Mamar Parshas Eikev

Dear Chaveirim.

This week Parshas Eikev we have a deep mamar, discussing the three Broches of Birkas Hamozen that are mentioned in the Torah. We are suggesting that they are aimed to purify the three compartments that the body is comprised of: The brain that contains the Neshome, the heart that contains the Ruach, and the liver that contains the Nefesh. When we eat food the nourishment passes first through the liver to feed the Nefesh; next, the heart receives the filtered food, devoid of some of the waste to feed the Ruach; then the highest quality nutrients reach the brain to feed the Neshome. The more spiritual limbs and organs require higher quality, less contaminated nutrients. These three major organs serve the Nefesh, Ruach and Neshome, respectively, and they are all nourished by our food.

With this in mind we go on to explain the Mamar of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s in the Mishnah of Pirkei Ovos: “Rabbi Shimon states that three who ate together at the same table without discussing divrei Torah resemble those who have eaten from offerings to idols”. This in our opinion can be understood as referring to any individual sitting down to eat a meal. Even if he is eating alone, he can still be considered as: “Three that are dining together”, they are the Nefesh in the liver, the Ruach in the heart and the Neshome in the brain. By learning Torah we are purifying the food to have a positive effect on the three compartments mentioned.

The rest of the mamar you can read in the wonderful translation of Dr. Baruch Fox.

Have a wonderful Shabbes

Pinches

~  For the full Mamar in Lashon Hakodesh, see the weekly “Hamachne Hachareidi”. ~

 ~ Click the link below for the full English translation ~

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Parshas Vaeschanan & Shabbos Nachamu

Dear Chaveirim

This upcoming Shabbes kodesh – Shabbes Nachamu, the thirteenth of menachem Av, is the Your-tzeit of the holy kabbalist Rabbi Nosen Notah Shapirah, zy”a. He is the author of the world known seifer “Megaleh Amukos”, which elucidates the opening verse of parshas Vaeschanan in two-hundred and fifty two different ways—equivalent to the numerical value of the words “Rav Lecho”, which are part of Hashem’s response to Moshe’s heartfelt pleas. As the name of the sefer implies, Megaleh Amukos, he reveals deep, heavenly insights contained within the five hundred and fifteen prayers formulated by Moshe—the numerical equivalent of Vaeschanan—imploring Hashem to permit him to enter the promised land, and in the HaKodesh Boruch Hu’s response to Moshe Rabeinu: “Rav loch, al tosef daber eilei od baduver haze” – It is too much for you! Do not continue to speak to me further about this matter.”

As you are all probably aware we are mentioning in our Mamorim divrei torah from the “Megale Amukos” numberless times. In this mamar we also bring a dvar torah from him on the weekly parsha, so we can learn a dvar torah from him on the day of his Your-tzeit. So If you can please drink a lechayim for his holy Neshome so he should be a meilitz yosher to all of us, we should be zoche to: Nachamu Nachamu Ami, to experience and be part of the Geule Shleime bimhiro beyominu omein.

Have a wonderful and lechtiken shabbes.

Pinches

~  For the full Mamar in Lashon Hakodesh, see the weekly “Hamachne Hachareidi”. ~

 ~ Click the link below for the full English translation ~

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Bein-Hamtzorim ~ Shabbes-Chazon

Dear Chaveirim.

This upcoming Shabbos is called “Shabbos Chazon” because we read in the Haftore the prophesy of: “Chazon Yeshayau ben amotz”, who warned klal Yisruel about the upcoming churban. Shabbos Chazone always falls during the month of Av, during the last of the three weeks, so it is the accurate time to reflect upon a tremendous insight concerning the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash. The holy prophet Yirmiyah revealed in Megillas Eichah (2,1): “Hishlich mishomayim oretz tiferes yisruel” – He cast down from heaven to earth the glory of Yisroel; and He did not remember His footstool on the day of His wrath. Our blessed sages expound on this verse in the Midrash (Eichah Rabbosi 2,2):

“It is analogous to the inhabitants of a kingdom who made a crown for the king; they kept provoking and angering the king and, yet, he tolerated them; finally, the king said to them that seeing as he tolerates their provocations only because of the crown they fashioned on his behalf, “here is your gift tossed back in your faces”; so, too, did the Holy One say to Yisroel, “I only tolerate your provocations due to the glorious image of Yaakov that is engraved upon my Throne, here it is tossed back in your faces,” as it is written: “He cast down from heaven to earth the glory of Yisroel.”

This Midrash is surely perplexing and disturbing to any intelligent person. How can we even imagine that the Holy One, who chooses Yisroel and loves Yisroel, would react in this manner to Yisroel’s provocations? Certainly, He is capable of punishing them even with Yaakov’s image still engraved on His Throne. There must definitely be a deeper, hidden meaning to this Midrash; it is incumbent upon us to unravel this mystery to the best of our limited abilities.

We are proposing a wonderful idea based on very strong fundaments from our great Rabbis, that as long as Yaakov’s image was engraved on the Throne of Glory in the heavenly Bais Hamikdosh above, the heavenly Bais Hamikdosh could not be destroyed—Yaakov’s sanctity imparted an everlasting quality to it. Being unable to destroy the heavenly Beis HaMikdash, Hashem would have been forced to mete out his punishment and wrath directly upon Yisroel.

As a result, the Holy One mercifully devised the plan to cast down Yaakov’s image from heaven to earth. This allowed the destruction of the heavenly Beis HaMikdash; thereby allowing the destruction of the earthly Beis HaMikdash; thus, permitting Hashem’s wrath to be visited upon mere sticks and stones—sparing Yisroel from devastation and extinction.

So my friends it is our duty and obligation to see to it, that Yaakov’s image should be returned to  the throne of Glory in the heavenly Bais Hamikdosh above very soon when we will be zoche to the Geule Shleime Bimheiro Beyomeinu Omein.

If you truly want to enjoy the rest of the mamar read the professional and beautiful translation by Dr. Baruch Fox.

Have a wonderful and lechtiken Shabbos

Pinches

~  For the full Mamar in Lashon Hakodesh, see the weekly “Hamachne Hachareidi”. ~

 ~ Click the link below for the full English translation ~

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Mamar Parshas Pinchas

Dear Chaveirim.

This coming shabbos, we read in the Torah Parshas Pinchas. In a normal, non-leap year, parshas Pinchas always falls during the first of the “three weeks,” between the seventeenth of Tamuz and the ninth of Av. During these three weeks, it is incumbent upon all Jews to mourn and lament the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash and to daven for the final and complete redemption. Seeing as these things do not occur by mere coincidence, there is, obviously, an intimate connection between parshas Pinchas and the “three weeks.”

We are exploring the idea for reading parshas Pinchas at the onset of the “three weeks” bassed on the Targum Yonasan: That Hashem promised Pinchas that he will be made into an angel, living forever and announcing the redemption in the end of days. This matter is presented at greater length in the Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni here) who tells us: Pinchas and Eliyahu hanavi are one and the same; just as he facilitated shalom, peace, between the Almighty and Yisroel at that time, so, too, he will serve this function once again in the future.

So brothers at a time of mourning over the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash and Yisroel’s extended golus, it provides tremendous chizuk to recall the merit of Pinchas who is Eliyahu, who willingly put his life on the line for the honor of the Almighty and in order to protect Yisroel from annihilation. We also intend to persuade him to fulfill that which Hashem promised him: That he will appear to herald the redemption.

Let us all do what we can, learning Torah and doing Mitzvhos, respecting each other to the point of “AHVAS CHINAM” – friendship and love without any expectation in return, so we will hasten the time that these three weeks of mourning should, as predicted by the prophet (Zechariah 8,19), will soon be transformed into days of rejoicing and happiness.

A wonderful & Lechtiken Shabbes

Pinches

~  For the full Mamar in Lashon Hakodesh, see the weekly “Hamachne Hachareidi”. ~

~ Click the link below for the full English translation ~

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