Happy Passover

A quick fix from The Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
Higher consciousness

The first step to higher consciousness is to be conscious of a consciousness higher than your own.

And to be conscious of how that consciousness is conscious of you.

Moshiach Matters
The last day of Passover is celebrated by eating a special, festive meal called Moshiach's seuda, a custom initiated by the Baal Shem Tov.
The Tzemach Tzedek explained the connection: "The last day of Passover is the conclusion of what began on the first night of Passover.
The first night of Passover commemorates our redemption from Egypt by G-d. It was the first redemption, carried out through Moses, who was the first redeemer; it was the beginning.
The last day of Passover commemorates the final redemption, when G-d will redeem us from the last exile through Moshiach, who is the final redeemer.
The first day of Passover is Moses's festival; the last is Moshiach's festival." The two are intimately connected, the beginning and end of one process.
(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)

ACTION - THE MOST IMPORTANT.

This is the law of the burnt-offering...that the L-rd commanded Moses on Mount Sinai, on the day that He commanded the Children of Israel to offer their sacrifices (Lev. 7:37-8)
From these verses, Maimonides concludes that the proper time for bringing sacrifices is during the day.

Nonetheless, he continues, it is permissible to burn any portions of the animal that were not consumed during the daytime throughout the night.

Similarly, the Jew's mission in life is to "sacrifice" his animal soul - his desire for physical pleasures - and transform it into holiness.

Optimally, this type of service is to be done "in the daytime," when the Jew's connection to G-d is fully revealed.

Nonetheless, if our sins have caused us to enter a state of spiritual "night," our service of G-d must continue, for this in itself will dispel the darkness and transform it into light.


(The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Bechukotai, 5749)

Jokes

"Serve G-d in Joy, come
before Him
in song"

A blind man is sitting on a park bench. A Rabbi sits down next to him. The Rabbi is chomping on a piece of matzoh. Taking pity on the blind man, he breaks off a piece and gives it to the blind man. Several minutes later, the blind man turns, taps the Rabbi on the shoulder and asks, "Who wrote this?!!"
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10 Things I know about you.

1) You are reading this.
2) You are human.
3) You can't say the letter ''P'' without separating your lips.
4) You just attempted to do it.
6) You are laughing at yourself.
7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5.
8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5.
9) You laugh at this because you are a fun loving person & everyone does it
too.
10) You are probably going to send this to see who else falls for it.

You have received this e-mail because I didn't want to be alone in the
idiot category. Have a great Day. Laugh, and then Laugh and sing It's a
Beautiful Morning even when it's not.
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Jewish Proverbs to Contemplate .
If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.
The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks
What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.
A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.
One old friend is better than two new ones.
One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.
A wise man hears one word and understands two.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. Albert Einstein
You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails. Yiddish proverb
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them . Albert Einstein







Candle Lighting time in
North Palm Beach Florida

 

Mar. 22, 2013 7:14 p.m.
Shabbat is over 8:08 p.m.
PASSOVER TIME SCHEDULE.
Check the Chometz Sunday Mar. 24 2013
after 8:08 p.m
Monday Mar. 25 eat Chometz by: 11:23 a.m.
burn chometz by : 12:24 p.m.
Light candles 7:16 p.m.
Seder can NOT start before 8:09 p.m.
Tuesday light candles (from existing flame) after 8:10 p.m.
Wednesday --Middle days begin: 8:10 p.m.
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NO Lunch N Learn
Monday March 25 & April 1, 2013

NO --- LUNCH N LEARN
this monday!
Mondays 12:00 p.m. come and you will expand and deepen your appreciation for life. $5.00.
Fill ur mind and ur stomach
its a no Brainer.

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Services nights 8:00 p.m.
Days 10:00 a.m. followed by kiddush
Warmest wishes for a Shabbat Shalom AND a Happy & Kosher Passover.
"Kosher Caffeine"
by -- Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui
www.koshercaffeine.com

Birthdays, The Rebbe & Passover.

As a devotee and disciple of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, I would be amiss if I didn't mention a very significant day in the life and soul of our teacher and master, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, www.theRebbe.org.

Our sages tell us that everything that is significant in one's life, becomes the pattern of their soul forever. The soul of a teacher remains forever connected to his students and the important day of a birthday when a person's soul is strengthened to take on the next leg of life's journey, remains significant to the soul forever.

This Friday March 22, 2013 marks the Rebbes 111th birthday. This is an auspicious day for our own souls to be strengthened through our connection with the soul of the Rebbe.

The Holy Baal Shem Tov instituted the tradition to say daily the chapter of Psalms associated with the number of one's years. Students of a great teacher and master will say in addition to their own chapter the chapter in Psalms of their teacher as a way of praying to G-d for his wellbeing. This act connects and attaches the student even more deeply with their mentor and spiritual father figure.

