Eric Hoffer’s opinion of Israel in 1967

Posted on May 26, 2010. Filed under: Israeli politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

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We got this in our InBox!

Hope you enjoyed as much as we ALL DID!

By the way, a few WARNINGS:

1. THIS is FROM 1967!!!

2. We NEVER heard of this author nor read any of his other works!!!

You probably don’t remember the name Eric Hoffer.
He was a longshoreman who turned into a philosopher, wrote columns for newspapers and some books.
He was a non-Jewish American social philosopher.
He was born in 1902 and died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic.

Eric Hoffer was one of the most influential American philosophers and free thinkers of the 20th Century. His books are still widely read and quoted today. Acclaimed for his thoughts on mass movements and fanaticism, Hoffer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983. Hopewell Publications awards the best in independent publishing across a wide range of categories, singling out the most thought provoking titles in books and short prose, on a yearly basis in honor of Eric Hoffer.
Here is one of his columns from 1968 — 42 years ago! Some things never change!
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ISRAEL ‘S PECULIAR POSITION…by Eric Hoffer –

Los Angeles Times May 26,1968.

The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.
Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it.
Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman.
Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees.
But in the case of Israel , the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees.
Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single one.
Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.
Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms.
But when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace.
Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.
Other nations, when they are defeated, survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed.
Had Nasser triumphed last June [1967], he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews.
No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.
There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in Rhodesia .
But, when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one demonstrated against him.
The Swedes, who were ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we did in Vietnam , did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews.
They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troops in Norway .
The Jews are alone in the world.
If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources.
Yet at this moment, Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally.
We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us.
And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer [1967] had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war, to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.
I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us.
Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us all.

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“Something to Think About!”

Posted on October 18, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Another amazing e-mail from our friends around the world:

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Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007.

The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.

During that time, approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After 3 minutes:

a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing.  He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.


10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.

The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time.

This action was repeated by several other children.

Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.


45 minutes:


The musician played continuously.

Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.

About 20 gave money, but continued to walk at their normal pace.

The man collected a total of $32.

1 HOUR:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

Findings:

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theatre in Boston where the price of the seats averaged at $100.

This is a true story!!!

Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the Metro Station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and people’s priorities.

These questions were raised:

“In a common place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

Do we stop to appreciate it?

Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?”

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made….

Some parents were EVEN quoted making the following comments:

“Come-on children, he’s just a simple street musician with a fiddle…NOTHING here for us!”

How many other things are we missing?

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Meaning & Reasoning behind Yarmulka (AKA: Kipah)

Posted on October 16, 2009. Filed under: Jewish traditions, Jewish vocabulary, Kipa, Kipah, Kippa, Kippah, Uncategorized, Yamulka, Yamulke, Yare Malka, Yarmalka, Yurmalka, Yurmalkah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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We found the following fascinating article from our friends at AskMoses.com:

Do you know the origin of the Kipah or Yarmulkah?

by Mrs. Yehudis Cohen

A “Yarmulka” (Also Known As: “Kippa”) refers to a Head-covering worn by Jewish Males. It serves as a constant reminder of existence of a Higher Being (meaning: G-d).

The word “Yarmulka” comes from the Aramaic “Yarei Malka” which means: “Fear (or Awe) of the King (meaning: G-d)”. It is a symbol of humility and submission to the Divine.

It is a very ancient custom which has become accepted practice among Jews. The Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) rules that a male may not even sit without a head-covering.

Another article which answers a fascinating and everlasting question:

“Can I take off my kipah under certain circumstances?”

which was found at: http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/536,1672264/Can-I-take-off-my-kipah-under-certain-circumstances.html

[The parts in brackets were added to help us better understand the meaning of some of the vocabulary]

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I’ll be with you in a moment…What’s on your mind?

not sure: why do men have to wear a Yarmulka [A “Yarmulka” (Also Known As: “Kippa”) refers to a Head-covering worn by Jewish Males. It serves as a constant reminder of existence of a Higher Being (meaning: G-d). The word “Yarmulka” comes from the Aramaic “Yarei Malka,” which means: “Fear of the King (meaning: G-d)”. It is a symbol of humility and submission to the Divine (G-d)] at all times? if one wants to be religious does it have to be worn?

not sure: if its to remind us that G-d [It’s forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It’s therefore, Customary to insert a dash in the middle of G-d’s name, allowing us to erase or to discard the paper which it’s written-on, IF necessary] is above, is it still needed if one is aware of that even when not wearing one?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: when we wear a reminder on our head that is not because we don’t believe so inside. It is to reinforce what we believe, and turn it into an action.

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: in other words, the question would be similar: should someone wear a wedding ring even if they know they love their husband inside?

not sure: can a man be religious if he doesn’t wear one?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: what is religious? it is a made up term 🙂

not sure: to be religious is to keep the laws of the Torah, [Torah is G-d teaching to man. In general terms, we refer the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah”. But, in truth, ALL Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah] most importantly Shabbos [Also known as Shabbat” with its plural: “Shabbatot”. It’s the Hebrew word meaning of “Rest”. It’s a biblical commandment to sanctify & Saturday which is the Final & seventh day of the week as describe in the Torah. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in 6 Days, G-d rested on the Seventh] and Kosher [Literally means: “Fit”. It’s commonly used to describe foods which are permitted for consumption in-accordance with Jewish dietary laws, BUT, it’s also used to describe religious articles (such as Torah Scroll or a Sukkah) which meet the requirements of the Jewish laws as described in the Torah.]

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: ok — that is one definition of religious. A more common definition of religious is someone who follows ALL the laws of Judaism which includes wearing a Kipah [Also known as a Yarmulka. It’s also sometimes, spelled as any of the following variations: “Kippah” or “Kipa”, “Kippa”. Its plural is: “Kippot”. It refers to a Head-covering worn by Jewish Males. It serves as a constant reminder of existence of a Higher Being (meaning: G-d). It is a symbol of humility and submission to the Divine (G-d).] But hey, if you are not ready to wear a kipah, don’t let that stop you from eating kosher or keeping Shabbat

not sure: what i want to know is if its as important as the other laws?

not sure: when it comes to laws instituted by the rabbis, are they as important as laws from torah?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: For most practical purposes a law from the Rabbis needs to be adhered to like a law from the Torah. After all it is the Torah that says follow the laws of the Rabbis. In certain cases a rabbinic law can be more lenient.

not sure: in the case of a Yarmulka?

not sure: i wear a Yarmulka, but at work and if I’m in a club, i would take it off

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: the question is, if you really love G-d, why would take off the Yarmulka in certain places

not sure: so as not to have people look at Jews in a bad way

not sure: for example, if I’m at a club its not appropriate

not sure: and at work i don’t want to stand out, i don’t want to be judged just from wearing a Yarmulka

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: if you are in a club its not appropriate?

not sure: not really, so thats why i would take off my kipah

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: are you saying that it is not appropriate for you to be there

not sure: it is not, however i enjoy it and would like to go, so I take of my kipah so pl don’t know I’m Jewish

not sure: therefore its no longer not appropriate to be there

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: aha — so in G-d’s eyes it is not appropriate. So you will put G-d (the kipah which reminds you and others that G-d does not want you there) in your pocket, and at the same time you will tell me you don’t need the kipah because you love him without it?

not sure: wow, i never thought of it like that

not sure: its needed so as not to be in that situation where u would take it off

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: bingo!

not sure: 🙂

not sure: thank you

not sure: you really brought some clarity to me

not sure: thank you for your time

not sure: have a wonderful day!

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: my pleasure – and keep doing the right think, you bring clarity to the world

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“Boring Tattoo!!!” AKA: “hollocaust tattoo cartoon” – NEARLY 63 Years AFTER The Holocaust!!!

Posted on October 15, 2009. Filed under: Bombay, Bombay updates, Boring Tattoo, Boring Tattoo, Holocaust 63 years later, Non Sequitur C, Chabad of Bombay updates, Chabad of Indai updates, Hollocaust Museum, Holocaust, Holocaust 63 years later, india chabad, Interesting, Jewish History, Jews were murdered, mombay attack, Mumbai, Mumbay, no one cared, Non Sequitur Cartoon for Holocaust, Syndicated, Syndicated Column, Syndicated Columnists, Terror, Terrorist Attacks Chabad of Mumbai, Terrorist Attacks in India, Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, The Truth, The TRUTH they mask, To Remind YOU, Update on Mumbai | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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A few days ago, as we are around the 63rd Anniversary of the Holocaust, and we are still at-shock for how-come some people decided to MURDER in COLD BLOOD, NO LESS than 6 MILLION Jewish Men, Women and CHILDREN, we were reviewing our e-mails and noticed the following amazing one that we thought it;’s worth sharing:

Older and Younger Hands

In  MEMORIUM  – 63 YEARS LATER

Please read the little cartoon carefully, it’s powerful. Then read the comments at the end.
I’m doing my small part by forwarding this message.  I hope you’ll consider doing the same.

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In Memorium

It is now more than 63 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russian Peoples looking the other way!

At one point, it EVEN became THE LAW OF THE LAND!!!

ONLY because, they were DIFFERENT, THEY WERE JEWS WITH DIFFERENT BELIEFS & DIFFERENT VALUES!!!

ALL THIS, because, NO-ONE CARED!!!

Now, more than ever, with Iraq , Iran , and others, claiming the Holocaust to be “a myth”,  it’s imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.

We SHALL NOT forget that it is just LESS than 1st YEAR ANNIVERSARY of that HEART-BREAKING NEWS when some ARABS went in to the Chabad Synagogue of Mumbai to MURDER so many innocent JEWS!!!

We SHALL NOT forget that  they ALSO went in to other places like HOTELS & HOSPITALS in Mumbai and to Synagogue to MURDER so many innocent people who were just living their lives, vacationing, visiting hospitals or were patients in the hospitals, were Doctors & Nurses in the Hospitals, etc…!!!

Join us and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world and ask them to continue the memorial chain.

It will only take you a minute to pass this along

. Thanks!

PS:

A Disclaimer:

I hope Mr. Wiley Miller of Non-Sequitur Cartoons (which incidentally according to Wikipedia’s listing for Non Sequitur: …”Translated from Latin as “it does NOT follow“) OR Ucomics.com, NOR GoComics.com, a division of uclick LLC (formerly: Universal Press Syndicate) do NOT mind us using this cartoon to bring-about a point!

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A Kipah (AKA: Yarmalkah)!!!

Posted on October 15, 2009. Filed under: Clean Jewish Jokes, Clean Jokes, Jewish Jokes, Kipah, Kippa, Kippah, Uncategorized, Yare Malka, Yarmalka, Yarmalkah, Yarmulke, Yarmulkes | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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A Kipah (AKA: A Yarmalka)!!!

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On a Northwest Airlines flight from Atlanta , GA , a well attired middle-aged woman found herself sitting next to a man wearing a kippa (“yarmulke” in Yiddish which is short from “Yare Malka which that means: “Awe for the King” – The G-d A-l-mighty who is The King of the World”).

She called the attendant over to complain about her seating.
“What seems to be the problem, Madame?” asked the attendant.

“You’ve sat me next to a Jew!! I can’t possibly sit next to this strange man. Please find me another seat!”

“Madame, I will see what I can do to accommodate,” the attendant replied, “but the flight is virtually FULL today and I don’t know IF there is another seat available.”

The woman shoots a snooty look at the snubbed Jewish man beside her (not to mention the surrounding passengers).

A few minutes later, the attendant returned and said: “Madame, the economy and club sections are FULL, HOWEVER, we do have 1 seat in First Class.”

Before the lady had a chance to respond, the attendant continued: “It is only on exceptions that we make this kind of upgrade, and I had to ask permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that no-one should be FORCED to sit next to an UN-PLEASANT person…”

The flight attendant turned to the Jewish man sitting next to her, and said:

“So if you’d like to get your things, SIR, I have a comfortable seat for you in First Class…”

At this point, the surrounding passengers stood up and gave a standing ovation while the Jewish man walked up to the front of the plane.

The lady then, said indignantly: “The Captain  MUST have made a mistake!!!”


To which the attendant replied: “No Ma’am! ‘Captain Cohen‘, NEVER makes a MISTAKE!”

PS:

Also, please feel FREE to read our explanations on Yarmalka / Kipa which is as follows:

https://fyisavesu.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/meaning-reasoning-behind-yarmulka-aka-kipah/

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Some info about: Birkas Hamazon (AKA: Birkat Hamazon or Grace After Meal or Birkhas Hamazon or Birkhat Hamazon, Bentchin’ or Bentching or Bentch) , birkat hamazon with translation

Posted on June 29, 2009. Filed under: Bentch, Bentchin’, Bentching, Birkas Hamazon, Birkat Hamazon, birkat hamazon translation, birkat hamazon with translation, Birkhas Hamazon, Birkhat Hamazon, Grace After Meal, Jewish Customs, Jewish traditions, The Truth, Torah, Torah is THE Truth, True, Truth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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We’ve been getting some questions, requests and searches regarding Birkas Hamazon (AKA: Birkat Hamazon or Grace After Meal or Birkhas Hamazon or Birkhat Hamazon, Bentchin’ or Bentching or Bentch) and  birkat hamazon with translation

So, we’ve searched the Net for some information that we’d like to share with you as follows:

We found the following texts on AskMoses.com (Http://www.AskMoses.com):

What is Grace after Meals?

by Rabbi Mendy Hecht

A. Hey, just ate something? Feelin’ good? Go ahead—say “Thank you!” to G-d for lubricating the ecosystem that got that stuff on your plate. Birkat Hamazon (pronounced BEER-kaht hah-MAH-zone), commonly translated as Grace After Meals, is what Jews say when they’re done chowing down. Thanking G-d for what you eat is Positive Mitzvah #19. However, Grace after Meals is a faulty phrase in that it sounds too religious. There’s no mindless obeisance in Judaism, and the appreciation expressed to G-d after a hearty meal would be better simply titled just that: Appreciation.

B. Birkat Hamazon is a series of prayers to G-d recited in Hebrew, from a Siddur, (for online text: http://www.chabad.org/media/pdf/92404.pdf) and only after a meal that contains bread. When a group of three or ten people eat together, introductory statements are recited as well. Also known as bentching, from the Yiddish bentch, or bless, Birkat Hamazon takes about three minutes to do.

…if you do lunch at Frank’s and the food is funky and the fried fish is fabulous, you’ll say, “Thanks, Frank—the food was funky and your fried fish is fabulous!”

C. Birkat Hamazon has almost as many nus’chaot, or formats, that one find in Tefillah, or prayer. However, they all follow the same essential layout, consisting of around nine paragraphs.

1. How do I thank G-d after I eat?

Luckily, The Rabbis asked that question long before you did, and they answered it as well! They instituted a four-section set-format thank-you to be recited after every meal.1 Birkat Hamazon may be easily found in your Siddur’s Table of Contents.

2. The Idea Behind It

If you do lunch at Frank’s, you’ll thank Frank when you leave: you’ll say, “Thanks, Frank!” If you do lunch at Frank’s and the food was funky, you’ll say, “Thanks, Frank—the food was funky!” And if you do lunch at Frank’s and the food is funky and the fried fish is fabulous, you’ll say, “Thanks, Frank—the food was funky and your fried fish is fabulous!” Bottom line is, the more you enjoy it, the more details you add. And that’s why Birkat Hamazon is not a one-liner—there’s a lot to thank G-d for.

3. What It’s All About

In Birkat Hamazon, one will find many expressions of gratitude for having food to eat, as well as for the land of Israel, the Exodus from ancient Egypt, our Jewishness, the Torah, the good things in life that we have, and of course, the food. And while you have your host’s ear, you may as well as for a couple of favors. That’s why the majority of Birkat Hamazon actually consists of prayers for redemption, the return to Israel, the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, health and well-being, sustenance, and dignified self-sufficiency.

Also read about ‘What is the Prayer Al HaMichyah’

Who composed the Grace after Meal?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

The obligating to express gratitude to G-d after eating a satiating meal is stated clearly in the Torah—“and you will eat and be sated, and you shall bless the L-rd, your G-d, for the good land He has given you.”1

The Talmudic Sages2 extrapolated3 from this verse that the grace must contain three components.  It must include gratitude to G-d for

a) the food consumed,

b) the Holy Land, and

c) Jerusalem.4

Thus the first three blessings of the Grace are a biblical obligation.5 Originally, however, every person worded these blessings in whichever manner he saw fit. There was no standard text, or even a set general structure for these blessings.

When the construction of the First Temple was completed, King Solomon added to this blessing mention of the Temple; Jerusalem’s crown jewel

Structure – i.e. which general concepts must be included – was added to the first three blessings in stages:

•    When the Manna first came down from heaven, Moses developed the first blessing—thanking G-d for sustenance.

•    When the Jewish people entered Israel, Joshua structured the second blessing—thanking G-d for the Land.

•    When King David was coronated in Jerusalem, he composed the basic outline of the third blessing—thanking G-d for Jerusalem. When the construction of the First Temple was completed, King Solomon added to this blessing mention of the Temple; Jerusalem’s crown jewel.

When the Men of the Great Assembly instituted a standard prayer text, they did the same with the Grace After Meals. They developed a basic text for these three blessing, the text which is in use to this very day.

The fourth and final blessing of the Grace is wholly rabbinic and was instituted – structure and text – by the Sanhedrin in the city of Yavneh in 3908 (148 CE). This blessing, praising G-d for being “good and beneficent” was instituted to commemorate the tremendous miracle which occurred when the Romans allowed the dead of Beitar to be buried. See What is Tu b’Av? for an account of this miracle.

Footnotes

  • 1. Deuteronomy 8:10.
  • 2. Berachot 48b.
  • 3. See “What exactly is the Oral Torah?”(http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/230,2065791/Who-composed-the-Grace-after-Meal.html)
  • 4. Although Jerusalem isn’t mentioned by name in the Five Books of Moses, it seems that the biblical obligation is to thank G-d for choosing a city wherein He would rest His Name—a concept mentioned numerous times in the Pentateuch. Eventually it became clear that this hitherto nameless city was Jerusalem.
  • 5. There is an opinion that the requirement to recite three blessings after eating food is not biblical—the biblical mitzvah is satisfied by saying one blessing. Rather, it is a rabbinic institution which received added credence when the biblical verse was found to allude to this requirement (Beit Yoseph Orach Chaim 191).

Can you tell me the blessings we recite on different foods?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

Index:
Food made of flour from wheat, barley, spelt, rye or oats: 1-2.
Wine/grape juice: 3.
Fruit: 4.
Vegetables: 5.
Everything else: 6.

1. Before eating bread, Challah or Matzah we say:1

Baruch Atta Ado-noy Eh-lo-hay-nu Me-lech ha-oh-lam, Hamotzee lechem meen ha-aretz.
[Blessed are you, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.]

The Grace After Meals is recited at the conclusion of the meal. (Click here for an online translation, transliteration or Hebrew/English PDF).
2. Before eating a food (other than bread) which was made of wheat, barley, spelt, rye or oats – such as cake, cookies, crackers, pasta or cereal – we say:

Baruch atta Ado-noy Eh-lo-hay-nu Me-lech ha-oh-lam, Bo-re mee-nay me-zoh-not.
[Blessed are you, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who creates various kinds of foods.]

Afterwards we recite the “Abridged” Grace After Meals; a.k.a. the “Al HaMichyah.” (Click here for online translation or Hebrew/English PDF (blessing on p. 96))
3. Before drinking wine or grape-juice we say:

Baruch Atta Ado-noy Eh-lo-hay-nu Me-lech ha-oh-lam, Bo-re pe-ree ha-ga-fehn.
[Blessed are you, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.]

Afterwards we recite a slightly different version of the “Abridged” Grace After Meals; a.k.a. the Al Hagefen. (See above links).
4. Before eating fruit of a tree we say:

Baruch Atta Ado-noy Eh-lo-hay-nu Me-lech ha-oh-lam, Bore pe-ree ha-etz.
[Blessed are you, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.]

Afterwards we say:

Baruch Atta Ado-nay Eh-lo-hay-nu Me-lech ha-oh-lam, Bore ne-fa-shot ra-bot ve-ches-ro-nan al kol mah she-ba-ra-ta le-hacha-yot ba-hem ne-fesh kol chai. Baruch chey ha-o-la-meem.
[Blessed are you, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, Creator of numerous living beings and their needs, for all the things you have created with which to sustain the soul of every living being. Blessed is He who is the Life of the worlds.]

This after-blessing is for all fruit aside for grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Since the Torah praises the Land of Israel with these fruits (Deuteronomy 8:8), we recite for them a special after-blessing–yet another version of the “Abridged” Grace After Meals, a.k.a. the Al Haperot. (See above links).
5. Before eating vegetables we say:

Baruch Atta Ado-noy Eh-lo-hay-nu Me-lech ha-oh-lam, Bore pe-ree ha-ada-mah.
[Blessed are you, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the earth.]

The after-blessing for vegetables is the same as the after-blessing for fruit.
6. Before eating all other foods or drinks – e.g. meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, water, juices, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks – we say:

Baruch Atta Ado-noy Eh-lo-hay-nu Me-lech ha-oh-lam, She-ha-kol nee-hi-yah bee-de-varo.
[Blessed are you, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, by whose word all things came to be.]

The after-blessing is the same as for fruit and vegetables.

Footnotes

  • 1. When we recite this blessing over a piece of bread/Matzah at a meal it covers all the other food/drink we will eat during that meal, with the exception of wine/grape juice and dessert.

Why do we wash our fingertips before Grace after Meals?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

Prior to Birkat Hamazon (Grace After Meals), one is obligated to wash Mayim Acharonim, the “Last Waters.”  Before blessing G-d, we sanctify ourselves by washing our hands, removing any food remnants which may have remained from the meal.

In times of old, many Jews were illiterate. Furthermore, prior to the invention of the printing press, even those who were literate often lacked even the most basic books, such as a Siddur. Therefore, when people ate together, it was common practice for one person to read the Birkat Hamazon, while everyone else would listen and answer Amen after each blessing, thus fulfilling the Mitzvah of Birkat Hamazon.

Since the primary reason for washing Mayim Acharonim is sanctification before blessing G-d… it is proper for every person to be meticulous in the observance of this washing

Since these people would not actually utter G-d’s name in blessing, it would seem that they would be exempt from Mayim Acharonim. The Rabbis instituted, however, that the listeners, too, should wash Mayim Acharonim, due to the pernicious “Sodomite salt” which was prevalent in the foods of olden times. This salt caused serious injury when it came in contact with the eyes.

Today, Sodomite salt is not to be found in our foods. Therefore, there are those who are lenient with regards to washing Mayim Acharonim. However, since the primary reason for washing Mayim Acharonim is sanctification before blessing G-d – and the Sodomite salt reason is the reason why the listeners must wash – it is proper for every person to be meticulous in the observance of this washing.

[Rabbi Jacob Emden, renowned 17th century scholar, writes that in Talmudic times people generally ate with their fingers. Today however, since most people eat with flatware, Mayim Acharonim isn’t as obligatory as it was then.

He concludes by saying, “perhaps this is why women today do not wash Mayim Acharonim, for they are more careful than their male counterparts in eating with spoons [forks and knifes]!”]

See also How do I wash Mayim Acharonim?

How do I wash Mayim Acharonim?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

– Water is poured once on the fingers of each hand. The waters should reach at least the second joint of the fingers (the joint closest to the knuckles) – for that is the area which becomes dirtiest during the meal. The fingers should be pointed (slightly) downwards during the washing.

– Chabad custom is to wipe the lips of the mouth with the still-moist fingers.

– Birkat Hamazon should immediately follow Mayim Acharonim, without any interruption. It is, however, permitted to utter two or three words between Mayim Acharonim and Birkat Hamazon.

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Rabbi Simon Jacobson Lecture: MOSCOW 2009 A Miracle in Our Times

Posted on February 6, 2009. Filed under: A Miracle in Our Times, Lecture of Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Lectures by Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Lectures of Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Moscow 2009, Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Rabbi Simon Jacobson Lecture, Rabbi Simon Jacobson Lectures, The Truth, Torah, True, Truth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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A Miracle in Our Times

By Simon Jacobson

February 5, 2009 – Moscow, Russia

Amidst all our current global turmoil, I would like to report to you that I find myself in a city which caused much upheaval in the last century, and despite all odds and predictions is now witness to a living miracle.

I should add that this miracle touches me very personally.

With great anticipation I embarked on my journey to Moscow for this present lecture tour. You see, this city is the birthplace of my father. Indeed, Russia is the country of origin of both my parents, my grandparents and all my immediate ancestors. It is also the birthplace of my mentor, the Rebbe, and all his predecessors. It is the country which gave birth to the Chassidic movement, which has deeply shaped my life with its transformative philosophy and blueprint for contemporary life.

The largest segment of American Jews trace their roots to this country.

The list is long with both the contributions and calamities of this historic country.

With my entire upbringing shaped by Russian influences, I was quite naturally looking very much forward to finally coming to the country that is so embedded in my genes and in my nurturing.

Right off the plane I felt right at home. All the words of my childhood come pouring out. “Spasiba.” “Das vi danya.” Dobre vetcha.” “Panyimayot.” “Tochne.” “Shto.” “Pazhaleste.” “Maladetz.”

Of course, the indispensable “tak.” And some words not for print. Lest you wonder, I feel quite inept with my knowledge of this language. I know just enough to answer “nimnoshka” to the question whether “panyimyot paruski?” and definitely “nyeta gavarit.”

Yes, I feel sense of belonging here. But little did I expect the intensity of my emotional reactions. I am actually now sitting and weeping as I think about the unlikely – unlikely is grossly inadequate; it’s more of a revolutionary – transformation that has taken place within yards from where I presently sit.

For over 70 years, from the time of the Russian Revolution, a war was waged from this city and country against Jewish life. Tragically, the Communists effectively closed down synagogues, schools and all the institutions that allowed Judaism to thrive in this country for centuries. In this city thousands of Jewish Rabbis, leaders, scholars, just fine people, were shot without just cause. It was the city from where Stalin drove terror into the hearts of hundreds of millions and killed tens of millions.

And on a personal note: It was in this city in 1937, in a neighborhood called Malachavkeh, where my grandfather and namesake was arrested by the NKVD, the dreaded Soviet secret police. A few years earlier, in the same city in 1923, my grandfather merited to be one of the ten individuals, who together with the Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak took a vow to the death to do everything in their power to preserve Jewish life in that country. Most of those ten were arrested and shot. My grandfather would end up exiled in Siberia for several years and finally escape the country, physically broken though spiritually stronger (here is a video of my father describing that dark night). Most others were not so fortunate. They were either killed or died from hunger. The remaining Jews were persecuted and not easily allowed to maintain their heritage.

[Moscow was also the city which, in its Russian-style obstinacy, in the shape of bitter cold winter, froze Napoleon and later Hitler in their march forward to conquer this notoriously resilient country].

You would think that after all this there would be no remnant left of Jewish life in Moscow and Russia.

Quite the contrary.

Now I sit in Moscow and watch Jews who lived through all that terror – some of them quite elderly, many others are their children and grandchildren – and in one way or another have maintained their Judaism. Many others are reconnecting to their roots. It’s a complicated story; no one even knows how many actual Jews there are in this country. Many, many parents hid their identities from their children to protect them from the discrimination. So many others have intermarried. But one thing is for sure: The place is saturated with Jewish energy. It feels like being in a burned out building but you still can see the simmering embers that have remained burning – barely. But burning they are, and like the nature of a spark, they are flickering and beginning to burst into flames.

There is much work and hard work that still needs to be done, but what is so awesome is that the cinders have remained alive. After all this time and all the attempts to extinguish them, after two World Wars and all the upheavals in the last century, who would have thought?…

And this survival and revival is no an accident. Behind the scenes there were those in this country and outside of it that were risking their lives – with literal mesiras nefesh – to maintain the pilot flame. I will never forget my father’s description of a personal audience he had with the Rebbe, following his 1971 visit to the Soviet Union. My father delivered hundreds of letters written by Russian Jews to the Rebbe, pouring out their souls, asking for blessings and describing their challenges. Not to arouse suspicion, these letters were addressed, “Dear Father,” “Dear Uncle” and the likes. The Rebbe gently took the letters and began reading them. Within a few minutes the Rebbe was crying. My father, feeling uncomfortable remaining in the room with the Rebbe in such an intimate moment, slowly began backing out of the room. The Rebbe motioned that he remain. He stood there crouched in a corner, watching this rare sight of a holy man sobbing uncontrollably over the plight of his people.

These tears were not that rare. Over the years of his leadership, the Rebbe never ceased speaking out – crying out – for the Jews trapped on the “other side of the iron curtain.” I personally witnessed the unyielding and emphatic cries of the Rebbe, always citing the Talmudic declaration that “even an iron curtain cannot separate them from their Father in heaven.” You could see in the Rebbe’s appeals the profound concern and pain that he consistently carried inside for his brethren – who were also his fellow countrymen and women – living, suffering in the Soviet Union.

This concern was not limited to feelings. Not here is the place and the time to go into the Rebbe and the Previous Rebbe’s superhuman, underground efforts to keep the Jewish flame alive through all those hard years, via a secret network of activities that span back to the 1920’s!

That defiant effort alone – to stand up against the might Soviet empire and not accept defeat – should go down in history as one of the most formidable acts of heroism. But the story doesn’t end there. These herculean efforts yielded their fruit: The flame remained burning, while the Soviet empire crumbled. Fulfilling the prescient words of the Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak to one of his Jewish captors (from the notoriously hated “yevsektzia,” the Jewish wing of Communists): When the captor sneered to the Rebbe “Rebbe, mir velen zehn ver vet oisfiren,” we shall see who will prevail, the Rebbe replied: “ye, mir velen zehn,” yes indeed, we shall see…

And now we see…

To see the renaissance of Jewish life in Moscow – after all that transpired – is quite overwhelming…

What relevance does of all of this have to us today?

On the most obvious level: This is a story of hope. Should anyone reading these lines be in despair, feel hopeless or suffering in any form and fashion – I bring you live and warm regards from a city where hope and faith have prevailed over the harshest of adversaries.

As I was speaking the other day to a group of Russian Jews – I spoke in English simultaneously being translated into Russian – I could see the tears in the eyes of several people in the audience when I thanked them for remaining standing through it all. I could see the emotions well when they heard about the Rebbe reading their letters with tears.

After witnessing this all, no one should ever be able to say that there is no hope…

As so many of us are wondering what will come of our current economic woes, of never-ending volatility in the Middle East, of each of our own personal fears and uncertainties — Moscow 2009 is a powerful reminder that we know very little about the mysteries of life cycles. Yesterday, Moscow was destroying lives, today it is building them. Yesterday, Moscow all but annihilated Jewish life and morale. Today Jewish life is thriving here.

In the center of Moscow an impressive seven-story Jewish Community Center is buzzing with activity. From classrooms, synagogues, two kosher restaurants, community rooms, sports activities, dinner halls, ballrooms, and that’s not even half of it. Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar sits unassuming in his office, overseeing KGB headquarters on one end and an empire of Jewish institutions on the other. I am looking into his eyes to see if he senses the great miracle he is part of.

But awesome moments are never recognized as they happen; only in retrospect.

Moscow today is indeed an awesome sight to behold when placed in context of Moscow in 1937.

And its lessons reverberate. With crisis brewing world over, who knows where and when the next Moscow will emerge.

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Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Parsha Story for Parshat Beshalach (B’shalach) 5769

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On this week’s Parsha:

Parshat Beshalach (B’shalach) 5769

In this Torah portion we read about the splitting of the Reed (‘red’) Sea.

Never in history was or would there be anything like it; an entire nation of several million people escaped from the most powerful army in the world by walking on dry land in the middle of a sea! And then, as soon as they got to the other side the water miraculously caved in and drowned their pursuers!

[And it’s not just history. That nation has been miraculously surviving such enemies for thousands of years and still exists today; the Jews!]

But at first glance this is not understood.

What was the purpose of these miracles at the sea? Why didn’t G-d just kill the evil Egyptians in their sleep and take the Jews quietly out. Why all the fanfare? And G-d split the sea at the last moment? (See 14:9-12) Why all the tension?!

Also this week was the tenth of Sh’vat, the day that the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak passed away and his son in law, the Seventh Rebbe, who said that this generation would be the generation of ‘Moshiach’, took over.

Is there as connection?

To understand this here is a story (Rabosainu N’si’ainu pg 186)

The sixth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch; Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak was a truly remarkable man, wise, spiritually gifted and brave. Besides being gifted in all aspects of the Torah and of secular knowledge …. he was a man of action.

In Russia he single handedly stood against the atheistic, murderous regime of Stalin by sending thousands of his followers throughout Russia to teach Torah to children at the risk (and often the cost) of their lives. And in the last ten years of his life in the U.S.A. he began the ‘outreach’ movement that has totally transformed Judaism today.

But the main driving force in his life was love; helping others and doing everything possible to alleviate suffering. And he taught his followers to do the same.

For instance when Rabbi Michel Vishedski (a neighbor of mine in K’far Chabad) escaped Russia some 50 years ago and settled in New York he did everything in his power to help Russian Jewry and he took it upon himself to visit all the orthodox synagogues in New York and see if they could help as well.

One of his meetings was with one Rabbi Rabinovitz; the head Rabbi of the Bronx. When he arrived at his synagogue he found the place empty, as most synagogues are in the early afternoon, and the Rabbi seated at a long table in a chair next to the head of the table.

Rabbi Michel shook the Rabbi’s hand, introduced himself and, supposing that the Rabbi had left the head seat vacant for him, sat in it.

“Excuse me,” Rabbi Rabinovitz said, “Please don’t sit in that chair. It’s the head seat and I always leave it vacant.”

Rabbi Vishedski apologized and stood up and when he took a different seat the Rabbi smiled, apologized himself for not warning him and said. “You’re a Lubavitcher, right? Well then, you’ll probably understand the reason I leave that seat open. It was because of a dream.”

“Really? A dream?” Rav Michel was interested and seeing his interest, Rabbi Rabinovitz, smiled and began telling him the story.

“It began almost twenty years ago, 1949. I had survived the holocaust, moved from Romania to New York, got married and began thinking about a job. I had a few ideas about how to make a living but I couldn’t make up my mind. Then someone suggested that I go see the Lubavitcher Rebbe for advice.

“I called up and I got an appointment. It was Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe and I got in to see him. He wasn’t so healthy and it wasn’t easy to understand him but after he heard my questions he said that he thought I should be a Rabbi. He was very clear about that and he said I should let him know what happened.

“Well sure enough, a while later I got this offer to be the head Rabbi here of the Bronx so I went back and asked the Rebbe if I should take it. He closed his eyes, thought for a minute and finally looked up and said.

“‘A Shul (synagogue) is a Shul. But I don’t like the Shamash (sexton-caretaker).’

Then he again closed his eyes and repeated; ‘A Shul is a Shul. But I don’t like the Shamash’.

Then he blessed me with success in the new job and asked me to return two weeks to see him again.

“So I followed his advice and took the job. But when I came back two Sundays later I found a huge crowd gathered outside his building…. For his funeral! They told me that the Rebbe had passed away on Shabbat! The Rebbe invited me to his funeral. I felt he was telling me that our contact would continue.

“Anyway, things went fine in the Shul; I got along well with everyone and the place began to become popular but I sensed something wrong. Gradually I found out what it was; the Shamash of the Shul was speaking against me. He even had himself a small following of complainers.

“At first he was quiet about it but eventually it got public and the politics threw the Synagogue and myself into turmoil. When I thought I was going crazy I decided to go the Rebbe’s son in law who had become the next Rebbe, for advice.

“I got in to see him and it was the most amazing experience in my life. As soon as I told him my problem he said; ‘My father in Law told you that a Shul is a Shul but that he didn’t like the Shamash!’

“It was simply uncanny. Remember, this was years later and I never told anyone what the Previous Rebbe said to me! Anyway he continued, told me not to worry and to just be patient and that eventually I’d catch the Shamash doing something wrong.’

“Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened! Just a few weeks later I was having trouble sleeping one night and took a walk to the Shul and who do I see also walking around outside but the president and the janitor. It seems that they also couldn’t sleep. Anyway as we got near to the Shul we noticed something strange; a few lights were on inside and someone was in there doing something. So we entered silently and what did we see? The Shamash was emptying all the charity boxes into his pocket! Needless to say he got fired the next day and my problems were over…. almost.

“Like I said our synagogue became popular and after a few years there was no where to sit. We needed to expand but there was no where to expand to, all the land around the Shul was taken. But just then the butcher next to us decided he wanted to sell us his place so he could expand elsewhere. It was a miracle!!

“And the butcher was so friendly. We came to an agreement, he gave us a great price and we shook hands, didn’t even write a bill of sale! The next week the butcher moved to a big store he bought across the street and we knocked down a wall, did a bit of remodeling and like magic our Shul became almost twice as big as it was! Everyone was happy! For a while.

“But after a few years the butcher’s new place also became small on him. He was succeeding and he wanted to expand again; to move his refrigerators to somewhere nearby and use the space for more customers. But he also had a problem finding a place to buy. Until he suddenly remembered the building he sold us and that there had been no bill of sale!

“He got a lawyer, sent us letters telling us to leave and when we tried to reason with him, took us to court and got an order of eviction. Things happened fast and we were going crazy but there was nothing we could do. Then, the night before the eviction I had a dream.

“I dreamt that I was standing in this room and at the head of this table, where I told you not to sit, was the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe with his son in law, the present Rebbe, standing next to him. The Rebbe smiled and said, ‘Why are you so worried? G-d will direct everything in the best way.’

“Then his son in law said ‘ The Rebbe told you that a Shul is a Shul. It means that once a butcher shop becomes a Shul it can’t become a butcher shop again. Don’t worry.’

“Suddenly I woke up! I looked at my watch. I was late! I was supposed to wake up an hour ago! I got dressed and ran to the Shul as fast as I could, but it was too late. There were police everywhere, all our congregants were standing in the street trying to talk to them while some ten husky fellows were carrying all the seats out of our Shul.

“But suddenly there was a big crash from the new butcher shop across the street then screams. Everyone turned to see. One of the workers came running out the door screaming ‘Call an ambulance! Get a doctor! Help!! The boss is hurt!!”

“It seems that somehow a huge chandelier that was hanging in the butcher shop came loose and fell on the owner knocking him unconscious. I ran over there and there was blood everywhere! But before the ambulance arrived he came to and limped out the door holding his bleeding head and yelling like a madman. “Put the chairs back!! Don’t evict them!! I lied!! I lied!!! They really paid for my store. I’m sorry!!”

“The ambulance took him anyway, the policeman shrugged his shoulders told the movers to return everything and that was the end of it! Just as the Rebbe said.

‘That is why I never let anyone sit in this chair.

This answers our questions. The reason G-d split the sea was to prepare the Jews for receiving the Torah and to teach them how to use it afterwards.

At Mount Sinai all the spiritual worlds ‘split’ to reveal the Creator of the Universe, just as the sea split to reveal the dry land. And so it was when the sea split; the Jews had awesome revelations of G-d! (See Rashi on Zeh Kaili 15:2).

But G-d also tested and strengthened them beforehand to ignore the pressures of the world (as symbolized by Pharaoh and his forces) by spitting the sea at the last moment; just as He did to the Rabbi in our story.

But just as Moses took the Jews from Egypt and brought them to Mt. Sinai so the mystical book ‘the Zohar’ promises that in every generation there will be a Moses, a potential Moshiach, to reveal G-dliness and take us all through the pressures, darkness, fears and doubts of this world to the true redemption, when all the Jews will be together in Israel and there will be world peace and prosperity. Just as the Rebbe did in our story.

We are now in the last minute! It all depends on us to ignore the pressures and do all we can to bring…

Moshiach NOW!!



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Lecture by Rabbi Simon Jacobson: “2009: A Prediction”

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2009
What Will the New Year Bring? A Prediction

By Simon Jacobson

2008 was hardly the worst year in history, but it sure feels like it reading the news, blogs, commentaries and analysis of the past year. People are tentative and fearful.

The mood is generally miserable.

The outlook grim.

2008’s economic meltdown – you can check out all the historic statistics on any popular website – is nowhere close to ending. A global recession, considered by many unprecedented, has suddenly erupted, with a domino effect continuing to ripple through the world. Mumbai has shaken us all up. The Middle East is at war again, or should I say, not at war again, but an ongoing battle that never seems to end. What is even more distressing is that Israel, perhaps for the first time in all of history, refuses to acknowledge that war has been declared against it, and to act accordingly and decisively, instead of just reacting to the latest missile attacks, second-guessing itself and moving forward with so much uncertainty.

Read Israel Harel’s article in Haaretz, Israel Blinked First.

What will happen in the coming year? Will the new United States President change things, or will we have just more of the same? How many more foreclosures, bankruptcies, failed companies and financial institutions can we look forward to in 2009? What new revelations and corruptions will emerge? Will our economic systems fail completely or will they rebound? Are we headed toward better times or worse ones?

The questions are many.

Answers few, if any.

Predicting what the new year will bring can seem quite presumptuous, if not outright folly. Yet, I will venture to do so anyway. No, I don’t have a crystal ball. I have something far better.

Read on.

By looking back we can see ahead. The greatest guide for the future is the past. We cannot predict the coming year’s events. But we can learn from those before us who have seen and experienced far worse than we will ever see, and rose above it. What is the secret of the resilience and power of heroic people who endured and thrived despite great suffering?

One of the most remarkable and overlooked stories of history was the transcendent ability of Torah scholars to produce an enormous volume of literature despite the harshest circumstances surrounding them.

Throughout the Early and Middle Ages, with Jewish persecution at its heights, sages like Rashi, Ramban, Rabbeinu Tam, Rashbam, the Tosafists and so many others – literally hundreds of scholars – wrote thousands of pages, containing the most brilliant and eloquent commentary you will ever read. And no where in their writings will you find complaints, bitterness, depression or demoralization. Pogroms, the crusades, persecutions, expulsions, inquisitions were ravaging Europe. But as much as you analyze their words, you will not uncover an iota of the tragic and difficult events taking place around them!

Quite the contrary. Page after page is filled with inspiration, uplifting words, enormous strength and powerful insights.

Usually, you would expect to find some mention or reference in a book to the personal challenges of the author. Often authors bare their souls and their life traumas in their writings. But even when they don’t, with a bit of deconstruction and analysis, we can uncover the author’s personal traumas. Indeed, entire studies today are dedicated to show us how to recognize in an author’s words his abusive father and dysfunctional mother, every grievance against society can be seen in his pages.

When it comes to our Torah sages, you find none of the sort. No fear, no tentativeness, nothing in their writings reflects the most trying challenges of their times! And what is even more amazing is that this is not an isolated case. Literally every scholar and sage, from the time of Moses, through all the ages, left us with a legacy of writings that reflect a higher world, not at all scarred or touched by the horrible events of the world below.

Where did they have the composure, the presence of mind, to focus and produce such clarity? How were they able to not be overcome by doubts and fears for themselves and their families welfare?

Take Joseph in this week’s Torah portion: Despite his travails – sold by his own brothers into slavery, 22 years torn away from his beloved father, orphaned from his mother Rachel – you would think that he would have retained some bitterness. In fact, when Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers, instead of fury and revenge, despite his great suffering, Joseph ends up calming his mortified brothers: “Do not feel guilty,” he tells them, “for it is not you who sent me here, but G-d,” in order to save lives!

(See this article).

Simply remarkable.

A powerful lesson for all history.

Where did Joseph find such strength of character, such power, to not allow his circumstances to shape his life, and instead he shaped his circumstances?

Was Joseph – and all the Middle Age sages – out of touch?

Hardly. They were keenly aware and sensitive to the welfare of their own children. Yet, they still were able to rise above the fray.

How?

The answer lies in a powerful expression: “az men iz tzugebunden oiben, falt men nischt unten.” When you are bound above, you don’t fall below.

This is the secret of transcendence: the ability to not be defined by the events around us; the recognition that we are products of our own perceptions, and we write the script of our own destinies.

