Sunday, December 27, 2015

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Serve the Almighty with Joy

Serve the Almighty with joy, come before Him with singing" (Psalms 100:2).

The verse is recited daily in the morning prayers. But we have to internalize its message. Repeat this verse as often as possible, while thinking about what it means and how you can apply it.

This is especially important for a person with a tendency towards sadness. A sad person mentally repeats hundreds of sad messages a day. Repeating a verse with a positive, joyous message will serve as a good counter-balance.

Love Yehuda Lave

Orthodox Rabbis Issue Groundbreaking Declaration Affirming 'Partnership' With Christianity
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by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.17 Dec 20157,523

A group of prominent Orthodox rabbis in Israel, the United States and Europe have issued a historic public statement affirming that Christianity is "the willed divine outcome and gift to the nations" and urging Jews and Christians to "work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era."

"Jesus brought a double goodness to the world," the statement reads. "On the one hand he strengthened the Torah of Moses majestically" and on the other hand "he removed idols from the nations," instilling them "firmly with moral traits."

This year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the declaration issued in 1965 by the Second Vatican Council, which marked a watershed in Jewish-Christian relations.

In language unusual for its day, Nostra Aetate stated that "God holds the Jews most dear," stressed the great "spiritual patrimony common to Christians and Jews," and condemned "hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone."

Now, a group of Jewish leaders has responded in kind, expressing their desire to accept "the hand offered to us by our Christian brothers and sisters."

"Christians are congregations that work for the sake of heaven who are destined to endure, whose intent is for the sake of heaven and whose reward will not denied," the text reads.

The statement bears the title, "To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians," and is signed by over 25 prominent Orthodox rabbis, who invite fellow Orthodox rabbis to join in signing the statement.

"Now that the Catholic Church has acknowledged the eternal Covenant between G-d and Israel, we Jews can acknowledge the ongoing constructive validity of Christianity as our partner in world redemption, without any fear that this will be exploited for missionary purposes," it says.

Echoing recent words by Pope Francis, the document states: "We are no longer enemies, but unequivocal partners in articulating the essential moral values for the survival and welfare of humanity."

"Neither of us can achieve G-d's mission in this world alone," it says.

According to Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, one of the statement's initiators, the "real importance of this Orthodox statement is that it calls for fraternal partnership between Jewish and Christian religious leaders, while also acknowledging the positive theological status of the Christian faith."

"This proclamation's breakthrough is that influential Orthodox rabbis across all centers of Jewish life have finally acknowledged that Christianity and Judaism are no longer engaged in a theological duel to the death and that Christianity and Judaism have much in common spiritually and practically. Given our toxic history, this is unprecedented in Orthodoxy." said Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn, Academic Director of CJCUC.

Yeshiva broke into the spontaneous singing of Acheinu, a song about the unity of the Jewish people, after funeral of Aish HaTorah Rabbi Reuven Biermacher, murdered on the steps of Jaffa Gate to the Old City


"I feel bad for the embarrassment Steve Harvey is going through right now… He's a nice guy and I really enjoyed being on his show last year….of course $3000 made me like him even more!" – Rabbi Noach Muroff

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Why did Joseph attempt to "restrain himself?" Apparently, he sensed that the reconciliation was incomplete. What was missing?

It would seem that the effects of sinas chinom are so all-encompassing that only exile, in which all Israel suffers together, can wipe them out. Ultimately, as we said above, sinas chinom is a rebellion against G-d. Perhaps, in the case of such a general rebellion, all Israel together have to repent and return to Him in contrition. Perhaps Joseph sensed this. Clearly, even he was powerless to go any further. Only the Egyptian exile would suffice. And exile was coming!

Similarly, it would seem that the exile we experience today is the rectification for the sinas chinom that led to the destruction of the Second Temple (Yoma 9b). How can exile repair the effects of sinas chinom? Because sinas chinom arises from the desire to pull others down. In exile, we are pulled down by strangers! Mida keneged mida, we suffer from that which we wanted to do to others.

Perhaps this explains something of the distinction between the Messiah descended from Joseph and the Messiah descended from David. Joseph's words "Ani Yosef" were the initial step towards our rectification. The brothers took it upon themselves to reverse the disaster they had brought about by their own actions. But, as we said above, even Joseph had a hand in his own fate. Why did he have to reveal his dreams?

It seems that the final rectification awaits the day when all Israel understand fully the terrible consequences of sinas chinom, which arises from a lack in our acknowledgment that G-d is just in all His ways, even when He appoints one of us as king over the others.

The moment that we rejoice in the king who is selected from among us, we will greet the Messiah, son of David, and all our troubles will be over. May we see it soon in our days!

© Copyright 2015 by Roy S. Neuberger

This is just beautiful! Words and Pictures
Just think, none of these have been retouched, God made them perfect the first time!


Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.

~Henry James~


Compassionis language the deaf can hearand the blind can see.

~Mark Twain~DA884F1F7F874D90B9AE5945A04BFEFC_JounPC.

Carry a heart that never hates, a smile that never fadesanda touch that never hurts.


Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret,

For I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

~Robert Brault~
Treat everyone with politeness,even those who are rude toyou,

Not because they are nicebut because you are.


Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up.

A good character is the best tombstone.

Those who loved you will remember.

Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.

It's nice to be important,but it's more important to be nice.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.
It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.


If you want others to be happy,practice compassion.

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody,it saves so much trouble.
~Rudyard Kipling~
Don't be yourself — be someone nicer.

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy,
Even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.

Love your enemies - it will confuse them greatly.

There is one word which may serve as a rule forall one's life — reciprocity.


Grownups know that little things matterand that relationships are based on respect.

Don't wait for people to be friendly,show them how.
~Henry James~
The most important trip you may take in lifeis meeting people halfway.
~Henry Boyle~

When I was young,I admired clever people.
Now that I am old,I admire kind people.
~Abraham Heschel~

If we should deal out justice only in this world, who would escape?
No, it is better to be generousfor it gainsus gratitude.
~Mark Twain~

Be tender with the young,compassionate with the aged,tolerant of the weak,
Because someday in your life you will be all of these.
~George Washington Carver~

You can't live a perfect daywithout doing something for someone
Who will never be able to repay you.
~John Wooden~

If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing,how poor we would be.
~Antonio Porchia~

You cannot do a kindness too soonfor you never know how soon it will be too late.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

By swallowing evil words unsaid,no one has ever harmed his stomach.
~Winston Churchill~


Real generosity is doing something nice for someonewho will never find out.
~Frank A. Clark~

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Don't let those who take advantage of your generosity
Stop you from being generous.
~Author Unknown ~
Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.
~Maya Angelou~
In a world full of people who couldn't care less,be someone whocaresmore.
~Author Unknown ~

Love thy neighbor and if it requires that you bend the truth, thetruthwill understand.
~Robert Brault~
God gave us wrinkles so that we can remember,
and others can see,
where our smiles have been!