Friday, October 28, 2016

Cognitive Dissonance

לזכות הק' אלחנן בן הענא מרים שיחזור בתשובה שלימה יחד עם כל בית ישראל

People spend countless hours in shul davening before Rosh Hashana, on Rosh Hashana, Aseres Yemei Teshuva and then Yom Kippur. 

These same people only days later spend tens of thousands of dollars to pamper themselves in five star hotels while almost completely immersed in their physical pleasure, spending countless hours in idle chatter, destroying any relic of shmiras einayim [the way the women look and dress make it possible only for blind people not be stumble] and act as if they were not supposed to be on the level of angels only days before. 

So on one hand - every one of these people is MUCH better than I am in countless ways [I just can't afford hotels but if I could, who knows - maybe I'd be there too]. There is no doubt about that. Nobody knows better than me how much I am filled with רע and how little good I do. 

On the other hand I am using this forum in order to cry out "YIDDEN - don't lose all of the great madreigos you reached over the last month and a half." It is really not worth it. This world is soooooo fleeting. If you have extra money - I can think of a few mitzvos you can spend it on and you won't lose out. All you need to be TRULY happy is an internal world filled with meaning. 

ודי למבין ואין כאן מקום להאריך אם כי צריך להאריך בזה מאד. והדברים נוקבים עד עמקי תהום!

Parshas Breishis - The True Meaning Of Rest

Shhhaaalooommmmm sweeeeetest friends!!!!!

A huuuuuge mazel toooov to R' Yosef Tzvi and Myra Ehrman on the engagement of their daughter Esti to Aharon Gewirtzman!! May they be zocheh to build a beautiful home filled with simcha and ahava. A special mazel to the grandparents R' and Mrs. Yitzchak Yonah Ehrman on this special simcha! May they go from simcha to simcha in good health and prosperity!!

This dvar Torah should be a zchus li-ilui nishmas HaRv Hechossid R' Yisrael Tzvi ben R' Tzadok, the father of Mori Vi-rabi Ha-Admor Shlita who was niftar on the first day of Succos. 

Also li-zchus refual my beloved friend and pillar of Torah and chesed R' Yehoshua Meir ben Rochel Soroh, R' Noach ben Chaya Liba and Naomi bas Tova bi-toch shear cholei yisrael!!!!

And also as a zchus for my most beloved friend R' Yosef Ezra ben Esther and his family who have just moved to a new home, new town, new neighbors, new lots of things. May all of this newness bring in its wake limitless simcha, hatzlacha and prosperity. May R' Yosef be rich like Bill Gates, a talmid chochom like Rav Ovadiah Yosef and a tzadik like the Chofetz Chaim!!!

"If there was a reward for laziness I'd probably have someone pick it up for me".

In this weeks parsha we read about Shabbos [or "Shabbat" or "The Sabbath"]. Chazal [based on the pesukim] tell us that we rest just as Hashem rested [הכתיב על עצמו מנוחה]. In our tfilas mincha on Shabbos we say יכירו בניך וידעו כי מאתך היא מנוחתם - We have a special prayer asking that we RECOGNIZE that our rest is like Hashem's rest. We find this NOWHERE else. We don't ask that we should recognize that we are wearing tzitzis or giving tzdaka just as Hashem does [the medrash teaches that Hashem keeps the mitzvos אשר קדשנו במצותיו - He sanctified us with His mitzvos]. Why specifically here? 

They say that hard work never killed anyone but why take the chance? - Ronald Reagan 

Here is a CRUCIAL message! 

People often mistakenly think that to rest on Shabbos is just Religious-Divine license to be lazy. 

Not so!!

The sefarim are FILLED with warnings and exhortations not to be lazy. Shabbos should be the BUSIEST day of the week. "Menucha" doesn't mean "doing nothing". That is the dream of many who have no idea what life is about. A goy will often wait anxiously for retirement so he can finally "chill" and do nothing. He can finally sleep late and have little or no responsibility. Jews retire in order to learn in Kollel FINALLY [I am hoping to start a Kollel for retirees - all I need is the finding and it's DONE!! If anybody wants to stand behind it please tell me]. 

Shabbos - aahhhhhhhhhh Shabbos - is about resting the BODY in order that the soul should get busy. Just as Hashem doesn't keep Shabbos in the material sense of doing nothing so our Shabbos is not about doing nothing. As the sefer Ksav Vi-kabbalah says, Shabbos is designed in order that one can focus on ענינים אלוהיים - G-dly matters. Shabbos is a time to put away the smartphone [you are blessed if you don't have one to put away...], turn off the computer, forget Facebook and ... FACE THE BOOK!!! Open up holy books and reconnect with their help to you core being - נשמה שנתת בי - that holy eternal soul with which we are all endowed. The Medrash Tanna D'bei Eliyahu says that we should make Shabbos - כולה תורה - completely devoted to learning. 

Rest means feeling that we are in our "zone". About Yisachar it says יששכר חמור גרם וכו' וירא מנוחה כי טוב ויט שכמו לסבול - Yisachar is like a donkey. He saw that menucha - rest - was good so he went ot work HARD.

So odd!! Why would one work if he sees that REST is good? Chazal say that the rest the pasuk refers to is Torah study. He saw that he was at peace when he was plumbing the depths of G-dly wisdom so he got to work.

We opened with the tefilla יכירו בניך וידעו כי מאתך היא מנוחתם - We need to know that Shabbos comes from Hashem. It is a time to become more spiritual and less material. It doesn't matter how much money you have or what your social status is. All that matters is that you have a day to get to the essence of who you are and find Hashem in that place. 

Beloved friends!!!! We are SOOOOO LUCKY! We have this special GIFT [see Shabbos 10] that has so much potential. If we do it right then our entire week is permeated with the simcha and elevation of Shabbos. Let us take advantage of every second. Take your Shabbos shluf and tell your body "this is to make you happy" but when you awaken it is then time to get to work. Holy G-dly work. 

A blissful Shabbos to ALLLLL of my holy friends !!
Bi-ahava rabba,

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kiddush in The Desert

בקשר לתירוץ הראשון - יש לחלק [כפי שכתבו האחרונים] בין מי שבודאי מחוייב וספק אם יצא ידי חובתו לבין מי שיש לו ספק בעצם חלות החיוב. אם אכל כדי שביעה חייב לברך בתורת ודאי [לדעת הפרי חדש ודלא כדעת רעק"א] אבל המסופק אם היום שבת וכן אם לא יודע אם אכל פת רגילה או פת אורז, שיש ספק בעצם חלות חיוב ברכת המזון, חייב רק בתורת ספק ואינו יכול להוציא חבירו אם חייב חברו בתורת ודאי כי הוא חייב רק בתורת ספק. 

אבל עצם ההערה שלו נכון וצריך לברך מספק. ויש להאריך ואכ"מ. 


Non-ruchani people have their ego bound up in their job, money, social status or other silliness.

Ruchani people have their ego bound up in how well and how much they learn, which famous rabbonim they are close to and how many mitzvos they do. 

Emes-dikke ruchani people, true Bnei and Bnos Aliyah - eradicate their ego and realize that it's not about them at all.

The gemara says that there is no room for Hashem when people are full of themselves.

Simman la-davar: E.G.O. roshei teivos Edge G-d Out.

Bi-ahava rabba,

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Who Is The King?

Rav Zweig 

“He became King over Yeshurun” (33:5) The Ibn Ezra renders the verse, “Vayehi bishurun melech” – “He became King over Yeshurun (i.e. Israel)”, as a reference to Moshe being the King of Israel.1 The Ramban points out that this interpretation contradicts the following Talmudic discourse: A major component of the Rosh Hashona prayers is a section known as “malchiyos”, which declares the existence and total sovereignty of Hashem. One of the verses that the Talmud lists which should be recited within this section is the verse, “Vayehi bishurun melech”2,3 Clearly, the King being referred to in the verse is Hashem, not Moshe. How does the Ibn Ezra resolve this apparent contradiction? 

A more striking contradiction can be found in Rashi’s commentary on the Torah. When explaining the verse “He became King over Yeshurun”, Rashi defines “King” as “Hashem”.4 

In Parshas Beha’aloscha, Hashem commands that a set of trumpets be fashioned for Moshe’s exclusive use. Rashi comments that they were used in a manner befitting a king. Here Rashi cites the verse, “He became King over Yeshurun” to prove that Moshe had the status of king.5 

The Talmud teaches that, although a scholar may waive the honor which is due to him, a king is not permitted to do so.6 The Mordechai, one of the early Talmudic codifiers, sheds some light on the reason for this. A scholar, who earns the right to be honored, may relinquish this right. However, the honor due to a king is Hashem’s honor: “ki laHashem hamlucha” – “For sovereignty belongs to Hashem”.7 Therefore, a king has no right to waive the honor due to him.8 The Jewish notion of monarchy is that the king functions as a conduit for Hashem’s sovereignty over the world. This is what is meant by sovereignty belonging to Hashem. Moshe Rabbeinu epitomizes the notion of the Jewish king being the conduit for Hashem’s sovereignty over this world. As Chazal say “Shechina midaberes mitoch grono” – “The Divine Presence speaks through Moshe’s mouth.”9 Therefore, there is no contradiction in interpreting the verse “He became King over Yeshurun” as referring to both Hashem and Moshe, for Moshe’s sovereignty is, in reality, the sovereignty of Hashem. 

3.Rosh Hashona 32b 
6.Kiddushin 32b 
7.Tehillim 22:29 
8.Gittin Perek Hanizakin see also Maharsha Kiddushin 32b 
9.See Mechilta Shemos 19:19

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