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UPDATED, pt 2 and ‘pt 3 The miracle of you’ :REFUAH SHELAMA ABRAHAM BEN ALTOON (ANNA) my father

December 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments

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  • 1 Ari // Dec 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

    A refuah Shlema for Abraham Ben Altoon…as fast as possible.

  •  S.Soloveitchik // Dec 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Refuah Shlema at the highest priority to Abraham Ben Altoon.
    Stan and Rochel Soloveitchik

            RageOver_A_LostPenny: <<(12/02/10 11:20 PM EST)>> B’H On the progress of your fathers healing. take care my friend. I will keep your father in my prayers

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THANK ALL OF YOU WHO SENT ME GOOD PRAYERS ALSO TO MY EMAIL  AND NOT THE BLOG .

UPDATE :  THE FIBRILATOR WAS INSTALLED AFTER DOCTORS DILIBERATED FOR A DAY OR TWO. THIS PROCEDURE WAS A COMPLETE SUCCESS TO SUCH A DEGREE FOR AN 89 YR OLD MAN THAT THE DOCTORS MAY SEND MY FATHER HOME FOR SHABBAT. THANKS  TO THE MANY MANY WHO SENT ME THEIR PRAYERS AND BEST WISHES.

SOON AFTER THIS SHABBAT I WILL GET BACK TO THE BLOG .

There will be  an unintended addition to ”ARE HASIDS BAD FOR US’ . I HAVE FURTHER PROOF  HOW  NEEDED THE HASIDS ARE IN THIS WORLD, ESPECIALLY  BEFORE MASHIACH ARRIVES.

In a few days I will give you  more of the amazing culture of  THE  HASIDIM community. PLEASE COME BACK TO READ PART TWO.

 THIS MONTH IS THE TIME OF MIRACLES, SHABBAT SHALOM.

REMINDER: light oil or candles for Chanuka, ANY OLE CANDLE WILL DO IF NEED BE . ELECTRIC LIGHTS DOES  NOT FULFILL THE OBLIGATION AT ALL.

PART TWO:

  Hasidim the protectors of the world. Nawww, how can that be. They dress like penguins.They live in a closed society.They start trouble for no reason. Nawww.Protectors of the world? Lets start with the meaning of Chasideem.

 Hasidic Judaism or Hasidism, from the Hebrew חסידות -Chasidut in Sephardi Chasidus in Ashkenazi, meaning “piety” literally “loving kindness

The emphasis on the Divine presence in everything gave new value to prayer and deeds of kindness, alongside Rabbinic supremacy of study.

. Its communal gatherings celebrated soulful song and storytelling as forms of mystical devotion.

Hasidism comprises part of contemporary Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, alongside the previous Talmudic Lithuanian-Yeshiva approach and the Oriental Sephardi tradition. Its charismatic mysticism has inspired non-Orthodox Neo-Hasidic thinkers and influenced wider modern Jewish denominations, while its scholarly thought has interested contemporary academic study. Each Hasidic dynasty follows its own principles; thus Hasidic Judaism is not one movement, but a collection of separate individual groups with some commonality. There are approximately 30 larger Hasidic groups, and several hundred minor groups. Though there is no one version of Hasidism, individual Hasidic groups often share with each other underlying philosophy, worship practices, dress and songs. AS EXPLAINED BY WIKIPEDIA

LAST FRIDAY NIGHT  just back from shul I made my prayers over wine and bread and sat down to eat my delicious cooking when I hear my name being called from outside. I look out the window and someone from shul calls telling me that” everything is ok now but you have to come down NOW.

 My mind instantly races as I look further out and see the volunteer ambulance called HAZTALAH’. I run down stairs and he tells me its your father. I run up get my coat and fly into the ambulance. I see my Dad ok with the oxygen mask and I was told his heart stopped during prayers for up to 2 minutes erev shabbat. There was a doctor not usually sitting  right next to him that was able to revive him. In order to save a life Torah demands that the laws of the sabbath are suspended to save the life and so the emergency button on the wall directly to the Haztalah was pushed. This man went into the ambulance directed them to my house which is a block from the shul. Being MY dad was out of the immediate emergency condition and the technicians said he is stablized. They picked me up and we went to Maimonides hospital. Smooth and professional transistion into the emergency ward and after an hour or so when the doctors were sure he was stable we went into a shared room.

 Those rude and diabolical Hasids were all over the place. In the emergency ward, the special sabbath  elevators, the cardiac floor…. everywhere…. HELPING US…the people in need…….

Friday evening the sabbath..the hasideem were dressed in their fine sabbath clothes smiling going from room to room offering any kindness they had instead of being with their family.

” I see your a Kohaine( by the name on the door),you are special, did you have wine and bread for kiddush? (did you sanctify the sabbath with prayers) , can I offer you any food drink anything?”

‘I answered yes we didnt eat since lunch 10 HOURS AGO”

 The hasid came back with wine and bread and stayed a few moments for the kiddush.He blessed my father for a quick and complete recovery then left. 20 minutes later food came in abundance. Friday night about 11PM, I am spralled out on a  metal chair, things are quiet the heart monitors beeping so I walk into the lobby and spot at the end of the hallway a stretcher so I sort of half on and half off  lay down on it sleeping in and out….

a attendant walks by looking at me when I can see she is goinig to say I cant use that stretcher so I confront her looking square in her eye and a slight smile I tell her… ”call the nurse , I am counting the contractions and the baby is coming any minute”

the attendant burst out laughing and let me be.

 Going back and forth checking in on my father then napping a little. Morning arrives

and I hear the buzzing all around. Its a hospital again. The beeping the nurses and doctors the attendant with their know it all attitudes noses in the air. One told me I cant sit on that chair in the hallway because it has wheels. I told her I paid for the day pass for all rides in Disney and I can sit here….she didnt like my answer….

 Those disrespectful Hasids again about 9:30AM  or so …about 3 came in one group dressed again in their finest Sabbath clothing asking if we need any help or food ..what can they do for us, how can they help us, are we ok…They brought us snacks and drinks and told me hot coffee is at the end of the hall, its the ‘ strickly kosher room’ .They said the code to enter is in hebrew posted on the door. As they left they made a blessing for a quick and complete recovery. An hour or 2 later another Hasid group enters, asks us again  if we needed anything then reads Tehillim King Davids Psalms for my father and leaves. Maybe an hour later a few more hasid men comes into the room with bags and bags of wonderful smelling food and asks if we would like some.And of course the frangrance of Sabbath home cooked food is irresistable and it was delicious.

 After an hour or so..one loses track of time. a group of young 13 to 15 yr old girls came into the room. Hasideem at its best. Purity written all over their beaming faces, all smiling reading the name on the door and wishing a good peaceful sabbath, good shabbos ,, shabbat shalom in hebrew and english. Later a hasid woman enters with her daughter telling us she has home cooked food her mother and she and her daughter prepared if we would like some or maybe snacks or fruits what can we do for you she asks.

In between my father falls asleep, no doctors coming on a saturday or sunday as they are all playing golf so I went to the kosher room and sit with about 10 Hasids listen in to one who was speaking in english and not yidddish and I ask him a question.

 ”If a Kohaine has to dress better then all Israel as we are the priests of the Nation, what do we learn about the rest of OUR nations dress code.?” The answer in the next article..HAHA.

 I CANT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES THE HASIDIC COMMUNITY CAME TO OUR ROOM AND All the rooms, offering of themselves. And again a number of young girls and young teenage men came in with GOOD SHABBOS WISHES TO US and offers of help.

 Israel always come together in times of need. In the sephardic community in the ashkanaz community in the spanish Jewry russian Jewry we are all togther in times of need.

In the off times when many of us stray from TORAH, its the most urgent time of need and its when we need more then a good wish. We need to be boldly told, even embarrassed according to TORAH if we resist, deny or refuse to hear the rebuke. Who can deny that all of Israel is in need of help and food for the soul.

 WE ARE A HUNGRY NATION, OUR SOUL IS CREATED WITH THE THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE, TORAH KNOWLEDGE and when we deny the medication THAT TORAH KNOWLEDGE PROVIDES , the infection grows until the infection has to be amputated. The Torah states that there will be the time when those JEWS THAT DENY TORAH WILL BE AMPUTATED WILL  BE SPIT OUT OF THE HOLY NATION AND PERISH AS DID THE 80% OF JEWS THAT REFUSED TO GO WITH MOSES LEAVING EGYPT.

 Because you are born a Jew, and you may call yourself a secular or deformed or conservative,,, do not be so arrogant as to think that you will not be punished by the heavens for your sins according to TOARH andnot according to what you think,you will be punished at the time HASHEM designates.LOOK AT THE FIRES TODAY IN ISRAEL, LOOK AT THE NATION BEING ASSUALTED BY THE WORLD, ISRAEL  BEING DENIED ITS RIGHT TO LIVE ON ITS OWN LAND AND ITS government DENYING TORAH IN THE FACE OF GD.

 LOOK AT ALL THE TREES THE JNF SAID burned.. 5 MILLION TREES DESTROYED THAT THEY PLANTED. The JNF Jewish National Fund that sold land to the arabs is crying about the trees that WE donated money for. Trees to be planted and to  perpetuate its seeds forever on Holy Kosher Land and the JNF sold  OUR land to the arabs and you gonna tell me that GD, THE ONE GD OF ALL IS NOT WATCHING AND NOT CONTROLLING AND IMPLEMENTING ”HIS” MASTER PLAN.

 MAN PLANS, GD LAUGHS

CHESHBON HANEFESH AGAIN. When we are strickened it’s  time to evaluate yourself………individually …..and collectively.

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Ynet article:Rabbi Ovadia Yosef repeats the Gemara that fires are because of  the Jews desecrating the Sabbath: The following is a talkback

These talkbacks make me shudder with fear

I read these talkbacks and cant believe what I am reading. The hate and venom that is coming out of these peoples mouths is shocking. They are critisizing this rabbi for what he said? Are they listening to themselves? Are they so totally immersed in there hate that they cant even see that they are no better then what they are condeming and they are condeming an entire people. Do they actually believe that all the ails of Israel are the fault of charedim. This is a joke? They cant stand religion because they believe these people are all the terrible things they said and are busy telling us in the same breath that they are condeming the rabbi for expressing his outrageous statements. We all better start looking inward. This hate is frightening, sad and pathetic. This is what is going to bring Israel down not some chareidim not working . Give us all a break and get a life. It is such a foreign concept to live and feel such hate for people . I cant even comprehend such a thing. Time to really do something about it before it takes you over and you will be, and sound even bitterer then you do already. Lets focus on helping eachother out and caring for eachother during this time instead of sewing more threads of hatred.
lisa ,   toronto, canada   (12.05.10)

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PART 3

 FROM  THE SALANT FOUNDATION based on the SALANT RABBIS TEACHINGS

Discover Your Goodness
CHANUKAH – THE MIRACLE OF YOU
 
The lone cruse of oil that the Macabees found was of sufficient quantity to kindle the Menorah for one day. Miraculously, it burned for eight days. Since the Macabees had one day’s supply of oil to start with, the miracle of the oil burning occurred for seven days. This being the case, we should celebrate Hanukah for seven days. Why, then, do we celebrate it for eight days?
 
The Greeks deliberately and methodically defiled all the oil in the Temple. They purposefully wanted to stamp out the means for Klal Yisrael to serve Hashem. The existence and discovery of one undefiled cruse – despite the aggressive efforts of the Greeks – was a miracle in and of itself.
 
As a people, we have experienced many miracles throughout the ages: the exodus from Egypt, the splitting of the Red Sea, the manna from Heaven, the fall of Jericho, King David slaying Goliath, Purim, and Chanukah. Just to name a few.
 
Yet, the greatest miracle of all is something else, altogether. Indeed, it is the very existence of – you – and the rest of Klal Yisrael. Throughout our long exile, there was no effort spared to wipe us off the face of the earth.
 
The fact that there are observant Jews in the world today is the greatest miracle in history!
 
Just as the miraculous existence of one cruse of oil, generated the miracle of Hanukah, so too, the miraculous existence of observant Jews in the world today will generate our miraculous redemption.
 
