Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Vav Iyar

Malchut of Tiferet: Nobility in Compassion

Day 21
[Tuesday, April 24, 2007]

Examine the dignity of your compassion. For compassion to be complete it must recognize and appreciate individual sovereignty. It should boost self-esteem and cultivate human dignity. Both your own dignity and the dignity of the one benefiting from your compassion.

Exercise for the day: Rather than just giving charity, help the needy help themselves in a fashion that strengthens their dignity.

P.S. H.B.C. ;)

Monday, April 23, 2007


privileged to be

Hank Webb

Hank Webb was born on Sunday, May 21, 1950, in Copiague, New York. Webb was 22 years old when he broke into the big....

IDF Soldier Daniel Mandel, a memorial tribute

Daniel, an IDF soldier was killed in battle in Nablus on “Yod Gimel Nissan” at 5am as “Mendel Platoon Commander” while leading his elite unit in an operation to capture three wanted terrorists responsible for the deaths of at least thirty and the injury of over one hundred and fourty Israelis.

Daniel's friends from Alon Shvut prepared this movie immediately after his death.

(first saw it on Jameel's blog)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Levi Librescu Chabad House

Sotah-Perek 2, Daf 18

I have two questions-

One, what's the point of having the sotah swear about an 'ish acher' if she was never warned about an ish acher? [Unless it's a gilgul shavua...? Does that even make a difference at all?]

Two, why do we have to say that R' Yehuda is of the opinion that 'toras' adds two things-1, shtei boalin and one ish, and 2, shtei boalin and shtei anashim. OBVIOUSLY if it includes one ish, it includes two! [And saying that 'zos' is excluding two things is not enough of a proof, ahem.]

.... not sucha gemara-kup after all :( ....

Friday, April 20, 2007

i don't care about any of you anymore

[but not the Idan way of 'i don't care'- cuz he was just drunk]

i mean REALLY i don't care

beis iyar. beis iyar. BEIS IYAR!

ok, so the Rebbe Maharash was born in the town of Lubavitch in the year 1833/4 (5593/4)*.
Read bout the 4th Lubavitcher Rebbe here-
The Early Years
Anti-Semitism and the Russian Government
Self Sacrifice
Or anywhere else you want.
Or don't.
Don't do anything.
Don't learn any of his teachings. Don't make any life-changes. Don't attend a single event in honor of beis iyar.
Don't do it.
Don't make a hachlata.
Don't do nuttin.
Just think to yourself-today is beis iyar.
Birthday of our Rebbe.
Actually, you don't even have to do that.
You can just think-its April and I didn't even celebrate April Fool's Day.
Shame on me.
shame shame on me.


*i dunno why there are conflicting facts. welcome to lubavitch.
**When he was seven years old he (the rebbe maharash) was once tested in his studies by his father, the Tzemach Tzedek. My grandfather (the rebbe maharash) did so well in the test that his teacher was enormously impressed. Unable to restrain himself he said to the Tzemach Tzedek, "Well, what do you say? Hasn't he done marvelously?" The Tzemach Tzedek responded: "What is there to be surprised about when Tiferet-within-Tiferet does well?" (hayom yom of beis iyar)

Librescu Family Condolence Page

a public apology

I, Sabra & Chava (tis not a 'we', trust me on this one), would like to publicly apologize to anyone that I may have come in contact with (whether in person, via my blog/internet, or any other which way) who hates feeling that they need to express everything in order for me to understand them. I understand that this is a Behemothic inconvenience for you and I am rather contrite. I would also like to express penitence for being judgemental, for not allowing the 'real you' to emerge, and for not appreciating the fact that you do not necessarily get upset with me when I can't do something you ask of me.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

i like this blog
(as well as the cookie behind it all)
Q. What do you call a Torontonian that fixes cars?
A. A McCanuck

Pesach Meme

I am still thrilled bout Ita's n Shua's visit but before I write about that, I have a joke but before I write about that, I promised Lady-Light that I would do her Pesach Meme and she said it's not too late (pesach meme sheini).
So, here goes-the meme.

1) How long did your sedar(im) run this year, to the nearest 1/2 hour?
My sedarim either scramble or stroll-they never run.
2) If you have two sedarim, which one is usually better, and why?
Both are always better. It's a fierce competition, I tell ya.

3) What is your custom for Afikomen? a) Seder leader hides it, kids have to search for it. b) Seder leader puts it aside, kids have to "snatch" it. c) Other - please describe
Other but it's not 'please describe'. Can we have more options please?
4) What do you use for Karpas? a) parsley b) potato c) celery d)onion
e) other - please specify
De onion! I love how they so thoughtfull incorporated my USSRian heritage into this.
5) Besides the basic seder obligations - wine, matza, maror, karpas - what is your favorite special Passover food?
Silver foil and plastic fork pieces. Oh wait you said favorite, not most eaten.. um i think matzah and wine. o wait, besides for those? Shoot, this is a hard one. K frozen bananas and carrot salad. Thanks for askin.
What's your favorite seder song? What's your least favorite?
Favorite seder song? Can it be a chant? Like 'I spy'?
Least favorite? Uh that's loshon hara.
7) What was the best question asked at your seder this year - besides the four "canned" ones that is?
"Do we make fun of him? And if not, why not?" And also, "Where's the wire?"
8) W
hat part of the seder is the most intense/emotional to you personally?
Can I lie? No? K one sec, lemme think. Maybe Shfoich Chamascha. Or V'hee She'amda. Or L'shanah Ha'ba'ah. Cuz Yerushalmis gotta say it too.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

--there is no befitting title--

Slain Israeli Professor Saved Others in Virginia Tech Massacre

by Gil Ronen

As Israel observed Holocaust Day, thousands of miles away, A Rumanian-born Holocaust survivor gave his life in another senseless murder - and apparently in an act of heroism.

Among the 32 people killed by a lone gunman at Virginia Tech Monday is 77-year-old engineering professor, Liviu Librescu, a citizen of Israel. According to eyewitness accounts, Librescu ran to the door of his classroom and blocked it with his body – preventing the gunman from entering but getting shot to death himself as a result.

Alec Calhoun, a 20-year-old student who had been in Librescu's class in room 204, told a reporter that at 9:05 a.m. the heard screams and a loud banging sound from the next-door classroom. When the students realized it was gunfire, he said, some hid behind tables, and others leapt from the classroom's windows. Calhoun himself was among the last to jump. "Before I jumped from the window, I turned around and looked at the professor, who stayed behind, maybe to block the door. He had been killed."

Librescu is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marlena, who was with him in Virginia, and sons Aryeh and Joe who are in Israel. They intend to bury him in Israel.

Asael Arad, an Israeli student who visited the widow after the tragedy, told Army Radio Tuesday that Marlena had been receiving e-mails from students who credited Prof. Librescu with saving their lives. "I lost my best friend," the widow told a reporter for NRG at her home near the Blacksburg campus. "He was a great person, who loved teaching more than anything." Marlena said someone had initially informed her that her husband was injured in the shooting. "I looked for him in the hospitals all day but I didn't find him," she said.

The Librescus are Rumanian Jews who came on aliyah (immigrated to Israel) in 1978 – after then-Prime Minister Begin interceded on their behalf with the Rumanian government, according to Marlena. The couple went on a sabbatical to the United States since 1986 and has been living there ever since.

Baruch Dayan Ha'emes

Only a Jew would do that! Ad mosai??! Noch a holocaust survivor??

--A captain and a leader, not simply a professor--

You're Dead, I'm Healing: Dennis Prager thinks it foolish, as well as improper and selfish, that the immediate reaction was one of seeking personal healing.
Thirty Three Murderers: The proper and selfless response to such an improper and selfish move (by Yanki Tauber)

Coverage by ABC News

Monday, April 16, 2007

chof ches nissan

On the eve of Nissan 28, 5751 (April 11, 1991), the Lubavitcher Rebbe issued an emotional call to his followers, and to the world Jewish community, to increase their efforts to bring Moshiach and the ultimate redemption. Spoken in an anguished voice and couched in uncharacteristically personal terms, the Rebbe's words deeply shocked the Chassidim present in the Rebbe's synagogue and reverberated worldwide.

Part translation taken from shmais'l who had it emailed from Anashnews@aol.com:

"Because of the unique stress on the Redemption in this time, an astonishing question arises: How is it possible that despite all these factors, Moshiach has not yet come? This is beyond all possible comprehension.

"It is also beyond comprehension that when ten (and many times ten) Jews gather together at a time that is appropriate for the Redemption to come, they do not raise a clamor great enough to cause Moshiach to come immediately. They are, heaven forbid, able to accept the possibility that Moshiach will not arrive tonight, and even that he will not arrive tomorrow, or on the day after tomorrow, heaven forbid.

"Even when people cry out `Ad mosai -- Until when will we remain in exile?' they do so only because they were told to. If they had sincere intent and earnest desire, and cried out in truth, Moshiach would surely have come already.

"What more can I do to motivate the entire Jewish people to clamor and cry out, and thus actually bring about the coming of Moshiach. All that has been done until now has been to no avail, for we are still in exile; moreover, we are in an inner exile in regard to our own service of G-d.

"All that I can possibly do is to give the matter over to you. Now, do everything you can to bring Moshiach, here and now, immediately.

"May it be G-d's will that ultimately ten Jews will be found who are stubborn enough to resolve to secure G-d's consent to actually bring about the true and ultimate Redemption, here and now immediately. Their stubborn resolve will surely evoke G-d's favor, as reflected by the interpretation of the verse, `For they are a stiff necked people; You will pardon our sins and wrongdoings and make us Your possession.'

"I have done whatever I can; from now on, you must do whatever you can. May it be G-d's will that there will be one, two, or three among you who will appreciate what needs to be done and how it needs to be done, and may you actually be successful and bring about the true and complete Redemption. May this take place immediately, in a spirit of happiness and gladness of heart."

