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Read below a great translation about Iran from Rav Moshe Wolfson and listen carefully Language - English/Yiddish
Date 3 Mishpatim 5772
Title - HISORERI HISORERI –Wake up Wake up – An Almost Nuclear Iran
Category of Shiurim – Topics
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By Yochonon Donn BROOKLYN – Harav Moshe Wolfson, shlita, spoke Tuesday night in a rare mid-week assembly for his kehillah, Emunas Yisroel in Boro Park, asking bluntly why there is no greater uproar within the community over the potential for war over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “Why are we quiet? Where is the awakening? Why is everyone so apathetic?” asked Rav Wolfson, who is also mashgiach of Yeshivah Torah Vodaath. “Everyone is busy with narishkeiten, we don’t hear the alarm? We don’t know that we have to pierce the heavens for rachamim from the Ribbono Shel Olam?” Rav Wolfson told the packed beis medrash of nearly 1,000 people that the potential for a war encompassing Iran, Israel, Europe and the United States over the next few weeks is a real one, and Klal Yisrael must prepare itself spiritually. “Everyone knows that there is currently a growing danger from Iran – and it is a great error for whoever does not know this,” Rav Wolfson said. “Why should a Yid not know what is happening to [other] Yidden? Everyone must know what is happening in regard to other Yidden. Everyone must know what is happening in Eretz Yisrael.” Rav Wolfson began talking this past Shabbos about the dangers from the Iran crisis, when he stopped and said that it was not a subject to discuss on Shabbos. He said he would continue the topic during the week. The last time he called for a special asifah during the week to discuss current events was in 1991, prior to the Gulf War. Rav Wolfson started his address, which was carried live by Kol Halashon, with the famous Rambam, who writes that it is a mitzvah to daven during troubled times. “If you don’t daven,” the Rambam says, “then it is a cruelty, since it will get worse.” “The leader in Iran says clearly – he repeated it this week – that he wants to kill, Rachmana litzlan, every Yid in the world, just like Haman,” Rav Wolfson said. “If he will be successful, chas v’shalom, in getting the nuclear bomb – and experts says he will have it by the summer – it will be a great danger for Klal Yisrael.” “A good part of the world’s Jews live in Israel, and the government there says that they will attack Iran first, before they could get the nuclear bomb. If that happens, everyone knows that that will cause a world war.” Rav Wolfson said that he heard that Harav Yosef Rosenblum, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivah Shaarei Yosher, spoke recently about the crisis with Iran – he said that during this eis tzarah, “Hashem is judging us on every klal and on every prat.” Rav Wolfson quoted the Pesikta, who says that the year when Moshiach will come all nations will battle each other. The spark that will set it off, according to the Medrash, will be when the king of Paras – which is modern-day Iran – will threaten “Arabia,” presumably Saudi Arabia, such as is happening today. Arabia will go for an alliance with Edom – the culture of Edom is today’s Western world, Europe and United States. Paras will then destroy the world and the Yidden will be thrown into turmoil. Hashem will then say: “Do not fear, the time for your Geulah has come.” Rav Wolfson noted how eerily similar this Medrash is to what is occurring today. “We don’t have to be in a panic,” Rav Wolfson said, “Hashem will perform miracles for us. But efsher takeh. Maybe the time for the Geulah has arrived. We must prepare for the Geulah.” Rav Wolfson said that since the Holocaust, Hashem has performed great miracles for the Yidden. Eretz Yisrael, which today hosts most of the world’s Yidden and most of the Torah world, merited supernatural siyatta diShmaya during its wars. When the Palestinians shoot missiles from Gaza, they land mostly in empty areas and cause little damage. When then-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein shot 39 Scud missiles during the Gulf War, only one Yid was killed – that man had previously received a klalah from the Chazon Ish. “This a hashgachah niflaah that is reserved only for Yidden who learn Torah, who keep the mitzvos and who will ultimately do teshuvah,” Rav Wolfson said. “Hashem wants to do nissim for us. Israel is surrounded by 300 million Arabs and we are still there; that means Hashem wants to do yeshuos. We must prepare for yeshuos.” But just like Eliyahu had to daven on Har Hacarmel even though Hashem had already promised to bring rain, Hashem still wants the tefillos of Klal Yisrael today, even though He had promised to bring yeshuos. In order to qualify for these miracles, Rav Wolfson said, we must strengthen in Torah, tefillah and chessed. He specifically suggested saying Tehillim 46 every day, adding that he is asking his own kehillah to have the kapitel printed out and stuck to the back of every siddur. During the Suez campaign in 1956, the Belzer Rebbe asked that people say that particular kapitel, since it is a segulah to prevent warfare. “Everyone has to be mispallel that Klal Yisrael should be saved from chevlei Moshiach, that he and his family should be saved,” he said. Rav Wolfson also spoke about kevias ittim for Torah, not interrupting even “if the cell phone rings.” “I heard from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l, that when a Yid sits down to learn it should be like Shabbos,” Rav Wolfson said. “That is the only time that one is pattur from work.” “In a beis medrash it is Shabbos. … If someone interrupts his learning and he picks up the phone, he brings the marketplace, he brings the office into Shabbos. He is mechallel the Shabbos.” But above all, Rav Wolfson said, Yidden should keep in mind that we live in momentous times, and we should prepare for the upcoming era with emunah and bitachon. “In the next couple of weeks there will be news,” Rav Wolfson said, “and with the help of Hashem, it will be good news for Yidden.”!
It is a Mitzvah to Pray when a Calamity Befalls the Community
The following is an excerpt from the Rambam
It is a mitzvah in the Torah (Biblical commandment) to cry out and blow
trumpets upon every calamity that befalls the community, as the verse states:
“[When] an enemy torments you, blow trumpets
.” The meaning of this verse is
that if anything torments you, for example: a famine, epidemic, locusts or anything
similar, you should pray fervently and blow trumpets.
This is the way of teshuvah (repentance): When a calamity befalls, one
prays and blows trumpets. [Then, the belief is reinforced that] it is because of evil
deeds that this befell them [Hashem rewards righteous deeds and punishes
transgressions]… [Repentance] will cause the misfortune to cease.
However, if they do not wail and blow trumpets [they ignore the danger]
and say, ‘a phenomena of the natural world order befell us; this catastrophe is a
coincidence,’ [they deny that Hashem is demanding something from us] this is
cruelty, because it causes them to continue in their evil deeds. And this tragedy
will be accompanied by more disaster, as the Torah states, “And if you will go with
Me [saying that what happened is] a coincidence, I will go with you with [a] furious
[series of] coincidence[s]
The Ramban is of the opinion that the biblical obligation to pray is precisely when one is
in a dire situation.
According to both the Rambam and the Ramban one must pray in a time of danger.
We are Now in a Time of Danger
A person should keep himself updated with the Jewish news. He should know how Jews
worldwide are faring. It is especially important to know what is happening in Eretz Yisroel, as the
verse in Tehillim
instructs, “Inquire about the peace of Yerushalayim.”
Iran is currently a serious threat. The ruler of Iran repeatedly and explicitly announces
that he wants to kill every Jew, as Haman declared. If he will succeed in attaining nuclear
warfare, we will all be in serious danger. Those in the know predict that the bomb will be ready
by the summer.
It is no secret that the secular Israeli government is considering attacking Iran to prevent
them from acquiring the weapons which would render them capable of destroying the tiny
country in moments. What is also understood is that such an attack will likely launch the Third
Why are We Apathetic?
With Israel and the world in so much danger, why are we silent? Why aren’t we praying?
Why are we so apathetic?
Everyone is busy with their petty activities; we are distracted with texting, gadgets,
politics and other silliness and are deaf to the alarm bells! Why aren’t we conscious of what is
happening in the world?! Why don’t we rend the heavens with prayer?
