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Darkness is not chased away with sticks, not even cannons. One simply lights a small candle and the darkness flees before it.
The world says that time is money, but I say that money is time. In order to earn enough money to satisfy his desires, one must sacrifice inordinate amounts of time. For me, that sacrifice is too great.
Holocaust Survivor Has A Message For Bernie Sanders
God should protect us from Jews like you, shame on you, Bernie Sanders,' says Holocaust survivor, accusing him of 'wanting to break Israel'
Exciting Hebron tour by Shalom Pollack - Still time to sign up!
A lot of people will be visitrf Hevron this Shabbat for Parasha Chaya Sarah. Personally I love Hevron, but I don't love crowds. I will be going (bli -neder) with Shalom Pollock Wendesday with out the crowds and coming home to sleep in my own bed. Let me know if you sign up and if you are coming please.Yehuda
Hevron as never before. Wednesday, November 27 We will visit the Hevron that most do not see or experience. Besides the Patriarchs and Matriarchs tombs, we will visit: - The recently excavated remains of Second Temple Hevron including the largest ritual baths ever found. - The remains of the city from the times of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs.- The new audio-visual presentation and the refurbished history museum. - The renewed Jewish quarter including the redeemed "Avraham Avinu" synagogue. - View of the city from the roof of the rebuilt "Shavei Hevron yeshiva" - Visit with a pioneer family of the renewed ancient Jewish quarter. We will have lunch in the "pioneers cafeteria". You can purchase food there or bring your own. On the way back to Yerushalayim we will visit Rachel's tomb. Departure at 9:00 from the Inbal hotel Return around 5:00 Cost: 200 shekels firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch: Rabbi Shalom Gold Urges Diaspora Jews to Come to Israel 'Not Because of Bernie Sanders, But Because You WANT to Come!' By Hana Levi Julian
The mitzvah of a Jew coming to live in the Land of Israel is not an obligation, but rather is a commandment of choice because it is the will of God, according to the numerous sources quoted by Rabbi Shalom Gold, the Rav of Kehilat Zichron Yoseph in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.
The rabbi calls that mitzvah an "awesome opportunity," one that should not be ignored.
"If you want to know the significance of the State of Israel, just follow what's happening to the Kurds today," Rabbi Gold says in a video conversation he recently recorded for the "Bring Them Home – Aliyah Now!" project, dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of Diaspora Jewry moving to the Land of Israel.
Rabbi Gold is one of a group of English-speaking rabbis and rebbetzins who themselves have come to live in Israel, and recorded brief video addresses with their thoughts and philosophies on the subject for the project.
"Just follow what's happening to the Kurds today," the rabbi says. "They're being massacred, and they've been massacred for 50, 60, 100 years. The Armenians were slaughtered. Large number of Kurds, large number of Armenians. But they had – they don't have, they don't even have today, they don't have a state. The state is that which was given to the Jewish people . . . and we have to be able to appreciate it."
The rabbi adds that although according to the United Nations there are 70 million refugees in the world at present, "not a single Jew is a refugee today. Jews have a home. That's where we belong."
Shaking his head, he adds, "I don't want Jews to come from America because of Bernie Sanders or the 'gang squad' or because there's growing anti-Semitism.
"That's not why you should come. You should come because you want to come. That's clearly the will of God.
"But I'm afraid that the ability to come by choice, as a result of a pull to Eretz Israel and not a push out of where you're living, that window of opportunity is closing," the rabbi said somberly.
"I don't know when it's going to happen, but it may happen very soon, that Jews will have to get out of where they are.
"Then you'll lose this great opportunity. Grab it now."
Using Story of Jewish Converts to Christianity, Pope Denounces Increasing Violence Against Jews By David Israel
Pope Francis last week warned that violence against Jews is on the rise again. Speaking at his weekly general audience, the pope reflected on the life of a first-century married Jewish couple who accompanied Paul in his ministry and were expelled from Rome by Claudius Caesar in the year 49, Crux reported.
The pope departed for a moment from his prepared remarks to suggest the world has "seen so many brutalities done against the Jewish people, and we were convinced that this was over."
"But today the habit of persecuting Jews is beginning to be reborn," he said. "Brothers and sisters: this is neither human nor Christian; the Jews are our brothers and sisters and must not be persecuted! Understood?"
Following their expulsion from Rome, the Jewish couple settled in Corinth where they met Paul and welcomed him into their home. They later accompanied him on his travels to Syria.
Pope Francis said that among all of Paul's helpers, Priscilla and Aquila "emerge as models of a married life responsibly committed to the service of the entire Christian community." He said the couple serve as a reminder that "thanks to the faith and commitment to evangelization by so many lay people like them, Christianity has come to us."
That story certainly doesn't warm the hearts of too many Jewish people, seeing as Paul is viewed as the man responsible for turning the minor Christian cult into a world dominating juggernaut, complete with repression, torture and massacres of millions of Jews.
We did some Wiki (check out Priscilla and Aquila), so you won't have to, and came up with this: Priscilla and Aquila are described in the New Testament as providing a presence that strengthened the early Christian churches. Paul was generous in his recognition and acknowledgment of his indebtedness to them. Together, they are credited with instructing Apollos, a major evangelist of the first century, and "explaining to him the way of God more accurately."
Priscilla was a woman of Jewish heritage and one of the earliest known Christian converts who lived in Rome. Some scholars have suggested that Priscilla was the author of the Book of Hebrews.
This Shabbat we read the fifth Torah Portion in the book of Genesis - "Khayey Sarah" - The Life of Sarah.
The Torah tells us about Avraham who acquires the Cave of Makhpela from Ephron in order to bury his wife Sarah there.
(MAKHPELA comes from the root כפל - KEFEL, meaning double, since it had a cave within a cave).
In the presence of all the people of Heth Abraham formally purchased the Cave of Makhpela from Ephron paying 400 Shekels (in Big Coins).
"Avraham weighed out for Ephron the silver of which he had spoken in the hearing of the children of Het, four hundred shekels of silver, transferable to the merchant." (23:16)
In this verse appears a special expression: "transferable to the merchant."
Our Sages explained this expression, saying that it implies that Avraham gave Ephron coins of great value – currency that merchants accept everywhere.
What caused our Sages explain this expression in this way?
Rabbi Yonatan Eybeshutz from Prague elucidates this explanation in a brilliant manner:
Avraham, who was in direct contact with God, fulfilled the entire Torah and acted according to Torah law.
Torah law says that it is prohibited to give an idol worshipper bars of gold and silver, out of concern that he will melt them down and make idols from them and worship them.
However, it is permitted to give an idol worshipper gold and silver coins if the value of the coin is higher than the value of the metal that it is made from – because then it would not pay for the idol worshipper to melt down the coins, as he would come out with a loss.
Therefore, Avraham gave Ephron coins such as these, that are accepted everywhere, with a value that was more than the metal they were made from, so there was no concern that Ephron would make idols from them.
We all have somewhere our own "Idols" that really are not worth so much, and which in fact hinder our growth and development in life.
It is worthy to consider, what could be our "Big Coins" to overcome these unworthy idols...
After his death Abraham was also buried in the Cave of Makhpela.
Tradition tells us that in the Cave of Makhpela (Cave of Patriarchs) are buried four couples:
1. Adam and Hava (Eve)
2. Abraham and Sarah
3. Yitzhak (Isaac) and Rivka
4. Yaakov (Jacob) and Leah
In this Tora portion appears an expression "AM HA'ARETZ":
And Abraham rose up, and bowed down to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. (Genesis 23,7)
Originally the expression "AM HA'ARETZ" meant – People of the land / Group of people / Crowd.
However in the times of The Second Temple this expression was used to describe someone who was not knowledgeable in regards with the Jewish laws.
Nowadays the expression "AM HA'ARETZ" is used to describe an uneducated person.
An even stronger expression to describe a completely illiterate person is "BUR VE'AM H'ARETZ".