Sorry everybody for not posting. Hope you enjoy this one.
Everybody nowadays sets themselves an expectation. While it can be a good thing, it can be tiring and stressful. In this weeks Parsha (Torah reading), we see that Lot, Avraham’s nephew who lives in Sodom and Gomorrah gets saved from the now extinct cities. Verse 29 reads:
וַיְהִי בְּשַׁחֵת אֱלֹהִים אֶת עָרֵי הַכִּכָּר וַיִּזְכֹּר אֱלֹהִים אֶת אַבְרָהָם וַיְשַׁלַּח אֶת לוֹט מִתּוֹךְ הַהֲפֵכָה בַּהֲפֹךְ אֶת הֶעָרִים אֲשֶׁר יָשַׁב בָּהֵן לוֹט
29. And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and He sent Lot out of the midst of the destruction when He overturned the cities in which Lot had dwelt.
Rashi questions, what does וַיִּזְכֹּר אֱלֹהִים אֶת אַבְרָהָם וַיְשַׁלַּח אֶת לוֹט
try to teach us? Why does it say that, it seems out of place?!
Rashi answers, that G-d remembered when Avraham and Sarah were in Egypt, and Avraham claimed that Sarah was his sister, Lot didn’t say that Sarah was actually his wife. He kept to himself. G-d expected him to do that. With this in mind G-d saved him from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
As I was learning this with a another person, he chimed up and said “But Moshe hit the rock and punished him!?” I answered back “Moshe hitting the rock was different to Lot,Moshe was a tzaddik, he should’ve known that hitting the rock was wrong.” Moshe made a grave mistake, G-d had the expectation of Moshe not hitting the rock. Lot however was not a tzaddik and he did something that G-d really appreciated. That’s the difference.
Have a Good Shabbos !
That God remembered Abraham: What does the remembrance of Abraham have to do with Lot? He remembered that Lot knew that Sarah was Abraham’s wife, and that he had heard in Egypt that Abraham said about Sarah, “She is my sister,” yet he did not reveal the matter because he [Lot] had pity on him [Abraham]. Therefore, the Holy One, blessed be He, had pity on him. — [from Gen. Rabbah 51:6]
ויזכור א-להים את אברהם: מהו זכירתו של אברהם על לוט, נזכר שהיה לוט יודע ששרה אשתו של אברהם, ושמע שאמר אברהם במצרים על שרה (יב יט) אחותי היא, ולא גילה הדבר, שהיה חס עליו, לפיכך חס הקב”ה עליו
All hebrew text and translation of the Rashi came from Chabad.org. I do not own od that except the hebrew word Parshas at the beginning.
It is with deep sadness, that I have been informed that, Harav Hagon Ovadiah Yosef has passed a way at age 93.
To all his family “Hamakom Yenachem Eschem Btoch Shar Avlei Tzion Vyerushalayim”
It is 1:53 am when I am writing this. People can ask why? The reason why I am writing this post at this time is because I came back from slichos approx. 5 minutes ago. It is interesting to note that not all people understand what slichos is. Most people think that slichos is some random hebrew/aramaic stuff which you say from the last Saturday night (continuing on Monday morning, this is my custom) before the High Holidays. When I go to slichos (started at 12:20am) I didn’t pour out my heart and soul, cry and do this and that, I contemplated. You may ask what do I contemplate about? Ill tell you, I don’t know :). Only joking. I think about how close I am to coming to the day of Judgement. Many people decide to laugh it off, me being one those people. However, when I say laugh it off, referring to myself, I don’t go down without a fight. I try to think about it every single day. The day of Judgement is close and I, like most other religious Jews prepare for this auspicious time by saying slichos.
Ksivah Vachasimah Tovah (Be written and sealed in the book of good),
The Jewish Cricket Fanatic
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We are approaching the time where Rosh Hashana (the Jewish new year) is right around the corner. At this time many people take the opportunity to reflect. According to one custom by the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, from 12 days before Rosh Hashana one should think about one month in the past for each of those 12 days. I can’t do that because, well you know my mind can’t retrieve stuff like that from so long ago but I do try.
On Rosh Hashana we pray that we should be written in the book of life and also for prosperity and good health. In Parshas Vaylech (remember this week it is a conjoined parsha), the Torah records Moses’ last sermon to the Jewish nation. The verse reads like so:
1. And Moses went, and he spoke the following words to all Israel.
וַיֵּלֶךְ משֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר אֶת הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה אֶל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל
Many Rabbis ask, “Where was Moses going?”
The Ev-en Ezra explains that Moses was about to die and he wanted tell the Jewish people not to fret and listen to the words of Joshua (the next leader). Moses went to each and every tribe and gave them words of chizuk, encouragement so everybody would be calm.
What we can learn from this is that we are reaching the High Holidays and everybody is all over the place preparing, learning and of course, cooking. We must understand that all we need to do is take a breath or chill pill (which ever you prefer) and get up, be calm and walk to the Synagogue on the Sabbath or the High Holidays and just be happy. A famous slogan which was printed during WWII but was never used in that time period, Keep Calm & Carry On.
I want to wish you all a Shabbat Shalom and if I don’t post by Wednesday I want to wish you all a Happy and Sweet New YEAR!
NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM
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As I have looked down my dashboard, I saw a bunch of pictures/paintings of Communist, American, German and Russian leaders. In my limited knowledge of what this post was trying to depict, I understood this post was trying to connect Barack Obama to Communist and Anti Jews leaders. First of all Barack Obama is not a enemy of Israel nor a ruler. Amongst people I know they dislike the fact that Barack Obama was elected because he is not the greatest supporter of Israel. However the people of the United States of America elected Mr Obama for a second term is simply because he was doing a satisfactory job as Commander in Chief of the US of A. People amongst the world have to remember that Mr Barack Obama is the Persident of the USA not the Prime Minister of Israel.
Well let me get myself started.
It was in there year of 2012 that many things happened. We had the Olympics, wars, uprisings, democracy become dictatorship, mass murders but what can we do to make the world a better place? Go to Church, Go to a Mosque or a Synagogue to pray or just have a gathering with friends and talk. My New Years resolution is to have faith and have fun. From 2012 to 2013 is “One small step for man, One giant leap for mankind”.
Happy New Year and I wish all people a happy and healthy year, to followers or non followers.
HAPPY NEW YEAR :)
ויאמר משה אל ה’ הן אני ערל שפתים
And Moshe said to G-d “Behold I am of closed lips.”
Moshe is talking about the incident when he was a young boy where he took the crown of Pharaoh and placed it on his head. This was one of the signs showing that he was going to be the reedemer of the Jews. So Pharaoh made a test for young Moshe. He placed a bowl full of gold and a bowl full of burning coals. This test was to see if he would go for the gold. He chose to go for the gold but a angel pushed his hand to the burning coals (his hand hurt from the burning coals but it was not injured). His instinct was to place his hand in his mouth to cool down his hand. He touched his tongue during the process and could not speak properly for the rest of his life.
Q: Moshe placed his hand into the burning coals, but a question which has to be asked is how come his tounge was injured but his hand was not?
A:When Batya found Moshe as a baby in the Nile River she asked a number of Egyptian women to nurse him. As we know Moshe was destined to converse with G-d. To my knowledge, Moshe already knew the laws of Kashrut, and knew that he was a Jew - he only wanted to drink milk from a Jewish mother. However there was one incident were some of the Egyptian woman’s milk fell onto his tongue and Moshe immediately spat it out. Just like when non kosher food comes into contact with a kosher utensil immidieatly after it needs to have the procces of Kashering (cleaning). This is normally done by immersing the utensil in boiling hot water or using fire to make it red so it to burn all the utensill had absorbed. Moshe’s tongue was burned in order to remove all traces of the Egyptian milk.
Dvar Torah authored by Siftei Cohen שפתי כהן
Courtesy of Vedibarta Bam ודברת בם
My question would be “When are the nations of the world going to live in peace and harmony?”
Yesterday as I was walking, I came across White Power stickers which included the contact details of a specific group. It was stuck to the poles of street signs.
I was disgusted. Today, when I was walking I made sure to bring a texta with me in order to “decorate” the sticker.
I feel accomplished.