There is this kiruv organization that is struggling financially.
They are having a raffle, which I should have mentioned sooner, since it ends this Tues June 30. But we can still help them now or after the raffle.
Added by sharona on June 29, 2009 at 6:35am —
This is word for word from Rav Michel Twerski, shlita -
- “Success” vs. Struggle - R’ Michel Twerski
Korach was looking at his personal assets, his yearning, at his aspirations to experience more connection w/ The Divine. He took that to be his Divine marching orders. (Which is just what we should be doing: looking at our assets and our liabilities and recognize that they are our marching orders. And that’s just as if HKB''H had spoken to us - and told us that these are the… Continue
Added by JM Balt on June 26, 2009 at 11:46am —
שבת טעם החיים פרשת קרח תשס"ט
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Parashas Korach 5769
Korach was not for the sake of Heaven
In this week’s parashah the Torah records the incident where Korach challenged the authority of Moshe. The Mishna in Avos (5:17) refers to this dispute as a machlokes shelo lisheim shamayim, a dispute not for the sake of Heaven. There are various explanations for this statement. One opinion is that the Mishna refers to the machlokes as a dispute… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on June 25, 2009 at 6:30am —
This Mishna offers two lessons only G-D is qualified to sit as a single Judge, Nor should a dissenting judge demand of the other judges on the panel to accept his opinion.
Both concepts seem straight forward enough. Yet, at the same time Rabbi Yishmael’s teachings are counter intuitive. Would Rabbi Yishmael say the same thing if the single judge was an expert, a sage whose knowledge is superior to the other judges? Indeed Rav Ovdiu a Bartenua ZT’L ZY’A understands that this… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on June 25, 2009 at 6:09am —
Added by Benyomin Hoffman on June 22, 2009 at 3:03am —
Why this Blog Post?
I knew that Rav Meir was a gaon and tzadik, a Dayan on the Bais Din of the Eida Charedis and a Posek. These things I knew. When I found out he was a mohel, and Hashem blessed me with my twin boys Zisha and Melech (named after the two holy brothers the Rebbe Reb Melech of Lizhensk and his borther the Rebbe Reb Zisha of Anipoli) I needed a mohel. Since I already knew those things about Rav Meir I called his son and… Continue
Added by Tal Moshe Zwecker on June 21, 2009 at 6:04pm —
Rabbi Eliezer Ish Bartuta teaches something fundamental, that when one gives, one gives from what G-D has given because both the individual and one’s possessions belong to G-D. Rabbi Eliezer quotes the last part of Divrei HaYomim I, 29:14 which proclaims “ . . .from You comes everything and from Your hand, it is given to you” Metzudath Dovid explains the “From Your hand it has come to us and everything belongs to You” A simple thought, an obvious one. So axiomatic that one needs to question why… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on June 19, 2009 at 6:39am —
שבת טעם החיים פרשת שלח תשס"ט
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Parashas Shelach 5769
Our mission in this world
In this week’s parasha the Torah records the incident of the Meraglim, the spies that Moshe sent to ascertain if the Jewish People would be capable of conquering Eretz Yisroel. The spies retuned from their forty day journey with a slanderous report, and this report was the catalyst for the Jewish People to die out in the Wilderness. There are many aspects to… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on June 18, 2009 at 3:44am —
Added by Benyomin Hoffman on June 17, 2009 at 12:35am —
Added by Benyomin Hoffman on June 17, 2009 at 12:15am —
This week's Torah Portion, Behaalotecha, compares the Kohanim or Aharon's service to the service of the Leviim or Moshe. Moshe's service of sacrifice was focused on the relationship between G-d and man. Sacrifice nullifies the animal nature and makes it acceptable in the service of G-d.
In contrast Aharon's service was focused man to man and had an uplifting quality. The Kohanim are given the responsibility through Moshe to “light the lamps.” This is a loose translation which also… Continue
Added by Ari Hirim on June 13, 2009 at 4:46am —
Added by Benyomin Hoffman on June 11, 2009 at 9:20pm —
שבת טעם החיים פרשת בהעלותך תשס"ט
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Parashas Behaaloscha 5769
The ups and downs of life
In this week’s parasha there appears to be an underlying theme throughout all the episodes that the Torah mentions. This theme is the idea of contrast. We find in the beginning of the parashah that Aharon is disturbed that he and the tribe of Levi were not involved in the dedication of the Mishkan, until HaShem consoles him by informing him that he… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on June 11, 2009 at 8:15am —
Hillel saw a skull floating in the water. Hillel saw more than a tragedy worthy of empathy. Hillel saw the workings of Providence. Hillel knew things do not just happen.
If someone drowned there is a reason why. Even more, That reason which put the skull in the water is connected with a process. The victim came to such an end because he had drowned others. Hillel further observed that whoever drowned this fellow would be drowned themselves.
Hillel’s teaching taken at face… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on June 11, 2009 at 2:30am —
שבת טעם החיים פרשת נשא תשס"ט
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Parashas Naso 5769
It will be good in the end
In this week’s parasha we learn about two seemingly unrelated ideas. One idea is that of the Sota, the adulteress woman who is warned by her husband not to have any contact with another man. The woman is subject to a humiliating process, where, if convicted, her stomach swells and her thigh falls, and she dies because of her deviancy., If she is found… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on June 5, 2009 at 6:30am —
This week's Torah portion is parsha Nasso and is read on the first Shabbos after Shavout. Shavous represents the re-affirmation of the bond between Hashem and his bride, the Jewish people, through the giving of mitzvot. The word “nasso” refers to the counting of the three groups of Leviim and their responsibilities.
The commentaries tell us that counting is reserved for something that has value. The counting confirms the value of each person in the tribe of Levi and tells us… Continue
Added by Ari Hirim on June 5, 2009 at 3:30am —
Hillel taught if I am not for myself who will be for me . When I am for myself what am I ? And if now now then when?
This is a most challenging comment. Arrogance and humility are fundamental considerations in evaluating one’s spiritual standing. The Orchoth Zaddikim in Chapter 1 denounces arrogance as being “. . currency invalidated by the Creator . . . “ Additionally commenting on Mishlei 16:5 The abomination of G-D is the haughty in heart” the Orchoth Zaddikim describes the person… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on June 4, 2009 at 3:00am —