Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Warm Heart for the Cold Winter

The Shpola Zeideh ("Grandfather of Shpola"), a disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch, was a man of intense fervor, far more than any of his colleagues - the Maggid's other disciples. When he visited the Alter Rebbe in Liadi in 5569 or 5570 (1809 or 1810) he related that when he was a child of three he saw the Baal Shem Tov. "He placed his holy hand on my heart and ever since I have felt warm."

A gesture of a tzadik, certainly seeing him and hearing his voice, must make an impression never to be forgotten.

(From a Sicha by the Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch)

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Friday, December 10, 2010

The Shaagas Aryeh Rav of Metz - A Story for Parashas VaYigash

"And Pharaoh said to Yaakov how long have you lived?" (Bereishis 47:8)
 
The Gaon Rav Aryeh Leib Ginzberg the author of Shaagas Aryeh was already seventy years old when he was appointed as the chief Rabbi of Metz.
 
When he arrived to take up his new role he heard the rumor that some of the townspeople were quite upset that such an old man had been appointed as their new chief rabbi. They were hoping for a younger man full of life and vitality with many good years ahead of him.
 
That Shabbos Parashas VaYigash he gave his Shabbos derasha and addressed this very topic:
 
"We find in this week's parasha that when our forefather the patriarch Yaakov to Egypt, Pharaoh asked him "how old are you?" and he answered him, "the days of my life are one hundred and thirty, they have been few, hard and difficult years these days of my life and they have not reached the days of the lives of my forefathers."
 
This poses several difficulties, firstly why did Pharaoh bother asking Yaakov how old he was? And why did Yaakov answer Pharaoh that "the days of my life . . have been few, hard and difficult?" He wasn't asked that at all? He should have simply answered that he was one hundred and thirty years old?!
 
"The answer is," explained the Shaagas Aryeh, "that Pharaoh observed that as soon as Yaakov arrived the land of Egypt was blessed and the hunger and famine ceased, he therefore worried over Yaakov's apparent old age, perhaps he would soon pass away and all these blessings would end and leave with his passing? This is why he asked Yaakov his age. However Yaakov understood all this, therefore he answered Pharaoh that he was one hundred and thirty years old however he explained that these years were few, since they did not reach the days of his forefathers who lived to ripe old ages of one hundred and eighty years. And further Yaakov explained that his apparent old age was a result of the difficult life he had lived, this had caused him to age prematurely so that he appeared older than he really was."
 
"So is the case with me," continued the Shaagas Aryeh, "I am not as old as you think, my life has had certain trials and difficulties which have caused me to age. And G-d willing I shall serve as your rabbi for over twenty years to come." And so it was that the tzadik's words were fulfilled and he served as the chief rabbi of Metz for over twenty years!
 
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Yud Tes Kislev and the Berditchever

From the upcoming MeOros Kedushas Levi on the Chumash Volume on Bereishis:
 

Just before the Alter Chabad Rebbe, Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi, was taken away on trumped-up charges of subversive activities against the government, his brother-in-law, Rav Yisrael Kosik, came to him and asked for instructions.
 
"Go immediately," said the Rebbe, "and I mean immediately, to Petersburg. Go just as you are now, without delay. Someone else should also go to Berditchev to inform Rav Levi Yitzchak so that he may pray for me."
 
Losing no time, Rav Yisrael left for Petersburg without even changing clothes. Nor did he return to his hometown in Babinovitch to obtain a passport, but instead borrowed one belonging to a friend. Meanwhile, someone else left for Berditchev, as the Rebbe had ordered, but in all the excitement and haste, the man forgot to note the name of the Alter Rebbe's mother, which is needed for the kvittel, the petition, which is called a pidyon nefesh (literally, "redemption of the soul").
 
In Berditchev the emissary informed Rav Levi Yitzchak of what had happened. The Berditchever fell to the floor in agony and cried bitterly over his mechutan's terrible predicament. Finally he composed himself enough to interrogate the emissary on the Alter Rebbe's state of mind when he was taken.
 
"Was he upset?"
 
Receiving an affirmative answer, Rav Levi Yitzchak inquired further.
 
"Was he deeply upset or just a little upset?"
 
"It appeared that he was only a little upset," replied the emissary. "I noticed that he forgot to take along his house slippers, but he did not forget to take his tallis and tefillin."
 
Rav Levi Yitzchak was very impressed by this reply and commended the man's power of observation.
 
"Now tell me, what is the name of the Alter Rebbe's mother?"
 
The emissary, of course, did not know what to answer since in his haste to arrive in Berditchev he forgot to ask for the name. By the time he remembered to ask, he was already far along his way and was afraid to return because the Alter Rebbe had emphasized the importance of speed.
 
There was a Chumash on the table. The Berditchever opened it, and the first verse he saw was in parashas Miketz: "Yaakov saw that there were provisions [shever] in Egypt" (Bereishis 42:1). "The word shever," said the Berditchever, "is an acrostic for Shneur ben Rivka."
 
Someone asked the Berditchever why it couldn't be Rachel, which also begins with a reish. He answered that the word shever contains two letters from the name Rivka, a reish and a beis. And so it was. Rav Shneur Zalman himself sometimes signed his name "Shneur ben Rivka."70
 
The Lubavitcher Rebbe recorded another version of the story:
 
Before the Alter Chabad Rebbe, Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi, was incarcerated on false charges, he sent a pidyon nefesh, a letter of petition, to Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev through Rav Yaakov Smilianer. The letter said, "To awaken heavenly mercy and attempt that all my thoughts will be actualized from their potential state with no spiritual injury or bodily harm." He told Rav Yaakov that he should read over this pidyon nefesh so that "the letters will be engraved in your memory."
 
