January 29, 2009

More & More + Computer tech save me!

Filed under: Sefer Yom Lyom,Tzfat bombings,Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 6:18 am

I have hit a video furry, save me! I just came back from doing another. If we can’t raise the money for a new computer, I need some technically advanced human to explain to me why all usb things I plug in are unrecognized. Is this a falty motherboard? I have tried device manager fixes with no luck. Also my sound is skipping. I have run 2 antivirus and spyware.

Okay, I am going to go out on the limb here. Anyone who donates the computer will get all the money back! This is a promise from the Talmud. One will never loose from giving charity! Cause I am editing on a laptop (since the PC usb problems) with 40 gig hard drive and I have no roommmmmmmmmmmmmmmm to work! I can’t edit off the external cause it takes 8 hours to save and chances of errors are too high.

August 20, 2006

Life back to normal now

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 8:37 pm

After many days following the war, life is beginning to turn around quickly to the realm of normalcy. Today Cheder opened for the boys despite bain hazmanim, summer vacation. Peoples frowns are beginning to return to the usual smiles we are used to seeing. Stores are all open and people are greeting one another with a new appreciation. Everyone is asking another how long they stayed during the war and where in the south they visited. I finally got gas in my house so we could use the oven. I think if someone told anyone of the people here that the war would begin again, I think people would cry in pain, so happy are they too return to their normal life. At the same time, as I pass by the little children, I hear them speak about the wonderful experiences they had while away, enjoying the opening arms are their fellow people. As far as money is concerned, little to non has really been handed out by government agencies or charities. Most people recieved at the most, $200 of actual cash to help them througth the finacial burden of the war. I wish I had collected more to give as I believe every family should have at least $1,000 of cash help from the lack of work during the last month. Not to mention all the traveling fees.

August 14, 2006

So I made it through the entire ride

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 11:01 pm

Look, not to brag or anything but I am one of a select few who rode out the storm. Let me ask you though, now what for Reb Moshe? I think most of my life was a war in some way or another. For many years it was a war with myself, other times a war against loshon hara, sometimes it was a war against the kkk in my area, and sometimes an unfortunate war between friends. This war has made me realize how weak the support is around me and how I have to build this better. I’ll tell you, I have so many great people I have met online, some consider me their Rabbi, others their personal friend, but here in Tzfat, I am rather alone with my family. The truth is though, I had wanted it this way. A quiet life to run away from my hard outreach work online but then again, sometimes its just too quiet here.

If I could, I would take all of you, my deepest online friends, even those who view the videos but are too shy to say hello, and make an entire Jewish town with you. It would mamish be the sweetest place in the world. Twenty to fourty thousand of the sweetest yiddalas in the world. Ummm, I can taste the sweetness.

The man isn’t going to make noise

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 10:03 am

As many heard on my interview with talk radio, I had explained how when the sirons go off, the children say, the old man is making noise. This morning, I asked the children if they would like to play on the marpest, porch. They responded, “what about the man”. I told them, “The man isn’t going to be making noise anymore”, almost tearing. Excitedly, they ran to get their socks on to play once again!

Honestly, today I figure to get as much done as possible since we don’t know how long this ceasefire will last.

The Cat in the Bais Medresh

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 1:13 am

Tonight I was down in Meor Chaim, southern Tzfat. It was a bit creapy as most people from these parts haven’t returned yet. You can’t really blame then when building 9, 10, and 12 were hit by rockets. While down there I went into the otherwise busy shul of Meor chaim. It was empty except for me and a wild Israeli Katul, cat. I told him, my little friend, you can’t be here. You are not tahar to be in a Bais Medresh I said to him soft but firmly. I told him he had to leave in two languages but mostly I spoke from the heart. I was amazed that the Israeli cat which usually runs from people simply allowed me to open the door for him and then he gently walked past me. So my firneds, you want to know what Tzfat is like during the war? Even the cats are lonely!

Anyone want to be Reb Moshe’s friend?

August 13, 2006

Ceasefire?

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 3:09 am

Really, a ceasefire? I guess it’s now time for some post-war deep reflections come Monday.

Sunday they have still been bombing us during the afternoon.

It is official, there is now a ceasefire come tommarow morning. Why don’t I feel more safer now??

I already hear from friends that they are returning tomarrow to Tzfat. The thoughts of the people hear are, what will tonight be like? Will they finish up their arsonal?

August 11, 2006

Friday Bombings & collecting for the poor

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 3:28 pm

Well we heard some 10 bombs fall in Tzfat today. I taped the front windows up as sometimes pressure from the bombs falling in the area can shatter a window. My wife tells me I will never be able to get the tape off the way I did it. Oh well, we need double pane replacement windows anyway. Boruch Hashem there is food for people being delievered, arts and crafts are coming next week that we arranged from America for over 500 families. Now we still could use toys for kids and the most practical thing, MONEY. I have raised enough to help about a dozen families with money but this is very disapointing due to the 200 families I personally know who need money. Hey but every bit counts and I am amazed how many people contributed though knowone person has come forward and given more then $200 cash. Cash right now is the number one way to help the people of Tzfat.

Current Events, Liquid Bombs

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 1:18 am

Just when we thought we heard it all. Little rockets could be launched and the best radar and air servanlance in the world wouldn’t stop the people from firing them. Now we hear anyone could bring liquid explosives sucessfully on a plane? Knowone is safe anymore?

My friends, King Solomon says, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Proverbs). Things are not more or less safe then they were 100 years ago. You are not safer in an airplane or in the USA then I am here in Tzfat. My friends, this time these guys were caught but if we don’t start placing our trust in Hashem and fear only in Him, they won’t caught in the future. Hashem first gives easy warning signs for people to repent and when we do not adhear to them, He sends just a little stronger one. As it says in Tomer Devorah, “Hashem is great in patience”.

August 9, 2006

I saw Lebanan Today!

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 6:58 pm

Tzfat is only 10miles from Lebanan. Today I had to go to Carmiel which has also been attacked by rockets. While there I had some business dealings with a few arabs, they too were taking cover during the sirons and they too are stressed from the war. Some of the homes in the arab villages accross from the Jewish Carmiel city are hit all the time accedently. From Carmiel I then went to Naharia. First stop of course, the beach. Not too worry, there was absolutely nobody there! I saw in the ocean materials which were either from pieces of rockets which fell in the water and went to the shore or actual material from the navy boat that got hit. I saw a lot of black burnt up metel. From there we decided to take the shorter road back to Tzfat which goes as close as 1 mile from the border. While on this road we heard bombs landing on Israeli soil in a distance. On the way we saw Israeli army trucks taking 100 small bombs. Most of the drivers on the road were army personel in uniform driving private cars heading too and from the border. We were tempted to go see the border already being so close but were satisfied to just see Lebanon in the distance. I saw a bit of smoke vapor from the fighting or maybe I imagined this, I am not unsure. It felt a bit like being in a video war game. Wow, I have just been in 3 of the cities hurt by the katusha rockets. Maybe tomarrow I should check out Kiryat Shemona? NOT! You feel the war more in these places as there are many more army trucks around and you can hear more explosions. I told my friend, it is good we came here, now we won’t complain when going back to Tzfat. Naharia is hit about 1/3 more often then Tzfat and with bombs, that makes a bit of a difference.

p.s. This is some great countryside up here, especially nearer to the border!

I am Happy!

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 3:18 am

I wrote that I was depressed from the bombings in my previous post. I was trying to help people feel what life is like here living with bombs. A new day started, I am happy now, very happy. I’m already planning a day trip next week with the kids in order to take them to the Jerushalayim zoo. I have 3 boys kina hara.

Nobody volenteered after my previous post about needed help take the site to the next level (see there). Now this makes me sadder then the bombs. I have a singles site with thousands on it yet only one person in the last year has come forward to offer any help with it. It is tub b av, anyone want a segulah to get married? (i don’t get it, sorry, this singles site is for you after-all, sigh)

War ending today?

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 1:14 am

Lots of Tzaddikim are saying that the war is ending today, tuv b av. During tuv b av, many people getting married and find their destined marriage partners. Hatzlacha to all of you and maybe they are correct, the war will end. Right now though, after all the bombs that hit building 9 and 12 in Meor Chaim, its hard to imagine! Folks, I have a new video from the bombings with smoke but I don’t want to air it since I see that I am getting many hits from Lebanon now to the site.

