Thursday, 21 January 2016
Tu Be'Shvat - the fifteenth day of the month of Shevat (this year - 2016 - falling out on Monday 25 January) is the day in the Jewish calendar that marks the birthday of the trees. It is a time when the sap begins to make its way up through the tree bringing growth and a preparation for the spring months coming ahead - leading to the festival of Pesach.
There's much more to understanding what the festival is all about. Just what exactly is all this excitement of the trees anyway?! What are we celebrating?! In this beautiful video Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz and other rabbis speak about the beautiful meaning behind this special day - giving hope, encouragement and inspiration not just about trees - but ourselves as well!
What's left afterwards - but to continue with one's Torah study and acts of kindnesses! Contact Reb Eliyahu of Chessed Ve'Emet and book a time to learn online - a book of your choice.
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Reb Gutman Locks has "been there - done that." After years of complete immersion in the deepest of meditative practices of other religions - himself becoming a guru - he now spends his days - as he has for the past 30 years - putting Tefillin on others in Jerusalem - in the Old City - right by the Kotel.
Enjoy the video and find Reb Gutman's other videos on Youtube for watching:
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016
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We ask ourselves - what types of Segulot (good omens) can one do to bring the blessing of financial wealth to ourselves? The best answer is of course - to follow the Torah. To study Torah as much as possible whenever one can - and to do acts of kindness all the time. It also includes refraining from those actions not sanctioned by the Torah and all acts that hurt others and go against G-d's will. Beyond this - we must never forget that no matter what - ultimately all wealth stems from G-d's blessing directly.
Ultimately - in the end - it is up to Him as He decides when He wishes to - to bless us with abundance (Shefah) and goodness in our lives - no matter what we do (or even don't do.) Everything is in the hands of heaven - except for the fear of heaven. Let us also not forget to physically put in whatever effort we can - when we can - to contribute to the world in every way and to others, so that we can receive payment for the things we do. And let us never forget to actually pay those who work for us - in honesty, abundance and with as much care for the need for them to have wealth - as we wish for ourselves.
Nevertheless the Jewish people have been told by its sages regarding certain special times of the year and things one can do and prayers that can be said which act as additional special good omens (Segulot) that may assist in bringing down the blessing of wealth into one's life. Here is one of them:
It is said in the name of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rimanov that it is a good omen (Segulah) to recite the Parshat HaMan - the portion in the Torah dealing with the falling of the Manna in the desert during the days the Bnei Yisroel were travelling through on their way to the Holy Land - two times in the original Hebrew and once in the Aramaic translation on the Tuesday of Parshat VaYishlach (i.e. today 19 January 2016). It is a known and well publicized Segulah among the Jewish people. The text is provided below for your convenience together with the verse numbers appearing at the beginning of each verse (which is obviously not said.) The full text is from Exodus 16:4-36 and is found in Parshat BeShalach in the book of Shemot.
A brief prayer should be recited before and after the text (included.)
Friday, 1 January 2016
If you're interested in learning how Tefillin are made - you may want to learn the Shulchan Aruch - Chapter 32. If you want to actually see them being made - enjoy this amazing video! For more info about learning together - live, online, see Chessed Ve'Emet and Learning Together Online!