Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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Kedushah Online

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

There is much controversy in the 'ultra-orthodox' world over the Internet. As everyone knows, the 'net is filled with so much negative material. As such, much of the orthodox community stays away from the 'net, and much of the orthodox leadership strongly recommends keeping away.

Therefore, it came as a great surprise to find the first ever address by a chassidic rebbe specifically aimed at the Internet. Here at Lazer Beams: The Melitzer Rebbe, shlita, Blessings of Shavous.

A big yasher koach to Rabbi Brody and to the rebbe! (And don't think this was a simple decision, within the ultra-orthodox world the rebbe is sure to receive a lot of negative feedback for interacting with the 'net.)

One of the most holy and special places I have ever visited is Kever Yosef HaTzadik, the tomb of the biblical patriach Joseph the Righteous, son of Jacob. This tomb is located in Shechem (Nablus), as it says from the prophets... “And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, they buried in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph." - Joshua 24:32

The barbarians who inhabit Shechem today, destroyed Kever Yosef and murdered those standing guard at the beginning of the peace process. (You'd think somebody would have learned something from that, but no.) A few days ago, thousands made their way back, insisting on visiting this holy place though the government of Israel continues to do everything they can to avoid it.

Visit to Kever Yosef: Picture and Story here.

My own past experiences with Kever Yosef, Remembering Yosef and The Myth of Arab Nablus.

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