“A Jew must strive to be rich in the literal sense and in all respects, beginning with affluence in spirituality…” From Chapter Six of Rabbi Shloma Majeski’s Likkutei Mekoros (Underlined text is the compiler’s emphasis.)
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A no holds barred interview with R’ Sholom Dov Wolpo, Rosh Kollel of the “HaRambam HaShaleim” project and director of the “Matteh L’Hatzalat Ha’Am V’HaAretz,” who received instructions from the Rebbe to write on the topic of shleimus ha’aretz. He talks about the absurdity of the present situation, why the government does not see what the people see, and why they are sacrificing the lives of our soldiers for nothing. * He also demands that the Disengagement-Expulsion perpetrators be brought to justice and says we must reestablish the yishuvim in Gush Katif.
The IDF began Operation Tzuk Eitan for the purpose of restoring quiet in the south. * In connection with this, we bring quotes that the Rebbe said during the war in Lebanon. Back then, the Rebbe warned about vacillation and “caving in” before the nations of the world. The Rebbe’s words are as relevant today as they were then.
“…the word “stand” in Hebrew (amad) is that it is an acronym for ani-poor, Moses and David, alluding to three archetypical prayers to which the Zohar refers, all of which are found in the Book of Psalms: The poor man’s prayer (T’filla L’Ani, Psalm 102); Moshe’s prayer (T’filla L’Moshe, Psalm 90) and King David’s prayer (T’filla L’Dovid, Psalm 86). The suggestion here is that Moshe’s “standing” prayer combined all three dimensions of prayer; that of a rich man, that of the quality of King David and that of a poor person.”
R’ Alon Hazi learned in Rosh HaAyin but when he was drafted he left the path of Torah. He served in Lebanon and experienced miracles. Then he went to Florida where he encountered Chabad. * The Chabad house for Israelis in Sydney which he runs is the source of many fascinating stories which he shares with us.
We are all familiar with “avodas ha’birurim” but what is “avodas ha’nisyonos?” What is the difference between them? What remains to be done for us to finish the work and the galus and bring Moshiach?
R’ Zalman Abelsky a”h served as a soldier, commander and general for 62 years in the Rebbe’s army, ready to take on any task that would give the Rebbe nachas. * His shlichus began under very difficult conditions with the founding of the Reshet schools. * Although he had reached retirement age, with perestroika in the CIS he packed his bags and together with his wife went on shlichus to Kishinev, Moldova. * He fearlessly led the way in spreading the Besuras Ha’Geula. * Portrait of a Chassid who recently passed away.
If the higher political echelons in Eretz Yisroel had thus far been worried about authorizing a military operation due to public backlash or placing their Cabinet portfolios at risk, it now turns out that the opposite is true. The people are actually supporting the campaign, standing behind the nation’s leadership when it fights bravely and takes the proper steps.
“My bar mitzva is coming up. Many boys in my class put on t’fillin already and every week invitations are hung up on the class bulletin board. When my parents began preparing for my bar mitzva, I was excited to join the ‘g’dolim’ in the class.”