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Rebbezin Rochel

Surround Yourself with the Sages

July 20th, 2008

If a person works in a perfume store after time they will automatically begin to smell like perfume. They won’t have to do anything and they will always have a sweet fragrance. So to if someone is around tzaddikim they will also pick up their “sweet smell” with out even doing anything. We naturally start to become like the people we are surrounded by, this is why it is so important to be aroung rigthteous honest people.

Shabbos Zachor

March 15th, 2008

It’s motzie shabbos, the week of Purim. This week at shul we read Parshas Zachor, remembering what Amalek did to us when we were traveling in the desert. All I could think about ,while reading Parshas Zachor, is what is happening in Isreal. B”H I’ve had a peaceful life. Besides for the war here a year and a half ago I’ve never experienced real “confrontations” with the enemy. But lately I’ve become a bit worried. Tzefat is ,B”H for the mostpart a quiet and safe community, but it is unfortunately surrounded by Arabs. A lot of areas around us have reported rock throwings and other problems. I know Hashem protects, and I honestly feel safer here then any other place in the world, but we’re dealing with Amalek here. They’re entire desire and purpose to they’re lives is to erraricate us, and these are my neighbors. In America you have plenty of Anti-Semitism but you don’t know who those are that hate you, but here when you walking the streets you are looking strait into the eyes of a person who die in order to kill you, and you know it. This is the first time in my life I’m fulfilling the mitzvah of remembering Amalek and wanting them gone.

The Old Me

March 9th, 2008

Life is finally starting to get back to normal around here. It’s amazing how such a little person can change a house hold. I’ve been doing some soul searching lately. Here I am, B”H, 28 years old, married for seven years, and the the mother of four. I live in Tsefat and my life has totally changed. It’s in a lot of ways overwhelming to look back and see how much has happened in such a short time. I’m so busy being a wife and mother that I don’t even know who I am anymore. I don’t even remember what it’s like to be me. So with this new revelation I’m tring to get back into some of my old favorite hobbies. It’s not easy to fit these things in with all I have to do in general but it’s not healthy for a person to become a robot and lose their identity. So what if the laundry is piling up a bit more or diner isn’t as beautiful. I work hard and deserve to feel satisfaction with myself.

Getting some Nachas

March 4th, 2008

It is the little things that the children do that truly touch my heart. Today, Yaakov who has been practicing doing handstands for months, finally was able to stay upright for 10 seconds. To see his smile at this accomplishment, was refreshing and made me feel like being a parent was the greatest thing in the world.

Interesting Winter

February 12th, 2008

The weather in Tzfat has been very interesting this winter. We have had some really really cold days but for the most part, it has hasn’t been all that cold. We did enjoy a nice snow blizzard but by the afternoon, it had disappeared. It hasn’t rained all that many days this year.

Mazel Tov

January 14th, 2008

I finally had a baby girl! Mazel Tov and blessings to you all!

The Power of Tehillim

November 26th, 2007

A young lady was driving to Gush Etzion and she encountered a car accident which happened a few minutes before. As she left her car, she noticed people already helping the injured but what was most shocking was a dead body covered by a white sheet. Immediately, as she was brought up to do, she took out a book of Tehillim, Psalms and started reciting them. Seeing nothing else she could do, she left the scene in tears.

Two weeks later, there is a knock on her door. A lady was standing there with a smile on her face. She said, “remember the accident two weeks ago? I was the body covered in the sheet. I was unconscious and Hashem had me seeing the scene in an out of body experience. As you recited the tehillim, the letters of the aleph bais surrounded me and I could feel them starting to draw me back in my body. I also saw you praying for me. You had left and a few minutes later, the ambulance came and did cpr on me. You saved my life with your prayers and I am here to confirm for you the power of Tehillim, prayers.”

Happy New Year!

September 11th, 2007

A time of hope, joy, and blessings. May you all have a fruitful year of all goodness! I hope to post much more this coming year as I miss talking to all of you. As you know, the baby is still recovering from surgery so I have my hands full. Little Gedalya is handling things well and we are proud of him!

Today starts the 9 days

July 16th, 2007

Today starts the 9 days of mourning for the Jewish people. During this time, we refrain from eating meats in order to remind ourselves of the suffering the Jewish nation has endured. We also don’t bathe in the normal fashion and are stringent in many other mourning practices. It is important that a person makes a separation between being brokenhearted and being depressed. Reaching a state of sadness so strong that you are depressed is not what this time period is all about. Rather, it is a time for change and realizing what is truly important in ones life. To ask oneself, what does it truly mean to be a Jew.


April 12th, 2007

My three year old made me so proud today, he told me a pun. He often puts his shoes on the wrong feet so today I corrected him as usual and he responded to me “But I don’t have other feet.” It’s nice to see I’ll have someone to joke around with when he gets older. 

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