The entire time Yaakov was in exile, he knew that it was not his place, per se, and he proceeded without any interruption, making his way to his true place. Thus, the verse states, “haloch halachta,” using a repetitive expression, indicating that Yaakov did not view his traveling as a one-way trip out of Charan, focusing only on his redemption from Lavan, but as a continual journey, a non-stop round-trip, serving G-d even while in exile [haloch] as a preparation for redemption [halachta].
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We have all witnessed the terrifying destruction of the Jewish Communities of Gush Katif and Amona by the Jewish hands of the Government of Israel. The Frierdike Rebbe prophesized that this would take place.
When a righteous person leaves Eretz Yisroel, he takes that holiness of Israel with him. The Tzaddik is a personification of the holiness that exists in the Land of Israel. Thus, Jacob did not really go down…
He recalled that on the day of his brother’s murder, he was with his friends on a trip through northern Eretz Yisroel. During the journey, as their bus was making its way along the winding roads of the Galilee, he dozed off and suddenly had a heart-stopping dream. He saw his murdered brother in a vision, dressed in white, telling him that he is about to leave this world. He then asked him to take care of his mother and grandmother, as they would soon receive the worst possible news…
Why Remember Yetzias Mitzrayim in the times of Moshiach? * Being that the reason behind the Mitzva is to reinforce our belief in Hashem, it would seem superfluous to have this Mitzva in the times of Moshiach.
This week marks ten years since the passing of the Chassid R’ Zalman Levin a”h of Kfar Chabad. He walked among us but he belonged to the generation of giants, Chassidim who lived lives of mesirus nefesh. In a series of meetings with him, he recounted the story of his childhood, growing up in a Chassidishe home in the Soviet Union where children learned Torah and where kosher meat was secretly slaughtered.
The life story of Rabbi Yosef Cohen, a rav in Ramla, begins with his childhood as an immigrant from Djerba, growing up in Ramla. From the city that was to become the symbol of crime and violence, he made his way to Tomchei T’mimim, where he learned from the renowned mashpia Reb Shlomo Chaim Kesselman. After he married, fortified with the blessing of the Rebbe, he returned to his hometown and succeeded in bringing about a spiritual revolution.