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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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2 Parshos R'Shimon Faith Israel א׳י אמונה ר׳ שׁמעון בּחוקתי בּהר


A friend of mine commented that R' Shimon's yahrzeit seems to coincide with parshas Behar more than Parshas b'Chukosay.

After all, R'Shimon lived in the cave for 12 years without work as we are expected to do every 7 in Israel.Yet the parsha read this week in Israel is 'b Chukosay (for us  next week).I told him , maybe it is because we find that the Chasam Sofer teaches that the halacha is not like R' Shimon in Israel once we all live there.Even R' Shimon agrees that the very work in Israel is holy (perhaps this is the story when he and his son came out the second time and saw the Yid running to prepare for shabbas).

Yet ,even that work, as holy as it is, is only so ,if we show our faith and live it, as is demanded of us, in Israel , every 7 years as to working the land, and for all of us, every 7 days.

Maybe the real take away for all of us, is the simcha of the unity of our people, the People of the Torah.The Chazal teach that anyone who resides 'chutz l'aretz', is as if he has no g-d.Ultimately as the Maharl teaches,it is the Land which unites us,and thereby  allows us to sanctify all of our life affairs.

In Behar we are taught to do business with one another preferentially and also, to step back to some extent from private  ownership(shmitte).

R'Shimon lived in the cave because of the curses enunciated in b'Chukosay, so that we, in our generation starting to Return can practice keeping shmitta and all mitzvos.And we know this is only possible  as all Yidden are responsible for each other.In unity and love for each other  - not only in tzedeka, while accepting personally in our lives torah and mitzvos.

 Ashreichem Yisrael! Mi metahar eschem - Aviechem she bashemayim!


In that spirit that we are all one; I'd like to formally extend a special thanks to Boruch Fischlewitz, a wonderful 'metzia' out of Far Rockaway who has been gracing us with his insights and 'chidushim' on the parsha for the last number of weeks (in the blog section of the site).Next time you are in greater NY , certainly in the 5 towns , and need a driver, please be sure to contact Boruch (just be prepared for pleasant surprises)



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'Rememberance Day' 'Never Again' ,ט'ב'אב ,יום כיפור ,בכל דור ודור

Yom Ha'Shoah - Holocaust Memorial Day

My Rebbe , hagoan , hatzaddik, R' Yitzchok Hutner , ztz'l, did not use the term 'Hashoa', because the word connotes a 'breakdown ' of history .Anyone who learns his שנים מקרא ואח תרגום (weekly chumash--bible study) knows that it was all clearly told to us in the torah.

In fact, the more success we have, the more we stand out (which always happens ; the 'Yiddle' seems to inevitably rise to the top), the more the hatred.Whenever we abandon our Sinaitic Mission as a 'Holy Nation and Kingdom of Priests', that prominence becomes our downfall.

Interestingly enough, I was told by gyores who was a stewardess that she had visited the first 'place' burnt in Krystal nacht  - Mendlesohn's Temple!

At the seder we call out - In every generation our enemies try to destroy us -בכל דור ודור

 We know that the first night of Pesach conicides to the same day of the week as the 9th of Av, which is the real Memorance day.

The Gaon , R' Yonsan Eybeshitz would say that our survival as a people amongst 70 wolves (ie the nations of the world) was more remarkable than any of the miracles recorded in the 'Exodus.'Anyone who takes a look at the situation facing the  and people of Israel today sees clearly that that  only that Bris haShem made with our forefathers is what keeps us alive.

 Someone sent me a video made by in 2011 explaining why Israel can't return to the 1948 borders. Anyone who ''realistically '' views that video realizes by all that is so-called 'natural' we don't exist , chalila.and ,if anything ,things are much worse today.

We can't say - 'Never again' so simply.We must pray that our historical return to our homeland should coincide with a complete and true teshuva - return to our roots.

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