The Power of...

A quick fix of inspiration from,The Lubavitcher Rebbe,

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
Confidence.

Trusting in the One Above doesn't mean waiting for miracles. It means having confidence in what you are doing right now -because you know He has put you on the right path
and will fill whatever you do with energy and blessing from on high.

 

Moshiach Matters

In Isaiah 46 we read: "To your old age I am with you; to your hoary years I will sustain you; I have made you, and I will carry you; I will sustain you and deliver you."This verse assures us that no matter how long the exile will be G-d will always "carry" us. We are His responsibility. Our exile and dispersion among the nations of the world is also G-d's doing. He will, therefore, surely deliver us from our enemies and from this exile. These three terms, "I am with you," "I will sustain you," and "I will deliver you," refer to our three exiles. Isaiah prophesies that once our current exile is over we will never again be exiled.

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ACTION - THE MOST IMPORTANT.

These are Aaron and Moses...These are Moses and Aaron (Ex. 6:26, 27)
Aaron, the first kohen (priest), embodied the proper worship of G-d, and by extension, symbolizes prayer in general. 
The job of the kohanim was to offer the sacrifices in the Holy Temple; today, when we have no Temple, prayer takes the place of these sacrifices. 
Moses, on the other hand, epitomized and symbolized Torah study. 
The concurrence of the two names and their repetition in the reverse teaches that there are times in our daily lives when one aspect takes precedence over the other.
Sometimes we stress prayer, as a preparation for mitzvot (commandments) and Torah study, and sometimes we study first in order to pray more effectively.

(Lubavitcher Rebbe)

Jokes

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

A college pizza delivery boy arrived at the house of Larry Johnson. He delivered the pizza to his trailer. After giving it to him, Larry asked: "What is the usual tip?"
"Well," replied the youth, "this is my first trip here, but the other guys say if I get a quarter out of you, I'll be doing great."
"Is that so?" snorted Larry. "Well, just to show them how wrong they are, here's five dollars."
"Thanks," replied the youth, "I'll put this in my school fund."
"What are you studying in school?" asked Larry.
The lad smiled and said: "Applied psychology.

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Registration on the first day back at school in Birmingham , ENGLAND . The teacher begins calling out the names of the pupils:- "Mustafa Al Eih Zeri?" "Here" "Achmed El Kabul?" "Here" "Fatima Al Hayek? " "Here" "Ali Abdul Olmi?" "Here" "Mohammed Bin Kadir?" "Here" "Ali Son Al En" - silence in the classroom. "Ali Son Al En" - continued silence as everyone looked around the room. The teacher repeats the call: "Ali Son Al En..." A girl stands up and says timidly: "Sorry, teacher. I think that might be me. But it's pronounced Alison Allen..."

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Fill ur mind and ur stomach
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Services. Friday night 6:30 p.m.
Shabbat 10:00 a.m. followed by kiddush

Warmest wishes for a Shabbat Shalom.
"Kosher Caffeine" 
by -- Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui 
www.koshercaffeine.com

G-D IS WATCHING.

The holy Baal Shem Tov (1698- 1760) - master of good name taught, that everything in this universe from the celestial beings to human beings, down to a kernel of sand is directed and orchestrated by the full knowledge and will of G-d. The Baal Shem Tov would say, "When the wind blows and turns a leaf over from one side to the other, this is by Divine intention. There is a specific reason for this."

One of his students had difficulty grasping this concept. The Baal Shem Tov instructed this student to go to the forest and stand by any tree and follow the first leaf that is blown from the tree. The student did this and the leaf ended up between two stones. The student went a little closer and noticed a worm crawling out from between the stones and started to munch at the edge of the leaf.

When the student went back to the Baal Shem Tov, even before he had a chance to say anything, the Baal Shem Tov said, "G-d who sustains the entire universe prepared the leaf so it should reach this hungry worm. Everything, which occurred to this leaf, was with G-d's will."

As a result, and by extension of this principle, the Baal Shem Tov taught that everything a person sees or hears he must view as a direct message from G-d to help in his specific mission in this world.

Once, the Baal Shem was sitting with his students and a wagon driver yelled into their room of study that he needed help to pull his horse and wagon out of the mud. The students not wanting to lose even a millisecond of learning from their master responded to this cry for help, "We are not able (to help you)."

The frustrated wagon driver yelled back, "you are able (to help) you just don't want to." With that the Baal Shem Tov addressed his students and said, this was a message from G-d that was needed at this moment. When we think we are not able to improve and do more, it's simply not true. We just don't want to. Every day we wake up, G-d has faith in us and is giving each one of us the opportunity to progress further than the day before. Every person with enough resolve can reach the highest levels of personal improvement.

Once a great Rabbi came over to Rabbi Shnuer Zalman and told him he decided to move to another city. Rabbi Shnuer Zalman told him, "who told you that your soul came down to this world to be a Rabbi in the city you intend to move to. By Divine providence G-d put you in the city that you are in, to illuminate it with the light of G-dliness. When you fulfill your mission in this city, the providence of above will direct you to someplace else."

Chassidim would say. "There is nothing "by chance", although sometimes things may happen that weren't planned."

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe would almost always respond to people who were trained in certain fields and wanted to drop their training for something else, that is was not advisable. "If by Divine Providence this is what you have become proficient in, then this must be your mission." Rabbi Schneerson would advise them to find ways that they could use their field to further goodness in the world, and that would bring greater happiness and success to the person.

Once a student of Rabbi Shmuel planned to be with his Rabbi for the High holidays. On his way he got delayed and was forced to remain for the Holiday in the city of Vitebsk. When he finally arrived to the city of Lubavitch he was granted a personal audience with the Rabbi. Rabbi Shmuel said to him, "you don't even know yourself what you accomplished in the city of Vitebsk."

Everything that transpires in our lives is meant to happen. To help us, in one way or the other, move along for the good, in our journey we call life.

#1, you a warrior?
#2, medical advice.

Living with the Rebbe.
11th of Shevat, 5727 [1967]

Chaplain - Office of the Chaplain Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Greeting and Blessing:

I am in receipt of your letter. I was very gratified to note your desire to promote among the Jewish servicemen under your care the idea and practices of Judaism according to the Torah-true interpretation. Actually no other true interpretation is possible.

Needless to say that in your case, as the spiritual monitor and guide of the Jewish young men in the camp, every degree of fortified conviction and personal advancement in this area is multiplied many times as it is reflected in those who look up to you for guidance and influence.

I had occasion to emphasize also the fact that, however responsive Jews are to a good influence and to the truth, especially when it is given to them sincerely and truthfully, Jewish servicemen are even more responsive because of the stability of the atmosphere in which they live, where they are by circumstances, sheltered from contacts and temptations so prevalent in civilian life.

Moreover, the very military training they receive impresses upon them the importance of compliance and a response to the call of duty. This should provide immediate food for thought and logical inferences, namely, if an order of a human commanding officer must be obeyed and carried out without question, how much more readily and willingly should a commandment of G-d be fulfilled.

Indeed the Jews are called the "hosts of G-d," having been enlisted in the service of G-d ever since we were freed from human bondage and received the Torah and Mitzvoth (commandments) at Mt. Sinai, as we read in this week's Torah portion.

It is noteworthy that the expression, the "hosts of G-d," is mentioned for the first and only time in connection with the departure from Egypt, on the way to receive the Torah.

A person in military service can readily understand that when he receives an order from a superior officer, he cannot delay its execution until such time as he will be able to weigh it in his mind and see if he too approves of it, especially if such an order comes directly from the Commander-in-Chief, for such a delay can endanger the whole army.

Certainly, the attitude towards a command of G-d could not be in any lesser degree, and no Jew can be so reckless as to wait until he has sufficient time and inclination to study the Divine commandments. It is for this reason that the Torah was received with the unanimous declaration by all our people - Na'aseh v'Nishmah [we will do and then we will understand].

And as in the illustration, here too, a Jew cannot say this is my own personal affair, and mind your own business, because all Jews form one body and are mutually responsible for one another, so that the actions of one Jew have a very important bearing upon the well-being of another...

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4 Shevat, 5713 (1953)

I have received your letter of January 15th, in which you describe your health problem, particularly with regard to the kidneys.

As far as I know there are in Boston great medical experts as well as research centers in this field. No doubt you have consulted them, though you do not mention the names of the specialists you consulted.

It is probably not necessary for me to call attention to the fact that there are various methods to break up a stone in the kidney, either mechanically or through medicines, but you do not mention what treatment has been applied in your case.

As you may know, in order to receive G-d's blessings it is necessary to prepare 'receptacles.'

It would have been impossible for us to know the receptacles, but out of G-d's mercy and infinite kindness He gave us the Torah and revealed to us that Torah and Mitzvoth are the proper receptacles for us to receive His blessings.

Not knowing you personally, it is difficult for me to indicate to you how you can prepare for yourself such additional receptacles for G-d's blessings. But the important thing is to do better than at present in religious observances, which will surely bring an improvement in your condition.

One of the most important things in this connection is to see that the children receive a true Jewish education.

