Friday, January 30, 2015

Got Faith?

Emunah (faith) never competes with sechel (intellect).
Emunah is the step after sechel, it's not instead of sechel.
Faith is not weakened by questions nor strengthened by answers.
The more wisdom, the more humility.

-Chabad chassidus, listening to Rabbi YY Jacobson teaching a Bosi L'gani maamar.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


stupid stupid stupid death
comes to take away my friends
stupid stupid stupid death
you're no angel in the end

go away from us, you death
go away from us, right now
go away from us, you death
go far away and stay away away away

i didn't even know of them
until you took them away
i didn't even know of them
until i heard the news today

their names are life
your grin is cruel
yochai and chaim
each a jewel

and ariel
G-d's own roar
and stupid death
took the floor

in the word of truth
blessed at the news
there's death with One
He rules his Jews

maybe death did not them take
maybe this was no mistake
maybe death answered a call
to bring delight to G-d's grand hall

but down here is where we live
and hearts and minds are our life's sieve
and angels should not to us bring pain
there should be no loss and only gain

and now the time has come at last
to send this "angel" to the past
and rather welcome here instead
angels that bring back the dead

ברוך דיין האמת

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jogging With M-16

Ah what a relief it is to jog without having to hold my weapon to prevent it from banging against my side.

Then again, it's kinda sorta cool to be a soldier even in civilian clothes.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Jerusalem Hills

I'm surprised there is no special blessing to be recited upon crossing the border into the holiness of Jerusalem.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The 6 Constant Mitzvos

The Poskim enumerated a list of Mitzvos that one has the ability to constantly fulfill throughout the day being that they are not limited to any specific time, place or action. 

These are:

1) Belief in Hashem
2) Not to believe in the existence of any other G-d.
3) The unity of Hashem
4) Love of Hashem
5) Fear of Hashem
6) Not to swerve after one’s heart and eyes.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snow as Wool

The verse in Tehillim (147:16) refers to Hashem as "The One who sends snow that settles like a blanket of wool." An additional interpretation to these words is given by the Chidushei Harim - "Hashem sends as much snow as there is wool to warm oneself" - meaning that Hashem brings to  man only as much as he can cope with. 

 (Excerpt from Oz V'Hadar Levusha by Rabbi Falk p. 170)

מכון ויצמן

If I had (regular) Facebook, I'd be euphorically checking in to "מכון ויצמן" now.

Monday, January 12, 2015

R. Chisda said: “The reason that I am superior to my colleagues is that I married at sixteen. And had I married at fourteen, I would have said to the Satan, ‘An arrow in your eye.’”

I should totally carry around arrows with me for when the Satan knocks on my door. Alternatively, I could just not let him in. But cmon, deep down we all want to send an arrow directly into the Satan's eye.
So Moslems want Islam to take over the world, they're starting to spread their name globally and then WHAM Moshiach comes and switches it all around. See, the world is slowly getting itself ready for the final and eternal Redemptive Era. Twenty years ago, how could we have imagined such a global impact, such instant connections, such interconnected lives... Now it's happening.

It's so fun seeing the world naturally lead itself to Moshiach but it's so sad and painful for the suffering that comes at the same time :(

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Friday, January 02, 2015

"I Killed A Beast"

Today I killed a beast
though I did not set out to hunt,
I met him on my path
and feared to be his lunch.

Today I killed a beast
who had roared and had a fit,
When an arrow came straight at him 
and he took a direct hit.

Today I killed a beast
a fearsome one so large,
There was no place for me to go
when he began to charge.

Today I killed a beast
oh, I hate when there is strife,
But when a man faces a beast
the man should guard his life.

Today I killed a beast
and now I'm safe and free,
Because the beast I killed today
was the ego inside me.
"Suck the marrow out of each moment in life," advised Mrs. Miriam Rhodes at a recent Malchus farbrengen.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

   Yeshaya HaNavi chastises the Jewish woman of his time for her lack of tznius.

   Among the main points he complains about is the effort she made to be in the spotlight, to be noticed and observed by all.  he complains, "These females stride along with their height artificially increased" (Yeshaya 3:16).

   The Midrash (Eichah 4:18) explains this in two ways. A tall woman would engage two shorter women to walk on either side of her. She did so in order to exhibit her height and ensure that everyone noticed it. Alternatively, she would wear shoes with abnormally thick soles and heels to increase her height. Height was regulated as a form of beauty and these women did whatever they could to ensure that their height would be as conspicuous and as noticeable as possible.

   This type of conduct is such a serious departure from modesty that the Navi attributes much of Klal Yisroel's downfall to is - see Mekoros 2:1-4.

(Excerpt from Oz V'Hadar Levusha by Rabbi Falk p. 392)