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Shabbat Bamidbar
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A quick fix of inspiration from,The Lubavitcher Rebbe,

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
The Primordial blunder.


The primordial blunder was the discovery of self.

The first man and woman in the Garden of Eden ate of the Tree of Knowledge and realized that they exist. Ever since then, that self-consciousness has been the root of every disaster.

Every "I" and "me," every sense of being is a denial of the Oneness of the Creator and the creation. It is a statement that there is something else, namely me, and that me is autonomous from all else.

The goal of humankind is to reach beyond the state of Adam and Eve in the Garden-to a state where any sense of ego is meaningless. A place called Eden, which is beyond the Garden, the place of Essential Being from where all delights flow . . . "And a river went out from Eden to water the Garden."

And now you know why they ate of the fruit to begin with.
Moshiach Matters

The Torah was given in a desert rather than in a place owned by Jews.

A place of communal ownership corresponds to the level of Torah which is within the grasp of the Jewish people.

The Torah was given in a desert in order to allude to the higher dimension of Torah which is completely beyond human grasp.

In this way we receive the dimension of Torah which is completely united with G-d.

This will be accomplished completely in the days of Moshiach, when (G-d says), "A new Torah will come out from Me" (Isaiah 51:4). The word "from Me" refers to the Torah as it is completely united with G-d.
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A Mutual Oath


The Hebrew word "Shavuot" is related to the word for oath, "shvua."

On Shavuot, G-d and the Jewish people each took an oath:

The Jews swore never to forsake the Master of the Universe for idolatry, G-d forbid,

and G-d swore never to replace His chosen people for another nation.

(Ohr HaChaim)

Jokes

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

Rivkah is trying hard to get the tomato ketchup to come out of the bottle.

As she is banging the bottom of the bottle the phone rings, so she asks her 4-year-old Faye to answer it.
"Mommy, it's the rabbi," shouts Faye.

But before Rivkah can get to the phone, Faye says to the rabbi, "My mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now.

She's hitting the bottle."


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A fellow walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what he had.
He said, "Shingles."
So she took down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat.

A few minutes later a nurse's aid came out and asked him what he had.
He said, "Shingles."
So she took down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told him to wait in the examining room.

Ten minutes later a nurse came in and asked him what he had.
He said, "Shingles."
So she gave him a blood test, a blood pressure test, an electrocardiogram, told him to change into the robe lying on the examining table and wait for the doctor.

Fifteen minutes later the doctor came in and asked him what he had.
He said, "Shingles."
The doctor said, "Where?"
He said, "Outside in the truck. Where do you want them?"


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May 10, 2013 7:40 p.m.
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AND A CHAG SAMEACH.
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by -- Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui
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The Secret to Wealth AND Happiness.


The prophet Jeremiah admonishes, "let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might and let not the rich man glory in his wealth; but let him that glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows me for in these things I delight says the Lord."

According to our sages, everything is determined up in heaven except for the choices a person makes between good and the opposite. Wisdom, might, wealth is all a gift from G-d. There is no place for a person to glorify himself in those things that are granted to him, so they can support and help him accomplish in those areas where he really does have input and influence. The only area in life a person can justifiably take personal credit and pride in, are those choices a person makes when he decides the righteous and good path over the alternative.

Ben Zoma declares however that certain types of wisdom, might and wealth may properly be prized and gloated over once they are integrated in the concept of "understanding and knowing me". And he says.

"Who is wealthy, and may justly acknowledge his wealth? He who can bring himself to mentally and emotionally be happy with his lot. "Happy shall you be in this world, and it shall be well with you in the world to come."

G-d created a nature within humans that we quickly become habituated and adapted with our circumstances in life. We become comfortable with our families, our health, our environment and our condition in life. There's an old saying. If G-d showed us the whole picture of anyone else's life, all its' pluses and minuses, the overwhelming majority of people would choose precisely where they presently are.

This is good because by becoming accustomed to what we have, the irony is, this is what creates the desire to explore and desire more. To experience something fresh and novel.

On the other hand, once a person starts to intensely focus on more, many times this will cause people to lose their appreciation and gratitude for all the good and all the blessings they already have been blessed with.