Keep the love coming my friends, I can’t get enough of it, you know!

August 8, 2006

Thank you for your Donations

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 2:06 pm

I would like to thank all those who have donated from their hard earned money to the help the poor of Tzfat fund. You guys are great!

Donate here

Hate to admit it

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 1:47 pm

I hate to admit it but I am kinda depressed. I mean sirons are going on here the same times each day, you hear the missles hit and explode. You can’t exactly walk around haphazardly outside and there is nothing really open. You kinda just sit at home eating chocolate too sooth the pain while wondering when you will get your life back. When you ponder the events around you, you got to think, not for a very long time, unfortunately. Anyways, this is why some of our brethern go away for a least a few days here and there. As far as the Jewish nation, I think they just don’t get it, that 1million of their brothers and sisters live in bomb shelters. Have old friends called to see if I were still alive and kicking, no. Do I expect anyone too, no.

The reality is that I simply sit here alone with Hashem, too worn out to think properly about anything. I don’t really know how to server Him now as there is not much written about how to serve Hashem in these unusual times.

I know that my greatest friends are those around the world whom I may never meet and really get to know. They are probably the sweetest and best people in the world. Maybe I should do a tour just to meet you all?

August 7, 2006

The soul of Tzfat Calls out in Pain

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 1:41 am

“I sat out on my balcony this evening, and tears moistened my cheeks; I weep for the holy city of Tzfat!” Reb Moshe of Tzfat.

I was once a holy city that thrived with life and the voice of Torah. This was during the time of the holy Arizal and Rabbi Yosef Karo. However, after they passed away, I became alone and destitute. Every one hundred years or so, people somehow think of me again and seek to rebuild this place in its original splendor. History proves an earthquake or hostile takeover will normally take place. My people abandon me, only to rebuild later. Now I sit here, alone once again, with few comforting me.

I understand why everyone left. Life simply became too abnormal; with large metal objects exploding all around me. What hurts most is that people were really starting to care about me again. Torah study could be heard everywhere. Oh, those joyous sounds were intoxicating. How much joy I began to feel! Builders were building, children were playing, and the tourists came to visit once again. When it was Bein Hazmanim (summer and winter vacation), the streets were full of souls admiring my forgotten beauty and holiness. I almost felt as if the holy Ari and his students were back again, pearls of wisdom dropping from their lips. Oh, but having come so far; I am now like a widow without her children.

My dearest children from all over the world: Those of you that live here, or who have visited me, understand my pain. You know the pain of my children who have been forced to leave my protection. Do not abandon them, or me, in our time of need. My greatest fear is that many will not return. Those who once lived here may abandon me because they are just so afraid. If only you knew of all that I, this most holy and sacred place, have to give to you. All you need do is walk along my streets and place your faith in the notion that Hashem will protect us. The air in this place, if only we were pure enough of heart to breathe it in with true fear of Hashem, would prevent anyone from fleeing. If every step were truly dangerous, if every move one of destruction, all would still remain. Their attention would be completely focused on the spirituality that can only be found in these mountains.

Sweet children of the world, if you want a city which will care about you and hold you close, counting your every move, I will be that city for you. In your hour of need, in your sadness, I will hold you close. I will comfort you in my air of tranquility. To those who dream of being here in my presence, basking in my kedusha, I want you to know that I think of you as well. When you think of me, you are here too. To you, I am your precious city. To me, you are my life.

The City of Kabbalah,
The root of the Wind and Air,
The holy city of Tzfat, Eretz Yisrael
Reb Moshe of Tzfat, www.ilovetorah.com

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August 6, 2006

Sunday Bombings & Monday

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 11:32 pm

My friends, they usually pound us with a lot of katushas at once lately in the afternoon. There was a wedding tonight in Tzfat and all the people left from the shul joined in on it. The attmophere was nice but people seemed very tired and worn out. Not really knowing how long this will continue to last and how the kids and wives are tiring. We also wonder how long after it stops will it take the community to get back on its regular schedual. Nobody things that the rockets will ever stop completely and all fear that its so easy to fire one that Tzfat might always have an occational bomb here or there. Well, only Hashem knows.