Everyone can find things to worry about. Fortunate is the person who worries about other people, for he will be free from personal worries.
Altruistic worrying about the welfare of others may cause you some pain, but unlike personal worries, it will not destroy the essential quality of your life.
Love Yehuda Lave
Clapping Ones Hands In Prayer
Clapping ones hands in prayer is an effective way to increase the intensity one brings to Hitbodedut (personal prayer). In this AllFaith.com video we discover some of Rebbe Nachman's secrets to successful prayer. We also enjoy the beautiful music of Ani Kodesh ("You are Holy") from the awesome Israeli film Ushpizin.
Praying with Your Hands
There is a reason for everything, including the way we hold our hands when we pray. Here are the explanations of a few of them.
I will be bringing my family to Israel this summer for our first visit ever. Needless to say we are very excited. We want to have the maximum experience in the 10 days we have available. What would you recommend for us?
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
Thank you for writing. Unfortunately, a mistake many people make when visiting Israel is to spend all their time seeing the "sights" – i.e. mountains, beaches, museums – but they miss out on the real heart of Israel which is the Torah learning which takes place here. As it says: "For out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of God from Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:3)
I recommend you set aside time to attend the Discovery seminar, an excellent presentation of Jewish history and philosophy. Modules include: "7 Wonders of Jewish History," "Genesis & the Big Bang" (with MIT nuclear physicist Dr. Gerald Schroeder), and "Computer Bible Codes." The seminar is held on Sundays, from 9:30 am – 6:30 pm, in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem (info at www.aish.com/dis/). You may be able to drop in for some classes at Aish's Essentials program – http://israel.aish.com/essentials/.
Here are some ideas of what to do in Jerusalem:
Western Wall – Schedule some quiet, meditative time at Judaism's holiest spot. For excitement and sheer beauty, the best time to be at the Wall is just before sunset on Friday, when Shabbat descends upon the holy city, and Jews from all walks of life gather to usher in the holy day.
Isaiah 12, Sukkot Song: Tzahali Varoni (Cry Out and Shout)
Psalms 104 sung in ancient Hebrew |
Yamma Ensemble - 0riginal & traditional Hebrew music Lyrics & music sheets, support https://www.patreon.com/yammaensemble FB - https://www.facebook.com/YammaEnsemble Visit Yamma - http://www.talyagasolan.com Buy CD - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/yamma lyrics: Psalms 104 (Creation of the universe Psalm) composition: traditional Jewish babylonian arrangement: Yonnie (Jonathan) Dror Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, Psalms 104 performed by Yamma ensemble Talya G.A Solan - lead vocals Sefi Asfuri - strings instruments Yonnie Dror - wind instruments Aviad Ben Yehuda - percussion Avri Borochov - double bass Evgeny Krolik - sound technician טליה ג. סולאן - שירה ספי עספורי - כלי מיתר יוני דרור - כלי נשיפה אביעד בן יהודה - כלי הקשה אברי בורוכוב -- קונטרבס ועיבוד יבגני קרוליק - סאונד בָּרְכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת ה'. ה' אֱלהַי גָּדַלְתָּ מְּאד. הוד וְהָדָר לָבַשְׁתָּ: עטֶה אור כַּשַּׂלְמָה. נוטֶה שָׁמַיִם כַּיְרִיעָה: הַמְקָרֶה בַמַּיִם עֲלִיּותָיו. הַשָּׂם עָבִים רְכוּבו. הַמְהַלֵּךְ עַל כַּנְפֵי רוּחַ: עשֶׂה מַלְאָכָיו רוּחות. מְשָׁרְתָיו אֵשׁ להֵט: יָסַד אֶרֶץ עַל מְכונֶיהָ. בַּל תִּמּוט עולָם וָעֶד: The 104th Psalm has long been known as the "Creation Psalm." This psalm presents a poem about the creation of the world. One of the longer psalms, it is traditionally divided into 35 verses. barchi nafshi et adonay praise the lord oh my soul adonay elohay gadalta meod O lord, thou art very great hod ve'hadar lavashta thou art clothed with honor and majesty oteh or kasalma who covereth thyself with light, as with a garment; oteh shamaim kayria who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain hamkare ba'maim aliyotav who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters hasam avim rechuvo who maketh the clouds his chariot hamehalech al kanfey ruach who walketh upon the wings of the wind oseh malachav ruchot who maketh winds his messengers mesharetav esh lohet flames of fire his minister yasad eretz al mechoneha who laid the foundations of the earth bal timot olam va'ed that it should not be moved forever. Category Music
Beautiful traditional Ancient Jewish song | performed by Orthodox Jewish religious singer Ofir Ben Shitrit
Beautiful Ancient Jewish song | Ofir Ben Shitrit | Hebrew songs Jewish music Israeli songs Jerusalem
Hear, O Israel, Hashem is our God, Hashem the One and Only (Deuteronomy 6:4).
When reciting the declaration of the unity of God, we are required to commit ourselves to this belief, that in the event we were coerced to deny Him, we would surrender our lives rather than do so. This concept is called mesiras nefesh, and in addition to our belief in God, there are only two other instances where we are to choose martyrdom rather than transgression: murder and adultery.
While the thought of surrendering one's life is frightening, it has unfortunately characterized much of Jewish history. However, since the urge for survival is innate and most intense and generally overrides all other considerations, how can so many Jews have risen to the challenge of mesiras nefesh?
The answer is quite simple. Just think of what life would be like if nothing was worth dying for: no ideals, no principles, no loyalty, no sacredness, no ultimate value. Under duress, everything would go. Could thinking people who pride themselves in living on a plane of life higher than that of brute beasts see any value in this kind of life?
There are things that are dearer than life that give life its great value.
Today I shall ... ... try to appreciate the full value of life, and realize that there are absolute values that make life precious.
Enjoy Dancing with the Torah and the final hag after a long holiday season.
Back to normal on either Tuesday or Wendesday
Love Yehuda Lave
Rabbi Yehuda Lave
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