Thursday, December 9, 2010


Storytelling a piece by
“This past Shabbos was Shabbos Mevarchim (the Shabbos before a new month begins and therefore a new moon cycle).  Each month...”
Wait, wait, wait.  Stop the presses.
How can I write a story with universal appeal when I begin with words that almost no one can understand?  Having been living a religious jewish way of life for several years I cannot simply tell a story the way I would as when I am speaking to another religious jew who is accustomed to hearing these words.
Just the background of a story can be burdensome to a reader who is not familiar with the culture.  Take this for example:
I was with Fischel this past Shabbos at a Sholem Zochur of a friend he knows from California.  This week happened to be Shabbos Mevorchim, Teves.  Every Shabbos Mevorchim the yeshiva we study at has the full time and part time students all get together for a friday night meal. This coincided with third night of Chanukah this year.
I simply wanted to tell a short story of what happened when we went to a house for a 
friday night party.  But every few words of my telling of the story are words that would likely cause an ordinary reader to say, “Huh? What’s that?”
Okay, so Fischel is a name, Shabbos is the day of rest, a yeshiva is a school for jewish learning and Chanukah is that holiday where candles are lit.
But please tell me what a Sholem Zochur on Shabbos Mevorchim, Teves is?  That is just too far out there to wrap my mind around.  I may even have to resort to Google for that.
To a religious jew these words would make perfect sense providing the transliteration is recognizable.  These words are hebrew words that may look different when using the english letters.  It’s not so easy to transliterate the gutteral “ch” sound.  You just have to know that the “ch” is the one that sounds like you are clearing your throat.  English doesn’t have such a sound.  Most non-jews say Hanukah and don’t bother with the gutteral “ch” sound.   The true pronunciation is more like Ch-kh-kh-kh-anukah.
There’s just too much to define in order to describe what a Sholem Zochkhkhur on Shabbos Mevorchkhkhim is while at the same time keeping the reader interested in the main point of the story.
Before telling a story of the time me and Fischel went to the friday night party for the newborn baby boy I needed to first take a side track and define all of these new terms.  It makes for a tough story - especially in this world of soundbite storytelling.  If you miss a single beat the audience is ready to change the channel on you... [bell goes off- bing] “thank you for playing, next contestant please” [exit stage left].
In order to tell my story it really wasn’t necessary to know what a Sholem Zochur is (it literally means “hello, boy” - it is a celebration for a newly born jewish baby boy on the first friday night after he is born).  Nor was it necessary to know what Shabbos Mevorchim is (it is the shabbos just before the new month begins when the new month is blessed by the congregation in shul.)
Nor was it necessary to know that Teves is the name of the new month being blessed.
So, every sentence is a fight to keep the story moving.  The next word may be the last word before the reader gives up.  “And that’s all the time we have, thank you for playing.” - never getting to the main point of the story.
When we stopped by this Sholem Zochur, the family asked Fischel to recount a story that they remember him telling them once in California.
I heard him saying, “Oh, that’s a long story.  I don’t think I can tell that over here.”
“Yes you can,” hollers one of the brothers.
“Let’s here it,” shouts another brother.  “Tell us the story.  We want to hear it.”
Fischel knew that it wasn’t the time to tell the story.  But his protests fell on deaf ears.  And, he finally agreed to tell it.
Sure enough, it fell flat.  It became a burden for people to stop what they were doing to listen to Fischel tell this story.  I can’t remember the basic idea of the story let alone any of the details.  I think it had something to do with preparing someone’s tax return.  I just remember watching Fischel go through the motions of telling a story that they requested while no one cared to hear him tell it this time.  (Good thing they didn’t know about the Moped story or else they would have insisted on him telling that one too.)
The next day Fischel and I were invited to another friend’s house for a shabbos day meal.  At one point in the meal I was asked by the host what I thought about Chabad.  This was supposed to be answered in a word or two, I think.  There wasn’t much time to dally.  I thought of a short story to tell that might capture what I was feeling at the time.  I thought of a whole chunk of a story that wouldn’t be too long.  But as I began I could sense the tension.  “Is this going to be a long story?” the host asked.
“No.  It’s not very long at all,” I continued telling the story.  I can’t remember what I said because no one was interested in more than a five second answer.  I just wanted to get to the end of the story.  I stated when the story was over so that they could go back to whatever they were more interested in talking about.
After we left the house, Fischel commented on how funny the turn of events was.  I was asked to answer a very loaded question that shouldn’t be answered in a single word.
“First they ask you a question that you could write a thousand page novel about and still not get to any definitive conclusion.  Then they cut you off after the first sentence.  Your whole answer may have taken all of about 40 seconds.  And, their complaints about how long winded you were took up more time than your whole answer.”
I didn’t think about it that way until Fischel pointed out the exact timing from an accountant’s perspective.  40 seconds.  That’s all it was.  I try not to take up too much time when I write or speak.  But in their minds it was too long.
I could probably write a whole short story about this but this is all the time I have to write about this.  And, I perhaps this is all the time you have to read about this.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Dreidel Device


