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Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Nasi Shevet Binyamin

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by Reb Nati @ Mystical Paths

Niseim - 9 Nisan - Shevet Binyamin – Avidan ben Gedoeni

בַּיּוֹם֙ הַתְּשִׁיעִ֔י נָשִׂ֖יא לִבְנֵ֣י בִנְיָמִ֑ן אֲבִידָ֖ן בֶּן־גִּדְעֹנִֽי: קָרְבָּנ֞וֹ קַֽעֲרַת־כֶּ֣סֶף אַחַ֗ת שְׁלֹשִׁ֣ים וּמֵאָה֘ מִשְׁקָלָהּ֒ מִזְרָ֤ק אֶחָד֙ כֶּ֔סֶף שִׁבְעִ֥ים שֶׁ֖קֶל בְּשֶׁ֣קֶל הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ שְׁנֵיהֶ֣ם ׀ מְלֵאִ֗ים סֹ֛לֶת בְּלוּלָ֥ה בַשֶּׁ֖מֶן לְמִנְחָֽה: כַּ֥ף אַחַ֛ת עֲשָׂרָ֥ה זָהָ֖ב מְלֵאָ֥ה קְטֹֽרֶת: פַּ֣ר אֶחָ֞ד בֶּן־בָּקָ֗ר אַ֧יִל אֶחָ֛ד כֶּֽבֶשׂ־אֶחָ֥ד בֶּן־שְׁנָת֖וֹ לְעֹלָֽה: שְׂעִיר־עִזִּ֥ים אֶחָ֖ד לְחַטָּֽאת: וּלְזֶ֣בַֽח הַשְּׁלָמִים֘ בָּקָ֣ר שְׁנַ֒יִם֒ אֵילִ֤ם חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַתֻּדִ֣ים חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה כְּבָשִׂ֥ים בְּנֵֽי־שָׁנָ֖ה חֲמִשָּׁ֑ה זֶ֛ה קָרְבַּ֥ן אֲבִידָ֖ן בֶּן־גִּדְעֹנִֽי:


The Ninth day’s Nasi is from Shevet Binyamin - Avidan ben Gidoeni.

וְעַמֵּךְ כֻּלָּם צַדִּיקִים

Shevet (Tribe of) Binyamin ben Yaakov Avinu Hatzadik - Avidan ben Gidoeni.

May it be in the Merit of Shevet Binyamin ben Yaakov Avinu May Hashem protect Klal Yisrael from all Harm from within and from without. May Hashem Bring The Geula Shleima B’Karov. Amen!!!

May it be Hashems Will that in the Zchus of Shevet Binyamin and the Nasi Shevet Binyamin - Avidan ben Gidoeni that Klal Yisrael be Zoche to the Geula Shleima and Binyan Beis Hamikdash Speedily and in these days. Amen!!!!

May it be Hashems Will and Greatest Mercy that all the Neshamos of this Shevet and all Neshamos of Yisrael be uplifted in the Avoda of This Shevet And all that have fallen from this Shevet and from all the Shevatim be uplifted to their Proper place in the Zchus of Shevet Binyamin and the Nasi Shevet Binyamin - Avidan ben Gidoeni. May it be His Will Yehihyu LRatzon Imrei Fi V’Hegyon Libi Lifanecha Adonai Tzuri V’Goali. Amen.V’Amen!!!

VeHaya A-Donai L’MELECH AL Kul Ha’Aretz BaYom Hahu Yiheye A-Donai Echad u’SHmoi ECHAD!!!!

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How to give to the needy in Israel

Mystical Paths run a tzedakah (charity) campaign before every Yom Tov (Jewish holy day), to help those in need enjoy the holiday without the pressures of poverty - and doing so with (almost) no overhead costs.

Passover is ONLY DAYS AWAY!  With Passover comes the religious obligation of Maos Chitim / Kimcha D'Pischa, supporting the needy for Passover.


You can support the needy of Israel for Passover – 
right here, right now, 100% charity with NO overhead…

Donate to the Needy of Israel for Passover
Click HERE !

 

Times remain tough. Some of our neighbors are excited that they received 1 chicken... for all of Passover.  Another says "I have matzah, and literally nothing else."  One says "I'm deciding between wine or medication for my disabling condition."  The stories are heartbreaking, but you can help...

 

Right here, right now... 

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!


100% charity direct!  Our Jewish holy day charity campaigns raise money to support the poor and needy in Israel, 
which we are obligated to treat as members of our local community.  We do so via our registered Israeli charity and with the rabbinical supervision of Rabbi Chaim Farro.  We also do so with NO office expenses, NO advertising expenses, NO salaries, NO overhead of ANY kind (except for credit card processing fees of ~3.5% and currency conversion fees of ~1%).  100% tzedakah (charity) DIRECT to those in need.

This Passover, lets help make sure our brethren in Israel are able to celebrate the holiday!  If you can help, 
please do - now.  If not, you have our blessings that Hashem should help you and all the needy of Klal Yisroel!

Thank you.  And may Hashem provide you with abundant blessings and simcha for this Passover.  And may we all merit the ultimate blessing, the ultimate exodus with the coming of Moshiach Tzidkaynu for Passover this year! 

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One?

​   by Reb Gutman Locks
   

One?

 

Someone asked; We are all one, but why?

 

Gutman's response;

    

     All existence is one. There is only one existence. All people are one, one family since we are all descendants of Adam and Eve. So why bother saying that all Jews are one? It's obvious.

     All is one, but there are also many different levels of closeness within that one.

     For instance, you and your immediate family are one…one family. Because of this you feel a closeness to your immediate family that you do not feel with your friend's immediate family. At each level, or perspective, you can say they, or that, are one... one nation, one race, one religion, and on and on.

     But the relationship of the Jewish people to one another is not the same as the relationship of, for instance the Chinese people, or the Indian people, or any other people. Jews are all descendants of Abraham and Sarah. As such, we are a family, but we are even closer than just an extended family.

     For instance, when the Jews in the wilderness made an idol the punishment for that sin should have been so great that it would have wiped out the entire Jewish people. Instead of destroying the Jewish people, Hashem apportioned that punishment. He spread it out to the entire Jewish people little by little over all future generations. The Jewish people are not merely an extended family; we are accountable before Hashem as a single body.

     Even though all people are one, when one person sins his sins only come against him, and not against someone he doesn't even know. But when a Jew sins (G-d forbid) all Jews are embarrassed by that sin. And likewise, as the Redemption happens, all Jews will come home to Israel and all Jews will live an exalted life just because each one of us is a Jew.

