"What is the best question I can ask myself right now?" is one of the best questions you can ask yourself each day.
Your questions can lead you in the right direction or the wrong direction. That is why it is so important to know the patterns of the best questions you can ask yourself and others.
"What do I need to know about this?" is a tremendously helpful tool to help you gather the type of information that you need to reach your goal. Then ask yourself, "Where and how can I get this knowledge?"
When you meet someone who is a highly knowledgeable expert in a specific area, you can always ask, "What are some of the best questions that you have been asked on this subject?" and "What do you consider the basic principles for understanding this subject?"
Still accepting Birthday wishes as my Hebrew birthday comes up on this coming Shabbat, parshat Kedosim (how to be holy).
I just saw the remake of the famous Rocky pictures, a film called Creed that came out at the end of last year. Like the Rocky pictures, it was a lot of Mahcho fun that will make you want to run up a staircase at the end of the movie.
Meet Rabbi Sacks at Pomeranz Book Store on Monday May 16 from Noon until 1:15
I was just told my friends at Pomeranz Book store, that in addition to Rabbi Sacks speaking at the Great Synogogue on Monday night at 8:00 (you must order tickets and be there by 7:00), he will be signing books and available to meet at the Pomeranz Book store (on Betzelel) on Monday. I will be there as well.
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Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Calls for Korban Pesach to Be Brought on Har Habayis
The annual attempts to resume the Korban Pesach received some rabbinical backing recently. Tzefas Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, a prominent religious Zionism leader, has called on the public to perform the mitzvah on the eve of the Yom Tov/
Speaking during a halacha shiur in Yerushalayim last week, Rabbi Eliyahu warned that Jews evading the mitzvah were risking kareis.
According to Rabbi Eliyahu, there is a halachic, legal and public possibility to offer a Korban Pesach these days. During the shiur, he quoted senior rabbinical authorities, adding that Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalisher – one of the founders of modern and religious Zionism – had asked the Turkish sultan to allot an area on the Har Habayis for the erection of a mizbeiach for a Korban Pesach.
Rabbi Eliyahu went on to say that the Korban Pesach could be shechted in front of the Dome of the Rock plaza, although the Bais Hamikdosh no longer exists and Klal Yisroel are defined as "tamei meis."
In order to overcome the greatest obstacle, beyond the political problem, an mizbeiach must be erected, he said. He also called for the preparation of bigdei kohanim.
Addressing the legal aspect, Rabbi Eliyahu claimed that every person has the right to perform the commandment of his religion according to his own understanding. He added that petitions filed with the High Court of Justice against the korban were accepted only because the police were unprepared to secure the ceremony.
"It's perfectly clear that if the public pressures its representatives in the government or in the Knesset, everything will change. If the judges have ruled that the police must secure simpler protests, why not the Korban Pesach?"
Rabbi Eliyahu rejected the claim that it was impossible to resume the mitzvah publicly. Addressing the international diplomatic ramifications, he said, "We are being threatened that any movement on our part on the Har Habayit will launch the third world war… (But) we can free our souls of the horror of the gentiles, just like we freed ourselves before Yetzias Mitzrayim."
He rejected the internal opposition too. "Some fear the public echo of the Korban Pesach – how will the seculars view it? What will the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say? The truth is that this should not even be discussed…
"We have already been scorned for bris milah, persecuted and condemned to death for that. Today the UN's health organization recommends that all men undergo circumcision in order to avoid illnesses."
Rabbi Eliyahu said the Torah had predicted that some would mock the mitzvah of Korban Pesach. Such a person, he noted, is called in the Haggadah the "wicked son," who cleans his hands and says, "This doesn't belong to me, this blood and primitiveness. I am an enlightened person. I respect animals. I don't slaughter them barbarically."
Rabbi Eliyahu estimated that those who oppose this mitzvah would eventually change their mind.
In order to increase the motivation to offer a Korban Pesach, Rabbi Eliyahu noted that this is one of two "active mitzvos" (along with bris milah), and that those evading it risk supernatural punishment and "cause great damage to themselves and to the entire world."
He added that his father, former Chief Rabbi Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, wrote that this custom may still exist these days.
"These things should make us break the spiritual barrier preventing us from thinking about offering the Korban Pesach," Rabbi Eliyahu concluded.
He said his remarks were not lip service, but laws being learned "as a real demand and real preparation for the Korban Pesach. Although we are not used to it, and have gotten used to living without a Bais Hamikdosh, we must change our ways."
Members of the Samaritan community make their annual Passover pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim.