Friday, April 21, 2017 improve one's character and make one's conduct upright...Maimonides.

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The Torah compares the wholeness of a human being, to the tree of the field.

There are four general categories to all of creation. The inanimate, vegetation, animals, human beings.

Within the world and universe of a person, there is also these four categories.  Says the Talmud, a person’s greatest nourishment and being comes from those things that grow in the field, vegetation and trees. The person is identified most by the category of “the tree.”  One of the characteristics of a tree, is that as tall and as big as it grows, it is always deeply rooted and connected to the ground.

Within a person, his emotions play the role of vegetation. Emotions grow as a person matures, and are more deeply rooted in the ground of a person’s soul than even his intellect (the role of animal). That is why it is very difficult to change the underlying nature of ones emotions and much easier to change the way one thinks.

A person’s intellect is the animal category within himself and like an animal who has mobility and freedom to travel, a person through his thinking is able to put himself even in places that are against his very own nature.  

Although the edge of a human being over all creations is his/her intellect it is only when it has successfully expressed itself by making a mark on the emotions and through the emotions that the person has reached self-actualization.

 According to the Torah, a person is defined by the way they act – emotions/behavior, (compared to the tree) and not just by, how smart they are.

Vegetation comes, from a higher source in the spiritual worlds, than the human being, and “fell” here in this world on a lower level than the person. This is the reason and explanation why & how it is able to nourish and sustain the person who is on a higher level here in this world. 

The emotions as they express themselves within a person are on a lower level than intellect. It is however up to the intellect to influence and transform the emotions so the person connects and experiences the greater force and life energy within the emotions, and once the emotions and character are changed this will feed and define the person.

Within intellect itself there is also the four above-mentioned categories. It is only the purest and most sublime of thoughts that are not affected at all by emotions that can accomplish 100 % the above-mentioned goal of totally influencing the character of a person for the good.

“All of these ordinances are to subjugate one's evil inclination and improve one's character. Similarly, most of the Torah's laws are nothing other than "counsels given from distance" from "He Who is of great counsel" to improve one's character and make one's conduct upright. And so it is written Proverbs 22:20-21: "Behold, I have written for you in the Torah prominent matters, to inform you of the veracity of the words of truth, so that you will respond truthfully to those who send to you."  Maimonides Temurah Chap 4 Halacha 8. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Miracles & Prophecy in OUR TIME. Mind blowing stories/lessons.

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In the North, there lived a French Jew, Yehuda Ben Souson and as a result of a blessing he received from the Rebbe (Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson) through Rabbi Shmuel Azimov, it was born to him after ten years of Marriage an only child, a daughter.
At about ten years of age, the girl started complaining of severe pain in her head and after some tests, it was discovered she had a large tumor in her brain. Loi OLaini. Their only solution was to travel to Boston and consider their options once there.
The doctors in Boston offered two possibilities. One, to do an operation however, they could not guarantee she would awaken from it. The second option; leave things as is and she would last at the most another half a year.
The father immediately went to Brooklyn NY for a private audience with the Rebbe, and broke out in overwhelming cries.
The Rebbe looked at him and said, “When the month of Adar comes, one must increase in Joy and you came here to do the opposite??!  Who gave you permission to bring depression into my room”? The father thought the Rebbe was making light of the situation in such a difficult moment, and started to cry out, “this is the life of my daughter”. The Rebbe held strongly on to his position and again responded to the father. “And, is that how you intend to save your daughter, by bringing depression and sadness into the room, in the month of Adar?”
The father said, he is prepared to be joyous, but how is that possible. The Rebbe answered. “Adar is a month of Joy because ‘everything was turned on its head’; The Rebbe then turned his hands over from right to left and said, “turned over, everything turned over”.
The father left the room, and suddenly remembered he forgot to ask the Rebbe what to do regarding the operation.
The father submitted a letter, and the Rebbe answered through the secretary, he already addressed the issue during the private audience. The father did consider the words “it’s all turned over” but still nevertheless insisted on receiving a clearer directive. The Rebbe answered. “If he insists on asking, he should take guidance by asking a third Doctor”.  (The father only understood this entire exchange with the Rebbe later on.) The third Doctor advised them to go ahead with an operation. To the amazement of the Doctors when they opened the girls head there was no more tumor there. However, the operation had a great price on the daughter and she lost her ability to speak.
That Passover the family was staying with relatives in Flatbush NY and for the last meal of the holiday Moshiachs’ meal, they decided to walk to 770 Eastern Parkway and spend the meal as all Chassidim do with the Rebbe. During one of the breaks at the meal, the Rebbe called the father over, gave him two pieces of Matzah, and told him. “Matzah is the bread of cure and also the bread of faith. Give one piece to your daughter she should have a cure, and the other piece should be for you to have (more-deepened) faith. Your daughter doesn’t have to lose out because you are lacking in faith.”
Later on in the evening after Havdalah, when the Rebbe was giving everyone some wine, as the father was passing by, the Rebbe told him. “Normally the month of Nissan is a month of (energy for strengthening ones) faith, and then afterwards the month of Iyar is a month of (energy given to) cure. In your case however, “it’s all turned over”, and the cure of your daughter should not (have to) wait until you have faith. First she will be healthy and afterwards you will gain your faith.”
That evening, the daughter’s memory, and speech, came back to her. 


The following is a PS to a letter sent by the Rebbe.
“You write regarding the Jew from Bulgaria, who says he is waiting to see miracles and wonders etc. and then …..(will observe more) ….  tell him, that if he will look to his own past he will see many miracles and wonders, as long as he does not care to fool and dupe himself. And also, why would he want to challenge the Creator of the world and its conductor, that He, G-d forbid bring upon him, another time, to constricted straits, to a position of danger, and then have to save him! It is understood the fears there will have to be until the relief comes , when he was already in such situations in the past, and, was saved. It is only that the evil inclination is taunting him in order to keep him from fulfilling the commandments of the Creator of the World.
May it be G-ds will, you will “speak words from the heart that will certainly enter the heart” and he will go on the straight path, the path of Torah, our Torah, the Torah of Life, which is best for him, not only physically but also spiritually. –  This alone that I write regarding a Jew I have never seen, who was in the past in a very dangerous situation and was saved , this alone should be enough (to have proven a G-dly sign) that immediately, as he receives this message, he should begin to put on Teffilin, eat kosher, keep Shabbat etc. May it be G-ds will you will share good news regarding this.”
It’s incredible the open miracles and prophecy of the Rebbe in these two situations.

Friday, March 17, 2017

What are the blessings & Significance of Shabbat?

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One of the very important practices and pillars of Judaism that define what it is to be Jewish, is the observance of the Sabbath.

One of the very important prayers for protection is shortened on Sabbath because our sages tell us, “Sabbath (on its own, by itself) protects those who observe it”. One of the legal presumptions on Sabbath is that even a simple Jew who observes the Sabbath (and is influenced by its energy) will not lie. “More than Sabbath needs to be guarded, Sabbath has guarded us.”

Sabbath is one of the hallmarks of the entire Bible. It is an oasis in time an island of peace and tranquility. “The Shabbat comes, peace and tranquility comes.” Shabbat is a gift to G-ds chosen people, a sign between G-d and us.

When a person observes the Sabbath, he reinforces within himself and all those who know and see his observance, that it was G-d who created the world and made it in six days, and rested on the seventh day. Shabbat actually means rest. It is the day when G-d created on, and in that day, inner rest and rejuvenation.

Sabbath closes any of the loose ends of the past week, in addition mysticism tells us, Shabbat carries in it the blessings of the following week. That is why the groom and bride will make a special effort to be blessed in the synagogue on the Sabbath prior to their wedding, and the same for someone going on a trip, or any other big event.

The punishment for not observing the Sabbath is a very serious one. “You shall Guard the Sabbath because it is holy… whoever does (forbidden) work, will be excised from amongst his people.”

One of the forbidden “works” on Sabbath that opens up the tractate that discusses Sabbath in the Talmud, carries in it the main essence and theme of the day. It is the prohibition not to carry from a private domain, (a home), to a public domain, (the street), and vice versa. This very serious rule represents the Sabbath in a most powerful way, reminding us to recognize these two distinct types of domains and realities in the world.