This short chapter is only 10 verses long. In verse nine we read: "He has distributed, giving to the needy; his righteousness will endure forever, his horn (his strength) will be exalted with honor." Chasidic teachings explain when one gives charity in a manner of distributing - the Hebrew word "pizar" is used here which more literally means "to scatter" rather than to give carefully, without any limitations - the effects of this charity are limitless - it endures forever.

Our Sages state, "Great is charity for it brings the Redemption closer."

The Lubavitcher Rebbe's concern and longing for the final Redemption was evident even when he was a child, as seen in the Rebbe's 1956 correspondence with Yitzchak ben Tzvi (the President of Israel at that time).

"From the day I went to cheder [primary school] and even before, the picture of the final Redemption started forming in my mind - the Redemption of the Jews from their last exile, a Redemption in such a way that through it will be understood the sufferings of exile, the decrees and the destruction ... And all will be in a way that with a complete heart and full understanding it will be said on that day, 'Thank you G-d for chastising me.'"

The Rebbe's dream and his lifelong dedication was and forever remains, redemption for the entire world from all its problems.

In the book of the prophets it describes the time leading up to the final redemption as birth pangs. It compares the moment Moshiach comes as the moment of his birth.

When a child is born it's not just a celebration for the parents and friends, it's mostly a celebration for the child himself. Although the baby had nothing to worry when it was in its' mother's womb, birth allows for the fetus to become distinct and independent.

In the mothers womb everything is provided without effort and therefore can never be attributed or credited to the child's own effort. Anything we receive free without working and struggling for it remains aloof and superficial.

Only by virtue of our own individual struggles and overcoming challenges have we truly grown and become something evolved and better.
Redemption for the individual is the result of their own choices. It is the reward in each person's life for never giving up and always marching forward.

The Holiday of Passover is the power of freedom and redemption from all that constricts and restrains a person from reaching the fullest potential. By performing the G-dly act of eating the hand baked special Matzah, at least one ounce within four minutes, on both nights of the Seder, G-d promises us strength to experience freedom.
One can Change
One must Change
Change can happen in an instant.
Living with the Rebbe.

11th of Nissan, 5719 [1959]
To my Brethren, Everywhere
G-d bless you!

Sholom u'Brocho [Peace and Blessing]:

Approaching the Feast of Matzos, the Season of Our Liberation, I send my prayerful blessing to my brethren everywhere that the festival instill into the daily life of every Jew and Jewess true and complete liberation from all anxiety and adversity, both material and spiritual, so as to rise to the inner meaning of Yetzias Mitzrayim [the Exodus from Egypt], the prelude to Receiving the Torah, and to fulfill the Divine promise: "When you will bring out the people from Mitzrayim you will serve G-d on this Mount (Sinai)."

Matters connected with Torah and Mitzvos [commandments] are, of course, infinite and eternal, as G-d Himself
Who has ordained them; so are also their instructive teachings, which are valid for all times and places, and can and must be applied in daily life. Even more so in the case of such a comprehensive matter as the Yom Tov [holiday] of Pesach [Passover], of Yetzias Mitzrayim, which we are enjoined to remember every day.

One of the instructive messages of the Yom Tov of Pesach is that a Jew has the inner capacity and actual ability to transform himself, in a short time, from one extreme to the opposite. Our Holy Scriptures and Rabbinic sources describe in detail the bitterness of the enslavement in Egypt and the nadir of spiritual depravity to which the enslaved Jews had sunken in those days.

Enslaved in a country from which even a single slave could not escape; completely in the power of a Pharaoh who bathed in the blood of Jewish children; in utmost destitution; broken in body and spirit by the meanest kind of forced labor - suddenly Pharaoh's power is broken; the entire people is liberated; the erstwhile slaves emerge from bondage as free men, bold and dignified "with an outstretched arm" and "with great wealth."

Likewise is their spiritual liberation in a manner that bespeaks a complete transformation. After having sunk to the 49th degree of unholiness, to the point of pagan idolatry - they suddenly behold G-d revealed in His full Glory, and only a few weeks later they all stand at the foot of Mount Sinai on the highest level of holiness and prophecy, and G-d speaks to each one of them individually, without any intermediary, not even that of Moses, and declares: "I am G-d, thy G-d!"

The lesson is highly instructive:

No matter what the status of the Jew is, individually or collectively; no matter how gloomy the position appears to be in the light of human appraisal, the Jew must remind himself every day of Yetzias Mitzrayim - and strive effectively towards complete liberation and freedom, in a bold manner ("with an outstretched arm") and to the fullest attainment ("with great wealth"): freedom from all shackles and obstacles in escape from his "Mitzrayim," in order to reach the height of "priestly kingdom and holy nationhood," through Receiving the Torah in all respects "as in the days of your liberation from Mitzrayim."

There must be no pause and no hesitation on this road; there must be no resting on one's initial accomplishments; one must go on and on, higher and higher, until one apprehends and experiences the call: "I am G-d, thy G-d!"

