Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Here is a brand new single from an upcoming album by Shlomo Katz, due out in January 2013. The new album will include 11 songs which are all composed by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach ztz’l, yet never recorded or published by him. The niggun below “Leshana Haba” was composed at Reb Shlomo’s own Sheva Brachos, in December 1972.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
In this week's parsha Hashem commanded Avraham Avinu (13:17): "Arise, walk through the entire land, its length and breadth." The Gemara (Bava Basra (100a) derives from here that if one merely works or uses land in a normal manner one can acquire it, a method commonly known as kinyan chazaka. As such, Avraham Avinu acquired Eretz Yisroel through kinyan chazaka. The Rambam (Mechira 1:17) states that this form of acquisition is only valid for Jews but does not tak e effect for non-Jews. Therefore, the question is asked, that if Avrohom Avinu was not a Jew until after his bris mila then how was his kinyan chazaka effective? One possible answer is that even the Rambam would agree that a non-Jew can acquire ownerless land by means of kinyan chazaka. As the Dvar Avrohom explains (vol.1;10;16). Eretz Yisroel was considered to be hefker at that time, and hence, Avrohom Avinu was able to acquire it through kinyan chazaka even though he wasn't technically Jewish. (Sefer Mili D'avos)(AUDIO VERSION) FOR PRINT VERSION CLICK HERE.
Editor's note: The following are comments that the Lubavitcher Rebbe of holy and blessed memory made 21 years ago on 10 Shevat, 5752. These comments were directed at the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzchak Shamir. It's amazing how applicable the Rebbe's holy words are to our situation today, showing us the truth and timeliness of the tzaddik's words and vision, which Breslev Israel takes honor in sharing with you: When Abraham first entered the Land of Canaan, G-d promised him, "I will give this land to your descendants." At that time the Land of Israel became the eternal heritage of the Jewish people, their land for all time. Even during the years of our people’s exile, Eretz Yisrael remains our land, as reflected in the prayer we recite three times each day: "Gather us together from the four corners of the earth to our land."
Translated and abridged by Rabbi Chanan Morrison Parshat Lech Lecha Stars and Sand When Abram complained to God that he was childless, God promised that his children would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. "God took him outside and said, 'Look at the sky, and count the stars if you can! So will be your descendants.'" (Gen. 15:5) On another occasion, God promised Abraham that his children would be like "the sand on the seashore" (Gen. 22:17). Why are the Jewish people compared to both stars and grains of sand?
There was a famine in the land, and Abram descended to Egypt (Bereishit 12:10). Our forefather Avraham's (Abraham) life is a saga of one continuous struggle with never-ending tests of faith. Hashem commands him to leave his homeland and to make the difficult journey to the promised but unknown land of Canaan. Shortly after his arrival in Canaan – the future Land of Israel - Avraham finds himself in the midst of a severe famine. He has no choice but to pack up and search for food and water elsewhere. The famine is only the fourth in the series of Avraham's ten severe tests of faith (according to Rashi). One might ask, "Why must Hashem test Avraham's faith ten times? Why are the tests so difficult, from persecution and skirting with death in a fiery furnace to the Akeida, when he was asked to ritually sacrifice his only son? Doesn't Hashem know that Avraham's faith is steadfast? Hashem knows exactly how Avraham will react – with perfect, simple, innocent, and unblemished faith. The tests are not for Hashem's benefit, but for Avraham's benefit.
Rashi comments that the Lord assured Avraham that leaving his home and family in Aram and heading to a then unknown destination would somehow be to his benefit and ultimate good. Even though this may appear strange to the casual observer – leaving the known and secure and heading out to wander to an unknown destination – the ways of the Lord are inscrutable and often counter-intuitive to human logic.
