Thursday, October 29, 2020

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Various Interesting News

Thank you to everyone who emailed me some of these links.

Tamar Yonah interviews Rabbi Mendel Kessin October 27 - Are we Hearing the Footsteps of Moshiach

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Dove's Message

Art: Charnine

"The dove came to him toward evening, and behold it had plucked an olive leaf with its beak"
[Noach 8:11]

Rashi, quoting a Midrash, recounts that the dove said to Noach: "Let my food be as bitter as an olive - as long as it is provided by the hand of HaKadosh Baruch Hu - and not as sweet as honey - if it will be provided by the hand of flesh and blood."

Why, asked the Dubno Maggid, would the dove make such a statement to Noach before taking leave of him and the ark?  Hadn't Noach so graciously provided for it and cared for all of its needs over the course of an entire year?

Rather, answered the Maggid, the dove was concerned that perhaps Noach would suspect that it had returned not because the flood had ended but because it knew that it would receive all of its food on the ark.  This is why the dove told Noach, "I have not returned for food. For I prefer to be sustained with food that is as bitter as olives, as long as it is provided by Hashem, rather than with food that is as sweet as honey but provided by man!"

Source: Rabbi Y. Bronstein

Monday, October 19, 2020

5781 - ''This Will Be The Year When I Will Certainly Show You Miracles''

Last month Rabbi Mendel Kaplan put out a video where he informed us that he had discovered an amazing connection to the current year 5781 and a Sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe from 30 years ago. If some readers cannot understand the translation below, I suggest you go to the videos and listen to Rabbi Kaplan's explanation.  

You can see the video here and part two here.

The following explanation/translation of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's Sicha Parshas Vayigash 5751 is by Rabbi Binyomin Schlanger - published here with permission from the author.


Living in times when a reader wishes to immediately grasp the point  spoken; therefore, as translator I thought it appropriate to initially offer this  short overview of this lengthy Sicha Parshas Vayigash 5751 which spans 19  pages, and to focus on the overall theme of which the Rebbe is speaking to us  for our current year 5781 and to visualize the major contours of the landscape  of the full Sicha which follows.  

The Rebbe is speaking to us of our present time-period, describing how,  whilst still in exile, we are also in immediate proximity to the imminent  Geula by our righteous Moshiach.  

As Chassidus explains, the word Torah has in its meaning ‘teaching’,  eternal and most relevant messages for Jewish people for all generations. The  Rebbe focuses upon the specific Torah narrative which reflects our times, and  from its manifold details, the Rebbe opens our eyes to the parallel through  which we are now living, offering us the spiritual strength and insights to  comprehend the events in the world around us, and to discern the imminence  of the Geula. 

 The narrative speaks of Yehuda, head of the tribes, approaching  Joseph, the viceroy of Pharaoh, the superpower of that time, for the release of  Binyamin from being held in Egypt, the source of all later-day exiles  [paralleling the Jewish people from exile]. Initially unaware of the Joseph’s  identity, Yehuda displayed supreme determination to fulfill his mission [as is  demanded of us] even without ‘a friend in the White House’. Joseph, upon  exposing his identity, with the full consent of Pharaoh, offered to give of the  best of the land of Egypt, Goshen to Yaakov and his sons and families to  settle and gain estates and holding there. This reflects the final turnaround of  the exile which we will see in favor of the Jewish people resulting from a  Jew’s determination to hold on to his Jewish tradition, regardless of any  adverse situation with which he is beset. 

Yaakov had the seventeen best years of his life in Goshen with the  freedom to serve Hashem and live in tranquility. This is paralleled in our  times by the wondrous opening of the gates of the USSR, offering hundreds  of thousands of Jewish people the freedom to ascend to the Holy Land and  also to come to the kingdom of kindness [USA] where the expanse and  pursuit of G-dly service is unimpeded. Yet, the Rebbe alerts us to the  reservation that the Jewish people were then in Goshen, and as now, we are  still in exile.  

The spiritual secret of the letter ה .Our Sages tell us that this material  world was created with the letter ה ,a composition of three lines. The upper  line and connected right hand side line represent G-d’s spiritual worlds of  thought and utterances for the process of creation. Different however is the  disconnected left side line which represents this created material world which  is seen through our eyes of exile as disconnected, independent, without  source.  

However since this world is the ultimate purpose of Creation where  Hashem desired for himself a residence in this world, our Avoda in this world  will draw down a spiritually loftier fourth dimension of G-dliness into this  world.  

The continuation within this overview offers a translation of the  highlights and climax of this Sicha, pages 12 - 15. Same as all of the Rebbe’s  words are with great precision and accuracy, the numbered notes below with  their starred references, need to be studied together very carefully in order  that the reader not miss the sometimes subtle messages of prophecy and  insights which the Rebbe is conveying here to us.  

In greater detail –“with relevance to the Yosef of our generation, the  Rebbe my father-in-law, leader of our generation who parallels “And  Yosef was brought down to Egypt” - to the lower hemisphere [to the  USA], to the kingdom of kindness [greatly different to the previous 

situation of persecutions etc. initiated by the government of that country in  those times].  

And this continues with even greater fortitude after his passing – that  even then he remains same as יעקב ויחי” And Yaakov lived”, as our  Sages tell us [Taanis 5b]  

יעקב אבינו לא מת...מה זרעו בחיים אף הוא בחיים 

“Yaakov90 our Patriarch did not die…just as his progeny live so too91 does he live”, even as [the Zohar pt.3 71, 2 etc. says] he is active in all of  the worlds [also in this material world] even more than during his  lifetime.  

And this is certainly true now of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe  since the completion of forty years [of his passing 1950 – 1990], that  [Hashem] has now granted you [us] a heart to understand and eyes to see  and ears to comprehend”,  

Especially in the year of ניסים’ – miracles’ [נ"תש [and the year  "אראנו נפלאות’ "I will show you wonders’ ]א"נ – [as we saw openly  miracles and wonders in recent times, with regard to that country [the  superpower USSR] to permit and assist the Jewish people to enter a  situation of breadth, to exit constraint into freedom, that even in the land  of Egypt [USSR] [in the last moments of exile] they should experience  “And Yaakov is alive”.  

And all of this is because we are in close proximity to the true and  complete Geula by our righteous Moshiach, in the words of David Melech  HaMoshiach, composer of the pleasant songs of Israel [Tehillim], Psalm  8994: “I have cut a covenant with My chosen one, I have sworn to David,  My servant95”, “I have found David My servant, with my holy oil I have  anointed him96”, and at the conclusion and end of the psalm “Blessed is 

Hashem forever, Amen and Amen”, “he [King David] saw…the arrival of  Moshiach, therefore gave thanks to Hashem97”  


90) The same is true of the verse “These are the children of Yaakov – Yosef”. And as in the verse [our Parsha 45, 26] – “Yosef is still alive”.  Note, that the spiritual sphere of Yosef is Yesod which is called ‘alive’  [Or HaTorah (אור יהל (on Tehillim 70’ 116. and other sources]. [The  Rebbe is speaking of his father-in-law, the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe,  Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchak Schneersohn. - Translator] 

91) Our Sages in saying “so too is he alive” - specifically use the word אף–  indicating both extremities: אף in a negative sense – the descent of passing  [compared to the burning of The House of our G-d [Tractate Rosh  Hashanah 18b]], and together with this אף understood positively – that  there [his presence] is even further enhanced by “his progeny [who]  lives”, “even more than during his lifetime”.  

94) Note, that in the division of the 150 Psalms of Tehillim into 15 x 10*  [as is known that at times and certain situations there would be added the  saying of ten Psalms of Tehillim**], that Psalm 89 - ט"פ is relevant to the  ten Psalms which begin with Psalm 81 א"פ] and their conclusion Psalm  90 – צ [Hebrew letters אף ,however, in the opposite order indicates the  overturn of אף] – anger] of the negative sense into אף of the positive  sense *** [א"פ – the head letters of the year ****אראנו פלאות] 5781 - the year when] I will show you miracles, the main emphasis being upon  the revelation before human eyes of אראנו- I will show you” – good,  seen and revealed].  

*) Perhaps the reason for this was because this parallels the 15 Songs  of Ascent of the book of Tehillim. 

**) Not [only] due to a situation of constraints, may Hashem save us,  may this never again be repeated, but [also and] mainly as giving  praise and thanks to HaKadosh baruch Hu.