This message of Pesach is especially urgent and timely in our present time and age, when Jews as individuals and in groups have bestirred themselves to seek for a way of liberation from their spiritual bondage, and to set foot on the road of true freedom of the spirit; above all to completely free themselves from the fear of "What will the non-Jew say?"

The "non-Jew" of every description, including the non-Jewish prodding of misguided Jews, and the "non-Jew" within one's self, the Yetzer Hora [Evil Inclination]. To these, especially, Pesach calls: Do not stop; go further rise higher, "with an outstretched arm!" Your liberation will then be complete and certain, "with the young and the old, the sons and the daughters," and with great wealth.

With blessing for a kosher and happy Pesach, and may the Prophetic promise, "as in the days of thy liberation from Egypt will I show him wonders," through our righteous Moshiach, be soon fulfilled in our own time.




This IS an incredible story............................
A prayer to G-d with a DEADline
The Rebbe picks it up and ONE Jew is saved.
It Once happened.

by Rabbi Laibl Groner, of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's secretariat

One year, just a few days before Pesach (Passover), I called one of the Rebbe's emissaries in Europe with a message from the Rebbe. The emissary was being instructed to visit a certain city and give assistance to a Jewish resident there. The Rebbe did not specify who this Jew was or what type of help he was supposed to provide.

"Reb Laibl," the emissary said. "It's a few days before Pesach. I'm expecting 400 people for the Seder. How can I drop everything and travel four hours there and four hours back?"

"Listen," I told him, "are you a shliach (emissary) of the Rebbe or not? The Rebbe knows that it's right before Pesach. Drop everything and go immediately to that city. Don't waste any time."

The shliach called me after Pesach: "Let me tell you what happened. I came to that city, but there was not a single Jew - no synagogue, no nothing. I went around asking the local residents if there were any Jews in the city. No one knew of any Jews living there. I went to the city hall and asked to check the lists of people who live in the city, but there were no records of any Jews in town. I thought that maybe I had made a mistake (there were no cell phones in those days), and so I prepared to head back home. I would call you to say what happened.

"Before leaving the city, I stopped at a gas station. The attendant came out and asked me, 'What's a Jew with a beard doing in a city where there are no Jewish people?'

"'Are you sure that there's not even one Jew in this town?' I asked the man. The attendant thought for a moment and then said, 'Now that you mention it, there's a butcher shop about half an hour away from here, and I'm almost sure that the owner of that butcher shop is a Jew.' He gave me the directions, and I arrived there at around a quarter to six in the evening.

"I opened the door of the butcher shop, and when the owner saw me, he literally fainted! What had I done to him? I picked him up, revived him, brought him to a chair, and gave him a cup of cold water. When I asked him what had caused such a strong reaction, he told me the following:

"'My wife, my two children, and I are the only Jewish people in this town. The local minister comes from time to time and tries to convince us to convert. "Why does your family have to be alone?" he asks. I would always tell him that rather than renounce our religion, Jews preferred martyrdom, to be burnt in auto de fés...

"Recently, the minister came again,. But this time he told him he wasn't going to leave the store unless I would agree to do what he asked. I told him I needed a week to decide. When he left my shop, I turned to G-d and said, 'I need a sign from You that I should not agree to his request.' A whole week passed without any sign from Above. At 5:30 this afternoon, a half hour before the minister was supposed to return for my final decision, I said to G-d, 'He is coming at 6. If You don't send me a sign I will agree.' Fifteen minutes later, out of nowhere, you entered my shop. I realized this was the sign I was waiting for and that was why I fainted."

The shliach told the butcher, "Passover is in another few days. I'm inviting you, your wife, and your two children to spend the holiday with us." The man happily agreed.

Two years later, the shliach called me again. "There is a postscript to the story. While the family was staying with us for Pesach, we invited them to stay a little while longer. Their stay lasted for about six weeks during which time we shared with them the basics of how to lead a Jewish life.

"Last week, I was visiting Jerusalem and I went to pray at the Western Wall. Suddenly, I felt someone tapping my shoulder. I turned around and saw a bearded young man standing with his children.

"'Do you recognize me?' he asked. When I said 'no,' he replied, 'Look into my eyes.' I took a closer look at him. 'You're the butcher from that town!' I cried. 'What happened? What are you doing here?'

"'When we returned home after spending those six weeks in your house,' he replied, 'my wife told me, "Listen, if we're Jewish then we have to live amongst other Jews. What are we doing here? We have to close the shop, pack our things, and make aliya to go live in Israel." That's exactly what we did. Since arriving here in Israel, we have become closer and closer to our Jewish roots and you can see for yourself how we've progressed...'"

We can see from this story how the Rebbe's foresight led to this family becoming a vibrant part of the Jewish people for generations to come. The Rebbe is sitting in Brooklyn, and he sees a family in need somewhere else in the world. To save them from, G-d forbid, doing something disastrous, the Rebbe makes sure that someone who can help them goes out there and takes care of the matter.

Reprinted from Beis Moshiach Magazine


Warmest wishes for a Kosher SWEET
& Happy Passover.

Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui