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I didn't want to write about Pittsburgh or the wild fires, but people have been repeatedly requesting. So before I write, I recite this short prayer and ask Hashem to illuminate my eyes to the message He wants to convey to our people wherever they are, in Israel and abroad. I pray that Hashem should guide me to truth, which as Rebbe Nachman teaches, can only be attained through emuna and self-nullification. Hashem, let this post be for Your honor exclusively and for the good of our people, amen!

On Shabbat, Oct. 27, 2018, the angel of death masquerading as arch Jew-hater Robert Bowers entered the Shabbat morning services of the "Tree of Life" synagogue in Pittsburgh and gunned down eleven of our holy brethren, of blessed and sacred memory, all martyrs, including a 97-year-old woman, a husband and wife, and two brothers. Yes, they were conservative Jews but all hand-picked by Hashem to be holy martyrs. Why holy martyrs? Our people, because of a certain blemish they've not yet overcome, need martyrs to atone for them. The angel of death and his accomplices such as the Neo-Nazis and other terrorists simply do the dirty work. Guns fire bullets; the martyrs' deaths according to Kabbalah was death by fire.

At the time of this writing, the fires in California have taken the lives of 48 people that authorities know about; that number is expected to rise as rescue teams make it into areas that they previously had no access to. Over 8000 people have lost their homes, many of them Jews. Many others have been evacuated (remindful of Gush Katif?). They are now in a double exile, or an exile within an exile. This is a double atonement, not only for them but for all of our people. The Gemara says that losing one's assets is tantamount to death. This atonement and cleansing of sin here is again by fire.

By no small coincidence, when the final campaigning for the runoff of the municipal elections in Israel was taking place, and Jews were slinging the worst type of mud at one another including the worst type of infighting between different camps of Orthodox Jews, Hostilities broke out in Gaza. 470 missiles rained down on the south of Israel, also leading to repeated exile - from homes to bomb shelters. Miraculously, only one person was killed but many suffered loss of homes just like our brethren in Southern Califormia. I repeat - missile fire - once again, the atonement and cleansing of sin here is again by fire, and that's after the recent weeks where thousands of acres in the south of Israel have been burned by wild fires caused by incendiary balloons from Gaza. Once more, the culprit of fire.

Pittsburgh, California, Sderot or Ashkelon - it doesn't matter. We are one people like one body. The schism between American and Israeli Jews is inane. OK, there's an ideological difference between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews - granted. But we're all brothers. The intramural hate destroyed the holy Temple. Our sages call the intramural hate, fire of contention.  This comes from one of King Solomon's sayings (Proverbs 25:24) which says, "It is better to dwell in a roof corner than in a house with with the fire of contention." 

Your dictionary will define contention as discordconflictfrictionstrifedissension, and/or disharmony. Is this not the state of the Jewish People today? My beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush constantly calls for an end to this. He warns against speaking detrimentally against any other Jew on earth, even those who cause us the worst grief. Do we hear any other voice saying the same thing, or do we only hear the so-called leaders who despise other Jews "for the sake of Hashem". When will they ever learn?

The fire of Pittsburgh, California and the South of Israel all come to atone for the fire of contention and intramural hate.

Guess what:

Almost a thousand years ago, the holy Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid said that an enemy can not touch a hair on a Jewish head until one Jew harms another Jew, even verbally. The holy Chafetz Chaim said the same thing before he left this world, less than nine decades ago. Do you realize what that means?

Any Jew who hates any other Jew - no matter the color, origin, creed or ideology - creates a negative spiritual force that embodies itself in a terrorist, a missile or a wildfire. Anyone who doesn't do immediate teshuva for hating their fellow Jew cannot say, "My hands did not spill the blood of Pittsburgh, give power to Hamas, or fan the fires of California.

For our own future, let's start loving one another. One cannot love a fellow Jew unless he/she first strengthens themselves in emuna, believing that we all have the same Father in Heaven, for the Torah tells us that we are His children. Nothing gives a parent more pleasure when his/her children love each other. May we all follow the path of loving one another and may this be the end of sorry for our people everywhere, amen.