     The world too knows that we are one. When Hashem needs volunteers to do something to the Jewish people He calls out, "Who wants to punish a Jew?" and oh so many non Jews quickly raise their hands… and Hashem sends them on their mission. They do not care which Jew they punish, as long as he or she is a Jew, we are included. When Hashem calls out, "Who wants to give a wonderful reward to a Jew?" a much smaller number of non Jews quickly raise their hands... and Hashem gives them wondrous gifts to give to any Jew they meet. Each person chooses his or her role in life.

     Hashem uses angels to reward the good that people do, and He uses angels to punish the evil that people do. You get to choose to be which kind of angel you want to be.

  

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

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Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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Opinion by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

imageMiley Cyrus is against it.
Ashton Kutcher is against it.
George Takei (Sulu!) is against it.

With such intellectual heavyweights against it, whatever it is MUST BE BAD (right?)  Because hollywood stars know best!

We’ve come to an interesting / sad / jumped the shark place in civil rights in the United States. 

It’s a well understood principle of civil rights that no one should be denied service by any business due to the color of their skin, ethnicity, national origin, age, etc.

Now the gender-confused community came along and said we have to add gender preference to that list, which most such laws did.  And that’s perfectly reasonable, though of course the question becomes how would anyone know one’s gender preference unless one enters establishments and performs private acts in public? 

Oh you’re so ignorant Akiva.  First, such things come out in conversation sometimes, and people don’t want to be in fear of being discriminated against. (Ok, I agree with that.)  But that’s not enough, people want to share their (personal) preference status, to flaunt it if you will, and not accept that this may bother others.

Furthering that last point, there’s been a number of situations in the past few years where small businesses, owned and operated by religious people (almost exclusively by religiously observant Xians), have been faced with gender-confused customers demanding that they be provided services which violate the religious beliefs of the owner/operators.

This actually is a serious and tricky societal conflict.  We don’t want people discriminated against, and it would be exceptionally difficult to differentiate between someone discriminating due to a valid religious belief and someone just harboring hate filled beliefs.  Let’s take a look at a few possible examples:

- A catering and events hall, which generally holds Xian related events though also family events, is requested to be rented for a same-gender wedding.

- A small tuxedo rental company, owned by very strict Muslims from Saudi Arabia, is requested to outfit and rent tuxedos for a Jewish bar mitzvah celebration.

- A small wedding cake bakery, owned by religious Hindus who immigrated from India, is requested to bake wedding cakes for a Pakistani Muslim wedding.

- A private wedding cake bakery, owned by strictly observant Xians, is requested to bake a large wedding cake for a same-gender wedding.

- A wedding photographer in a same-gender relationship is requested to photograph a wedding at the Westboro Baptist church (a virulently anti-gay congregation).

- A Jewish carpenter is requested to provide prayer podiums (a bimah) as alters for a Wiccan facility.

The conflict for the owner/operators over the past few years has been to either uphold their religious principles and not offer service, and be fined or closed down for discrimination, or to violate their religious principles to avoid losing their business.

Indiana has decided that after the pendulum has swung fully to the customer, who can demand anything regardless of whether this violates the owners religious principles, that they would write a law to allow the owners to not offer service if this doesn’t overly burden the customers wanting service (which would probably mean if there were other options, it would be ok, if not then the government could force the business to accommodate.)

Since DETAILS MATTER, here is the actual text of the law:

A. A governmental entity may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability (meaning rules or laws that do not specifically target religion, such as needing a permit for use of a park).

B. A governmental entity may substantially burden a person's exercise of religion only if the governmental entity demonstrates that application of the burden to the person:

   (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest;and

   (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest

C. A person whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened, by a violation of this chapter may assert the violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding.

That’s it.  (Text of Indiana law here.) Oh there’s a lot more details about how people are enabled to defend themselves or sue if this happens.

The same gender community, represented by the famous intellectual Hollywood stars listed above, is screaming that their RIGHTS will be violated by this new law, and are screaming for a boycott of the State of Indiana.

My question is… do religious people no longer have any rights to hold by their beliefs?  And while I acknowledge there is great room for abuse, isn’t the problem at the moment that it’s the religious citizens that are having THEIR rights abused?

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Friday, March 27, 2015

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Nasi Shevet Ephraim and Menashe

by Reb Nati

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Niseim - 7 Nisan - Shevet Efraim Shevet Yosef Hatzadik- Elishama ben Amihud


בַּיּוֹם֙ הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י נָשִׂ֖יא לִבְנֵ֣י אֶפְרָ֑יִם אֱלִֽישָׁמָ֖ע בֶּן־עַמִּיהֽוּד: קָרְבָּנ֞וֹ קַֽעֲרַת־כֶּ֣סֶף אַחַ֗ת שְׁלֹשִׁ֣ים וּמֵאָה֘ מִשְׁקָלָהּ֒ מִזְרָ֤ק אֶחָד֙ כֶּ֔סֶף שִׁבְעִ֥ים שֶׁ֖קֶל בְּשֶׁ֣קֶל הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ שְׁנֵיהֶ֣ם ׀ מְלֵאִ֗ים סֹ֛לֶת בְּלוּלָ֥ה בַשֶּׁ֖מֶן לְמִנְחָֽה: כַּ֥ף אַחַ֛ת עֲשָׂרָ֥ה זָהָ֖ב מְלֵאָ֥ה קְטֹֽרֶת: פַּ֣ר אֶחָ֞ד בֶּן־בָּקָ֗ר אַ֧יִל אֶחָ֛ד כֶּֽבֶשׂ־אֶחָ֥ד בֶּן־שְׁנָת֖וֹ לְעֹלָֽה: שְׂעִיר־עִזִּ֥ים אֶחָ֖ד לְחַטָּֽאת: וּלְזֶ֣בַֽח הַשְּׁלָמִים֘ בָּקָ֣ר שְׁנַ֒יִם֒ אֵילִ֤ם חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַתֻּדִ֣ים חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה כְּבָשִׂ֥ים בְּנֵֽי־שָׁנָ֖ה חֲמִשָּׁ֑ה זֶ֛ה קָרְבַּ֥ן אֱלִֽישָׁמָ֖ע בֶּן־עַמִּיהֽוּד::


The Seventh day’s Nasi is from Shevet Efraim Shevet Yosef Hatzadik- Elishama ben AmiHud.

וְעַמֵּךְ כֻּלָּם צַדִּיקִים

Shevet (Tribe of) Efraim Shevet Yosef Hatzadik ben Yaakov Avinu Hatzadik - Elishama ben AmiHud .

Kever Yosef HaTzadik הצדיק יוסף

May it be in the Merit of Shevet Ephraim ben Yosef Hatzadik ben Yaakov Avinu May Hashem protect Klal Yisrael from all Harm from within and from without.

And May Hashem Bring The Geula Shleima B’Karov. Amen!!!

May it be Hashems Will that in the Zchus of Shevet Efraim Shevet Yosef HaTzadik and the Nasi Elishama ben AmiHud that Klal Yisrael be Zoche to Kedushas Habris in all its aspects. Kedushas HaBris UKedushas Aynayim and May Klal Yisrael be Zoche to the Pasuk V’Amech Kulam Tzadik Li’Olam Yirshu Aretz.

May it be Hashems Will and Greatest Mercy that all the Neshamos of this Shevet and all Neshamos of Yisrael be uplifted in the Avoda of This Shevet And all that have fallen from this Shevet and from all the Shevatim be uplifted to their Proper place in the Zchus of Shevet Efraim Shevet Yosef HaTzadik and the Nasi Elishama ben AmiHud. May it be His Will Yehihyu LRatzon Imrei Fi V’Hegyon Libi Lifanecha Adonai Tzuri V’Goali. Amen.V’Amen!!!

VeHaya A-Donai L’MELECH AL Kul Ha’Aretz BaYom Hahu Yiheye A-Donai Echad u’SHmoi ECHAD!!!!


Niseim - 8 Nisan - Shevet Menashe Shevet Yosef Hatzadik- Gamliel


בַּיּוֹם֙ הַשְּׁמִינִ֔י נָשִׂ֖יא לִבְנֵ֣י מְנַשֶּׁ֑ה גַּמְלִיאֵ֖ל בֶּן־פְּדָהצֽוּר: קָרְבָּנ֞וֹ קַֽעֲרַת־כֶּ֣סֶף אַחַ֗ת שְׁלֹשִׁ֣ים וּמֵאָה֘ מִשְׁקָלָהּ֒ מִזְרָ֤ק אֶחָד֙ כֶּ֔סֶף שִׁבְעִ֥ים שֶׁ֖קֶל בְּשֶׁ֣קֶל הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ שְׁנֵיהֶ֣ם ׀ מְלֵאִ֗ים סֹ֛לֶת בְּלוּלָ֥ה בַשֶּׁ֖מֶן לְמִנְחָֽה: כַּ֥ף אַחַ֛ת עֲשָׂרָ֥ה זָהָ֖ב מְלֵאָ֥ה קְטֹֽרֶת: פַּ֣ר אֶחָ֞ד בֶּן־בָּקָ֗ר אַ֧יִל אֶחָ֛ד כֶּֽבֶשׂ־אֶחָ֥ד בֶּן־שְׁנָת֖וֹ לְעֹלָֽה: שְׂעִיר־עִזִּ֥ים אֶחָ֖ד לְחַטָּֽאת: וּלְזֶ֣בַֽח הַשְּׁלָמִים֘ בָּקָ֣ר שְׁנַ֒יִם֒ אֵילִ֤ם חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַתֻּדִ֣ים חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה כְּבָשִׂ֥ים בְּנֵֽי־שָׁנָ֖ה חֲמִשָּׁ֑ה זֶ֛ה קָרְבַּ֥ן גַּמְלִיאֵ֖ל בֶּן־פְּדָהצֽוּר:
 

The Eighth day’s Nasi is from Shevet Efraim Shevet Yosef Hatzadik- Gamliel ben Pedatzur..

Shevet (Tribe of) Menashe Shevet Yosef Hatzadik ben Yaakov Avinu Hatzadik - Gamliel ben Pedatzur..

May it be in the Merit of Shevet Menashe ben Yosef Hatzadik ben Yaakov Avinu May Hashem protect Klal Yisrael from all Harm from within and from without.

And May Hashem Bring The Geula Shleima B’Karov. Amen!!!

May it be Hashems Will that in the Zchus of Shevet Menashe Shevet Yosef HaTzadik and the Nasi Gamliel ben Pedatzur that Klal Yisrael be Zoche to Kedushas Habris Kedushas HaYesod in all its aspects, in thought speech and action everyday of our lives.. Kedushas HaBris UKedushas Aynayim and May Klal Yisrael be Zoche to the Pasuk V’Amech Kulam Tzadik Li’Olam Yirshu Aretz.

May it be Hashems Will and Greatest Mercy that all the Neshamos of this Shevet and all Neshamos of Yisrael be uplifted in the Avoda of This Shevet And all that have fallen from this Shevet and from all the Shevatim be uplifted to their Proper place in the Zchus of Shevet Menashe Shevet Yosef HaTzadik and the Nasi Gamliel ben Pedatzur. May it be His Will Yehihyu LRatzon Imrei Fi V’Hegyon Libi Lifanecha Adonai Tzuri V’Goali. Amen.V’Amen!!!

VeHaya A-Donai L’MELECH AL Kul Ha’Aretz BaYom Hahu Yiheye A-Donai Echad u’SHmoi ECHAD!!!!

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Passover Charity - Maos Chitim / Kimcha d'Pischa with no Overhead

It’s that time of the year, Passover is ONLY DAYS AWAY!  With Passover comes the obligation of Maos Chitim / Kimcha D’Pischa, supporting the needy for Passover.

You can support the needy of Israel for Passover – right here, right now, 100% charity with NO overhead…

Times remain tough. Some of our neighbors are excited that they received 1 chicken... for all of Passover.  Another says "I have matzah, and literally nothing else."  One says "I'm deciding between wine or medication for my disabling condition."  The stories are heartbreaking, but you can help...

Right here, right now...

100% charity direct!  Our Jewish holy day charity campaigns raise money to support the poor and needy in Israel, which we are obligated to treat as members of our local community.  We do so via our registered Israeli charity and with the rabbinical supervision of Rabbi Chaim Farro.  We also do so with NO office expenses, NO advertising expenses, NO salaries, NO overhead of ANY kind (except for credit card processing fees of ~3.5% and currency conversion fees of ~1%).  100% tzedakah (charity) DIRECT to those in need.

This Passover, lets help make sure our brethren in Israel are able to celebrate the holiday!  If you can help, please do - now.  If not, you have our blessings that Hashem should help you and all the needy of Klal Yisroel!

Thank you.  And may Hashem provide you with abundant blessings and simcha for this Passover.  And may we all merit the ultimate blessing, the ultimate exodus with the coming of Moshiach Tzidkaynu for Passover this year!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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It’s The Kosher Ice Cream Man

Spotted on the street in Israel… (everyone loves ice cream – and Israel has some of the best ice cream in the world, kosher or not)

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Yemen and Regional Arab War in Progress

(Interestingly, my downstairs neighbor is from Yemen, and is currently blasting traditional Jewish-Yemin music – which sounds like Arab music to me.)

The government of Yemen has fled the country, as regional Shia Islamic militias have overthrown the Sunni Islamic government.  Somehow Al Qaeda is in this mix, as is ISIS, the United States, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

  • ISIS is blowing things up.
  • Al Qaeda is attacking people.
  • Shia Islamists are uprising and overthrowing the government.
  • Saudi Arabia is bombing the Shia Islamists.
  • Iran is supplying the Shia Islamists.
  • The government is running for their lives.
  • The United States is doing an emergency evacuation of covert military bases, the embassy, and a navy refueling military location.

The White House as stated that “everything is wonderful, this is exactly what we were hoping for”.  Actual quote: “A White House spokesman said American efforts in Yemen are a "template that has succeeded," even as President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was forced to flee the country by boat.  The spokesman told reporters that U.S. officials were not aware of Hadi's destination but insisted that American officials still had a level of control over the chaotic situation.  "We have the ability to continue to apply pressure on the extremists," Earnest told reporters. "They are still in the crosshairs of U.S. security forces."

What’s going on there?  Here’s a bit of feedback given to me by a Shia contact…

QUESTION - Why are the Saudi's against the Yemini’s fighting their government? And why are the Iranians for it? Is this a local civil war, or international?

This is not a civil/local war. This is an ideological international war. Wahhabism (Saudi Arabia’s from of Islam) is extremism where Sunnism (Iraq & Yemen’s form) and Shiaism (Iran’s form) isn't.

QUESTION - Is Al Qaeda Sunni or Wahhabi? How is Iranian Shiaism not extremism with Iran's world terror and support of (Sunni) Hamas?  How does it make sense that Iran, while bombing ISIS in Iraq, condemns Saudi bombing of Shia Islamists in Yemen as dangerous?

ISIS are barbaric foreign terrorists whereas the Houthis (Shia’s in Yemen) have been there for centuries and are uprising.

Saudis are Wahhabis and ideologically the fathers of ISIS therefore would never bomb them.  (Since the Houthis in Yemen are Shia Islamics, it’s ideologically ok to bomb them to keep them from gaining control of Yemen.)

On the other hand ISIS is after Shia genocide hence Iran cannot stand by and watch considering they are the Shia world leaders.

As far as Iran supporting the Houthis, supporting the oppressed can never be terrorism.

Those fighting on their homeland against a foreign occupying army are freedom fighters not terrorists; there’s your difference.

QUESTION - What was Al Qaeda doing in Yemen? Wasn't the government already Sunni and Islamic?

Al Qaeda is also Wahhabi - Sunni extremism.   ISIS along with these other terrorist groups (Al Qaeda)  want to create a so called "Islamic" government, which is very different to what it is.  (This doesn’t mean the [now on the run] government of Yemen did not support Islam as the official state religion and give ability of Islamic institutions to pressure the people on religion, they did.)Ee

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Nasi Shevet Gad

by Reb Nati

Niseim - Today Thursday the 6th Nisan - Shevet Gad- Elyasaf ben Deu'El.

גָּ֖ד גְּד֣וּד יְגוּדֶ֑נּוּ וְה֖וּא יָגֻ֥ד עָקֵֽב

בַּיּוֹם֙ הַשִּׁשִּׁ֔י נָשִׂ֖יא לִבְנֵ֣י גָ֑ד אֶלְיָסָ֖ף בֶּן־דְּעוּאֵֽל: קָרְבָּנ֞וֹ קַֽעֲרַת־כֶּ֣סֶף אַחַ֗ת שְׁלֹשִׁ֣ים וּמֵאָה֘ מִשְׁקָלָהּ֒ מִזְרָ֤ק אֶחָד֙ כֶּ֔סֶף שִׁבְעִ֥ים שֶׁ֖קֶל בְּשֶׁ֣קֶל הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ שְׁנֵיהֶ֣ם ׀ מְלֵאִ֗ים סֹ֛לֶת בְּלוּלָ֥ה בַשֶּׁ֖מֶן לְמִנְחָֽה: כַּ֥ף אַחַ֛ת עֲשָׂרָ֥ה זָהָ֖ב מְלֵאָ֥ה קְטֹֽרֶת: פַּ֣ר אֶחָ֞ד בֶּן־בָּקָ֗ר אַ֧יִל אֶחָ֛ד כֶּֽבֶשׂ־אֶחָ֥ד בֶּן־שְׁנָת֖וֹ לְעֹלָֽה: שְׂעִיר־עִזִּ֥ים אֶחָ֖ד לְחַטָּֽאת: וּלְזֶ֣בַֽח הַשְּׁלָמִים֘ בָּקָ֣ר שְׁנַ֒יִם֒ אֵילִ֤ם חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַתֻּדִ֣ים חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה כְּבָשִׂ֥ים בְּנֵֽי־שָׁנָ֖ה חֲמִשָּׁ֑ה זֶ֛ה קָרְבַּ֥ן אֶלְיָסָ֖ף בֶּן־דְּעוּאֵֽל:


The Sixth day’s Nasi is from Shevet Gad- Elyasaf ben Deu'El.

Shevet (Tribe of) GAD ben Yaakov Avinu Hatzadik.

The symbol of the Tribe of Gad is tents in the form of a military encampment.

The gemstone of the Tribe of Gad is an Agate (Shva)

The flag banner of the Tribe of Gad is a mixture of white and black

Gad Ben Yaakov Avinu -
Gad was born on the 10th of Cheshvan and left the world at the age of 125. He is buried in the ancient city of Rumiah, which is on the East side of the Jordan River. This territory was given to his descendants as their inheritance (Sefer HaYashar, end of Yehoshua). It is true that Gad's inheritance was on the East side of the Jordan River which is parallel to the main land of Israel. In the beginning, upon entering the land, he left his own borders to blaze a trail for the other tribes helping them define and claiming their portions of the land. Certain commentaries state that Gad chose to settle near the burial site of Moshe Rabbenu rather than entering the main land. It could be said that Gad plays an eternal roll in guarding the people and the land of Israel by his given portion of land on the border frontier.

It’s a Known Segula for Protection & Hatzlacha To say The Passuk Of Shevet Gad’s Bracha From His Father.

גָּ֖ד גְּד֣וּד יְגוּדֶ֑נּוּ וְה֖וּא יָגֻ֥ד עָקֵֽב.

 
May it be in the Merit of Shevet Gad ben Yaakov Avinu Hatzadik May Hashem protect Klal Yisrael from all Harm from within and from without and May Hashem Bring The Geula Shleima B’Karov. Amen!!!

May it be Hashems Will and Greatest Mercy that all the Neshamos of this Shevet and all Neshamos of Yisrael be uplifted in the Avoda of This Shevet And all that have fallen from this Shevet and from all the Shevatim be uplifted to their Proper place in the Zchus of Shevet Gad ben Yaakov Avinu and the Nasi Elyasaf ben Deu’EL. May it be His Will Yehihyu LRatzon Imrei Fi V’Hegyon Libi Lifanecha Adonai Tzuri V’Goali. Amen.V’Amen!!!

VeHaya A-Donai L’MELECH AL Kul Ha’Aretz BaYom Hahu Yiheye A-Donai Echad u’SHmoi ECHAD!!!!

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Nasi Shimon

by Reb Nati

(This is for yesterday, a day late.)

Niseim – 5 Nisan Shevet Shimon – Shelumi'El

בַּיּוֹם֙ הַֽחֲִישִׁ֔י נָשִׂ֖יא לִבְנֵ֣י שִׁמְע֑וֹן שְׁלֻֽמִיאֵ֖ל בֶּן־צוּרִֽישַׁדָּֽי: קָרְבָּנ֞וֹ קַֽעֲרַת־כֶּ֣סֶף אַחַ֗ת שְׁלֹשִׁ֣ים וּמֵאָה֘ מִשְׁקָלָהּ֒ מִזְרָ֤ק אֶחָד֙ כֶּ֔סֶף שִׁבְעִ֥ים שֶׁ֖קֶל בְּשֶׁ֣קֶל הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ שְׁנֵיהֶ֣ם ׀ מְלֵאִ֗ים סֹ֛לֶת בְּלוּלָ֥ה בַשֶּׁ֖מֶן לְמִנְחָֽה: כַּ֥ף אַחַ֛ת עֲשָׂרָ֥ה זָהָ֖ב מְלֵאָ֥ה קְטֹֽרֶת: פַּ֣ר אֶחָ֞ד בֶּן־בָּקָ֗ר אַ֧יִל אֶחָ֛ד כֶּֽבֶשׂ־אֶחָ֥ד בֶּן־שְׁנָת֖וֹ לְעֹלָֽה: שְׂעִיר־עִזִּ֥ים אֶחָ֖ד לְחַטָּֽאת: וּלְזֶ֣בַֽח הַשְּׁלָמִים֘ בָּקָ֣ר שְׁנַ֒יִם֒ אֵילִ֤ם חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַתֻּדִ֣ים חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה כְּבָשִׂ֥ים בְּנֵֽי־שָׁנָ֖ה חֲמִשָּׁ֑ה זֶ֛ה קָרְבַּ֥ן שְׁלֻֽמִיאֵ֖ל בֶּן־צוּרִֽישַׁדָּֽי:

The 5th day’s Nasi is from Shevet Shimon, Shelumi'El ben TzuriShadai.

Shevet Shimon ben Yaakov Avinu Hatzadik.

Bzchus Shevet Shimon Ben Yaakov Avinu May Hashem Hear Our Tefillos And Bring The Geula SHleima B’Karov.Amen!!! Zecher Tzaddik V’Kadosh Livracha. Z”YA Amen!!!

The symbol of the Tribe of Shimon is the city of Shechem.

The gemstone of the Tribe of Shimon is a Jade(Pitda)

The flag banner of the Tribe of Shimon is a green color

Bzchus Shevet Shimon Ben Yaakov Avinu May Hashem Hear Our Tefillos And Bring The Geula SHleima B’Karov . Amen!!!

Shimon ben Yaakov
(ca. 1567 B.C.E. – ca. 1447 B.C.E.)

Shimon is the second son of Yaakov and Leah. His mother, who is less-loved than her sister and co-wife, Rachel*, feels the sting of that fact throughout her life, as is seen in the names that she gives her sons. In the case of Shimon, Leah is quite explicit. She thanks HaShem in a bitter-sweet way, saying “...because HaShem understood that I am the hated one [the Hebrew word ‘shoma,’ that means both ‘to hear’ and ‘to understand’ is used] he gave me another son as well, and she called his name ‘Shimon’.” (Bereshit 29:33)

The name Shimon is linked to that of his brother Levi in Sefer Bereshit. The two of them were a combustible mix. We see this in their revenge against Prince Schem ben Chamor and his entire city for the Prince’s rape of Dinah, the daughter of Yaakov and Leah. When the residents of that city had approached Yaakov regarding a possible merger, they had been told by Shimon and Levi that their proposal would only be accepted if the male population would be circumcised, a condition that they accepted. On the third day following the circumcision procedure, when the pain is greatest, and the patient is most helpless, the Chumash tells us that Shimon and Levi killed the entire male population. The midrash commenting on the Scriptural expression, “...Shimon and Levi ‘ish charbo...,’ each man with his sword,...’ adds that they were both age thirteen when they performed this act of revenge for Dinah.

Sefer Bereshit provides part of the dialogue that followed between their father and them, “And Yaakov said to Shimon and Levi, ‘You have caused me great harm... I am but few in number. If they should band together and attack me, I will be annihilated – I and my household.’ And they said, ‘Should he treat our sister as a harlot!?’ ” (Bereshit 34: 30-31)

We find in “Birchot Yaakov” (The “Blessings” of Jacob), “Shimon and Levi are brothers, weaponry is a stolen (from Esav) craft...Cursed be their anger, for it is intense...and I will disperse them in Israel.” (Bereshit 49:5,7) Part of the dispersal of Shimon was the fact that most of the poor, the scribes and the teachers of little children came from that Tribe, and all the Tribes required that their children be educated. Later in history, many of the great Tannaim and Amoraim also took the name “Shimon,” such as “Shimon HaTzaddik,” Shimon the Righteous, Shimon ben Shetach, Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel, Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish (“Resh Lakish”), etc.

In Egypt, when Yoseph was viceroy, Shimon was separated by Yoseph, apparently to be his slave, in repayment for Shimon’s throwing him into the pit at the time that he was sold by the brothers. Shimon said, “Who will attempt to take me prisoner?” When Yoseph sent some Egyptian soldiers to do that, Shimon just shouted at them and they fell down and broke their teeth. Then Yoseph indicated that his son Menashe should take Shimon into custody; Menashe struck him once and placed him in chains in the jail. But as soon as the brothers departed, Yoseph took Shimon out, fed him, gave him what to drink, allowed him to be washed and anointed with oil.
Yaakov had also said, “Into their conspiracy let my soul not enter.”

According to Rashi, citing Sanhedrin 82a, this is a reference to the incident that occurred in the Wilderness involving Zimri ben Solu, the Head of the Tribe of Shimon at that time, who was killed by Pinchas while he was committing an immoral act with Cozbi bas Tzur, a Midianite Princess.

In Parashat VeZot HaBerachah, where Moshe blesses the other Tribes, Moshe omits mention of the Tribe of Shimon. His Tribe did not receive a contiguous share of the Land, although they were given various cities in Eretz Yisrael but shared in the portions of the Tribes who were their hosts.

Shevet Shimon became famous for becoming the Melamdim (Rebbis for the children) Hereby bringing unbounded zchus for the Shevet. In order to be Rabbeim they had to use extreme patience hereby fixing and perfecting their struggle with impatience.

As they were extremely close in life, Shimon and Levi were buried near each other in the City of Matzada, which was given to the Tribe of Shimon.

May The Zchus of Shevet Shimon Protect us all Amein!!!!!

May it be Hashems Will and Greatest Mercy that all the Neshamos of these Shevatim and all Neshamos of Yisrael be uplifted in the Avoda of These Shevatim And all that have fallen from these Shevatim and from all the Shevatim be uplifted to their Proper place in the Zchus of Shevet Reuven and Shevet Shimon ben Yaakov Avinu and their Nessiim. May it be His Will Yehihyu LRatzon Imrei Fi V’Hegyon Libi Lifanecha Adonai Tzuri V’Goali. Amen.V’Amen!!!

VeHaya A-Donai L’MELECH AL Kul Ha’Aretz BaYom Hahu Yiheye A-Donai Echad u’SHmoi ECHAD!!!!

iloi Nishmas Moshe Yaakov ben Pesach Z"L - A dear friend Dr. Marvin Carus Z'L

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What Can I Do?

   by Reb Gutman Locks   

    

What Can I Do?

 

     I was standing at the Kotel watching the young Jewish soldiers walking by. Here they are, joining the Army in order to protect Jewish lives, obviously, this includes mine. What can I do to say, thank you?

     I bet you already figured it out.

"Hi, did you put on tefillin today?"

"No. I've never put them on once in my life."

"Come here, I have something special for you."

     I gently pulled his arm and put tefillin on him. In the sales departments it's called, 'assumed consent'.

     After he read the Shema I told him what an important day it was for him. Seeing that it was the first day he had ever put on tefillin he should pray for whatever he wanted because Hashem was really going to listen to him. He closed his eyes and prayed for a long time.

     As you can see, putting on tefillin made it a special day for him, and he enjoyed doing it.

     So did I.

   
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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The Ohev Yisrael

by Reb Nati @ Mystical Paths

Tonight the 5th of Nissan is the Yartzeit of Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heshel ben Rav Shmuel of Apt, the Ohev Yisrael (1755-1825). He learned under Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk and Rav Yechiel Michel of Zlotchov. In 1800 he accepted the post of Rabbi of Apta. Although he held many other rabbinic positions, to the chasidim he remained always the Apter Rav. He lived his last years in Medzibosh, the birthplace of the Baal Shem Tov.Zecher Tzadik V'Kadosh Livracha Zchusoi Yagein Aleinu V'al Kul Yisrael.

Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apt, popularly known as the Apter or Apter Rov, was born in Żmigród, Poland in 1748 and died in Mezhbizh, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) in 1825.

A scion of famous rabbinic families, on both his father's and his mother's side (his family can be traced back to Maharam Padua and Saul Wahl), Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heshel showed great promise even at an early age. Acquiring fame as a talmudic scholar, he studied under Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk and Rabbi Yechiel Michl of Zlotchov. Becoming one of the foremost spokesmen of the growing Chasidic movement in Poland, he began his career as Rabbi of Kolbuszowa. In 1800 he accepted the post of Rabbi of Apt, or Opatów. Although he held many other rabbinic positions, to the chasidim he remained always the Apter Rov. In 1808 he was chosen as Rabbi of Iaşi, Moldavia. In the wake of communal strife there he was forced to leave his post and settled in Mezhbizh, the home of the Baal Shem Tov and the cradle of Hasidism, where he devoted himself completely to the study and dissemination of Chasidism.

It was during this period in his life, in Mezhbizh, that he gained the veneration of thousands of followers, among whom were a number of the prominent rabbis of the age. His outstanding character trait was his strongly expressed love of the Jewish people, which earned him the title of Oheiv Yisrael, "Lover of Israel". Oheiv Yisrael became the title of the published collection of his thoughts arranged according to the weekly Torah portions. The work abounds with lofty kabbalistic insights and interpretations. It is one of the basic chasidic texts, and bespeaks the Apter Rov's passionate love of his fellow Jews. The Apter Rov is one of the most notable and beloved luminaries on the hasidic firmament.

On his deathbed, crying bitterly over the long exile, he said: "Before his demise Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev promised that upon entering the World-to-Come he would not rest or sit until Mashiach would come. But they diverted his attention by teaching him lofty and mystical concepts, until he forgot his pledge—but I assure you, I will not forget."

He was buried in Mezhbizh, near the Baal Shem Tov. An ornate stone ohel marks his grave in the old Jewish cemetery. According to one hasidic legend, angels subsequently carried his body and buried him in the Holy Land, and in the Jewish Cemetery in Tiberias there is a stone marking his supposed
THE JOY OF THE OHEV YISRAEL: 'GOEL YISRAEL'

The Ohev Yisrael was a talmid of the Rebbe Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk, about whom it is told that before he died, he bequeathed his power of speech to Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apt. The Ohev Yisrael began his ‘career’ in Kolbisov, then moved on to Apt, and later to Medzibuzh, where the Baal Shem Tov also lived. Although he is thought to be buried there, there is a Chassidic tradition that he was ‘transported’ to Tiveria [Tiberius] and buried beneath a stone there. Another Chassidic tradition has it that he said whoever lights a candle for the benefit of his soul, on his yahrzeit, will be rewarded.

The following story is well-known, appearing the sefer Sippurei Chassidim by Rav Zevin, but I have embellished it.

The Sadigerer, Reb Yaakov, used to tell this story on the night before Pesach, at the time of the searching for leaven, Bedikas Chametz:

In a small village near the town of Kolbisov there lived a Jew who rented a tavern-inn from the poritz, the nobleman of that village. As it was, business wasn't so great, and he couldn't meet the rent payments. In those days, not paying the rent was a terrible crime, especially if a Jew was involved.

