but the gateways are locked.” …………….

……. To subjugate his (the Jew) actions, words, and thoughs for serving his Creator, he must know and recognize Him. Only the power of knowledge (daat) of the Creator can influence man’s characteristics and behavior. Faith is beyond knowledge and beyond intellectual analysis and debate. As Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler writes in Michtav M’Eliyahu: “emunah means when one believes in what the intellect cannot perceive” (pt. 1, p. 68). Faith surrounds us but does not enter us – it is not internalized. In contrast, ……..

…..Some are satisfied with fulfilling mitvot and understanding their reasons as expounded in many classical texts, such as Sefer HaChinuch. These explanations suffice for those seeking general information related to fulfilling mitzvot. These people pray with devotion and study Torah for its own sake. In their prayers, Torah study, and mitzvot, they serve their Creator with all their hearts and grow in Torah and fear of God, each according to the root of his soul.
However, these reasons do not satisfy everyone. Some consider this approach is too superficial. They feel that the stories in the torah have deeper meaning. As the Zohar says on parashat BeHa’alotecha: “Woe to the man who says the Torah comes to relate simple stories about this world” (p. 154a). The Torah has secrets hidden between the lines, and it was given to us so that we could recognize the holy Creator, know him, and learn His ways. It is therefore difficult to accept simple interpretations of the Torah’s laws and mitzvot. As Rabbi Chaim Vital writes in his introduction to Eitz HaChaim, “In the simple interpretations of the Torah, and its stories, laws, and commandments, there is no recognition and knowledge of the holy Creator. On the contrary, certain mitzvot and statutes appear irrational. And if so, wherein lies the greatness and beauty of Torah?” ………….


When wishing to turn page it is much easier to just change the 001 to 002 - I found that pagination is off when using page turns on the above link.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Time of Reconciliation

Since Elul is the last month of the year and immediately precedes Rosh Hashanah - Day of Judgment for all the world's inhabitant's - it was established as a time for repentance. We therefore recite Selichos and penitential prayers to God. 

From ancients times, these have been days of reconciliation between God and Israel.When Israel committed the sin of the golden calf and the tablets of the Law were broken, Moshe ascended the mountain and pleaded for Divine mercy and forgiveness. God acquiesced, telling him (Shemos 34:1): Fashion two tablets like the first ones. Moshe ascended the mountain on Rosh Chodesh Elul and stayed there for forty days, until the tenth of Tishrei. On the tenth of Tishrei he brought down the second tablets from the mountain, those which God had given Israel willingly and joyfully. This forty-day period - between Rosh Chodesh Elul and the tenth of Tishrei - was fixed for all generations as a time of reconciliation, a period of repentance and forgiveness.

Although true repentance is always accepted, the days of Elul are especially suited for repentance, for during this period Divine mercy is aroused and God's hand is outstretched to welcome those who return to Him.

source: The Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov

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Monday, August 6, 2012

TOMER DEVORAH: "...prepare for redemptions"

TOMER DEVORAH: "...prepare for redemptions": 19 Menachem Av 5772 Rabbi Wolfson: Disaster, Redemption May be Near Rav Moshe Wolfson of Brooklyn has held an emergency gathering in his ...
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

25 Rules for Performing Mitzvos


ONE SHOULD HAVE IN MIND THAT HE IS
PERFORMING A MITZVOH WHEN HE IS IN
THE PROCESS OF PERFORMING IT

This refers to a Torah Commandment. However, a Rabbinical Commandment does not require intention to fulfill it. Some say that no intent is required in order to fulfill a Mitzvoh which entails an act if it is performed in its proper manner. However, they too agree that Mitzvohs which are only performed orally (by speech) require intent.

Examples: One does not fulfill his requirement if he merely read Krias Shma or Remembered Amalek without intent of performing a Mitzvoh. But, if he blew Shofar (for music), or ate Matzoh (not knowing that it is Pesach), or waved a Lulav and Esrog in the Halochically-correct manner, even without the intent of fulfilling a Mitzvoh, he fulfills the Mitzvoh.

Someone who performs a Mitzvoh expressly not to fulfill it, does not fulfill it.

SOURCE: http://www.613etc.com/rules25/print_ver.pdf

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Emunah in HaShem and Moshiach

The significance of the 3rd of Tammuz in Jewish history that occurred during the first generation of Jews in the Land of Israel, shares the same with this last generation of exile and the first generation that enters into the Era of Redemption. The leader of this generation, the solitary major luminary of our generation, is the sun that never set - the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the present Rebbe of Chabad.

This 3rd of Tammuz marks the 18th year (!חי) we've been under trial of belief in the Rebbe's words. This week's portion of Torah is Korach. It says in Rashi there (Num. 17:13):
אין משה אומר כלום מלבו אלא מפי הגבורה
"Moses (of the generation) does not say anything of his own but that which he hears from God!"
Note this assertion's incisive, unequivocal and emphatic tenor - "does not say anything but"! Accordingly, we believe God spoke through the lips of the Rebbe and all that he said will happen will happen. May it be already now!



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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Overcoming the "Goy" Within Us

One aspect of the "goy within" is that it perceives the world exactly as the gentile does - a material, physical existence. Unlike the G-dly soul, which perceives only G-dliness, the "goy within" perceives only material existence. In the words of the Alter Rebbe: "The animal soul comprehends the physicality of this world and its materiality...the intellect which is enclothed in physical matters [and] which grasps physicality in accordance with human intellect is a lie and truly the opposite from G-dly wisdom which is the wisdom of truth." That is the "goy" within.


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Monday, June 11, 2012

Pastor Paul Tan and his Congregation -

Listen to this powerful and informative interview as you browse the web by Gavriel Sanders about Pastor Paul Tan and a group of Chinese messianics in Singapore rejects Jesus as being God or the Messiah and are now turning toward the Bnai Noach Movement or possibly even full conversion to Judaism.



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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Remembrance and Love

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi

17 Sivan, 5772 / June 7, 2012
Day 17 Remembrance and Love

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM Introduction: Positive Commandments 1-2
     When trying to impress a class of students about the evils of loshon hora, the average teacher would probably use examples of serious cases in which a persons reputation or livelihood was destroyed, or perhaps of a shidduch (marriage match) which was unnecessarily broken. After all, these are real-life illustrations which clearly demonstrate the danger of loshon hora.
     The Torah, however, does the opposite. In teaching us the evils of loshon hora, the Torah relates an incident which is so mild that it has barely a tinge of loshon hora. It is the case of Miriam, who spoke to Aharon about their brother, Moshe (see Bamidbar ch.12). Miriam was punished with tzaraas (a skin disease induced by spiritual impurity), sent out of the camp of the Jews to live in isolation, and the entire Jewish nation, well over a million people, was forced to wait for her to be cured before they could resume their travels.
     The Torah commands us to remember the story of Miriam to remind us of the evils of loshon hora, as it is written, Remember that which Hashem, your God, did to Miriam on the way when you were leaving Egypt (Devarim 24:9).
     The Chofetz Chaim points out how mild this case of loshon hora was. Miriam spoke about her brother, whom she loved and for whom she had risked her own life. She did not say something derogatory about him; all she did was mistakenly equate Moshe with other prophets. Moreover, her words were not said in Moshes presence or in public. And we know that Moshe wasnt hurt by her words and that there was no negative fallout. The Chofetz Chaim explains that this is precisely why the Torah uses this incident to teach us the evils of loshon hora. Despite all these factors and Miriams great personal merit, she was still punished.
     How much more culpable are people who speak loshon hora that does hurt people and does cause damage! When a person speaks loshon hora, he transgresses this commandment of remembering the lesson of Miriam.
     The Chofetz Chaim further states that when one speaks loshon hora, he also violates the commandment you shall love your fellow as yourself (Vayikra 19:18). It is obvious that if you speak loshon hora about someone: A. You do not love him, and B. You are not treating him as you would yourself. The proof to this, says the Chofetz Chaim, is that most people are well aware of their own faults, yet they are very intent on concealing them from others. Even if someone were to discover one of our faults, and would tell some of our friends about it, we would hope that they would not believe him.
     This is because we really love ourselves, and we do not want others to view us in a negative way. The Chofetz Chaim says that this attitude is precisely what the Torah wants us to apply to our fellow man. Just as we would be horrified to overhear our peers reviewing our faults, we should be equally horrified to participate in a similar conversation about someone else. And just as we are so caring and protective of our own egos, so must we be equally caring and protective of the pride of others.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

We Have a Higher Purpose than the Gentiles

While the Olympics may be fun to watch, that's not who we are as a people - we have a higher purpose. (wonderful write-up is here)


When we examine our mundane lives, it seems that the true spiritual experience is to be had on Shabbos, when we are able to withdraw from our mundane concerns and devote ourselves to Torah study andTefillah. After all, what could be spiritual about the rat race of pursuing a livelihood, and the numerous tasks of cooking, cleaning, and the like necessary to maintain a household? (You can learn much from this site - here)

Why is the Torah so elaborate in its description of the Sota, the wayward woman? Infidelity on a family level resembles treason on a national level...this is an 11-minute mini-lesson that you don't want to miss. Have a wonderful Shabbat (see it here)

We're told Moshiach's era has dawned. But many of us detect no change from how it was years ago.  So what gives? Read here

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Teenage Boy Completes Entire Talmud in Three Years

His story is beginning to inspire Jews around the globe!


Devoting hours of intense study every day to his regular course load, a 19-year-old boy from Toronto has accomplished in the astonishing time of three years what most adults spend their whole lives attempting. But ask Chabad-Lubavitch yeshiva student Shaya Zirkind what secret allowed him to learn the entire Talmud and he’s surprisingly down to earth in his answer: go to bed early, wake up refreshed, and take each day at a time.  READ IT HERE.
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