Worship man-made devices below, and your life will be determined by your attitude. Connect to the sublime above, and you will be able to rise above the immediate events and move forward with fortitude and optimism.

If you feel that mortals – or money – control the forces of your life, then you have delivered your own verdict: You will be subject to these forces, with all their unpredictability.

If however, like Joseph, you recognize that the circumstances of your life are driven by a higher hand, and nothing, absolutely nothing that humans do can control your destiny, then you have freed yourself from the behavior of others, and can ride through the challenges and even discover how they have empowered you to “save lives.”

The very question – “What will be?” “What will happen?” – is our undoing. If you feel that things “happen” to you, or that you “find yourself” in a predicament or situation, then you have relinquished control, and surrendered your destiny to the “things” that you empower.

The secret to success in the new year is to not empower the weak forces that drive fear into our hearts. But to empower your own soul; to recognize that you have within yourself all the necessary strength to fulfill your life’s mission. To realize that things don’t happen to you; you make things happen. You don’t “find yourself” in situations; you place yourself in them.

We cannot control the events to come. But we can certainly control whether and how we will be influenced by them. Good ships are not those that can stop the storms or tame the waves; they are the ones that ride the swells, confident in their own ability to know when to thrust forward and when to slow down.

Not to minimize the challenges of our times, but we can hardly call 2008 the worst year in history. By looking back to far worse years we can learn how to proceed. And how much of our troubles are actually psychological? Imagine, if a critical mass would have a change of attitude, and learn from our predecessors how to “bind” ourselves to that which is “above.”

But for now, before we address the critical mass, let us look at ourselves.

No, we do not know what the new year will bring. But I will make confident prediction: Your attitude will define your year.

No matter what happens this year, whatever up and downs will be coming our way, your destiny will be shaped by your attitudes; you will experience exactly what you allow yourself to experience: You will either be dragged down by the gravitational pull of the earth that you worship, or you will be lifted on the wings of your soul that you believe in.

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Above portions were copied from Lectures of: Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Of: http://www.MeaningfulLife.com

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Happy Channukah – How To light the Menorah

Posted on December 21, 2008. Filed under: Blessings for Lighting the Menorah, Channukah, First Night of Channukah, Happy Cannukah - How To light the Menorah, How to Light the Menorah, Menorah Lighting Blessings | Tags: , , , , , |

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How To Light the Menorah

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A few things to remember:

Light up when?

Right after nightfall, once it’s dark outside (aside for Friday afternoon, when the candles are lit shortly before sunset).

Light up what?

The Menorah or holder used for lighting the lights should be attractive and clean. All 8 Chanukah lights need to be lined up on the same level, BUT the Shamash candle must be separate!


The preferred way to fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the Channukah Menorah is to use pure olive oil and wicks of cotton, just like the Menorah in the Holy Temple.

Nevertheless, other types of oils, wicks and candles may be used, as long as they give a steady light!

Light up how?

We place candles in the Menorah from right to left, but we light the candles from left to right.


On the first night we light one candle on the right side.

On the second night we light the new, candle first, starting from the left and moving to the right.

We continue this way every night of Chanukah, adding a candle each night.

Follow the Leader!

The Chanukah candles can NOT be used to light each other, which is why we use the Shamash Candle to light the Menorah.

The Shamash is NOT one of the 8 Chanukah candles, so we set it in a place above the rest. The Shamash can be made out of sweet-smelling beeswax.

The lights of the Chanukah candles are special – only for looking at, NOT for using. It is good for the eyes – and the soul!

Light up how long?

The Channukah candles are supposed to burn for at least a half hour.

On Friday-night, though, we have to light them before it gets dark and Shabbat comes in.

We generally use more oil, or bigger candles on Friday, so that the candles will stay burning, well into Shabbat!

Step 1: Insert the candles starting from the RIGHT to left.  On the first night, the RIGHT-most candle is lit.

On the second, the two candles are set from RIGHT to left and the one that is the new one (like the 2nd night, the 1st from left is lit first) on the right are lit, etc.

Step 2: Light the Shamash (Servant Candle).

Step 3: Recite the Blessings (See Below).

Step 4: Using the Shamash, in the middle, Light the candles starting on the Left

(lighting tonight’s “new” candle first).


*** So, remember: To Set from
RIGHT to left. BUT,

to Light tonight’snew” candle first ***

Blessings for lighting the Menorah

On Every Night, Recite BOTH of the following Blessings:


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Transliteration:

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-tei-nu ba-ya-mim ha-heim bi-zman ha-zeh.

Translation:

1. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

2. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

On the first night Add

(OR IF it is the 1st Night that you are lighting for this year):


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3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-hechi-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation:

3. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Another more important thing to remember:

Your participation in a Public Menorah-Lighting and/or Celebration does NOT fulfill your obligation of performance of the Mitzvah of Lighting your Menorah in your home

That means:

If you went to someone’s home

OR

went to a Public Menorah Lighting

OR

If you went to a party where they lit the Menorah,

you STILL NEED to:

Go HOME and Light your own Menorah in your own home!!!

Plus:

Ladies who have NO Husband or Son in their home,

Still:

NEED to light their Menorah by themselves

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Happy Chanukah!

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“Religion Vs. Nature” by Rabbi YY (Yosef Yitzchok) Jacobson

Posted on December 21, 2008. Filed under: Lecture of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Jacobson, Lecture of Rabbi YY Jacobson, Lectures by Rabbi YY Jacobson, Lectures of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Jacobson, Lectures of Rabbi YY Jacobson, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Jacobson, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Jacobson Lecture, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Jacobson Lectures, Rabbi YY Jacobson, Religion and Nature, Religion Versus Nature, Religion Vs. Nature, The Truth, Torah, True, Truth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Lectures of:

Rabbi YY (Yosef Yitzchok) Jacobson

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Lectures of: Rabbi YY (Yosef Yitzchok) Jacobson

Of:

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This Lecture’s Subject:

Religion Vs. Nature

By Yosef Y. Jacobson

A young Jewish man was visiting a psychiatrist, hoping to cure his eating and sleeping disorder. “Every thought I have turns to my mother,” he told the psychiatrist. “As soon as I fall asleep and being to dream, everyone in my dream turns into my mother. I wake up so upset that all I can do is go downstairs and eat a piece of toast.”

The psychiatrist replied, “What, just one piece of toast for a big boy like you?”

The Traveler

“Rabbi Jacob said: ‘One who walks on the road and studies , and interrupts his study and remarks, ‘How beautiful is this tree! How beautiful is this landscape!’ Scripture considers it as if he were guilty of a mortal sin.”

(Mishnah, Ethics of Our Fathers, 3:7, chapter of this week).

The question is obvious.

The person who interrupts his Torah study to marvel at the beauty of nature is essentially celebrating the workings of the creator who designed a magnificent and brilliant universe. Why would this be considered a grave sin, when this person is celebrating the work of the giver of the Torah?

Some have erroneously deduced from this Talmudic passage that Torah rejects nature; that focusing on the splendor and exquisiteness of our world is nothing short of vanity.

This is a mistaken view. For the same G-d who gave us the Torah, gave us nature as well. Much of Scripture enjoins the human being to contemplate the workings of nature as a tool to appreciate the divine reality behind nature. A major part of our daily morning prayers consists of just this exercise: to marvel at the diversity and artistry of our physical universe as witnesses to the underlying reality of G-d at the core of all nature.

“G-d led Adam around the Garden of Eden and said, ‘Look at My works, see how beautiful they are, How exquisite! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil or destroy My world — for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you,” the Midrash states.

Maimonidies writes in his legal code that the way to achieve love of G-d is by contemplating the extraordinary brilliance and dazzling beauty of His universe.

What is more, according to Jewish law, there is a prescribed blessing that is to be recited at the sight of beautiful creatures and beautiful trees. This means that when the individual who is traveling and learning encounters a particularly beautiful tree he is, perhaps, obligated to take a break from the learning and recite a blessing to G-d for this creation. If anything, this individual may be performing a mitzvah, not a sin.

Three Answers

Various commentators over the ages have presented different answers to these questions. Some argued that the Mishnah was not attempting to ridicule or denigrate an appreciation of nature’s majestic empire, but rather to make it clear that one ought not to equate its significance with the story of Torah. Notwithstanding the importance of developing an appreciating for G-d’s awesome world, it pales in comparison with the study of Torah which, as the Kabbalists put it, captures     G-d’s most essential and intimate wisdom and will, transcending even G-d as a brilliant Creator.

Other commentators suggested a more pragmatic approach. During Rabbi Jacob’s days, most of the oral tradition of Judaism was not transcribed as of yet. The students needed to memorize lots of material and they typically enjoyed memorizing their lessons while strolling outdoors. (Such peripatetic memorization is still practiced today in some parts of the Middle East). Since they were, naturally, tempted to shift their attention from studying to the surrounding scenic views, the Mishnah specifically warned against this.

Integration

I wish to share with you a Chassidic interpretation to this Mishnah, novel in its approach and inspiring in its ramifications.

The criticism wrought against this individual for marveling at the beautiful tree or landscape is not addressed at the fact that he stops to breathe-in the glory of G-d’s universe. Let us read the text again, this time much more carefully: “One who walks on the road and studies, and interrupts his study and remarks, ‘How beautiful is this tree! How beautiful is this landscape!’ Scripture considers it as if he were guilty of a mortal sin.”

The emphasis should be put on the word “interrupts.” The problem is not the mere appreciation of our gorgeous world, but rather the fact that this individual views the esthetical exquisiteness of the tree or the landscape as an interruption of Torah study. For this particular traveler, he must cease and interrupt his study of Torah in order to take in the beauty of the world. Torah and the universe remain two distinct realities, in his consciousness, disjointed and disconnected. “Render to Ceaser what is Ceaser’s, render to G-d what is G-d’s.” The spiritual and the physical constitute two diverse realms. G-d runs the heavens; Washington runs (or thinks it runs) the earth. The secular and the holy are divided by an absolute gulf. Torah is good for the synagogue and the study hall; outside the confinements of the holy, its message must yield to the powerful embrace of the secular.

But the living presence of G-d saturates all of reality! What appears externally as secular pulsates internally with G-dliness. Plato’s dualism, conferring holiness upon the spiritual and corruption upon the physical, has no place in the ethos of Judaism. Torah is the blueprint, the Midrash says, of the entire universe. Hence, any genuine celebration of the world is a celebration of Torah. The vision and passion of Torah encompass every aspect and nuance of creation just as blueprint includes every detail of the home designed on it. In the weltanschauung of Judaism, as articulated in the Kabbalistic and Chassidic tradition, religion is not at odds with nature; rather, nature too is divine.

The verse in Psalms (4), “The heaven belongs to G-d, and the earth He granted to man,” was interpreted by the Rebbe of Kotzk as saying thus: “The heaven belongs to G-d initially; the earth G-d gave to man in order that he turns it into heaven.” The holy and the secular must learn to kiss, because when the doors of perception are cleansed the secular is seen as pulsating with holiness, begging that it too be infused with transcendence; deep down it too craves that it become a continuum of Torah.

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Above portions were copied from Lectures of: Rabbi YY (Yosef Yitzchok) Jacobson of

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Free Live TV for NEWS and other programs direct from Israe-l

Posted on December 11, 2008. Filed under: 14538930, Free, Free LIVE TV in Israe-l, FREE Stream of Live TV from Israe-l, Free TV in Israe-l, Free TV LIVE in Israe-l, Google Israe-l | Tags: , , , , , |

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Do you want to watch the News LIVE from

Israe-l

For FREEEEEEE?!?!?!


Brought to you by: Google in Israe-l



I was reading my G-mail, yesterday or a couple of days ago and I noticed a Text ad in Hebrew


When, I paid attention, it said something like


(I was so excited to see such a thing and I clicked it so fast, that I can NOT find the original text ad):


“ Watch TV NEWS from Israe-l, LIVE


To my surprise, it was true and REALLY: FREE!!!


Listen, you have to Download this toolbar and I hope you have a software like ZoneAlarm to protect you and then, what do you have to lose?


The address is as follows:

http://RadioGToolbar.OurToolbar.com/

OR:

http://toolbar.G.co.il/

You decide for yourself!!!


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JEM’s Tribute to the Holtzbers, HY”D

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We found this

 

Video of the Day! – JEM’s Tribute-The Life and Mission of Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg

 

on Http://Chabad.CH/blog/blog.php?bid=3167

 

 

 

Part 1 of this video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 of this video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also found, the Full Video on Vimeo as we found it on http://www.CrownHeights.INFO/index.php?itemid=14497:

 

 <object width=”456″ height=”344″><param name=”allowfullscreen” value=”true” /><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always” /><param name=”movie” value=”http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2418226&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1” /><embed src=”http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2418226&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowfullscreen=”true” allowscriptaccess=”always” width=”456″ height=”344″></embed></object><br /><a href=”http://vimeo.com/2418226″>Kedoshim – A Video Tribute to the Holtzbergs who were Murderd in Cold Blood by Terrorists</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/crownheightsinfo”>CrownHeights.info</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.

 

 

 

A group of video editors have made a video about the Holtzberg and their guests.
The work of  love,  completed  in  48  hours,  included  many photos and  unseen footage of the Holtzbergs, and interviews with both Gavirel Noach and Rivkah – including an interview in which she makes  Elkanah  Shmotkin  a “prophetic” reference  about Sandra, the Nanny who ended up saving her son’s life.

Footage and photos  were  collected  on  several continents, with many people helping out, including  individuals  in  Israeli  TV  stations,  El  Al  pilots, photographers in Mumbai, and all the  Lubavitch  news  sites. It includes Gavirel Noach meeting with the Rebbe and a look into the inspiration that led Gavirel Noach and Rivkah to go to Mumbai.

The JEM staff worked around the clock from immediately after Shabbos, and completed the video before the Levaya.

It was edited by Yankee Teitelbaum, Yanky Ascher, Alon Schwartz and Yossi Margolin. Mendel Gourarie and Shmueli Shmotkin coordinated much of the research. It was written and produced by Elkanah Shmotkin.

 

 

They have called the video, “Love Means Love.” They dedicate their work to the Kedoshim.
 

 

The video is available at www.chabad.org.

 

We’d like to remind you the following:

 

Among with other pure souls whose names are as follows were murdered, Hashem Yikom Damam (May G-d, A-l-mighty, avenge the bloods of those holy individuals!!!):

 

·       Rabbi Gavirel and his wife Rivkah Holtzberg, the Shluchim (Emessaries) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe who ran the Chabad House

 

·       Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Teitelbaum who was the son of the Volover Rebbe of America and was a dominant figure in the Volover Rebbe’s kashrus organization, one known for its pristine standard (he was there to help with Kosher-Supervision)

 

·       Mrs.  Norma Schwartzberg Rabinowitz who was planning to make Aliyah to Israe-l, on Monday

 

·       Mrs.  Yochved Orpaz who traveled to visit her daughter Ayala and her two grandchildren

 

·       Rabbi Ben Tzion Korman (or spelled at other places as: Chroman), HY”D who was a Mashgiach (he was there to help with Kosher-Supervision as a Kosher-Superviser) for the Volover Rebbe of Boro Park Shlita. He is survived by a wife and three children, with the oldest being 3.5 and the youngest 3 months.

 

 

 

Boruch Dayan Hoemes!!!

 

 

 

May G-d, A-l-mighty, avenge the bloods of those holy individuals!!!

 

 

 

 

 

For NOW, we’d like to say a little:

 

As Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky said in his comments in the press conference (we are paraphrasing a small part of his comments at this time, (We’re in the process of finding the full report, and we will post Be’ezras Hashem, very soon) at  According to CrownHeights.INFO:

 

“…The correct greeting to comfort the mourners is: ‘Hamakom Yenachem Es-khem Besokh She-‘ar Avelei Tzion Virushalayim’ which means: ‘May the G-d, A-l-mighty, comfort among mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim!!!’…”

 

 

There has been a Fund set-up by different organizations and individuals, so, if you’d like to contribute to this Jewish community relief fund, click here.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Sherwin Isenberg describes his encounter with Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg

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We found this

Video of the Day! – Dr. Sherwin Isenberg Describes His Shabbat at the Chabad in Mumbai the Week Before the Murders

on Http://Chabad.CH/blog/blog.php?bid=3141

 

 

Dr. Sherwin Isenberg describes his encounter with Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, HY”D (May G-d, A-l-mighty, avenge the bloods of those holy individuals!!!) at the Chabad of Mumbai the week before their tragic murder by Islamic Terrorists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Among with other pure souls whose names are as follows were murdered, Hashem Yikom Damam (May G-d, A-l-mighty, avenge the bloods of those holy individuals!!!):

 

·       Rabbi Gavirel and his wife Rivkah Holtzberg, the Shluchim who ran the Chabad House

 

·       Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Teitelbaum who was the son of the Volover Rebbe of America and was a dominant figure in the Volover Rebbe’s kashrus organization, one known for its pristine standard (he was there to help with Kosher-Supervision)

 

·       Mrs.  Norma Schwartzberg Rabinowitz  who was planning to make Aliyah to Israe-l, on Monday

 

·       Mrs.  Yochved Orpaz who traveled to visit her daughter Ayala and her two grandchildren

 

·       Rabbi Ben Tzion Korman (or spelled at other places as: Chroman), HY”D who was a Mashgiach (he was there to help with Kosher-Supervision as a Kosher-Superviser) for the Volover Rebbe of Boro Park Shlita. He is survived by a wife and three children, with the oldest being 3.5 and the youngest 3 months.

 

 

 

Boruch Dayan Hoemes!!!

 

 

 

May G-d, A-l-mighty, avenge the bloods of those holy individuals!!!

 

 

 

 

 

For NOW, we’d like to say a little:

 

As Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky said in his comments in the press conference (we are paraphrasing a small part of his comments at this time, the full report may be found at According to CrownHeights.INFO:

 

“…The correct greeting to comfort the mourners is: ‘Hamakom Yenachem Es-khem Besokh She-‘ar Avelei Tzion Virushalayim’ which means: ‘May the G-d, A-l-mighty, comfort among mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim!!!’…”

 

 

There has been a Fund set-up by different organizations and individuals, so, if you’d like to contribute to this Jewish community relief fund, click here.”

 

 

 

 

 

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*** We WANT Moshiach, Now!!! ***

By the way, You, too, can help hasten the coming of Moshiach, by doing ONE more Mitzvah.

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Rabbi Marvin Hier Calls Upon World to Confront Islamic terror after Attack at Chabad Mumbai

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Rabbi Marvin Hier Calls Upon World to Confront Islamic terror after Attack at Chabad Mumbai

 

 

Among with other pure souls whose names are as follows were murdered, Hashem Yikom Damam (May G-d, A-l-mighty, avenge the bloods of those holy individuals!!!):

 

·       Rabbi Gavirel and his wife Rivkah Holtzberg, the Shluchim who ran the Chabad House

 

·       Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Teitelbaum who was the son of the Volover Rebbe of America and was a dominant figure in the Volover Rebbe’s kashrus organization, one known for its pristine standard (he was there to help with Kosher-Supervision)

 

·       Mrs.  Norma Schwartzberg Rabinowitz  who was planning to make Aliyah to Israe-l, on Monday

 

·       Mrs.  Yochved Orpaz who traveled to visit her daughter Ayala and her two grandchildren

 

·       Rabbi Ben Tzion Korman (or spelled at other places as: Chroman), HY”D who was a Mashgiach (he was there to help with Kosher-Supervision as a Kosher-Superviser) for the Volover Rebbe of Boro Park Shlita. He is survived by a wife and three children, with the oldest being 3.5 and the youngest 3 months.

 

 

 

Boruch Dayan Hoemes!!!

 

 

The correct greeting to comfort the mourners is: ‘Hamakom Yenachem Es-khem Besokh She-‘ar Avelei Tzion Virushalayim’ which means: ‘May the G-d, A-l-mighty, comfort among mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim!!!

 

Today, Rabbi Mavin Hier of Simon Wiesenthal Center speaks today regarding the tragic brutal and barbaric MURDER of the many people INNOCENT at the following address:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHeB81BbuYU

 

 

 

 

“… To the Terrorists: That 1 Cruz of light that eminated from that Chabad-House in Mumbai, has contributed more to humanity than your idealogy & your WHOLE way of life!  And the Jewish people whom you seek to destroy, Will STILL be here, LONG AFTER, You & Your Haters, have been deposited in the DUST-BINS of History, WHERE you BELONG!!!

 

 

Therefore, we say:

 

To Our dearest friends & family and the rest of the world:  “Know that those INNOCENT, PURE and HOLY Jewish Souls, Hashem Yikom Damam (May G-d, A-l-mighty, avenge the bloods of those holy individuals!!!) who were murdered for their Self-LESS acts of kindness, humanity and SELF-Sacrifice by those Lehavdil Elef-Havdalos, murderers shall NEVER BE Forgotten!!!!!!!”

 

 

“Hashem! Ad-Mosai???   (Until when?!?!?!  How much-MORE MUST we endure?!?!?!)”

 

 

“We WANT Moshiach, NOW!!!”

 

 

 

We are grateful to the G-d, A-l-mighty, by Divine Providence, made such a GREAT Miracle and that their baby son who has NOT even become 3 was saved by the maid and the cook, as they slipped-out of the building!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There has been a Fund set-up by different organizations and individuals, so, if you’d like to contribute to this Jewish community relief fund, click here.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to CNN, and CNN-IBN, the following phone numbers have been released for more information:

 

International hot lines

India:

Mumbai: JJ Hospital, 91 22 2373-5555; Mumbai: St. George Hospital, 91 98 6905-0622; Mumbai: Police control room, 91 22 2262-5020, 91 22 2262-1855; New Delhi: Indian External Affairs Ministry: +91-11-23015300

Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs offers these numbers: In Australia: 1-800-002 214. Australians overseas, call 61 2 6261-3305.

UK: The British Ministry of Foreign Affairs is directing concerned UK nationals to call 44 (0)20 7008-0000

U.S.: The State Department has established a Consular Call Center: The number is 888-407-4747.

Canada:
For Canadians in India call 1-800-387-3124. In Canada call 613-996-8885.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Hashem answer our prayers and we will share good news of the Revelation of Moshiach Tzidkkeinu (who is NOT YeSH”U since he is NOT from the Davidic Dynasty and also since he was a FALSE Prophet).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Weekly Sedra – Parshas Bereishit

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: Parshas Bereishit, Torah, Truth, Weekly Parsha, Weekly sedra | Tags: , , , , |

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The Parshah in a Nutshell

Bereishit

Genesis 1:1-6:8

G-d creates the world in six days. On the first day He makes darkness and light. On the second day He forms the heavens, dividing the “upper waters” from the “lower waters.” On the third day He sets the boundaries of land and sea and calls forth trees and greenery from the earth. On the fourth day He fixes the position of the sun, moon and stars as timekeepers and illuminators of the earth. Fish, birds and reptiles are created on the fifth day; land-animals, and then the human being, on the sixth. G-d ceases work on the seventh day, and sanctifies it as a day of rest.

G-d forms the human body from the dust of the earth and blows into his nostrils a “living soul.” Originally Man is a single person, but deciding that “it is not good that man be alone,” G-d takes a “side” from the man, forms it into a woman, and marries them to each other.

Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden and commanded not to eat from the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” The serpent persuades Eve to violate the command, and she shares the forbidden fruit with her husband. Because of their sin, it is decreed that man will experience death, returning to the soil from which he was formed, and that all gain will come only through struggle and hardship. Man is banished from the Garden.

Eve gives birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain quarrels with Abel and murders him, and becomes a rootless wanderer. A third son is born to Adam, Seth, whose tenth-generation descendant, Noah, is the only righteous man in a corrupt world.


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Happy Jewish New Year of 5769 – K’siva Vechasima Tova

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I’d like to wish you all, “a Happy Jewish New Year of 5769 – K’siva Vechasima Tova Leshana Tova Umesuka”

Listen & Watch!

I thought I was a man of many words, BUT i was going-over some of the messages sent to me by my other friends and/or family members, i thought to myself: “Why plagiarize when I can send some funny YouTube videos your way that seem to be NOT only Kosher but also, a little cute!”

Rosh Hashana Rap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjlnTh26lyk&feature=related

All the candidates get-together to wish you a happy Rosh-Hashana:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJhSKW9n13s&feature=related

Children singing for Rosh-Hashana:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUezP9Eu4m0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1QK2c3c0PQ

ok, OK, Ok! I know!!!!

Oddly!

You did NOT (?!?!?) like them!

So, I’ll just say (while plagiarizing from ONLY some of the clichés other people sent me):

“May you & your loved ones be inscribed and sealed – K’siva Vechasima Tova – in the book of life, Leshana Tova Umesuka (for a Good, Happy & Sweet Year)”

AND: “No matter what we did or said to each-other, it’s time to forgive & forget, even-if some of us are hardcore Obama freaks who can NOT see the truth”

AND: “Brachos of HaGaFeN (Hatzlacha – Success, G’zunt – Health, Parnassa –Abundant livelihood and Nachas – Joy to enjoy it all) in new upcoming year!!!!”

And last, but NOT the least: “I wish you, all the best from the bottom of my heart!”

Because, I want to say of all of the above, BUT, I think, other people just say it more eloquently!

In case you need to find a Synagogue near to attend the Rosh-Hashana services, please go to the following website:


http://www.chabad.org/holidays/jewishnewyear/calendar_events.htm

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The 3 weeks: Shiv’a-Assar (17th) B’Tammuz & Tish’a (9th) B’Av

Posted on July 30, 2008. Filed under: Jewish traditions | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Here’s some information about these 3 weeks between Shiv’a-Assar B’Tammuz (17th of Tammuz) and Tish’a B’Av (9th of Av):

The Three Weeks: July 20-August 10, 2008
A full three weeks of our year-the three weeks “between the strictures” of Tammuz 17 and Av 9-are designated as a time of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the resultant Galus-physical exile and spiritual displacement-in which we still find ourselves. Click here for the Laws and Customs of the Three Weeks

17th of Tammuz: July 20, 2008
The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, Shiva Assar B’Tammuz, the day when Moses broke the tablets as he saw the Jewish people worshipping the golden calf “coincidentally” proved to be the same day when the Romans broke through the walls of Jerusalem to begin their destruction of the Second Temple in the year 69 CE.

The Nine Days: August 2-10, 2008
“When the month of Av begins, we reduce our joy…” (Talmud, Ta’anit 26)
Beginning on the 1st of Av, we customarily refrain from a number of activities which are associated with joy. See: The Laws and Customs of the Nine Days.

Tisha B’Av: August 9-10, 2008

The 9th of Av, Tisha B’Av, commemorates a list of catastrophes so severe it’s clearly a day specially cursed by G-d. The First Temple was destroyed on this day. Five centuries later, as the Romans drew closer to the Second Temple, ready to torch it, the Jews were shocked to realize that their Second Temple was destroyed the same day as the first.

When the Jews rebelled against roman rule, they believed that their leader. Simon bar Kochba, would fulfill their messianic longings. But their hopes were cruelly dashed in 135 CE as the Jewish rebels were brutally butchered in the final battle at Betar. The date of the massacre? Of course-the 9th of Av!

The Jews were expelled from England in 1290 CE on, you guessed it, Tisha B’Av. In 1492, the Golden Age of Spain came to a close when Queen Isabella and her husband Ferdinand ordered that the Jews be banished from the land. The edict of expulsion was signed on March 31, 1492, and the Jews were given exactly four months to put their affairs in-order and leave the country. The Hebrew date on which no Jew was allowed any longer to remain in the land where he had enjoyed welcome and prosperity? Oh, by now, you know it–the 9th of Av.

Ready for just one more? World War II and the Holocaust, historians conclude, was actually the long drawn-out conclusion of World War I that began in 1914. And yes, amazingly enough, the First World War also began, on the Hebrew calendar, on the 9th of Av, Tisha B’Av.

What do you make of all this? Jews see this as another confirmation of the deeply held conviction that history isn’t haphazard; events-even terrible ones-are part of a Divine plan and have spiritual meaning. The message of time is that a rational purpose, even though we don’t understand it.

Don’t forget to read The Laws and Customs of Tisha B’Av.

Shabbat Nachamu, August 16, 2008

The Shabbat following the Ninth of Av is the Shabbat of joy over our anticipated consolation. It is called Shabbat Nachamu, for the prophetic portion that is read is taken from Chapter 40 of Isaiah which begins with the words “Nachamu, Nachamu Ami” – “Console, console my people, says your G-d.” Click here for more on Shabbat Nachamu.

The Fifteenth of Av: August 16, 2008

The 15th of Av is undoubtedly the most mysterious day of the Jewish calendar. A search of the Shulchan-Aruch (“Code of Jewish Law”) reveals no observances or customs for this date, except for the instruction that beginning on the 15th of Av, one should increase one’s study of Torah, since at this time of the year the nights begin to grow longer and “the night was created for study.” And the Talmud tells us that many years ago the “daughters of Jerusalem would go dance in the vineyards” on the 15th of Av, and “whoever did not have a wife would go there” to find himself a bride.

And this is the day which the Talmud considers the greatest festival of the year, with Yom Kippur (!) a close second!

Furthermore information:

The Three Weeks

The twenty-one day period between the seventeenth of Tammuz and the ninth of Av is referred to as Bein Ha-Metzarim – “within the straits,” based on the verse (Eichah 1:3) which states: All of her pursuers overtook her within the straits. The Sages (Eichah Rabbah 1) explained that within the straits refers to the days of affliction which occurred in the period between the seventeenth of Tammuz and the ninth of Av. In this period, many calamities befell the Jewish people throughout the generations. It was during this period of within the straits that both the first and second Temples were destroyed. This period was therefore established as a time of mourning for the destruction of the Sanctuaries.

During this period, we lessen the extent of our rejoicing. Marriages are not held, we refrain from listening to music, dancing, taking pleasure trips, and from taking haircuts or shaving. According to the Sephardic custom, which is based on the opinion of Beit Yosef, haircuts are permitted until the week in which Tisha B’Av actually falls.

It is customary not to recite the Shehecheyanu blessing during this period. Thus, we do not wear new clothing or eat fruit which we had not yet eaten that season so that we will not be required to recite Shehecheyanu. However, when faced with an opportunity to fulfill a mitzvah which will pass – e.g., a circumcision or a Pidyon Haben – then the blessing is made. Similarly, if a new fruit is available during this three-week period and might not be available afterwards, Shehecheyanu is recited. Since it is customary to permit the recital of the blessing on Shabbat, it is preferable to save the new fruit until Shabbat. A pregnant woman who has a craving for a new fruit, however, or a sick person who needs it for his health, may recite Shehecheyanu during the three weeks.

It is customary to be even more careful than one usually is in avoiding dangerous situations. Pious people set aside a period of time for reflection and mourning over the destruction of both Temples. In some communities it is customary to recite the Tikkun-Chatzot even at noon.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe also urged that the Three Weeks should be a time of increased giving of charity and Torah study (in keeping with the verse (Isaiah 1:27), “Zion shall be redeemed by law, and her returnees by charity”), particularly the study of those portions of Torah that deal with the laws and the deeper significance of the Holy Temple.

The Nine Days

When the month of Av begins, we further limit our rejoicing to the point where we even avoid anything that can lead us to rejoice. Thus, we do not plant trees meant for beauty or shade. Similarly, we do not undertake any construction or home improvement projects for the sake of luxury, such as redecorating or painting our homes. However, if one has no place to live, he may build a home in this period.

It is prohibited to purchase, sew, weave, or knit new clothing -even if one intends to wear the clothing only after the Ninth of Av. One may not purchase even a used garment if it is because of its beauty. The prohibition of purchasing a new garment is more stringent than wearing a new garment which had been purchased previously.

It should be noted, however, that these restrictions refer only to situations where no mitzvah is involved. For the purpose of fulfilling a commandment – e.g., purchasing new clothing for a bride and groom or building a home for them – these things are permitted. If there is reason to fear that the price of clothing will rise after The Ninth of Av, one may purchase whatever clothes he wishes but should not wear them until after The Ninth of Av.

Beginning from Rosh Chodesh Av, one may not wash clothing even if the clothing will not be worn until after The Ninth of Av. If one has only one set of clothes, however, they may be washed after Rosh Chodesh, until the week during which The Ninth of Av falls.

A person who perspires profusely and needs to change his shirt daily should prepare a number of shirts and wear each of them briefly before Rosh Chodesh. He may then wear them during the week in which The Ninth of Av falls.

In addition to the prohibition of getting their own hair cut, adults are also proscribed from cutting their children’s hair, beginning from the seventeenth of Tammuz, and from washing their children’s clothing beginning from Rosh Chodesh Av. The clothing of infants, however, may be laundered – even during the week in which The Ninth of Av falls. lf possible, one should not launder large quantities and one should not do so publicly.

It is prohibited to wear new shoes from Rosh Chodesh. However, shoes purchased specifically for The Ninth of Av – e.g., shoes made from canvas or rubber – may be worn even if they are new.

One may make a wedding engagement during this period but no celebration with a festive meal should be held.