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anonymous

As one of the people who requested to hear about these issues, I thank you for taking the time to give us advice and guidance. I very much appreciate your words, and will make every effort to love every Jew and to be especially compassionate to those who through ignorance are far from Torah and Mitzvot. I hereby accept upon myself to love my fellow Jew wherever they may be, and may Almighty G-d bless them with whatever they may need.

May we all, the entirety of the Jewish people - as we are all one, merit the coming of Moshiach through supreme compassion and abundant mercy immediately in our lifetime.

Thanks and blessings to you Rabbi Brody

Sorah Berger

Machlokas is indeed a terrible fire that causes baseless hatred.
I would like to humbly suggest another possible reason for all the recent tragedies. A very chashuv Rebbetzin taught me that the Hebrew word for man and the Hebrew word for woman spell the word fire when the letter yud is removed from them. The yud represents Hashem
When men and women don't behave properly with each other and immorality and immodesty are rampant we are left with fire.
Unfortunately today it is obvious that the major test for all of us is in the area of kedusha. Men need to work on guarding their eyes and women need to work on their modesty (especially in the area of hair coverings). If we don't step up in this extremely important area I fear for us in the future....

Yehudit

@anonymous + @Sorah Berger - AMEN and AMEN!

I am taking on myself to love and respect every Jew and to strengthen myself in the area of modesty in dress, behavior, and speech.

Surely, HaShem will look at our efforts, imperfect as they might be, and have mercy on us all. May we merit the full redemption in a compassionate, loving way.

Dan

Many liberals are not even Jews from a Jewish mother so I don't know what you are talking about. Also it is known that in Pittsburgh there was a ceremony not kosher at all.

Suzanne

Thank you for your words of wisdom that I needed to hear. :-)

Devorah

I am having trouble so please can the rabbi clarify things for me? Obviously, the two disabled brothers are in a separate category... but how can it be "ignorance" when a 97-year-old (and other adult/elderly people) publicly go into a SYNAGOGUE to give a "bris" to a non-Jewish baby that two gay men, who live openly and "proudly" against Hashem's Torah, adopted? If they were tinok bnishba what were they doing in a synagogue holding a bris? How in any way does this make them "our holy brethren of blessed and sacred memory" and how can you compare them to our holy martyrs? Is it merely a "coincidence", chas v'shalom, that this happened on parshat that talks about a bris and Sodom and Gemora being destroyed?
Could we describe the Hashmoneans going up against the Hellenists as "discord, conflict, friction, strife, dissension, and disharmony" that brought about Hashem's anger? Would the rabbi consider Pinchas as "harming" Zimri and bringing about Hashem's anger? I am having a lot of trouble understanding how what Hashem tells us in the Torah about listening to Him, about what makes Hashem angry and what makes Him happy, etc.... between these things and putting "love" and "brotherhood" above even Hashem's will? Please rabbi, please clarify for me and others how this goes together! Thank you!

Daveed

We all need to do our part and end ahavat chinam (baseless hatred) especially of other Jews. All of us have our own level that we are on regardless if we identify as Modern Orthodox, Chabad, Breslov, Conservative, Reform, Democrat, Republican, a Jedi Knight, or even a Dalek ๐Ÿ˜‚ ...etc

ืชืคื™ืœื” ืœืฉืœื•ื

Prayer for peace

โ€œLord of Peace, Divine Ruler, to whom peace belongs. Master of Peace, Creator of all things:

ืื“ื•ืŸ ื”ืฉืœื•ื, ืžืœืš ืฉื”ืฉืœื•ื ืฉืœื• ืขื•ืฉื” ืฉืœื•ื ื•ื‘ื•ืจื ืืช ื”ื›ืœ:

โ€œMay it be thy will to put an end to war and bloodshed on earth, and to spread a great and wonderful peace over the whole world, โ€˜so that nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.โ€™ (Isaiah 2:4)

