Thursday, March 18, 2010

Some thoughts on Pesach Cleaning

Here is something to meditate on while cleaning for Passover and Bedikas Chametz
 
From the upcoming MeOros Kedushas Levi Vol II on Moadim:

Once, when the Rebbe Maharash of Lubavitch was traveling through Berditchev, he saw a group of elderly Tolna chassidim carrying buckets of water and scrubbing the walls and floor of a little shul in preparation for a visit from their Rebbe the following day.

When the Rebbe asked them why they were doing all the work themselves instead of letting the younger chassidim help them, they answered, "We are doing this ourselves because we want to have healthy angels to assist the advocating angels who come out of the tekios, the blasts of the shofar."

"You know the Yehi Ratzon that is said after the tekios of Rosh HaShanah — the one that mentions 'the angels that are formed from the blowing of the shofar, and from the tekia, the shevarim, the teruah, and the tekiah, (kshr"k),' [the identifying letters of the Hebrew words that signify the various sounds of the shofar]?

Well, one Rosh HaShanah the holy Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev said: 'Sweet Father, compassionate Father! Just in case the angels that proceed from the shofar that Levi Yitzchak the son of Sarah Sasha has just blown are weak angels, let their place be taken by the holy, healthy angels that were created by the toil of Your people in preparation for Passover, as they cleaned their kitchen utensils in order to fulfill their mitzvah as perfectly as possible:

kratzen (scouring), shobben (scraping), rieben (rubbing), and kasheren (making kosher)!'" — [for the initials of these four Yiddish words are also kshr"k].

(Likkutei Dibburim of the Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch, Vol. I p. 280)

Similarly we find in the holy sefer Kav HaYashar Part II Chapter 89:

"It is proper to teach the women of Beis Yisroel to have the following in mind while they are kashering their utensils from Chametz for Pesach through hagalah and libun that [just as they are removing the Chametz ] so should the Holy One should remove and destroy the evil inclination, evil and wickedness from the land. And we trust in the Holy One to removed idolatry from our midst.

The minhag of Yisroel is Torah, that they have the custom to scrape clean tables, benches and chairs as well as the walls from any suspicion of contact with Chametz (Shulchan Aruch OC 442:6 and Tur Orach Chaim 442 in the name of the Raban) and Hashem's watchful eyes gaze over all the actions of Bnei Yisroel His treasured people who are holy and the sons of the holy ones whose hard work and labor is all for the sake of removing and destroying chametz all the days of the month of Nissan, and so should the Holy One scrape away all the afflictions which come from the "other side" [which are found sunk in the walls of homes in this bitter exile] and any prosecutions against us and from their power they cause us suffering in this bitter exile."

(it is known that the Rebbe Reb Melech of Lizensk author of Noam Elimelech studied and memorized the holy sefer Kav HaYashar and that he had reviewed it Kav times (102 times!) the same gematria as the name and number of chapters.[Toras Chessed Intro.], the Sar Shalom of Belz said that he studied the Kav HaYashar 102 times and that he drew his fear of heaven from the mussar found in this sefer [Shefa Chaim II Tavo p6, Haskama of R Moshe Aryeh Freund] and the Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch told his students to study this sefer [Likkutei Dibburim I p54] )

 
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R' Tal Moshe Zwecker
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Noam Elimelech for the blind in Braille, in Hebrew

A Happy Mazaldik Chodesh Nissan
Some News and updates for the Be'er Mayim Chaim group:
 
Someone contacted me recently and asked for the English Noam Elimelech in Braille for the blind.
 
They told me that while there are siddurim, hagados for Pesach and Tanach in Braille, there is nothing on the parsha and they liked my sefer but being blind they wanted access to it in their own alphabet.
 
So I contacted the JBI Library and am waiting to hear from them as to their final decision. Anyone who knows other organisations to contact please let me know.
 
I hope that the holy sefer will enlighten them and bring kedushah to those who cannot otherwise read it.
 
Another person contacted me recently to discuss a new Hebrew edition of the Noam Elimelech with stories about the Rebbe Reb Melech.
I am looking into printing such an edition of the sefer and anyone interested in details on that can contact me.
 
We are all eagerly awaiting the Kedushas Levi (its almost there...) we are in the first editing phase of shemos, and the final editing phase of the other four chumashim and the Intro. I am looking into different printing and distribution options and I hope the sefer will be ready asap.
 
Someone approached me on Shabbos to discuss the Degel Machene Ephraim in English, this is a project that I hope one day to do and so if you believe in it please daven that it will come to fruition.
 
Kol Tuv,
R' Tal Moshe Zwecker
Director Machon Be'er Mayim Chaim
Chassidic Classics in the English Language
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chassidusonline@gmail.com
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