Monday, December 28, 2009


I'm rather glad our religion focuses on the deed cuz actions-vs
thoughts-don't make me cry. And frankly, there's nothing so unusual
about being a jewish cowboy. er, that too, but back on topic-frankly,
I don't like to cry.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

An autistic kid wanders off to the graves of those murdered in the Maalot Massacre.

[shakes head in wonder/disbelief/belief]

The Full Story:
Several hours before Shabbos came in, the residents of Tzefat heard that Moshe Meitas, aged 4, a local boy, had gone missing. He was last seen at his home on Rechov Ha’ari. The fact that little Moshe is autistic and unable to connect with his surroundings only added to the worry over his sudden disappearance.

With the authorization and on the instruction of local Rabbis, cars drove around Tzefat with loudspeakers calling on the community to help with searches.

The drama went on over several hours. Many warm-hearted local residents left their Shabbos tables and families to search for the missing boy.

The Kikar Shabbat website reports that the search united all strands of the Tzefat community, with Sanzer Chassidim (to whom the Meitas family belongs), Chabad, Breslovers, and more joining together to find the little boy. Hundreds of bochurim from the Chabad yeshiva in Tzefat also played an active part in the search.

After several nail-biting hours, the boy was found in the local cemetery among the headstones of the victims of the Maalot massacre. He was fast asleep, and despite the cold he was in a good physical state and did not need any medical attention.

From initial investigations, it emerged that little Moshe crossed the wadi between his home and the cemetery, which is about 3 km away, by himself but was unable to find his way back.
(SOURCE: SHMAIS.COM who got it from COL.ORG.IL)


ich. usually it helps my skin, but this one just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. o ich.

On Fear. My Fear.

(Fourteen hundred posts, neato.)

Within every love, there is fear: The fear of separation from that which you love.

A child fears separation from her parents, a lover from his beloved, the body fears separation from the soul and the soul from its Source Above.

So what do you love? Look at your worries and you will know. If you seethe in worry over your debts and financial future, then it is the material world you love—because you believe in the material world and you see it as the source of all good. If you sit and fret over the comments of others and the glances they throw at you, then it is social acceptance that you love, that you have made into your god.

Cleave to the True Source Above and your heart will have no room for fear of this world.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

שלוש שנים בלי מוישי

Tonight, the 28th day of Kislev, the 4th night of Chanukah, is the day that Moishe and two of his friends were carried to Heaven.
He may be content up there with his Source, but we're not and want him back.
Moishe, my brother.

Writes his sister:
שלוש שנים בלי מוישי,כ"כ קשה כ"כ מתגעגעים והוא כ"כ חסר לי. אבקש מכולם לעשות מעשים טובים לעילוי נשמתו של אחי מ ש ה ז"ל בן ד ו ד שיח'י ושנזכה לראות אותו בקרוב ממש יחד עם משיח צדקנו! אמן
Three years without Moishi, so many tears, so many words so much pain. I would ask everyone to do good deeds for his lift of his soul . "MOSHE BEN DAVID"

Monday, December 14, 2009

Chanukah with the IDF

We will be celebrating Chanukah with soldiers all over Israel. Join us and make their Chanukah and yours unforgettable! If you are planning on accompanying us to any of these places,
please send an email to
and be sure to include: 1, your name and # of people 2, mobile number 3, date and location that you are attending and 4,whether or not you need transportation (spaces are limited).
If you have transportation and can offer spaces to others include that as well.

Approximately 10:30A-3:00P
Maaleh Efraim (Shomron/Binyamin area)
Leaving Jerusalem 9:30 AM

8:00 PM Chanukah Party for Chayalim Bodedim
OU Israel Center, Jeruslaem
75 Shekel per person includes dairy dinner, dinner for a chayal and a gift for the chayal.

Approximately 10:30A-3:00P
Kesufim (near Aza) Leaving Efrat 9:30 AM

Approximately 10:30A-3:00P
Shechem Leaving Jerusalem 9:30 AM

Approximately 10:30A-3:00P
Shomron Leaving Jerusalem 9:30 AM

Please forward this to your local contacts. If you are not able to join us and would like to help sponsor these activities, checks can be made payable to Standing Together and sent to us at PO BOX 1029, Efrat, Israel.
For more information email


The קדושה of the Days
At a farbrengen (ש"פ וישב תשמ"ח), the Rebbe spoke about the days of חנוכה as an opportune time to increase in תורה ומצוות, since the נס was related to רוחניות'דיקע matters, allowing the Yidden to learn תורה and keep מצוות. This is especially so with regard to adding in Yiras Shomayim, which is the purpose of תורה ומצוות, and particularly what the יוונים were opposed to.
(התוועדויות תשמ"ח ח"ב ע' 67)

