Parashat Hashavua

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pre-rosh-h​ashono-dro​sho

Based on Rabbi Effie Buchwald of NJOP

Psalm 27 is read from now through the holiday of Sukkot.

It shows us a beautiful relationship with the Divine.


King David - who had a tough life but made us a Kingdom of G-dliness said in that Psalm


“One thing have I asked of God, one thing do I desire: that I may dwell in the house of God all the days of my life, to behold the graciousness of God, and to visit in His temple” (27:4).

One may look to God as a protector and a savior (which, indeed, is how God is referred to through much of this Psalm),

it is STILL URGENT to also seek out God and be close to Him - to MAXIMIZE G-dliness.


TAKE A CHANCE - find a way to MAXIMIZE YOUR G-DLINESS!

This morning I blew Shofar for the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv.

A few days ago I was blowing Shofar for some little kids.

PICK A MITZVA AND MAXIMIZE IT THIS MONTH -

AND ENTER INTO ROSH HASHONO WITH STYLE AND GRACE!!!


While David,had his troubles (King Saul wanted him dead, his sons rebelled...), yet he remained steadfast in his faith in God.

He had the incredible gift of being able to look at the world and recognize the ways in which God protected him.

"Hope in the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, hope in the Lord."

Elul, leads into Rosh Hashana, is a time for reflecting on the wonderful gift of having a relationship with the Divine--and how one can work to achieve that relationship.

RABBI ANDY EICHENHOLZ

part of Judgement is - what?

So many of us judge ourselves too harshly

and some of us not at all

BUT FOR ALL OF US THERE IS

ROSH HASHONO


A JUDGEMENT HOLIDAY


wE ARE supposed TO LRT the light of the Torah

heal our eyes and


restore us to thinking good and positive thoughts

ABOUT OURSELVES AND OTHERS


Seeing good in everyone and


BEING KIND TO ALL - EVEN THAT GUY THAT CUT US OFF IN THE PARKING LOT

(IT'S NETTER FOR OUR HEARTS

EVEN IF HARD).

SO THIS SHABBOS - THE PORTION CALLED


SHOFTIM = JUDGES

IS A WARM UP EXERCISE FOR ROSH HASHONO


LOVE FROM Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

always on the way to Jerusalem
And from my friend Rabbi Sholom Brodt this word and piture of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach


RESTORE OUR JUDGES

Remember the daily 'Amiddah' prayer which we recite three times a day, we ask of Hashem:
"Restore our judges as in former times, and our counselors as of yore; remove from us sorrow and sighing; and reign over us, You alone, O Lord, with kindness and compassion, with righteousness and justice. Blessed are You Hashem, King who loves righteousness and justice."

Torah from Rabbi Shlomo and from Rav Kook‏

 

This week commemorates the passing of Rav Kook  over 70 years ago-   - who saw the Holy Lights in ALL ISRAEL as they were starting to Build the Land

Rav Shlomo used to teach Rav Kook's Prot Hateshuva to his shul when he could - and though Rav Kook's Hebrew is a bit difficult - Rav Shlomo brought all the concepts to us -

such as the idea that TESHUVA is NATURAL -
it returns us to a MORE HUMAN STATE without all the "baggage" that we pick up as we try to find our place in the world.

Here is a quote from Rav Shlomo that I think would fit into his interpretation of Rav Kook's works (I actually have 2 copies of the Rav Shlomo work but not in front of me)


Rav Shlomo Carlebach speaking:
You know there is such a thing as loving Hashem,and there is such a thing as fearing Hashem. ...

Loving Hashem is not simple, but everybody understands it. When it comes to fearing Hashem we have a little trouble.

What does it mean to fear Hashem? The Baal Shem Tov says that fearing Hashem means that I'm afraid that I will lose His light,
 I'm afraid that I will dosomething wrong and I'll be far away from Him. 
...
 In Chassiduswe learn... you can love Hashem with closed eyes or you can love Hashem and see Him.

When you see Him, you know you mamash see Hashem, you just tremble.

That's also a way of loving Hashem, but in a trembling way.   
...
 I'll tell you something very deep

When those great lights (of the time of the Mashiach coming - my note) are coming down to the world, they are ready to grab someone to make them ready for this great light.

 The thing is you have to really know that there is one Hashem and that He is as near to you as you will let Him be.

The great lights are here right now... you just have to believe it.
 If we can't believe, we are still in exile.

So by our believing (in Hashem) we mamesh are creating vessels for this great heavenly lights.

Maimonides and the King’s Book Shelves

 

Maimonides and the King’s Book Shelves

Friday 6:30 AM and I enter the closest Synagogue and –

The painters are already working! The tables are in disarray,

The regular Minyan-aires are finding corners to put on their Talis and Tefilin-

But me – I’m always looking for a Torah Book to study a few minutes before

And a few minutes after prayers – but the book shelves are empty and moved to the center of the Shul so the painters can work.

What would Maimonides do in this situation?

Luckily I was studying Maimonides’ “Laws of Kings” a few days ago.

Law 1 – the Torah says a King should WRITE a TORAH

Law 2 – the King should always Carry the Torah With Him!

Question 1 – What if the King’s Father Left him a Torah?

Maimonides – Answer – Keep one on his HOME SHELF to study at Home

Write another one – and Carry it with him!

As Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach used to say based on many great Hassidic Rabbis-

YOU NEED to ALWAYS have a TORAH THOUGHT to SHARE

(he’d say “keep a CASH Torah in your POCKET – readily available!)

and Maimonides would say –

IF THEY’re PAINTING THE BOOK SHELVES-

CARRY YOUR OWN HOLY BOOK WITH YOU

And grab those few HOLY MOMENTS of study-learning NO MATTER WHAT!

Shabbat Shalom from holy Tel Aviv

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

Moses in the Mist? (even though Arafel is more like FOG?)

 

Moses in the Mist? (even though Arafel is more like FOG?)

What a Portion this week! So much of Moses’ 40-year- review –

 but

Where are the easy parts? Is Israel’s task in this world easy?

So when Moses climbs the Mount Sinai trail to prepare to chisel in stone the 10 Commandments- he doesn’t even see the trail!

He has to

“walk into the misty fog – " the Torah says

because his job-

the 10 Commandments’ job-

the TORAH’s job-

is to lead the way in this foggy world – towards our DEVELOPMENT

as G-d-close people

 and ENLIGHTENED people

so the world can know how to fix itself.

Love and Shabos from Tel Aviv

 Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

9 av - a happy shabbat or not? 9AV - but a happier and holier one?

 

9 av - a happy shabbat or not? 9AV - but a happier and holier one?


why did the rabbis ordain that 9 AV on Shabbat be observed the "next day" (called nidcheh or pushed off)?

Since the temple was burning for 2 days they COULD EASILY have said
observe the fast day on "9 or 10 of the month of AV" - rather than 
"observe it on the 9th of Av -
"but if" it's a shabbos ... on the 10th...

So - Here we can see the GREATNESS of our sages -

who were DEVASTATED when the temples were destroyed -
BUT NOT DESTROYED by the devastation!

( the destruction of the temple on 9 AV -

first by the babylonians 586 bce

then by the romans about 70 CE!)

And why not?

Because our Temple stood for both great holiness - and great wisdom - so I'm sharing 2 thoughts from 2 sources.

From my friend Rabbi Brodt who reminds us -
this shabbat is called
Shabbat Chazon -
the shabbat of VISION -
not just prophecy - 
but depth of VISION so we can ALL see G-d's 
HOLY long-term plan for our world.

to make us all HOLIER people

And from the weeklydvar website

he quotes King Solomon
"A conceited fool has no desire
for understanding, but only wants to express his own views (18:2)."

What's the point of a past if we don't learn from it? Let's integrate what we learned from the past
into our future!

So - let's FAST this Tisha Bav -
do deepen our understanding and widen our vision
of what's happening in the world-
and learn from the Sages to
make the world both wiser and holier.

Shabat Shalom from Jerusalem

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

PURPOSE?

 

PURPOSE?

The beginning of the month of Av (today) we are taught to mourn destruction of our Great Temples

In 2 weeks' time we are taught that 15th of Av was one of the Happiest Days of Ancient Israel

Why and how are we directed by 3000 years of Jewish Scholarship to adapt our FEELINGS to EVENTS ?

And what good is it to do so?

As Rabbi Carlebach used to say - (my paraphrase)

it isn't so important how much you love someone when you love them-
as how much you can love someone when you're angry at them!

FEELINGS are GREAT - but 
FEELINGS without DIRECTION and/or PURPOSE -

can be MISLEADING.

So Jewish WISDOM teaches us to LEARN TO CHANNEL feelings-

to EMPOWER US -

and to PRACTICE implementing FEELINGS within the needs of TIME - so that

we can ADD to the dimension of our HUMANITY at those critical times

when we will need to direct our feelings towards the PURPOSE in our lives.

Love and Shabbos from Jerusalem,

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

Can Study of Maimonides End All Wars?

 

Chapter 6 of his 8-Chapters-Book

Understand that health and eating and sleep and EVERY moment can be FOCUSED

Focus on the HOLY PURPOSE of LIFE - and ALL things
(according to Judaism) become SPIRIT and Holiness

Not Easy? so - 
START with a prayer before you eat
and 3 seconds FOCUS that the 
food should bring you health
the health should bring you GOOD FEELING
the Good Feeling should bring you CLOSER TO YOUR MAKER


Rabbi Shlomo Carlebac would add

You GOTTA grab the HOLINESS of each moment

to turn an ISSUE into an EVENT to BRING YOU CLOSER

and to quote him on this week's Torah  portion

 The same is the 3 weeks these are the very days we can turn everything over the right way and fixour soul in the deepest way being one with every yid, bringing the ultimate redemption

birthday blessings

my Hebrew birthday  is the same day as the previous lubavitcher rebbe's release from Tzarist Russia prison

 
the last Rebbe wrote in 1958 that ALL redemptions are steps
on the way from Freedom from Egypt 
to a Day when the World will All be redeemed and Free - 

and King David's Grandson Mesiah will free ALL people
(not just those who THINK they're the ONEs) 
 
and every day we celebrate one of those STEPS
(like the 6 Day War when Jerusalem became FREE for EVERYONE to visit)
 
we are PART OF STRENGTHENING the future 
FREEDOM OF ALL PEOPLE
 
so my birthday blessing to everyone out there
especially to my new granddaughter born a few weeks ago is
 
LEARN THIS THOUGHT: from
 
Reb Menachem Mendel of Rimanov -
who teaches that when giving a 'bracha'- a blessing to another, 
in order for a blessing to be effective- 
to truly bring blessings upon the one who is being blessed, 
the person giving the blessing must put life vitality and good thoughts into the  blessing. 
 
LET US ALL  infused our blessings to each other 
with consciousness,  will, and  desire and with intense love.
AND  then may our blessing take effect.
 
Love and Shabbos and Blessings from Petach Tikva
 
 
AE

Masa Umatan

 

For Maimonides is it always "Business as Usual?"
even according to his philosophy?
According to his "8 chapters?
 
Maimonides in his LAWS says everyone should do "Masa U Matan" -
usually translated as "give and take".
 
But WHY?
 
According to the "8 Chapters" book
Maimonides writes the reason is 
- to learn to function in holiness thru INTERaction
with OTHER PEOPLE -
 
because THAT is why G-d put us here on this earth.
 
MASA really means to be UPLIFTING.
MATAN really means GIVING.
 
 (NOT just TAKING or EARNING)
(AND DON't THINK IT'S so EASY) -
 
so PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
(but NOT on SHABBOS).
 
Love and Shabbos from Tel Aviv.
 
Rabbi Andy Eichenho