A Jews asks: How is it possible, amidst these difficult and challenging times of exile, to properly serve G-d and prepare to usher in the era of the true and complete redemption?! * Even though “darkness shall cover the earth,” that has no bearing on a Jew at all, knowing that G-d Alm-ghty is present with him in every circumstance.
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For roughly two decades after his passing, the body of Rebbi Elazar, son of Rashbi, did not decompose. In fact, he continued to serve as a judge, ruling in actual legal cases, judgments that were carried out in practice.
The public debate in Eretz Yisroel used to revolve around the release of Arab terrorists and whether this was a proper way to save the lives of IDF soldiers. However, this is no longer the issue. The question now is: What is the connection between the peace talks and releasing terrorists? It should be the opposite – if we make peace, all the murderers should be in prison…
A Yom Iyun – Yeshiva for a Day took place recently which dealt with the topic of “The State of the World in Yemos HaMoshiach.” The gathering took place in Yeshivas Tomchei T’mimim in B’nei Brak and was attended by shluchim, directors of Chabad houses, teachers, and balabatim.
The Torah thus tells us in its coded blessing: “You will go meshuga-insane from the things your eyes will see.” A time will come when you will transform the negative form of insanity, which derives from being a slave to passion and allowing yourself to be driven beneath the path of decency and normalcy, into a positive form of insanity. You will become self-transcendent beings, who rise above the norm.
The Chassid, Rabbi Yehoshua Zelig Aharonov was one of the main askanim in Orsha. He worked with mesirus nefesh for the Rebbe Rayatz and was sentenced to four years of hard labor because of these “crimes.” * Presented to mark his passing on 18 Elul.
The artist Yosef Yitzchak Fisher was educated in his youth in Chabad institutions and absorbed the sweetness of the Chassidic world. As the years passed, he became a well-known artist, yet he felt a certain calling to create an art display on the Chassidic world where he had been raised. After two long years of work, he presented his “Tzama Lecha Nafshi” exhibition at an art gallery located in the heart of Tel Aviv, highlighted by the creative image of a three year-old boy after his upshernish, holding a Torah scroll.
When we sound the Shofar on Rosh HaShana, we remind G-d about Avrohom’s self-sacrifice, and pray that as a result He will administer His judgment upon us with kindness. The Shofar that Avrohom blew was set aside; it is the horn from which the Shofar of Moshiach is to be made.
It had already been several hours since any Jews had entered the Chabad House. I had to do something. I felt that the Rebbe was giving me encouragement and ordering me to “take action.” I told my shlichus partner that I was going right out into the street to proclaim: Dear Jews, the city of refuge is here before you, come inside…
He was a man of chesed who provided food for the needy and shared his home with any Chassid who needed a roof over his head, even if he was being pursued by the cursed communists. * He used his senior position in a munitions factory that manufactured combat planes to help his fellow Chassidim. * With his charming personality he had young men released from army duty, thus saving many lives. * His wife and family reminisce about the great Chassid, R’ Sholom Zev Krogliak a”h