Almost everyone knows that on Chanuka, we play with the special toy called the Dreidel. But where is the source for this custom, and why do we still do it till today?
The secret is that when the evil Greek King Antiachos decreed Torah study forbidden, we played the dreidel in order to cover-up the fact that we were really learning Torah... Check out the dreidel wizard:

How-to the Dreidel:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Secret of Chabad


The secret of Chabad chassidus, and the Torah in general, is the power of Daat:

כי אף מי שהוא חכם ונבון בגדולת אין סוף ברוך הוא, הנה אם לא יקשר דעתו ויתקע מחשבתו בחוזק ובהתמדה

For even one who is wise (by utilizing his faculty of Chochmah) and understanding (by exercising his faculty of Binah) in the greatness of the blessed Ein Sof, yet, unless he applies his Daat and fixes his thought firmly and diligently on his understanding of G-d’s greatness,

לא יוליד בנפשו יראה ואהבה אמיתית, כי אם דמיונות שוא

he will not produce in his soul true fear and love, but only vain fancies.

He will only imagine that he fears G-d and loves Him. True fear and love are attained only by way of Daat.

ועל כן הדעת הוא קיום המדות וחיותן

Thus, Daat provides the substance and vitality of the middot (and is therefore termed a “mother” of the middot, another parent side by side with Chochmah and Binah).

והוא כולל חסד וגבורה, פירוש: אהבה וענפיה ויראה וענפיה

It comprises Chesed and Gevurah; that is to say, love with those other middot that are its offshoots, and fear with its offshoots.

These emotive attribute are the catalyst for keeping the whole Torah and it's mitzvas. This is why we only heard the first two of the ten commandments. This also the only true way to G-dly experiences and enlightenment. This is why we are commanded to recite the Shema Israel at least 3 times daily, and to pray three times a day, while including all of our in-between day to day activities in this energy of cleaving to Hashem. The sages say, halevai (wish you could) ve'hitpalel kol hayom (pray the whole day). The word for praying comes from the word meaning to unite and cleave (consciously, not just in deed but with feeling) ...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Does the fact that other nations are helping Israel mean that Moshiach is here?

Nation & World | Nearby nations help Israel battle raging forest fire | Seattle Times Newspaper

Does the fact that other countries are coming to help the Jewish people with the forest fire mean that the Moshiach is here? Have nations realized that we need to help each other in order to have a peaceful world? Has Esov been refined and is willing to help his brother Yaavov? Well we cannot say that Moshiach is here in full revelation but we can see that whatever the motives of the non-Jewish nations are in coming to help the Jewish people put out the forest fires in Carmel, they are coming to help and we do thank them for their help.