ื™ื”ื™ ืจืฆื•ืŸ ืžืœืคื ื™ืš, ืฉืชื‘ื˜ืœ ืžืœื—ืžื•ืช ื•ืฉืคื™ื›ื•ืช ื“ืžื™ื ืžืŸ ื”ืขื•ืœื ื•ืชืžืฉื™ืš ืฉืœื•ื ื’ื“ื•ืœ ื•ื ืคืœื ื‘ืขื•ืœื ื•ืœื โ€œื™ืฉื ื’ื•ื™ ืืœ ื’ื•ื™ ื—ืจื‘ ื•ืœื ื™ืœืžื“ื• ืขื•ื“ ืžืœื—ืžื”โ€œ:

โ€œHelp us and save us all, and let us cling tightly to the virtue of peace. Let there be a truly great peace between every person and their fellow, and between husband and wife, and let there be no discord between any people even in their hearts.

ืขื–ืจื ื• ื•ื”ื•ืฉื™ืขื ื• ื›ื•ืœื ื• ืฉื ื™ื–ื›ื” ืชืžื™ื“ ืœืื—ื•ื– ื‘ืžื™ื“ืช ื”ืฉืœื•ื, ื•ื™ื”ื™ื” ืฉืœื•ื ื’ื“ื•ืœ ื‘ืืžืช ื‘ื™ืŸ ื›ืœ ืื“ื ืœื—ื‘ืจื•, ื•ื‘ื™ืŸ ืื™ืฉ ืœืืฉืชื• ื•ืœื ื™ื”ื™ื” ืฉื•ื ืžื—ืœื•ืงืช ืืคื™ืœื• ื‘ืœื‘ ื‘ื™ืŸ ื›ืœ ื‘ื ื™ ืื“ื:

โ€œAnd may it be that all people love peace and pursue peace, always in truth and with wholeheartedness, without holding on to any disputes ever again which would divide us against each other.

ื•ื™ื”ื™ื” ื›ืœ ืื“ื ืื•ื”ื‘ ืฉืœื•ื ื•ืจื•ื“ืฃ ืฉืœื•ื ืชืžื™ื“ ื‘ืืžืช ื•ื‘ืœื‘ ืฉืœื, ื•ืœื ื ื—ื–ื™ืง ื‘ืžื—ืœื•ืงืช ื›ืœืœ ืœืขื•ืœื ื•ืืคื™ืœื• ื ื’ื“ ื”ื—ื•ืœืงื™ื ืขืœื™ื ื•:

โ€œLet us never shame any person on earth, great or small. May it be granted unto us to fulfill Thy Commandment to, โ€˜Love thy neighbor as thyself,โ€™ (Leviticus 19:18) with all our hearts and souls and bodies and possessions.

ื•ืœื ื ื‘ื™ื™ืฉ ืฉื•ื ืื“ื ื‘ืขื•ืœื ืžืงื˜ืŸ ื•ืขื“ ื’ื“ื•ืœ ื•ื ื–ื›ื” ืœืงื™ื™ื ื‘ืืžืช ืžืฆื•ื•ืช โ€œื•ืื”ื‘ืช ืœืจืขืš ื›ืžื•ืšโ€œ, ื‘ื›ืœ ืœื‘ ื•ื’ื•ืฃ ื•ื ืคืฉ ื•ืžืžื•ืŸ:

โ€œAnd let it come to pass in our time as it is written, โ€˜And I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down and none shall make you afraid. I will drive the wild beasts from the land, and neither shall the sword go through your land.โ€™ (Leviticus 26:6)

ื•ื™ืงื•ื™ื ื‘ื ื• ืžืงืจื ืฉื›ืชื•ื‘ ื•ื ืชืชื™ ืฉืœื•ื ื‘ืืจืฅ ื•ืฉื›ื‘ืชื ื•ืื™ืŸ ืžื—ืจื™ื“ ื•ื”ืฉื‘ืชื™ ื—ื™ื” ืจืขื” ืžืŸ ื”ืืจืฅ ื•ื—ืจื‘ ืœื ืชืขื‘ื•ืจ ื‘ืืจืฆื›ื:

โ€œHashem who is peace, bless us with peace!โ€

ื™ื™ ืฉืœื•ื, ื‘ืจื›ื ื• ื‘ืฉืœื•ื.

