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Rabbi Bolton Story for Parshas: Sh’mos (5769)

Posted on January 16, 2009. Filed under: 15756794, A Parsha Story, a Rabbi Bolton Story, a Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Story, Jewish Customs, Jewish traditions, Parshas Sh’mos, Parshas Sh’mot, Parshas Shemot, Parshas Shmos, Parshas Shmot, Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Hashavuah, Parshat Shemot, Rabbi Bolton Stories, Rabbi Bolton Story, Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Story, Sh’mos, Sh’mot, Shemot, Shmot, Story by Rabbi Bolton, The Parshah Story, The Truth, Torah, Torah is THE Truth, True, Truth, Weekly Parsha, Weekly Parshah, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


A Parsha Story by:

Rabbi Tuvia Bolton of OhrTmimim.Org/torah

On this week’s Parsha:

Shemot (AKA: Sh’mot / Sh’mos) 5769

This week we begin the second book of the Pentateuch; the book of Exodus (Sh’mot) where we are introduced to three concepts found only in Judaism: Exile, Redemption and most important….Moses.

Other religions or nations may make similar claims but never in history has an entire nation been enslaved or freed or had a leader even vaguely similar to Moses.

Moses brought millions from slavery, provided their sustenance and protection for 40 years in the desert, brought them revelation of the Creator at Mount Sinai and every letter he spoke was exactly the word of G-d.

But at first glance this is not understood.

It is known that the Torah is eternal and every word and idea is vital and relevant. But here seems to be an exception.

Today there is no slavery: Jews are free, living wherever and however they want with no apparent need for redemption and certainly not for a Moses.

So what do these ideas mean to us today?

To understand this, here is a story about the first Rebbe of the Chabad Chassidim, Rebbe Shneur Zalman. (Otzar Sipurei Chabad vol. 15 pg. 59) (Who passed away on 24th of Teves which will be next week, 196 years ago)

One of the greatest humans that ever lived was Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liadi; the first Rebbe of the Chabad Chassidim. He was expert in all sciences, had memorized all the books of Judaism including the Kaballa and was a known healer and miracle worker.

One day a desperate looking man came knocking at the Rebbe’s door and was granted an audience. He had to wait for a day or two but finally entered and poured out his aching heart. He had no children. He and his wife had been to the greatest experts but nothing worked and now he needed the Rebbe’s blessing.

The Rebbe put his head down on his hands that were on the desk before him and after a minute looked up and said ‘If you are willing to have a son that is blind I can help you.’

The man closed his eyes, thought for only seconds and agreed.

Sure enough shortly thereafter his wife became pregnant and that very year was born a beautiful, intelligent, healthy child but… as the Rebbe had warned… completely blind.

Of course he returned to the Rebbe to thank him but several years later he returned again with a worried look on his face.

“I know that I agreed to have a son that couldn’t see but, Rebbe, after all, if you could do such a great miracle as convince G-d to give us a child with a soul and an entire, complicated body surely you can convince the Almighty to just give him two eyes.”

The Rebbe reminded him that this was the condition and that nothing could be done but the poor fellow insisted. He very politely but stubbornly insisted that the Rebbe could, should and must do another miracle.

The Rebbe refused repeatedly but after the fellow broke down weeping the Rebbe changed his tone and said, “Take your son, go to the city of Metz, look for a road that descends steeply, count seven houses and knock on the door and ask the owner if you can lodge at his house. If he agrees then put your bags down and start wandering the town. Spend as much time as possible wandering the streets till you find someone to help you.”

The next day the man packed his and his son’s bags and set off for the distant city of Metz. After a journey of several days they arrived, found the house they were looking for, got permission from the owner to stay there and, after putting their suitcases down, began wandering.

One morning as they were about to leave and asked them to sit down for a chat. “I don’t mind you staying by my house,” he said “Thank G-d, as you see I have plenty of room (the owner was obviously a wealthy man and his house was very large) but tell me, exactly what are you doing here? You’ve been here for more than a week and people tell me that you just wander the streets. Perhaps I can help?”

The visitor poured out his heart and told him why the Rebbe, Shneur Zalman, sent him.

“All the way to Metz?” The owner said. “Why that’s a journey of several days. How could he know what is in Metz? And what could there be here in Metz for you?”

They sat in silence for several minutes, shrugging their shoulders and turning up the palms of their hands in bewilderment.

Finally the owner said. “Listen, I have an idea. My wife and I took an orphan girl into our home that was a distant relative of ours. We brought her up gave her an education and everything. There is also a Yeshiva (Torah Academy) in Metz and every day they would send a boy to eat by us (In those days there were no lunch rooms and pupils would be distributed to private homes for meals). Well it so happened, this was years ago, that the gentile that worked guarding my orchards decided to quit and I offered this boy to take his place, for pay of course.

