Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Heavenly Voice

Have you ever heard a voice from Heaven?  I guess not many people have, and how would you know that it was from Heaven and not from somewhere else?   Once I did hear a voice, it was an electric sound that came into my right ear, I felt it as well as heard it.  It gave me advice which I followed, and saved myself from a disaster.  I have no idea what that voice was, I thought perhaps it was an angel.  That was many years ago, and it was the one and only time it ever happened. 

The other day I stumbled upon the following interesting information on the internet, which some of you may like to read.   [If you have ever heard a voice from Heaven, please leave a comment, I'd love to hear about it]

BAS KOL - Ein Mashgichin B'vas Kol 

One of the lower forms of prophecy is called Bas Kol [lit. echo], where certain individuals of a high spiritual status hear a heavenly voice. The Gemara in numerous places cites instances when a Bas Kol was heard, relaying information from Heaven to the earth. The Halachic ruling [Bava Metzia 59b] is that we do not accept the ruling of a Bas Kol when it contradicts the majority opinion of the Sages. [Some Tana'im ruled more stringently, asserting that we do not accept the testimony of a Bas Kol even if it follows the majority opinion. See Background to Yevamos 14:2:b.]

Source: Daf Yomi

Monday, March 25, 2019

Rabbi Kessin on Bringing Moshiach

HT: Rahel

I believe that Rabbi Kessin will be returning to the US this week and hopefully will be giving regular shiurim again.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Purim Sameach

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

Looking for somewhere to give tzedaka on this special day?  Head over to Boys Town Jerusalem and see for yourself.

To see more Purim posts click the Purim label below.

Friday, March 15, 2019

A Visit to Mordechai and Esther

A French man visits the kevarim [grave sites] of Mordechai and Esther in Hamedan, Iran

An early Purim treat

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Other People's Money

This is a timely post for me. I can't tell you how many times I have encountered ''rabbis'' [and those quotation marks are there for a reason] who are doing the wrong thing with other people's money. It is a sad fact that many rabbis today are not behaving well. This is not only bad for the Jewish people, it is an absolute chillul Hashem [a desecration of G-d's name]. If you call yourself ''rabbi'' you have a duty to behave in an upright and fully honest manner, otherwise you are bringing shame upon all of us.

''He shall return the article that he stole, the withheld funds, the article left for safekeeping, the found article.... or anything else regarding which he swore falsely" [Vayikra 5:23-24]

Gedolei Yisrael have always exercised great caution when dealing with the money of others, so that they would not be guilty of the severe transgression of theft.

by Rabbi Yisrael Bronstein

One erev Shabbos, when R' Isser Zalman Meltzer returned from the mikveh, he suddenly realized that he had used two clothing cubbies at the mikveh.

Perhaps I took someone else's space, thought R' Meltzer. I might very well owe the mikveh attendant twice the amount that I usually pay!

One of his family members saw how much the matter was troubling R'Meltzer, so he offered to go to the mikveh and pay the attendant for the extra cubby.

"It is I who must go" replied R' Meltzer. "For the halachah states explicitly that one who steals from his fellow must not only repay him, but he must verbally appease him as well. The responsibility to appease the attendant is my responsibility alone."

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Give Life

Dear Friends,

Unfortunately, I do not think there is anyone amongst us who does not know families that have been shepherded through acute or chronic pediatric illness by Chai Lifeline.  A short time ago I blogged about Libby, who B""H is now alive due to the assistance of Chai Lifeline.

For the first time ever, we are at a critical point, with our intake over the past few years reaching 15% more than in each preceding year.  This adds up to a whopping 45% more families impacted by serious disease - lo alienu !  

While we all daven that Hashem will erase the need for Chai Lifeline momentarily, we need to prepare to service these children and their families.

I'm turning to you for help.  Please take a moment to make a donation, open a page of your own, and enlist others to donate - or both!

In the next 48 hours, every dollar raised will be matched !

Thousands of families world wide are counting on us.

May you always be on the giving side.

Please click here to donate and help this incredibly worthy cause: Chai Lifeline - supporting sick children and their families.