True, we are also occupied with chasing a livelihood and daily living – and yes, these are
necessities – but we are now in danger and have to focus on prayer and repentance! – 2 -
Why is no one talking about this? I thought to myself, “Now is not the time for silence!”
When there is no man to do the task, one has to do it himself
. Therefore, I asked that everyone
assemble. Afterwards I was informed that Harav Rosenblum Shlit”a had already spoken about
this, and that he said that now is a time when the general population as well as the individual is
Mashiach Seems Imminent
The Pesikta Rabasi
Rabbi Yitzchak said: The year that Mashiach will appear, the kingdoms of
the nations will quarrel with each other.
The King of Persia will fight with the King of Arabia, and theKking of Arabia
will go to Edom for advice. (As we see today, Iran is threatening Saudi Arabia.)
The King of Persia will destroy the whole world. All the nations will scream and be
confused. They will experience pain similar to the pangs of labor. The Jewish
people will scream and be confused and they will ask, “Where shall we go? Where
should we turn?” Hashem will say to them, “My children, do not be frightened; the
time for your redemption has arrived.”
The Maharal states that although the Babylonian and Median Empires disappeared,
Edom (the European nations) and Persia will remain until the coming of Mashiach. Persia is
Iran, the place where Achashveirosh once gave the royal signet to a villain who intended to kill
every Jew. Although Persia is not a nation of Yishmael, it identifies with his culture; as we see,
they practice the religion of Yishmael, Islam
This Pesikta is eerily similar to today’s current events. I cannot state with certainty that it
refers to our times – until Mashiach comes we cannot know anything for sure – but perhaps yes?
The likelihood of Mashiach arriving soon seems quite probable.
We have to prepare for the final redemption.
There is No Reason to Panic
One thing is clear; there is no need to panic. Hashem will definitely perform miracles:
“Stand and await the salvation of Hashem
.” Ever since the Holocaust, Hashem’s countenance
has smiled on the Jewish people, and he has performed big miracles for them.
Today, Eretz Yisroel is the home of almost half of the Jewish people. Almost all of the
Torah learning in the world today occurs in Eretz Yisroel. All the miraculous wars that this
tiny country experienced are completely out of sync with nature. The terrorists throw their
missiles at Israeli population centers and they keep on missing! These same missiles cause
hundreds and thousands of casualties in Iraq and other countries. In Eretz Yisroel, no one is
injured! Sometimes here and there, the terrorists succeed in murdering individuals, but that is
nothing compared to the scores of victims they slay – using the same techniques – in other
During the Gulf War there was only one direct casualty of the thirty-nine missiles – a man
who was cursed by the Chazon Ish. The Americans lost tens of soldiers from one missile!
Today, Hamas shoots bombs from the Gaza Strip by the dozens and rarely does anyone get
killed! In other countries, hundreds die!
Hashem is not performing these miracles for the ‘Israelis’. He performs them for the
Jewish people; for the Jews that study and live by the Torah and for those who, with their
children, will ultimately repent and study and live by the Torah. – 3 -
Hashem will Perform Miracles in the Future
The parents of Shimshon the Judge experienced the awesome revelation of an angel and
its fiery ascent to heaven. Shimshon’s father was afraid that he would die after seeing such an
awesome revelation. His wife calmed him down saying, “Had Hashem wanted to kill us He
would not have accepted our sacrifices and revealed to us these tremendous wonders
The miracles Hashem performed for us in recent history make us feel secure. Eretz
Yisroel is a country of a few million, encircled by a few hundred million bloodthirsty enemies who
continually attempt to destroy it but are miraculously unsuccessful. Hashem is not showing us all
these miracles in preparation for doom! He is performing all these miracles as a preparation for
a tremendous salvation.
However, we must prepare adequately for miracles. We have to repent and pray and
await the salvation of Hashem.