“Anyway, he took the offer but insisted that he not sleep in our house but rather we make him a small hut where he could live and guard at the same time. So the point of the story is that once, in fact it was the first night he worked here, my wife woke up in the middle of the night and saw fire burning inside his hut. But when I ran out to see what it was, the fire disappeared. And so it happened for several nights until I decided that this young fellow must have special powers. But neither I nor my wife ever mentioned it to anyone

“It wasn’t long before we decided to ask him if he was interested in marrying and if so if he would consider our orphan girl. He agreed on the condition that she would agree and that they would not live near us but rather in a concealed place in the woods and that he would bake bread and she would sell it in the market.

“She agreed to all this. They married and moved and since then they seem to be living a happy quiet life. But I’m sure that if you find their house and ask for a blessing you will get it. Probably this is the reason the Rebbe sent you here. And probably he told you to wander around because if the young man saw me escorting you he would certainly not want me to know of his powers. Now I’ll tell you where he lives.”
The Chassid took his son, found the place, knocked on the door and a young Jewish man that showed no sign of being anything but average answered and invited them in.

As soon as they entered the Chassid looked the young man in the eyes and said, half beseeching half commanding, “The Rebbe of Chabad, Rebbe Shneur Zalman, sent me. I want a blessing for my blind son.”

The young man looked with wide, unbelieving eyes and exclaimed almost in anger, “What, you mean to tell me that even here he was able to find me!? Is there no place I can hide from him!?”

Sure enough, the ‘young man’ was on of the “36 Hidden Tzaddikim” found in every generation and somehow the Rebbe knew. He blessed the boy, gave his father advice on how to cure him and in just a short time he was able to see like a normal person.

This explains our questions.

Exile and Exodus are very relevant today; just as the boy in our story was physically blind so today many of us are ‘blind’ to the Creator. We are plagued by loneliness, fear and depression; totally unaware that really we are never alone; G-d creates, provides for and protects us constantly.

This is called ‘exile’ (Golah). Our bodies are free but our souls are trapped in an intangible, meaningless present between an uncertain future and a dead past.

That is why we need Moses. Indeed, the Zohar teaches that in every generation there must be a Moses; a potential Moshiach (Messiah) like the Rebbe in our story, who will bring mankind to its senses and free us from our ‘blindness’.

This is called Redemption or ‘GeUla’.

The last Chabad Rebbe pointed out that this GeUla is much closer than we think; it just requires ADDING one letter (Alef) to Golah.

In other words; one more good deed, word or even thought can transform the entire world.

Hard to believe, but this is how Judaism began, what it is based on and what has been keeping it not just alive but vital for over 3,000 years. Miracles!

And just as G-d took us from Egypt with great miracles for SURE if we listen to the Moses of our generation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, we will see them again!

Moshiach NOW!!

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

Posted on January 13, 2009. Filed under: 2009 Prediction, A Prediction for 2009, Lecture of Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Lectures by Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Lectures of Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Rabbi Simon Jacobson Lecture, Rabbi Simon Jacobson Lectures, The Truth, Torah, True, Truth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


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This Lecture’s Subject:

2009: A Prediction

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.


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.



Above portions were copied from Lectures of: Rabbi Simon Jacobson



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Rabbi Bolton’s Parsha Story: Parshas Vayechi 5769

Posted on January 9, 2009. Filed under: A Parsha Story, a Rabbi Bolton Story, a Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Story, a Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Story | Torah, Jewish Customs, Jewish traditions, Parshas Hashavua, Parshas Hashavuah, Parshas Vayechi, Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Hashavuah, Parshat Vayechi, Rabbi Bolton Stories, Rabbi Bolton Story, Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Story, Story by Rabbi Bolton, The Parshah Story, The Truth, Torah, Torah is THE Truth, True, Truth, Weekly Parsha, Weekly Parshah, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


A Parsha Story by:

Rabbi Tuvia Bolton of OhrTmimim.Org/torah

On this week’s Parsha:

Vayechi 5769

This week’s Torah portion tells us of the blessings that Yaakov gave to his sons shortly before he passed away

At first glance this is not understood. What exactly are blessings aren’t they just good wishes? And what do we care about blessings given some 3,500 years ago? Even more, Yaakov’s sons eventually became the 12 tribes and today we don’t even know where they are or even if these still exist!

To understand this here is a story (The Storyteller Vol. 3 Pg 177)

The city of Nikolsberg, Moravia (now Czechoslovakia) was famous for its long chain of great Rabbis reaching back almost a thousand years. Among them were the famous Maharal of Prague and the Tosfos Yom Tov but perhaps the last in the line was the great Tzadik Rebbe Shmuel Shmelka; pupil of the Chassidic master the Maggid of Mazrich (successor of the Baal Shem Tov) some 250 years ago.

Rabbi Shmelka was truly fitting for the post; he was a great Talmudic and Legal genius, his advice was impeccable and his brotherly love was seemingly without limit. Many were the nights that his eyes saw no sleep because he was involved in the problems of others and he was very proficient in the mysteries of Kabbalah.

But despite his flawless character and selfless nature he was once the center of a controversy that only miracles were able to quell.

One of the richer Jews in Nikolsberg, who we will call Groisman, was sued by one of its poorer members. The details were not passed down so it’s not clear what the suit was about nor the amount involved but what we do know is that Rabbi Shmelka, after hearing all the arguments and seeing the evidence, decided in favor of the poor man.

Groisman was boiling mad; not only had been found guilty and lost money he had been humiliated publicly by a nobody! He declared war! After all, he told himself, he didn’t become the wealthiest man in town by surrendering!

He was clever about it. First he began quietly complaining and, because he was rich, people began to listen. At first it was only his family and friends but slowly the circle began to widen. Friends spoke to their friends and their friends to their friends until within a few months the town became a cauldron of discontent.

Gradually Groisman’s claims became clear; ‘The Rabbi, he whispered to a ready audience, is one of the Chassidim who consult the Kaballah and other mystical books for their decisions. Who knows when he would claim that some angel or spirit told him to change the Torah! Indeed, this is probably the reason he found me guilty. Maybe tomorrow he’ll make up a new religion!

The tone of things became increasingly sinister until one day placards appeared on the street announcing a meeting in the great Synagogue to discuss ‘pressing issues’.

That night some one thousand men were packed into the huge auditorium and the voices began to be angrier until they finally took a vote and decided to oust the Rabbi! Groisman had succeeded!

Suddenly the voice of the old Shamash (sextant) of the Synagogue rang out from somewhere. “Wait! WAIT!! I want to talk!”

Everyone looked up to see the old fellow standing at the podium in the middle of the Synagogue open hands raised for silence.

He must have been over eighty years old and his high pitched voice rang clearly over the crowd until everyone’s curiosity was aroused. “Wait!! I want to talk!” He kept repeating until there was silence.

As far as anyone remembered he had never raised his voice or spoken more than a few quiet sentences in all the years he had been in the Synagogue. What could he want now? He cleared his throat and spoke.

“I want to say something important.” He looked around to see that everyone was listening and continued. “Two things that I saw that I swore I would never tell but I think it’s important.”

The room was still.

“It was about ten years ago, just after we chose our Reb Shmelka. Well, I was making my rounds early in the morning before sunrise, ringing my bell and knocking on windows to wake everyone up for the Morning Prayer. When I got to the Rabbi’s house I saw the light was on in his window so I looked in. There he was sitting and learning Talmud with some wild-looking long-haired Jew with leather girdle around his waist.”

I figured it must be some traveler or something, really I thought it might be one of the ’36 hidden Holy Men (Tzaddikim) that I read about somewhere but I kept quiet.
“But when I saw him again there the next morning, standing before the Rabbi and listening to his learning I decided I’d ask. Later that day I caught the Rabbi alone in Synagogue after the prayers and asked him who the man was and the Rabbi was very surprised.

“‘What, you saw him?’ he asked a few times. Until he finally said, ‘Well if you saw him then I’ll tell you. That was Elijah the prophet (who lived some 2,700 years ago and appears regularly to the righteous) but best not to talk about it.’

The Shamash cleared his voice and continued. “Then a few days later I saw him again but this time it was really frightening.

“It was late at night and the Rabbi was standing at the door holding a candle holder with two very bright candles escorting some people from his house. When they got to the door I saw them. One was the same Elijah the Prophet but the other. Well I couldn’t believe my eyes but it was a real king with royal garments and a crown . and even carrying a royal scepter! I was petrified with fear and awe.

“The Rabbi escorted his guests out the door for a few more steps until they disappeared then he returned to his house to continue his Torah study.

“Well, I don’t know what made me do it but I waited a few minutes, said a prayer, approached the Rabbi’s door and knocked. He had been so friendly to me the time before I figured he would tell me who that king was.

“So I went in and told him that I just happened to be passing and saw what I saw and I asked my question.

“The Rabbi looked at me for a while, told me to sit down and explained.

“He said that a few weeks ago in a certain town in Poland a tragedy occurred. There, there lived a simple Jewish artisan who was obsessed with hatred for idols and idolatry. He made his living by making small dolls and toys and the third of the Ten Commandments “You shall not make for yourselves any carved idol or any image’ literally burned in his heart. In fact he spoke of it non-stop.

“One night he went crazy. He ran into town and began smashing every statue he saw including the ones in front of the Church until he was caught by a crowd and beaten and killed for his crime. It was with greatest difficulty that the Jewish community there was able to convince the gentiles that he acted alone but the whole thing was so traumatic on the elders of the community that they refused to provide for his widow from the widow’s fund.

“They argued that because the poor fellow knew very well that he would be killed for his actions he was responsible for throwing his life and his money away and she should be paid from the communal charity like all the other paupers, which meant a lot less money.

“Anyway she complained to the Rabbis of her town and when they couldn’t decide what to do, they brought the case to our Rabbi.

“That was yesterday in the day. Last night the Rabbi was sitting and pouring through books for a solution when the two visitors I mentioned visited him.

“And that king was none other than Menasha, the idolatrous son of King Hezkiahu (see Kings 2:21:19)!

“He said that since his death, over two thousand years ago, he had been reincarnated time and time again to atone for his blasphemous sins (among which was erecting an idol in the Holy Temple!) but his soul found no rest until it became incarnated in this Jewish artisan.

That explains his unexplainable hatred of idols; it was the result of Menasha’s tormented soul seeking repentance.

“And that’s why he came to Rav Shmelka; to explain to him that the artisan was neither crazy nor suicidal, rather he was sacrificing his life to destroy idolatry and sanctify G-d’s name; the only thing that would purify Menasha’s soul. Reb Shmelka didn’t tell me what he would decide but he did ask me to keep the matter quiet but I couldn’t.

Now, my friends and brothers.” The Shamash concluded. “I felt I had to tell you this so you should know what a holy Rabbi we have. I beg you not to be angry with him and I hope he won’t be angry with me for telling.” Then turning to Mr. Groisman he said, “Surely if he decided against you it was for the benefit of everyone involved including youor at least your soul.”

The group dispersed and the impeachment was canceled.

This explains our questions.

Just as the sins of King Menasha had a spiritual effect long after his life ended so the blessings of Jacob exist to this very day because blessings are much more than just good wishes. Rather they are eternal, spiritual bundles of goodness that can change the physical world for the better.

But not everyone can bless; Only someone who really has love and affection for the one being blessed.

More than anything else Yaakov truly desired Moshiach and the future redemption (see Rashi on Gen.33:14) and his blessings were designed to hasten its arrival (see Rashi 47:28). Then he would again be united with his children in the Holy Land.

Just as Menasha, perhaps the worst sinner of all time, found comfort and forgiveness so will all Jewish souls; the blessings of Jacob will take full effect. That is why Yaakov blessed his sons; because in the future when Moshiach will gather all the Jews to the holy land it will be revealed that every Jew is holy, the tribes will again be reinstated and Yaakov’s blessings will really come true.

But now it’s all up to us; we just have to do all we can to make it all real and bring

Moshiach NOW!!

Copyright © 1999-2008 Rabbi Tuvia Bolton of Yeshiva Ohr T’mimim in K’far-Chabad, Israel and their website is: OhrTmimim.Org/torah

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Update on Mumbai (AKA: Bombay) – Help for families of the people Murdered in Mumbai

Posted on January 7, 2009. Filed under: Ad Mossai, Attacks in Chabad of Mumbai, Bombay, Bombay updates, chabad / bombai/, Chabad of Indai updates, Chabad of India ATTACKED, Fund for familes of terror attacks in Mumbai, gavriel and rivka holtzberg, Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg, Help for familes of terror attacks in Mumbai, Help for Families of people murdered in Mumbai, Help for Moishe, Help for Moishele, Help for Moshe, Holtzber krinsky, holtzberg, Holtzbergs, india chabad, India!!!, jewish baby escapes, jewish baby escapes with nanny mumbai, Jewish tragedy in Mumbai, little moshe, Moishe, Moishele, Moshe Holtzberg, Moshele, Mrs. Norma Schwartzberg, Mrs. Orpaz, Mumbai, mumbai israeli jewish hostages chabad, mumbai rabbi tehillim, Mumbay, Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Teitelbaum, Rabbi Aryeh Teitelbaum, Rabbi Ben Tzion Chorman, Rabbi Ben Tzion Chroman, Rabbi Ben Tzion Korman, Rabbi Ben Tzion Kruman, Rabbi Chroman, Rabbi Holtzberg, Rabbi Korman, Rabbi Kroman, Rabbi Teitelbaum, Tehillim, Tehillim (Psalm) Chapter 20, tehillim bombay, Tehillim for Jews in Mumbai, teitelbaum chabad india, teitelbaum in mumbai, Terrorist Attacks Chabad of Mumbai, Terrorist Attacks in India, Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Terrorists Attack Chabad of Mumbai, Update of rabbi Holtzber, Update on Bombay, Update on Mumbai, Update on terrorist attacks in Bombay, Update on terrorist attacks in India, Update on terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Yocheved Orpaz, Yochved Orpaz | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Here’s some information that we thought you’ve been looking for:

Recently, we have been receiving large number of requests for the information on the legitimate funds to help the families of the 5 victims, HY”D (stands for: “Hashem Yikom Damamwhich means: “May G-d, A-l-mighty, avenge the bloods of those holy individuals!!!”) of the Mumbai brutal & in-humane attacks on the holy souls who were murdered Simply for being Jewish.

Everyone asks:

WHAT can WE do?!?!?!”


So, we looked in a few places…


There are a few things you can do:

Go to this website and Do A Good Deed and Light Up the World



As far as we know, as for the fundraiser for the surviving son of the holy Rabbi & Rabbitzen (Rabbi Gavriel-Noach & Rivkah) Holtzberg, HY”D the ONLY approved organization by the family is:

ChabadLubavitch Headquarters in New-York (which is also known as and they have set-up the following website to get more information:

is for the Chabad of Mumbai Relief Fund to benefit:

a. The Holtzberg Children Fund

(we have ALL seen little Moshe’s pictures, all over the net


Videos of him crying for his parents at the funeral)


b. The Chabad House Rebuilding Fund


c. BOTH Causes


OR IF you’d like to Donate by Mail or Phone:


(We’d like to remind you

to please, pay-attention and to

Make-Sure to CORRECTLY make

your checks payable to: “Chabad of Mumbai Relief Fund”)


Send checks to:
Chabad of Mumbai Relief Fund
770 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213

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The Holtzbergs, HY”D had another son, Dov-Ber, A”H (stands for: “Alav Hashalom

which means: “May Peace Be Upon him!!!”) who passed-away last-week from Tay-Sachs Disease (abbreviated TSD, also known as GM2 gangliosidosis, Hexosaminidase A deficiency or Sphingolipidosis).

We’d like to take this opportunity to urge ALL of our friends from Ashkenazi (Eastern European Jewish) decent to get checked for Tay-Sachs, BEFORE getting married since IF you & your financai (or already the spouse) would BOTH be the carriers of the gene for this disease, you MAY produce children who MAY be susceptible to this disease.

NOTHING is for sure, since we know that G-d is in control of the world and He makes miracles ALL the time!!!


We are also including some little information about the other murdered people…

From some of the e-mails we have received, the following is a short obituary, we have gathered about those holy individuals who perished in the name of the G-d, A-l-mighty, simply because: “They were Jewish individuals!!!”

To their families and friends and all other who had merited to have met or known them, we apologize IF the following does NOT do justice to the real personality of these Tzaddikim who were simply murdered because of Anti-Semitism!!!

Unfortunately, we were NEVER, meritorious to have met or known them and we ONLY know of what others who describe them…

In addition to the special souls, the Holtzbergs, HY”D, there were four other Jews with especially holy souls who were murdered in the Chabad House in Mumbai, India.

Herein follows a profile – courtesy of the Yeshiva World News website:

So, as far as we know, for the other victims, we have been, Thank G-d, successful to find a few Funds that we don’t know much about, other than the fact that they seem to be viable.

Also, we’d like to hereby, send special Thanks to our friend from Temunot and Stuff with the following Blog who helped locate the Funds which have been set-up to help the families of those K’doshim:

The information is as follows:

· Rav Aryeh Leibish Teitlebaum, HY”D

Teitelbaum Orphan Fund which can be found at:

There is also a Blog as follows:

In Yerushalayim’s Toldos Avraham-Yitzchak Beis-Medresh, that Shabbos was a painful one, one during which Chassidim exhibited great difficulty trying to overcome the pain, sorrow and loss, seeking to embrace the Shabbos Malka.

According to community leaders, Rav Aryeh Leibish was  a well-know figure, one who was regarded for his profound Torah knowledge as well as his ability to welcome everyone on an equal level, always part of the tzibur, always there for those in need.

Rav Aryeh-Leibish was born 37 years ago, on 23 Sh’vat 5731 to HaRav HaTzaddik Rav Nachum-Ephraim Teitlebaum Shalita, the Volover Rebbe of America.

Rav Aryeh-Leibish was a dominant figure in the Rebbe’s kashrus organization, one known for its pristine standard.

Rav Aryeh-Leibish studied in Binyan-Dovid Yeshiva in Williamsburg, under the direction of Rav Chanina-Avraham Leitner, ZATZAL.

His keen abilities quickly became apparent to all.

A number of people who knew him from childhood, testify to his unique character, abilities and his sensibilities to the troubles of others. At age 16 he exhibited his total familiarity with Hilchos Shabbos.

His knowledge was not superficial, but he would cite sources in depth, from a Gemara to the last detail of a Tur Beis Yosef.

Of late, he also ran a G’mach to assist avreichim whose children were getting married.

His adherence to honoring his parents was exceptional, and despite the geographical distance, he was known to be his father, the Rebbe’s right hand. Even this last trip, he decided at the last moment to travel to India to inspect a factory to assist the Rebbe Shalita, a trip that was logistically difficult for him at this time.

His last conversation was with his Rabbitzen, who immediately tried making contact with him following the breaking news of the attack, but without success.

His last Shabbos in Eretz-Yisrael was spent in Beit-Shemesh together with his father-in-law the Toldos Avraham Yitzchak Rebbe Shalita.

At the tisch, the Rebbe gave him a long gaze, finally signaling him to start a Niggun.

He started a Chabad Niggun, “L’E-l-o-k-kim Dami Nafshi Ki Elecha Tikvasi”.

Rav Aryeh-Leibish is survived by his Rabbitzen, 8 children, the oldest of which celebrated his bar mitzvah about six months ago. The youngest is 10 months.


· Reb Bentzion Kruman, HY”D

The website for the fund is as follows:

The residents of Kiryas-Bobov in Beit-Yam were having difficult accepting the painful news, that the young avreich, Reb Bentzion Kruman is no longer with them.

Reb Bentzion, too, was among the victims in the Mumbai Chabad House, a Mashgiach for the Volover Rebbe of Boro-Park Shalita. He is survived by a wife and three children, with the oldest being 3.5 and the youngest 3 months.

Bentzi, as he was known, was a popular figure, someone who friends explain “got along with everyone”.

Reb Bentzion was named after Rav Bentzion of Bobov, HY”D ZY”A.

His father is a pillar of Torah, and Reb Bentzion was raised in a home where learning was not just a daytime activity. His mother toils to ensure her husband is permitted to continue occupying the halls of the Beis Medresh.

He was educated in his early years in Bobov-Yeshiva in Bat-Yam and from there to Yeshiva Kochav- Yaakov.

He was married in 5762 to the daughter of Rav Dovid Levin of Ganei-Tikvah.

Shortly after their wedding, they settled in Bat-Yam, near Reb Bentzion’s parents.

The young couple decided not to burden the parents, and they purchased their home with their own funds, and Bentzi then entered into the kashrus world, deciding to be self-sufficient, not wishing to place the burden of supporting his family on anyone else.

This, however did not bring an end to his limudim, and he had a late night Shiur and was a regular occupant of the large Bobov Beis Medresh in Bat Yam during the nighttime hours.

Of late, it was known that he added to his daily learning Seder and he was in the Beis Medresh until the very late hours of the night. During the last Yomim Noraim, friends commented on the intensity of his T’fillos.

His last visit to India was delayed over and over again due to difficulties pertaining to his visa.

Last Motzei Shabbos he finally left, and was scheduled to return on Wednesday.

He packed-up his belongings in the hotel and headed to the Mumbai Chabad House to say goodbye to Rav Gavriel-Noach and Rabbitzen Rivka, to daven and to thank them for their hospitality.

It appears the terrorists arrived shortly after him – and it is believed he tried to run to safety.

His body was found on the fifth floor, shot at point-blank range.

The Vaad HaRabbonim for Tzedakah in Eretz-Yisrael has launched a keren to assist his family – Keren Rav Bentzion Kruman, HY”D – Keren number 2732.

Donations in Eretz-Yisrael may be made by phoning 1-800-223-636 or *072.


· Mrs. Norma Schwartzblatt-Rabinowitz, HY”D

Mrs. Norma Schwartzblatt-Rabinowitz was planning to make aliyah to Israel on Monday.

The 70-year-old member of the Mexico Jewish community was volunteering during recent months in the Chabad House in Mumbai, India.

This week, Mrs. Rabinowitz was planning to move to Eretz-Yisrael to join her son and his family who live in B’nei-B’rak.

It was Norma who phoned Israeli consular officials in Delhi on Thursday, with a gun pointed to her head.

She told consular officials there were four bodies, including Rabbi and Mrs. Holtzberg.

Because she is a Mexican national, a request was made via Interpol to inform her son and family in Eretz-Yisrael, as well as family members in Mexico.

· Yocheved Orpaz, HY”D

On Thursday, Avi Orpaz was anxiously awaiting the return of his mother Yocheved, 62, from India, where she traveled to visit her daughter Ayala and her two grandchildren.

They began understanding what was taking place in Mumbai, fearing the worst, trying frantically to get in touch with Yocheved.

On Motzei Shabbos, they received official notification, the bitter news that she was among the dead.

Orli Yezdi-Ogev, Yocheved’s sister cannot believe this is really happening. “She traveled to India to see her family, her daughter and grandchildren who she missed so much”.

The mother of four, from Givatayim, Yocheved is described by friends as “someone with a big heart”.

Avi is still unable to refer to his mother in past tense.

Alon, another son, left before Shabbos for India in the hope of finding his mother. They used all their connections and contacted many Israelis with family and friends in India, hoping to track down their mother.

She arrived at the Nariman Chabad-House in Mumbai and sent Ayala an email, informing her she had arrived safely. (Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


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Rabbi Bolton’s Parsha Story: Parshas Vayigash

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A Parsha Story by:

Rabbi Tuvia Bolton of OhrTmimim.Org/torah

On this week’s Parsha:

Vayigash 5769

In this week’s Torah portion we read of the re-uniting of Yosef and his brothers in Egypt.

The Torah tells us that when Yosef saw his brother Benjamin they hugged and fell on each other’s shoulders and wept.

Rashi, the foremost commentator on the Bible, explains that Yosef wept on the two Holy Temples that were to be destroyed in the land of Benjamin and Benjamin wept on the destroyed Tabernacle in Shilo in the portion of Yosef.

But at first glance this is not clear. After all, Benjamin and Yosef as the only sons of Rachel were very close. Why not just say that they wept from joy after being united! What have the Temples and Tabernacles got to do with it? And why did each one cry for the Temple of the OTHER? Why not each their own?

To understand this, here is a story (The Storyteller vol. 3 Pg 171)

Some 200 years ago in a small village in Poland lived an old, poor, simple Jew called Getzel HaMafshet (the hide remover) and his wife in a run-down hut.

Getzel had been a strong, robust fellow whose job was to strip the hides from slaughtered cattle in the slaughter house. It was difficult work and paid very little but he had been good at it, it was just about all he knew how to do and he was totally satisfied with the meager life he and his wife led. He was a quiet fellow but always had a smile on his face, a warm handshake, a word of praise for G-d and a good word for and about everyone.

He wasn’t able to really learn Torah, only to read from the Prayer Book and the Book of Psalms but he was healthy and happy.

In fact, only at the age of seventy did he begin to slow down. But gradually, as the years passed, he lessened his hours of work and his wife had to do some sewing and cooking for others to make ends meet.

Finally, when Getzel must have been close to eighty, his wife appeared before the Rabbi of the town saying that her husband felt the time had come for him to return his soul to his Father in Heaven and he wanted to ask the Rabbi something.

The Rabbi closed the book he was studying, and followed the woman to her humble dwelling.

She stepped aside respectfully to let the Rabbi open the door but when he did, and saw Getzel lying in bed a sudden look of astonishment passed over his face and he closed it, stepped back for a few seconds, then opened it again and entered.

Getzel’s pale face lit up a bit when he saw the Rabbi and he even tried to hold out his hand to shake, but he was too weak.

Getzel’s voice was barely audible. He apologized for troubling the Rabbi and explained why he did it.

“Rabbi, listen, I’m about to go and I am very troubled. I never really did much for G-d here. I was too illiterate to teach or even learn Torah. Why, I could barely read the prayers. No good deeds either. I was always working or resting and I was too poor to give charity. Heh! I don’t think I ever helped anyone! That’s why I called you.

“Now I’m going before the heavenly court and, well… I have nothing to show for the time I was here. Don’t even have a son or someone to say Kaddish (mourners prayer) for my soul either; never had children.

“That’s why I’ve troubled you Rabbi … please forgive me a thousand times. Please do me this favor! Even though, I have no money to pay, please find someone to say Kaddish for me and pray for my soul.” And he began to cry silently.

“Of-course, Getzel! I promise” answered the Rabbi. “You don’t have to cry. But listen, Getzel, listen. What you said about good deeds. Well, I don’t think you’re right. That is, I’m sure you must have done something outstandingly good; some big Mitzvah. Maybe you forgot. Think Getzel! Please try to remember. I’m sure you did something.”

Getzel slowly shook his head no and a tear ran down his cheek. “Good deed?” He whispered “No, nothing! No. Nothin’…” Suddenly he closed his eyes and was silent.

His eyes opened, looking at the Rabbi with satisfaction. “You’re right! There is something. It’s not so special… but it was …..Something!

“A long time ago, maybe fifty years, I was walking to work, to the slaughter house, when I hear a noise. I looked up and saw horses galloping full speed, pulling a carriage filled with ladies and children screaming. It was coming toward me fast, racing down the hill. The driver must have been drunk or something but it was barreling down weaving back and forth, filled with women and children all screaming and crying.

I was young and strong back then. I jumped in the middle of the road and began waving my hands to force the horses to the side. Then when the wagon was almost on me I jumped aside, grabbed on, jumped in, sat next to the driver who was completely drunk, and slowed it down. The people were all confused, almost fainting, dressed up like going to a wedding. So I drove it into the town where a wedding was just beginning, tied it to a post and went to work.”