[click the link to hear the sicha]

Yom Ha'Shoah (blog roundup by Rafi G)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

my electricity guys

so i have the coolest electricty guys that come to the office. of course i ask em what they were in the army and one says-"a soldier. like everyone else" and then (when he stepped out for a minute) the younger one is like-"he's being modest, he fought in yom kippur war, in golan, in the tanks and the ratio was like one israeli tank to 20 something syrian ones and he told me that like (more than?) half of his brigade was killed". oof. and that he also fought in another war. and then im like to the younger one (younger? he's like 50 lol)-"wat bout you?" and hes like, "ahh i was just nothing." but thats not true. he let a few things slip how he fought in a diff war, i forget which, and the days he went without sleep and he's also major sababa. ya. israel.
Wikipedia lists the following people under the title 'Notable figures' on the page for 'Tanya':
Shmuel Butman, Yehuda Chitrik, Shlomo Cunin, Itche Der Masmid, Manis Friedman, Yoel Kahan, Leib Groner, Shemaryahu Gurary, Berel Lazar, Chaya Mushka Schneerson, Shalom Dov Wolpo, Yudel Krinsky, Joseph Gutnick, Barry Gurary, Moshe Rubashkin, Herman Branover.

I thought that was funny. As well as a tad unsettling.

Monday, April 09, 2007

a joke*

A yid comes home one night during sefira after a long day at the office.
He asks his wife, "What's for dinner tonight".
His wife responds, "Last night we had chicken."**

now THAT'S tshukie!***

* look how careful i'm being, mim :)
** mum says it's better to say '4 pieces of chicken'. what she doesn't get however is that you can't just change a joke around whenever you feel like it.
***yes i am very proud of myself for being a buki b'tshukness. and no i
still can't believe that yisroel doesn't know what it means!
**** uh there's no reference to a fourth star, what are you reading on for?

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Moshiach etc

Greg said:

The Sabra: I see you've labled your comment section "reasons why Moshiach is forced to come now." So I was wondering: why would the Moshiach come now? I mean, the things that are supposed to happen before He's to come haven't occurred as far as I'm concerned.

Oh and another question: do you believe the Lubavitche Rebbi
was the Moshiach?

K, first things first (cuz i wanna be a chochom).

1. Ye, I changed the label of my comments section-due to a request/threat of a blogger. The argument? Might as well get people excited (n talkin about) good, holy things vs 'stam' things. So, thanks to 'richards pooch' for that one-it's workin already!

2.You ask why moshiach should come now if the things that are supposed to happen before his coming have not yet happened. For starters, why don't you clarify which things you are talking about exactly. Are you referring to the different prophecies-nevuot that we have been told about hundreds and hundreds of years ago? Cuz most (all?) of them have materialized already. Lemme know what you have in mind, and we'll take it from there.

I know Moshiach can come now.

My proof? The Lubavitcher Rebbe said that we are ready for and waaaaaaaaay past the time for moshiach. So, that means Moshiach can come this second.

3.And finally-yes, I believe the Lubavitcher Rebbe is Moshiach. I believed he was before he passed away; and now nearly 13 years since his passing, I still believe he will be the Moshiach.

But really, that is 'neither here nor there', for our purpose is to BRING the moshiach and to ready ourselves for the redemption--not sit n argue over his identity. Incidentally, have you ever learned what the Rambam says concerning Moshiach?

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Someone from the Al Qahirah region in Egypt found my blog a couple of hours ago. Sababa!
this metamorphomiss is too much for me
way way too much for me
and think about it-
if it's me and here
what about them and there?


oof oof oooooof!

but yknow? lifachot this emotion brings to motion.
and soon, like tonight-the world will be as it should.
and we'll see our Father and His glory.

and then you'll say 'hi ta'.

Pesach-a time to be frei

I just can't get enough of it. I keep hollerin it all day long-"I'm frei! Oooh its so good to be frei! Here, lemme do this-another sign of freikeit"

Irregardless* (LOLL) of the season, bichlal, the more frum you are, the more frei you really are.

Hey, works for me!

*painful to type, i tell ya

Monday, April 02, 2007

i grinned when i read this shkotzy chossid's typed-up pesach fairy tale
The Rebbe Rashab would personally supervise the baking of the Sh'mura Matza on Erev Pesach afternoon. He, too, would recite the Hallel, but he would interrupt - even in the middle of a chapter - to give instructions regarding the kneading, baking and so forth.

(part of the Hayom Yom for Yud Daled Nissan)

Times of Label #8

Monday night, iy"h.

"Mah nishtanah halayla hazeh mikol halaylos?

One! Matbilin! (dipping with fingers)
Two! Matzah! (puts fingers in mouth)
Three! Marror! (wipes away mock tears)
Four! Leaning! (leans to his left)

Tattie, give me tirutz!"