The War of the יוונים
In a שיחהl (כ"א כסלו תש"מ), the Rebbe explained how the goal of the יוונים and the מתיוונים was to remove the separation that exists between Yidden and goyim, educating children to be similar to the other nations. This is worse than גזירות on תורה ומצוות, because its effect remains even after the גזירה is over. It begins with something 'small', when one 'lights up' the way for a child with 'oil' that is contaminated with goyishkeit, claiming that the light itself is the same. When one is מחנך children improperly, drawing 'light' from a source which is not טהור, this leads a child to become a מתיווןl(ר"ל).

The lesson from חנוכה is, that when lighting up Yiddishe homes, one must use only pure Yiddishe light, uncontaminated by any goyishkeit. By doing so with מסירת נפש (not giving in to the majority, who also appear to be stronger), we will be victorious, for Hashem is on our side.
(לקו"ש ח"כ ע' 438)

The עבודה of חנוכה
Since the primary נס of חנוכה was a רוחניות'דיגע one, ending the גזירות of the יוונים against observing אידישקייט and offering קרבנות, we commemorate it in a רוניות'דיקע way, by saying הלל and praising Hashem. However, it is also customary to increase in סעודות during חנוכה to remember the נס of winning the war and the completion of the משכן on כ"ה כסלו. During these סעודות, one should sing praise to Hashem about the נסים that He did, thus making it a סעודת מצוה.l
(שו"ע או"ח סי' תע"ר ובהשלמה לשוע"ר שם)
It was customary for the Tzemach Tzedek to have a sort of farbrengen on one of the evenings of חנוכה with his family, including his daughters-in-law. This was called 'לאטקעס אווענט' (latkes evening). This was also the practice of the Alter Rebbe and the Mitteler Rebbe. Among the stories the Rebbes told at this סעודה were some which were widely talked about every חנוכה, though they had been discussed the year before. The Rebbe Rashab would also set aside time to speak to the children
(היום יום כ"ח כסלו, רשימות היומן חנוכה תרצ"ג)
After kindling the חנוכה ליכט, the Rebbe Rashab would sit near the ליכטלאך for half an hour and learn (at a slight distance, not to benefit from its light). He would learn גמרא, not necessarily about חנוכה, rather wherever he was holding in his סדר הש"ס. This is related to the special connection of תורה to light, and is a הוראה for every person to increase in learning during the days of חנוכה.l
(התוועדויות תשמ"ב ח"ב ע' 618)
Once, by הדלקת הנרות, the Rebbe Maharash told the Rebbe Rashab, "We must listen to what the ליכטלאך are telling us."
(סה"ש תש"ו ע' 22)
There is a minhag to give חנוכה געלט to children and the Rebbe Rashab would give חנוכה געלט on the fourth or fifth night. The Rebbe explained that the main reason of this minhag is to enable the children to give צדקה, for what else does a child need money for?...
(התוועדויות תשמ"ט ח"ב ע' 63)
At a farbrengen (ב' דחנוכה תשמ"ד), the Rebbe explained that from חנוכה we learn the necessity to continuously add in תורה ומצוות, just like we increase in lighting an additional candle each night. During חנוכה, one should add in צדקה and learning תורה. Thru the מצוה of נרות חנוכה, one merits the light of תורה.
(התוועדויות תשמ"ד ח"ב ע' 596)

Sunday, December 06, 2009

The Black Carriage

The 19th of Kislev (Sunday, December 6, this year) is celebrated throughout the Chassidic world as the day of the liberation of the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812). Rabbi Schneur Zalman was arrested by the Czarist regime under the accusation that his teachings undermined the imperial authority, and his release allowed the vigorous growth of Chassidism and the uninhibited dissemination of its teachings.

