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The Big 4: The Train's Almost Here

According to the Gemara in tractate Shabbat, many folks will be in for a big surprise and a rude awakening when their time's up down here on earth. The Heavenly Court judges don't care about what most people consider important down here; they'll ask four main "make it or break it" questions:

1. Did you negotiate fairly? Were you honest and did you keep your word? Did you pay your bills on time? Did you knowingly cheat or swindle other people? Did you pay your workers fully and on time?

2. Did you set aside time for learning Torah? Did you utilize all your after-work hours for Torah? Did you waste time on the web and watching DVDs? Were you more familiar with Facebook than you were with a holy book?

3. Did you eagerly anticipate the Redemption? Did you care whether the Divine Presence (Shechina) was in exile and we didn't have a Holy Temple? Did you beg Hashem for Moshiach? Did you do your utmost to move to Eretz Yisrael with your family or did you look for more excuses to remain in exile? Did you beg Hashem for Moshiach? Did you care whether Hashem's Holy Name was exalted or not? Did you help spread emuna in the world?

4. Did you marry and have children? Did you use your body for the mitzva of marriage and raising a family, or did you use it for debauchery? Did you maintain personal holiness? Did you dress, act, and speak modestly? Were you a faithful spouse and loving parent?

Why do the Heavenly Court judges ask these particular questions? The reason is that positive responses to the above "Big 4" expedite the Geula, the full redemption of our people, while negative answers prolong the exile and delay the redemption.

When a person is more concerned about the new bathroom tiles and the brass door handles in his Diaspora home, he delays the Redemption for everyone. But, there comes a time - which the spiritual leaders of our generation say is sooner than we can imagine - when the train of Redemption will leave the station. Anyone who misses it will be sorry forever. People get ready, 'cause the train's a' comin'...

Here's an oldie but goodie - Curtis Mayfield singing "People Get Ready". This was a favorite of mine way back when. (Lyrics Below)

People Get Ready, by Curtis Mayfield

People get ready, there's a train comin'
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith (emuna!) to hear the diesels hummin'
You don't need no ticket you just thank The Lord

People get ready, there's a train to Jordan
Picking up passengers coast to coast
Faith (Emuna!) is the key, open the doors and board them
There's hope for all among those loved the most

There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner whom would hurt all mankind
Just to save his own
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there is no hiding place against The Kingdom's Throne

People get ready there's a train comin'
You don't need no baggage, just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
You don't need no ticket, just thank The Lord


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Puah yiska

You guys at the Beams are really great people who continue to inspire myself and my family as well as our friends and loved ones. I pray that we are at the first stop the train arrives at...haha... c u iy"h in Jerusalem, please Hashem, soon!

Yakov Butterfield

Dear Rabbi:
Thank you for all your hard work, We have taken your advice and made Aliyah to Jerusalem. We left Los Angeles the day after Yom Yippur. Our daughters will be attending a religious High School here after completing Ulpan.
Thank you for your Podcasts and website. Can we download your Mini-lesson and shirs?
All the best.


I haven't heard this song in 40 years, but it's still ringing in my ear, and what my ear remembers sounds better than this cut from Curtis Mayfield.

C'mon Lazer, why are you giving us second best? Let the Beams crowd hear the authentic version of People Get Ready. Get a hold of the cut from the Chambers Brothers Live album and put it up on the site. It's the one that's still playing in my ear after all these years, and more likely than not it was the one that was the favorite of yours way back when.



For what it is worth I like the Curtis Mayfield version better...the original sweet Soul version he wrote with The Impressions is beautiful, thank you Reb Lazer for posting the song.
Not knocking The Chambers Brothers is a story from yesterday which you mentioning them has just made me recall.
Years ago, before the world wide web and the "whosampled" website, I bought a Chambers Brothers album "New Generation" without listening to it.
I just liked the cover, and thought such a record must be worth a listen.
I put the needle on the track "Funky" and was the beat that A Tribe Called Quest had sampled for "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo"
Well...on Sunday I drive someone in my car, and the passenger seat appeared kept sliding around and it was not comfortable for them.
So on Monday I tried to fix it, and I did fix it, but during that process, I found under the seat an old wallet of mine I thought I had lost.
And it had cash in it!
So Hashem was nudging me to look under that seat by making it broken...
....Gam Zu Le Tova ...(this too is for the best)!

Yehonatan Easton

When Rav Brody is playing Curtis Mayfield on his blog, then we know that THE REAL RAV BRODY IS BACK!!!!!

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