October 31, 2007

askreb coming soon!

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 5:04 am

www.askreb.com

coming soon!

You won’t want to miss this!

October 30, 2007

Funniest Website Encounters

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 8:25 am

Over the years, hmmm, I must have met close to 300 people in person who visited the site. The funniest occurrence was on Rt. 70 in Maryland when I pulled over to help a Jew with a flat tire. He greeted me, “Hi Reb Moshe”.

These days when I have a new guest over for Shabbos, I sometimes observe a weird look in their eye and I say, “So you are a fan of the site”, before they even tell me. Sometimes I meet fans on the bus, road, supermarket, street, Synagoge and mikvah. Because of this, I try to be on my best behavior always, haha. I really wonder what would happen if I returned to American Jewish cities like Boro Park or Baltimore. It has been 4.5 years since I have been in the USA. Back then, the site was popular but not to this extent. I aways think of changing my name one day to David or something, changing my look and disappearing. Leaving you with just google and youtube video uploads. I even dream of this but it is all foolishness. Already, I haven’t done a video in about a week and I feel saddened. Maybe the videos are not for you after-all and I need them more then you…

Some Privacy Please

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 8:06 am

I wanted to share some intimate moments I have with Hashem on my journeys around Tzfat but when I do share them, the files usually return corrupted and unusable. It is obviously the will of Hashem that I grow more as a person before sharing this. The Horelstyple Rebbe told me a few years ago that if I always share everything, I leave nothing for myself and I am left empty. As much as I tried heeding this advice over the years, I learnt that it was quite a difficult task in both aspects. A Righteous person even hides holy things from their spouse unless they know telling with help the other partner grow.

You know how many people I have met on the streets that after five minutes talking to them, I knew every sefer and every mitzvah they have done. Part of making friends is opening yourself up to another to let them in but it doesn’t mean bragging about your accomplishments. Then again, for a holy man, these things they speak of are very little compared to their real achievements so for them, they have really not opened up at all.

There was a holy Jew that was constantly engrossed in Torah study but nobody knew this because every time he heard a footstep, he closed his book so as not to be caught. Nobody has to know how holy you truly are, this is between you and Hashem. Do you know how many students today correct their teachers if the Rebbe stubble’s on something. Nobody would dare do such a thing in the old days. You never correct your teacher and if you do, you do so by hints or by saying it in way that comes out more as a confused question.

Everything has its time and place. Sometimes by being religious in public, one inspires others and even their friends.

Audio Journal 7

Filed under: Audio Journal & Podcasts — Reb Moshe @ 2:34 am

October 30th, 2007:
Returning from Haifa after fixing car, speaking about Traveling according to Talmud, Chassidus, Zohar & Chiddushim on Tefilas Haderech prayer

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I will work on creating mp3 recorder mount in car to reduce noise. Good news that I received my wireless transmitter and receiver for the out of focus video camera.

October 28, 2007

Expanding

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 6:39 am

I will be expanding parts of the Site this week. I have one programmer and 2 designers working right now on some updates. I am trying to stop myself since we don’t have the funds but it is hard to stop a running train.

October 25, 2007

Ready for war?

Filed under: Current Events — Reb Moshe @ 10:33 am

Lots of war planes are flying over the area in the last week. I also see lots of tankers and army equipment on the roads heading north on the roads. A little more activity then normal. Maybe they are just practicing more? Hmmmm

Having already tasted war last year, it has really changed me. I think I realize the seriousness of it and I am not just talking about the dangers of war. I’m reminded of the hardships of daily life that come along with such circonstances.

October 23, 2007

Videos Stopped/Funding

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 10:09 am

As you see this week, there are no new videos. We no longer have funds to continue them. It was fun while it lasted, thanks for those who supported it. Without a fundraising team in place, and volunteers to do this, I have to start making cut backs on the productions and outreach. If the videos were that valuable to the people, they would have supported them more. There are plenty of fish in the sea, maybe it is someone else’s turn and they can give you more what you want.

October 19, 2007

Eager for the Queen

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 5:04 pm

If one starts shabbos just a little bit earlier and ends it just a little bit later… Oh how beautiful it is! It brings holiness into the past week and coming week. The Shabbos is a Queen, something to show respect and escort out like you would the most precious, famous person in all the world.

Teasing the Gabi

Filed under: What can we do? — Reb Moshe @ 4:49 am

Every Rebbe has a gabi who connects you on the phone or in person to the Rebbe. Some people are deterred by the Gabi as they see him as an in between who at times will refuse time with the Rebbe. But when you look a little deeper into his plot, you see he is there to protect the holy Rabbi. The Rabbi’s time is very valuable and he has to make sure the Rebbe has time for his family and to also take care of his own basic needs. As I always do, I like to tease the gabi cause I have so much respect for them. They are my deepest friends.

Tonight, I asked to speak to a Rebbe friend of mine and the gabi said that this week its too difficult. He asked if I had a message he could give over. I responded, “How loud can you scream?”. He pushed me for a real message and I told him I was serious. Finally, he suggested that he would ask the Rebbe to pray for the entire family. I responded, “Also, let the Rebbe know I asked you to scream for me”. I then wished him a good shabbos. Okay, don’t try this yourself. I have known him for many years! I also know, he will tell this Rebbe I asked him to scream and the Rebbe will smirk. Ah, the gabi… he is very deep… and the Rebbes… ah… even deeper.

October 17, 2007

Audio Journal 6

Filed under: Audio Journal & Podcasts — Reb Moshe @ 12:40 am

October 16th, 2007:
From Tzfat to Poland, Banjo Billy and Reb Moshe on the Memorial of Rabbi Kalonymus kalman Shapira…

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October 15, 2007

Audio Journal 4-5 Kotz trip

Filed under: Audio Journal & Podcasts — Reb Moshe @ 9:14 pm

October 15th, 2007:
The road that leads to the mikvah and then to tell about Kotz. (I had to run this file through noise filters just to make it audible. I almost deleted it but I decided to preserve what I could.

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October 15th, 2007:
After the 3rd Kotz Video, I just want to sit in the idra, sing and think about my life…

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I have some sad news, the 3rd kotz video had sound problems and half is lost. I will have to redue again tomarrow.

UPDATE:
I edited what was good from the 3rd Kotz video and even the half that remained was 11minutes long so I will air this soon. I might make a 4th part of the series with ideas that were left out but I believe I will just close the series here. I will leave you with these words. It is clear to me that the Kotzker Rebbe was one of the greatest Tzaddikim to ever live. The only reason the Kotzker Dynasty ended was because nobody after him could stand up and say that they were truthful. The end of his life he lived mostly in solitude… He was like a malach, angel, where no falsehood exists.

October 14, 2007

Audio Journal 3

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October 14th, 2007:
A man plans and Hashem changes it

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October 11, 2007

Audio Journal 2

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October 12th, 2007:
The trip with Rabbi Linder and telling over the Kotz story finally. Lots of noise from the muffler and noise from i have no idea.

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First Audio Journal

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October 11th, 2007:
The trip with the video that didn’t work out

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October 10, 2007

Video Problems

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 8:45 pm

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A Nigun I wrote for Kavanos Halev CD 1

Monday, I went hiking with a friend who was going to play guitar and we ran out of light in the middle of filming. Hit the exhaust driving out of the mountain range. Needs to be replaced.
Tuesday, Did the video about the childless couple near sunset and ran out of light.
Wends, Did a new video for you but when I played it at home, the sound quality was too bad so I have to delete it.

Of course, this is all happening because I am trying to teach over about the Dynasty of Kodtz.

So I must fix car, upgrade sound and get lighting soon. May it be Hashem’s will to get donations for this…

On a more positive note, I did receive the MP3 watch recorder so I can start the audio journal during travels.