Entries in #831 (12)
There are absolutely no limits to the feeling of z’rizus, excitement and enthusiasm that gives rise to a constant spiritual state of alacrity. * The above should inspire us to action. First off, to publicize that we are presently in “the end of days,” “eis keitz,” during which time, “Many shall refine themselves and make themselves white, and be purified…”
These people bring down terrible danger onto Jews and onto the Land. These people are the ‘demolishers and destroyers’ from amongst the Jewish people and of the land of Israel. Yet they shout “peace now.” There is nothing greater than peace, but G-d says, “The wicked have no peace [to offer]!”
At this point Rina raised her hand, and Ms. Stern gave her permission to speak. “But Morah, doesn’t it say that Tzaraas is a punishment for Lashon Hara? Lashon Hara is compared to the worst sins. How can you say that Lashon Hara is a superficial sin?”
This attitude is what undermines Jewish continuity because Jewish people can only thrive when they have a cohesive existence under the guidance of competent leaders. To slander the leader threatens to unravel the chords that bind us together as a people and threatens our very existence.
Tzvi Naiman achieved the dream of every Israeli and was living the good life in Los Angeles. However, his neshama sought something else, something real. He was inspired on an ordinary Friday in Baltimore and things took off from there.
The counting of the Omer is a 49-step program designed to strip away the belief systems and figure ourselves out for real. It is the ultimate system overhaul that systematically separates fact from fiction by exploring each detail and facet of our emotional and psychological make-up, to understand where we are and where we need to get to.
I am also still surprised sometimes when I have to deal with tragic matters such as helping a couple with shalom bayis and discovering what stupidities people are immersed in, or cases of crime and violence and things that I can’t elaborate on in a Chassidic publication. The following is one example of what shluchim sometimes have to contend with…
Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager of Vizhnitz zt”l was a public supporter of the Rebbe and Chabad. * He fought publicly to have Rabbi Landau appointed rav of B’nei Brak and was one of the first Admurim who bought letters in a Torah scroll for his family members. He encouraged the initiative to learn a daily portion of Rambam. * Beis Moshiach focuses on the special connection between the Vizhnitzer Rebbe and the Chabad movement.
R’ Dovid Dery is a Lubavitcher living in Crown Heights, who owns an Israeli restaurant in Manhattan. He shares an amazing story with Beis Moshiach about one of his customers. * One little action can change a life.
Technology in the service of Torah is an old story. Now, text messaging (SMS) has become a powerful tool which reminds thousands of Jews to put t’fillin on every day, along with a message that goes straight to the neshama. * Yisroel Asulin, who came up with the idea, tells us about “SMS-T’fillin,” its impact, and the segula for donors.