Many times the nobleman tried to collect the rent, and each time the Jew was unable to pay it. Even threats of violence failed to move the Jew to pay, as he simply didn't the money. Finally, on Shabbos HaGadol, the Shabbos before Pesach, the nobleman sent his “Cossacks” - henchmen - over to the Jew’s house, to show him that he meant business. So what did they do? Well, they poured out sewage water all over the floor, threw the cholent [hot Shabbos stew] out the window, ripped apart all the tables and chairs and literally destroyed everything they could get their hands on.

When the Jew and his family returned to what was left of their house, they were so dismayed, and full of despair and fear, the only thing that the Jew could do to comfort himself, he decided, was to go to Kolbisov to hear the Rav's Shabbos HaGadol drasha [sermon].

At that time the Rav of Kolbisov was Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heschel, who later became the Apter Rav. The shul was jam-packed, for when Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heschel spoke on Shabbos HaGadol, it was as if Moshe Rabbeinu were talking to the Jews in Egypt telling them that they were about to be redeemed from slavery. Coming into his Rebbe's Beis Medresh in the middle of the speech, the poor Jew had to squeeze himself into a corner near the door.

This is what the Rebbe happened to be saying as the Jew entered: "There are two kinds of blessings involving the redemption of Israel. One we say before the Amida (the daily silent prayer); it is in the past tense: "Ga’al Yisrael - He Who redeemed Israel". The other is one of the eighteen blessings said during the Amida itself and it is in the present tense, "Goel Yisrael - He Who redeems Israel". The first blessing refers to the redemption from Egypt and that is why it is in the past tense. The second blessing, however, is in the present tense because it refers to the redemption that is going on right now, this very moment. Even if there is a Jew who can't pay his rent, and the landlord has his house destroyed because of it. Even to this person, I tell you that Hashem will show him the way out of his misery and will redeem him from his afflictions."

No one present understood these words, except the Jewish innkeeper, who was certain that they were meant for him – and you can well imagine what joy these words brought to his heart! And so when he returned home, he was so filled with joy, that he started to dance, and while he was dancing he sang out, "The Rebbe says, 'Goel Yisrael - He Who redeems Israel now!' The Rebbe says, 'Goel Yisrael!' "Unbelievable! His house is in ruins and his family destitute, but there he is, this Jew, jumping up and down, singing and shouting, "The Rebbe says, 'Goel Yisrael!'" What a scene!!

Meanwhile, the nobleman of the village wanted to know how the Jew was taking all his misfortunes, so he sent over his henchmen to check up on him. When they discovered that the Jew was dancing and singing for joy, they didn't know what to make of it. They went back and told the nobleman that the Jew had most likely cracked up, under the strain of his troubles.

That night the nobleman sent for his tenant, the Jew. At first he was afraid to go, but then he remembered the words of the Rebbe, that Hashem is redeeming Israel all the time, so he went. When he arrived, the nobleman asked him, "Hey Moishke - what's going to happen to you now?! You know, it's your own fault that you're penniless, and I don't have any money to give to you."

"Well what can I do?" replied the Jew.

"Okay, Moishke", the nobleman answered, "I'II tell you what I'll do for you. Take this credit slip and bring it to the distillery in Kolbisov, and they will give you some whiskey. With this whiskey you can realize a small profit. With the profit, you can pay the rent you owe me, and also provide for your family’s needs. You can get on credit as much whiskey as you need."

So the Jew did this, and in the few days, between Shabbos and Erev Pesach he sold so much whiskey that he was able, not only to pay part of the rent he owed the nobleman, and to buy for his family all that was necessary for the holiday, but he even had some money left over also.

Now what do you think the Jew did with this money? He tied it up in a handkerchief and brought it to Kolbisov, to Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heschel, and said, "I’ve brought you ‘Goel Yisrael’ money!'"

R. Shmuel Zivan adds: Shabbos HaGadol is the kernel and beginning of the Redemption that comes on Pesach. The Redemption begins when the heart is filled with emuna and bitachon, faith and trust in Hashem, to such an extent, that one is filled with joy, even if the external circumstances are excruciatingly difficult. In this story, we see how this internal change shifts the developments to a new path.

The Ohev Yisrael and Negina:

When Rivka Imeinu first encountered her husband, Yitzchak, it says that she covered herself with a tza’if, a scarf. The Ohev Yisrael informs us that that the word tza’if has the same gematria [numerical value] as Rina, exultuous song, which indicates that Rivka, through her prayers with Rina and Zimra [song], with great intent, full of Love and Fear of Hashem, was able to ‘cover’ the dinim [harsh decrees], nullify them and protect her people. The word for songs, zemiros, comes from the root of zamir aritzim – cutting down the wicked. This indicates that by singing zemiros with great intent, full of Love and Fear of Hashem, one can cut through all opposing forces [of evil] and nullify decrees and tribulations on the Jewish People, by “sweetening them” at their Source.

A recording of Apta-Medzibuzh niggunin was released in 1991 by R. Yonasan Weiss, and produced by the Ohev Yisrael Torah Center in Jerusalem. It includes eight niggunim, including two from the Ohev Yisrael – “Shabbos Kodesh” and “Hodu LaShem,” about which the Apter Rav said, "This is how I heard the Malachei HaShareis [ministering angels] singing."

Zechuso Yagein Aleinu v'al Kol Yisrael - May the Ohev Yisrael's merits protect us all!

Zecher Tzadik V’Kadosh Livracha Zchusoi Yagein Aleinu V’al Kul Yisrael. Amen!!!

May the Light of the Holy Tzaddikim Grow And Grow Until The Dawn Of Day. Amen.

For a Zchus For Sarah Shirah bas Layah Kayla to Kedusha Thara and Yiras Shomayim To find her derech in Torah Avoda Gemilus Chassadim Tznius.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Emunah Tip of the Day

by Reb Nati @ Mystical Paths

Tips for an Emunah day.

Stay calm smile it's just an interactive video. Watch for Hashem’s hand.  If you look closely you will see it arrange everything.  Every word every sight and sound is a conversation from Hashem.  We just have to decode it. And what we see that we don't like is just the negative things we must find and fix in ourselves.

Pray pray pray.

Judge everyone kav schut (with a good eye), even yourself.  It's the only way take it through.  And most importantly do lose today, serve Hashem today.

Last but not least thank Hashem for everything you have and don't have and for the things you need and want......let me know how it goes praying for you to succeed.  So you can't lose.

Find the good point in everything.

It's our job not to be fooled into falling asleep and just watching the day dream steal our life away.

