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Dad Trump--buy my Chametz!!! and Rehearsal of the Passover Sacrifice on April 6, 2017

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Your Personal Story About Your Self-Confidence

We all tell ourselves our life story. Even if a person doesn't consciously recognize that he is telling himself a story about his life, his life story has a major impact. Everyone's story about his life has major themes running through it. Some people have a highly spiritual life story. Some people have life stories about developing positive character traits while others don't.  Some life stories are full of gratitude, others aren't.

Even if someone isn't satisfied with his life story until now, he can choose to change the theme of his life story at any given moment. It's never too late.

This concept of our personal life stories applies to our thoughts about our self-confidence. What stories do you tell yourself about your self-confidence? Change the way you view your life story to improve your self-confidence.

When you think about different situations that might arise in your life, see yourself thinking, speaking and acting with greater self-confidence.

These thoughts will lead to improved words and actions.

Love Yehuda Lave

Four Jewish brothers left home for college, and eventually, they became successful doctors and lawyers, and prospered.

Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together.

They discussed the gifts that they were able to give to their elderly mother, who lived far away in another city.

The first said, "I had a big house built for Mama."

The second said, "I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the house."

The third said, "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver her a SL 600 with a chauffeur."

The fourth said, "Listen to this. You know how Mama loved reading the Torah and you know she can't anymore because she can't see very well. I met this Rabbi who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Torah. It took twenty rabbis 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the temple, but it was worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it." The other brothers were impressed.

After the holidays Mama sent out her Thank You notes.

Milton - Bubbeleh, the house you built is so huge, I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.

Marvin - Mine Shayne Kindeleh. I am too old to travel. I stay home. I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes and the driver you hired is a Nazi. The thought was good. Thanks.

Menachem - Tataleh, you give me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all my friends are dead. I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same.

Dearest Melvin - You were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious.

Rehearsal of the Passover Sacrifce on April 6, 2017

The traditional "rehearsal" of the Pascal sacrifice ceremony which the Temple Organizations Headquarters runs before Passover every year – just in case the Messiah would arrive and insist we revive the practice – this year was moved to the Kotel area, on Thursday afternoon, April 6, 2017.

In years past we've seen the same practice run carried out for the benefit of packed crowds in school yards and synagogues. The ritual back then was being pushed and often hosted by MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) in the days before he was an MK. Happily, the enthusiasm in Jerusalem has been growing to the point where it makes more sense to hold it at a central enough and big enough a location.

Also, should the Messiah actually show up, moving the whole thing up to the Temple Mountain should take only a few minutes, literally.

So, we're all invited (alas, without the Messiah on hand this is still not compulsory) to the Pascal Sacrifice Demonstration and Drill, with white-clad Kohanim-priests, gold and silver elongated trumpets, blood sprinkling vessels, and, most important, the holy bar-b-cue.

A goat will be slaughtered, skinned and stretched on a spit fire – the Torah commands us not to break any of its parts, a show of our "holy chutzpa," as Reb Shlomo would have put it, in the face of Egyptian idolatry (barbecuing a goat in April, the month ruled by Aeries, was tantamount to eating a cow in downtown New Delhi).

The Davidson Center, Jerusalem / Photo credit: Google Earth

Chief rabbis from many Israeli cities, government ministers, Knesset members and members of the Jerusalem City Council will be on hand. The schedule, as per the poster disseminated online will be:

4 PM – Classes on the renewal of the Pascal sacrifice in our day at the Kotel Yeshiva auditorium. Turns out there are some halachic opinions suggesting we are obligated to carry out the sacrifice even before the arrival of the Messiah.

5:30 PM – The launch of the application "The Temple Mount Is in my Hands," which one could play to accompany his or her ascent to the Temple Mount.

6 PM – The sacrifice drill at the Jerusalem Archaeological Park – Davidson Center, the Temple Mount Excavations, near the Dung Gate.

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March-April 1989   Adar-Nissan 5749


Arrogance of Ignorance


In day days when men were humble enough to know what they were – and what they were not; what they knew – and what they did not, the ignoramus knew his place.  Whatever arrogance existed was the province of those who were, at least, nominally scholars.  And so, while ignorance and arrogance are both attributes to be shunned, their separation was at least a small favor for which to be grateful.  But, times have changed and we are today, victims of the ultimate curse – the arrogance of ignorance.  The unabashed and haughty readiness to display one's abysmal and absurd ignorance before people and congregation is the symbol of our wretched times.


The latest exhibitionist of sheer nescience is one Yitzhak Ro'eh, a leftist writer for the Histadrut Daily Davar.  What prompted his latest outburst of superficiality was anger.  Mr. Ro'eh is angry.


And why is Mr. Ro'eh angry?  Because, following an attempt by four Arab terrorists to infiltrate into Israel and murder Jews, the Israeli Army superbly met them and eliminated all of them. And then – and this is what causes the blood to rise in Mr. Ro'eh's head – and then, photographers were allowed to snap photos of the dead terrorists who had sought to murder Jews. 


"Gevald!" shouts Mr. Ro'eh who – as we will soon see, is a very moral person.  What an outrage against decency and morality to rejoice and exhibit the bodies of four people who attempted to murder Jews and were killed by the Jewish army.  Or in his words:


"Every person and his own associations.  When I saw the large color photos of the four terrorists who were eliminated in Lebanon, the following line from the Passover Hagada, began to ring in my ear: 'The work of my hands are drowning in the sea and you sing?'"


And Mr. Ro'eh then spends the next four paragraphs detailing all the things that were outrageous about those photographs, and concludes:  "All this adds up to a growing insensitivity, a deepening dulling of the senses… The one who wrote 'do not rejoice when your enemy falls,' would, probably, agree with me:  When your enemy falls do not be photographed with him.


One hardly knows where to begin to plough through this trash heap of utterly foul ignorance and arrogance.  But we shall try.  To begin with, the words, "the work of My hands are drowning in the sea…" do not appear anywhere in the Hagada but are to be found in the Babylonian Talmud (Megila 10b and Sanhedrin 39b), an area of Jewish knowledge that remains for Ro'eh the ignoramus, a dark, exotic, virgin area, untouched by him or his study.  Indeed the utter superficiality of the man leads one to wonder whether, when he writes "the one who wrote 'do not rejoice,' etc…,"  does he really know who did write it.

In any event, one more thought before disposing of the arrogant ignoramus.  I am always impressed by the intellectual fraud that is an inevitable part of all the secular haters of Judaism of observant Jews.  They are blessed with an amazing ability to selectively choose what they wish from the very same books of Judaism that are filled with verses, sayings, concepts and laws that run counter to the most basic things in which they believe.  The very same religious books they despise for "racism," "cruelty," "barbarity" and "obscurantism," suddenly become proper repositories of truth when they spy in them a thing that apparently agrees with their own warped concepts.  Intellectual honesty was never the strong suit of the schizophrenic secularists, leftists and Hellenists who lack the courage to entirely drop the Jewishness they so desperately despise.


In any event, back to Mr. Ro'eh, so that we can dispose of him before the same people and congregation in whose presence he so arrogantly displayed his naked ignorance.  The need to do this is compounded a thousand times over by the fact that the ignoramus Ro'eh is joined not only by so many semi-ignorant others, but worst of all – by so many tortured Moderdox types who cannot bear to accept the stark truth of authentic Jewish values


As always, the Ro'ehs (and others) of the world selectively and very partially quote the Talmud.  The selection they bring down really begins with R. Yeshoshua ben Levi starting his lecture on Megilat Esther with the verse "As the L-rd rejoiced over you ("sas") to do you good, so the L-rd will rejoice over you ("yasis") to cause you to perish." (Dvarim 28).  And the Talmud asks: Does the Almighty then rejoice over the fall of the wicked?  And to prove that he does not rejoice, the story of the angels asking to sing praise is brought.  And this is where Ro'eh, the ignoramus, stops.  But there is more.  The Talmud continues with answers as follows:


"Rabbi Elazar said:  it is true that He does not rejoice, but he causes others to rejoice."


Ah, what a difference.  And a clear answer to the obvious question:  If G-d does not want us to rejoice and praise Him when our enemy falls why in the world does it say:  "Then Moses and the children of Israel sing this song unto the L-rd…?" (Shmot15) 


And a clear answer to why the rabbis say:  (Mechilta, B'shalach, II):  "The L-rd shall perform for you miracles and glories and you will stand and do nothing?  Said Israel unto Moses: What are we to do?  Said he unto them:  You will glorify and praise and give song and glory and greatness to the One to whom wars belong."


Of course the Almighty, the totality of compassion, the Father of all, grieves for His children – all of them.  He does not sing.  His angels, who are not of this world, do not sing.  But the Jews do.  Not only are they allowed to, they are commanded to… For the very same reason that the very same Almighty, though He does not sing, does destroy the work of His hands because they are evil.


Yes, of course He grieves.  He grieves that those who were made in His image have so perverted and destroyed the greatness of that image.  That those who were made in the image of good, were so evil.  And so, He grieves for the perversion of His purpose in making the world, for His works that have so gone astray.  And in His grief He does not have pity:  He destroys them: He knows that evil and He cannot share the same world, as our rabbis say:  "As long as the wicked rule in the world, the Holy One Blessed be He, so to speak, cannot sit on His throne." (Yalkut Tehilim, Chapter 47).


And so, because the arrogance of the enemy of the Jewish people, their brazen persecution of the people of G-d with no fear of G-d, is the very essence of Hillul Hashem, the Almighty in wrath destroys them and the Children of Israel must sing and glorify G-d.  And thus do the rabbis declare (Shmot Raba 23):  "then did Moses and the Children of Israel sing," this is what is meant by the verse (Psalms' 9):  "The L-rd is known by the judgment He executes."  This speaks of Egypt whom G-d smote at the Red Sea."


The seal of the Almighty is truth and only that truth will emerge from His lips and His teachings.  One imagines the agony of the soul that Ro'eh must endure every Purim as all the misguided and insensitive and sense-dulled Jews celebrate, rejoice and drink to the death of their enemy, Haman.  One sees the lonely Ro'eh the lost of the Just sitting gloomily alone in his apartment, bemoaning the spiritual fall of the Jew and the spread of Kahanism among us all.  Even as the Jewish people rejoice on Purim. Mr. Roe'h sits with the following ringing through his ear:  "The work of My hand…"

Americans don't understand English.. from my English friend Yvette

                                                                                        by Rabbi Moses Joshua Hoffman
                                                                                                          משה יהושע בן יונינה 
     My Rebbe, Rav Ahron Soloveichik zt"l, suffered a stroke (in his mid-sixties), and was paralyzed partially by it. He derived a great lesson from  that, which he explained in an article  "A Glimpse of Eternity from a Hospital Dungeon". There he wrote "I think that the fact that I am now constantly under the impact of a biological sensation of carrying a foreign, detached object consisting of the left side of my body corroborates the preposition that the human soul is a separate entity having an identity of its own and extraneous to the body."...."Prior to the stroke on Sunday evening, May 29, 1983, my belief in the extraneous existence of the soul was grounded exclusively in emunah. Now my belief in the extraneous character of the soul and immortality of the soul is grounded in a physical perception through the biological senses." (p. 33)
This emunah inspired him to continue teaching Torah for 18 years subsequently.
In this week's parsha, the building of the Mishkan and the making of the priestly garments is given on a practical [physical] level, and the stress is on the practical [physical] level. Our emphasis in Torah is on a practical [physical] level to carry it out. 
As Rav Ahron showed us, I will try, with G-d's help, to continue in that tradition.

  Special message from Netvort's medical editor Eliyahu from Wednesday evening: Perspective and context: Rabbi Hoffman wrote this (on Sunday) with tremendous mesirus nefesh, two days after being resuscitated three times. It seems that he physically experienced a similar physical sensation while his heart was stopped (and perhaps afterwards, as well) to the experience of his Rebbe, zt"l. He wrote this in critical condition while on a ventilator (which he is still on at this time.) We pray that Rabbi Hoffman (שליט"א) will continue to be zoche to follow in the glorious example of his Rebbe zt"l for a very long time to come. Please pray for his Refuah Sh'laima.  
(משה יהושע בן יונינה, בתוך שאר חולי ישראל - among the other ill of the nation - editor)

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Weizmann Institute tramp in March and two wonderful trips in Chul Amod Pesuch--read inside

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Courage Is Inner Control

There are many instances when we will lack the ability to control a situation. Some people feel strong when they feel in control. But they feel overwhelmed when they can't control events.

You always have the ability to control your mental attitude toward what occurs. Courage enables you to maintain an inner sense of empowerment even when you lack the power to control external events.

Love Yehuda Lave



Two great Trips for Chol Hamoed Pesach First on Wendesday April 12 th with Shalom Pollock

We haven't finished the itenary yet on this trip, but I just need you to save the date.  We will stay close within 2 hours of Jerusalem so there won't be so much driving and we will see stuff you won't see on any other tour. It will be reasonably priced as well. I need you to trust me and confirm with me right away so you won't lose your spot on these two tours.  Email  and confirm with me so you don't miss out as soon as possible.

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Second Great Trip on Thursday April 13th With Ruti


PESACH, yud-zion Nisan – THURSDAY, APRIL 13, '17


Come, join us in what promises to be another unforgettable, very worthwhile, enjoyable & meaningful experience in the vitally strategic, gorgeous, Shomron mountains -- a full-day Pesach tiyul. By our very visit, we will be bringing chizuk & encouragement, at the same time as getting to know parts of our Precious Land.

This time our day will concentrate on bringing support to those families whose homes have been senselessly and cruelly destroyed by our evil, anti-Jewish establishment, in the context of its constant harassment of our wonderful people trying to live their lives in Yesha & with a pitiful IDF, bereft of all Jewish Halachic principles..



  • 8:45 am departure from Binyanei HaUma

  • In both Ivrit & English

  • Meet some of the wonderful people who are holding on to our Precious Land

  • Bullet-proof bus with us throughout the day

  • Licensed tour guide with us all day

  • Bring your Pesach lunch & plenty to drink– to be eaten at some picturesque spot

  • Return time to Binyanei HaUma – 19:00


. Price : Only NIS 150. p/p Payment Options:

* Or, as a last resort: Cash on the bus (160 NIS, subject to space)

Scheduled to visit: (subject to change):

  • Amona

  • Ofra

  • Kfar Tapuach

  • Neve Tsuf - people's homes were burned by our enemies

  • Yitzhar

  • Itamar or Elon Moreh

NOTE: On the last "Pesach Ma'achazim Tour", the bus was completely full & I was forced to turn people away, so make sure your reservations are paid for now! Avoid being disappointed!

We all know how very precious & vital these Outposts (Ma'achazim) are to our beloved Land and what wonderful people populate them. I am continuing my endeavor to put a variety of them on our map for our awareness. We'll be learning more about each one of them, first-hand, meeting some of their marvelous inhabitants.


Yehuda and Yael take a tramp to the Weizmann Institute

The indigenous people of Papua New Guinea saved hundreds of wounded soldiers in WWII

Exposé: NIF Funded School Trip Where Jewish Children Bowed in Mosque Prayer

The trip last week where Israeli Jewish children from Caesarea were made to bow in prayer during a school trip to a mosque in an Arab town just north of their city was arranged by an organization that receives its funding from the New Israel Fund, Channel 20 TV revealed on Tuesday.

Channel 20 also revealed that four Orthodox Jewish children who participated in the school trip went hungry the entire day because the only food available had been prepared by local Muslim parents and no kosher food was available.

The Yad L'Achim group wrote Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) demanding to sever his ministry's ties with NGO Efshar Aheret (A New Way) over the incident in Jisr az-Zarqa, north of Caesarea.

According to Channel 20, the NGO, which has been part of the Education Ministry's program for 18 years, received more than $94,000 from the NIF in 2015. Also, according to the NIF IRS form 990 for exempt organizations, in 2007 A New Way was the recipient of $20,136.

The Likud party, Bennett's rival, did not miss the opportunity to rebuke the National Religious minister for his apparent penchant for multiculturalism, suggesting he should stop making baseless accusations against how the 2014 Gaza war was run and focus on trying to make sure Jewish schoolchildren not start praying in mosques.

The Efshar Aheret's pitch on its website reads: "Try to imagine Jewish and Arab children growing up together in a relationship of love and friendship. Studying, investigating, singing and playing in an atmosphere of mutual esteem and respect. A New Way transforms this vision into a daily reality, and enables an ongoing dialogue based on multicultural equality in Israel."

The NGO's secretary-general Dr. Tikva Bracha said in a statement that the prayer incident was the result of a misunderstanding: "As part of the visit, the children of Jisr az-Zarqa demonstrated their prayer ceremony and the Caesarea kids joined them, of course with no instruction on the part of the Imam or the numerous guides that accompanied the event. Because of a moment's misunderstanding, the Jewish students joined the demonstration and some of them bowed on the rug."

A member of the Caesarea parents' steering committee told Channel 20 that no one had told them that no one had coordinated the mosque visit with the parents.

So far, the Education Ministry's official response has been that they have confidence in their school administrators' judgement in offering enrichment programs to their students, and, besides, the Caesarea administrator has already apologized to the parents and promised nothing like that would happen in the future.

Perhaps now would be the time for Minister Bennett to get involved.

IRS Rushed Satanists Groups' Tax-Exempt Status But Stalled Conservative Orgs.

Written by Philip Hodges for The Lid website}

While the IRS was busy stalling tax-exempt applications from conservative, Christian, Tea Party and Pro-Israel Jewish organizations, they had no problem approving and even rushing applications for satanist groups.

It took a grand total of ten (10) days for the IRS to approve the tax-exempt status of the After School Satan Club back in 2014, newly released documents show.

Secular groups – including 'satanist' organizations – routinely complain of anything that smacks of Christianity in public schools. Since public schools are government-owned and operated, there can't be any semblance of religion in and around them, according to angry atheists, because of the 'separation of church and state.' This includes nativity scenes, Bible verse displays, Ten Commandments, prayers, and any student group that distributes Bibles or other Christian literature.

Atheist organizations respond to these 'incidents' of religion by saying that if the authorities won't do anything to stop them, then atheists and satanists should be afforded the same rights. It's one of the few scenarios where atheists acknowledge being religious.

The IRS seems to prefer the satanist organizations to the Christian ones.

Breitbart reported:

Documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fast-tracked tax-exempt status for an "After School Satan Club" in Tacoma, Washington, while the federal agency was discovered to be either denying conservative and Christian groups the same status or making them wait for years.

According to the watchdog group that uncovered the IRS scandal during the Obama administration, the After School Satan Club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma applied for its tax-exempt status designation on October 21, 2014 and received it only 10 days later on October 31, 2014.

Breitbart News reported in October of 2016 the announcement by the Satanic Temple of Seattle for its proposal of the After School Satan Club in the Point Defiance Elementary school.

"After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry, rationalism, science, and character building," the temple's website says, and continues:

All After School Satan Clubs are based upon a uniform syllabus that emphasizes a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious world view.

While the twisted Evangelical teachings of The Good News Clubs "robs children of the innocence and enjoyment of childhood, replacing them with a negative self image, preoccupation with sin, fear of Hell, and aversion to critical thinking," After School Satan Clubs incorporate games, projects, and thinking exercises that help children understand how we know what we know about our world and our universe.

Judicial Watch reports Reason Alliance, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, operates as the Satanic Temple of Seattle with Lilith X. Starr as the director.

The group's documents show the parent permission form used for children to join the club "asks for the name of the child's church and pastor." Records also indicate that Starr told Carla Santorno, superintendent of the Tacoma school district, that After School Satan Clubs are led by "caring Satanists."

Jeff Dunetz notes:It is so typical of anything connected to the Obama administration, the IRS hurt Conservative, Tea Party, Pro-Life, Pro-Israel and other groups with political objectives the President didn't like…But an after-school devil worshiping program, that gets the VIP treatment.

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BS"D Parashat Vayak'hel 5777

Rabbi Nachman Kahana

The Power of National Service

The last four parshiot of Shemot deal with the first national project of Am Yisrael – the holy Mishkan (Tabernacle) – that embraced all segments of the nation's population.

Three monetary "endowments" were required: one half shekel with which to purchase the animals and other items for public sacrifices; another half shekel from which were formed the base supports for the Mishkan's ten amot (five-meter-high) wooden planks; and an open donation for all the other articles required for the Mishkan's construction and sacrificial activities.

A national project of Am Yisrael that required the heart, soul, and physical efforts of every Jew.


