Shabbat Chanuka and Rosh Chodesh the New Month
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to quote Chaya Sora Jungreis :Eisav appears and reappears with different names, and in different guises. Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Cossacks, Communists, Nazis, – and today’s White Nationalists. The name is always changing, but the goal remains the same.To break us ...BUT CHANUKA IS COMING UP!Chanukah shows usthat our oppressors through the ages are gone, but we are here, Am Yisroel endures! And how...Abraham was a General.Isaac was politically SAVVY.Jacob was not weak - he was wise AND a leader - and his children were all powerful.We beat all those who sought to destroy us - and we shall endure -but THEY - and ALL OF US MADE MISTAKES TOO.We are all human - but have the ABILITY TO RISE ABOVE PETTINESS (though eventually the Maccabbees blew it)and to love and teach those around us - family, community, nations ALLThat the Children of Israel have a message -for the children of Israel- and the world.
Shabbat shalom from Rabbi Andy Eichenholz back in New York
Portion Toledote – Brotherly Confusion – the Nice or the Good
The portion starts off with the birth of twin boys to Isaac and Rebecca. It immediately follows with their first joint business deal which goes bad later.
TWINS ain't the PROBLEM – it's the World View that the Almighty sent Abraham to fix!
Isaac says "I am going to die, so I want to bless my children first." This causes another level of hatred between the brothers!
So this week let's learn a little bit from Rebbe Elimelech from Lizensk (very dear to me
because this week I finished another Hebrew draft of my version of Ohel Elimelech – adapted from the Sefer Ohel Elimelech - stories of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizensk
Rebbe Elimelech talks in a number of places about physical versus spiritual needs in the world – not to denigrate either approach or need – or want.
According to the Kabala interpreted by the Rebbe – there is a SPIRITUAL value or aspect in every PHYSICAL thing or action. Esau says "who needs that – who needs to carry on the traditions from Abraham and Isaac" (until later when he missed the boat, as it were). He says "I have a lot".
Imagine if the Israeli and Chabad visitors made a nice KOSHER Shabbat meal in Doha, Qatar and invited THIS SHABBAT all the world leaders to participate…
Rabbi Andy Eichenholz
Portion ChaYay SaRah: When is LIFE and What is DEATH? (in a nutshell)
In this Portion: Life in Abraham's World after the Passing on of Sarah…
A friend of mine passed out last Friday Night at Kiddush. Scared his family. Went to the hospital. Thank G-d he is out – and it may not have been "much". But who knows?
A few hours ago (Tuesday morning in Israel) a terrorist stabbed a few Israeli people and shot a few people –leaving 3 murdered and 4 serious cases in the hospital. It was near a place where 5000 Arab workers and a few thousand Israelis work together in HARMONY. So ???
And mass killings in the good old USA?
What do you do If you are the new government of Israel? Do you listen to the American administration telling you to keep investigating one journalist killed in the middle of a firefight a few months ago – or find out who drove the LATEST terrorist to the scene of his crime?
And the CRYTO billionaire who crashed – bankrupt after funneling millions to politicians – some of whom ignore the Taylor Force Act which is supposed t stop "pay for slay " here?
Abraham teaches THE WORLD what is righteous. And he looks out for ALL his children.
Isaac (who in this Portion finally gets married) - teaches love of family.
So where in the world do we get … Okay – Babelon … NOAH … CAIN AND ABLE … SODOM…
So in the next few Portions –
We will see that Jacob teaches wisdom and tenacity in the face of – yes - hatred…
Rabbi Finkelstein spoke this week about praying for the individual – and the wider community!
He spoke at the Shiva for Dina Englander –
A wonderful woman wife mother friend –
And a lady who made over 100 matches – not asking any reward or "agency fee"!
Starting holy Jewish families in Israel! Like Abraham ' s legacy.
May we all learn the skills to finally bring HARMONY TO THE WORLD.
Rabbi Andy Eichenholz
But Rav Hirshler
says it dependss on US seeing
So what did our ancestor Avram
(Abraham in English)
Only the hidden holiness
And he gloried in the secret holinesd
And built an alter to worship the Almighty
But later G-d says
"Traverse the Land"
The carvings on marble slabs were discovered by a team of experts ... working to restore the site of the ancient Mashki Gate, which was bulldozed by Islamic State group militants in 2016 ..... (they were) surprised by discovering “eight murals with inscriptions, decorative drawings and writings.... in one of the largest gates of Nineveh, an ancient Assyrian city
(Remember the Jonah story as well as King Hezekiah and Isaiah stories).
The discovered carvings show, among other things, a fighter preparing to fire an arrow while others show palm trees.
“The writings show that these murals were built or made during the reign of King Sanecherib who ruled from 705 to 681 BC (and exiled the 10 tribes of Northern Israel but could not conquer Jerusalem - despite some of his claims).
The Islamic State group overran large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014 and carried out a campaign of systematic destruction of invaluable archaeological sites in both countries. The extremists vandalized museums and destroyed major archaeological sites in their fervor to erase history across the country, where Sumerians, Babylonian and Assyrian (and JEWS) once lived - including ABRAHAM AND Mordechai and Esther and MANY EXILED JEWS
So - Was Moses fulfilled? Or was he maybe angry or upset about not being allowed into Israel? NO WAY!