The video is similar everyday, it’s part of fooling us into believing it is the truth.  But our experience and our really is on a different plane entirely.  Everything looks great and real but for the most part everyone else is in a spiritual coma sound asleep and they will even fight you to stay there.  But have been chosen to wake up. And you have.

With hope you can use your emunah (faith) to straighten yourself. But beware there are those from the other side who will see that you are aware of the truth.  They will try and crush your hope.

Please smile.

Blessings,
Reb Nati

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Nasi Shevet Reuven

by Reb Nati

Niseim – 4 Nisan - Shevet Reuven Elitzur ben Shdei'ur

בַּיּוֹם֙ הָֽרְבִיעִ֔י נָשִׂ֖יא לִבְנֵ֣י רְאוּבֵ֑ן אֱלִיצ֖וּר בֶּן־שְׁדֵיאֽוּר: קָרְבָּנ֞וֹ קַֽעֲרַת־כֶּ֣סֶף אַחַ֗ת שְׁלֹשִׁ֣ים וּמֵאָה֘ מִשְׁקָלָהּ֒ מִזְרָ֤ק אֶחָד֙ כֶּ֔סֶף שִׁבְעִ֥ים שֶׁ֖קֶל בְּשֶׁ֣קֶל הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ שְׁנֵיהֶ֣ם ׀ מְלֵאִ֗ים סֹ֛לֶת בְּלוּלָ֥ה בַשֶּׁ֖מֶן לְמִנְחָֽה: כַּ֥ף אַחַ֛ת עֲשָׂרָ֥ה זָהָ֖ב מְלֵאָ֥ה קְטֹֽרֶת פַּ֣ר אֶחָ֞ד בֶּן־בָּקָ֗ר אַ֧יִל אֶחָ֛ד כֶּֽבֶשׂ־אֶחָ֥ד בֶּן־שְׁנָת֖וֹ לְעֹלָֽה: שְׂעִיר־עִזִּ֥ים אֶחָ֖ד לְחַטָּֽאת: וּלְזֶ֣בַֽח הַשְּׁלָמִים֘ בָּקָ֣ר שְׁנַ֒יִם֒ אֵילִ֤ם חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַתֻּדִ֣ים חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה כְּבָשִׂ֥ים בְּנֵֽי־שָׁנָ֖ה חֲמִשָּׁ֑ה זֶ֛ה קָרְבַּ֥ן אֱלִיצ֖וּר בֶּן־שְׁדֵיאֽוּר:

The 4th day’s Nasi is from Shevet Reuven, Elitzur ben Shdei'ur.

The symbol of the Tribe of Reuven is the Mandrake plant (Mandragore) The gemstone of the Tribe of Reuven is a Ruby (Odem) The flag banner of the Tribe of Reuven is a red color and on the flag it had a symbol of Dudaim (Mandrake).

Reuven was the firstborn son of Yaakov Aveinu (Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham). He was the Leah Emeinu's oldest son. The tribe of Reuven was the first to receive their Divinely mandated inheritance in the Land of Israel. He had been designated as the firstborn to serve HaKadosh Boruch Hu (G-d), but because of some of his character traits and the sin of the golden calf that service was transferred to the Tribe of Levi. The name "Reuven" can be defined as "look at the difference between" my father-in-law's (Isaac's) son, Esav, and my son (so said Leah). Reuven was the first to do Tshuva (repentance) of the brothers for the sale of Yoseph (Joseph). Because of this greatness of character, he merited to have Hoshea, the Prophet, as his descendant who was the first to speak to the nation of Yisrael to do Tshuva. Reuven's land inheritance in Israel lay on the east side of the Jordan River.

Bzchus Shevet Reuven Ben Yaakov Avinu May we all be Zoche to be emesdik True Ba’alei Tshuvah. "In the place where baalei teshuva stand, even the perfectly righteous cannot stand" (Berachos 34b)."

Zecher Tzaddik V’Kadosh Livracha. Z”YA Amen!!!

Bzchus Shevet Shimon Ben Yaakov Avinu May Hashem Hear Our Tefillos And Bring The Geula SHleima B’Karov . Zecher Tzaddik V’Kadosh Livracha. Z”YA Amen!!!

May it be Hashems Will and Greatest Mercy that all the Neshamos of these Shevatim and all Neshamos of Yisrael be uplifted in the Avoda of These Shevatim And all that have fallen from these Shevatim and from all the Shevatim be uplifted to their Proper place in the Zchus of Shevet Reuven and Shevet Shimon ben Yaakov Avinu and their Nessiim. May it be His Will Yehihyu LRatzon Imrei Fi V’Hegyon Libi Lifanecha Adonai Tzuri V’Goali. Amen.V’Amen!!!

VeHaya A-Donai L’MELECH AL Kul Ha’Aretz BaYom Hahu Yiheye A-Donai Echad u’SHmoi ECHAD!!!!

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Each an Opportunity

  by Reb Gutman Locks   

Each an Opportunity

 

     Helping at the Kotel even for an hour brings one unique scene after another. So for instance, yesterday 

Baby Faced

 

     I am usually pretty good at guessing ages, but this American tourist really surprised me. He looked to me to be in his early or mid 60's, but when I asked him how long it had been since he last put on tefillin he said that he hadn't put them on in over 60 years. He is 78 years old! He acted as sweet as he looked.


 You Should've Been a Lawyer

 

    An American lawyer rushed by strongly refusing to put on tefillin. I called out, "How can you go to the Kotel and expect G-d to do what you want Him to do if you refuse to do what He wants you to do?" He turned, stuck out his arm and said, "You should've been a lawyer."

 

    An American tourist asked where he could buy a mezuzah (doorpost scroll). I tried to get him to put on tefillin but he strongly refused saying that he was a scientist, an atheist. I said, "You know what it says in the mezuzah?" He shook his head, "No."

     I said, "It says you should put on tefillin."

     He said that he didn't care. I gently took his arm and slide the tefillin on and said, "Say, barouch." He said, "NO!"

     I said, "It's pronounced, "barouch."

     He said, "NO! Take these off right now." He got very angry as I took the tefillin off his arm. He ran away steaming.

 

A Polish Doctor

 

     Next, this young man from Poland walked over. He is a medical doctor. He was with two non Jews also from Poland. After much questioning he assured me that his mother's mother was Jewish. I put tefillin on him and we talked about his having to marry a Jewish girl and that he should leave Poland and come live in Israel. He liked the idea.

 

     Within one hour, some ten to twenty individual Jewish cases walk by, each unique, each essential, each an opportunity.

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