If there is one lesson that is obvious in studying these few parshiyot that constitute the beginning of our yearly Torah reading it is that temptation and human evil instincts are not easily overcome. They should certainly not be ignored. From the story of Adam and Chava in the Garden of Eden through the stories of Cain and Abel, Noach and his grandson, Canaan, the building of the Tower of Bavel, the fourteen year war of the five kings against the four kings and the behavior of Lot in choosing residence in Sodom over the company of Avraham it seems clear that the evil instinct is usually triumphant in human affairs. It is clear to parents and teachers how difficult it is to raise moral and gracious children and students. This is not a new problem particular to our times - and iPhones. It has always been difficult to do so. King Solomon taught us that “there is nothing new under the sun.” The Torah itself testifies to the fact that “the nature of human beings is evil from the inception of youth.” So the problems that affect the world constantly are personal and not institutional. The problems that arise regarding religious observances and children at risk, etc. are personal and individual – and relate to those children who are tempted obviously by the glitter of the sin that rules the outside world. Though schools and teachers, yeshivot and mentors are far from perfect – they also are only human beings. Changing curriculum, institutions and even personnel is not a guaranteed panacea.
Just Cause Of Me I want you to open your hearts. When the Jews walked into Israel with Yehoshua, all the Jews together did it together. When was there this holiness that one Jew came all by himself? Avraham Avinu. Avraham Avinu was mamesh one Jew going in all by himself. I want you to know, there was one more Jew who did it all by himself, Moshe Rabbeinu seeing the holy land. So between Avraham and Moshe Rabbeinu, gevalt is the holy Land holy. A lot of people live in Israel but they don’t see the land anymore. A lot of people see the land and they are not taken by it. You know what happens? A lot of people come here and they get swallowed up. The Gemara says (Pesachim 117b) Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya’akov are standing before G-d and they are asking G-d who will be the most important one before Mashiach is coming. So G-d says to Avraham, b’cha chosmi, in you is my seal, the final sealing will be with you, and this has millions of meanings. But right now, I want you to know that this means that before Mashiach is coming, a yidele will come to Eretz Yisrael and he will know that it all depends on him. It will be like Avraham Avinu is coming to Eretz Yisrael.
Tefilos are requested for a Har Nof, Yerushalayim toddler, נתנאל ישועה בן אביגיל, who fell from a fifth floor window from his Shaulzon Street home on Sunday evening 12 Cheshvan 5773. When HaChovesh Har Nof EMS personnel arrived on the scene the child was conscious and B’chasdei Hashem is listed in moderate condition, not worse. He was transported to the trauma unit of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in a paramedic ambulance with internal injuries. It appears the child safety gate dislodged as the child looked out, leading to the tragic accident. Police confirm it appears the safety gate gave way. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] As the first yartzheit of HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel ZT”L fell out this year on Shabbos, the Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim marked the yartzheit with a visit to his kever on Har HaMenuchos on erev shabbos to recite tehilim followed by a siyum hashas melave malka in the yeshiva on motzei shabbos leilui nishmaso. Credits: Kuvien Images – www.kuvien.com
As I sit here and type, I am trying to come to terms with the fact that I may very soon be without power for up to 10 days. And I type because it forces me to try to find some meaning, some lesson, in what we are experiencing.
There are over 5,300 w/o power in Lakewood alone, and the hurricane has not hit yet. Please keep them in your tefillos. From: "Agudath Israel of Long Island"
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:39:13 -0400
To: Agudath Israel of Long Island
Subject: More on Hurricane Sandy
L’chvod Kol Hakohul, Amu”sh
As the day progresses, and much talk and thought is about Hurricane Sandy, our thoughts should be directed to Hashem who is Mashiv Haruach Umorid Hageshem.
It behooves us to say a Tefiloh that this Gevuros should be of Chesed and not Din. One of our Kehilla pointed out to me that today is 13 days in Cheshvan. The corresponding Tehillim for this “day of the month” is “Kapitol 69” please look for it and say it, the Metaphor is The onslaught of water which looks to drown me the nimshal Dovid Hamelech in his prophecy bemoans Klal Yisroel’s plight in Golus (compares it to high waters) and Davens for our speedy redemption. How timely and appropriate for our time and day.
In Addition a day like today, hopefully an extra day off with the children at home gives us many opportunities to “catch up” on many things; including Homework, learning, quality time etc. Think about coming to shul with your son today. What lesson and memory would you create for a lifetime of the eternity of Torah under any and all circumstances.