During the "intermediate days" of the festival of Sukkot of 1798, an armed officer arrived in Liozna to arrest Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of the Chabad movement. Deciding that it would be advisable at this point to take the biblical advice "Hide yourself for a brief moment" (Isaiah 26:20), the Rebbe slipped out of a side door. The officer returned to his headquarters empty-handed.
Back in the house, the Rebbe decided that if the agent were to return, he would allow himself to be arrested. Some say that he decided this only after consultation with Rabbi Shmuel Munkes, one of his close Chassidim, who happened to be in the Rebbe's home at the time. Reb Shmuel reputedly said to the Rebbe: "If you are a true Rebbe, you have nothing to fear by being arrested. If you are not, you deserve whatever they will do to you (!), for what right did you have to deprive thousands of Chassidim from enjoying the pleasures of this world?"
When the officer appeared on the day after Simchat Torah, which fell on Thursday that year, the Rebbe did not hide. Within a few hours he was already seated in the infamous "Black Mary," the carriage which was reserved by the Czarist regime for rebels who were under capital sentence. Covered on all sides with heavy black metal panels, and with no windows whatsoever, it was designed to cast dread on all those who saw it. Guarded by heavily armed soldiers, the ironclad black carriage pulled out of Liozna on Thursday night and clanked its fearsome way down the highway to Petersburg, via Vitebsk and Nevel.
At half past ten the next morning, some six hours before candle-lighting time, the Rebbe asked that they stop where they were until after Shabbat. The officer in charge ignored his request. A moment later the axles of the carriage broke. No sooner had they repaired them, that one of the horses collapsed and died. Fresh horses were brought, but they could not move the carriage from its place. By this time the gendarmes gathered that it would be impossible to press on with their journey against the Rebbe's will, so they asked their prisoner if they could detour to a nearby village, and spend the next day there. The Rebbe refused, but did agree that the carriage be moved off the highway to an adjacent field.
The spot at which the Rebbe spent that Shabbat is about three miles from the village of Seliba-Rudnia, which is near the town of Nevel. An old Chassid who survived into the twentieth century--Reb Michael of Nevel--used to relate that he knew Chassidim who were able to point out the exact spot at which the Rebbe had spent that lonely Shabbat. He himself had gone there to see it with his own eyes. All the way there he had seen old and drooping trees on both sides of the road, but that memorable spot was marked by a tall tree with luxuriant foliage.

Commentary from Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth Rebbe of Chabad:
The story of the Rebbe's journey to Petersburg gives tangible testimony to the statement that whatever happens to a tzaddik--and especially to a tzaddik who is a leader of Jewry-- takes place only with his consent. Indeed not only the Rebbe, but every tzaddik likewise rules over all material matters. What the Torah has to say about the created universe is decisive: all temporal matters are subject to the dominion of the Torah.
When the Rebbe did not want to travel further, the wagon came to a halt, and it came to a halt where and when the Rebbe so desired. Had the wagon stood still at candle-lighting time this would have been not at all remarkable. For such things we find concerning even an unwitting reaction, as it is written "No evil shall befall the righteous." But that the wagon should stand still at ten-thirty on Friday morning, and not budge, this is a palpable wonder of G-d, like an overt miracle.
From all of the above it should be abundantly clear that one whose word carried weight over material things, as was the case with the Rebbe, had the option of not being imprisoned at all; and of not hiding, even for a solitary hour. If he did go nevertheless, this was for the sake of a profound purpose involving the service of G-d.
The patriarch Abraham opened the channel of self-sacrifice for the sanctification of G-d's Name, and the Rebbe opened the channel of self-sacrifice for Chassidic service of G-d. From all of this one can gather that the whole episode of the Rebbe's imprisonment was only a garment worn by choice, in order to avoid making use of supernatural means.
Truth to tell, this subject warrants a detailed explanation, especially since this would provide at least an inkling of an appreciation of the Rebbe's quintessential inner love for Jews in general--for he wanted every individual to start living with zest in his Torah study, and in his divine service according to the teachings of Chassidism--and his love for Chassidim in particular. And this love the Rebbe planted in the Rebbes who succeeded him. Such a deep-seated and quintessential love is everlasting, throughout all the generations until the coming of Moshiach, when it will be granted us, at the time of the Resurrection of the Dead, to gaze directly upon the living and luminous countenances of the Rebbes.

SMR in Prison

The public is asked to please send letters of Chizuk, articles, Sichos, anything of interest to Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.

Linn County Correctional Center
Inmate Shalom Rubashkin
P.O. Box 608
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0608

Please make sure to put a return address otherwise they will not deliver it to him.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Q. What's black and white and red all over?
A. Tonight's newsletter!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

8 MORE DAYS! (Not A Chanukah Rhyme)


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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Music: Blastin'

הקב"ה מקדים רפואה למכה

Kovi has a brother!!!

A real baby brother!
Mazel Tov!!
7.12, 5:49, 20 hours
a brother!
Whatta rollercoaster tonight has been. Let's just keep going up, eh?

A new baby. Wow. Baruch Hashem. A real live person.

Roi Klein

She could get all dramatic and write that she cried herself to sleep but a, that would be lying
b, that wouldn't be healthy
c, that would worry some people that love her
and d, hmm she might.