Laboring vs. Serving

Pirkei Avot (1,2) quotes Shimon Hatzadik:

על שלשה דברים העולם עומד על התורה ועל העבודה ועל גמילות חסדים.

The survival of the world is dependent on three things: Torah, Labor, and Good Deeds.


Torah refers to the intimate connection one achieves with the Creator when delving in intellectual Torah study. It can be roughly compared to an electronic receiver activated by a transmitter when both are tuned to the same frequency.

Labor refers to the activities performed by the Kohanim and Levi'im in the Bet HaMikdash.

Good deeds are the minute by minute social interactions with one's fellow Jew in accordance with the letter and spirit of the verse: "Love thy fellow Jew as yourself".

As a Kohen, the concept of "Labor" in the Bet HaMikdash is especially intriguing.

Whenever I perform any of the functions incumbent upon a Kohen in our time, like the daily blessing of the congregation or a pidyon haben (redemption of a first born male child), including all the manifold functions in my mind's eye that I and my fellow Kohanim will perform in the rebuilt Bet HaMikdash, the words "labor" or "work" are the furthest from my mind. When the Bet HaMikdash will again be built on the Temple Mount, we will not labor, nor will we work. We will serve.

Indeed, the word "lechahen" (to function as a Kohen) means to serve – not to labor.

I recall my wife once asking our son, who is a senior officer in Tzahal, how many hours a day he works. He replied: "Imma, I don't work. I serve".

On the conceptual level what he was saying was that when one is involved in spiritual matters – Torah study, mitzvot -the most lofty being defending Jewish lives (which defers even Shabbat and Yom Kippur), one does not work or labor, but rather one serves HaShem, as a child serves a parent.

In a wider sense, we in Eretz Yisrael, notwithstanding one's profession, serve HaShem and the Jewish nation. This is the meaning of Moshe's message when he informed Am Yisrael that HaShem had declared them to be:

ממלכת כהנים וגוי קדוש

A kingdom of Kohanim and a holy nation


That even though Kohanim make up about 5% of the nation, in Eretz Yisrael where we all contribute to HaShem's mandated goal of fashioning a God centered society through agricultural halakhot, industry, medicine and road paving, we are all ascended to the status of Kohen, for here we all serve HaShem.

A friend from Bnei Brak once told me the following incident involving his teenage daughter. She was normal in every way, until with no apparent reason, she suddenly became extremely introverted. After many failed attempts to persuade the girl to disclose the reason for her changed behavior, she finally revealed the reason for her despondency.

She never knew what her father's profession was. Until one day when traveling from Petach Tikva to Bnei Brak, she saw her father paving the road. She described her profound embarrassment because her friends also saw her father – a common laborer.

He then told his daughter the following: "True, I am not a rosh yeshiva nor am I a talmid chacham, however, on the road that I am paving, many thousands of people will travel. The vast majority will be going to perform a Torah mitzvah, each in his own way. As a teacher or student, a soldier, a son or daughter going to see a parent, or the myriad activities that make up one's life. In the world to come when they calculate my mitzvot, I will have a share in every one of the mitzvot from all the millions of cumulative kilometers traveled on the road I helped build by people who will be implementing the Torah in their lives in Eretz Yisrael."

His daughter's eyes opened widely. She kissed her father and begged for forgiveness for not understanding that in the holy land whatever ones does, is by definition an act of holiness.


The 20 Percent

Today, on the 19th of Adar, our grandson Shai, son of our youngest daughter Shulamit and her husband Uri, was inducted into the tank corps of Tzahal, where his older brother Amir is already serving. Shai is named for my father Harav Yechezkel Shraga Kahana, who was born in Tzfat in 1904. What has transpired in the 113 years since my father's birth, when Eretz Yisrael was under domination of the Ottoman Empire, until the day when Shai became part of a Merkava 4 tank unit, defies the imagination. But one thing is clear, nothing could have happened had it not been for HaShem who loves, aids and abets those Jews who sacrifice in order to serve Am Yisrael.

At this time, so close to Pesach, we should recall that only 20 percent of the Jews merited to leave Egypt. They were the ones who felt compelled to serve HaShem; while the other 80 percent died there because they chose to serve themselves.

Shabbat Shalom,

Nachman Kahana

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