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2 posts from January 2006

Rav Kaduri, zatza'l

Rav_kaduri_1 Rav Yitzchak Kaduri zatza"l (of saintly and blessed memory) - the world's beloved 108-year-old sage and Kabbalist master - returned his soul to the Creator earlier today after Shabbos terminated, following a 2-week bout with pneumonia.

Words cannot describe the tremendous loss that Rav Kaduri's passing causes for the Jewish people. Rav Kaduri devoted his entire life to Hashem, the Torah, and the Jewish people. Thousands benefitted from his blessings and guidance.

May Hashem in His everloving mercy end our long and arduous exile, and send a complete redemption to the Jewish people. May the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim be comforted, and may our agony - especially at the loss of our holy tzaddikim - turn into the joy of Geula and Moshiach, speedily in our days, amen.


Rav Kaduri's prime disciple, Rav Shmuel Darsi of blessed memory, left this world several short weeks ago, another gigantic and irreplaceable loss to the Jewish people. The loss of tzaddikim makes us all spiritual orphans; may Hashem take compassion on His people Israel, amen.

The Baal Shem Tov

I invite you to spend 15 gratifying and inspiring minutes of your weekend time, to view this gorgeous video presentation, that will give you an insight into what pure Baal Shem Tov Chassidus is all about.

"The Baal Shem Tov" presentation comes to us courtesy of The Breslov Center in Tzfat, created by Mrs. Miriam Shaw and written by one of Breslov's leading rabbis in Israel, Rabbi David Sears. I sincerely thank them, and send a special blessing to my good friend Jacob Lehrfeld, who first sent me this superb link. Enjoy!