Sunday, July 23, 2017

Information Sheet for Visitors to the Temple Mount

For Jews and non Jews: Information Sheet for Visitors to the Temple Mount

by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh: click here to read

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How to Fix Sinat Chinam [Baseless Hatred]

Complete English subtitles: Rabbi Ofer Erez

Amazing teachings of Rebbe Nachman about seeing the good points in yourself and others, and making the world a better place.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Moshiach: A Discussion

For those who thought Rabbi Zitron spoke too fast... here's a nice laid-back shiur, questions and answers on the topic of Moshiach from Rav Dror.

Monday, July 17, 2017

What is the source of good and evil?

Rabbi Mendel Kessin: Enlightenment vs Concealment and the Major Classes of Creation
Latest shiur

Healing Your Inner Victim

If you have been a victim of some type of abuse or any other kind of serious wrong-doing, then you will no doubt expend a great deal of time and energy [and probably money] in attempting to bring your abuser to justice.  All that energy can be far better served by understanding that whatever happened to you was actually from Hashem, and the abuser was just the tool used to achieve that purpose.

This may be hard to digest - why would Hashem want you, or anyone else, to be abused or treated so badly?

It could be that you have to get over this particular hurdle in order to do a tikkun [correction] for something from a previous life; it may be that only this kind of experience can force you to become the person you are meant to be.

Whatever the reason, we have to realize that Hashem has decreed it this way, and as painful as it may be, it was not an accident or a mistake: this happened to you because it was meant to.

All the energy that you may use in chasing down your abuser should be channelled into your own healing.  The abuser's punishment is not your problem, Hashem will take care of that, you don't need to get involved*.  Revenge is not something we should be focusing on, justice will take its course and Hashem has it all under control.

Accept that whatever happened to you was beshert, don't worry about the person who did it to you, worry about your own well-being and recovery.  

By focusing your energy on yourself, and not the abuser, you will be able to heal much faster.

*Note: [Obviously serious cases of abuse need to be reported to the police and subsequently dealt with in a court of law, but in this blog post I am speaking generally about lesser forms of abuse]

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Seeing The Good

God can’t judge a person favorably until some human being down here on the planet has done it first. And as soon as God starts to judge someone favorably, that opens the door for them to make real teshuva.  Emunaroma

.....Hashem waits to hear words of defence and merit on behalf of Jews, especially by other Jews. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Who Will Be The Players In The Final War- An Introduction To Gog Umagog

Rabbi Yehoshua Zitron - Part 7 in his Moshiach  series

Fooling Yourself

"Seekers of the Truth" - Mike Worrall

It is told that R' Pinchus of Koretz used to warn his disciples: ‘Never fool yourselves! Above all a Jew must be thoroughly honest with himself!’

Once one of his students challenged him. ‘But Rebbe,’ he said, ‘one who fools himself actually thinks he is being honest with himself. So how are we ever to know if we are being honest, or just fooling ourselves?’

‘You have asked wisely, my son,’ the Rebbe said. ‘The answer, however, is simple. It is written in Tanna d-Bei Eliyahu [an ancient Midrashic source] that anyone who is careful to speak words of truth will be sent a malach [an angel] who shows him the truth. One who speaks words of sheker [falsehood] will be sent a malach who fools and deceives him.

So, if you will be careful to always tell the truth, you will never “fool yourself.” If not, well …’ This is a very telling incident. One can live his⁄her entire life in deception, of others and of himself, and not have even the faintest notion he is doing so. R' Pinchus also used to tell his disciples: ‘It is better to choke, than to utter a lie.’”

R' Raphael said: “The Sages teach that the greatest labor of man should be to avoid self-deceit. But how can a man do so when he is deceived and believes his action to be right? By obeying the counsel of his friend, since his friend cannot profit by permitting the deceit to continue. We are also taught that he who labors for truth creates for himself an Angel of Truth who acts as a monitor to warn him of falsehood.”

R' Pinchas said: “He who is filled with self-importance lies to himself and he fools others to believe his importance."

Source: Two Tzaddiks

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nibiru Sighting

Just imagine being outside one afternoon and seeing this in the sky.  A farmer has captured what appears to be Nibiru.