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Reb Shlomo Carlebach

Thursday, 17th November 2016

On the occasion of Reb Shlomo Carlebach’s 22nd yahrzeit (he died on Heshvan 16, 5755, October 20, 1994) we invite you to enjoy “Li’olam Aincha Yode’ah” (You Never Know), a 2008 documentary film by Boaz Shahak.

 

Click the image below to watch the video about this inspirational man who has had an effect on so many people's lives

Potatoes Eggs And Coffee Beans

Thursday, 10th November 2016

 

 

Wealth, Success and Love

Thursday, 3rd November 2016

A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said "I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat."
"Is the man of the house home?", they asked. 
"No", she said. "He's out." "Then we cannot come in", they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened. "Go tell them I am home and invite them in!" The woman went out and invited the men in. 
"We do not go into a House together," they replied. 
"Why is that?" she wanted to know.
One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," he said pointing to one of his friends, and pointing to another one said, "He is Success, and I am Love." Then he added, "Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home."

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. 
"How nice!!", he said. "Since that is the case let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!"

His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?" 
Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: "Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!"
"Let us heed our daughter-in-law's advice," said the husband to his wife. "Go out and invite Love to be our guest."

The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, "Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest." 

Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other 2 also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: "I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?" 
The old men replied together: "If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited Love, Wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!!!!!!" 

Looking out for each other ..

Thursday, 27th October 2016

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain?" the mouse wondered

He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. 

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house!  There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me.  I cannot be bothered by it."

The pig sympathized, but  said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray.  Be assured you are in my prayers."

The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose".

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone. 

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house - like the sound  of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. 

In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. 

The snake bit the farmer's wife. 

The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main Ingredient. 

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbours came to sit with her around the clock.

To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. 

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. 

So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.  T

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember, when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. 

 

Simchas Torah in Auschwitz

Friday, 21st October 2016

It was a cold autumn day; the skies covered with the perpetual cloud of ash that hovered daily over Auschwitz. A group of fifty young Yeshiva students were herded into the gas chambers, ostensibly for a cold shower.  This was well enough into the history of Auschwitz that the cold truth of the cold showers was well known to the young men.  They all knew that the nozzles would soon open and bathe them in a cascade of noxious fumes that would choke off their air supply and drain them of life.

The Nazi guards - gleefully awaiting the usual onset of panic, complete with frantic banging on the doors, desperate efforts to reach the sealed windows and futile clawing against bare walls - were surprised by this unique group.

Just before the showers released their poison a young man addressed his friends.

"Brothers," he cried, "today is Simchas Torah, when the Jewish world rejoices having concluded their annual reading of the Torah.  During our short lives we have tried to uphold the Torah to the best of our ability and now we have one last chance to do so.  Before we die let us celebrate Simchas Torah one last time.  We have nothing; no clothes to cover us or Torah with which to rejoice.  But we have G-d who is surely here among us today.  So let us dance with G-d Himself before we return our souls to Him."

With this, he placed his hand on his fellow's shoulder and fifty young men broke out in joyous dance, the song of Vetaher libeinu leavdecho be'emes ("Purify our hearts to serve you with sincerity") on their lips.

The bewildered Nazis stood just beyond the gas chamber and could not understand the meaning of the incongruous celebration.  The beastly commandant, who was accustomed to humiliated, broken Jews, could not countenance this spectacle of Jewish pride and flew into a rage.  Bursting into the chamber he grabbed the first boy and demanded to know the reason for the dance.  Calmly, the boy replied, "We are celebrating our imminent departure from a world ruled by beasts such as you."

The commandant decided to put an immediate end to the festivities with a cruel announcement.  "You think you will escape your tortuous existence in the peaceful gas chamber, but I will grant you a truly painful departure.  I will spare you today, but tomorrow I will torture every bone in your bodies; I will slice your flesh till you expire."

The commandant ordered the boys released from the gas chambers and housed in a barrack overnight.  Despite their fate, the boys celebrated Simchas Torah all night with joyous song and dance.  They sanctified G-d's name by dedicating their last night to expressing gratitude for the privilege of their Jewishness and for the precious gift of the Torah.

Later that night, the boys were miraculously selected for transport to another camp by a high-ranking Nazi official who was not aware of their "crimes".  This selection saved their lives and Auschwitz survivors testified that the entire group survived the Holocaust.

By dancing on this day, the Yeshiva students in Auschwitz illustrated their intrinsic bond with G-d.  Before returning their soul on high they took the last opportunity to demonstrate their purpose of life in this world.  It was not to accumulate riches or gain fame.  It was to give voice in this world to their constant relationship with G-d.  By dancing their way to Heaven, these students gave expression to the purest purpose of life and helped us appreciate the profundity of this day.

The question we must ask ourselves as we dance this night away is this:

If the Torah is worth dying for, is it not worth living for?

The students thought they were dancing their way to Heaven, but their dancing in fact landed them back on Earth.  As we dance with the Torah on this special night let us recognize that we dance on Earth, but our dancing in fact leads us to Heaven.

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Friday, 14th October 2016

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving along when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! 

The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. My taxi driver was really friendly so I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' 

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck'. 

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. 

Don't take it personally, just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. 

'The Mutating Virus: Understanding Antisemitism' Rabbi Sacks

Thursday, 6th October 2016

"The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews."

On 27th September 2016, Rabbi Sacks delivered a keynote address entitled 'The Mutating Virus: Understanding Antisemitism' in the European Parliament. The speech opened a conference on the future of Jewish communities in Europe hosted by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. 

To watch the video and to read a transcript of the speech, please click the image below.

 

 

My Conversation with G-d

Friday, 30th September 2016

 

Me: G-d, can I ask You a question?

G-d: Sure

Me: You won’t get angry?

G-d: I won't

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

G-d: What do you mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late

G-d: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

G-d: Okay

Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait

G-d: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

G-d: All right

Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?

G-d: Let Me see, the Angel of Death was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that

Me (humbled): OH

G-d: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

G-d: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick. I didn’t want you to catch what they have, and I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed):Okay

G-d: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see, Hashem

G-d: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m sorry, Hashem

G-d: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things , the good and the seemingly bad.

Me: I will trust You.

G-d: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is always better than your plan.

Me: I won’t, Hashem. And let me just tell You Hashem, thank You for everything today.

G-d: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your G-d and I love looking after My Children…

Fighting Terrorism

Thursday, 22nd September 2016

 

Fighting Terrorism
They tried to bury us, but they didn’t realize that we are seeds.
by Rabbi Tzvi Sytner

Click here to watch the inspirational video

Momondo - The DNA journey

Friday, 16th September 2016

Click the image below to watch this eye opening video!

 

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