Parashat Hashavua

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

 

"and you shall eat dust"

"and you shall eat dust"

in PRAYER for Shira bat Rina
Francis
Jane
Yospe
Beryl

and all those on my healing list - just a few seconds to pray for them ...

and about dust

so what happened when the Israelites complained about the DELICIOUS Manna in the desert?

they were sent a plague of snakes -

to remind them if all you do is complain you will feel EVERYTHING is TASTELESS -
like the snakes...

so this week

MAKE A LIST

FIND SOMETHING - even a little thing -

GOOD to write down about EVERYONE you know

and ENJOY SHABBOS!

Lite Candles

Love from Jerusalem

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

Say: Bless You

 

Say: Bless You

If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life .. BE HOLY! (what?)

Okay – who cares about HOLY these days? Maybe you should (and not only because themedical researchers say you live longer).

Mini Quiz – and the answers are ALL RELATED!

Do you ever speak to the supermarket check-out person?

What is a REGEL in Hebrew? (NOT a Beigel)

What are the holiest days in the Jewish Calendar?

Who is the holiest person in Jewish litany?

Let’s answer them backwards –


The High Priest is SUPPOSED to be the holiest person in theholiest Temple.

The holiest days in the Jewish calendar are –

THE DAYS THEPRIESTHOOD BLESS ALL THE PEOPLE.

(High Holy Days and the THREE REGALIM – Happy Holidays–

Passover Sukkot andShavuote)

REGEL means FOOT - and also “Getting Used To things (HERGEL)”

So here’s the connection -

IF YOU GET USED TO BLESSING PEOPLE

HERGEL

EVERY DAY WILL BE A HAPPY HOLIDAY

REGEL

Try it on the check-out person –

Say “Bless you” – and get a smile-

Or a blessing back!

Shabbat Shalom


Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

a Sabbath of Spies?

 

?a Sabbath of Spies

This Torah portion says Moses re-named Joshua

G-d re-named Sarah and Abraham so they could have Jewish Children

Was Moses trying to be like G-d?
NO - he was LEARNING from G-d - and IT HELPED -

and Joshua said NOTHING BAD after spying out Israel

but WHAT WAS HE SENT TO SEE THERE?

10 leaders did NOT HAVE THE EYES or the HEART to Understand the

LAND OF ISRAEL -

THEY DID NOT KNOW THEY WERE SENT THERE TO understand
THAT G-D LOVES THE PEOPLE AND THE LAND OF ISRAEL
(AND THE TORAH OF ISRAEL)

so they (10) criticized it -

and caused a tragedy -

so IF YOU DON't have forgiving and understanding eyes and heart -

LEARN FROM G-d and

as the Rebbi Shlomo Carlebach used to always say

OPEN YOUR HEARTS (in order to really see the truth)

Love and Shabbos from Tel Aviv

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

You never know

 

You never know

There's a tradition that the world survives because there are 36 HIDDEN righteous people.

They do Mitzvot that others can't or don't or WON't do.

Why do I believe in this tradition?

Because of Charley in Manhattan.

A homeless fellow I have known for years

I once was having an asthma attack - before I knew I had asthma - and he was there and gave me a spray device with Albuterol (what you take when you have an attack).

I had some work to do but needed a helper - and none of my regular workers were available -

but Charley was there - and offered to help me carry a 20 foot ladder and hold it while I made some repairs (I paid him of course - but I couldn't have done that very urgent work that day without an assistant).

I couldn't find a good Yiddish dictionary I was looking for - and he pulled one right out of his shopping bag.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach would always talk to and give charity to homeless folks - and they all loved him - and he taught us - well - it sounhds silly but -

"you never know"!

I came back from New York to Israel yesterday - and this morning and was too tired to get up for my Minyan at Dawn.

But I was stubborn and got to a later minyan -

where I gave some charity to a family with 8 kids who need money to stop being evicted.

I'm ALWAYS up at dawn - but - YOU NEVER KNOW why I had to get to that minyan!

So whenever you talk to or help out a homeless person REMEMBER -

with MITZVAS - you NEVER KNOW! JUST DO IT!


Love and Shabbos

Mazel Tov to Ivy and Anthony on their new baby!

Rabbi Andy (Chanoch) Eichenholz

Lfum Tzara Agra

 

Okay - so Maimonides probably would not be able to decide -

BUT LIKE A GOOD JEW HE POSED THE QUESTION -

is the totally righteous person a stronger soul - or

a person who is able to follow his "good will" and mostly control his dark side ?

No - I'm not saying Green Lantern had a Dark Side - BUT

doen't everyone (or almost everyone) - just a little?

Maimonides quotes the Talmud

Lfum Tzara Agra -

(from there the health fanatics learned "no pain no gain")

we get Spiritual Reward based on the EFFORT we put in

to our Spirits!

How do we do that?

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach told the wise little story-

"The holy Sanzer Rebbe called in his children

after they were bar mitzvahed and said to them,

"From now on, I just want to be your best friend."

That trust gave those children self-confidence

which GIVES US SPIRITUAL STRENGTH

And Rabbi Carlebach told this:

Every Morning the Lubavitcher Rebbe would go to the Mikva on Albany Street - and walking down Union street he would always say good morning to a person he saw every day. And the person would reply "good morning Rabbi".

Each day that person wanted to say good morning FIRST - but every morning the Rebbe would say GOOD MORNING from further away!

Imagine the spiritual strength the Rebbe had - to ALWAYS GREET his fellow person FIRST - to start the OTHER PERSON's day with a SMILE!!!

(I never saw that in a Mighty Mouse cartoon or a Green Lantern comic though....)

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

Have a Date With G-d

 

Have a Date With G-d

Modified this week by Rabbi Andy Eichenholz -
from Rabbi David Aron's teaching of Isralight
Jerusalem, Israel - 
and a word from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach OB"M

lights!
huh?

All the Jewish holidays plug us into the (GOOD) drama in Jewish life.

Otherwise it's easy to forget.


Rabbi Aron likes to quote Henny Youngman's joke

"I became an atheist - until I realized there were no HOLIDAYS!"

So Jewish holidays return us to - what?


You can always CELEBRATE - but onnecting your celebrations to RELIVING


The "sharp turns and striking contrasts" in Jewish history.

It's like Having a Date with G-d -

Remembering what was meaningful in the past,

and thinking together with a significant other-

about what is in thepresent and what can be in the future.


Torah says "your holidays are HOLY-

and why?

BECAUSE THEY MAKE US us to recognize THAT-

G-d’s love is with us all the time.

Each holiday celebrates a critical ingredient in the recipe for a lovingrelationship with G-d and our fellow man —

freedom, JOY, responsibility, fallibility, accountability, 

forgiveness, spontaneity, integrity, wholeness,intimacy, anticipation, hope and trust.

Each holiday in the Jewish calendar is a date with G- d - TO TREASURE

and adapted from a recording to Rav Shlomo (from something I just received)

LAG B'OMER is the CELEBRATION of the SECRET LIGHT hidden in everything-

the Treasure G-d leaves for us in this world-

and it is in studying the secrets of the Torah

as well as the REVEALED and SIMPLER teachings -

that reveal that LIGHT for all the world