— The Kotzker Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Morgenstern zt”l (via bennistar)
"Eitz Chaim" new song by Mordechai Ben David and Motty Steinmetz. Will soon be available on new CD composed by Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz.
Tisha B’av is considered the most dangerous day in the Jewish calendar. How much more dangerous then for our soldiers fighting in Gaza.
This idea is simple. Get together with a group of friends or family and divide between you the entire sefer tehillim (book of psalms). Recite your allocated part at some point over Tisha B’av, ensuring that between you the entire sefer is recited.
Together we can recite sefer tehillim many times over Tisha B’av in an effort to protect our soldiers who are defending our country and our people. Please invite your friends so this can spread further!
Am Yisrael Chai! Have and easy and meaningful fast.
תשעה באב הוא היום הכי מסוכן בלוח השנה היהודית. השנה הוא אפילו יותר מסוכן לחיילים שלנו שלוחמים בעזה.
הרעיון פשוט. תתארגן קבוצה עם החבריך או המשפחתך, וחולק ספר תהילים. כל אחד יקרא חלק אחד בט’ אב, וביחד תקראו את כל הספר.
ביחד אנחנו יכולים לקרא ספר תהילים מאות פעמים בתשעה באב כדי להגן על חיילינו שמגנים על מדינתנו ועמנו.
שנאת חינם גרמה לחורבן בית שני, אבל השנה נתאחד להגן על חיילינו, על עם ישראל. בעזרת ה’ האחדות הזאת תהיה תיקון לעבירות שלנו בעבר, ונזכה לראות את בית המקדש השלישי והגאולה השלימה במהרה בימינו אמן.
עם ישראל חי!!!
תזמינו את כל החברים שלך לאירוע הזה
The Holy Rizhiner, reb Yisroel Friedman zy”a, believed in a way of serving Hashem in splendor (‘aristocracy’) and joy. He rejected all feelings of sadness, even of bitterness. Therefore, on tisha b’Av some of his chassidim would engage in all sorts of jokes; in order to diminish the sadness of the day. In the end they thought of an amazing prank: they opened a skylight in the roof of the beis medrash (study hall) and dropped a snare; then when someone walked in, they would yank on the rope so that the snare fastened itself around him, and pull him up to the roof.
It so happened that the heiliger Rizhiner himself walked in to the beis medrash. Those who were up on the roof could not see clearly who was coming in, so they pulled him up. To their dismay, they saw that they had pulled up their Rebbe! As soon as they recognized who it was, they let him down.
Cried out the Rizhiner: "Ribono Shem Olam! If Your children are not properly observing Your ‘festival,’ take it away from them!"
As is written in Sefer HaMinhogim.
Sometimes it happens to us.. And sometimes we do it to others As we all know, the main theme of Tisha B’Av is the fact that our Holy Temple— our source of inspiration, spiritual fulfillment, and vision— is destroyed.
All a Jew needed to do to reconnect to a living Presence of G-d Almighty, in the old days, was to trek up the mountain to the Beis HaMikdosh in Jerusalem. And there he’d catch sight of the holy processional of the Cohanim and the Levim in all their splendor; take a deep, deep whiff of the incense burning; listen closely to the music. That’s all a Jew had to do to reignite his or Jewish heart.
But now we have to fend for ourselves to fill that gap. We certainly have our holy Torah and our teachers, our inspiring memories, as well as visions of a Jewish future awash with regained holiness and purity. But it’s hard— very hard.
In fact, we’re like kids suddenly and tragically orphaned (G-d forbid), who must unexpectedly fight our own battles, explain things to ourselves, and mourn for the dead at one and the same time…
See link for full article. It really ‘brings home’ the feelings of suffering and losing the Beis hamikdosh in a relatable and real way. Sometimes you read something like “I hear it..”. This was one of those for me so I’d say worth the full read.
I have two prayers for this Tisha B’Av season: May G-d, the Ribbono Shel Olam, inspire us this year to not only mourn for our own losses, but to be there for others in their pain and sorrow.
And may we never know of loss again.
Don’t forget, the Nine Days start tonight.
I finished my dvar Torah (dvar haftorah) on teshuvah!!
In this week’s haftorah, Yirmiyahu perek bet, there is a pasuk (22) reading “Though you wash with natron, and use much lye, your guilt is ingrained before me”. This seems to introduces a troubling idea: that G-d sometimes does not accept teshuva.
In fact, this pasuk is used in the story of Elisha ben Avuyah haAcher; after he loses his faith, his student Rabbi Meir persuades him to go round schools asking children to recite verses, in the hopes that they will make Acher do teshuva: instead, HaShem makes all the children say verses with themes of lasting sin or rejection of teshuva, and this is one of them.
This idea seems incongruous with the G-d we daven to; in the Amidah, in fact, we say of G-d haratze biteshuva, You desire teshuva. So why is the teshuva of israel not accepted? It’s not that Israel’s repentance is insincere, certainly – lye is a very harsh chemical & can cause burns, and the general image of trying to wash away sin evokes a mad Lady Macbeth; it’s very clear that Israel wants to be cleansed and free of sin, so why won’t HaShem accept the teshuva?
The answer is that, like the Shakespearean heroine, whilst they regret their sin and its punishment they have not done teshuva. Just as Lady Macbeth never confesses or makes any attempt to atone, even though she is literally driven mad by guilt, Israel are going about repentance in completely the wrong way. After you sin, HaShem doesn’t want you to sit and cry and pity or hate yourself; HaShem wants you to get up and try to mend it, and resolve to do better next time.
The way this is shown in this Haftorah is through repeated images of G-d as water; in verse 13, when G-d self-identifies as “מְקוֹר מַיִם חַיִּים (the Fount of living waters)”. Israel were self-afflicting with the caustic lye, not self-cleansing with the living waters.
As the Nine Days approach, may all our teshuva be accepted by G-d and in its merit may the Temple soon be rebuilt.
Seeing the Good in Others -
Discover how to see past the negativity that divides us, straight through to the innate goodness that makes each of us a beloved child in Hashem’s eyes.
We see ourselves as shrewd judges of others characters - but when we zero in on their deficiencies - we miss all the good.
Very important and powerful two minute video from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.