I would suggest that you meet with two of my acquaintances and discuss your children's problem with them, and they will be able to give you suitable advice...

The simple guy was a reincarnation of the King menashe!!
It Once happened.
The city of Nikolsberg, Moravia, was famous for its long chain of great rabbis reaching back almost a thousand years. The last in this line was the great Rebbe Shmuel Shmelka, a pupil of the Maggid of Mezeritch.
Rabbi Shmelka was a great Talmudic and legal genius, his advice was impeccable and his brotherly love was seemingly without limit. But despite his flawless character and selfless nature he was once the center of a controversy that only a miracle was able to quell.
A wealthy Jew in Nikolsberg, whom we will call Groisman, was sued by a poor man. After hearing the arguments from both sides, Reb Shmelka decided in favor of the poor man.
Groisman was livid. He would get his revenge! But he was clever about it. He began quietly complaining and, because he was rich, people listened. At first it was only his family and friends but slowly the circle widened. Within a few months the city became a cauldron of discontent.
Gradually Groisman's claims became public: Rabbi Shmelke is one of the Chasidim. He studies the mystical teachings of the Torah! Maybe tomorrow he'll make up a new religion!
One day, everyone in the city was called to a meeting in the Great Synagogue. The entire city packed into the huge prayer hall. Accusations were made. A heated debate ensued. Eventually, it was decided to take a vote. The vote was in favor of ousting the rabbi. Groisman had succeeded.
Suddenly the voice of the elderly shamash (sexton) rang out."I must talk!" He waited until there was silence. "Two things I said I would never tell... but now I must." It was about ten years ago, soon after Rabbi Shmuel Shmelka became our rabbi. I was knocking on windows before sunrise to wake everyone for morning services. When I got to the rabbi's house I saw a light in his window. I looked in. He was studying Talmud with an ancient-looking Jew. I thought he might be one of the 36 hidden tzadikim (righteous people). When I saw him there again the next morning, I decided I'd ask.
"Later that day I spoke to the rabbi. 'What? You saw him?' he asked. Finally he answered, 'Well if you saw him I'll tell you. That was Elijah the prophet. But please don't talk about it.'
"A few days ago I saw him again, but this time it was really frightening. It was late at night and the rabbi was standing at the door escorting some people from his house. When they got to the door I saw them. One was the same Elijah the Prophet but the other.... he was a king with royal garments, a crown, even a royal scepter! I was petrified with fear and awe.
"The rabbi escorted his guests a few steps then he returned to his house to continue his Torah study. I still don't know how I became so bold but I knocked on the rabbi's door, told him what I had just seen, and asked him for an explanation.
"The rabbi looked at me for a while, told me to sit down and explained. He said that a few weeks earlier in a certain town in Poland a tragedy occurred. There, there lived a simple Jewish artisan who was obsessed with hatred for idols and idolatry. The third of the Ten Commandments 'You shall not make a graven image...' burned in his heart; he spoke of it constantly.
"One night he ran into town and began smashing every statue he saw, including the ones in front of the church. He was caught by a crowd and beaten to death for his crime. It was with greatest difficulty that the Jewish community was able to convince the non-Jews that he acted alone.
The elders of the community refused to provide for his widow from the widow's fund. They argued that because he knew very well that he would be killed for his actions he was responsible for throwing away his life and his widow should be paid from the communal charity like all the other paupers rather than the more honorable and higher sum from the widow's fund.
"The widow went to the town's rabbis and they brought the case to our rabbi. Rebbe Shmelke was pouring through the holy books for a solution when the two people I mentioned visited him.
"The king was none other than Menasha, the idolatrous son of King Hezikaya! Since his death, over 2,000 years ago, he had been reincarnated time and time again to atone for his sins, among which was putting an idol in the Holy Temple! But his soul found no rest until it became incarnated in this Jewish artisan. His unexplainable hatred of idols was caused by Menasha's tormented soul seeking repentance.
"That is why he came to Rav Shmelka; to explain to him that the artisan was neither crazy nor suicidal, rather he was sacrificing his life to destroy idolatry and sanctify G-d's name; the only thing that would purify Menasha's soul. Reb Shmelka didn't tell me what he would decide but he did ask me to keep the matter quiet but I couldn't.
Now, my friends and brothers." The Shamash concluded. "I felt I had to tell you this so you should know what a holy Rabbi we have. I beg you not to be angry with him and I hope he won't be angry with me for telling." Then turning to Mr. Groisman he said, "Surely if he decided against you it was for the benefit of everyone involved including you...or at least your soul."
The group dispersed and the impeachment was canceled.

Retold by Rabbi Tuvia Bolton on www.OhrTmimim.org