Thursday, April 30, 2009

ו' אייר

פרק כ''ג
א מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: יְהוָה רֹעִי, לֹא אֶחְסָר
ב בִּנְאוֹת דֶּשֶׁא, יַרְבִּיצֵנִי; עַל-מֵי מְנֻחוֹת יְנַהֲלֵנִי.
ג נַפְשִׁי יְשׁוֹבֵב; יַנְחֵנִי בְמַעְגְּלֵי-צֶדֶק, לְמַעַן שְׁמוֹ.
ד גַּם כִּי-אֵלֵךְ בְּגֵיא צַלְמָוֶת, לֹא-אִירָא רָע כִּי-אַתָּה עִמָּדִי;שִׁבְטְךָ וּמִשְׁעַנְתֶּךָ, הֵמָּה יְנַחֲמֻנִי.
ה תַּעֲרֹךְ לְפָנַי, שֻׁלְחָן נֶגֶד צֹרְרָי;דִּשַּׁנְתָּ בַשֶּׁמֶן רֹאשִׁי, כּוֹסִי רְוָיָה.
ו אַךְ, טוֹב וָחֶסֶד יִרְדְּפוּנִי כָּל-יְמֵי חַיָּי;וְשַׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית-יְהוָה, לְאֹרֶךְ יָמִים.
Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 23
1. A song of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
A song of David: The Rabbis said: Wherever it says: “A song of David,” he would play [his musical instrument] and afterwards the Shechinah would rest on him. It is a song to bring the holy spirit upon David. And, wherever it says: “Of David, a song,” the Shechinah rested on him [first] and then he recited a song.
The Lord is my shepherd: In this desert where I am going, [therefore] I am confident that I will lack nothing.

2. He causes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters.
in green pasture: In grassy pastures. Since he commences to compare his sustenance to the pasture of an animal by saying, “The Lord is my shepherd”, “green pastures” is appropriate for the expression, “the Lord is my shepherd.” David recited this psalm in the forest of Hereth (I Sam. 22:5). Why was it called Hereth? Because it was as dry as a potsherd (חרס) and the Holy One, blessed be He, moistened it with the good of the world to come (Mid. Ps. 23:6).

3. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
He restores my soul: My spirit, which has been weakened by troubles and haste, He will restore to its previous status.
in paths of righteousness: In straight paths, so that I should not fall into the hands of my enemies.

4. Even when I walk in the valley of darkness, I will fear no evil for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff-they comfort me.
in the valley of darkness: Heb. צלמות, in a land of darkness. He alludes to the desert of Ziph (I Sam. 23:13 28). Every [mention of] צלמות is an expression of darkness. Dunash ben Labrat defined it [in this manner].
Your rod and Your staff: The pains that came upon me, and the support, that I rely upon Your loving kindnessboth of them will comfort me, for they will serve to expiate my iniquity, and I am confident that You will set a table before me. That is the throne.

5. You set a table before me in the presence of my adversaries; You anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.
You anointed my head with oil: I have already been anointed king by Your orders.
my cup overflows: Heb. רויה, an expression of fullness.

6. May only goodness and kindness pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for length of days.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Standing Together Barbeque

A Message From Marc Gottlieb:
Important information if you're planning to volunteer (and even if you're not)-

Based on numerous requests for more information (okay, only one and you know who you are, MB...), here's a rough guide for Yom HaAtzmaut volunteers :
1) Wake up with a smile knowing you're going to have an amazing day
2) Get dressed in comfortable clothing that is going to smell like smoke
3) By 10AM, arrive at the base/location where you're going to do the barbeque (we'll let you know where to go, and you'll be with other volunteers)
4) By 12PM, cook lots of meat, shmooze with lots of soldiers, knock over the ketchup for the third time, drink your fourth bottle of water, make new BFFs with the other Standing Together volunteers
5) By 3PM, finish the last piece of cake (it looked lonely), help the soldiers clean up the last table (because they insist on doing something..), explain to the hundredth soldier for the hundredth time that they shouldn't be thanking you, take the "group photo" on a tank
6) By 6PM, Facebook your friends, ridiculing them for not making aliyah/coming to the barbeque, post photos, wash your hair for the third time because you still smell like scorched hot dog, and re-run the wash
7) By 6:05PM Go to sleep totally exhausted but with a smile on your face because you knew you'd have an amazing day.

All times are estimated, except when you fall asleep. Showers and washes are short; we're in a water crisis after all.If you're volunteering, sababa! If you can't, could you mebbe kick in a few shekels/bucks/euro at http://www.stogether.org/bbq to help out? Sababa!

Yom HarHertzel

Video of Rabbi Rosenberg
Pictures
Words
Coming Soon bli neder

Monday, April 27, 2009

"you became friends with what???"