May it come soon! 
[Adapted from Rav S. Bravda, based on the Meiri and Rav Yaacov Emden]
 
TODAY: Celebrate your miraculous Jewish existence!

 

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  T O R A H  F A X ®  Rabbi  Meyer Chaim Brikman
Torah on the spot for people on the go
ThursdayKislev 25, 5771/December 2, 2010

 HAPPY CHANUKAH.  Today is the first day of Chanukah.  On each of the eight days of Chanukah we recite the complete Hallel service and read from the Torah.  Also, in each of the three daily prayers and in the Grace-after-meal (Birkat Hamazon) we insert special thanks for this great miracle.
 
Chanukah we celebrate a double miracle.  First, the miracle in which the small Jewish army of the Macabees overpowered and won over the great Greek armies.  And also, the miracle of the oil where a small jar of oil, which was enough to light the menorah for only one day, lasted miraculously eight days!
 
Q.   Each holiday we read from the Torah about that specific holiday.  But the story of Chanukah took place a thousand years after Moshe concluded the writing of the Torah.  Which part of the Torah do we read in conjunction with Chanukah?
A.    Chanukah celebrates the dedication of the Holy Temple, which was re-dedicated after being defiled by the Greeks.  We read from the Book of Numbers, which speaks about the dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the desert after it was erected.
 
The dedication of the Mishkan took place on the first day in the month of Nissan and the dedication of the holy Temple at the miracle of Chanukah took place over one thousand years later on the 25th of Kislev.  Yet, our sages say that there is a connection.  The Mishkan was finished on the 25th of Kislev, but its dedication was pushed off a few months to the first of Nissan.  To compensate the 25th day of Kislev, G-d performed the miracle of Chanukah in such a way that the dedication of the Temple would be on the 25th of Kislev.
 
Q.  What is the significance of the four Hebrew letters on the Dreidel; Nun, Gimel, Hay, Shin?
A.  The four letters on the Dreidel stand for: “Nes, Gadol, Haya, Sham” – “A great miracle happened there,” meaning in Israel.  In Israel the letter “Shin” is substituted with the letter “Pay.”  Pay stands for the Hebrew word “Poh”, “Here” (“A great miracle happened here”), for the miracle took place in Israel.
 
The numerical value of the letters, “Nun, Gimel, Hay, Shin” is 358, the same as the numerical value of Moshiach.  Indeed, by illuminating the darkness through spreading the light of the Torah, which is the lesson of the Chanukah candles which illuminate the darkness of the night, we will hasten the coming of Moshiach.
 
Q.  Why, in addition to the Chanukah candles do we light an extra candle, called the Shamesh?
A.   We are prohibited to have any personal use of the Chanukah lights.  Thus, by having the extra candle, the Shamesh, if we forget and benefit from the light of the menorah, it will be from the “Shamesh.”

HAVE A VERY GOOD, HAPPY, HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL DAY & HAPPY CHANUKAH

Tags: Commentary & Opinion · JEWISH LOVE · Parasha & Religion

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ari // Dec 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

    A refuah Shlema for Abraham Ben Altoon…as fast as possible.

  • 2 S.Soloveitchik // Dec 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Refuah Shlema at the highest priority to Abraham Ben Altoon.
    Stan and Rochel Soloveitchik

  • 3 shoreh // Dec 7, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Shalom Jewswithviews.
    Editor, I am glad your father is well on his road to recovery. I have kept him in my prayers.
    I am a student of Professor Soloveitchik, nice to make your acquaintance, and wish upon you ; with Hashem’s kindness health and many years to prosper,for you and your family.

  • 4 DACON9 // Dec 8, 2010 at 7:12 am

    thank you

  • 5 Meira Bat Yehuda // Dec 11, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Shalom Dacon9, Shavua Tov, I was glad to read the update about your father. Continued refuah shlema to him. May he see the coming of Moshiach. I am not going to be posting on Fishman’s blog unless it is something of vital importance so I just wanted to send you greetings. I don’t know if you’ve ever mentioned your Father but he is an excellent reason for remaining in Galut if he can’t/won’t come to Israel at this point. All the best,
    Meira

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