The shul is open for Torah and Tefiloh with nice attendance. And added Tefillos Mincha 1:45, 2:45, and 5:35. Maariv 6:10. 8:45, 9:15, 10:00 and 10:30.
Brocho V’hatzlacha V’chol Tuv
From a Chicagoan in Israel: Friends of ours have a one year old son who is critical medical condition. If you have a few minutes, please say tehillim for Coby Yechiel ben Chana Sara. We are asking people to specifically say chapters 20, 23, 120, 121, 130, 142. Chaya Miriam
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Please pray for Dina Tzirel bas Chava Dear Naaleh Friend, Please pray for Dina Tzirel bas Chava, a young mother who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Please take a moment to recite the following two Psalms for her speedy and complete recovery: Psalm 6 and 130. In the merit of all of Klal Yisrael davening for each other, may we merit the ultimate redemption soon. Tehillim Update: Batya Emunah bat Bracha Chaya has been hospitalized, please add her to your prayers again. We regret to inform you of the passing of Avraham Moshe ben Tzirel z'l. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion. May we only hear good news, Hally Goldstein and the Naaleh family
Friday, October 26, 2012
[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A kinos hisorarus was held on erev shabbos in Mir Yerushalayim and Brachfeld marking the first yahrzeit of the rosh yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel ZT”L. In addition, mispallalim gathered at his kever in Har Menuchos on Friday morning, 10 Cheshvan 5773. Kol Chai Radio announced that many yeshivos around the country held a kinos hisorarus as well to mark the day of the petira of the Torah giant.
From Rabbi Alter: Klal Yisroel are rachmanim bnei rachmanim! Reminicent of 2 days after Moshe Rabbainu's call for donations for the Mishkan - we too must ask for no more donations of Esrogim - we have enough! Thank you Bnei Yisroel of Chicago!
Please daven for Ziv ben Margalit Another Surgery for Wounded Givati Brigade Officer Givati Company Commander Captain Ziv Shilon [bas Margalit] underwent another surgical procedure on erev shabbos. The young officer was injured seriously in a bomb attack along the Gaza border earlier in the week. As a result of his massive injuries, surgeons were forced to amputate his left hand and they are trying to save his other hand, which was also damaged in the explosion. He also sustained a shrapnel injury to his left eye. Baruch Hashem he was reported conscious and responsive on Thursday 9 Cheshvan 5773, but unfortunately he had to undergo another surgery on erev shabbos. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
One of the most important days in the month of Cheshvan is the 11th, which commemorates the day of passing of our matriarch Rachel. Rachel was Jacob's most beloved wife and was the principal of his household and thus the principal of the entire house of Israel. From the first day of the year, the 1st day of Tishrei, the 11th day of Cheshvan is the 41st day. 41 is the numerical value of the Hebrew word "eim," which means "mother," thus the 11th of Cheshvan is truly the Jewish Mother's Day.
Official Music video of “Rachel’s Children” featuring Michael Ian Elias Shot by Rachel’s tomb in Bethlehem, Israel Produced by Cecelia Margules Directed by Danny Finkelman Composed by Cecelia Margules Lyrics by Evelyn Hayes Music produced by Ruli Ezrachi Vocals by Michael Ian Elias Director of photography Mauricio Arenas Assistant Director – Daniel Nethanelov Edited by Sean Sinderbrand Backup vocals – Zemiros Choir Children’s choir – Shira Chadasha Choir, Jerusalem
Thursday, October 25, 2012
In the blink of an eye, a year has passed. This Shabbos will mark the first yahrtzeit of the Mirrer rosh yeshiva, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt”l.
Please daven for a 5 year old who is having surgery tomorrow morning. His name is Avrohom Aharon ben Shaina Bluma.
