Saturday, June 28, 2008


But I don't wanna be like them.
I wanna be sensitive, sincere, kind and caring.
I wanna be thoughtful.
I wanna be me.
I wanna be me for me and I wanna be me for them.

Nope, I don't wanna be like them.

Friday, June 27, 2008

So, now I actually want it, but I don't want to deal with it.
I think that's good though.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


There was once a king who wanted to have a beautiful garden. He hired many workers to create this garden. At midday he sent one gardener home from work, and he told the others to continue working until the day was over. That night he gathered all the gardeners and paid each of them the same amount. "This is totally unfair!" complained the gardeners who had worked much longer than the one who had left at midday. The king responded, "I told one gardener to go home earlier, because he had accomplished in half a day that which had taken the rest of you the whole day!"

Just like in the parable, G-d (the king) sends our souls to this world to tend to His garden. Some very righteous people complete their task in half a lifetime, which would take others a complete lifetime!
Zev and Rochel were from those righteous, holy people who never wasted a moment in bringing light to our world.

I thank each of you who have already brought more light to this world by performing mitzvos in their memory. It would mean so much to all of our family that these acts of goodness and kindness continue in an increasing measure in their honour. (When doing a mitzvah in their honour, please have in mind Zev Yoisef ben Sholom and Rochel bas Mordechai, that their souls should have an elevation and peace.)

May all of our collective mitzvos bring about the time of universal peace for all mankind with the coming of Moshiach now!
- Rabbi Aryeh Lang, son-in-law of Zev and Rochel Simons a”h



מכללת שלם


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Which high school did you go to? Do you like bagels?

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I don't tend to meet people and think if they would fit into my life or I into tigers.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Welcome Scatter'ke (no spam please)

My partner in rhyme may be struck with a different shade of ruach hakodesh soon enough. Pull down hard.
What I didn't say:

1. It doesn't make a difference what either of us think--it isn't.
2. If it is, it is waaay better than my last one.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The roses are blooming....

What is the meaning behind the rose?

In modern culture, the red rose has become almost universally accepted as an expression of deepest love and respect.
The most prominent interpretation of pink roses in general is grace and gentility.
White roses have been symbols of reverence and humility, innocence and silence, security and happiness.
In modern culture, yellow roses apparently represent joy, gladness, freedom and contentment.
Orange roses are actually a genetic blend of reds and yellows. Therefore, the orange rose represents a blend of pure enthusiasm and passionate desire.
Pale pink and yellow roses traditionally signify sociability and friendship.

One big "AHEM" to all of that.

The Berlas Warning: Hope for the best, expect the worst.
{Guess what is updated}

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hachonsas Sefer Torah for R' Levitansky ob"m

All are cordially invited to a

סיום והכנסת ספר תורה

Sefer Torah Completion & Welcoming Ceremony

Dedicated in m
emory of

Rabbi Avrohom Halevi Levitansky o.b.m.

הרב אברהם ב"ר יצחק אייזיק הלוי ז"ל

Sunday, 12 Sivan -June 15 at 2:00 pm

at the home of The Levitanskys
(1119 Broadway (corner 12th) Simcha Monica)

Followed by procession At 2:30 pm

To Chabad in Simcha Monica 1428 17th St

For Hakofos, music & dancing

Men, women, and especially children are welcome!

(Due to the overwhelming response and to time constraints
there will be no filling of letters on the day of the Siyum.)

Rally and activities for children~Refreshments will be served

For more information please call 310-453-3011 or email:

I'd like to endow a part of the Torah

Saturday, June 14, 2008


...what suddenly hit me today?
...who I bumped into today?
...why I was flyin high today?
...which one went 'waawaawaa' all the way home today?
...where there was a total knockout today?


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Another Tes Sivan [Reizi's Second Yahrtzeit]

I kept thinking that if I ignore it, it will go away. That if I don't think about it, it won't come.
But it doesn't work like that.
Ever faced a bear in a jungle? Well neither have I, but I imagine that paying it no attention will not bring about satisfactory results (er for you, at least).

But how could I focus on it?
But really, how could I not focus on it?

The 'Tes' of nearly every month does something to my heart.
It jolts me back to the first Tes. Tes Sivan.
That Tes Sivan.

I hate it.

I hate that Tes Sivan was coming and that Reizi wasn't here.
I don't want to learn things in her memory. I want to learn with her.
I don't want to organize shiurim in her zechus. I want the zechus to organize shiurim with her.
I don't want to tell kids to do mitzvos for her. I want her to do mitzvos with kids.
I don't want to reminisce, to mourn, to miss, to cry. I just want her alive.

How dare you, Tes Sivan??
How dare you take her away!?
What audacity you possess! What brazenness and nerve you harbor!
To pounce upon my friend like that!
To snatch away a little girl!
To lead Reizi away from us all.

You did it, Tes Sivan. Just like that.
Every day has its mission, I suppose.
Was your directive to find a pure, unchanged, piece of G-d down here in this tainted world and bring it up to Him?
I can't blame you, Tes Sivan.
You found the most perfect piece.

But really, couldn't you have waited? Could you not have allowed us another few years? Another fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty years? She was only ten. Only ten years old, she was. Do you know what that is? Ha, but you're just a day. Only one day. One single day.

But your power.
Your influence.
Your impact.
One day took ten years away.

But listen up, Tes Sivan.
Listen good and well.
I'm not giving in.
None of us are.
I'm not intimidated by you, Tes Sivan.
You don't scare me.
I don't have to turn my head anymore.
I can stare you straight in the eye.
I'm not afraid.
My power exceeds yours.
I'm gonna bring Reizi back in a way that you will never be able to touch her again.
She's gonna live forever and ever.
Forever and ever and ever and ever.
I'm gonna bring Moshiach, Tes Sivan.
See, I'm gonna make Reizi proud.
I'm gonna make her so proud and so encouraged and so empowered that she's gonna come down here and give me a huge hug.
She will.

Weapons of the Spirit.
Soon as I read that on the video cover in the library today, I thought of our own weapons of spirit.
Of soulburns.
We're so gonna win.

We will hold her.
I will feel her hands in mine.

And no Reizi, I'll never say goodbye.

Monday, June 09, 2008

(in memory of the eight students who were killed in their Yeshiva in Yerushalayim on Rosh Chodesh Adar)


To the peaceful, earnest, committed men and boys murdered in Yeshivat Merkaz Harav on March 6, 2008. Your study. Your extra act of kindness. Your smile in the face of "adversity." Your commitment to faith and family.

For those who would but no longer can, DEDIC8 a small piece of today and every day to looking outside of yourself and into your soul. For the ones who knew of hate but never subscribed, try to find a senseless act of pure and unrequested love to perform.

We could recall and still have easily forgotten or we can remember and react. For them and for us.

--Posted by Avi on Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sunday, June 08, 2008

She Wanted To Stay Modest

HaRav Victor Attia, Shlita, Chabad Shliach in Hevron in a rare interview about his daughter, Chaya Mushke, a'h, who was seven years old [at the time of her passing]:

My son told her, "Mushke, take off your dress so you will not get burned" and she answered him, "I want to stay modest."
זה לא יהיה טוב-זה עכשיו טוב

stuff that are harmful for you--

whadaya mean you hate hearing about em?
aren't you relieved to know?
aren't you grateful to be saved?
don't you wish you found out sooner?


you are disappointed because you can't enjoy them anymore??
you are frustrated because you feel guilty consuming them now??
you are irritated and annoyed and aggravated???


but don't you realize? don't you see?
this information is saving your life

It's not about you.

It's about what you have to do. And you have to leave a note.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Global Shavuot Learnathon

Just over three months ago, on Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet, the Jewish world was shocked to the core after hearing of the horrific news from Jerusalem. Eight young boys had been struck down by a barbaric terrorist with their sefarim in their hands. Many of us sensed that it was not only Klal Yisroel that was attacked that night. Our enemies specifically chose to attack our two most precious possessions; our children and our Torah.

The time has come for us to respond. Not with bullets, not with anger but with the only way we know how – through increasing our learning of Torah.

All of us, no matter what our hashkafa, dress, language or location – learn the same Torah, that was handed down by Moshe Rabeinu at Har Sinai all those years ago. Shavuot is quickly approaching, a time when we should once again join together ‘k’ish echad b’lev echad’, like one man with one heart.

It is with this in mind that the OneFamily Fund announces the launch of the Global Shavuot Learnathon, where individuals, shuls and schools around the world are pledging to learn a number of hours of Torah on Leil Shavuot while seeking sponsorship from family and friends.

Register today to receive a starter pack via email:

Learner Registration | Organisation Registration

All funds raised will be directed by the OneFamily Fund to support those affected by the attack on the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva and High School (also known as Yashlats).

