Don’t be late, for the first date!

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Have a real #shabbos and only good news :D Shabbat #shalom inspired! <- click here for todays !

GLIMPSE OF A MUCH NEEDED NEW RELATIONSHIP GUIDE BOOK YOU CAN HELP MAKE PUBLIC!

THIS IS A PRIVATE BOOK BUT THERE ARE GLIMPSES ON OUR NEW BLOG:-> “HUSBAND WIFEY”A BOOK IN THE WORKS WHICH YOU CAN BUILD TOGETHER <:-)

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Thy husband 2B when arth thou on time for the date?

A summer date and full moon shines in the center of Jerusalem. Spiritually this is all meant to be, decreed from the beginning of Creation, two souls that were really always one. The intense yearning to find the other half is coming to a happy goal, however, in the middle of the dating, off he flies back to London for a family Simcha/ occasion.

The London streets light up as this happy soul returns to his birth place. The husband to be and only to be is rejoicing with his family and friends of old. The only comfort is to his wifey to be, is his half-drunk phone calls of excitement to return, and don’t worry I will be back in time for our next date and  Tay sach’s tests (test for hereditary compatibility before we can confirm…

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Glimpse of 13 in 2013 Special Bar Mitzvah, in our Educational Center & trip to the Kotel!

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->As You Make Your Bar Mitzvah Celebration For Your Beloved Son, Please Help Us Make Ours For Our Sons!<- The Trip To The Kotel Together To Celebrate Their Bar Mitzvah Celebrations Was Beyond Inspiration, Help Us Make 2013-4 Thanks!

The boys enjoyed the pizza and cola and ices and with their new watches we made our way to the Kotel again in quick time , someone responded  אמן ואמן 3> *יום טוב ונעים ומבורך בשורות טובות ורק * 3> * אהבה בשמחה * :) * Check all our video clips and pics for a live feeling of the past few years of Bar Mitzvah inspiration with thank G-d your kind support and continued help!

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Help us for 13 in 2013 to 2014 Special Bar Mitzvah in Israel for special boys,  as you make your Bar Mitzvah Celebration for your beloved son, please help us make ours for our sons!

We were honored to have invited you to support the celebration of 25 of our youngsters who reached their Bar Mitzvah milestone this year. The ceremony took place in the new dining room at The Bet Shemesh Educational Center on Rosh Hodesh Tamuz, 9.6.13. Becoming Bar Mitzvah is often the most significant event in a teenage boy’s life. It marks the important boundary between childhood and adulthood and is generally a time for great joy as well as reflection. Sadly, many of the students at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center simply cannot afford to celebrate this special occasion because of their families’ financial hardship.This year, the Bet Shemesh Educational Center seeks to fulfill the…

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Rav Moshe Weinberger said it, not me! Mashpiyah of good ways to behave!

I’m not political but Shalom will come with G-d’s blessing and our unity together some how, Rav Weinberger says Rav Grossman is the example , the real midnightrabbi :)

Page 69, perek 12, se’if 2. The Torah takes something normal and makes it extraordinary, but a person has to be functioning in a “normal” way to allow this process to take place. Derech eretz, the natural sense of what ‘s right and good, and how to act, is at the source of a person’s ability to accept the Torah. Hashem created man, programmed with a powerful sense of mussar (ethics). To fix the child that was broken is a very big melachah (work/task). The ‘can’t lose’ financial proposition of ‘camp before camp.’ Are we ‘keeping the kid busy’ or ‘busy with the kid?’ The greatest prerequisite for being a person who can receive is a strong focus in mitzvos bein adam lechaveiro (commandments concerning the interaction between man and his fellow man). Just love every Jew [of course within halachic parameters] and everything will be better. The 1-year derech eretz experiment. Everything can be talked about without being defensive or offensive. When a non-observant person sees a ‘frum’ person who is not a ba’al derech eretz (not acting in a respectful manner), he doesn’t want to become frum.

Oros HaTorah (141) Derech Eretz – A Peaceful Solution
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Glimpse Of 13 In 2013 Special Bar Mitzvah, In Our Educational Center & Trip To The Kotel!

Help Us For 13 In 2013 To 2014 Special Bar Mitzvah In Israel For Special Boys,  As You Make Your Bar Mitzvah Celebration For Your Beloved Son, Please Help Us Make Ours For Our Sons!