Ben Zoma teaches us to live in the now. When people become seriously driven and focused on the future, many times this has a tendency to put people under tremendous stress and in a state of worry and anxiousness. Or, they may feel responsible for things that are not under their control. And to live in the past, many times this brings feelings of guilt and personal blame.

The proper balance is when we live and are focused mostly on the now, as the Rambam teaches, "a person should view every day as if it where his last day." We are grateful and appreciate the present, while aspiring for more in the future.

In is interesting that we start every day and our morning prayers begins with an expression of thanks and gratitude and only a few minutes later we are asking for more! But it's from this foundation of thanks, that it is healthy to ask and seek more.

A person who is constantly aspiring and dreaming for more and forgetting the present will never be satisfied. When he finally gets what he wants, he is still hoping for more, and always feels lacking. With this mentality, a rich person with $200 who seeks to double his wealth is poorer than a poor person with this same mentality. While a poor person with a mentality of gratitude is wealthier than a person with more money.

Not being caught up in this cycle maintains inner peace and calm. And on the contrary, a person at peace with himself is far more able to take advantage of opportunities which present themselves, and thus achieve true success in the world at large.
How do we know G-d gave us the Torah???? HUH???
 
Living with the Rebbe.

25th of Iyar, 5712 [1952]

Rabbi S. Carlebach,

Recently you brought to my attention a letter addressed to you by ------, a student at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York. In this letter the writer professes to be a true scientific thinker and an unbeliever in the supernatural; he also asserts that all facts seem to be in contradiction to the existence of G-d, professes to be a "liberal Jew," etc., etc.

Not knowing the background of this student, nor the field of science in which he specializes, I cannot deal with the subject in detail, especially in the course of a letter.

There are, however, several general observations that I can make, which the said student has apparently overlooked, and which he would do well to consider carefully:

Science does not come with foregone conclusions and beliefs with the idea of reconciling and adjusting facts to these beliefs. Rather the opposite, it deals with facts, then formulates opinions and conclusions. To approach a subject with one's mind made up beforehand is not true scientific thinking but a contradiction to it.

Science requires that no conclusion can be valid before a thorough study and research was made on the subject. The question therefore presents itself: How much time and effort had the above-mentioned writer devoted to the study of religion to justify his conclusions on the subject?

A fact is considered any event or phenomenon testified to by witnesses, especially where the evidence is identical and comes from witnesses of varied interests, education, social background, age, etc. Where there is such evidence, it is accepted as a fact which is undeniable even if it does not agree with a scientific theory. This is the accepted practice in science even where there are several reliable witnesses and certainly scores of them, hundreds and thousands.

:The Divine Revelation at Mount Sinai was a fact witnessed by millions of people, all of whom reported it to its minutest detail, accurately, for the whole people of Israel stood at Mount Sinai and witnessed it.

We know that this is a fact because millions of Jews in our day accept it as such, because they received it as such from their own parents, and these millions in turn received the evidence from the previous generation, and so on, in an uninterrupted chain of transmitted evidence from millions to millions of witnesses, generation after generation, back to the original millions of witnesses who saw the event with their own eyes.

Among these original witnesses there were many who were initiated in the sciences of those days (viz. Egypt), many achievements of which are still baffling nowadays; among them were philosophers and thinkers, as well as ignorant and uneducated persons, women and children of all ages. Yet all of them reported the event and phenomena connected with it without contradiction to one another.

Such a fact is certainly indisputable. I do not believe that there is another fact which can match it for evidence and accuracy.

To deny such a fact is anything but scientific; it is the very opposite of science.

Parenthetically, it is unfortunate that this basic difference between the Jewish religion and those of others is so little known, for the Jewish religion is the only one that is not based on a single founder or a few, but is based on the Divine Revelation witnessed by all the people, numbering several millions.

This answers also ------'s statement that "the acceptance of the Torah as being the only truth is dangerous" since "its authors were only men... and as men they could not have been infallible."
 
sometimes it takes a couple of miracles to impress.....
It Once happened.

The Baal Shem Tov (who passed away on the first day of Shavuot) had yet to become famous. But for the few who had already heard of him, the little they knew was enough to arouse their opposition. Rumors abounded that the Baal Shem Tov was innovating dangerous new ideas contrary to the Torah, and all kinds of false accusations were spread about his teachings. Slanderers fanned the flames of controversy with unfounded and baseless gossip.

Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, the famous rabbi of Polana, was among those who had fallen prey to these half-truths and innuendoes. Believing the rumors to be true, he had publicly come out against the Baal Shem Tov.

Around that time a match was arranged between the daughter of a resident of Polana and the son of one of the Baal Shem Tov's followers, with the wedding slated to take place in the bride's hometown. As part of the agreement, the Chasid stipulated that the Baal Shem Tov conduct the marriage ceremony.

In the beginning the bride's father had no objection, but as the date of the wedding neared he worried that the Rabbi of Polana would disapprove of the Baal Shem Tov officiating. However, the bridegroom's father had been adamant. The only choice was to either fulfill the condition or break the engagement.

After much soul-searching the bride's father decided to consult with the Rabbi, and told him that he was willing to call off the wedding if that was what the Rabbi wanted. Rabbi Yaakov Yosef insisted that it wasn't necessary, and gave the young couple his blessing and good wishes.

The night before the wedding finally arrived. Rabbi Yaakov Yosef was in his study poring over a volume of Talmud but his mind kept wandering. For some reason, he was unable to focus. Suddenly it occurred to him that he should go and meet the Baal Shem Tov for himself. Didn't the Torah demand that a judge conduct a thorough investigation before pronouncing his verdict? How had he allowed himself to form an opinion about the Baal Shem Tov without even seeing him? He stood up and returned the volume to the bookshelf.

It was pitch black outside as the Rabbi made his way to the hall where the wedding would take place the following day. Peeking inside a window, he saw a crowd of people gathered around a middle-aged Jew. The stranger's face fairly radiated with goodness and nobility. "That must be the Baal Shem Tov,"

Rabbi Yaakov Yosef thought to himself, and pressed his ear against the glass to listen.

It was surprising how the Baal Shem Tov's words carried so clearly. "Your Rav is a very holy man," the Baal Shem Tov was saying, "but on two occasions he made a mistake in judgment." The Rabbi was startled to hear himself the subject of the discussion and paid even closer attention.

"The first time was a few weeks ago, when everyone in the Rabbi's house was busy preparing for Passover. To avoid getting in their way, the Rabbi decided to go up to the attic to study. A few hours later he was thirsty, and not wishing to disturb anyone, went down to the street to wait for a passing water-carrier. Sure enough, a few minutes later one walked by. But much to the Rav's indignation, the water-carrier didn't offer him a drink. The Rabbi took it as a personal affront, but unbeknownst to him the water-carrier was a hidden tzadik [righteous person], who was on his way to meet with some other hidden tzadikim."

The Rabbi was astounded, but there was no time to assimilate what he'd heard as the Baal Shem Tov continued:

"The other time was on the night of Tisha B'Av, when the Rabbi was sitting in the synagogue lamenting the destruction of the Holy Temple, long after everyone else had already gone home. The Rabbi reached such a state of mourning over the Jewish people's exile that he was suddenly overcome with a profound weakness.

"It was the moment the Satan had been waiting for. Disguising himself as an old wayfarer, he entered the synagogue and offered the Rabbi a juicy apple. He encouraged him to break his fast, reminding him that the Torah allows a person to eat on Tisha B'Av if his life is in danger. With a trembling hand the Rabbi took the apple and recited the blessing, but before he could bring it to his lips he realized what had happened and banished the intruder. True, he hadn't actually eaten the apple, but he had recited a blessing in vain. Till this day it remains a blemish on his soul."

How could the Baal Shem Tov have known these things? Rabbi Yaakov Yosef was horrified as pangs of conscience began to gnaw at him. "The Baal Shem Tov is a holy man, and I was greatly mistaken," he admitted to himself.

At that moment the Baal Shem Tov lifted his eyes and looked through the window. "Rabbi of Polana!" he called out. "If you wish to correct the blemish, come to me!"

That very day Rabbi Yaakov Yosef became one of the Baal Shem Tov's most fervent followers. His book, Toldot Yaakov Yosef, was the first to appear in print extolling the Baal Shem Tov's teachings.



Warmest wishes for a Shabbat Shalom. AND a CHAG SAMEACH.

Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui