The groom writes to his bride in the k’suba, the marriage contract, “I will honor, and provide food, and support, etc.” At first glance, though, this is puzzling, for our Sages say, “A man is only granted sustenance for the sake of his wife.” How then can the groom pledge, “I will honor, and provide food, and support”? [How can he be charged with providing for his wife’s needs when apparently he plays no role in the process?]
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The Rebbe and Rebbetzin’s house on President Street has three floors. Only the first floor was opened to the Chassidim during the year of mourning for the Rebbetzin a”h. The second floor, with the bedroom and the Rebbe’s office, were off-limits. Through the stories of the mashbakim (abb. for meshamshim ba’kodesh, those who serve in the holy) who worked in the house for many years, we gingerly and on tiptoe gazed upon the holy from afar.
All those who spoke about Sharon’s “ideological revolution” explained in fiery speeches how he had changed his positions, betrayed his past, and brought untold pain and suffering to the settlers. Some of them reasoned that he did it just to avoid criminal investigation, while others honestly believed that he had undergone a transformation of conscience. But none of the pundits thought to ask: What is the legacy of Ariel Sharon? Does his final policy initiative serve as a flashing yellow light warning future prime ministers to keep away from further withdrawals?
From a private meeting of Yosef Ben Eliezer with the Rebbe one week after The Six Day War. * The Rebbe answers the question, “How can the Rebbe be so sure what is good for the Jewish people?”
About a promising musician whose friends predicted great things for him. He changed direction and decided to rectify the world of music and bring the message of Geula to Israelis in Eretz Yisroel and around the world.
Friday. The market was full of people who had come to shop for Shabbos. Stalls were packed with merchandise and the salespeople had a lot of work to do…
How can I know if I have a healthy relationship with the world? This crazy world that seems to be spinning to an increasingly absurd and chaotic tune, when all my inner being wants is some peace and a sense of purpose in it all – how am I supposed to relate to it? From the microcosm of daily survival to the macrocosm of global geopolitics, how is an ostensibly sincere individual supposed to function within this elaborate, chaotic world of duplicity, double-standards and outright deception?