From Rosh Chodesh until after The Ninth of Av, it is prohibited to eat meat or drink wine, for during this period the sacrifices and libations in the Beis Hamikdash ceased. Through custom this prohibition has been expanded to include food cooked with meat. However, one may eat food that was prepared in a meat pot. The Sephardic custom is to keep these stringencies only in the week in which The Ninth of Av falls. At a festive meal served at a circumcision, Pidyon ha-ben, bar mitzvah, or at the conclusion of the study of a Talmudic tractate, etc. – one may eat meat and drink wine.

Starting from Rosh Chodesh, it is customary for the ritual slaughterers to put their knives away. Meat is slaughtered during this period only for the ill, for Shabbat, or for use at a festive meal.

It is customary not to use wine for the Havdalah service, but rather to use beer. The Chabad custom is to recite the Havdalah on wine and have a child who is old enough to understand the importance of the blessing, drink the wine.

Starting from Rosh Chodesh Av [according to Sephardic custom beginning with the week in which The Ninth of Av falls] one may not bathe the entire body – even in cold water. We do not bathe in a pool, a river, or the ocean. However, if Rosh Chodesh Av falls on a Friday, one may bathe in warm water in honor of Shabbat.

The above prohibition refers specifically to bathing for pleasure. One who must bathe for health purposes – e.g., a person whom the doctors ordered to bathe – or a laborer who performs work that makes him dirty, may do so during this period.

On the Friday before Shabbat Chazon – the Shabbat immediately before The Ninth of Av – it is prohibited to wash one’s entire body even in cold water. One may wash his face, hands, and feet in cold water. One who customarily washes himself before Shabbat with warm water may use warm water also on this Friday, but only to wash his face, hands, and feet.

One who customarily immerses himself in a Mikveh on Friday may do so on the Friday of Shabbat Chazon as well. However, one who only occasionally immerses himself on Fridays should not do so on this Friday.

Shabbat Nachamu

The Shabbat following the Ninth of Av is the Shabbat of joy over our anticipated consolation. It is called Shabbat Nachamu, for the prophetic portion that is read is taken from Chapter 40 of Isaiah which begins with the words Nachamu, Nachamu Ami – “Console, console my people, says your G-d.”

Usually, the Haftarah reading on Shabbat pertains to a theme in the respective Torah portion which is read. However, when a given Shabbat has a different character – e.g., on a Festival or Rosh Chodesh – the Haftarah reading reflects the specific theme of the day instead.

Thus, on the three Sabbaths between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and The Ninth of Av, the Haftarot reflect the sense of calamity that characterizes the period. The first two are drawn from Jeremiah, while the third is from Isaiah.

The Haftarah of Shabbat Nachamu is the first of the “seven consolations” – the seven Haftarot which are read on the seven Sabbaths following The Ninth of Av. These Haftarot are taken from Isaiah and record the prophetic messages of consolation which Isaiah offered Israel.

There are 144 verses altogether in the seven Haftarot of consolation, and 143 verses contained in the portions of admonition in the Torah recorded in Bechukotai, Ki-Tavo, Nitzavim, and Ha’azinu – and we see that the consolation exceeds the admonition.

A Double Consolation
“Console, console my people” – the word Nachamu – “console” – is repeated, and thus it is said: Let those above console her and those below console her; let the living console her and let the dead console her; console her in this world and console her in the World to Come; console her for the ten tribes and console her for the tribes of Binyamin and Yehudah. The verse (Lamentations 1:2) uses the Hebrew root meaning “to weep,” in two forms, for emphasis (Bacho Tivkeh) – thus we should weep twice: over the destruction of the first Temple and over the destruction of the second. For all these reasons, the consolation – Nachamu, Nachamu – is mentioned twice.

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Story of: Shabbos In a Gas Station

Posted on July 30, 2008. Filed under: Interesting, Jewish traditions, Levitansky Shabbos, rabbi, rabbi Drizin, Rabbi Levitansky stories, Rabbi Levitansky, ZTz"L, Shabbos, Story of Sabbos In Gas Station | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Story of: Shabbos In a Gas Station


ChabadWorld.Net


Almost forty years ago, Rabbi Chaim Drizin, emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in San Francisco, received a call from a Reform temple in Sacramento, California. They wanted their kids to experience a truly Chassidic Shabbat, and they wanted to know whether he would run a Shabbos program out in the mountains at their camp. He agreed.

Rabbi Drizin called Rabbi Avrohom Levitansky, ZTz”L (of blessed memory), and Rabbi Moshe Engel, and asked them to take part. Rabbi Engel lived in Long Beach and Rabbi Levitansky lived in Simcha Monica, so they arranged to fly up north together in order to join Rabbi Drizin.

There was only one problem. Rabbi Levitansky and Rabbi Engel were not able to arrange a flight until Friday afternoon. They had been told that the campsite was about 40 minutes’ drive from the airport, so they were confident that they would make it in time for Shabbos.

As it happened, they landed in Sacramento as planned and were in for a nasty shock. They were met by a teacher from the camp, Jack, who informed them that the camp was a two-and-a-half hour drive away! It was five o’clock, only two hours until Shabbos. The two rabbis told Jack to drive like mad. However, he missed the exit for the highway that lead directly to the camp.

With this delay, their hope of getting to the camp before Shabbat faded away.

The rabbis began to discuss where they would spend Shabbat, as there was no way to make it to the camp on time. Finally, a minute before Shabbat, Jack pulled off the road in a gas station in the town of Auburn, California. The rabbis quickly emptied the car of whatever they would need for a Shabbat stay: their prayer-books, challahs and wine. But where would they go? Where would they sleep?

After praying the Friday night service, the men began trudging around Auburn looking for a motel room. But being that it was Shabbat, they would not handle money. No motels were willing to grant them a room under those circumstances, despite their promises to pay as soon as Shabbat was up. Finally they found a seedy room over a bar, and there they spent the night.

The next morning, they walked back to the gas station to find that their food and prayer-books had been taken! The two men prayed by heart to the best of their ability. The manager of the gas station offered them soda and snacks from the machines, which they gratefully accepted.

As the day wore on, the two rabbis wondered at the Divine providence that brought them to Auburn. For what possible reason had G-d caused them to be stranded in this town for Shabbat? They met no Jews in the city, nor did they encounter anyone who served as a clue to the mystery.

After Shabbat, Jack drove up again to take them to the camp. He told them that he had gone on ahead to the camp, and when he told the campers what had happened to the two rabbis, they did not believe him!

The two rabbis arrived in the camp and were greeted by a rousing welcome from the 100 teenagers participating in the Temple’s Shabbaton. The rabbis sang, spoke and shared stories with the students until late into the night. One of the songs they taught turned out to be a real hit with the kids. It was a song about keeping kosher, and it went like this: “All the animals that I eat must chew their cud and have split feet. Kosher meat just can’t be beat, so throw away that ham.

Throw away that ham and bacon—I won’t eat it, you’re mistaken! I’m a Jew and I’m not fakin’—I want kosher meat to eat.”

The evening ended, and the rabbis were left with the mystery of why they had traveled all this way, spent Shabbat in a gas station and gone through all this just to teach some songs to the kids.

Quite a few years passed before they got the answer. Rabbi Engel was invited to spend Shabbat in Park City, Utah, with a group from a “Conservaform” Temple. A young couple in their early 20’s drove him from Salt Lake City to the campsite.

They were to be the chaperones on this trip. “Are there many people who keep kosher here in Salt Lake City?” he asked.
This was before a Chabad House was established in Salt Lake City.

“A few older families keep kosher,” the husband said, “and so do we. We are the only young couple here who keeps kosher.” This was very intriguing to Rabbi Engel, and he asked, “What makes a couple your age commit to keeping kosher in the middle of Salt Lake City?”

“I’ll tell you why,” the wife said. “It’s going to sound like a crazy story. I once went to a Shabbaton and these rabbis who were supposed to come got stuck in a gas station. They came after Shabbos was over, and that night they sang this crazy song about kosher. The song began with ‘all the animals that I eat’ and ended with ‘I want kosher meat to eat.’ I was so touched by what they did,” she continued, “that even though I was sixteen, and I couldn’t keep kosher at home, I decided that when I had my own home, it would be kosher.”

How shocked the couple was when Rabbi Engel told them that he was one of the rabbis who had been stuck in the gas station! That’s when Rabbi Engel realized that he and Rabbi Levitansky had made a bigger impact by spending Shabbat in a gas station than they would have had they made it to the camp in time for Shabbat.

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Didn’t your mother tell you: “STOP Playing With Your FOOD and EAT It?!?!?!”

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: Interesting, Jokes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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This is a cool view at food & fruits:

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True Friendship!

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: Interesting, Jokes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING THROUGH THE DESERT.

DURING SOME POINT OF THE JOURNEY THEY HAD AN ARGUMENT AND ONE FRIEND
SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE IN THE FACE.


THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED WAS HURT BUT, WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING,
WROTE IN THE SAND:

TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.

THEY KEPT ON WALKING, UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS,
WHERE THEY DECIDED TO TAKE A BATH .

THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING,
BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.

AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM THE NEAR DROWNING, HE WROTE ON A STONE:

TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.

THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND
ASKED HIM, “AFTER I HURT YOU, YOU WROTE IN THE SAND AND NOW,
YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?”

THE OTHER FRIEND REPLIED “WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN
IN SAND WHERE WINDS OF FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.

BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING GOOD FOR US, WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE WHERE NO WIND CAN EVER ERASE IT.”

LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BLESSINGS IN STONE.

THEY SAY IT TAKES A MINUTE TO FIND A SPECIAL PERSON, AN HOUR TO APPRECIATE THEM, A DAY TO LOVE THEM, BUT THEN AN ENTIRE LIFE TO FORGET THEM.
SEND THIS PHRASE TO THE PEOPLE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET.

TAKE THE TIME TO LIVE!

DO NOT VALUE THE THINGS YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE!

BUT, VALUE WHO YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE!

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Why did the Chicken Cross the Road?!?!?!

Posted on July 23, 2008. Filed under: Jokes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD??

BARACK OBAMA:
The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!

JOHN MC CAIN:
My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON:
When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure — right from Day One! — that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me . . .

DR. PHIL:
The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on ‘THIS’ side of the road before it goes after the problem on the ‘OTHER SIDE’ of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his ‘CURRENT’ problems before adding ‘NEW’ problems.

OPRAH:
Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

GEORGE W. BUSH:
We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

COLIN POWELL:
Now, to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road . . .

ANDERSON COOPER – CNN:
We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

JOHN KERRY:
Although, I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

NANCY GRACE:
That chicken crossed the road because he’s GUILTY! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN:
To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART:
No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS:
Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY:
To die in the rain. Alone.

GRANDPA:
In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS:
Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE:
It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON:
Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES:
I have just released eChicken2007, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book. Internet Explorer is an integral part of the Chicken. This new platform is much more stable and will never cra…#@&&^(C% …….. reboot.

ALBERT EINSTEIN:
Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

BILL CLINTON:
I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE:
I INVENTED the chicken!

COLONEL SANDERS:
Did I miss ONE?

DICK CHENEY:
Where’s my gun?

AL SHARPTON:
Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

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