Yes, I became friends with some Arab kids.
I'm sick of all this hate and coldness, tension and animosity, frigidness and seething.
I smiled at some youngters, said "Salaam" and "Ahlan" and asked them how old they are.
I waved when I left and I turned back after a bit to see them waving back at me.
Next time I passed, they called out to me.
I like it this way better.
I'm sick of all the separation and the anger. The lack of love.

To be sure, I'm not saying I won't use our relationship to walk in with a poison-filled chocolate one day, but in the meantime...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

חברון

In a single moment of sanity, I saw angels in the heavens of this city.

Friday, April 24, 2009

t-u-r-k-e-y-l-e-s-s

a strange feeling, it is
frozen and so light
yishtabach shemo

who thinks shomron is coming to chevron for shabbos? (none of you noticed that my blog colors are chevron colors, eh?)

how did it get to be 5:08 in the boker??

with crinkled eyes, chuckling from "pumping in" and my magav jacket
a happy heart cuz of pashah who looks like barak and cuz of tonight's partisans

joy

היום יום חמישי

התעוררתי בירושלים
נסעתי עם אוטובוס עד אשקלון
תפסתי טרמפ לשדרות
נסעתי עם חברים לבאר שבע
וחזרתי איתם לחברון
!איזה יום מעולה ובאמת רגוע...ברוך השם

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Son Remains A Son

In the Mitteler Rebbe's moshol of the father who hides from his son and awaits to see the strength of his son's trust, the kuntz is not if the son will remain his son or not--the whole keta is the attitude of the son while he doesn't see his father.

So, you're a chossid now that you don't see your Rebbe? You say your Chitas, you go on Mivtzoyim, you arrange farbrengens? Big deal.
 
The test lies in the strenth of your trust, the depth of your joy.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Cats Are Screeching

The cats are screeching outside my window and their shrill noises are irritating me and that euphoriates me cuz if I can get annoyed with something here, that means I'm not a goggly, gaggly, glossy eyed outsider; it means I'm IN, and that, obviously, thrills me.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Moses is Departing Egypt: A Facebook Haggadah

Joseph is going to Egypt.

Joseph and Pharaoh are now friends.

Elijah is a bit tipsy, but off to a good start. 30,000 households down, and it's only 6:30!

Pharaoh is sad to report that my father has entered immortality. I have taken his place in government and will do my best to honor his name.
Joseph Congratulations to you, my master.
Pharaoh Who are you, and why are you writing on my wall?
Joseph I meant no disrespect, my master.
Advisor He is an Israelite. There are many of them. I do not know whether they are with us or against us.
Pharaoh Let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they join with our enemies in time of war.

Rabbi Eleazar ben Azaryah finally figured out why we're supposed to tell the story of the exodus at night. It's because it says "all the days of your life!"
Ben Zoma Huh?
Rabbi Eleazar ben Azaryah You see "Days of your life" means days only, but "ALL the days of your life" means nights, too.
Ben Zoma Oh, I always thought that referred to after the coming of the Messiah.


Pharaoh sent The Israelites Bread of Affliction.
The Israelites This stuff tastes awful.
The Israelites This year are we slaves, next year may we be free!
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רחובות

ויעתק משם, ויחפור באר אחרת, ולא רבו עליה; ויקרא שמה רחובות, ויאמר כי-עתה הרחיב יהוה לנו, ופרינו בארץ:
בראשית כו, כב

Monday, April 06, 2009

Immediate!

CHAYA MUSHKA bas CHANA A 3 year old daughter of a shlucha who is having a very, very serious, emergency RIGHT NOW needs your prayers!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Guest vs Member

You're a guest.
You're lovin it.
The treatment, the excitement, the admiration, the newness, the thrill, the adventure, the sheer awesomeness of it all.

Now you're a member.
You're not sure if you're lovin it.
Everything is just regular and plain. No more blinded by love.
Regular treatment.

Wait, that's what you wanted in the beginning-to fit in, to feel at home.
Yeh but to still feel the freshness.
Who was it that wanted his Torah old like new? Dovid HaMelech?
Me too.
I wanna be an awed regular here.

Friday, April 03, 2009

I'm Totally Part of the Gang :)


Nothing Changed...But Me

You had a dream.
You lived it for a year. Then for six months. Then for a summer.
Then for a full two and a half years.
You loved your dream. It was perfect. It was...a dream.
Then you woke up and you went to really go live your dream.
But everything was different.
Sure, all the components were there. Same singles, same stores, same streets.
But everything was different.
YOU were different.
Not the same 'you' like the one in your dream.
Your dream had been perfect. For then.
Now, it's time to live life as you were really meant to.
Same singles, same stores, same streets.
A different person.
Nothing changed...but me.

Please help me to continue. Thank You G-d.