***) Perhaps one could say and note, in Psalm 89 - ט"פ there appears  the word אף five times, which indicates the overturning of the anger of  exile of Pharaoh [the root of all exiles], that Joseph viceroy of  Pharaoh decreed that one fifth of the Egyptian produce [see our  Parsha 47, 24] be taxed for the Pharaoh of impurity, be overturned to  the אף of holiness [See Likkutei Torah Song of Songs 24.4 and more],  that one fifth goes to Pharaoh[‘s spiritual source] of holiness that  “there be the torrential flow and revelation from him of all G-dliness  lights” [Zohar pt.1, 1].  

****) As the head letters of this year 5751 - א"תשנ'ה meaning  הי' תהא שנת נפלאות אראנו  

“This will be the year when I will certainly show you Wonders”

95) Verse 4 96) Verse 21 97) Ibn Ezra on the verse 

Rabbi Binyomin Schlanger 



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All rights reserved. No part of this overview or the full or part of the  translated Sicha [talk] may be reproduced for sale or any form of financial  gain without prior written permission from the translator. 

The full Sicha in Lashon HaKodesh with all 133 reference notes and  multiple sources is printed in Sefer HaSichos 5751, volume 1 pages 206 – 217.

Friday, October 16, 2020

The Rescue of the Jews before the Redemption

 New Rabbi Mendel Kessin shiur

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Garments of Leather

by Rabbi David Pinto Shlita

It is written “Hashem made for Adam and his wife garments of skin, and He clothed them” [Bereishit 3:21]

Why did G-d choose garments of skin to clothe Adam and his wife?

The author of Tzafnat Pa’aneach offers us a subtle explanation: When Adam discovered that he was naked and needed to be clothed, he was in a situation that required him to recite the Shecheyanu blessing, for he would be wearing a new garment. However the Halachah forbids a person from reciting a blessing if he is naked.

Adam was therefore faced with a dilemma: Should he recite a blessing for his first garment, and if so, how should he say it?

Hence the verse states, “Hashem G-d made for Adam and his wife garments of skin, and He clothed them.” It specifically mentions garments of skin because Shecheyanu is not recited over leather garments, since “His mercy extends to all His creatures” [Tehillim 145:9]. By fashioning garments of skin for Adam while he was still naked, Hashem exempted him from having to recite Shecheyanu.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Are We There Yet?

One of the conditions that will occur before Moshiach is that ''the pious will be despised''.

One major source describes the world-condition in those days as follows: increase in insolence and impudence; oppressing inflation; unbridled irresponsibility on the part of authorities; centers of learning will turn into bawdy houses; wars; many destitutes begging, with none to pity them; wisdom shall be putrid; the pious shall be despised; truth will be abandoned; the young will insult the old; family-breakup with mutual recriminations; impudent leadership.  Source: Chabad

A quick glance at any news outlet will show you many stories of the orthodox [Hareidi] celebrating the chagim amidst corona... whatever your opinion is, it is a fact that right now the pious are despised, accused of spreading corona. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

18 Tishrei Yahrzeit Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov's histalkus [ascent from the body] took place in Uman, a Ukrainian town in Kiev oblast, on the 18th of Tishrei, which is the second day of Chol HaMo'ed Succos, 5571 [Oct. 16, 1810]. According to his express wish, Rebbe Nachman was buried in the old Jewish cemetery, together with more than 20,000 martyrs of the Haidamack massacres of 5528 [1768]. His surviving family members included his second wife, who built over his grave the original Ohel [a wooden structure to accommodate those who wished to pray nearby]; his daughters Adel, Sarah, Miriam, and Chaya; and several grandchildren. According to one tradition, the Rebbe's father, Rabbi Simcha, survived him, as well. 

It is customary for Breslover Chasidim to gather together on "Chai Tishrei" in order to commemorate the Rebbe's Yahrzeit. As is commonly the case in the Breslov community, there are no special minhagim [customs] associated with this event, other than lighting a Yahrzeit candle, giving Tzedakah [charity] in Rebbe Nachman's memory, and engaging in the study of Rebbe Nachman's writings.

To read and learn Rebbe Nachman's teachings, click on the REBBE NACHMAN label below this post.