You can donate kindly here and securly :) 2013-14 BAR MITZVAH CELEBRATIONS Is In Your Hands!-> www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffa-institute<- and in the comments say that you are Eli’s friend.

We were honored to have invited you to support the celebration of 25 of our youngsters who reached their Bar Mitzvah milestone this year. The ceremony took place in the new dining room at The Bet Shemesh Educational Center on Rosh Hodesh Tamuz, 9.6.13. Becoming Bar Mitzvah is often the most significant event in a teenage boy’s life. It marks the important boundary between childhood and adulthood and is generally a time for great joy as well as reflection. Sadly, many of the students at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center simply cannot afford to celebrate this special occasion because of their families’ financial hardship.This year, the Bet Shemesh Educational Center seeks to fulfill the dreams of its Bar Mitzvah boys. The parents were over joyed at the opportunity we gave them with your kind donations. After completing an educational course about the significance of becoming Bar Mitzvah, each of the boys was given a set of Tefilin, and a Tallit, as well as a small gift (brand new watches) in honor of the momentous event. They also had the opportunity to celebrate their special day with their families and friends, they were all treated to a luxuriously catered meal and taken on an exciting field trip to the Kotel and old city for various tours, pizza and more. For more info click below in comments.This meaningful day of growth and celebration will be unforgettable for our students! If you would like to help a Bar Mitzvah boy receive a truly special Bar Mitzvah celebration for the new year of students, please click in comments (and mention eli in comments) or contact Eli direct umuse613@gmail.com or phone 0573175856/ 00972573175856 Your participation gave us great pleasure

Eli Goldsmith and Dr. David J. Portowicz

Midnight Rabbi wrote After a great ceremony in Bet Shemesh, visiting the Tefilin Store, Kotel Western Wall visit our boys rejoiced http://lnkd.in/UUvuek thanks for your donation beyond words!

We are so excited for 13 in 2013, in less than a week, quickly contribute your kindness in making this day beyond special!

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Good week all and especially are supporters of “13 in 2013″ JIM = Jaffa Institute & Midnightrabbi eli goldsmith

Hope you are well and your family are well
We really appreciate your support, please confirm your availability and we will be in contact soon with more info shortly thanks.

13 in 2013 special Bar Mitzvah celebration with thanks to your support, will be Sunday, 9th June, keep the day on your your calender and kind donations from you and your friends coming in so we can make this a really special day to remember!

2013 BAR MITZVAH CELEBRATIONS Is In Your Hands! Donate here <-and in the comments say that you are Eli’s friend.
Please feel free to contact Eli Goldsmith Israel – 00972-57-317-5856 Email – umuse613@gmail.com

bar mitzvah shemah

Shema Yisrael! this basic phrase represents the foundation for all of our prayers. For our Ethiopian students these words are filled with so much more meaning. Join us next Sunday as we celebrate a communal bar mitzvah for several of our students!

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This Sunday 13 In 2013 Special Bar Mitzvah Celebration With Thanks To Your Support, Will Be Sunday, 9th June!<-

 News Brief   5/22/2013, Sivan 13, 5773

“13 in 2013″ Bar Mitzvah Event for Disadvantaged Youth

The annual bar mitzvah celebration for disadvantaged youth will take place June 9th. This year the event is entitled “13 in 2013.” The event is being organized by the Jaffa Institute in conjunction with the Bet Shemesh Educational Center. The facility is a residential high school for at-risk males. Some come from immigrant families and others come from parents severely affected by poverty or other adverse conditions.

“This year, the Center fulfilled the dreams of its B’nei Mitzvah students. The day’s events marked the culmination of a course in which the boys studied the significance of the Bar Mitzvah as an important boundary between childhood and adulthood,” stated Rabbi Eli Goldsmith of the Jaffa Institute.

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“13 in 2013″ Bar Mitzvah Event for Disadvantaged Youth, Reported by Arutz Sheva, Israel National News.

13 In 2013 Special Bar Mitzvah Celebration With Thanks To Your Support, Will Be Sunday, 9th June!<-

 News Brief   5/22/2013, Sivan 13, 5773

“13 in 2013″ Bar Mitzvah Event for Disadvantaged Youth

The annual bar mitzvah celebration for disadvantaged youth will take place June 9th. This year the event is entitled “13 in 2013.” The event is being organized by the Jaffa Institute in conjunction with the Bet Shemesh Educational Center. The facility is a residential high school for at-risk males. Some come from immigrant families and others come from parents severely affected by poverty or other adverse conditions.

