Friday, October 31, 2014
From an Aneinu member: We are waiting for test results for our son. Can you ask that tehillim be said for a favorable outcome until we get the results? IY'H tomorrow or next week? His name is Gavriel Tzvi ben Basha Rochel. May we hear good news very soon, and only share good news.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Regarding the terror victim shot yesterday, we received this from someone who spoke to an immediate family member: correct name is: Yehuda Yehoshua ben Ita Bryna (Ita is pronounced Eeta with a long e, the y in Bryna = long i pronunciation.)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
From Debby in Israel: Leah bat Faiga, who had a stroke and seemed to be recovering and ready to move to Shikum, but she suddenly spiked a fever and now all of her body systems appear to be failing. Please daven for her for the next 4 days, thank you.
Ywn Aneinu BREAKING: Yehuda Glick, Well-Known ‘Temple Mount’ Activist Seriously Wounded By Gunfire In Jerusalem; Reported To Be Critical
Please be Mispallel for Yehuda Yeshua ben Brenda, who was just shot in an apparent terrorist attack. Yehuda Glick, was critically wounded on Wednesday night after he was shot in close range in his upper body during an annual event of the “Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement” at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.
Noach is an enigma. He is introduced to us as “a righteous man, perfect in his generation.” Our sages pick up on the qualifying statement of being perfect in his generation. While some consider this high praise, others see in this a diminution of his greatness – had he lived in the time of the patriarch Abraham, he would not have been considered righteous at all. Both views are then bolstered by the same verse. After spending 120 years building the ark according to Hashem’s specific instructions, after gathering animals of every species into the ark, after it actually starts raining heavily, Noach finally goes into the ark “because of the waters of the flood.” Not because Hashem commanded him, but because the flood waters had reached his ankles and he was forced inside. It is this delay that our commentators criticize and for which they call Noach a man of little (small) faith. Did Noach really have little faith that the flood would come? Click here for Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein.
Are we naturally good or naturally bad? On this great minds have argued for centuries. Hobbes believed that we have naturally “a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.” We are bad, but governments and police can help limit the harm we do. Rousseau to the contrary believed that naturally we are good. It is society and its institutions that make us bad.
The main character described in this week's Torah reading is naturally Noach himself. I think that the Torah wishes to illustrate, through Noach’s personality and his reactions to the impending disaster and to the world afterwards - the challenges of being a survivor. Everyone who has ever survived a serious challenge or tragedy replays in one's mind what might have been done differently, and whether the tragedy could somehow have been averted. There is always, as well, that element of guilt which every survivor carries with him or her. Noach had ample warning as to the arrival of the flood – a flood that would destroy civilization as he knew it. There are different opinions in the commentaries to the Torah as to whether Noach really tried to save his surrounding neighbors or whether he was mainly passive, hoping that somehow by publicly building the Ark they would get the message. Whatever opinion we adopt, it is obvious that Noach was unsuccessful in saving his generation from destruction.
What is Europe’s problem and hang up with the State of Israel? Why is it so focused on this Middle Eastern conflict, almost to the exclusion of other seemingly greater issues closer to home? Anti-Semitism certainly plays a role in this European fixation regarding Israel but I do not believe that it is the sole, and perhaps not even the main catalyst driving European policies, statements and actions.
Why an Ark? Why was it necessary for Noah to build an ark to save his family from the Flood's destruction? Could God not have arranged an easier way to rescue him? The Midrash raises this question, explaining that the 120 years that Noah worked constructing the enormous boat were meant to provide the people of his generation with an opportunity to repent.
Not all tzaddikim are equal. Different individuals attain different levels of holiness and righteousness. The Torah calls our attention to these distinctions when it describes Noah and Abraham with similar yet slightly different phrases. Regarding Noah, the Torah states that he "walked with God" (Gen. 6:9). To Abraham, on the other hand, God commanded, "Walk before Me" (Gen. 17:1). Noah walked with God, while Abraham walked before God. What is the difference? Which is better? Interestingly, we find in the Torah a third expression for living a holy life. The Torah charges us to "walk after the Lord, your God" (Deut. 13:5). Where does 'walking after God' fit in?
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
TODAY IS RAV OVADIA YOSEF YORTZEIT. Rabbi Schacter describes the personalty and halachic decisions of Rav Yosef and stories of his brilliance and hasmada. Rav Yosef conducted selichos at the kotel for all types of people. Discussed are his psak on: kasharus, writing teshuvos before being forty years old, wearing a watch under tifilin, starting to daven earlier than the minyan, using a katan for a minyan, skipping tachanun for a rebba's yartzeit, shiur bracha acharona on whiskey, women recting a bracha on a mitzvas aseh shehazeman grama, when to say tefilas haderech, performing a milah in the afternoon, having a ger reciting birchas hatorah after his tevilah, plastic utensils not requiring tevila, proper kesiva for a torah, doing yebum today, and many other issues of halacha.
Tefilos are requested on behalf of Rabbi Shlomo Shalush Shlita, who is hospitalized and in a medically induced coma. The rav serves as the Chief Rabbi of Haifa. He is listed in critical condition in Carmel Hospital in Haifa following successful CPR during the night. The family of the rav and his talmidim are calling on the tzibur to be mispallel on his behalf שלמה בן מזל טוב בתוך שאר חולי ישראל. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
Sunday, October 26, 2014
UPDATE: B’Chasdei Hashem, The NSW police force has released to the public that Michelle Levy has been found. Her parents also said on Monday morning that she has been found safe, reportedly in Surry Hills, and were on their way to collect her. The police force tweeted out that she was located in the Eastern Suburbs. No more follow up will be reported regarding this story.
Please daven for 11 year old MICHAL AVIVA BAS CHANA RIVKA, Michelle Levy, who went missing from her home in Sydney, Australia. She was last seen at her home around 6:30 PMShabbos afternoon. Hundreds of volunteers have been mobilized and are assisting in the search.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
BS"D YEMIMA BAS AVRAHAM AVINU was critically injured in the attack which killed 3 month old Chaya Zissel bas Shmuel HY"D. She is in a coma. Please go on the tehillim yahad website link below and say tehillim for her, and keep her in your daily prayers, thank you. Below that link is an article about her. http://tehilimyahad.com/mr.jsp?r=Fudis7dfI1 Article: http://voices-magazine.blogspot.co.il/2014/10/to-live-as-jew.html debby mayer
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Now that we have restarted the Torah portion of the week cycle, it is the perfect time to head to Eichler’s, the “World’s Judaica Store,” and check out there enormous selection of books on the book of Bereishes and beyond. Nachum hosted Meyer and Shlomo Eichler live at JM in the AM this morning for a comprehensive look at what is available.
Please take a minute today, Thursday at 12:00 pm EST to say Tehillim Kapital Chof and Samach Alef (61) for Bracha Miriam bas Chana, who is in urgent need of a refuah shelaima. Message from Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Bikur Cholim: We request of our community to please take a minute today, Thursday at 12:00 pm EST to say Tehillim Kapital Chof and Samach Alef (61) for Bracha Miriam bas Chana, who is in urgent need of a refuah shelaima.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
OU TORAH Parshas Bereishis 5775 The Genesis of Justice By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
There are words that change the world, none more so than two sentences that appear in the first chapter of the Torah: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. The idea set forth here is perhaps the most transformative in the entire history of moral and political thought. It is the basis of the civilization of the West with its unique emphasis on the individual and on equality. It lies behind Thomas Jefferson’s words in the American Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal [and] are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights …” These truths are anything but self evident. They would have been regarded as absurd by Plato who held that society should be based on the myth that humans are divided into people of gold, silver and bronze and it is this that determines their status in society. Aristotle believed that some are born to rule and others to be ruled.
OU TORAH Parshas Bereishis 5775 The World’s Most Enduring Moral Voice By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Judaism entered the world as a moral voice. It did so from the beginning, from its account of creation itself. There we read, almost like a litany, “God said, Let there be … and there was … and God saw that it was good.” The emphasis is on the word good. This is the language of morality, not myth. Nor is it science. Physics and chemistry do not speak about the “goodness” of the cosmos. Yet the Torah does, and for a reason. It wants us to know that there is a moral dimension to existence. Goodness is not something we invent. It is part of the text and texture of life as seen through the eye of faith.
In the whirlwind cascade of events that fill this opening parsha of the Torah, one can easily be overwhelmed by the sheer number of subjects discussed. Nevertheless, I think we can all agree that the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, after they exercised their free will to disobey God's commandment, is an important issue to dwell upon and discuss.
Does the Torah mention unicorns? Well, not explicitly. Yet the Talmud states that the bull which Adam offered up to God had but one horn, centered in the middle of its forehead (Shabbat 28b). What were the Sages trying to tell us? Why does it matter how many horns Adam's bull had?
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Penticon Technologies Brings the Classic “Luach” App to the iPhone. Nachum Hosted Howie Hirsch on JM in the AM to Get all the Exciting Details.
Excitement was in the air as Nachum hosted Howie Hirsch, the creator of “Luach,” the amazing Jewish calendar app for the palm-pilot on this morning’s JM in the AM. Howie and Penticon Technologies have brought “Luach” into the 21st century by making it available for iPhone users. Visit the Penticon website HERE and make sure to get your Luach today!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Nachum hosted Rabbi Jack Abramowitz, Editor of OU Torah for a comprehensive look at the OU Torah 5775 line-up. Whether you are a fan of studying the weekly Torah portion, Nach, Mishnayot or most any other aspect of Torah, OU Torah is an incredible resource that will meet your needs.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
For Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Torah is at once the oldest and the most contemporary document directing human lives. In this highly acclaimed, five-volume series of weekly biblical commentary, Rabbi Riskin helps each reader extract deeply personal, contemporary lessons from the traditional biblical accounts. As Rabbi Riskin writes in the introduction to Torah Lights, The struggle with Torah reflects the struggle with life itself. The ability of the Torah to speak to every generation and every individual at the same time is the greatest testimony to its divinity. Published in cooperation with Ohr Torah Stone Colleges & Graduate Programs. Click here for the Nachum Segal By The Book interview.
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Torah MiEtzion presents original, insightful essays on the Bible by the rabbis of Yeshivat Har Etzion, one of today's most vibrant and influential schools of modern biblical interpretation. Since its founding in Israel in 1968, Yeshivat Har Etzion has emphasized Bible study alongside Talmud study in order to foster what its founder, Rabbi Yehuda Amital zl, called an organic understanding of Torah and Torah philosophy. The result has been the development of a unique, analytically rigorous, creative, interpretive method that is infused with a profound quest for meaning. This first volume of Torah MiEtzion, which examines the Torah portions of the Book of Bereshit, includes essays by Rabbis Aharon Lichtenstein, Menachem Leibtag, Chanoch Waxman, Yoel Bin-Nun, Elchanan Samet, Yonatan Grossman, Yaakov Medan and other leading scholars.