July 31, 2006
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July 30, 2006
11pm Quiet night Boruch Dayin HaEmes (on the memorial of the Arizal) a holy Tzaddik passed away, Rav Michel Dorfman Z’T'L. I have been calling him for advice for over 10 years so it comes as a great shock to me and my family. This Holy Sage was about 100 years old and lived a life of the old time Tzaddikim. Every morning he awoke for Tikkun Chatzos and then davened at sunrise. He was in Siberia camps for many years. He was the outstanding leader of Breslov Chassidus in Mea Sharim. Those who knew him, knew of his sweetness and brilliance. To anyone he could open up their entire life before their very eyes and shine light into all their dark places. His last words to me a few months ago were, “You have something very important for the Jewish people, now you have to travel the entire world or whatever it takes to get your books and materials published and out to the nation.” He told my friend at this same meeting, “You want to be a Breslover Chassid? Then do hisbodidus, talk to Hashem.”
12am I can’t put into words the pain I have from this Rabbi’s passing. I have never been one to deal well with the loss of life even though we learn that for a Tzaddik, it is simply like walking from one room to the next. Maybe I am a bit extreme in my inabilities in this area. For some people there are certain things which simply break their heart in two. For me, its not a war and rockets, its missing someone you care about and knowing you can’t see them again till Moshiach, the messiah comes. So this past year, I observed the memorial the day after for my father, may he have an aliyah, Shlomo Zavel Ben Yaakov. So who can mend my broken heart this day? Words will not be enough. I am simply without a Sage whos eyes shown great light unto the entire world. What is even more amazing is that I barely even knew him compared to those who lived nearer to him in Jerushayim. Can you imagine their hearts tonight? My friends, I think you will start to hear stories about this Sage soon because he certainly made an impression on thousands of people.
Today is the Ari’s Yirtzite (Memorial) (The greatest Rabbi to live in Tzfat, Israel). In the morning people were davening by the Tzaddik and scared when bombs started flying in the area. This afternoon hundreds returned to go to the mikvah and Ari’s grave. A Sefardic Rabbi came and began staying the psalms and all answered in unison. The davening was beautiful.I just returned from there feeling very content.
So as far as living in a war and bombings. Well I guess a person can get used to anything. Bombs are simply a part of our life now and we are not suprised when someone is hurt by them or places damaged. So while the rest of the world forgets about the poor and helpless Jews of Tzfat, we, the people of Tzfat continue to adapt to the new way of life. Living not in fear but simply with the unexpected. Not knowing if we will be next on the list of destruction or simply to continue living in our denial of what is falling around us. So my friends, why do I write this moving paragraph? Simply so you will pray for the Jews of the North like you have never prayed before, feeling totally selfless and caring only for a good life of contemptment for another.
With Shalom, Peace.
Reb Moshe of Tzfat
July 27, 2006
25 bombs hit Tzfat in the morning, one hit in the afternoon.
A nice fellow contacted me about sending arts and crafts to the children of Tzfat who are stuck inside. I told him that I would add money collected from the Tzfat fund to also bring toys. Does anyone want to collect 500 toys?
8PM Called rush Limb. show and the call taker didn’t like the angle I wanted to take to go on the air. Sounds like they are very careful to talk about issues in a very specific way. Anyone recommend any shows outside of abc radio? I am willing to talk to the media about our holy city and the affects of war but they have to want to talk the Israel side!
Anyways, my fellow Jews, true suffering isn’t the war that goes around outside your house but that within all of us. The war of the good inclinatoin vs the evil inclination. This brings the most pain, the most fear and the most confusion. I have answered many of these issues in my sefer Kavanos Halev which is online in complete for on the main page.
9:00 I just got back from the synagoge and I overheard someone who had their house damaged by a bomb complain to the Rabbi about how much it costs to replace all his windows. Can we help? I haven’t collected enough to help him.
July 26, 2006
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6:30 I hear many helicopters overhead and I think they are flying wounded solders to the hospital here. I went down to the holy grave of the Rabbi Luria, the Arizal and I couldn’t stop crying for all the Jews that have been hurt. I worry now and I don’t know how to wipe my tears. Then I saw a funeral going on in the lower part of the cemetery. It isn’t a mystery to me how someone might have been killed recently.
I think I have learned to tune out most of the bombs that fall so if I fail to repeat the news on them, maybe it is because of the denials of war. My friends, are we all really praying hard enough like we know we are capable off?
My heart is broken my friends. I await Hashem’s answer in the hopes he mends it. I can’t take the pain of the innocent families and children.
2am. The pangs of war and silence crush my spirit. Maybe I have seen to much, maybe too little or maybe its just too hard to all understand this night. Aniety, when will life get back to normal again. Another Jew was just killed. Was he just 17?
I find just a bit of comfort when I reach into my bag of swish chocolate. Was this brought into this world only for the moments when a person just didn’t have what it took to carry on? What is the spiritual essense of chocoate that it should have such power? :(
Today I called into the Mark Levin show on ABC radio. I think its one of the top 5 Radio shows in America. Please leave your comments if you heard the show. Also, if you think I should continue this angle in spreading Torah and Judaism. Another few minutes got cut off as I forgot there was a delay and ended the recording
I was on the Tuvia Singer Show this morning for about 15minutes. Was a very long interview and we both got along great on the air. Tuvia’s father learned in the yeshiva of the great Rabbi Aharon Kotler.
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1:30pm I woke up this morning to bombs landing and sirons. Lots of stuff flying in and we lost power for a few hours. I still have no gass in the house for 2 weeks. I am getting dozen’s of emails and I love to hear from you all. Don’t forget to donate even a few dollars.
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July 25, 2006
10:30 3 bombs hit tzfat. Very load, maybe they are putting more explosives it them now.
Breslov dropped off warm food for lunch and dinner for families. Would be nice if there was daily. People are just really tired.
Nobody has worked in weeks and the people that left which is 80% are going crazy not knowing what to do with themselves living with other families.
Most stores are closed and the few that are open, its only till 12am.
1 person from the Kehilah got house hit though not hurt
yesterday 2 families got their windows blown out from pressure of it hitting on the next street.
July 24, 2006
Holding strong here. While my friend was praying near the arizal, three bombs hit near the Beir Mayim Chaim’s grave but didn’t hit any graves from what i hear and just started a small fire. He came back totally relaxed. This was a boy that stayed at my house the first nights of the bombings scared and now he has learned true yiras Hashem!
I was just on the Sean Hannity radio show. I am trying to make a kiddish Hashem as much as I can. Did anyone hear me live wabc77? This is a big talk show host! 1 million people heard me speak about the miricles that have happened here in tzfat and Hashem’s hand and our faith here.
I just did 14 min. interview with Sara Kehaulani Goo from the Washington post, it will be in the paper tomarrow in her column on regular people who have been doing videos and writing about the war.
July 23, 2006
Today in the afternoon I was with the gabi of the Alshich shul (I have a video on this shul), when he got a call that a bomb hit the house between the Abuhav and Alshich Shul. The windows of the Alshich were blown out but both shuls were otherwise B’H untouched.
At the same time 2 bombs hit near where I live in the Kirya. One outside my friends house which is being build and the other near Tzfat Chese right on the steet. Today at mincha we prayed with a lot of kavanah and after the marriv service we did the traditional dance at breslov. Everyone is happy and thanking Hashem for the miricles in Tzfat today
I saw a couple of new people returned. Both of the “Simply Tzfat” band families I saw and others as well. The city is still empty but its heart is growing.
July 21, 2006
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Chesed Shlomo B’Tzfat
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I also got an email that someone saw my video of the fires from the bombing on CNN. You could also see my homepage on the video so if this is true, then millions might have seen it.
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July 19, 2006
B’H it has been quiet today so far, the alarm went off twice but nothing hit I believe. The Yirtzite of Rav Gedalya Kenig certainly is protecting the people of Tzfat today, he was the Rabbi who rebuilt Tzfat as you see it today!
I read on the news that someone was hurt from a bomb that fell here. I didn’t hear this one fall. Refua Shelema
To get life back to normal, there was a morning and afternoon class with the cheder. So after 25 years, I was back in cheder again sitting with my kids! It felt great to say tehillim as one of the little boys with pureness.
A few bombs in late afternoon and now at 9pm. I have the masgan on, tired of listening to them so I am going to as they say, chill for a bit!
This afternoon I was on the Live Arutzsheva Radio station with Yishai Fleisher & Alex Traiman, if you heard me on there, give me a shout! They play it over and over all day if you want to check it out.
Thursday: same old story already. Well at the Israeli army pace, they will simply run out of rockets on their own.
Dovid Hamelech said, “My sins are before me”.
Rebbe Nachman says that outside fears stem from a persons sins which have not yet been confessed. If a person does teshuvah, they have no reason to fear anything. When a person is judged above then Hashem allows angels and things of this world try him. They cannot cause him any harm unless he has opened the door for such a trial and allowment of punishment. How does one fall into judgement? By speaking loshon hara.
Today I let loose a bit. I saw some neighbors talking so I went out with three shot glasses. Lechaim Tovim UleShalom!
I also tried to get a taxi while the 40 bombs were hitting, I was going to take the kids to the park to play and do another Torah Video. The driver responded, can this maybe wait till after the sirons and bombs stop?
Kids upstairs were hanging out the windows laughing as some rockets were missing everthing
An Arab at the pharmacy gave me a look like, will these people stop already so I can get some business
Someone drove backwards down Tzfat’s busiest street, Rochov Yerushalyim, on purpose!
Breslov is taking a bus to Har Hazasim tomarrow and coming back at night to spend the night in Tzfat
People walk the steets hearing bombs without even looking, some are on cellphones!
Hello! Have we all lost it after a week of non stop bombings?
Or have we finally found the simcha and comfort in our lives that we have been missing for so long.
Today I got a ride from someone I haven’t spoke to in a year because we were upset at each other. Tzfat residents, come home!!!!!!!!!!!! You are missing out on all the love your town was hidding! This is a great place with the sweetest people, we are just a bit of the country type hermets, need a few bombs to shake us up!