“This year, the Center fulfilled the dreams of its B’nei Mitzvah students. The day’s events marked the culmination of a course in which the boys studied the significance of the Bar Mitzvah as an important boundary between childhood and adulthood,” stated Rabbi Eli Goldsmith of the Jaffa Institute.

The 13 in 2013 Bar Mitzvah Celebration will take place June 9th, please G-d. (With special thanks to Ben Bresky for the post!)

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“Return again” feat HaMakor @MidnightrabbiMysticMusic “the Fortunate ones” Living inspired!

We hosted HaMakor for the second time thank G-d We Are So Excited To Have Hosted 3 of the Solomon Bros and now a fourth ofThe Talented Solomon Brothers, Yosef, formerly of the Moshav band, At Our Midnightrabbi Mystic Music Hour With The Fortunate Ones! Their Talent Is Beyond Words And Take A Glimpse At The Best Jewish Music Brothers Around. We all Loved It Beyond Talent,  Thank G-D! We Hope To Bring The Whole Band and brothers Here Soon With A Rockin’ Midnightrabbi Concert For More Fortunate Ones! Bs’d!

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Gym love story continues to inspire!

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Midnightrabbi is really inspired by Jeff Pulver’s post and recent breakfast with Eli in Teli! As the gym changed my life for the good , as i got focused, healthy disciplined and met my wife to be for the 1st time, just ask her, and my brother Jeremy Goldsmith who took me there for the first time! Thanks and hugs Sir Jeff!

Midnightrabbi Inspires wants your opinion on this 1st stage of new book idea thanks, a world changer :)

The needed  Spiritual Guide to the husband to make a happy wifey! To be “together”, Eliyahu Eliezer! Bs’d
Copyright to Eli Goldsmith Shlita !The Ant Infestation and smiley cake!It was a special day of deeds of kindness, as many good husbands … 13 in 2013

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 The Comfort of our people is that we are always One!

Imagine over a decade ago just before the twin towers fell! 2 souls got engaged and erected 2 strong towers that become one and will never be destroyed with this eternal unity! Remember under two decades ago when 2 souls first met. Well truth is here your going to have to imagine. In Heaven its harder to make matches/ Shidduchim than splitting the Red Sea. However, that is what Hashem, Himself was busy with, since the beginning of time.

2 souls are yearning to meet. And meet they do, on Yom Kippur day outside after Shul hopping in their secular atire / earings 2.

Souls of a Tisha B’av generation, estranged from their peoples roots but tapped in enough to know that today, Yom Kippur,  is a holy day.

Their souls meet and she knows he’s the one but neither…

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BD’H Ohr Somayach Rav Mendel Weinbach Tz’l leaves us in mourning! Chanukah 5773!

Boruch Dayan HaEmes , With much sorrow we announce the פטירה of our great Rosh Hayeshiva HaGaon HaRav Mendel Weinbach zt”l

The Levayah will take place at 14:00 from the Yeshiva to Har Hamenuchot.

בצער רב וביגון אנחנו מצטערים להודיע על פטירת מרן ראש הישיבה הגאון הרב מנדל וינבך זצוק”ל.  BD’H Ohr Somayach Rav Mendel Weinbach Tz’l leaves us in mourning! He was my Rosh Hayeshiva and constantly influenced my life with many hashgacha pratis meetings like he spoke at the Siyum Hashas and chinuch shmoozes we went too , may he look out for our generation ! Watch his battle with life and death  at the Siyum Hashas! And may we all be saved from this terrible plague that took his holy life! He is irreplaceable and was from the alumnae of Torah Vdaas when such important people were learning there like Rav Moshe Wolfson Shlita , Rav Areyeh Kaplin zt’l and teachers as important as Rav Simcha Vasserman zt’l!

This holy picture was taken at my Chuppah :) 5762 Chanukah,  The Rosh Hayeshivah said Bracha Achrita with soul and song. (the last of the 7 blessings said under the Chuppah !)

Rabbi Mendel Weinbach beyond words!

