Monday, July 13, 2015

Loving your fellow

 On this last Shabbat I communicated with G-d here in the holy city of  Jerusalem, did the Mitzvot, and went to a shabbat class on greeting people. In these days of extra sorrow (three week period), for our role in the needless hatred that was the cause of the destruction of the temple, the class discussed whether one could greet his fellow in synagogue before prayers are said. There is no problem of greeting after our morning prayer, but the issue is one of what can you say before you pray. It didn't feel right to be not friendly, my usual method of operation.

We, as serious worshipers of G-d, are supposed to say our prayers in the morning first before we do any business of the day other than taking care of our personal hygienic needs. By saying Shalom to another person, we may be indicating that we put someone else, before G-d.

Shalom" is the basic greeting in the Hebrew language. According to our Halacha, one should not greet people with a term of "shalom" [such as "shalom alaichem"] before prayer. This is as if one is making greeting a person more important than greeting Hashem.

However, we also have a principle called "derech eretz [civil, polite, considerate behavior]" and, as such, it is permissible to greet someone before prayer  with a term which does not have the term "shalom," such as by saying, "hello" or "good morning." If someone gives you a greeting before shul, you should reply, but without the term "shalom." One who is greeted and does not greet back is considered a thief who stole the greeting. The greeting of Good Shabbat was created with that idea in mind instead of Shabbat Shalom in those early morning hours and even during the week.

May we always remember that the Torah teaches us, that to be a mensch and use our common sense is the first rule of our Halacha. Proper behavior comes as the first way to emulate G-d.

Love Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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6 July 2015

If my Body Was a Car
This is just 
Too funny - scary how true it is!!! 

If my body was a car, this is the time I would be thinking about trading it in for a newer model. I've got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish and my paint job is getting a little dull...
But that's not the worst of it.


My headlights are out of focus, and it's especially hard to see things up close.


My traction is not as graceful as it once was. I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the best of weather.


My whitewalls are stained with varicose veins.


It takes me hours to reach my maximum speed. My fuel rate burns inefficiently.


But here's the worst of it.

Almost every time I sneeze, cough or sputter, Either My Radiator Leaks or My Exhaust Backfires!