We are Obligated to Repent and Pray
Eliyahu Hanavi was informed by Hashem that it would rain after the three years of
famine. Eliyahu Hanavi prayed and it rained. Why did he have to pray if Hashem had promised
him that it would rain?
R’ Tzadok Hakohen answers – no matter! Even if we know that a miracle will happen, we
have to pray anyhow. Even though we know that Hashem will perform miracles for us at the final
redemption that will be greater than those at the redemption from Egypt, we still have to pray
וְהַ מַּ יִם לָ הֶ ם חמָ ה ” ,By the splitting of the sea the verse states
” ‘the waters were fortresses.’
However, the word חמה is missing its ‘ ; it should have been spelled ו חומה. The Midrash infers
from here that חמה should be read as ה ָמ ֵח – wrath.
Great miracles were awaiting the Jewish people as they stood at the edge of the Sea of
Reeds. The powers of evil fought with all their might to prevent the miracles from materializing
and brought forth all the sins of the Jewish people. Therefore, there was a wrath in heaven.
When the Jewish people prayed and repented, the ה ָמ ֵח disappeared, and in its place, the ה ָמֹח -
protecting fortresses – appeared. The raging waters were transformed into a bastion of security.
Rescuing Ourselves from the Birth Pangs of Mashiach
The Gemara asks: “What should a person do to rescue himself from the birth pangs of
Mashiach?” The Gemara answers: “He should engage in Torah study and in acts of kindness.”
We have to take account of our actions; where are we up to in our service of Hashem?! Are we
satisfying His demands of us?! The Jewish people need merits!
בַּ קְּשׁוּ-צֶ דֶ ק בַּ קְּשׁוּ עֲ נָוָה אוּלַ י תִּ סָּ תְ רוּ בְּיוֹם אַף ה’ ” ;Prophet Tzefania implores
” , ‘Seek out justice,
seek out humility; perhaps you will be hidden on the day of the wrath of Hashem.’
We have to establish periods in the day for learning Torah; solid blocks of time,
uninterrupted by the distracting beep of an incoming text or call! One should make a habit of
removing his cell phone or closing it before sitting down to learn.
The Rebbe of Lubavitch said that when a Jew learns, it is like Shabbos. On an ordinary
day, one is obligated to be productive. It is only on Shabbos that are we exempt from working. – 4 -
When a person learns or engages in serving Hashem, for him it is Shabbos. Would we pick up
the phone on Shabbos? We do not answer calls when learning.
A Bais HaMedrash (house of prayer and Torah study) is a place which is dedicated to
Torah study. In a Bais HaMedrash it is Shabbos all week and no business is to take place. One
who answers his cell in the Bais HaMedrash brings the marketplace into Shabbos. He
desecrates the Shabbos which dwells there!
We have to put forth effort that our Torah learning should be with fire, not habitual.
We also need prayer, as the Rambam explained. Every Jew has to ask Hashem to spare
the Jewish people, his family and himself. We should exercise special focus during the parts in
the daily prayers when we pray for salvation from enemies. Examples are: the prayer of ‘ אמת
‘ , which we say by Maariv (evening prayers) ואמונה , in which we beseech Hashem to rescue us
from tormentors and oppressors; and השכבנו where we pray for protection.
During the Egyptian war, the Belzer Rav ztz”l, advised that everyone say chapter 46 from
Tehillim, in which we pray to be spared from suffering caused by war. I advise that we print this
chapter and paste it into every siddur (prayer book).
We should begin saying this psalm daily, because the danger we face is imminent!
“Prayers are more powerful when recited before the danger arrives
,” the Gemara informs us. It
is not a question of months; it is weeks. Within the next few weeks there will probably be news;
and with the help of Hashem, it will be good news for the Jewish people.
In addition, we have to give more tzedakah (charity) and engage in acts of kindness.
Unity Among Jews
The nullification of Haman’s evil decree came about through ” היהודים כל את כנוס
” , ‘the
gathering of all the Jews.’ Today’s leader of Persia speaks like Haman and we need unity as a
merit to be spared from his evil schemes.
We give only a half-shekel coin to pay for our part in the sacrifices to symbolize that we
are only a part of a whole. Moshe Rabbeinu asked that Hashem not accept Korach’s part in the
communal sacrifice because he instigated disunity among the Jewish people. He opposed the
entire idea of the half-shekel so his contribution was invalid.
Bitter feelings among Jews are a big victory for the Satan. We have to work in this area -
to forgive and forgo, and let go of grudges. This is very hard; but now when Jews need merits,
we have to do it!
It is a time of danger for the Jewish people, but we will be rescued. We should enter the
month of Adar – the month of unity among Jews and miracles against the Hamans of history -
with a happy heart.
May Hashem spread His Sukkah of protection upon us and every Jew and on
והביאנו לשלום מארבע כנפות הארץ ותולכנו מהרה קוממיות לארצנו
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Every day, every minute… almost non-stop, the stories fly by. There are way too many to send them all out to you, but they are all so important to the people whose stories they are. It seems that they should be heard.
One after the other…,
I helped this nice American family put on tefillin. I spent time with them, mostly to educate the grandchildren regarding marrying only Jewish girls.
Three of the sons married Jewish girls and have Jewish families. But one of the sons married a Catholic girl who goes to church and, according to the brother who married her, she worships statues! How can it be? It is one family… four brothers… but this brother’s wife and children are not Jewish, and even though none of the families are religious now, his life is so very different than his brothers’ lives. He has, without giving it any real thought, pulled himself away from his siblings, most likely forever. How does it happen? One Grandfather… four sons… all nice Jewish people.
Next, this young Jew from Argentina cried to me, “I want to do t’shuvah”(repent & follow the Torah’s teachings). I said, “You mean that you want to come home.” Although the word t’shuvah means return, for him it meant to repent and to stop sinning. But I wanted to impress upon him that he was returning to the place that he started from, his natural spiritual home.
The soul comes into this world as a holy soul. It is only when the soul allows the animal aspect to rule, that uncleanliness covers and hides the holiness of the soul. So, returning to righteousness is really returning to your original place, your home.
Next, a little boy helped his father to read the Shema. They are from Georgia (USA). The father sends the boy to Torah lessons once a week, so the boy knows more Hebrew than he does. Even though he is not at all religious, he loves his son very much and wants to be sure that his family stays Jewish.
Next, three America brothers and their children pray for their families…. Look at their faces, and you can see that each has his own loves and needs.
Then, I saw this little boy davening (praying) so intently, and I wondered, “How different life is when you are born into a Torah observant family!”
Everyone has a story. Everyone is coming from somewhere, and everyone is going somewhere. Each of these stories is a journey, and each journey is immensely important. Every story is a life.
The Treasures of Teves
The Baal Shem Tov taught the following:
This world is filled with sparks of holiness that have fallen. In very low places or times, there lie buried sparks that have fallen from very high realms. This is because the higher the place an item falls from, the deeper it will plummet.
When we serve Hashem in a specific place, time, and with specific items, we release the sparks trapped in that time, place and item and they are redeemed and return to their origin.
The days of Teves are very low; they are days of the destruction of the Temple. Therefore, they contain sparks of holiness that have fallen from the highest realms.
It is very difficult to serve Hashem in these days; there is a sluggish feeling and it is difficult to conjure up the energy necessary to pray or learn Torah properly. However, one should not make the mistake of surrendering to his lethargy.
As difficult as it is to serve Hashem, that is how important it is that we do so – because it is in the lowly days of Teves that holy sparks, fallen from the loftiest realms, are trapped.
Our service of Hashem – specifically in Teves when it is not easy – will free these sparks and they will be elevated back to their origin.
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We all tried, but he wouldn’t listen. He was a young American who is studying history in Switzerland. He came to the Kotel with two friends. We got his friends to put on tefillin, one of them for the first time in his life, but he wouldn’t do it. His friends had a great time, and they even tried to convince him to put them on, too, but he refused. I tried everything, but he had a deep-seated problem that kept him from putting them on.
Just then, an America Chassid walked by, (picture)below )and he tried. He told him that he is an insurance examiner, and that one day he went to the president of Mercedes of all America, and when he went to his office the secretary told him that he had to wait…the president was busy. But then, the president called out from his inner office and told her to let the man in.
He was amazed to see the president of Mercedes sitting there with wearing tefillin! He was davening (praying) and the secretary knew not to disturb him, but a Chassidic visitor was welcome to go in.
Still, he would not put on tefillin. He wasn’t even moved.
One of the Chassidic boys who helps out, tried, and he even begged him saying, “Do me a favor. Do it for my sake.”
Then with a bit of anger in his voice he told me what his problem was, “You do not believe that all people are equal!”
“That’s right,” I agreed with him. “Black people are better basketball players, at least there are a larger than proportional share on them on the professional basketball teams.”
“Ha!” he grunted at me, “So you think that basketball skills are genetic?”
“I don’t know about basketball skills being genetic, but tallness sure seems to be.”
He wasn’t satisfied with my answer. I tried to explain, “We are all one, but we are not all the same. It’s like the organs in your body…each organ is extremely important, but none of them are the same. Different people in the world have different skills, and different roles to match those skills. Apparently, blacks are better at playing basketball, and Jews are better at winning Noble Prizes.”
It didn’t help. The fact that he didn’t walk away showed that really he was interested, and that he wanted to be convinced. He was an almost radical liberal trying to make his “all things are equal” philosophy work. He was studying history and wanted to have an “overall objective” view. But the truth is that he was throwing away reality.
“You are studying history,” I told him. “When you go to a new place, you don’t tell them what their history is, you try to learn from them. You should be coming here open and inquiring, not refusing.”
It did not faze him, not in the least. His attitude was so unfitting for his field of study. He should have at least been inquisitive.
I told him, “You know why I want you to put on tefillin?… Because I know that Jews who refuse to put on tefillin most likely do not care if they marry a Jew or not. And I want the Jewish people to survive. Would you marry only a Jew,” I asked.
He said, “That’s not important.”
So that seems to be the bottom line…do we survive as a thriving people, or do we end up being a mere remnant in a history book?
The truth is, G-d has promised us that we will be redeemed, and that we will inherit our land. We know this will, and in fact, is happening right now. So really the question is not, will the Jewish people will survive. It is certain that we are going to survive. The question is, will your family be counted among us?
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The Message of the Dreidel and Doobie Dreidel
History travels, seemingly aimlessly. Generations come and go. As a wide circle, history repeats itself. Is there an objective? Is the world aiming toward a goal?
On Chanukah we turn the dreidel. The Nun, Gimel, Heh and Shin engraved on the dreidel come and go as it spins. The dreidel seems to be spinning aimlessly. However, the Bnei Yissaschar points out that Nun, Gimel, Heh and Shin are gematria Mashiach (they both equal 358).
It’s true; world history – as symbolized by the dreidel – seems to be spinning aimlessly. However, there is a center point around which it all turns – the world’s redemption through Mashiach.
Source: Shalosh Seudos Torah Parshas Vayeishev
New Chanukah Shiur!
1) Mesiras Nefesh – 19 Kislev at Chabad gathering (complete shiur great sound quality)
“INNER LIGHTS OF CHANUKAH”
by Chana Katz
As we walk down the hillside of Tsfat’s historic Old Cemetery, we approach a mother who is buried along with her seven sons. For some, it may be viewed as one of the greatest stories of martrydom in Jewish history, perhaps even greater than the famous “Akeida” in which our forefather Avraham was all set to sacrifice his only son, Issac.