A graduate of the famous Torah Vodaath Yeshiva in New York, Rabbi Weinbach, a founder and Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem, has been mentor, father and leader to generations of Ohr Somayach students around the world. A prolific author and international lecturer he is an inspiration and advisor to many Jewish leaders. Rabbi Weinbach offers brilliant insights into top holy works of our people!

Rav Weinbach was one of the fathers of the modern-day baal teshuvah movement. Since the founding of Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in 1970, Rav Weinbach taught, mentored and advised generations of students, helping beginners develop their learning skills and embrace a Torah lifestyle. He was a father figure to thousands and actively participated in his students’ weddings and the brisos and bar mitzvahs of their children.

Rav Weinbach was an erudite talmid chochom and a sought-after speaker for both men’s and women’s groups in Israel and abroad. He wrote severalseforim and books, and authored many newspaper, magazine and online articles on Jewish thought and practice.

Rav Weinbach was born in 1933 in Poland and was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received semichah at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas.

He married Sylvie (Sheindel) Lamm, a Belgian war orphan who came to New York at the age of 5. She and her parents, Abraham Israel and Rachel Lamm, had been interned in the Mechelen transit camp in 1942. She had been liberated on January 13, 1944, and sent to a Jewish orphanage; her parents were deported to Auschwitz two days later. She was raised by her aunt and uncle in New York City. Rav Weinbach and his wife settled in Kiryat Mattersdorf in Yerushalayim, where they raised their 12 children.

The 1960s and 1970s were a time of searching for meaning by Western-educated, college-age men and women. In 1970, Rav Weinbach with Rav Noach Weinberg, Rav Nota Schiller, and Rav Yaakov Rosenberg founded Yeshiva Shema Yisroel to attract young Jewish men with little or no background in Jewish studies. After a few years, Rav Weinberg founded Aish HaTorah in 1974. Shema Yisroel subsequently changed its name to Ohr Somayach.

Rav Weinbach will long be remembered as a beloved rebbirosh yeshiva andmashpiah who impacted the lives of thousands of people, giving meaning to their lives and bringing them closer to the Ribono Shel Olam.

The levaya was scheduled 1:45 p.m. at Yeshiva Ohr Somayach, located at  22 Rechov Shimon Hatzaddik in the Maalot Dafna section of Yerushalayim. Kevurah followed at Har Hamenuchos.

Yehi zichro boruch. Listen on line to the Hespid <- 

by Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Breitowitz» and follow a  talmud / student midnightabbi1eligoldsmith.wordpress.com/inspirations-for-today!

2013 BAR MITZVAH CELEBRATIONS Is In Your Hands!

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Please read below and respond kindly , sharing this great cause to other friends thanks!

Inline image 1Happy Chanukah and light up the lives of our children with kindness and donations!

THANKS TO YOU, the Jaffa Institute’s 2012 BAR MITZVAH CELEBRATIONS were AMAZING! Now please help us and our 30 2013 Bar Mitzvah students to make their day extra special and help change the direction of their lives forever. Please join us and donate generously by clicking here -> http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffa-institute and in the comments say that you are Eli’s friend to secure you part in these special boys’ Bar Mitzvah!

Updates on Our Sister Organizations of from our newsletter 2012!
Bar Mitzvah at Bet Shemesh

2013 BAR MITZVAH CELEBRATIONS is in your hands!

Bet Shemesh B’nei Mitzvah Ceremony 2012

On 23 April 2012, 15 boys who study at the Bet Shemesh Education Center celebrated their B’nei Mitzvah in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the Judean Hills. Like all of the boys at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center – a residential high school for at-risk boys – these adolescents come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds. Sadly, their parents simply could not afford to provide them with celebrations to mark the important milestone of becoming Bar Mitzvah.

This year, the Center fulfilled the dreams of its B’nei Mitzvah students. The day’s events marked the culmination of a course in which the boys studied the significance of the Bar Mitzvah as an important boundary between childhood and adulthood. The young men began their special day with their family and friends at a beautiful ceremony, which was followed by a luxuriously catered meal. In honor of the momentous event, each of the boys was given a set of teffilin and a tallit, as well as a wrist-watch. They were then taken on an exciting field trip to the Old City of Jerusalem, where they enjoyed several historical tours and ate delicious pizza. The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Western Wall; a poignant occasion which held much meaning for the Bar Mitzvah boys.

We would like to thank the Goldsmith Family and all the other donors who made this special day of celebration possible.