May I ask you to please send an email to your loyal followers asking for a significant yet easy mitzvah? Someone in the community who is undergoing chemotherapy has found that eating esrogim following treatment reduces the nausea side effect. If people still have their esrogim and would like to donate them for a especially great cause, please ask them if they can drop them off at my house 6710 N Richmond. Thanks so much!!! Avrohom M. Alter
Esrogim needed for urgent medical need! If you have any leftover from Succos or know of any source...please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you..Tizku L'mitzvot
Total in the past 24 hours, 80 rockets This morning, five were wounded in an attack against Israel. Ziv, a young soldier survived hours of surgery - he is currently in critical condition, is sedated, and is still on a respirator. Please pray for Ziv ben Margalit. Three temporary residents from Thailand were wounded - one with a head injury, one with shrapnel in his legs, and the last with light wounds that were treated at the scene.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Fresh off the release of the hit new CD “Yesh “Tikvah“, Benny Friedman launches his brand new website. It boasts a fully active web presence, including sections for music, videos, photos, and all of the many ways to follow Benny. The website also includes all the sheet music for Benny’s albums as well as a groundbreaking new feature, his own mini radio station. The station, Benny’s Radio, includes some of Benny’s favorite songs throughout Jewish music. You can also send Benny a message or even suggest a song! Make sure to bookmark this website to get the latest on everything Benny Friedman including the upcoming release of the Yesh Tikvah music video. Production has already started on the second music video, as well as special bonus content coming soon! http://bennysmusic.com/
Monday, October 22, 2012
Nachum welcomed Rabbi Chaim Kramer, Author and Director at the Breslov Research Institute to this morning's JM in the AM, live via telephone, to discuss the BRI and their upcoming Grand Siyum Dinner celebrating the completion of the Likutey Moharan in English. Nachum asked Rabbi Kramer to discuss Rav Nachman of Breslov zt"l and the impetus for creating the Breslov Research Institute. The celebration will be taking place this Sunday, October 28 at Terrace on the Park (52-11 111th Street, Flushing, NY 11368). "Jews of all stripes will stand together in celebration of this monumental achievement and bring recognition to a wondrous body of knowledge now available for the taking." Click the link to listen.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The Yetzer Hara, the evil inclination - tries constantly to trick us into neglecting what we're supposed to be doing. He gets us to chase after all kinds of seemingly important but really meaningless endeavors that leave us Empty-Handed.
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Parshas Noach contains the account of one of the most (in)famous cooperative efforts in human history: the (abortive) construction of the Migdal Bavel. The Torah makes no mention of how such cooperation was achieved, and it is particularly striking that no emperor, king or leader of any sort is mentioned. All of humanity apparently managed to agree on the enterprise and coordinate their efforts on their own, and so successfully that Hashem himself acknowledged that "nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do". In this journal we explore the general questions of whether and how a community, or any multiplicity of people, with common needs or goals can ensure that everyone involved contributes fairly to the common good, both initially, as well as after the fact when some have expended their own resources and are demanding compensation from the others who will benefit from their efforts.(AUDIO HERE) PRINT VERSION HERE
The opening parshiyot of the Torah portray a rather dismal picture of the human race and of our world generally. Everything noble and worthwhile seems to have spun away in a flood of vice, avarice, and murder. And this type of human behavior seems to have filtered down to the other forms of life on the planet as well. The great flood described in this week’s parsha can therefore be seen, so to speak, as a do-over, by God, of the time of creation. We all know the feeling that comes upon us when after working on a project for a period of time, when we become convinced of the project’s failure and are aware of the need to start all over again from the beginning, we must discard all that had previously been invested in the endeavor.
For the past two months much of the Jewish world, both public and private, has been on hold. Important decisions, as well as matters that in retrospect are now seen as perhaps less important, were postponed. “Call me after the holidays,” has been this rabbi’s mantra to requests made of him during this time period. But now it is after the holidays and the crunch of the past postponements and procrastinations have descended in full force. In my rabbinic career I have found that the month after the holidays of Tishrei to be the most dangerous time for family relations, partnership and monetary issues, communal disagreements and personal piques. It is as though the cover has been removed from the pressure cooker of the months of Elul and Tishrei, the time of personal introspection and attempted spiritual devotion.
Rav kook’s letter Here is a Torah from Rav Kook, which is mind blowing. We always think that when people act bad, they must be really bad people. The truth is a lot of them wanted to be so good, but they realized they needed someone like the Ba'al Shem to turn them around. A lot of kids want so much to learn, but they don’t have the right Rebbe and they become wild.