Friday, October 30, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Mystical Insights In The Torah Portion – Lech Licha Sefer Hasichos 5749
Lech Licha refers to the soul’s descent from heaven to earth.
The soul in Heaven is in state of union with God - then descends through the three worlds of Biriah, Yetzirah, Asiyah, descending into this world, where only miraculously, does the Omnipotent One, fuse it within a body.
Though this descent of the soul from heaven to earth, from the loftiest heights to the lowest depths, God told Avraham, that this is where his essence will be revealed (and the essence is God-Himself, hence far greater than any other soul state.)
|When the Soul is in Heaven, its true essence is obscured, for it is experiencing the infinite radiance of God. It is only on earth – in the darkness – that the soul’s inner light can express itself – through which the individual becomes a continuously growing being! which is far more lofty than whatever spiritual nirvana it experiences in heaven.|
Just as the Soul must descend from Heaven to earth, similarly, the individual must move out of his comfort zone. A person must move beyond both his physical and spiritual comfort zone –
“your land” refers to your desire,
“your father’s home” refers to your mind and
“your birthplace” refers to your habits
The purpose of going from one’s place to a new place is similar to the idea of life itself – ups and downs both physical and spiritual – for in all these circumstances the purpose is to reveal the inner soul of the Jew One can only see a person’s own growth when they truly are in a completely new situation.
Lech Licha fundamentally challenges a Jew to grow – beyond the three factors that naturally shape a person, their inherent disposition, their cultural disposition and their familial disposition (which in fact is even stronger than cultural as we see empirically).
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
An observant Jew who lived on Park Avenue, built a Sukkah on his balcony
Some of his 'high society' non-Jewish neighbours brought him to court.
They claimed that the Sukkah on his balcony was an eyesore and was having a negative impact on the value of their homes in this posh neighbourhood.
In court, the man was very worried about the outcome. It was the eve of the eight-day holiday, leaving him no time to make alternative arrangements, in case the judge ordered him to take down the Sukkah.
He prayed for help. And Hashem listened.
Judge Ginsburg, who was Jewish himself, had a reputation of being a very wise man. After hearing both sides, he turned around to the observant Jew and scolded him: "Don't you realize that you live on Park Avenue, and not in Brooklyn? There is a certain decorum which is expected on Park Avenue. You have no right to be putting up an ugly hut on this lovely street without a building permit authorizing it. I hereby rule that either you remove the hut, or I will fine you one thousand dollars.
You have exactly eight days to do so! Next case!" ( Good Yomtov…).
Monday, September 7, 2015
Two young guys appear in court after being arrested for smoking dope.
The judge says, "You seem like nice young men, and I'd like to give you a second chance instead of jail time. I want you to go out this weekend and try to convince others of the evils of drug use.
I'll see you back in court Monday.
"On Monday, the judge asks the first guy, "How did you do over the weekend?
""Well, your honor, I persuaded 17 people to give up drugs forever.
""Seventeen people? That's wonderful. How did you do it? "
"I used a diagram, your honor.
I drew two circles like this: O o.
Then I told them that the big circle is your brain before drugs and the small circle is your brain after drugs."
"That's admirable," says the judge.
Then he turns to the second guy. "And how did you do?"
"Well, your honor, I persuaded 156 people to give up drugs forever."
"Wow!" says the judge. "156 people! How did you manage to do that?"
"Well, I used a similar diagram," the guy says.
"I drew two circles like this: o O.
Then I pointed to the little circle and said, 'This is your assholebefore prison ..."
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Brett Kaye sings the prayer which is the highlight and heart of the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur synagogue services. The prayer is many centuries old. The music is the version composed by Yair Rosenblum in 1990. The performance was at a solemn Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) event, so there is no applause.
"It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived."
We don't want victories anymore."
Saturday, July 25, 2015
A New York judge is presiding over the divorce proceedings of a Jewish couple. When the final papers have been signed and the divorce is completed, the woman thanks the judge and says
"Now I have to arrange for a Ghet."
The judge inquires what she means by a Ghet. So, the woman explains that a Ghet is a religious ceremony required under the Jewish religion in order to receive a divorce recognized by the Jewish faith.
The judge says "You mean a religious ceremony like a Bris?" (Circumcision)
She replies "Yes, very similar, only in this case you get rid of the entire prick!"
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Man goes to see the Rabbi. "Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it."
The Rabbi asked, "What's wrong?"
The man replied, "My wife is poisoning me."
The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, "How can that be?"
The man then pleads, "I'm telling you, I'm certain she's poisoning me, what should I do?"
The Rabbi then offers, "Tell you what. Let me talk to her, I'll see what I can find out and I'll let you know."
A week later the Rabbi calls the man and says, "Well, I spoke to your wife. I spoke to her on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?"
The man anxiously says, "Yes."
"Take the poison," says the Rabbi.