The story took a lot of energy from Getzel, he lay back down but his eyes were bright with hope.

“I guess I saved their lives Rabbi. But, how did you know? I mean, if you hadn’t forced me…. I don’t know how I remembered! How did you know? “

The Rabbi leaned forward and said. “My dear Getzel, did you notice that when I first came in to your room I was so surprised I closed the door again? I was surprised because I saw something. You know what I saw Getzel?

“Well, over your head was a Menorah burning! It was glowing with a brilliant shine! I knew you must have done something special. My dear Getzel, you are a Tzaddik!! I knew it when I saw that light. And now I know what it is.

“Do you hear me Getzel?” The Rabbi continued softly, the Mishnah in Sanhedrin says that anyone who saves even one person has merit as though he saved the entire world and you saved many worlds many times over!! If you ask me Getzel, in heaven you have nothing to worry about!”

Getzel was nodding his head and smiling at the Rabbi in wide-eyed astonishment with tears of joy and gratitude.

“Now I have a favor to ask of you.” The Rabbi continued. “When you get to heaven, if you are able to, I want you to let me know how the heavenly court dealt with you. And regarding the saying of Kaddish, I promise to have it taken care of.”

That evening Getzel passed away and the next day was buried among the righteous of the community. Three days later he appeared to the Rabbi in a dream and said.

“Rabbi, hello! I made a promise to you and now I am permitted to fulfill it. I came to tell you that when I appeared before the Heavenly Court a huge scale was placed before me. In the cup on its right side, to my surprise, were stacked up quite a few good deeds and it made me feel good. But then on the left side they started piling all my wrongdoings and I was really scared. They were so many, a lot more than the good ones, that it got closer and closer to the ground. The Judge raised his gavel and was about to bring it down but then just as sentence was about to be pronounced, a wagon drawn by a pair of horses came dashing out of nowhere and landed on the right side of the scale!

“Not just the wagon! The horses, the mud on the wagon wheels and, of course, all the ladies and children in the wagon including the drunken driver! It reversed the whole thing. Suddenly the scale tilted in my favor and a host of bright angels jumped aboard the wagon to weigh it down totally. Then a voice came from Heaven saying ‘Open the Gates of Righteousness for the Tzaddikim!’ and the gates of heaven opened. But before I entered I was told I had to first fulfill my promise to you.

“Now I must go, but please tell everyone that what seems to be small, even one good deed, in the physical world can tip all the scales here.”

This answers our questions.

There is no reason to cry or get emotional about one’s own problems. These demand immediate action, not crying. Like when Getzel in our story saw the wagon, he knew that he had to act fast and not think or cry.

But if we see problems of others that are out of our control and there is nothing we can DO to solve or correct… then we must at least cry, pray and hope that they will do all they can to fix it.

That is why Yosef and Benjamin wept for the Temples; because Yosef and Benjamin were not just individual people with private problems. Their lives touched at the essence of man and the purpose of all mankind. And there is nothing more essential to mankind than the Holy Temples where the Creator was revealed in His creation.

Therefore each wept for the other’s destruction because each knew that it was the most they could do; in the end each person has to correct his/her own faults and selfish attitudes that cause destruction and exile; others can only cry and feel for them. (Something like the Rabbi did for Getzel in our story).

This is a very important lesson to us. We must fix ourselves up in every way possible; eliminate hatred, worry, jealousy, negativity and selfishness…. the real causes of our problems and of the terrible exile we’re in.
But we must also cry, pray and feel for others when we can’t actively help.

Then, in the merit of brotherly love we can look forward to the building of the Third Temple, the gathering of all the Jews in Jerusalem and true world peace, blessing and joy with…

Moshiach NOW!!

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The Parshah in a Nutshell: Parshas Vayigash

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The Parshah in a Nutshell

(A Summary of the Parsha)

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On this week’s Parsha:


Genesis 44:18-47:27

Judah approaches Joseph to plead for the release of Benjamin, offering himself as a slave to the Egyptian ruler in Benjamin‘s stead. Upon witnessing his brothers’ loyalty to one another, Joseph reveals his identity to them. “I am Joseph,” he declares. “Is my father still alive?”

The brothers are overcome by shame and remorse, but Joseph comforts them. “It was not you who sent me here,” he says to them, “but G-d. It has all been ordained from Above to save us, and the entire region, from famine.”

The brothers rush back to Canaan with the news. Jacob comes to Egypt with his sons and their families — seventy souls in all — and is reunited with his beloved son after 22 years. On his way to Egypt he receives the Divine promise: “Fear not to go down to Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation. I will go down with you into Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again.”

Joseph gathers the wealth of Egypt by selling food and seed during the famine. Pharaoh gives Jacob‘s family the fertile county of Goshen to settle, and the children of Israel prosper in their Egyptian exile.

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