For more information about this year’s celebration as well as footage of the day’s events please click here

To see more photos of the Bar Mitzvah ceremony, please click here and here

Please join us and donate generously by clicking here -> http://www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffa-institute and in the comments say that you are Eli’s friend.

THE JAFFA INSTITUTE ANNUAL GALA DINNER 2013 <- for more info Click here <-

You Are Cordially Invited!

The 2011 Gala Dinner

Guests of Honor: Beryl and Neil Davis

Chairman: Adv. Eyal Rozovsky

Host: Sharon Kidon

January 13th 2013

Avenue Conventions Center, Airport City near Ben Gurion Airport

2011 Gala Dinner

All proceeds from the event will benefit the children of Jaffa and south Tel Aviv participating in the Afternoon Activity Centers.

Come visit otherwise donate safely and secure !
Please help us share awareness and help us make this happen, with advice appreciated!
This is the link for Donations  , please leave in comments eli!
sincere thanks and happy chanukah!

Eli and family and friends :)

Everyone who helped with our recent campaign also deserves thanks , please help and share so we can live in peace and calm with all those under threat need thanks – http://www.rootfunding.com/campaign/3036

 

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Glimpse Of 13 In 2013 Special Bar Mitzvah, In Our Educational Center & Trip To The Kotel!

Help Us For 13 In 2013 To 2014 Special Bar Mitzvah In Israel For Special Boys,  As You Make Your Bar Mitzvah Celebration For Your Beloved Son, Please Help Us Make Ours For Our Sons!

You can donate kindly here and securly :) 2013-14 BAR MITZVAH CELEBRATIONS Is In Your Hands!-> www.jaffainstitute.org/online-donations-to-the-jaffa-institute<- and in the comments say that you are Eli’s friend.

Bet Shemesh Bar Mitzvah Ceremony 2012

On 23 April 2012, 15 boys who study at the Bet Shemesh Education Center celebrated their B’nei Mitzvah in a beautiful

ceremony overlooking the Judean Hills. Like all of the boys at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center – a residential high school for at-risk boys – these adolescents come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds. Sadly, their parents simply could not afford to provide them with celebrations to…

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A World Apart Next Door-Glimpses into the Life of Chassidish Yidden!

Please G-d we will visit this interesting exhibition A World Apart Next Door-Glimpses into the Life of Hasidic Jews  see below for some insights, will let you know! :)


June 19, 2012-December 1, 2012
Location: Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery
Curator: Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper, Curator, Julia and Leo Forchheimer Department of Jewish Ethnography
Media: Photographs, films, and music and objects from the collection

<div style='direction:ltr'></div>This ethnographic exhibition highlights facets of Hasidic culture that may not be known to the wider public. It illustrates the Hasidic experience through the rich, complex attire of men, women, and children and through objects with meaning for the group’s social and spiritual life, which revolves around its charismatic leader, the Rebbe.

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Photographs, films, and music from life-cycle events and other rituals and celebrations are also presented, offering visitors an opportunity to enter, for a moment, the intriguing world of a vibrant ultra-Orthodox community of today. <div style='direction:ltr'></div>The Admor of the Shomrei Emunim Hasidim at the wheat harvest formatzah shemurah (shmure-matse), Komemiyyut, 2007. For matzah shemurah, the most ritually correct form of unleavened bread for Passover, the cut wheat is carefully guarded to ensure that it does not ferment.

Photo © Menahem Kahana, Jerusalem

Guarding the Dead': the body of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe surrounded by his praying Hasidim,
Bnei Brak, March 14, 2012
Photo © Yuval NadelAt the Jewish New Year, Bratslav Hasidic men make a pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine, to pray at the tomb of their Rebbe, Rabbi Nahman, who died in 1810.
Here they perform the Rosh Hashanah ritual of tashlikh, praying for forgiveness and symbolically casting their sins into the water. Many are dressed in the white kitl .
Photograph taken in 2003 © Andrey Gorb

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The Lubavitcher Rebbe giving dollar bills, a gift cherished for its auspicious powers, to Avrahaum G. Segol, Brooklyn, New York, 1988

Photo courtesy of Avrahaum G. Segol, Jerusalem

Hasid praying at the Lelover Rebbe’s grave on the Mount of Olives,

Jerusalem, 2010
Photo © Zion Ozeri, New Y<div style='direction:ltr'></p><br /><br /><p></div>Baby before his pidyon ha-ben(redemption of the firstborn son) ceremony, Jerusalem, 2008. Lying on a silver plate, the one-month-old baby is covered with items auguring a good life.
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper
<div style='direction:ltr'><strong>'Besht' Hanukkah Lamp</strong><br />When this lamp was given to the Bezalel National Museum (precursor of the Israel Museum) by Israel Penini, descendant of a noted Hasidic family, it was erroneously believed that it had belonged to the Ba'al Shem Tov (the Besht). Since its publication, lamps of this type – which was very widespread in Eastern Europe – have been known as Besht Hanukkah lamps. It is clear that the lamp was made in the<br /><br /><br />nineteenth century and could not have been owned by the Besht, who died in 1760. However, given that Hasidic dynasties pass down objects and also copy them faithfully from generation to generation, the lamp was most likely owned by a<br /><br /><br />Hasidic Rebbe and reflected an earlier model. The dove motif on the lamp, though not specific to Hasidim, appears frequently on objects they use and is interpreted mystically as a symbol of the divine presence on earth, the <i>shekhinah</i>.</div>“Besht” Chanukah Lamp
Warsaw, Poland, second half of the 19th century
Silversmith: Abraham Reiner (active 1851–80) Silver, filigree work; H. 22 cm, W 27.5 cm
Gift of Israel Penini, Jaffa, through Keren Hayesod
B00290
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner<div style='direction:ltr'></p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p></div>” src=”<a href=http://www.imj.org.il/exhibitions/2012/Hasidim/images/thumbs/Belzer_Rebetsn.jpg&#8221; height=”155″ width=”200″ /><div style='direction:ltr'></p><br /><br /><p>          <strong>Torah Crown</strong><br />This magnificent jeweled Torah crown is said to come from the court of the Ruzhiner Rebbe and to have belonged to his son the Rebbe of Shtefanesht (1823–1868). It is told that the R. Israel of Ruzhin had a crown made for each of his six sons.<br /><br /><br />A crown is one of the ritual accessories with which the Torah scroll is adorned, symbolizing the majesty of Judaism's most sacred text. The size of this Torah crown suggests that it adorned a small scroll kept for personal use. The precious materials and exquisite workmanship, seen in the delicate rendition of flowers and of bells hanging from the beaks of six eagles, indicate that its owner was an important man<br /><br /><br />of means who believed in the principle of <i>hiddur mitzva</i> , 'beautifying the commandment.' Thus it is the sort of object suited to the regal courts of the Ruzhin dynasty. </p><br /><br /><p></p></p><br /><br /><p></div>Torah Crown
Austria, probably Vienna, ca. 1825
Gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and turquoises
Hebrew initials applied on the base band refer to the Crown of Torah, Crown of Priesthood, and Crown of Kingship (Mishnah Avot 4:17)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum (Loan: Gilbert.68:1–2008)
Photo: Gilbert Collection © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

<div style='direction:ltr'></p><br /><br /><p><strong>The Chair of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav</strong><br /><br /><br />It is said that in 1808 Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav received a wooden chair with carved decoration featuring griffons, doves, lions, grapes, a vase, and vegetal motifs. Speaking of a dream he had shortly after receiving the gift, R. Nahman described a chair encircled by fire with the living creatures of the world in pairs under the chair, which he related to matchmaking. <br /></p><br /><br /><p>According to Bratslav tradition, the chair Rabbi Nahman received was brought to Jerusalem; this chair is now preserved in the Great Bratslav Yeshivah in Mea Shearim (and of late copies have been made by other Bratslav communities). Today the original no longer serves as a talisman for matchmaking; instead, it is lent out to members of the community to serve as Elijah's Chair in circumcision ceremonies.<br /><br /><br />אחרות<br /></p><br /><br /><p></p></p><br /><br /><p></div>The Chair of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav
Eastern Europe, ca. 1808
(brought in pieces to Jerusalem in the 1930s and restored by Catriel Sugarman in 1983)
Carved linden wood, velvet cushion; H 121 cm, W 65 cm, D 62 cm
Great Bratslav Yeshiva Or Ha-Ne’elam, Mea Shearim, Jerusalem
Photo © Avraham Hay, Herzliya

Thanks for great inspiration and more pics from the midnightrabbi to come , all copyrights and thanks to the © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper and artists from the institution!