When Rav Yaakov reached Berditchev, he realized that he had lost the petition. But he was able to recite the contents of the lost letter from memory, since they were "engraved in his mind." However, when Rav Levi Yitzchak asked Rav Yaakov for the name of Rav Shneur Zalman's mother, Rav Yaakov could not tell him because he did not know it. The Berditchever lit up his lilke (a long pipe that many Rebbes once smoked) and said, "With this pipe I could burn up all of Petersburg!"
 
"Berditchever Rav!" responded Rav Yaakov. "Our Rebbe is a Russian Rebbe. He represents the attributes of Chabad — [the acronym of] chochmah, binah, and da'as, wisdom, insight, and knowledge." (Meaning that he did not need to resort to miracles.)
 
Rav Levi Yitzchak gave him a long look and said in jest, "See what a Russian chassid is like? For him even a Rebbe without a mother does fine!"
 
Rav Levi Yitzchak then left for the mikveh, with Rav Yaakov following behind. After Rav Levi Yitzchak immersed, he came out, washed his hands, and said, "Now I know that there are provisions [shever] in Egypt!" (based on Bereishis 42:1). Yes, there is hope because there is shever in Egypt," indicating that the Alter Rebbe would be released (since shever is an acronym of Shneur ben Rivka).
 
Upon his release from prison, the Alter Chabad Rebbe wrote three letters, informing of his release — one to Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, one to Rav Baruch of Mezhibuz, and one to all his chassidim. This is the letter he wrote to Rav Levi Yitzchak:
 
I have received a blessing and shall return one to my honored and beloved Rebbe and genius, the pious and ascetic master Rav Levi Yitzchak, and to all those who take shelter in his shade, the shadow of wisdom. May they all have life forever, especially his precious children, may they live.
 
I was drawn close to G-d, who uplifted me to inform the humble and the upright of heart of the joyous tidings. "Rejoice in G-d, you righteous" (Tehillim 97:12), and praise the Name of your G-d who performed a great miracle! I shall recount a tale that defies description — how G-d acted wondrously and magnificently on earth, made wondrous and great His great and holy Name, which publicly became exalted and sanctified, especially in the eyes of all the officers and people in the king's provinces. They, too, consider this matter so exceptionally wondrous that they said, " 'This must be from G-d, for it is wondrous in our eyes' (based on Tehillim 118:23). It is a sign that G-d is surely with us, and there is none other besides Him."
 
Who am I that G-d took me so far, that through so lowly a person as myself the Name of Heaven was exalted and sanctified? It must be because their principal battle was in essence a war against the teachings of the Ba'al Shem Tov, his disciples and their disciples. And it was G-d's will to favor us in the merit of the Holy Land and its inhabitants — this stood by us and will stand by us in every time of need, to bring us freedom and salvation, to widen that which is narrow and deliver us from agony and raise our horn for the glory of G-d, who forever sits on High and rejoices in His Creation, if it pleases Him.
 
It ought to be mentioned that this day that Hashem was with us is the day on which it twice said, "It is good" — the nineteenth of the Hebrew month of Kislev, the great anniversary of the passing of our holy Rebbe and teacher, zt"l [the yahrtzeit of the Maggid of Mezritch]. As [I was reciting Tehillim and] I reached the pasuk "My soul was freed in peace" (Tehillim 55:19),72 and before I even began the next verse, I departed in peace. I hereby conclude with peace from the G-d of peace.
 
These are the words of your beloved friend, who constantly prays for your welfare,
 
Shneur Zalman, the son of Reb Baruch, z"l.
 
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Yud Tes Kislev Rosh HaShana of Chassidus in Chabad

Where Are You? Told by the Lubavitcher Rebbe ZY"A Zatza"l

In 1798, Rav Schneur Zalman of Liadi was imprisoned on charges, put forth by the opponents of Chassidism, that his teachings undermined the imperial authority of the czar. For fifty-two days he was held in the Peter-Paul Fortress in Petersburg.

Among the Rav's interrogators was a government minister who possessed broad knowledge of the Bible and Jewish studies. On one occasion, he asked the Rebbe to explain the verse (Genesis 3:9), "And G‑d called out to the man and said to him: 'Where are you?'" Did G‑d not know where Adam was?

Rav Schneur Zalman presented the explanation offered by several of the commentaries: the question "Where are you?" was merely a "conversation opener" on the part of G‑d, who did not wish to unnerve Adam by immediately confronting him with his wrongdoing.

"What Rashi says, I know," said the minister. "I wish to hear how the Rebbe understands the verse."

"Do you believe that the Torah is eternal?" asked the Baal HaTanya. "Do you believe that its every word applies to every individual, under all conditions, at all times?"

"Yes," replied the minister.

Rav Schneur Zalman was extremely gratified to hear this. The czar's minister had affirmed a principle which lies at the basis of the teachings of the holy Ba'al Shem Tov, the very teachings and ideology for which he was standing trial!

"'Where are you?'" explained the Rav, "is G‑d's perpetual call to every man. Where are you in the world? What have you accomplished? You have been allotted a certain number of days, hours, and minutes in which to fulfill your mission in life. You have lived so many years and so many days,"—here Rav Schneur Zalman spelled out the exact age of the minister—"Where are you? What have you achieved?"

Told by the Lubavitcher Rebbe Zatza"l on 19 Kislev, 5718 (December 12, 1957), on the occasion of the 159th anniversary of Rabbi Schneur Zalman's release from prison.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

appendix

Sorry the story was unclear
 
Young Reb Dovid Moshe never had his appendix removed "And therefore my parents did allow them to operate on me"
should have read as "And therefore my parents did NOT allow them to operate on me"
 
My mistake thanks to one of my readers for pointing this out
 
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My recent appendicitis and the Chortkover's yahrzeit 13 Kislev

As wikipedia will tell you:
 
Appendicitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the appendix. It is classified as a medical emergency.
 
Last Thursday the stomach pain was terrible and by Friday Erev Shabbos I was in the emergency room of Hadassa Ein Karem hospital on the outskirts of Jerusalem. To make a long story short we caught it in the nick of time and I had emergency surgery and was out before Shabbos. Baruch Hashem it was a success and I am home recovering.
 
Please daven for my recovery Tal Moshe ben Esther Frima.
 
 
During my hospital stay on parashas VaYishlach it was the Yorzeit of the holy Reb Yisroel Chortkover, zy"a and I was reading my complimentary copy of HaModia and I happened to read the following Chassidishe Ma'aseh which I will now share with you about appendicitis:
 
Rav Yisroel Friedman of Chortkov was a son of Rav Dovid Moshe of Chortkov and a grandson of the heilige Rizhiner zy"a. He himself had a grandson, named Reb Dovid Moshe later of Edgeware. More about him here http://www.nishmas.org/gdynasty/chapt13.htm
 
The story told was about Reb Dovid Moshe, when he was an older man his son was home with him alone. His son Reb Dov Ber Friedman related that his father's pain was intense and his suffering was great, this was unusual since once when he had had a heart attack he had not even complained! So when he told his son that the pain was unbearable he grew frightened and accompanied him to the emergency ward. Reb Dovid Moshe had been sick of late with the illness that a year later would claim his life and the doctors and nurses had been treating him and knew him well. They were therefore quite surprised at his reaction.
 
After examining him as he lay on the hospital bed and as they wheeled him towards the surgery ward the doctor mentioned to the nurse that it is a sever attack of appendicitis and that they were going to operate and do emergency surgery to remove his appendix before it burst.
 
When Reb Dovid Moshe heard this he began to protest loudly that under no circumstances whatsoever did he agree to the surgery! The doctors and nurses were at a loss, on the one hand they saw he was suffering and in great pain, on the other hand here the man they knew well lay there adamntly refusing surgery. When the doctor suggested instead an x-ray he agreed, and lo and behold the x-ray indicated a fracture pressing against his stomach which gave the impression that he had an enlarged appendix. When the astonished Doctor explained they would do surgery to correct this fracture Reb Dovid Moshe agreed.
 
Afterwards the son turned to his father for an explanation of this seemingly prophetic episode, Reb Dovid Moshe who was to weak to be totally anesthitzied and was therefore awake after only local anesthetic was applied explained:
 
"When I was a young biy I suffered greatly from appendicitis. After the second occasion the doctors wanted to operate saying that if the situation was delayed further it might rupture and causes an infection, heaven forbid. My zeide the holy Reb Yisroel Chortkover visited me bikur cholim and sat on my bedside and said to me "you will not suffer from your appendix anymore." And therefore my parents did allow them to operate on me. Now when the doctor said it was appendicitis I know he must be mistaken! For did not my holy zeide say to me that my appendix would not bother me again? However to do an xray I agreed and to repair the fracture I agreed as well, because that is certainly possible and when it comes to sound medical advice I listen to the doctor."
 
 
(Source Rav Yechiel Yehoshua Rabinowitz Tiferes Yisroel vaYetze p3 - as it appears in this past week's Hamodia supplement on the article about Rav Yisroel Friedman of Chortkov in Hebrew p12-13)
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

RAIN!!!

The dire situation in Eretz Yisrael demands that we all take part in the upcoming day of davening for the badly-needed rains that are not falling in the Holy Land. Crops are being destroyed, and the water, the essence of life, is not falling.

Following last week's fast day, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has declared Monday, 22 Kislev (NOVEMBER 29th) a day of fasting and prayer, a day which the Rabbis hope will extend to Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora.

At 15:30, a prayer event will commence at the Kotel, in the presence of Rishon L'Tzion Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita, and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Yechiel Metzger Shlita. The chief rabbis call on those unable to attend the Kotel event to gather in local shuls and continue praying on a community level.

The documents appear in the original Hebrew.

תפילה בכותל

http://www.jerusalemkoshernews.com/wp-content/uploads/d7aad7a4d799d79cd794-d791d79bd795d7aad79c.pdf 

עצרת צום ותפילה על גשמים

http://www.jerusalemkoshernews.com/wp-content/uploads/d7a2d7a6d7a8d7aa-d7a6d795d79d-d795d7aad7a4d799d79cd794-d7a2d79c-d792d7a9d79ed799d79d-d7aad7a9d7a2-d790.pdf 

נוסח תפילה על גשמים

http://www.jerusalemkoshernews.com/wp-content/uploads/d7a0d795d7a1d797-d7aad7a4d799d79cd794-d7a2d79c-d792d7a9d79ed799d79d-d7aad7a9d7a2-d790.pdf 

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Chassidic Books & Their History

Announcing the launch of a new blog that should interest anyone who enjoys the study of Chassidus, Chassidic Rebbes and Tzadikim; Chassidishe Stories and Ma'asim:

The Hassidic Seforim Blog: Chassidic Books & Their History

Each week I will add a new post describing some of the classic Chassidic Seforim and Sippurei Tzadikim books, periodicals and what they contain, usually I will choose a sefer or seforim available online for free in PDF format so you can actually download the sefer and study it~!

So stay tuned for the launch this coming week...

Thanks

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

WachtNacht in Pitsburg Ashdod במעמד הקרי"ש בבית כ"ק מרן אדמו"ר שליט"א

WachtNacht in Pitsburg Ashdod במעמד הקרי"ש בבית כ"ק מרן אדמו"ר שליט"א

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Understanding the Akeidah on our level a Kopischnitz Torah

I was zoche to be at the bris this morning of Chaim Lazar 's baby harach hanimol Yaakov Nechemia, at Congregation Ohev Yisroel, Ramat Shilo, here in Ramat Bet Shemesh
 
Honored with Sandak was Rav Binyamin's father the Kopishnitza Rebbe of Yerushalayim Shlit"a a descendant of the holy Apta Rav the Ohev Yisroel.
 