At least that’s the way Chana felt, because as the cruel gentile king ordered the death of her final and youngest son, she requested permission to give him one last mother’s kiss. Granted this permission, she embraced her son and whispered in his ear instructions to be carried out after
his soul left his body:
“Go to Avraham Avinu,” she said, “and tell him he was told to
offer one son –I’ve offered seven sons.”
It’s no light story to ponder the pain this mother felt as one by one,
her sons refused to bow down as the king demanded, each coming up
with his own verse from the Torah to explain why it was
more important to sacrifice the mortal body rather than harm
the soul’s essential,
eternal connection to its source.
But something here was more powerful than pain.
It was the unfathomable level of happiness this mother felt when
on their own strength and desire, were willing to give up their very lives in
order to cleave to G-d.
Perhaps that is why, after the last of her seven sons was tortuously killed,
she went to the roof and jumped to her own death, and,
as the story is related in the Gemara, a heavenly voice called out that
she’s an ”Eim Simaicha“ (a joyful mother).
Still, it’s a hard story to grasp. And in her final resting place –
by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh
In fact, if one never looked at Chanukah in another vein besides
the miracle of the oil and the brave battle of Judah the Maccabee,
this tape will draw a direct connection
between Chana and Chanu-kah! Ginsburgh goes as far as to say that perhaps
the story of Chana and her sons who refused to bow
to Antiochus is the very basis of this weeklong celebration of one of
the Jewish people’s greatest victories and
why the last day of Chanukah,
known as “Zot Chanukah” uses the feminine word
“Zot.” Each candle, Ginsburgh says, serves as the “ner neshama”
for Chana and her seven sons.
SEVEN TIMES NO, A THOUSAND TIMES NO!
According to the Gemara volume
the king asked each son to bow down to an idol.
Each son, starting from the oldest to eventually
the youngest, refused, each quoting a different
passage from the Torah.
The first son quoted the first commandment,
“How can I bow down?” he asked, “when
it says in the Torah, “I am the L-rd your G-d.’ “
The second son stated the commandment:
“You shall have no other gods beside Me.”
Said the third: “How can I? Whoever sacrifices
to a foreign god will be wiped out of the
Quoted the fourth son: “You shall not bow
down to other gods.”
The fifth son quoted the “Shma” –
“Hear O Israel, the L-rd G-d, the L-rd is One.”
The sixth son explained: “You shall teach today your heart that Hashem is the only
G-d in the heavens and earth and there is no other.”
Finally, the merciless king turned to the seventh and youngest son who
quoted the longest passage:
“We have sworn to Hashem not to change Him for any other god and
G-d has sworn to us not to exchange us for any other people.”
The king was taken aback. This boy was the youngest, yet the most clever –
and also willing to give his life. Nonetheless, the king tried to deceive him:
“I’ll throw my ring down,” he said, “and so people won’t ridicule me it will
look like you’re bowing down but really you’ll only be picking up the ring.”
No luck, Antiochus. The brave lad said,
“If your honor as a human being of flesh and blood is so important,
than how much more so is the honor of the King!”
CONTINUING TO THE BURIAL SITE
Flashing in time through the years to our generation, bound by cumulative
merit yet set back by incomprehensible capitulations and compromises,
whatever feelings one carries to Chana and
her Seven Sons, they must certainly include awe and admiration.
The most direct approach to Chana is to take HaAri Street as far as one can go, which will take you past the top of Old Cemetery until a flight of steps leading down the side of the mountain to the famous Ari Mikveh and to a path that will go directly to the entrance of Chana’s cave. The other path to Chana is more winding and longer, but it will offer the chance to stop by the resting sites of the Holy Ari (Rabbi Issac Luria), Rav Moshe Cordovera, R. Shlomo Alkabetz and other great Torah figures.
The entrance itself is not very high, perhaps only four-feet at most. In fact, the entire cave ceiling itself is very-low lying. It is quiet and dark inside but the just like the story itself, the illumination burns bright when it is viewed in its spiritual light.
