November 30, 2009

Living the truth

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 8:09 pm

There is a certain pressure people feel in all classes of life. A rich person feels he has to live up to the expectations of his friends and neighbors. Middle class and even poor also feel this sort of pressure. It is unfortunate but in the religous world, we feel this as well. This pressure that makes us live black so to speak, gives us an external connection to Hashem which is fixed with falsehood. Through cirounding oneslef with a religous environment is healthy. Being too close also has its pitfalls. A persons internal truth gets confused and this truth is one of the most important aspects to have spiritually. To know exactly who you are and too live at this place is of utter importance. Only through separation with Hashem in deep thoughts can one rlease themsevles from this religious falsehood and begin to grow. It may be important to be black and while but only when the colors inside one are true. A Kabbalist once said, you can’t force your connection to Hashem, by doing so, you just create klipah. You have to ease you way into it comfortably without force. There are so many unhappy people, nebach. All this because they live a show just like their friends. If you get to close to fire, you just get burnt. Learn to stay back a little and proceed comfortably at a healthy pace. One that is you and not your friends pathway.

November 26, 2009

Sefer Yom LeYom eating:

Filed under: Blog Torah,Daily Concepts,Sefer Yom Lyom — Reb Moshe @ 8:06 pm

Sefer Yom LeYom eating: (I’m sending this from wifi near Yeshiva shaim v aver in tzfat)

1. Make sure to eat slowly and with concentration. Your thoughts while eating can lead you on the path of righteousness or evil when the food starts to digest and starts to be used by the body.
2. It is better to purchase food more often than too store up.
3. When you eat, make sure to concentrate on the blessing. What helps the most is to stop and think to yourself, let me say this blessing slowly.
4. Pray for physical food and nourishment each day.
5. This is very important, food has the power of nogah. When elevated with proper intentions, it elevates with a person to purity. If a person doesn’t eat with the right intentions, if the food is not kosher to the highest standards, the food drops a person from higher spiritual levels and causes them to sin.
6. Almost all sins stem from a lack of eating properly. It is the main area in a person’s life where they draw power.
7. Be careful not to eat while you are committing any improper act. This only emphasizes the power of the klipah.
8. It is very important to respect food. Many things we eat have not only sparks within them but are connected to actual souls of Jews of previous incarnations awaiting a rectification.
9. It is easy to remember to make a blessing before eating but far more easy to forget the one thereafter. Therefore, make a sign for yourself to remember. Maybe by putting an object in front of you as a symbol.
10. Certain foods warm or cool the body. Foods give vitamins and minerals. Therefore, it is important to balance the things we eat and to change them.
11. Depression causes a person not to eat and drink enough or overindulge. It is important to be aware of this and keep a balanced appetite as weakness by a lack of good diet, opens a person up to sin.
12. Before benching, say the psalm 23 having in mind that it is a segulah for parnasa because the letters equal “Zan”, which represents sustenance.
13. Food is elevated all the more when you prepare it yourself.
14. Eating things you are allergic too or that are not healthy during the weekdays not only hurts a person physically but also spiritually. Shabbos can many times override this in one or both aspects.
15. Eat food on a table as then the food is like a sacrifice in the holy Temple.
16. Always make sure there is plenty of food in the house to make women and children feel secure.
17. Taking a moment before eating to think about Hashem is very helpful
18. A person should be careful that they have good nutrition, exercise so they can serve Hashem with strength.

November 22, 2009

Divar Torah from Bris

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 3:27 pm

I would like to thank all the wonderful people who have come to take part in this simcha.
I was learning in medresh that Avraham at first questioned the bris milah, he asked, Why did you not give it to the first man Adam? Why me? He worried that he would no longer be able to help people and do chesed as they would think he had lost his mind.
Hashem had to insure him that this would not be the case, the covenant would strengthen him in his avodah and chesed. Through it Rashi says, klal yisrael would inherret eretz yisrael.
It is important to note here that a person who loves chesed lives it at every moment. With every action they wonder, will this help other people? What will be the end result of my actions?

In this case, Avraham wasn’t satisfied having just performed milah on himself. A chesedich person always has to share in his mitzvos. A emesdich person can’t find enjoyment in anything unless others are a part of it. This same day, Avraham also gave milah to 318 other people.

It is not a small thing that people come to the simcha event of milah. Every person here is seeking completeness and perfection or they wouldn’t be here. You are all part of Avraham’s household who that very day also saught perfection and also entered milah.

Our generous host seeks perfection (and the hidden chesed of this family i have seen personally and it goes beyond the normal) , my holy brothers who traveled to Tiberias to see rav kook be the mohel seek perfection. Everyone when they leave this simcha, walk away with a tikkun from milah.

The posuk says that Avraham awoke early in the morning and traveled to the place Hashem told him. He had to climb up the mountain to get to this holy place. Moshe Rabbanu also climbed up har sinai to receive the Torah. Usually when referring to mitzvos we are used to the idea of going up and climbing. In this case, we went down to tiberias, to the holy rav kook. I had wanted rav kook to join us here in tzfat to make it easier on everyone to attend but in our case, we had to go down. Because in chassidus, going down is the key to avodas Hashem. Rav kook isn’t someone from this world, he is like a malach. So to enter the world of yetirah to join him in this mitzvah, we had to bring our pride down, bittle ourselves down to tiberias from the high mountain city of Tzfat. The key to closeness to Hashem and perfection of any mitzvah is to do it with humility as this then opens up our ability to connect to Hashem and holiness. This holy child ________ is named after people who are remembered by my wifes family for their kindness and good heart to others. They resembled our holy father Avraham and the holy people here in this room. May he be blessed to follow in the footsteps of avraham, yeshiya and michl in always sharing his simcha with others. May he become a great teacher in israel. I would like to thank my friends…….

November 20, 2009

The bris in Tiberias by Rav Kook

Filed under: Current Events,deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 4:54 pm

I was Sandik, I prayed for 3 main things, World Ecconomy should improve, peace in tzfat & that I pick the right name in 1minute! lol. Rabbi Kook said he wrote a song because of my blessings to him. It was very scary to have my hands on Rav Kooks head, he is so great that he barely speaks let alone shakes your hand. Really was a wonderful bris and event that I am thankful for. Thank you Reb Chaim for introducing me and I wish you all blessings, nachas and all good things.

The ame is yeshiya michl , after family and Rav Michl Dorfman. I have to check the english spelling of the names.

November 18, 2009

Mazel Tov

Filed under: Current Events — Reb Moshe @ 11:45 am

We just had a baby boy, the bris is this friday in Tzfat. I wish you all simchas!

November 3, 2009

New Torah Videos

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 10:20 am

Jewish healing with Dr. Leshem part 1 & part 2

Reb Shlomo memorial video and stories