Thank you to our partners:

One Family Bnei Akiva OU Aish.comYeshivat Bnei AkivaNCSYTribe UKTorah MiTzionMayanotYeshivat HaKotelMidreshet HaRovaMostly Music

For the Starter Pack in English click here
For the Starter Pack in Hebrew
click here

Friday, June 06, 2008

Here are some things I want to share:

1. Qatar is the country best known for not being known (Guinness Museum said it first).

2. I may have Alzheimer's but at least I don't have Alzheimer's. (Saw it on a tee at the beach)

3. Is There a Logical Proof that there's only One G-d?


I accept that some sort of "Higher Being" created the universe. But why couldn't there be many such beings? Is there any logical reason to say that there is only one god?


The definition of G-d is: "a Being without definition." G-d cannot be defined, because if I define Him then I limit Him. And something limited is not G-d. By defining something, I give it borders. If for example I define an apple as a sweet, round fruit that is green or red, then when I find a long purple fruit, I know that it can't be an apple. An apple is limited to being round and red or green. That is its definition. G-d can't be defined, because by defining Him you are saying that there's something He can't be; but this could not be true, because G-d is unlimited.

That's why there can be only one G-d. Because if you don't have a definition, then there is nothing outside of you. There can be no "other".

An example: two neighboring countries can only be called two countries when there is a border in between them. But if a country has no borders, if there is no defined place where it ends and another country begins, how can you say that there are two countries?

G-d has no borders, so how can there be more than one god? Where would one god end and one begin if there is no dividing line between them?

The act of creation is the act of making borders and drawing definitions: this is an apple and not a banana, this is land and this sea. Creation has definitions. The Creator doesn't have a definition. That's what makes Him G-d. And that's why there can only be one.


5. In life, we almost never wait for 100% guarantees. We trust that the dentist is a dentist, the taxi driver is a taxi driver, and so on --and put our lives in their hands --on flimsy tacit evidence. Yet, when it comes to a simple good deed, people demand 100% proof that this is really what G-d wants them to do! (Daily Dose)

6. I got an email from ComedySportz with the following first and middle/last lines.

In this issue, we'll tell you some things that could save your life*, so be sure to read the whole thing!
Not true at all. Do not attempt to use info herein to save lives and sue us later.


Thursday, June 05, 2008

Important announcement: The family of Yossi Shimoni has informed us that with G-d’s help they were able to raise the necessary funds for Yossi’s medical treatment and have asked to refrain for further contributions. However, they have asked that people continue to pray for the recovery and good health of Yosef Chaim ben Mazal Tov. Thank you!

My name is Tehila Shimoni. I'm 27 years old, the wife of Yosef Chaim Shimoni 28 years old, and mother of Itai, two and a half years old. I would like to tell you about my young family.

My husband and I both were born in Kiryat Arba. He went to the army, to a special unit, "Egoz"- that fights terrorists in Judea and Samaria and against" Hizballah" in Lebanon.

When we married 5 years ago we chose to live in "Giva't Harel"-in the Binyamin Settlements. This settlement is named after our loved brother in law, Harel Ben Noon, who was murdered by an Arab terrorist on the same hills.

My husband Yosef works in a company that ensures that the Arabs will not take over more lands in our holy land.

A few weeks ago Yosef wasn't feeling well. We went from doctor to doctor and then from one hospital to another, and they told us that it's just an infection. On Israel's Independence Day he was accepted for emergency surgery and unfortunately diagnosed with a very violent cancer that spread in his stomach.

After counseling with doctors, we were told that the treatments in Israel are limited.

My husband and I were raised on the laps of our ancestors: Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchak and Rivka, and Ya'akov and Leah, all of whom refused to give up hope.

After searching all over the world we found a clinic in Germany that treats successfully such cases They combine chemotherapy treatment with other unique treatments. We sent a family member to Germany to examine those clinics and we understand that we have to be quick and arrive as soon as possible in order to improve our chances of success.

The estimates of the expenses are 150,000 Euro (almost $250,000) which we don't have, even after opening all our savings.

My uncle, Ofer Ochana, who some of you many know from the Gutnick Center Restaurant in Hebron, suggested that I write and tell you my story. Therefore I ask any of you that can help me save my husband's and the father of my children's (I'm two months pregnant) life!

As it is written "whoever saves one life, it is as if he saved an entire world."

Funds can be donated via the Hebron Fund in NYC, at 1760 Ocean Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11230 or via internet at [Please note on the check or web donation that the funds are for the Yossi Shimoni Fund.] In Israel checks can be deposited in Bank HaPoalim, Branch 695, Account number 595954. Please fax the deposit slip to 02-9944521. More information can be received from Efrat at 050-628-5603 or Moshe at 054-486-1274.

Also, your prayers are very much needed for: Yosef Chaim ben Mazal Tov.

Thank you very much.

Tehila Shimoni