Zayin Adar

  • 12 February 2019
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Today is zayin Adar, the 7th of Adar, the birthday and yom hilloula of Moshe Rabbenu.  It is a very special day. 

I was thinking about Moshe Rabbenu’s greatness. He was such a huge tzadik and he spoke face to face to Hashem yet Moshe was always defending the Jewish nation and complaining to Hashem why He mistreated the people. Why would he do that? Surely he had such immense faith and trust in Hashem that he would never question His ways.

So how could he become upset when a Jew was suffering? Or when the Jewish nation was suffering?

SHAME ON NEW YORK STATE!

  • 2 February 2019
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It is appalling and shameful that New York passed a law allowing  abortion and not just at an early stage of pregnancy but right up to delivery time!  It is outright murder!!  It is disgusting, immoral and cruel. What has society come to?

According to the Torah, abortion is murder. Of course if there is a valid medical reason for an abortion which would mean saving the life of the mother, that is a different situation because then it is to save a life. But abortion for any other reason is not allowed and is actually considered murder.

LETS MAKE SHABBAT (SHABBOS) GREAT AGAIN

  • 29 January 2019
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G-d blessed the seventh day and He made it holy: this is speaking about the Shabbat (Shabbos).

What did He bless it with? He blessed it with manna. What is manna? It is an abundance that sustains. It is parnassa. So from keeping Shabbat we are blessed with an abundance of parnassa. Even though we do not work on Shabbat, our parnassa comes from Shabbat. Because we rest on Shabbat and we demonstrate our trust in G-d, He bestows His blessings upon us including the blessing for an abundant livelihood.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER SYNDROME

  • 22 January 2019
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Why is it that the whole world always wants to see a happy ending?  I realized that when people read books, watch movies, hear stories, they always want to know that there was a happy ending. Everybody wants to know that the good guys win and the bad guys are defeated.

I was pondering this idea.  From Hashem’s perspective everything is a happy ending. Everything is all good.

APPRECIATING OUR CHALLENGES

  • 7 January 2019
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In synagogue every Shabbat I see a woman who is totally bent over because she has some problem that does not allow her to ever straighten her back. I think to myself: every day we say the blessing “zokeaf kefufim” (Hashem straightens the bent) and it never had as much meaning as it does when I see this particular woman. As I watch her every week I think to myself. “ she is in a perpetual state of bitul, being prostrated in front of the Creator”.  But I  also noticed that she is always happy.

Lessons from Chanukah

  • 3 December 2018
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One lesson we can learn from the Chanukah lights is the following:

Many Jews are afraid that if they do not observe all the mitzvoth they are not worth much and they are afraid to learn more, afraid that they will be obligated immediately to jump into doing everything.

But from Chanukah we learn to start with one light, and then you add more.

Every Jew has to know that even one mitzvah has value. Even one tradition has value. Doing one mitzvah attaches you to G-d and is on its own of great value in G-d’s eyes and for the person’s neshomah (soul).

Happy Chanukah!

  • 2 December 2018
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Wishing everyone a happy Chanukah! 

It is very interesting to note that the only holiday that we publicly publicize the miracles that occurred to us is Chanukah. The jewish people have experienced many  miracles and salvations. Purim we celebrate the miraculous nullification of Haman's decree to annihilate all the Jewish people. On Pesach we celebrate the miraculous liberation from slavery in Egypt. But we do not publicize to the outside world these miracles.

only on Chanukah we publicize the miracles to the outside world, in public places. Why?

GOOD YOM TOV!

  • 27 November 2018
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Today is the holy day of Yud Tes Kislev, the day that the first Chabad Rebbe, the Alter Rebbe, was released from prison in czarist Russia.  Hence the name chag hageulah: the holiday of liberation.

It is also considered the Rosh Hashanah of Chassidus because once the Alter Rebbe was released from prison he was able to spread the teachings of Chassidus. And we know from the Baal Shem Tov that when the wellsprings of Chassidus are spread to the entire world Moshiach will come.

So today is a day connected with Moshiach and redemption and tremendous light.

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