After the bris the Kopishnitza Rebbe drank le'chaim with a few of us and shared the following:
 
He spoke in the name of Alter Kopishnitzer and said how he had described the nidayon of the Akeidah on his own level.
 
The Kopischnitzer Rebbe rarely spoke words of divrei Torah, but on Rosh HaShanna night he said the following:
 
The Kopischnitzer asked regarding Avraham Avinu's nisayon at the Akeidah that actually Hashem had spoken to Avraham and asked him to do the something that was seemingly impossible!
 
He had asked him not to take his own life but to shecht a yid! And the fact that Yitzchak was his own son through him he expected his descendants to continue was another thing. But to shect another yid?! How can a yid do such a thing?! How could Hashem have asked that of Avraham Avinu?! To shecht another yid?!
 
"I myself," he said in a rare personal glimpse into his own story of horror and suffering, "when the Nazis may their names be obliterated and erased, came and took me, I went readily with simcha and energy and said to myself here is an opportunity for self sacrifice for personal mesirus nefesh for Hashem. But when I heard that the Nazis took this yid and that yid, and this mishpacha and that one and I saw their fear, their pain and their suffering this was unbearable! That is when I too began to suffer dearly as well!"
 
It was not his own pain, anguish and suffering that was difficult for him to bear, it was that of another Yid.
 
When the present Rebbe shlit'a continued he said that when he had visited the Alter Skverer Rebbe, the Skverer had heard about the Kopischnitzer Zatza'l's outpouring of personal emotion at the Rosh HaShanna tisch and he asked the Rebbe shlit"a about it. When the Rebbe related to him what the Alter Kaposchnitzer had said he began to pace to and fro in excitement in the room snapping his fingers and clapping his hands aflame with excitement azoy hot er gezut! That is what he said! he repeated again and again!
 
The Rebbe shlit"a then told the Skverer what he now told us now to explain his zayde's words "The Ba'al HaTanya, Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi was a talmid of the Mezritcher maggid, though he was one of the youngest of the inner circle he was one of the greatest. The Maggid had many great tzadikim as disciples who later became Rebbes, the Noam Elimelech, the Kedushas Levi, the Meor Eynaim and many many others. There were other disciples who were Chassidim and righteous ehrlich yidden but they did not become Rebbes. It was about these students who were on the "lower" level that the Baal HaTanya told the following story:
 
Once these talmidim sat in a circle by the riba, the oven that warmed the beis midrash keeping out the cold. They sat discussing the different virtues of the nisayaon the test and trial Avraham Avinu endured by the Akeidah. Each one offered their own personal explanation as to what was the difficulty that Avraham faced. One said one explanation and his fellow offered another. The Baal HaTanya sat in the back listening to their conversation and their discussions. Later he explained that every one of the explanations they offered were true and based on their own personal level of Avodah and mesirus nefesh. Each saw through the prism of their own level what Avraham Avinu's self sacrifice in avodas Hashem was at the Akeida. And this, he concluded was said of the Maggid's so called lower level disciples!!!
 
That ended the Rebbe shli"ta is what I told the Skverer to explain the Kopischnitzer's words, he too saw the Akeidah through his own personal level of avodas Hashem with mesirus nefesh and since like his predescor the Apta Rav, he was a true Ohev Yisroel, a lover of Jews the thing that stood out most to him was the question begging "How could you shecht another Jew!?" How could Hashem have asked of Avraham Avinu the impossible!!!
 
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chinuch and Archery a la Kotzk

I heard in the name of the Kotzker Rebbe that "KeChitzim BaYad Gibor Ken Bnei haNeurim" (Tehillim 127:4) - Like arrows in the hand of a mighty archer, so are the children in youth.
What is the connection between arrows and children?
Just as when an archer holds his bow closer to his heart, the farther and straighter the arrow flies. So too with raising children the closer we hold them to our heart the farther and straighter they go.
 
 
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Fw: [Bostoner Torah Insights] Bostoner Torah Insights Parshas Noach – Rosh Chodesh – 1 MarCheshvan 5771

 
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Parshas Noach – Rosh Chodesh – 1 MarCheshvan 5771

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  A common feature of the first two Torah readings describes the generations that preceded Avrohom Aveinu. Parshas Bereishis records the generations from Adam until Noach, while Parshas Noach lists the generations from Noach until Avrohom. Certainly, the ancestry of Noach and Avrohom are noteworthy, but what is the significance of recording the number of years between each generation?

   Pirkei Ovos 5:2 explains that there were ten generations between Adam and Noach in order to demonstrate Hashem's characteristic of patience, waiting for each generation to repent. The following Mishnah brings the same rationale for the ten generations between Noach and Avrohom. What additional lesson emanates from the latter generations that was not understood by the former generations?

   Perhaps the kindness of Hashem is not only his patience in regard to the length of 'time', but also with respect to each generation of 'people'. After displaying centuries of tolerance towards the first generations, Hashem could have punished the later generations immediately, claiming they should have learned from the calamity that befell the first generations. Instead, Hashem renews his patience with each successive set of generations, extending to them the same courtesy as their ancestors.

   One difference between the generations listed in Bereishis and those enumerated in Noach is the presentation of the chronology. From Adam until Noach, each generation contains a third concluding Posuk, which calculates the years of their life presented in the previous two P'sukim and states their age at death. However, the generations from Noach until Avrohom have only two P'sukim each: the first Posuk states the age at which they became a father; the second states the years they lived after becoming a parent. Each generation concludes with the 'continuity of life' and no direct mention of death.

   The Bostoner Rebbe zt"l explained that the reason the generations in Parshas Noach conclude in a positive fashion, without recording the age of death, is because the successive generation internalized the teachings of their parents and perpetuated the legacy of their parents and grandparents even after death. However, in the generations between Adam and Noach, the children deviated from the ways of their parents after they departed.

   The exception was Noach, who clung to his grandfather, the righteous Mesushelach, who in turn had received his Mesorah [tradition] directly from Adam HaRishon. The only hope for the continuity of a living, thriving Klal Yisroel is for each successive generation to be an honorable link in the chain. To faithfully internalize and transmit the Torah and Middos [character traits] of the previous generation to the subsequent generation.

   Perhaps this was why the punishment of the Dor HaMabul [Generation of the Great Flood] was much harsher than the Dor HaFlogoh [Generation of the Great Dispersion]. The generations before Noach had to be annihilated completely, whereas the generations after Noach were allowed to live, but were exiled and dispersed throughout the world.

   In subsequent weeks throughout Sefer Bereishis, we will study how the Ovos and Imahos continued this trend of spiritual elevation from previous generations by refining themselves through the separation of evil from within their midst. Avrohom first separated himself from his land, birthplace and family in Parshas Lech Lecha. Avrohom and Sorah then separated Yitzchok from the negative influence of Yishmoel, while Yitzchok and Rivka separated Yaakov from the evil Esav.

   Maseh Avos Siman L'Bonim. The actions of the Fathers (and Mothers) are an omen for their Sons (and Daughters). May we continue to internalize and transmit Torah, Avodah and Maasim Tovim to our children, while filtering out the negative impurities that have seeped their way into Klal Yisroel, with the ultimate goal of cleansing mankind to its pristine form and meriting the coming of the Geulah Shlayma speedily in our days


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from a friend of mine

I am putting together a book about Gerim and plan to include stories of Gerim who became Chassidim and those who were inspired by Chassidic teachings.

Please contact me if you are interested to have your story included. I am particularly interested to include stories about how Gerim first discovered Yiddishkeit, overcame obstacles during the geirus process, and what attracted them to Chasssidic teachings.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Yahrzeit of R Levi Yitchak of Berditchev Kedushas Levi

Another version of this tale is found in the Slonimer Collection Kisvay Rav
Yoshe of Brisk:

The Berditchever once gave a permit to two agunas to remarry. When Rav
Raphael Hamburger heard he disagreed with this ruling, he did not like the
Talmudic logic behind the ruling so he understood that this ruling was only
a supportive measure and the Berditchever must have permitted them to
remarry based on his having seen that their husbands passed away through
ruach hakodesh. Therefore in order to permit them to remarry he could not
rule on a halachic matter using ruach hakodesh, so he worked up a halachic
basis as a support for his ruling.

One time both rabbis met at one of the local trade fairs as was customary at
those times. Rav Raphael challenged Rav Levi Yitzchak how he could have
permitted the agunas to remarry? "If you wish." answered the Berditchever, I
will show you the deceased." The souls of the deceased husbands appeared
before them. Immediately one of the souls began to argue using complex
Talmudic logic that the correct ruling in halacha is that their wives are
forbidden from remarrying. The second soul just stood there in silence.

The Berditchever asked the soul, "how do you know how to learn so well that
you can support yourself with such complex logic and halachic arguments?"
The soul answered him "Whoever was threatened with death or conversion and
chose to die rather than convert and was killed he sanctifies the Divine
Name and is called holy. Now whoever dies like that al kiddush Hashem his
soul is depsoited with the angel known as the Sar HaTorah - the prince of
Torah and this is how I now know how to learn. "

"And why is it that your friend is silent?" Asked Rav Raphael. "I was killed
first," answered the soul, "and when my friend witnessed my martyrdom the
thought came to his mind that when he too will be martyred and killed in
sanctification of G-d's name this will be favor to his orphaned children
since they will be known as the children of a holy martyr. This impure
ulterior motive he allowed to be implanted by the evil inclination in his
head and so when he died they decreed upon him one year of silence to atone
for this thought."

When the Rav further questioned him as to why this soul was so adamant to
prevent them from remarrying he said that it would be a favor to the
deceased that they not wed and remarry again.

(Based on Kisvei Rav Yoshe #30 p129-130)

Which sage did the Berditchever argue with?

Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (1740-1810) author of Kedushas Levi

Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margolis (1762 - 1828), author of Beis Ephraim and Yad
Ephraim

Rav Rafael Hamburger (1724-1804) author of Toras Yekusiel and VeShav Kohen

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Yahrzeit of R Levi Yitchak of Berditchev Kedushas Levi

Today, the 25th of Tishrei (Sunday October 3, 2010) is 201th yahrzeit or
yorzeit of Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (1740-1810)

Two Stories, One Tradition?

There were two widows that were chained as agunahs during the time of Rav
Levi Yitzchok of Barditchov. There was no conclusiive evidence of their
husband's passing and so they could not remarry. When the Berditchever Rav
found a way to permit them to remarry he received a rebuke from the eminent
sage Rav Ephraim Zalman Margolias of Broydie who said "Although you may see
using ruach hakodesh that these women can remarry you certainly cannot use
it to rule on a halachic matter!"

"But I did not use ruach hakodesh, I used a logical argument!" protested Rav
Levi Yitzchak, he then presented the complex halachic argument which he had
used to arrive at his ruling. As the two prominent rabbonim and Torah
scholars jousted and dueled using arrays of complex Talmudic logic building
and destroying eachother's edifices of arguments finally Rav Margolias
acceded to the Berditchever's use of logic although he still argued at his
arrived decision.

When they had concluded Rav Levi Yitzchak brought both of the deceased
husband's souls back to reveal themselves before Rav Margolias. One of the
souls was silent, however the other cried out saying "How can you let our
wives remarry?!" So saying he began to build his own halachic argument
against the permit, citings numerous sources to back up his claims. Rav
Margolias had known the deceased, and during his lifetime he was not a Torah
scholar, "If during your lifetime you were not a Torah scholar," he asked
the soul, "how did you become so learned now after your passing?"

"When I died, it was al kiddush Hashem, in sanctification of G-d's Divine
Name. Now the gates of Kiddush Hashem and the Heichal HaTorah - adjoin
eachother and when they brought my soul up through there I gained all this
knowledge," the soul explained.

"Why is the other one silent?" Rav Margolios asked. "When we were both
killed, I had in mind that I was giving my life to sanctify G-d's name, my
friend however although he too had that in mind, also had an ulterior motive
thinking that perhaps now that he would be famous as someone who died al
kiddush Hashem, perhaps his orphans would have an easier time with
shidduchim for marriage. Therefore he was punished with one years silence."

(Based on Gut Voch p 173-174)

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hoshanna Rabba Story Divrei Chaim of Tzanz

Rav Chuna Halberstam of Kolshitz once related that on Hoshanna Rabbah the
Sanzer Rav, author of the Divrei Chaim used to tell the following parable
which he in turn had heard and received as a tradition from his rebbe the
heilge Ropshitzer:

There was once a galach (priest) who constantly rebuked and castigated his
parishioners against drinking vodka and other forms of hard liquor.

Once when this galach passed through the marketplace he saw one of his
parishioners lying like a drunkard on the sidewalk in a dazed stupor.

When his alcohol induced state wore off he reported to the galach to await
punishment for his public misconduct. The galach proceeded to rebuke him to
his face. "I am sorry," replied the parishioner, "but there is nothing that
can make me give up my drinking habit, I am hooked on this drink and that's
that!"

When the galach heard this, he asked one of his attendants to bring him some
brandy so he could sample it for himself. "I must see for myself why this
drink is so addictive," he thought, "it must taste so wonderful and be so
tempting that he cannot give it up!"

The attendant brought his master a glass of strong brandy and the galach
sipped the drink and immediately spit it out wrinkling his nose, while
wheezing, hacking, coughing and retching violently.

"This is disgusting!," he declared, "how can you drink such strong, bitter
liquid!?" he questioned the drunkard. With a wave of dismissal the galach
said "you can go! You don't need any punishment at all! Drinking such bitter
horrible stuff such as that . . . there is no better punishment for you!"

When he concluded the story he explained the parable's message:

The same is true regarding sins and transgressions that people do. People
sin and transgress thinking of the pleasure and delight they will feel.
However anyone who has never tasted sin in his life would taste in such
actions the bitter and vile poison that they really are!

With this we can advocate on behalf of Klal Yisroel and say: Ribono Shel
Olam - Master of the World there is no need to further punish the yidden for
any of their sins! The bitter taste of sin itself should be punishment
enough!
(Sippurei Tzadikim Succos p18)

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Taking the Esrog to Heart A Story about the Alexander Rebbe

Every year, Rav Chaim Elazar of Pietrokov would send Rav Yechiel of
Aleksander an beautiful esrog for the upcoming sukkos holiday.

One year the Rebbe took a good look at the citron fruit which the Rav of
Pietrokov had sent him and decided that this etrog was not for him. He
handed the esrog to his shamash and asked the attendant to return it and ask
for a new one in exchange.

When the attendant arrived with the Rebbe's request Rav Chaim Elazar was
distressed, he was in great sorrow since he had no other esrogim of equal
beauty and hadar such as this one. Then he had an idea. He told the Rebbe's
attendant, "Come let us visit Rabbi so and so, I also sent him a beautiful
hadar esrog, but surely when he hears that we need it for the Aleksander
Rebbe he won't be able to refuse us!" They arrived late at midnight and when
they knocked on the door they roused the sleeping rabbi in a fright. When he
saw who his guests were and heard the reason why they had come he was sorely
dissapointed to part with the beautiful esrog he had recieved but felt he
had no choice, how could he turn away the Aleksander Rebbe's gabbai and the
Rav of Pietrokov like that?"

The gabbai was delighted and he set off straight for the Rebbe's home.
However no sooner did he arrive and his foot crossed the Rebbe's threshold
when the Aleksander Rebbe turned to him in dismay and said "What despair and
black foul waves of depression have you brought with you when you entered?
Tell me what happened to you during your journey!"

When the attendant related the entire episode to his Rebbe, Rav Yechiel
urged him, "Quick make the return trip and give that poor despondant rabbi
back his own esrog!" The gabbai hurried to do as the Rebbe had asked.

A few days later Yom Kippur was fast approaching but the Rebbe still had no
esrog. Suddenly he remembered, "My son, please come here," he called. "You
know every year the Rav of Pietrokov also sends me a box of simple esrogim
to hand in the sukkah for decorations. Perhaps I should open that box and
together we will examine it's contents. Maybe there is an esrog in there for
me, who knows?"

They opened the box and sure enough the Rebbe took out one of the esrogim
and proceeded to begin lauding its praises and describing its beauty. Now
they say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but standing there the
Rebbe's attendant looked at the esrog in the Rebbe's hands and compared it
with both the esrog the Rebbe had given back and the other one he had
returned as well, and this one did not seem nice to him at all!

The Rebbe turned to the chassid and saw his astonishment and declared: "And
what do you know about esrogim anyway eh? You think you know what a
beautiful esrog is do you? Let me tell you, an esrog alludes to the heart!
Are you a maven in hearts? Do you understand a Jewish heart?!"

All those present understood that the Rebbe could discern using his faculty
of Divine intuition and ruach hakodesh that this was "his" esrog.

The Aleksander Rebbe used to say:

"I am very succesful, I always manage to procure and get the most beautiful
esrogim! The reason is that when they bring me my esrog I dont even look at
it until after the recitation of Selichos of the thirteen attributes of
mercy. The reason I wait is that with the tears I shed reciting those
Selichos I wash away any stain or blemish that was on my esrog!"


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Sunday, September 26, 2010

An Esrog and a Heavenly Promise

From the upcoming MeOros Kedushas Levi on Moadim:

An Esrog and a Heavenly Promise

Once there was a great shortage of Esrogim for the Succos holiday, and Rav
Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev was without an Esrog.