“Chana and her Seven Sons sacrificed their lives on earth to establish and reveal to the eyes of the entire world the essential bond of the Jewish soul to eternal life, unbounded by the limitations of time and space…
to illuminate the darkness of the world around” proclaims
Rav Ginsburgh in his final words on the tape.
Now, it doesn’t really seem so dark in here, does it?
[Chana Katz, a former South FLorida journalist, lives in Tsfat.
Her articles on life in Israel have reached publications throughout the world.]
The Kaliver Rebbetzin a”h A dedication to her!
the Kaliver Rebbetzin, wife of the Kaliver Rebbe of Eretz Yisroel. She was 94.
The Rebbetzin passed away this afternoon at Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Yerushalayim.
She had suffered from serious illness in recent years.
She was a daughter of Rav Pinchas Shapiro of Kechnia and was a descendant of
Rav Meir Premishlaner.
The Rebbetzin was a true ishah chashuvah, who, with humility, aidelkeit and grace,
served as a right hand to her husband in his avodas hakodesh.
The Rebbetzin would encourage her husband to engage in activities that bring estranged
Jews closer to their Father in Shomayim, stating that while she didn’t merit to have
biological children in this world, “at least we will have children in Olam Haba.”
The levaya is being held this evening at the Kaliver Bais Medrash on Rechov Chana,
followed by kevurah on Har Hazeisim.
Yehi zichrah boruch.
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- Parshas Vayera
The Miraculous Existence of the Jewish Nation
Yitzchok’s birth was a miracle. Both Avraham and Sarah were aged, and Sarah was infertile. The miracle of his birth was just the first in a string of countless wonders that never ceased.
The survival of the Jewish People throughout exile contradicts every axiom historians know to be true. That a small, persecuted, scattered people remain in existence while the largest and strongest societies faded away is baffling.
The Jewish state in Eretz Yisroel is a tremendous miracle that is happening in our times. It is surrounded by a few hundred million Arabs who are sworn to its destruction.
What is stopping the Arabs from gratifying their bloodthirsty lusts? World opinion? They know good and well that Jewish blood is cheap. They remember that six million Jew were murdered and the world cared very little. Propriety? These are people who commit the most outrageous, insane atrocities mankind has been capable of committing. International law? Hah! They don’t give a hoot about that.
Who is keeping the Jewish People safe in Eretz Yisroel today?
The same one who enable an infertile, ninety year old women to give birth to their patriarch.
Chef Sam grew up in an observant home, fell “out of the program”, and returned to Hashem big-time by way of emuna books and CDs. I’m so very proud of him. Together with Lipa Schmeltzer, Chef Sam has inspired many other Williamsburg and Monsey “expatriates” and helped them become upright observant Jews out of choice and through love, not force. Let’s hear what Chef Sam has to say:
On Rosh Hashanah, Hashem is reestablished as King. The entire theme of the day is to subjugate oneself to His great and awe-inspiring kingdom.
The first paragraph of ‘Malchius’, the section from the prayer of Musaf on Rosh Hashana where we express the absolute sovereignty of Hashem, is “Aleinu Leshabeyach”, a prayer expressing our subjugation to Him. Its main theme is “Va’anachnu Korim Umeshtachavim Umodim”, ‘We prostate ourselves and bow and thank’.
Nullifying oneself in the face of the grandness of Hashem is the most pleasurable activity a human can engage in. It is only merited through effort and divine assistance.
The Imrei Pinchas advises that during the last Shalosh Seudah of the year, one should beg Hashem to merit being humble on Rosh Hashanah. A generation like ours had better get a head start and begin preparing early for the great divine service of nullifying ourselves to Hashem.
To acquire the trait of humbleness, one must work on not being petty, relinquishing jealousy, and forgoing our rights in order to prevent hostility. The correct attitude is – ‘everything I have is more than I deserve’.
A great bonus of such an attitude is that Hashem forgives the sins of anybody who forgoes his entitlements in order to avoid bitter feelings between Jews.