Tuesday, April 10, 2018

One must be humble before one prays and before one gets married which I am doing today. Please come to the CHuppa at 4:30  Pm  in the Blumfield park  acrross from the King Salomon

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

The wedding is today at 4:30 Pm overlooking the old city

We are doing the Chuppah at 4:30 in Bloomfield Garden on time (not Jewish time) as we want to make it to be on Yom Shelsie (Tuesday) April 10, 2018. Nisson 25, 5788)

Bloomfield Garden Rehov King David | Yemin Moshie neighborhood.

The entrance to the park is right on King David Street across form the King Salomon hotel.

There is an entrance that says water closet (bathrooms) and a large outdoor fountain right next to the street. There is also a parking lot right under the area by entering the parking lot on the top for Yemin Moshie and then just walk up a few stairs.

We will be in the grass just next to the fountain looking over a vista of the walls of the out city.

I hope all my friends can make it.

Love Yehuda Lave

Kindness Brings Spiritual Benefits

As you expand your consciousness of kindness, you create a more spiritual life. Your kindness and compassion for the Creator's children is an expression of your love for our Father, our King, Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

With your kindness and compassion you emulate God. As you help others, you create an inner light that illuminates your entire being.

So does getting married. Join me today

Love Yehuda Lave

Hidabroot - The Secret Prophecy in the Megillah of Esther Uncovered!

Why did Queen Esther ask to have Haman's ten sons hung? And what does their hanging have to do with the Nuremberg Trials, thousands of years after the miracle of Purim?

One must be Humble before our prayers will be heard


The Forgotten Precondition to Prayer

We read in Parashat Beshalah that when Beneh Yisrael found themselves trapped against the sea by the Egyptian army, G-d spoke to Moshe and said, "Ma Tis'ak Elai" – "Why are you crying out to Me?" (14:15). Rashi explains that Moshe was standing in prayer, and G-d now told him that he no longer needed to pray, as his prayers were answered. God told him that Beneh Yisrael should travel forward into the sea, which would miraculously split to allow them to cross safely.

Like every verse and every word in the Torah, there are multiple layers of interpretation of G-d's response to Moshe. One interpretation offers us a vital lesson about prayer, and about religious life generally.

Later in Parashat Beshalah, we read of Beneh Yisrael's complaints to Moshe and Aharon over the lack of food, to which Moshe and Aharon replied, "Ve'nahnu Ma Ki Talinu Alenu" – "What are we, that you complain to us?" (16:8). The Sages of the Midrash understood this as an expression of great humility. Although Moshe and Aharon were among the greatest men who ever lived, they nevertheless saw themselves as "Ma" – lowly and insignificant.

The commentators note that if the word "Ma" can denote humility and selflessness, then we arrive at a new and profound understanding of G-d's response to Moshe at the shores of the Yam Suf. The phrase "Ma Tis'ak Elai" can be read to mean, "With humility you cry out to Me." We must cry out to G-d with a sense of "Ma," with a recognition of just how lowly we are in comparison to Him, and how unworthy we are of His assistance and grace.

Indeed, the Rama (Rav Moshe Isserles of Cracow, 1525-1572), in his glosses to the Shulhan Aruch (Orah Haim 98:1), writes that before one begins to pray, he should reflect upon his lowliness. This is a crucial precondition to prayer, but unfortunately, it is something that is often neglected. When we think of ways to improve prayer, we naturally think of the importance of remaining quiet during the service, of proper concentration, and of understanding the words. Of course, these are all crucially important. But we cannot neglect this explicit ruling of the Shulhan Aruch, that we must think about our lowly stature and unworthiness before we stand before G-d to pray.

Why is the feeling of humility so vital to the effectiveness of prayer?

The Kabbalistic word "Sha'areh Orah" teaches that prayers in Eretz Yisrael are more powerful than prayers outside the Land of Israel because they do not have to travel. When we pray in the Diaspora, our prayers need to "journey" all the way to the site of the Temple in Jerusalem, and along the way, they are vulnerable to the negative spiritual forces that seek to interfere with our prayers and prevent them from reaching the Heavenly Throne.

When one prays in the Land of Israel, however, the prayers have a far shorter distance to travel, and thus there is far less risk of their failing to reach their destination. There is, however, a way to ensure that prayers anywhere in the world ascend directly to G-d without any threat of interference. The verse says in Yeshayahu (57:15) that G-d resides with "Daka U'shfal Ru'ah" – those who suffer and those who are humble.

When a person experiences pain, such as in times of illness or other personal crises, G-d is close to him; likewise, G-d is close to one who is lowly and humble. And thus such people are far more likely to have their prayers accepted. Since G-d is right near them, their prayers do not need to travel, and can reach the Almighty without interference.

This is why an ill patient's prayers for himself are more effective than other people's prayers on his behalf, and this is also why humility is such an important prerequisite for prayer. Before we begin praying, we must take a few moments to contemplate our lowliness, our inadequacies, our mistakes and our shortcomings. Once we realize our low stature, G-d will come near and eagerly listen and lovingly accept all our prayers, Amen.

How NOT to Perform Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick)

Humorous video that is featured on the educational DVD entitled "Bikur Cholim - Sense and Sensitivity" Hosted by Rabbi Paysach Krohn. Produced by Chananya Kramer of Kolrom Multimedia, and performed by Mich Cohen and Shmop Weisbord. Legs and feet provided by Yaakov Kramer. Special Thanks to Elimelech Goldstien for facilitating the filming in the hospital.

God Wants You To Be Happy

By Rabbi David Aaron

When I was in my early 20s, I studied in a yeshiva and completed my rabbinical ordination. After many years of full-time Torah learning, I felt I would like to start reaching out and teach. Because there are so many thirsty souls in the world that know so little about the Torah, I felt that I should share what I have learned thus far. But I wasn't sure if it was the right thing to do just yet; perhaps I was too young or perhaps I was not learned enough. I decided to ask a Torah scholar, Rabbi Joseph Shalom Eliyashuv, for advice. Rabbi Eliyashuv is considered to be one of the greatest Torah authorities of our generation, and I was a little nervous to meet him. I shared with him my dilemma and asked him, "What does G-d want me to do?"

Rabbi Eliyashuv turned to me and said, "You should sit and continue to learn for a couple more years." Hearing that, I must have made a very contorted face, like "ugh!" because he asked, "What's wrong?" Spontaneously I said, "But I'm not happy just sitting and learning. I want to go out and teach!"
"Why, then, are you asking questions?" he asked. I was shocked by his question. It is common for everyone in the Torah community to ask Torah Sages questions.
"I beg your pardon," I stammered.
"Why are you asking questions?"
"Because I want to know, what is it that G-d wants me to do?"
"Of course, G-d wants you to be happy," he answered, "and you didn't tell me you weren't happy in the yeshiva. If you're not happy just sitting and learning, and you'd be happier going out and teaching Torah, then do it. Don't you think teaching Torah is also a commandment?"

Suddenly I realized how I had missed a fundamental Torah truth. I did not understand my happiness was an important or even valid factor in religious law. In fact, I assumed that the more you suffer the holier you must be. Can you imagine my surprise and relief? Had I not made that contorted face, and had the great Rabbi Eliyashuv not been sensitive enough to see it, I would have walked out of his office and sat in yeshiva for years, feeling miserable and thinking that I am such a holy martyr — a true servant of G-d. It may sound crazy, but that was my baggage. I did not think that happiness was a consideration in Torah law. But here was one of the greatest rabbis of our time — a holy gourmet chef — saying, "G-d wants you to be happy."

If a facet of Torah life is making your unhappy then you need to take counsel with an expert Torah sage to get clarity. Perhaps you have misunderstood the Torah requirements of you or you are misapplying Torah's directives. But be sure to remember – God wants you to be happy.

Casablanca (1942): Play it Sam, Play As Time Goes By. Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Sinatra sings

In one of the most romantic scenes of all times, Bergman and Bogart reminance their lost love

Casablanca - Rick's "play it Sam"

Rick says if she can take, so can he as his heart breaks

See you tomorrow, when I hope I will be a happily married man

Love Yehuda Lave

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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