Arrogance is one of the most negative traits, and it leads to many counterproductive words and actions.
What's the antidote for arrogance? Awareness of the enormous size of the universe - and our microscopic position in comparison.
In every Jewish blessing, we say the words "King of the Universe," which is a constant reinforcement to eliminate arrogance.
Love Yehuda Lave
Yehuda Lave's letter in the Jerusalem Post-This was in response to a misleading letter saying Messianic Christians were Jews--they love to lie and mislead
Terri Morey claims it is absurd for the Judaism of Messianic Jews to be challenged because they love Israel, serve in the IDF and claim to be connected to the Jewish God. These are exactly the lies that Messianic Jews want ignorant Jews to believe. While it is true that she can do all these things, she is a Christian.
While a person can be born a Jew, once a Jew or non-Jew believes in Jesus, he or she is a Christian. That is the definition of a Christian. The person can still technically be a Jew, but the belief in Jesus as messiah makes one a Christian.
Messianic Jews, Jews for Jesus and similar groups of Jews who believe in Jesus want to confuse and obfuscate the issues because they want to suck ignorant Jews into their love – many of them have an agenda to "complete" the Jew by making him or her believe in Jesus.
I don't say they are bad people; they really believe in their mission. And of course, not all Christians have this agenda. But these groups do.
It is not appropriate to publish such letters in The Jerusalem Post because they give these groups credibility. The Jewish state is supposed to keep these preachers out of our environment.
YEHUDA LAVE Jerusalem The writer is a rabbi.
'Children will sue their parents for moving to a new home'
Rabbi Kobi Yakir says new law stripping parents of guardianship of their children allows children to sue parents for deciding to move.
Rabbi Yaakov (Kobi) Yakir of the "The State and Torah" program, which works together with MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) to fight the legislative attempts to harm the family unit, said it was "inappropriate" for the Justice Ministry to continue advancing a law which will harm parents' status as their children's legal guardians.
Rabbi Yakir mentioned that the attempts to pass the "Parents and their Children" law two years ago were blocked, but the current amendments to the law present the same issues: the current version replaces the word "guardianship" with "parental responsibility."
"The term 'parental responsibility' is not a legal term," Rabbi Yakir explained. "It basically says that the child has his own independent legal rights, and the parents are supposed to implement those rights. Legally, according to the explanations we will receive from the Supreme Court and various organizations, this will allow the child to sue his parents for anything related to how the family manages things."
"For example, if the parents want to move, but the child does not, they will have to reach an agreement. If they cannot reach an agreement, their disagreement may end up in court.
The Parents and Their Children Law bases itself mostly on the conclusions of a committee headed by an extreme leftist, former judge Savyona Rotlevy. Rabbi Yakir, however, brought the committee's minority opinion and that of former judge Aharon Melamed, who served as chief of Israel's juvenile courts. Melamed said that 'replacing 'parental guardianship' with 'parental responsibility' (i.e., state guardianship - ed.) harms the child's right to supervision, guidance, education, and boundaries' and even 'deepens the deprivation, disregard, and abandon these cause in the teens' behavior, and undermines the status of the family unit, which is at a worrisome low today.'"
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G-D'S WILL COMES FIRST
"And Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to meet Israel, his father, in Goshen...and he fell on his neck and wept" (Genesis 46:29).
"But Jacob did not fall on Joseph's neck and did not kiss him, for our Rabbis said that he was saying the Shema..." (Rashi).
Happiness is that which every man seeks. Indeed, in our times, it is happiness and the search for it- in material and physical terms- that have become the very purpose of life. Books are written about happiness and peace of mind and the masses devour them, searching for the Holy Grail in the shallowness that is fit only for McCall's or Cosmopolitan. The psychiatrists' couches groan beneath their weight; the airlines and drug peddlers both sell their trips; the race is on and non-stop, and not to the swift or the slow is the trophy awarded.
The sadness is that happiness is not the essence of life, and how much did the Rabbis know when they said: It would have been better and more pleasant for man had he not been born, but since he was, let him search his deeds. Life is a series of difficulties and sadnesses, broken by occasional rays of light that pass.
Happiness is a wonderful thing, and what a life it would be if we could abolish tears and fears, worries and tribulations. But not for this was a man made, and if he persists in making it his raison d'etre, he is guaranteed misery. Man is not an island unto himself nor is his entry into this world like some sudden underwater eruption that thrusts a piece of land into the wide ocean. His is a deliberate and planned and reasoned birth. He came into this world to do good. And that which is "good" is defined for him, not subject to the independent and anarchistic commentaries of his own mind or breed. For the Jew there is the halacha that shapes, molds, guides, and drives him to sanctity and spiritual holiness. It is for him a guideline and a compass; it gives him ritual and gives him concepts, and DEFINES HIS EMOTIONS, TOO.
Joseph was a boy of 17 when he left his father's home. For years Jacob thought he was dead, devoured by a wild beast. For years he mourned and refused to be comforted. "Nay, for I will go down to the grave mourning for my son" (Genesis 37:35). And suddenly he hears the incredible words: "Joseph is yet alive" and- wonder of wonders- "he is ruler over all the Land of Egypt!" (ibid. 45:26). Jacob cannot believe it; the joy is too much and he finally cries out: "It is enough! My son Joseph still lives! I will go and see him before I die!" (ibid. 45:28).
And he does. He takes his family and goes down to Egypt. See the old man, the man grown aged and white from a life of sadness and tragedy. How he counts every moment; how he impatiently looks towards the south to see the first glimpse of the royal caravan! How he savors the moment when he can hold his son Joseph in his arms and kiss him! And then- at last- finally- the moment arrives, and Joseph rushes to his father's arms and embraces him and kisses him. and Jacob?
"But Jacob did not fall on Joseph's neck and did not kiss him for he was saying the Shema..."
What greatness lies in a man who can take his deepest-felt emotions and discipline them to the halacha and say: Wait! Wait, though I burst from impatience; wait, though my every limb cries out for release. Wait: I am in the midst of accepting upon myself the yoke of heaven, of recognizing the L-rd as one, and this is why I was created. Wait, my Joseph, wait, for though I love you more than all, this is my G-d.
Let us understand what happiness and rejoicing in the Law means to a Jew. To begin with, it is a COMMANDMENT. Can one command an emotion? Can one "say", be happy, rejoice, it is commanded? Apparently yes. Apparently, the purpose of Torah is to elevate man to holiness and sanctification that he can make his very emotions and feelings cry out: "Who is like You, my G-d!" Yes, the Torah can tell a Jew who has lost a beloved one not to mourn on the Sabbath, though his heart is breaking. It can tell a Jew to stand over the open grave of a parent or a son and say the words of the Kaddish: "May His great Name be exalted and magnified..." Yes, the Torah can tell a person who seeks joy: No, not now.
There is no commandment to be sad. There is no law that declares that man must be miserable. This is not Judaism. But we are told that there is something greater than happiness and joy. It is the climb and the reaching up to holiness and sanctification, to beauty and dedication, the smashing of the ego and the greed and the selfishness and the "I." One should strive to be happy, of course. And if one can be both good and happy- how fortunate he is. But in the end, life is not a vessel for joy. It is a corridor in which one prepares his soul. Be happy with the Torah though your own soul is in agony. It is a command and, slowly, it proves to be a balm for the wounds that ache.
The Jewish Press, 1977
Mufti blasts opening of new Old City synagogue--What a surprise!!