This Shabbos will be Gimmel Tamuz, the day that the Lubavitcher Rebbe was concealed from our physical eyes. I do not use the word “passed on” because to me the Rebbe is always here with us, guiding us, and directing the world towards Geula (redemption). May we merit to actually bring the Geula now. Each and every one of us has an aspect of Moshiach within us. We need to actualize all our potentials now and work to bring about the complete redemption and the revelation of Moshiach immediately.
What is the difference between living and existing?
We all exist. Everyone and everything in this world exists. But existing does not mean we are living.
We can go through all the motions of life: we can pray, we can work, we can do our responsibilities and duties as parents, spouses, friends, children etc. But we still can be only existing. Life is dull. We do not have enjoyment out of life.
What has become of our society? So many celebrities and politicians are suddenly speaking up in favor of abortion, trying to claim that nobody has a right to tell a woman what to do with her body. The entire discussion is taken out of context and twisted into a ridiculous argument.
This is not about women’s rights! This is about the baby’s right to live. Why is it nobody feels like the baby has any rights? Just because a baby cannot speak or express itself? Just because we cannot hear or see what is going on inside the womb??
Israel is the aggressor? Israel is the occupier? Such chutzpa beyond even normal logic to suggest such a thing.
Yes, we occupy our own land, the land given to us by G-d Almighty!
Firing hundreds of rockets at Israel seems to me to be the “aggressor”. How can the terrorists even have the audacity to try to claim otherwise.
It is a totally illogical, emotionally based, foolish and a false accusation….. as usual.
It just came to our attention that if someone tries to go into this website on their cell phone, they are unable to see the entire site and only see the blog part of it. So until this is corrected, please access the site through the computer where you can see the entire site properly with all the sections including the kallah classes, a section on Moshiach, security of Israel, childrens stories etc.
P.S. apparently this has been corrected and if you use your cell phone to access this site, you need to click on menu to see the full options but it does work now.
What does it mean to go out of Egypt, especially today when are no longer slaves in Egypt?
On Pesach G-d took us out of Egypt, mitzraim. Chassidus teaches that mitzraim also means metzorim, limitations. So on Pesach G-d takes us out of our personal mitzraim, our personal limitations.
But what does that really mean?
In life we are often limited by things that affect our true service of Hashem. In a sense we are slaves to many different things and to many types of Pharoahs (pharaoh can be materialism, fear, worry, anxiety, etc. etc.)
Why did Hashem take a pure holy neshomah from its place in the Heavenly spheres and put it inside a physical body which greatly limits the soul and is actually a suffering for the neshomah?
Why did Hashem create this world, full of darkness and impurity, and desire a dwelling place here?
Why is it that simcha, joy, breaks barriers and changes things?
The Tzemach Tzedek, the third Lubavitcher Rebbe, once visited Jewish soldiers in the czars army.
They said to him, “Rebbe, we worked to shine our buttons on our uniforms in your honor. Now please polish our souls that have become coarse and heavy.”
These were soldiers who were captured as little children and forced to work in the army.
Humor is one of the greatest gifts G-d has given to mankind. With humor even difficult situations lighten up. Once we realize we can still laugh even during hardships, it helps us to overcome challenges with greater power. And in fact simcha poretz geder: simcha, joy, breaks down barriers. Why is that? Because when we have joy, we break the obstacles and worries and fears within ourselves, allowing Hashem to take over (it is no longer about ourselves or what we want or what we think or plan: it is all whatever Hashem’s will is.
We are now in the month of Adar 1, coming soon to the holiday of Purim in Adar 2. So let us discuss a very inspiring thought from the Megillah.
We know that in the Megillah reading, when we get to the part that says “the King’s could not sleep …” the reader raises his voice at that part because that is when the miracle of Purim actually begins. But what does this mean?