Observing the Sabbath demonstrates and expresses the unity principle.

The one observing the Shabbat is proclaiming through his observance the recognition that G-d and only G-d is the ultimate master of the universe. He created it in six days and rested on the seventh and “there is nothing else but Him”. The Sabbath strengthens and deepens our bond intellectually and emotionally with this unity and oneness domain and its consciousness. “G-d is with me and (therefore) I shall not fear.” We realize the importance of studying the Torah (G-ds wisdom) and the observance of its commandments (practicing G-ds will). It deepens our awareness and attachment with this Holy and G-dly domain.

After the Sabbath, we re-emerge into the public domain and we see how many entities there are, competing with each other, conflicting with each other and fragmented from the unity of G-dliness. It is their lack of faith and knowledge in the unity principle that puts them under so much avoidable stress and anxiety. In this public domain, it truly is a world where the bigger animal devours the smaller one and everyone does as they please.

Shabbat is the strength to identify this very sick attitude and distance ourselves from it. Every morning when we do our prayers and we are granted a miniature Shabbat experience, a time to reflect on the oneness of G-d all around us and in our worlds, we draw from the blessings of the Grand day and the grand inspiration of Shabbat to once again address and take on another day and not be threatened by the "public" domain.

There is another domain that is in essence private, but is shared, by many private individuals. Like a courtyard or shared property. Our sages tell us because it appears like a public property, if we make a certain act called an Eiruv, we can carry in this area as well, and between the private property of an individual and vice versa.

This domain, represents those areas in life that are not like the fragmented, problematic area of public property that is devoid of G-dliness and which is always forbidden to carry within it, or between there and a private property. The Public property where G-d is not noticed or included is totally forbidden.

The private property has G-d written all over it. It’s all private and the oneness of G-d is seen and felt everywhere like in a synagogue or in a prayer book.

The intermediate area which is in essence private and is therefore “kosher” requires one more little act to bring out its’ spark of blessing. As long as the object is kosher, or the place and time is acceptable, then, by using the moment or the object for a spiritual purpose we have included this too in the private domain of G-dliness (The spirit of Shabbat), where there is peace and tranquility. Our entire life becomes, an oasis in time and space.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Who will live?? And, for how long? ADVICE for patients and doctors.A NEW way of looking at things.

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Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezeritch (1704-1772)  said. “When a person is suffering, he should never say, “I have it bad”, because from the Creator no evil comes. He can express himself and say, “things are bitter”, because sometimes, the cure can (actually) be bitter.”
When a person brands an event as bad and evil, they place a certain reality, truth and stigma on the event that it should actually become one that is without virtue, one that is forced within the parameters of the one looking at the experience, as being one that is no good and perhaps even bad.
A woman once came to Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor of Kovno (1817 -1896) and she cried bitter tears, the Doctor gave her husband only three days to live!
Let me divert a moment from the story.
We say in our morning prayers and praises, “ ….G-d creates cures (healing), He is awesome in praise, master of wonders……”. First, we mention the cures G-d creates and has allowed Doctors to discover. When a person is not well, Torah instructs us to go to a Doctor to be cured, and follow up on his advice.
If the sickness did not go away after all the professional consultations --- “He is awesome in praise”, we should intensify our prayers to G-d and mention His praise, specifically those that are in the book of Psalms. Reciting the prayer book of Psalms is a very powerful way to connect with, and draw blessings of healing and cure from Heaven.
If matters still have not improved and a person feels up against the wall ---  “Master of wonders”. We never give up hope. This morning prayer reminds us, to strengthen our faith, wait and expect for a wonder and/or a miracle to take place, “for I am the (ultimate) healer.”
Back to our story.
The Rabbi was totally bewildered and said to the frantic wife. “Is that so, he said three more days?!  I am not sure I will live out the rest of the day, (because) “nobody know his time” (when it will end) and he told you, your husband has three MORE days to live?? ”
Now that’s some lesson.
The Doctor cannot guarantee three days, no one has any kind of guarantee on even the next breath, and equally he/she has no right to limit the person’s life in any way whatsoever. Our attitudes, towards events that take place in our lives have a very significant and real impact on those events taking place.  If we see them as limiting and evil, we help make that a reality. If we see them as a bitter cure but on its way to improvement with G-ds help it becomes so.
The healthy way to live for ALL people, is in gratitude and appreciation for the gift of every breath of air. As King David expresses in his book of Psalms “ for every breath I praise and thank G-d.” No one knows his time and therefore the healthy attitude for every single person is never to take for granted the next moment, to value every second of time.
Once, Rebbetzin Rivkah (1833 – 1914) wife of Rebbe Shmuel contracted some pulmonary disease and the professor overlooking her case gave up on finding her a cure. Her father law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel told her. “The Torah (G-ds word) is the one that grants a Doctor, “permission to cure” and to be   
G-ds messenger in the field of healing. From these words it is clear, the permission granted the Doctor in the field of medicine ends with being able to cure. A Doctor does not represent his profession and mandate when he expresses despair on the patient. “

“Blessed is the man who trusts in G-d, “because when he does so,” G-d “reciprocates and” becomes his true security.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Rabbi, why is it so difficult? Why do I have constantly hardships, difficulties coping…?"​ STORY.

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A young man began his return journey back to his spiritual roots and asked Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson the Lubavitcher Rebbe, "Rabbi, why is it so difficult? Why do I have constantly hardships, difficulties coping…?"
The Rebbe replied: "We are not angels, we are human beings. Angels have no tests and temptations; they worship the Almighty without any difficulty. But we, have been given trials and tribulations to use them as ladders, to climb and to rise."
The young man did not really understand what the Rebbe meant, and instead of explaining, the Rebbe asked him, "What do you like best? What are your hobbies?” I love art, especially paintings," he said.
"Who is your favorite artist?" Asked the Rebbe. "Picasso," he said. "And what Picasso painting do you like best?" The Rebbe continued. The guy described the painting "Sunset," his favorite painting in the world.
"In the painting one sees the beach. The sun is setting, a couple of kids are playing in the sand, and an old couple is walking in their direction. Sunset tells me a lot. It has a lot of meaning. The symbolism of the sun going down and the hope that tomorrow it rises again. The kids play and do not even relate to the elderly couple walking beside them. A generation goes and a generation comes. This gives me a lot of thoughts and feelings. "
"And how much is this painting worth?” Asked the Rebbe. "Right now it sold at a public auction at Sotheby’s for eight million dollars," the fellow said.
Asks the Rebbe: "If as Picasso painted, there was someone with a camera and just simply snapped the magnificent picture, at sunset, children, the elderly - what do you think would be more accurate? The painting by Picasso or the picture from the camera?” “Clearly the picture," the young man said.
"And how much do you think the picture would be worth?" The Rebbe continued to ask. The young man answered immediately: “they sell postcards of similar pictures for twenty-five cents."
The Rebbe said to him: "Tell me, how is it that for the painting people are paying millions of dollars, and the picture barely fetches twenty-five cents?"
"You know why?" Said the Rebbe, “a camera cannot make mistakes. It's a machine. Humans on the other hand can make errors and mistakes and that is why his creations and his works are worth eight million dollars.
When a painter paints, he invests his entirety into the painting. He gives his feelings, his perspective. You can see and feel his soul, the experiences he went through, because he puts himself in the picture. But the camera when it comes down to it, is just a robot.
In the same way, the Almighty G-d has billions of angels, they never make mistakes, but they are not as valuable as human beings exercising free choice. The prayers of Angels are not worth the same like that of a person’s prayer who says , "acknowledge G-d, proclaim His name, make His deeds known,…sing to Him, chant to Him, speak of all His wonders…”
The Rebbe concluded: "All the failures and tribulations you described are not meant to knock you down, but to gratify you even more. Because, every time you fail you are reminded that you are a human being on a mission and on a journey of improvement. If one time you could not pray properly, then the next time you exert yourself your prayers will be better. You, will have enhanced your own self. Your failures make the light! ".

“What is to give light, must endure burning.”