He sent emissaries to wait on at the crossroads to see if anyone traveling
by might perchance have the fruit with them. The emissaries met a Jew who
had an Esrog however he was not traveling to Berditchev and he wished to
continue traveling. The emissaries asked him to stay in Berditchev for
Succos in order to allow Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev to have the merit
and opportunity to bless the Esrog, however the latter declined, explaining
that he had been traveling far and wide for some time and that now he wished
to spend the holidays at home with his family. He was unwilling to relent.

As they were triying to persuade him Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev himself
arrived and begged the Jew to stay for Succos and still the Jew refused. Rav
Levi Yitzchak said to him "I promise you that in exchange for staying, you
will be with me in my place in heaven." When the stranger heard this promise
from the holy Tzadik he agreed, and he traveled with them to Berditchev to
stay for Succos. He entered an inn and the entire town rejoiced.

Rav Levi Yitzchak sent a proclamation to the innkeepers and throughout
Berditchev that no one was to allow the stranger who was a guest to enter
any of the succah booths to eat! The entire town was commanded that if the
guest should ask someone to enter their succah to eat they must refuse him
entry. The guest knew nothing of the conspiracy and when he left the
synagogue after the prayers and attempted to enter the succah at the inn to
make Kiddush he was barred and refused entry. He began to shout and yell
with no avail. He went to the neighbors and asked their permission to enter
their succah, however they refused him entry as well. He understood that
something was amiss and after questioning them, they admitted that Rav Levi
Yitzchak had commanded them to bar his entry.

The guest ran to Rav Levi Yitzchak and asked him "Why have you repaid me
evil for the kindness I did for you?" Rav Levi Yitzchak answered him, "If
you relinquish the promise I made to you to be with me in heaven I will
allow you to enter the succah." An inner battle raged within the guest. What
should he do? Finally he decided to forgive Rav Levi Yitzchak his promise as
long as the Rav would allow him to fulfill the mitzvah of succos with joy!

The next day Rav Levi Yitzchak invited the guest to his own personal succah
along with the important personages in town and explained his odd behavior.
"Now I once again promise you that you shall be together with me in my
portion in heaven!," said Rav Levi Yitzchak. "I wanted you to withstand this
test, so that you should acquire the portion yourself and be worthy of my
promise, rather than having received it as a gift!"

(Shemuos VeSippurim I)

Such is the power of the mitzvah of Sukkah!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Broken Pitam and a Broken Heart

From the upcoming MeOros Kedushas Levi on Moadim:

A Broken Pitam and a Broken Heart

Once there was a great shortage of Esrogim for the Succos holiday, and only
after great exertion and much effort was an esrog acquired. One esrog for
the entire city of Berditchev which was brough to Rav Levi Yitzchak. It was
understood that all the townspeople wpuld come on the holiday to pronounce
the blessing on this esrog.

The Shamash said to himself, "surely first Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev
will make the blessing with the esrog, and after him all the important
personages in town, and then afterwards everyone else. I myself will be
among the last people to hold and bless the esrog." He came up with an idea,
he would wake up extra early and when no one was around he would be the
first to make the blessing and no one would be the wiser! This is what he
did.

However since he was in such a state of fear and panic rushing and hurried
to finish his deed without being discovered, he accidentally dropped the
esrog so that it fell and the pitam broke off! The esrog was now pasul,
unfit for use by anyone!

The Shamash was heartbroken with anguish, because of his misdeed now the
entire town of Berditshev had no esrog at all! Th Shamash came crying
heartrending tears of anguish and despair before the Tzadik Rav Levi
Yitzchak of Berditshev. He was sure that the rebbe would rebuke and berate
him yelling at him for his misdeed. However Rav Levi Yitzchak simply turned
to Hashem and cried out "Ribono Shel Olam! Master of the World, see what a
nation You have?! See how they are worried and distressed to fulfill Your
commandments!" He used the episode to advocate on behalf of the Jewish
people.
(Shemuos VeSippurim I)

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Neilah Yom Kippur in Lizhensk by the Rebbe Reb Meilech

From the upcoming MeOros Noam Elimelech on Moadim

Neilah on Yom Kippur

Sins of Tzadikim –

Rav Simcha Ber Halberstam of Tzeshinov author of Divrei Simcha once retold how the holy Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk once stopped himself during Maariv on Motzaei Yom Kippur. He began to ponder the fact that now on Motzaei Yom Kippur he was again reciting the silent shemone esrei and reciting the blessing asking Hashem for forgiveness, "Forgive us Hashem for we have sinned."

He began to think and ponder for what sins and transgressions could we possibly be asking forgiveness and absolvement for? Just now, we have completed the Yom Kippur service for Neilah and presumably all of our past sins were absolved and atoned for, and since that short time span from then till now during the Maariv service only a few minutes have passed. And if so, what sins are we now again asking Hashem for forgiveness for?

So thinking, the Rebbe Reb Elimelech began to go over his "misdeeds" and thoughts and he began scrutinizing and examining himself. So doing he realized that in the mere last few minutes and seconds between Neilah and now he figured that according to his calculations he had already transgressed and sinned four hundred times! When Rabbi Elazar Schif retold this story as he had heard it from Rav Itzikel of Pshevorsk he added that when the holy Pshevorsker told this story he concluded: "I wish I myself had a portion of some of those "sins and transgressions!"

(Imrei Devash reprinted in Noam HaEysanim p73)

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Erev Yom Kippur Kaparos in Lizhensk

I am asking Mechilah, Please forgive me if I slighted any of you in any way this year.
Have a Gemar Chasima Tova!
 
From the upcoming MeOros Noam Elimelech on the Moadim

Erev Yom Kippur

Kaparos in Lizhensk –

A day before Yom Kippur Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk was visited by a chassid, who pleaded and

strongly entreated [the rebbe's gabbai] to be allowed to watch the Rebbe shlog kaparos (the custom

where one waves a fowl over the head on erev yom kippur to symbolically take the place of one's sins).

As soon as the Rebbe Elimelech heard this he called the chassid in to him and told him to quickly take

a trip and travel to such and such village situated not far from Lizhensk. Once there he should go to the

local tavern. The chassid dutifully followed the rebbe's orders and when he entered the tavern he found

it full with drunk peasants among whom the local innkeeper; a simple and ignorant looking Jew

together his simple ignorant looking Jewess was busy serving and attending to. The chassid hid himself

in a unnoticed corner and feigned sleep, keeping watch with one eye open and waited. . .

After midnight when the drunk peasants had stumbled and been pushed and shoved out the door, and

the windows and doors were locked and barred, the chassid watched the simple innkeeper pacing back

and forth until he said finally to his wife, "Bring , me the book from under the bed." She schlepped an

old well worn volume and handed it to him. The innkeeper sat down by the table and began thumbing

through the worn pages reading aloud while turning page after page, "On this and this day of such and

such week I did not properly attend to a poor traveler and so I failed to fulfill the commandment of

welcoming guests, and on a different day I listened to the vulgar language of one of my customers, on

another day I failed to concentrate during my prayers and I had foreign and extraneous thoughts," and

so on did the list of sins continue, since the ledger was a book full of the records of all the sins and

transgressions that he had committed that past year. After reciting many of the sins, the innkeeper

sighed deeply, and there were many times that he wept quite bitterly after reciting a particular sin.

After he had finished, the innkeeper once again motioned to his wife, to bring the second book which

lay in the corner under the other bed. Again she schlepped a second old and worn volume and handed

it to him. Once again he began to turn pages while reading aloud. This ledger contained an accounting

listing all the woes, troubles and sorrows that had befallen the innkeeper and his family that year. The

list was quite long since there did not seem to be any day that something had not befallen them. And

when the innkeeper finished reading from the second book he lay his head down on the table, while

deep in thought. Afterwards he looked up to heaven and declared, "Ribono Shel Olam! - Master of the

World, I am quite guilty, I owe You quite a lot, but You also have a great debt that You owe me so to

speak! I do not know whose debt is greater, whether min or Yours? The reckoning is simply too great

and difficult to work out. Therefore Ribono Shel Olam! - Master of the World, let us make a trade, my

debt for Your debt? This book for that book, my ledger of sins for Your ledger of troubles. "This is my

exchange, this is my atonement," said the innkeeper as he echoed the well known liturgy of the

kapparos as the innkeeper swung the books above his head like one does with the kapparos chicken.

Afterwards the chassid traveled back to Lizhensk to Rebbe Elimelech. The Rebbe greeted the chassid

with a smile, "Nu, so what did you see there?" The chassid told the Rebbe all he had witnessed. Rebbe

Elimelech then said, "This complaint which the innkeeper had, King David had as well against the

Ribono Shel Olam – The Master of the World, and that is the meaning if the verse in Tehillim 31

"Hashem all my sighs and desires opposite You are not hidden from You." It is true that my desires

oppose You, however my sighs are not hidden from You either. So let's make a deal and make an

exchange. Now do you know how to truly shlog kapparos?"

(As heard from Rav Yechezkel Michelson, Fun Unzer Alten Otzar p33-34)

Kol Tuv,
R' Tal Moshe Zwecker
Director Machon Be'er Mayim Chaim
Chassidic Classics in the English Language
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Important Notice for Chodesh Elul

ELUL RECALL NOTICE

Regardless of make or year, all units known as "human beings" are being recalled by The Manufacturer/Creator, Hashem. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named "Adam" and "Eve" resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect is technically termed, "Serious Internal Non-morality," but more commonly known as "SIN."
 
Some of the symptoms of the SIN defect:
[a] Loss of direction
[b] Lack of peace and joy
[c] Depression
[d] Foul vocal emissions
[e] Selfishness
[f] Ingratitude
[g] Fearfulness
[h] Rebellion
[i] Jealousy
 
Hashem, The Manufacturer is providing factory authorized repair service free of charge to correct the SIN defect.
 
Hashem, The Manufacturer is providing a repair technician, known as the Tzadik, who has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. To repeat, there is no fee required.
 
The number to call in for repair in all areas is: PRAYER.
 
Once connected through the DVEYKUS protocol, please upload the burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Hashem, into the heart component of the human unit.. No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Hashem will replace it with:
 
[a] Love
[b] Joy
[c] Peace
[d] Kindness
[e] Goodness
[f] Faithfulness
[g] Gentleness
[h] Patience
[I] Self-control
 
Please see the operating manual, TORAH, for further details on the use of these fixes. As an added upgrade, the Manufacturer has made available to all repaired units a facility enabling direct monitoring and assistance from the resident Maintenance Technician, Hashem. Repaired units need only make Him welcome and He will take up residence on the premises.
 
WARNING: Continuing to operate a human being unit without corrections voids the Manufacturer's warranty, exposes the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list, and will ultimately result in the human unit being incinerated.

Thank you for your immediate attention.
 
Please assist by notifying others of this important recall notice.
 
Kol Tuv,
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Friday, August 20, 2010

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The Latest Discussion is:
 
What are you favorite Chassidish Sefer (Seforim) and why? What speaks
to you?
 
 
 
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

letter of approbation and endorsement from the Pitsburgher Rebbe Shlita of Ashdod

I just recieved this beautiful letter of approbation and endorsement from the Pitsburgher Rebbe Shlita of Ashdod for the new MeOros Kedushas Levi
 
 
Kol Tuv,
R' Tal Moshe Zwecker
Director Machon Be'er Mayim Chaim
Chassidic Classics in the English Language
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