Attributed to Rabbi Nachman ben Feiga of Breslov, 1773-1810

ืจื‘ื™ ื ื—ืžืŸ ื‘ืŸ ืคื™ื’ื ืžื‘ืจืกืœื‘

lazer

Thank you for your input, Devorah. My great teachers Rabbi Noach Weinberg zatza'l and Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz shlit'a, ruled in accordance with a detailed clear ruling by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach osb"m based on the Rambam that in today's day and age, all those far away from observant Judaism have the status of "Babies in captivity" (tinokos shenishbu) and they are deemed part of the fold - one must love them, may not speak badly about them and must do everything to save their lives. This is psak. Zimri saw Moses and the miracles on Sinai. No comparison.
Too many people continue to hate in the name of frumkeit. In 2000 years, they haven't brought Moshiach. My beloved teacher Rav Arush, as well as my esteemed teachers and colleagues from Aish and my colleagues from Chabad, have brought tens of thousands closer to Hashem. Love and emuna are the key words.

elisheva

Dear Rav Brody, I have two questions:

1. There are prominent rabbis who bring missionaries to Israel and give them legitimacy and a foothold in the country, in their yishuvim and in the knesset in particular. How can we love Jews who are missionary enablers, working to lead other Jews away from Hashem and to bring idol worship to the Temple Mount, when it says in the Torah not to love the mesit (inciter to idol worship)?

2. Surely now more than ever Hashem is making it clear that the countries with the largest Jewish diaspora populations, the US, France and the UK are no longer the hospitable havens they once were. (Ironically, today it is safer to be Jewish in Russia than in these beacons of democracy.) Antisemitic attacks are at staggering all time highs in all three countries. Isn't Pittsburgh, happening on the aliya of akeidat yitzchak, and coming almost 80 years to the day to Kristallnacht a huge (horrendous) wake-up call for Jews to come home, not to "come together" with the gentiles? And now these fires, and even more mass shootings (which have occurred on 307 out of 311 days in 2018 in the US, and thus are the new norm.)
. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/11/08/thousand-oaks-california-bar-shooting-307th-mass-shooting/1928574002/)


In Em Habanaim Smeicha, at the height of the Shoah, Rav Techtal, Hashem y"d, heartbreakingly bemoans the fact that the Jews had been busy building up the exile when they should have been building up Eretz Yisrael, and all for naught. Hashem sent us Pittsburgnacht, and now these fires, surely all a huge huge warning, Yidden, you are not Americans, you should be building your homes in eretz yisrael and singing songs of praise to Hashem in the beit hamikdash in eretz hakodesh, not praising the exile as your home sweet home in the American superbowl and kvelling in your misplaced American Jewish pride?

I can only pray that the rav will answer my questions because I am truly worried about the Jews in the diaspora, and by the extensive missionary activity in eretz yisrael enabled precisely by the people who are supposed to be leading the people, not leading them astray.

anonymous

Dear Devorah,

The reports of a bris happening at the Pittsburgh synagogue turned out to simply be false. Unfortunately, it was spread in many media outlets without being properly substantiated.

