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כי תקנה עבד עברי The Foundation Of Jewish Civil Law Shekalim

 The Sanctity of the Law , not just  "The Social Compact"

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Prayers for the Rebuilding of the Temple in this month of geulah

Chodesh Adar, the last month of the Jewish Year,is the first of the two months of celebrating ,of 'reliving' the geulah, the Miracle of Purim, the Miracle of Pesach.This year we are at once mesmerized with a new friend in the White House arousing and renewing our faith while we are challenged and worried with the specter of growth of anti semitism around the world and warnings from the centers of evil , Iran and ISIS.

Right here in Montreal,the other day, there was a new outbreak in Mcgill as reported in the Gazette anti-semitic-vandalism-raises-concerns-at-mcgill-university .

The Parsha after Mattan Torah , 'Mishpatim', is usually understood as 'civil law'.But if it is to be understood as  such , as we usually understand that term, it is difficult to understand why does it start with the laws of the Hebrew slave,later with the holidays, and later end with numerous laws dealing with sensitivity to the weak, and even to animals (see the Sforno on the prohibition of eating meat and milk together) .

The Chazal say that Mishpatim is given close to the laws (in the last parsha) of the mizbeach (altar) to teach us that the Sanhedrin should be near the altar.The peoples of the world know that without laws and a government enforcing those laws we have anarchy and so the 'common' laws are here to enforce the social contract, and we too , the Jewish people must respect these laws.But our Torah laws are nevertheless  based on a higher calling.


Freedom from bondage in Egypt means the responsibility to serve the Creator, to go in His Ways.   עבדעי הם ולא עבדים לעבדים 

 'My servants and not servants to servants' .'Every generation in which the Temple is not rebuilt is as if it were destroyed in that generation'.

The world is filled with a tremendous amount of  'noise' and most people follow the noise and think that that is where the  'action ' is.But we, who live with the torah,especailly preparing for the reading of the megilla,know that the true 'action' is quieter and more profound.

So much , so much commotion ! So much to fear! And yet , truly ,it all hangs and centers on a tiny spot on the globe and on the relations of our own 'jews' and the  'goyim ' amongst our midst.And , maybe even it has been our apparent 'enemies' who have insured our protection and our salvation all these years.

Aheushverous was ready to give Esther everything except what divided the kingdom - the Temple.We had driven the Ribbono shel Olam out of our own 'inner sanctums' so we had no right to the Temple.Today ,there is an ongoing war circling the Beis Hamikdash,it's remains, the 'Wall'.Is it to be maintained as the center of our longings as a people,or will its holiness be defiled by the so called  'Supreme Court of Israel', giving those who have abandoned the ways of our people, the 'disappearing assimilated' jews, the capacity to defile its holiness

This is really ,as we know it, the agenda of the 'WOW' and their backers.

What seems to be happening though, is that even though these deniers , are discovering that when the League of Nations established the land and our rights to return, they also established that the Courts cannot rule on the Holy sites!This was called the 'King's Order in Council (thanks to the Hamodia for this bit of information).

The goyim of the world understood that Jerusalem and its Temple (and therefore also all the 'temples' and 'klippos'  attracted to the Center of the world) cannot be judged by profane courts - it is out of their domain!

If you trace the history of Israel,in all the years of our exile, that land has been under the Protectorate of one empire or another.Our enemies have been protecting the holiness of the Temple , just waiting for the Jewish People to do teshuva, to Return in Spirit, not only in body!

We fervently pray to see very speedily the redemption of Israel with the coming Moshiach Tzidkenu!

 

 

 

 

 

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Israel burns , ban on new shuls in Outremont,America divided in anger

Hate , Discord , Confusion

וה' ברך את אדני מאד ויגדלRusian firebombers

 

With all our disgust , nevertheless , when we see with astonishment pictures of both a US supertanker and 2 giant firefighters from Russia both rushing to Israel to help put out those flames of hatred and evil, we pray that this should be the foreshadowing in a positive fulfillment of the prophecy eagle and the bear at the gates of Jerusalem.

Here in our own little 'vinkle',the right to build more shuls in Outremont was revoked.It is easy to cry  'anti semitism', but the truth is , besides at least one voice we would like to 'Forget',it is probably more of a sense of culture divide and a real fear of losing business as demographics change, that drove the vote.Probably going the route of seeking a legal outcome is correct.And that would be actually a positive step of defining a healthy democracy.

To the South , we see the leftists emotional response to losing a vote go to a point of violence.And so many of our own 'jewish blood' caught up in a movement  seeming to go openly anti semitic. We are not even that confident with the camp of the president elect we won't see similar dangers.We pray that 'elements' of yiddishkeit in his own family will help him steer the better way.

When the fires started in Israel, I debated with myself whether to write the following or not.Now, that , b'h , it seems to have been conquered, I feel a little freer to write, even though I know that certain elements of our people would go to town with these thoughts not the way I truly mean.

But I said to myself,these fires were in the parsha of zivugim.It does say Ish v'Ishe, if the yud and 'keh' are there , b'sholom , the shechina rests,if not , take those letters away and fire eats them up.So, too ,it says a fire is only found where there is chillul shabbas.

The arabs are , actually ,religious (be it , nevertheless perverted).The Orach Chaim mentions in the parsha that eventually Yishmael will recognize to whom he belongs, as the child of Hagar hashifhcha.

The world about us is plagued by isms , discord, jealousies, but in our parsha , the loyal servant of Avraham seeks quietly  the zivvug for Yitzchok.That zivvug is to unite heaven and earth, and is to unite thereby the whole world and bring the world to shlemus and  peace.

Ultimately peace can't come to the world, till we, His Chosen People,truly live with the light given to us.It is not Israeli technology that will save us and the world , but the teachings of the torah that have kept us alive as a people through all the dark ages and which have made us different and elevated.

This is our job as a people to breathe sanity and faith in all our dealings whether it be here in open golus, or in our homeland in a much deeper golus of confusion.The real 'tikun' is for us to live fully and openly as Yidden.This is really only possible completely in Israel.Maybe this is why  I've been continually 'begging' my friends to join us in http://www.buyapieceofisrael.com/

We haven't  published for some time, but this is our commitment  in our small 'virtual kehilla' , to try to be a steady inspiration of light .

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Israel burns , ban on new shuls in Outremont,America divided in anger

Hate , Discord , Confusion

וה' ברך את אדני מאד ויגדל

 

With all our disgust , nevertheless , when we see pictures of both a US supertanker and 2 giant firefighters from Russia both rushing to Israel to help put out those flames of hatred and evil, we pray that this should be the foreshadowing of positive fulfillment of the prophecy eagle and the bear at the gates of Jerusalem

The world about us is plagued by isms , discord, jealousies, but in our parsha , the loyal servant of Avraham seeks quietly  the zivvug for Yitzchok.That zivvug is to unite heaven and earth, and is to unite thereby the whole world in peace.

This is our job as a people to breath sanity and faith in all our dealings whether it be here in open golus, or in our homeland in a much deeper golus of confusion.

We haven't  published for some time, but this is our committment  in our small online community , to be a candle of light .

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T'u b'Av - Maidens went out and danced in a circle

JbFI9755880TuBavChabad  There were no yome tovim for Israel as T'u b'Av and Yom Kippur.

Let it be , Yom Kippur, the end of slicha and kopere, the day when the second tablets were given, but why t'u b'Av.

We know of 7 events on that day.I saw an insight ascribed to the holy Rebbe R' Avraham Yehoshua Hershel of Mezibuz; The Chazal say that in the future haShem will make a circle for tzaddikim....When people move in a circle, there is no head or bottom , so too there will be no jealousy between tzaddikim , just as the heavenly 'mazalos' where each one goes up 'backwards' and its 'face' to the back of its friend 'below' which looks as that he goes up first.

The 15th letter of the laphebet is the somech , a circle.This was the simcha of t'u b'Av.

Perhaps with this insite ,perhaps we can understand a difficult medrash.We know that each year after the slanders of the spies 15,000 people dug their graves and lay down to die (the generation of 600,000 / by 40 years in the desert).The last 9th of av , 15,000 dug their graves, but lo and behold in the morning , they were still alive!

Maybe it is a mistake; so they lie down again, and again , till the full moon.and they realize the decree of death has been lifted.The first simcha of t'u b'Av.

What had actually happnened to that decree , why were they still alive.No one can give an answer for the horrors of the many  Hitlers y's our people have had to endure, but one thing we know, those who survived the camps had no sense of jealousy of one to another.The Jewish people are a corporate body which transcends place and time.That is why the whole generation needed a tikun for the sin of the few.But if all had died, then the generation wouldn't have its tikun complete .The tikun for loshon hara is to wipe out completely all vestiges of smallness and petty jealousy.

The entrance to Gan Eden on earth is the capacity to love .Sometimes it takes great tragedies to unleash that capacity of love.This is the dance of the maidens , the time for shidduchin , and the time for the shidduch of the Jewish people with their betrothed, the Ribbono shel Olam.

Mazla tov , Montreal.

And let us begin to look forward to the High holy Days!

Note: In honor of T'u b'Av, we've added to our link section a number of shidduchim links we found which could be valuable

 

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T'u b'Av - Maidens went out and danced in a circle

JbFI9755880TuBavChabad  There were no yome tovim for Israel as T'u b'Av and Yom Kippur.

Let it be , Yom Kippur, the end of slicha and kopere, the day when the second tablets were given, but why t'u b'Av.

We know of 7 events on that day.I saw an insight ascribed to the holy Rebbe R' Avraham Yehoshua Hershel of Mezibuz; The Chazal say that in the future haShem will make a circle for tzaddikim....When people move in a circle, there is no head or bottom , so too there will be no jealousy between tzaddikim , just as the heavenly 'mazalos' where each one goes up 'backwards' and its 'face' to the back of its friend 'below' which looks as that he goes up first.

The 15th letter of the laphebet is the somech , a circle.This was the simcha of t'u b'Av.

Perhaps withg this we can understand a difficult medrash.We know that each year after the slanders of the spies 15,000 people dug their graves and lay down to die (the genration of 600,000 / by 40 years).The last 9th of av , 15,000 dug their graves, but lo and behold in the morning , they are still alive!

Maybe it is a mistake; so they lie down again, and again , till the full moon.and they realize the decree of death has been lifted.The first simcha of t'u b'Av.

What had actually happnened to that decree , why were they still alive.No one can give an answer for the horrors ofthe many  Hitlers y's our people have had to endure, but one thing we know, those who survived the camps had no sense of jealousy of one to another.The Jewish people are a corporate body which transcends place and time.That is why the whole generation needed a tikun for the sin of the few.But if all had died, then the generation wouldn't have its tikun complete .The tikun for loshon hara is to wipe out completely all vestiges of smallness and petty jealousy.

The entrance to Gan Eden on earth is the capacity to love .this is the dance of the maidens , the time for shidduchin , and the time for the shidduch of the jewish people with their betrothed, the Ribbono shel Olam.

Mazla tov , Montreal.

And let us begin to look forward to the High holy Days!

 

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