October 9, 2006

What happened to the new videos

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 12:09 pm

Well at first as you might have read the other week, the video camera broke but with Hashem’s help I found someone to fix it. The next thing that happened was that I left the charger in Ukraine and this model doesn’t have a charger to buy in Israel. So naturally, I went on ebay and bought one. It is actually coming from China but it takes a couple of weeks and the mail by me isn’t so fast. I do have a bit of battery power left but not much.

My books

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 2:12 am

I believe that anyone who helps to prepare and publish the book I am finishing, Tikkun Shechinah, will undoubtedly have a share in the World to Come. You can read most of the book at, http://shechinah.ilovetorah.com

I do not have the money to hire editors or to publish it at this time but maybe you can help? 

 

October 8, 2006

Daily Dose of Chesed

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 6:16 pm

Every person should be involved in some sort of Chesed project that affects their life on a daily basis. It is not enough to be casually a part of an organization or to once in a while choose a kindness to perform. A person must be bittle, nullified in a form of kindness. If you look at all the Tzaddikim who lived in the past, you will see that they personally started many chesed organizations. I would say to look at the Rabbi’s of today but since they do not flaunt their involvement in so many forms of kindness, it may not be so apparent how important this is to their structure as a leader.

Today when we are blessed with so much technological advancement, what excuse do we have to not do chesed. Anyone is able to found their own organization or to join in on those already established. I do not know how a person can look in the mirror baring the idea that chesed activities are not a daily regimen in their life. After-all, How can a person live without this? Even though I have many of my own chesed organizations, I still feel a void inside me sometimes; I can’t imagine what someone feels who is a part of nothing.

So why is it that many are not quenching their thirst for chesed involvement? One of the first excuses is, “I am too busy with my own affairs. When do I have time?” This is exactly the problem. A person is so busy with their affairs that they have no incoming light from having given to others and instead they wallow in their own things. Hashem sees this and simply continues to keep them busy with themselves. As soon as they step out from this habit, forcing time for others, Hashem will open their entire schedule to also have time to give to others. This will ease the pain of their own burdens.

October 5, 2006

Sukkos

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 12:54 am

For me the holiday of Sukkos is one of the most enriching and spiritually beneficial of all Jewish holidays. We are told that in the Sukkah dwells the Shechinah, Divine Presence. There is a sense of peace in this temporary dwelling, one in which you can’t find in your normal home or neighboring spa. So what is the real mitzvah of Sukkah? To make the Sukkah feel like the one we had in Egypt, to remind us of how even in the darkest of times, it may not be a perfect covering of permanency but Hashem will shelter us and make even the simplest box one of comfort.

You know we are always looking for a perfect esrog on Sukkos but what about the Lulav? The Lulav is like the spine and nervous system allowing all the other parts of this mitzvah of Lulav and Esrog to channel their light. You can have a beautiful heart, (the esrog is compared to having a good heart) but without good flowing blood to and from the heart… you have nothing. Ah… you know what is a nice Lulav, one that makes you humble but yet bold enough to stand your ground and fulfill your tikkun. One that will make sure your heart is always in the right places.

Rebbe Nachman says that if you cry a lot on Rosh Hashanah, you will have a beautiful esrog. You want to know why? Cause your tears will wipe away all the spots on your esrog. Your esrog was sitting in a box or on a tree being so dark green that nobody could really tell what was going on with it. Is it good or does it have blemishes. Slowly as the 10 days of repentance go by… the esrog starts to turn yellow and then what is really going on in your heart starts go become apparent. Then come Yom Kippur you can see everything… Your entire being and self-worth stands before you. So when it comes to picking out the esrog before Sukkos, knowing yourself, only you can really chose which one is for you and closest to your own heart. There is no perfect esrog, some have spots on the top, side or bottom and others have little gray scratches and so when we pick out our esrog after Yom Kippur (as the book of judgement has been sealed), we see our midos, character traits and hearts in their true light. As we come face to face with the esrog that is destined for us, we realize that the most important thing in the world is our heart. We ask ourselves, How sweet am I really? Then at that very moment, all we want for the next year is to be the sweetest little Jew in the world like this sweet little esrog. Maybe this moment is the greatest second of all of Sukkos.   

 

October 3, 2006

My Yom Kippur

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 3:38 pm

This Yom Kippur was a great test for our family.

Ladies, you can read about it on my wife’s blog

http://ilovetorah.com/mrs.ilovetorah/?p=9

Men… Threw thick and thin… no matter what, we must always be prepared in our midos to serve Hashem in ALL WAYS.

October 1, 2006

Have an easy Fast

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 4:10 pm

This is one special day that we can accomplish a great deal in Yiras Hashem, Fear of Hashem. We must take this day in all seriousness and willingness to see ourselves in a true light. A light of change and understanding as too who we are and where we need to go. We must also look back as to where we have been and how we could have been better.

You know, we all thought the new year would start out perfect but Hashem was testing us to see if we truly meant what we said on Rosh Hashanah. Now that we have been tested, maybe we failed a bit but now is the time to reashure Hashem that we mean business and if so, Hashem will start the year the way we had wanted… right after Yom Kippur.