Here is a link quoting directly from the synagogues Rabbi:
http://matzav.com/fake-news-rumors-of-a-bris-at-the-tree-of-life-synagogue-confirmed-as-false/

Devorah

Rabbi,
Thank you for beginning to clarify this. I do need further clarification though. I really do want to learn because I hear a lot of conflicting things on the subject. I have close family in this category and want with all of my heart to hear that they are innocent. But something is not making sense to me. I am not a hater looking to use Torah to hate, chas v'shalom. It is just not making sense to me.
It seems to me that there is a difference between those who publicly go up against the Torah, and those who know little of the Torah. I myself am the prodcut of a mixed marriage- a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father. My mother was a 4th generation Reform Jew. I knew nothing, except that we have potato pancakes and give presents on Hanukkah and have something called a "seder" on Passover, which was a boring meal with extended family dunking things in other things. I was raised in the secualr world and taught that there is nothing wrong with gay people, etc. I never stepped inside a synagagouge and didn't even know that if you're mother is Jewish, you are Jewish- or even what being Jewish meant. I hope I was considered a tinokos shenishbu at that point!
However, if I would have joined a Conservative synagogue-- and even attended it for the sabbath services-- and had heard of the Torah... and knew that the Torah says homosexuality is an abominable crime punishable by death... etc. etc. and then held a "bris" of a non-Jewish baby by his two "proud" gay fathers... surely I would anger Hashem and be held accountable? There seems to me to be a very big difference between the two types of assimilated Jews: those who know very little and those who publicly go against the Torah in a house of Torah!
1. Is it possible to teach us more specifically about the Rav Auerbach ruling? When was it put into place? When Jews were marching in gay parades in the holy city of Jerusalem... or brazenly going up aghainst the Torah in public? Was this happening in Rambam's day when he made the psak?
2. I listen to a lot of the rabbi's shiurim, B'H, and the rabbi is always teaching that nothing happens without it being directly from Hashem. What is your take on this massacre happening where it did (a gay couple's bris of a non-Jewish child) and when it did (the parshat Vayera)? WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU THINK HASHEM WAS TRYING TO TELL US IF NOT THAT HE IS ANGERED BY WHAT THESE PEOPLE WERE DOING? Could it really be a message that we need more "achdut and love" even under such circumstances where Jews are publicly mocking the Torah in a house of Torah?
Thank you Rabbi for helping me clarify this. I want to do the right thing! I want to feel mercy where Hashem wants me to feel mercy, and feel anger where Hashem wants me to feel anger. As I mentioned, I have family I love whom I don't want to judge wrongly. And yet I do not want to be a supporter of grave sins that make Hashem angry at me! My simple understanding is that Hashem is angry at those who publicly mock his Torah... and that does not reconcile with what you are saying about them being holy and us needing to love them. Please help me understand better!

Adi

Dear Devorah, In regards to the tragedy in Pittsburgh, there are articles online saying this ceremony of a gay couple was held at another reconstructionist shul. If you pay attention the majority of the people were elderly or senior Jews. Based on my experience I highly doubt that people that age would participate in such bris. I would recommend to go online and find more information. As Rabbi said, tinokos shenishbu .

Devorah

I read the article and the comments on the link that was put up and am not convinced that those changing the story now are being truthful.

However, my questions run deeper than just this one particular incident and are more in line with Elisheva's above. How can we be told to love those who go against the Torah... and that they are in the same category as those who don't know anything about the Torah?

And since there are no coincidences, what was Hashem's message in making this happen?

I feel that those who espouse "love, love, love" for those who are against the Torah-- telling us they are innocent and don't know what they are doing is wrong--- and telling us not to speak badly about any Jew no matter what... are then speaking badly about RABBIS who give strong mussar about this, with sources out fo the Torah? These strong-mussar rabbis also make a lot of baalei teshuva! Surely, if we should never speak badly about another Jew no matter what (even to the point of defending the wicked) then they can embrace these strong-mussar rabbis and work together to find the emmes instead of talking against them? Emunah is not a separate religion from Judaism! Emunah is part of it. We still need fear of G-d... it is the beginning of all wisdom!

I'm asking for more clarification because it confuses me to be told that "love" and Emunah trump what is written in the Torah! I am sure I am misundrestanding it and that's why i'd like Rabbi Brody to clarify it more.

Dan

Thank you Deborah I agree with everything you said.

Yehudit

@HaRav Brody -
Please have a full Wednesday shiur dedicated to the questions that Devorah and Elisheva (and I'm sure others) raised above.

