Mortality and premature death.

Shabbat Acharei-Kedoshim
April 19, 2013
A quick fix of inspiration from,The Lubavitcher Rebbe,

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.

People think that if they are not well, they must sacrifice all meaning in their life in order to take care of their physical situation.

In fact, the opposite is true: You cannot separate the healing of the body from the healing of the soul. As you treat the body, you must also
increase in nourishing the soul.

Doctors know this very well, but they should make better use of the fact.
Moshiach Matters

Because the Jewish people were exiled from their land on account of their causeless hatred for one another, the antidote which will bring the Redemption is an overabundance of brotherly love and harmony.

As we find ourselves on the very threshold of the Messianic Era, when the greatest love between all Jews will be felt, the time has come for a new phase in our relations with one another:

We must strive to "taste" beforehand, while still in exile, the wonderful atmosphere which will reign then. This, in itself, will hasten Moshiach's arrival.

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)


And you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am G-d (Lev. 19:18)

This verse may also be read: "And you shall love your neighbor" - "as you are yourself."

G-d holds us to the same standards by which we judge other people.

If we show love for our fellow Jews, G-d will show the same love for us.

(Otzar Hachaim)


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

"The doctor said he would have me on my feet in two weeks."

"And did he?"

"Yes, I had to sell the car to pay the bill."


There are 3 spies that get captured.
One is French, one is English and the other is Italian.
Their captors come into the cell and grab the French spy and tie his hands behind a chair in the next room.
They torture him for 2 hours before he answers all questions and gives up all of his secrets.
The captors throw the French spy back into the cell and grab the English spy.
They tie his hands behind the chair as well and torture him for 4 hours before he tells them what they want to know.
They throw him back into the cell and grab the Italian spy.
They tie his hands behind the chair and begin torturing.
4 hours go by, and the spy isn't talking.
Then 8 hours, then 16 and after 24 hours they give up and throw him back into the cell.
The English and French spies are impressed, and ask him how he managed to not talk.
The Italian spy responds, "I wanted to, but I couldn't move my hands!"


But Moshe Feldman, could do everything right.'

Passenger: 'Wow, some guy then.'

Cabbie: 'He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams.
Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them.
But Moshe, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good.
He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too.

He was the perfect man! He never made a mistake.

No one could ever measure up to Moshe Feldman.'

Passenger: 'An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?'

Cabbie: 'Well, I never actually met Moshe. He died, and I'm married to his wife.'

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Mortality and premature death.

"My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the spice beds, to feed in the gardens and to gather roses."

This verse is from the legendary Song of Songs by King Solomon. The Rabbis taught: "all the ages are not worth the day on which the Song of Songs was given to Israel; for all the writings are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies."

King Solomon, "the wisest of all men", captures the special bond and love between G-d and His people through the metaphor and imagery that we can better relate to, and that is, the love between a loving husband and his wife.

The above verse is often quoted when offering comfort to loved ones who experienced the death of a child. (May G-d save us) The all merciful G-d, picks the nicest and best from the garden.

"It is better a whiff of the world to come, than all the life of this world." If anyone was to accumulate all the pleasure and enjoyment in all of human existence, it would not reach the delight in just a scent of the world to come.

Nowadays, especially with past life regression hypnosis, it has become easier for many to accept what the great Mystics have been teaching for thousands of years. A person is a soul enclothed in his body. We, are not our bodies. We are souls, which animate and live while we are here in this temporary existence, in a physical body.

With so much being written lately on near-death experiences and the afterlife, by people of all backgrounds and disciplines, for anyone with open eyes and ready to accept reality, it becomes pretty apparent that the soul goes places after it leaves the body. The soul is still very much aware of itself and all that is around itself.

The book of prophets relates how King Saul out of desperation did the wrong thing and consulted a medium to bring up the soul of Samuel. When that happened, Samuel the prophet said, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?"

The message and picture we are forming from the above is that when someone passes on, they are not dead as in, that's the end of them. That is why we use the expression "he passed away" rather than died. The body returns back to its source in the ground as the Bible tell us, "you are dust and to dust you shall return." The soul returns back to its source, "to G-d who granted it..." which is all bliss. In that pure and clear world everything is understood, and to the soul there are no questions or sadness.

In truth, the real pain when someone dear passes away is to those who from our limited perspective don't see the whole picture. Picking the rose may have saved the rest of the garden. To us, who can only experience past, present, and future, we never can see the whole picture and at this moment the separation hurts. To us mere mortals it appears like something bad and negative, something unfair just took place.

That is why the laws of mourning instruct us to cry over the loss of a loved one and we must recognize the limited truth from our perspective. But even so the law tells us, we must limit our mourning and sadness. At a certain point we must also recognize the real and eternal truth. As far as the soul is concerned, it is in a better place. At a certain point, instead of looking at the temporary separation we must begin looking forward to the time when  all souls will be re-united.
Don't do unto other what u don't like.....why?  

Living with the Rebbe.

This week's Torah portion, Kedoshim, contains a command that has achieved great fame. "Love your neighbor as yourself." To the average person, this command has overtones of a pious sermon utterly detached from reality. For, an obvious question arises: "How can one be expected to love a person despite his obvious shortcomings?"

A non-Jew once approached the famous Hillel and expressed his desire to convert to Judaism. "Teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot," he demanded. The wise Hillel replied: "Don't do to others what is hateful to yourself. This is the whole Torah, the rest is commentary. Now go and study!"

Hillel chose to express the precept of brotherly love in the negative form: "Don't do to others what is hateful to yourself."
Why did he not teach him this command in the simple positive form as it is stated in the Torah, "Love your neighbor as yourself?"

Hillel, in his profound wisdom, chose to express this command in a way which would explain and clarify the precept:

It is widely accepted that "Love is blind," and the blindest of all love is self-love. Every man is well aware of the faults of his character. He knows of his own shortcomings better than another person; yet so strong is his self-love that it smothers this awareness and does not let him feel the extent of his deficiencies in character. He is thereby able to find excuses for all his improper actions.

What is our most common reaction when someone else notices our faults and brings them to our attention? We are angered, not because his observation is untrue (we know all too well that he has noticed a real and true defect) but because we perceive that this fault has made an unfavorable impression upon him, and he does not lightly dismiss the shortcoming. In other words, he has removed the blindfold of our self-affection, forcing us to be aware of the full extent of our shortcomings a result which we find truly hateful.

Says Hillel, "If you find this removal of the blindfold of self-love hateful when it is done to you, then don't do it to others!" Let your love extend to your fellow too. When you observe his faults, dismiss them lightly and "make nothing" of them, just as you do your own.

From "A Thought for the Week," Detroit. Adapted from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
it's all bashert ..........
meant to be.........
It Once happened.

There were once two chasidim who were followers of Rebbe Moshe Tzvi of Sevran. One, Reb Meir who had recently lost his wife, was a poor Torah scholar. The other chasid, Reb Tzvi Verbka, was a wealthy innkeeper. Divine Providence decreed that their lives become entwined in a most amazing fashion, which is the subject of this story.

After the death of his wife, Reb Meir went to live and study at the court of his Rebbe. He set out on foot to Sevran. On Lag B'Omer he stopped at an inn belonging to Reb Tzvi. There, he joined the other Jews in their festive celebration. Although Reb Tzvi was away on business, he had prepared a large meal complete with ample refreshments.

When the guests had all eaten and drunk and were feeling tipsy they decided to have some fun at the visitor's expense. One of the locals suggested: "I've got an idea! You're a widower and the innkeeper's daughter is a widow--why don't the two of you get married?"

Reb Meir was an earnest young man, and after thinking it over he agreed. The laughing crowd proceeded to the daughter's house where they presented their idea to her. Seeing that they were all happily drunk, she saw no harm in humoring them. When Reb Meir proposed the match to her she agreed in a spirit of fun. The crowd drew up a marriage contract and brought out four broomsticks and a tablecloth to serve as a chupa. The bride and groom performed their respective roles perfectly, even breaking the glass at the end of the ceremony to shouts of "Mazal tov!"

The bride and groom were carried on the shoulders of the drunken celebrants, and the merry-making continued into the night until everyone was tired. They all went off to their beds, leaving Meir abandoned. The next morning he resumed his trip and soon arrived at Sevran.

Meanwhile Reb Tzvi returned home. Seeing the littered remains of the night's feast and the make-shift chupa he asked what had gone on. When he was told about the make-believe wedding between his daughter and the poor traveler, he began to wail: "What have you done? Don't you know that this was a perfectly legal marriage, and that you have married my daughter to some wandering beggar!"

There was nothing to do, but to go his Rebbe without delay and obtain a divorce for his daughter. Reb Meir had already arrived and had explained his side of the story. He said that in all honesty he had seen no reason not to marry the young woman. She seemed to be an upstanding and pleasant person, and she had been quite willing to marry him.

When the Rebbe suggested that he give her a divorce he flatly refused; he was very satisfied with the arrangement. The Rebbe finally summoned a rabbinical court which decided that the father of the bride must pay the groom damages of eighteen hundred rubles, after which he would grant the divorce. Both sides agreed, but a delay of a few days was requested in order to gather the money.

The Rebbe moved quickly. Borrowing three hundred rubles he set about to transform the appearance of the young groom. With a haircut, a new suit and a beautiful shtreimel, Reb Meir was a sight to behold. He impressed everyone with his good looks and intelligent mien.

When Reb Tzvi arrived, money in hand, to complete the divorce, the Rebbe took him aside and whispered: "I have found the perfect match for your daughter." He took Reb Tzvi by the hand and introduced him to the renovated Reb Meir, whom he didn't even recognize. Reb Tzvi was duly impressed and agreed to the match.

Then the Rebbe revealed the truth; this was, in fact, his daughter's new husband. Reb Tzvi's face fell, but the Rebbe spoke further: "I have heard from heaven that this match has been decreed. You, however, were supposed to have lost your entire fortune, and so been forced to take this match. When I prayed on your behalf I succeeded in averting that part of the sentence."

When the Rebbe saw that Reb Tzvi was still unmoved he continued: "Let me tell you a story. There was a wealthy man with two sons and a daughter. The Baal Shem Tov told him of a match for his daughter and asked that the girl's brothers meet the prospective groom. When they arrived, they noticed a bagel-seller in the street. Secretly, the Besht called to the peddler and gave orders that he be groomed and properly attired.

"The Baal Shem Tov then called the now elegant-looking bagel-seller to appear and he invited the visiting brothers to test the young man on any aspect of Talmud they wished. They gave him the most difficult questions and to their surprise, he answered brilliantly. They rushed home to tell their father about the excellent match the Besht had proposed. The couple was introduced, the arrangements made, and a beautiful wedding was celebrated.

"Soon after the wedding the bride and her family were surprised to find that the groom, who had seemed so scholarly the week before, showed no evidence of his previous brilliance. The brothers went to the Besht for an explanation and he told them: 'I saw in a vision that this bagel-seller was your sister's destined mate. It had been decreed that your father die, leaving her an orphan forced to go begging. In that way she was to have met her husband. But I pleaded for your father's life, promising to arrange for the couple to meet in some different way.'"

Reb Tzvi's face had softened; he was now convinced that this match was right. The couple lived many happy and prosperous years together, frequent visitors to the court of the Rebbe of Sevran.

Warmest wishes for a Shabbat Shalom.

Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui