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MAY WE MERIT TO SEE MASHIACH SOON. THANK YOU to all who supported me during my own difficult times this year.

September 13th, 2012 · No Comments

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And when all these things befall you, the blessing and curse… you will take it to your heart among all the nations where the L-rd your G-d, has dispersed you” (Deuteronomy 30:1). The Torah speaks about the Jewish people in exile, dispersed among the nations, eventually returning to the Torah, repenting, and then being redeemed. It is interesting to note that atonement and forgiveness are possible without sacrifices, without a Temple, and without “blood.” This is a clear refutation of those who have claimed throughout history that since we have no sacrifices today, we have no possibility of atonement. In fact, the entire book of Jonah (read on Yom Kippur) is a testimony to this idea. The people of Nineveh are saved from destruction by repentance, not by sacrifice. As stated in Jonah, “And let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to G-d; let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands… And G-d saw their actions; that they turned from their evil way; and G-d refrained from the evil, which He said that He would do to them…” (Jonah 3:8-10).

It is customary for the  ba’al koreh
(Torah reader) to chant the rebuke, which lists all the terrible
curses of the exile, in a low voice (
 Kitzur Shulchan Aruch   78:4). This is a sign of contrition and 
embarrassment that our sins brought these curses upon us, and also because we are scared by
 these curses. In the 1940s, just after the Second World War, a great Chassidic leader, Yekusiel
 Yehudah Halberstam (known as the Klausenberger Rebbe), who lost his wife, eleven children,
 and most of his followers in the Holocaust, was in New York listening to the Torah reading. As is
 customary, the reader chanted the portion in a low voice. The Rebbe asked him to read louder,
 and louder still, until he was chanting even louder than usual. Afterwards, the Rebbe explained
 that we no longer have to be scared of the curses, nor hang our heads in shame when we hear
 them. During the Holocaust, we already experienced all the curses, and we survived. The fact
 that we are in the synagogue, listening to the Torah reading despite the Holocaust, is a reason to
 be proud and confident when listening to the curses, not fearful or ashamed.
 
One of the reasons punishments befall the Jews is, “Because you did not serve Hashem,
your G-d, amid gladness, and goodness of heart, when everything was abundant” (Deut.
28:47). We also find that King David exhorts us to “Serve G-d with happiness, come before Him
in joyful song” (Psalms 100:2). Maimonides actually legislates this as an obligation, stating, “The
happiness one experiences in performing a mitzvah and in the love of G-d Who commanded
them is a great duty”
(Mishneh Torah, Laws of Lulav, 8:15),
 citing the verse from our parsha  as evidence. We also see the obligation to be happy from the Talmud’s famous statement,
 “Just aswhen Av (the month in which we mourn the Temple’s destruction) begins we reduce our happiness,
so, too, when Adar (the month in which Purim falls) begins we increase our happiness”(Ta’anit 29a).
This implies that the correct status quo of a Jew is happiness. We reduce it in Avand increase it in Adar,
 but happiness, to some degree, should always be there.
 


 The editor DACON9/DAVID DEDICATE THIS TO MY 3 FAMILY MEMBERS WHO PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR
WITHIN 3 MONTHS OF EACH OTHER
MY FATHER ABRAHAM BEN ALTOON(ANNA) A’H  89 yrs  of life a blessing
MY MOTHER ESTHER BAT HANNAH A’H  89 yrs of life a blessing
MY BROTHER AHARON HAYIM BEN ESTHER A’H He beat the doctors 36 yrs ago who said he had a week but he  dedicated his mitzvot he will do in service of  Hashem  and recieved  36 more productive years. I buried him in Israel a few months ago.
He earned to be buried steps away from Rabbi Kadouri ZT”L  the great kaballist
 
BARUCH HASHEM FOR ALL THE GOOD ‘HE’  GIVES US and sometimes we cant interpret it properly.
 
and then my own heart attack. B”H I am here fighting the fight. ( and fighting  the missionaries and Jews who are kind to missionaries,
The  danger is equal from the xtians and arabs, one is NOT more then  the other…..
Torah says NOT TO BE KIND TO  THE SEDUCERS) 
 Hashem needs you involved also.
The  danger equally from the xtians and arabs, one is NOT more then  the other…..
A rabbi said: Its better to die as a JEW (ed:by arabs) then to spiritually die as a convert (ed:by xtians).
 
MAY WE SEE MASHIACH SOON!
 
SELICHOT  PRAYERS EVERY JEW DOES DURING THESE HOLY DAYS

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