The full redemption (mercifully) depends on us getting this right!

Thanks and Shabbat shalom.

Rebecca

We certainly don't have to speak bad about any Jew. May we all do tshuva and head the call to love one another. But to call people who are not observant kedoshim, holy martyrs, just because a goy killed them is not correct. There is no ground for this. If you look at what Rashi has to say about the tinokot shenishbar it is a good question if non obserant Jews of today can be counted as this category.

Isn't it enough to share the pain and regret that this happened? Must we make up things like these people being kedoshim when they weren't? It is misleading.

I say stick to the positive messages.
These people were not Rabbi Akiva. Some might not have been Jews, some might have been terrible sinners, we don't know that. But holy martyrs they were not, period.

Shimon

@Rebbeca I suppose that you don't see the victims of the Holocaust as Kedoshim. Same thing for IDF soldiers that have given their lives in defense of their nation. After all, plenty of Holocaust victims and fallen IDF soldiers weren't observant...

Annonymous

I think there are two important points to this:

One is the forgiveness prayer we say every night
I forgive every Jew and most important, May no man be punished because of me.

Two is the example of the Jewish idol worshippers who lived in peace because there was no lashon hora between them.

That doesnโ€™t mean that we should be idol worshippers Chas veshalom. It is only intended to show us the value of peace.

As we were born in His image, we, too, can create through our mouths. Hence, we have to be so careful about what we say. Silence is golden.

lazer

@Shimon @Yehudit
Well-said, Shimon - my exact sentiments.
Yehudit, G-d willing I'll be happy to devote my Wednesday shiur and broadcast to this subject. Withing the scope of the Beams, I can't possibly answer all the questions and clarify issues, but Wednesday will present all the sources and clarify Daat Torah on the subject.
Thank you all for your input and G-d bless for a wonderful week.

elisheva

To annonymous 5.40pm on your second point:

There are no less than six Torah prohibitions with respect to the mesit, not to love him, not to cease from hatred of the mesit, not to save him, not to judge him favorably, not to prevent his being judged unfavorably and not to incite any Jew to idol worship. See Sefer Hachinuch mitzvot taf nun zayin to taf samech bet.

You are talking about people who worshiped idols but did not lead others astray. The Torah is talking about Jews who lead others astray. The extent of this activity in Israel is astonishing, largely facilitated by English speaking rabbis, although there are native Israelis engaged in this too. They write about this openly on their websites and speak at missionary churches. It's all online. I have researched the tactics of the missionary organisations, read their position papers, watched their training videos, learnt their code words (harvest (a priori they come to harvest grapes, but their goal is to harvest souls, the restoration of israel, bridgemen, etc etc), followed prominent missionaries who in Israel are the best friends of certain rabbis, and then go on their speaking tours in missionary churches around the world, boasting of their accomplishments in Israel. They do not missionise themselves because they are bridgemen, but they are the Trojan horse, paving the way. This is all in line with their strategy of using personal relationships to break down the barriers. There is one yishuv in Israel where the volunteers are actually doing their missionary internship. Rav Kook zatzal said that it is better to starve than to take money from them. He didn't say we mustn't speak out about it for the sake of peace. And allowing someone to work for you for free is even worse than taking money, because you are depriving a Jew of a livelihood, and giving these people roots in the country. The next step is they will demand the right to aliya. There is also the prohibition of settling idol worhippers in Eretz Yisrael.

Read these two links carefully and note the difference between the first article, which clearly expresses its missionary intent and the second statement signed by a slew of rabbis who are labouring under the false understanding that their friendship with xns is based on some kind of mutual respect.

Orthodox Rabbis Bring Jesus Home for Christmas
http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/28027/Default.aspx

http://cjcuc.org/2015/12/03/orthodox-rabbinic-statement-on-christianity/

An example of the blurring of boundaries (which is one of the major tactics today):
https://www.amazon.com/Two-Faiths-One-Covenant-Christian-ebook/dp/B00BZC2H7G
"two faiths bound together by their claims to the same covenant".
Judaism is not bound to anything external to it.

More than ever we need rabbis who are faithful to the Torah to speak out against all of this missionary activity, against the blurring of boundaries between Judaism (an independent faith community, aka Rav Soleveitchik) and all the false religions (by Torah definition they are all false). The missionaries of today are not bible bashing firebrands, but sweet young blonde blue eyed girls who come in "love and service", akin to spiritual paedophiles preying on innocent Jewish souls.

If a rabbi wants to reach out to the goyim he can spread the noachide laws, whilst making it very clear that they must forsake their idol worship and their desire to convert Jews. But first of all he must verify that his audience are genuine noachides, not just the new face of the crusades.

Elisheva


Devorah

Shimon-- there is a difference between "not being observant" and publicly going up against the Torah! Your reference to Holocaust victims seems an emotional response rather than an intellectual one based on the Torah. I know of no Holocaust victim that marched in a gay pride parade or had the audacity to go into a SYNAGOGUE with a same-sex partner. We need to separate our natural feelings of sadness and loss at any Jew being killed from what the Torah says about what is right and wrong.

And we also need to remember that Hashem allowed the Holocaust to happen! If this is what out strict but loving Father in Heaven allowed to happen to the Jews of Europe for starting to assimilate... we better be afraid of what He will allow to happen to our generation if we don't do teshuva! This kind of fear of G-d is not the opposite of "love-love-love", it is part of it! Hashem's love for us is for our ETERNAL benefit. The way a loving Father disciplines a child.

My issue has been with what the Torah tells us-- and what we read all throughout Tehillim-- about what makes someone wicked and how we should hate the wicked ... and how that is seen to be somehow against the commandment to "love our fellow Jews".

I am so happy to hear the rabbi will do a shiur on this subject! Baruch Hashem! Looking forward!

Stephen

I don't think anyone would purposely go against G-d's will, it's just some people, even some Jews, have a limited knowledge of Hashem.
Hashem wouldn't punish any of his people for limited knowledge, it was just a cowardly act by a mentally unstable man.
I am a non-Jew, the G-d I know and love, the G-d I talk to in prayer doesn't want discord, Hashem only wants reconciliation and unity among his people. Even the Jewish person who sins has a divine soul and should be held in high regard. Until the last breath, a sinner can repent and return.
I see these servants of G-d sanctifying his holy name, Rabbi Nachman said "There is a way that everything can be turned to good" also "sometimes a sin can make a person so bitter that he repents completely"
I have little knowledge, I only speak from the heart. Thanks.

Devorah

Unity and harmony are important... but they don't trump Hashem's laws. They had unity and harmony at the Tower of Babel. The Nazis had unity and harmony is trying to destroy the Jewish people. Can we ever even fantasize that Hashem would be happy with unity and harmony to destroy His Torah? Unity and harmony are means to employ IN SERVICE OF Hashem and His Torah, not against Him and His Torah!

This is the exact issue I hope the Rabbi speaks of this Wednesday, G-d willing.

Stephen

I was invited along to a Synagouge, when I asked if it was okay, the Rabbi said anyone is welcome. I haven't been yet as it is 3 hours away from where I live. From what some of you say a non Jew visiting a synagogue will make Hashem angry and make those accepting me trasgressors of the Torah.

Rebecca

Shimon, if you look at Halacha, a person is not a holy martyr by being killed by a goy. It doesn't make the killing less horrible and it will most likely be a help for the person going to get judged after the death. If you have a source for people being killed by goyim being holy martyrs like Rabbi Akiva, please give it. I am yet to see it.
Again, not saying that people who die protecting other Jews are not important and great. They are just not kedoshim per halacha. That's all.

lazer

@Rebecca, and all our cherished friends and readers:
Tomorrow's shiur iy"h will be highly documented, citing all the sources as Rebecca and others have requested. Every blessing, LB

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