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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Learn To Forgive

  Learn To Forgive


Consistently happy people are either in one of two conditions. Either no one has ever wronged or slighted them in any way. Or else they have forgiven those who have. Since it is almost impossible not to have been wronged or slighted, if you want to master happiness, you need to learn how to forgive.

Forgiving is like floating on water. You don't need to do anything. You just need to let go. When you were a young child of five or six, you became angry at your brothers, sisters, friends, and classmates. You might have even said, "I won't forgive you." Now when you look back at the vast majority of those situations, you will see that they were trivial. It is at present easy for you to forgive someone for not giving you a bite of their ice cream, not letting you play with their toys, or grabbing your ice cream or toys. Just as you have already forgiven them, you will be able to forgive others for more recent events when you realize that most things are trivial when compared to your emotional and spiritual well-being.

We all need our Creator's forgiveness. By forgiving others we elevate ourselves and render ourselves more worthy of being forgiven. When you find it difficult to forgive, pray with your own words for the strength to forgive.


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Klonsky's Shoe Repair

Ira Kaplan hadn't returned to the old neighborhood since he went off to fight in Vietnam. During a business trip to New York he visits his old neighborhood on Kotler Avenue in the Bronx.


Everything has changed over the years. Where once there was Edelstein's Delicatessen, there is now a McDonald's; where Fleischman's Dry Cleaning (One-Hour Martinizing) used to be, a Korean nail salon and spa now is; where Ginsberg's Department Store was, there is now a Gap.

Nothing is the same, except for the narrow storefront of Klonsky's Shoe Repair, which, dimly lit as ever, is still in business.


As Kaplan passes the shop, he recalls (such are the quirks of memory that he does not know how) that just before he was drafted to go off to Vietnam, he had left a pair of shoes with Mr. Klonsky that he never bothered to pick up.  Could they, he wonders, possibly still be there?


A small bell tinkles as he enters the dark shop.

Mr. Klonsky, who seemed old 40 years ago, shuffles out from the back. He is hunched over, wearing a leather apron, one eye all but closed.

"Excuse me, Mr. Klonsky," Kaplan says, "but I used to live in this neighborhood, and 40 years ago I left a pair of shoes with you for repair that I never picked up. Is there any chance you might still have them?"


Klonsky stares at him and, in his strong Eastern European accent, asks, "Vas dey black vingtips?"

"They were indeed," Kaplan only now recalls.

"And you vanted a halv sole, mit leather heels?"

"Yes," says Kaplan. "That's exactly what I wanted."

"And you vanted taps on the heels?"

"Yes, yes," says Kaplan. "Amazing! Do you still have them?"

Mr. Klonsky looks up at him, his good eye asquint, and says, "Dey'll be ready Vendsday."

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20 February 2016

If you already know about Hiram Bingham, so much the better.


Subject: Postage Stamp


USA Postage Stamp Honors Unsung Rescuer of Jews from the Nazis

Who was Hiram Bingham and why is he getting a stamp?

Just an interesting piece of evidence of the curious behavior of the Roosevelt administration toward the Jews during WWII.


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave a posthumous award for "constructive dissent" to Hiram (or Harry) Bingham, IV.  For over fifty years, the State Department resisted any attempt to honor Bingham.  For them he was an insubordinate member of the US diplomatic service, a dangerous maverick who was eventually demoted.  Now, after his death, he has been officially recognized as a hero.


Bingham came from an illustrious family.  His father (whom the fictional character Indiana Jones was based) was the archeologist who unearthed the Inca City of Machu Picchu, Peru, in 1911.  Harry entered the US diplomatic service and, in 1939, was posted to Marseilles, France, as American Vice-Consul.


The USA was then neutral and, not wishing to annoy Marshal Petain's puppet Vichy regime and because of rampant anti-semitism of certain State Department officials, including Assistant Secretary of State Breckenridge Long, illegally (and without the knowledge of President Roosevelt) ordered its representatives and consuls in Europe, including Marseilles, Lisbon, Zurich et al, not to grant visas to any Jews.  Bingham found this policy immoral and, risking his career, did all in his power to undermine it.


In defiance of his bosses in Washington , he granted over 2,500 USA visas to Jewish and other refugees, including the artists Marc Chagall and Max Ernst and the family of the writer Thomas Mann.  He also sheltered Jews in his Marseilles home, and obtained forged identity papers to help Jews in their dangerous journeys across Europe.  He worked with the French underground to smuggle Jews out of France into Franco's Spain or across the Mediterranean and even contributed to their expenses out of his own pocket.  In 1941, Washington lost patience with him.  He was sent to Argentina , where later he continued to annoy his superiors by reporting on the movements of Nazi war criminals.


Eventually, he was forced out of the American diplomatic service completely.


Bingham died almost penniless in 1988.  Little was known of his extraordinary activities until his son found some letters in his belongings after his death.  He has now been honored by many groups and organizations including the United Nations and the State of Israel.


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Torah from Reb Shlomo Carlebach on Sukkot.

 Torah from Reb Shlomo Carlebach on Sukkot.    "After Yom Kippur we feel homeless in our own homes. We don't want to live in a house where the protection is made out of stone or wood. We want to live in a house where it's clear to us that G-d himself is protecting us. I don't want to live in a house where I cannot see the stars in the sky. I want to live in a house where every little star can send me a message of light. I don't want to live in a house where maybe even one Jew does not feel at home. I want to live in a house where every Jew, and eventually the whole world, feels at home.
When I was in Russia on Sukkot, two non-Jewish girls in Moscow showed me the way to the synagogue. They stayed with us half the night in the Sukkah and then walked me back to the hotel. When they said goodbye, they said something prophetic to me:
"Maybe there shall never be peace in our days - maybe we shall never taste a peaceful world, but we shall always remember those few hours in the Succah of Peace, sitting in Paradise in the shade of G-d".
My beautiful friends, every second in the Sukkah, you can taste Paradise in the most eternal way. Once a year we sit with our holy Mothers and our holy Fathers in the Sukkah. I bless you and me, let it also be with our children - all the children of Israel and eventually all the children of the world.
All year long the Torah is such a burden. Every word weighs ten thousand tons and how often do we think it is really too much, but after being in the Sukkah for eight days, living in G-d's world again - a cleansed and purified holy world - I suddenly realize how light the Torah is. It's not I who carries the Torah; it's the Torah that carries me. So I run out from the Sukkah straight to the Holy Ark. I dance with the Torah for forty-eight hours. Before Sukkot I could barely carry the Torah four steps. After Sukkot I can carry the Torah forever.
Transcribed by (Rabbi) Samuel Intrator
Brooklyn, New York
Original version in Connections Magazine
Volume IV Number 1 - Succos 5749
Copyright (C) 1988 The Inner Foundation
  A sukkah is a temporary dwelling that Jews use during the holiday of Sukkot, meaning booth or hut. During this holiday, Jews are instructed to build a temporary structure in which to eat their meals, entertain guests, relax, and even sleep. The sukkah is reminiscent of the type of huts in which the ancient Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt, and is intended to reflect God's benevolence in providing for all the Jews' needs in the desert. According to Halakha, a sukkah is a structure consisting of a roof made of organic material which has been disconnected from the ground (the s'chach). A sukkah must have at least 2-1/2 walls. It should be at least three feet tall, and be positioned so that all or part of its roof is open to the sky (only the part which is under the sky is kosher.) A sukkah can be built on the ground or on an open porch or balcony. Indeed, many observant Jews who design their home's porch or deck will do so in a fashion that aligns with their sukkah building needs. Portable sukkahs have recently become available for those who have little space, or for those who are traveling (in order to have a place to eat one's meals).

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