The Laws Concerning Moshiach
Chapters 11 & 12 of Hilchos Melachim from the Mishneh Torah of the Rambam


1. One should not entertain the notion that in the Era of Moshiach any element of the natural order will be nullified, or that there will be any innovation in the work of creation. Rather, the world will continue according to its pattern.

Although Yeshayahu [Yeshayahu 11:6] states, "The wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat," these [words] are an allegory and a riddle. They mean that Israel will dwell securely together with the wicked gentiles who are likened to wolves and leopards, as in the verse [Yirmeyahu 5:6], "A wolf of the deserts despoils them, a leopard watches over their cities." [In this era, all nations] will return to the true faith and no longer plunder or destroy. Instead, at peace with Israel, they will eat that which is permitted, as it is written [Yeshayahu 11:7], "The lion shall eat straw like the ox."

Similarly, other prophecies of this nature concerning Moshiach are analogies. In the Era of the King Moshiach, everyone will realize what was implied by these metaphors and allusions.

2. Our Sages taught: [Berachos 34b] "There will be no difference between the current age and the Era of Moshiach except [our emancipation from] subjugation to the [gentile] kingdoms."

The simple meaning of the words of the prophets appears to imply that the war of Gog and Magog [Yechezkal ch. 38] will take place at the beginning of the Messianic age. Before the war of Gog and Magog, a prophet will arise to rectify Israel's conduct and prepare their hearts [for the Redemption], as it is written: [Malachi 3:23] "Behold, I am sending you Eliyah(u) [6] [before the advent of the great and awesome Day of G-d]."

He will not come [in order] to declare the pure, impure, nor to declare the impure, pure; nor [will he come in order] to disqualify the lineage of those presumed to be of flawless descent, nor to validate lineage which is presumed to be blemished. Rather, [he will come in order] to establish peace in the world; as [the above prophecy] continues [Malachi 3:24], "He will bring back the hearts of the fathers to the children."

Some of the Sages say that Eliyahu will appear [immediately] before the coming of Moshiach.

All these and similar matters cannot be [clearly] known by man until they occur, for they are undefined in the words of the prophets. Even the Sages have no established tradition regarding these matters, beyond what is implied by the verses; hence there is a divergence of opinion among them.

In any case, neither the sequence of these events nor their precise details are among the fundamental principles of the faith. One should not occupy himself at length with the aggadot and midrashim that deal with these and similar matters, nor should he deem them of prime importance, for they bring one to neither the awe nor the love [of G-d].

Similarly, one should not try to calculate the appointed time [for the coming of Moshiach]. Our Sages declared: [Sanhedrin 97b] "May the spirits of those who attempt to calculate the final time [of Mashiach's coming] expire!" Rather, one should await [his coming] and believe in the general conception of the matter, as we have explained.

5. In that Era there will be neither famine nor war, neither envy nor competition, for good things will flow in abundance and all the delights will be as freely available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G-d. The Jews will therefore be great sages and know the hidden matters, and will attain an understanding of their Creator to the [full] extent of human potential; as it is written [Yeshayahu 11:9], "For the world will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the ocean bed."

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tanya -- Likutei Amarim, end of Chapter 1 -- the four evil characteristics of man.

שהן שתי נפשות

These are two nefashot — two souls and life-forces.

נפש אחת מצד הקליפה וסטרא אחרא

One soul originates in the kelipah and sitra achra.

והיא המתלבשת בדם האדם להחיות הגוף

It is this nefesh that is clothed in the blood of a human being, giving life to the body;

וכדכתיב: כי נפש הבשר בדם היא

as it is written, “For the nefesh of the flesh (i.e., the nefesh that sustains physical and corporeal life) is in the blood.”

וממנה באות כל המדות רעות מארבעה יסודות רעים שבה

From [this nefesh] stem all the evil characteristics, deriving from the four evil elements within it.

דהיינו: כעס וגאוה מיסוד האש שנגבה למעלה

Namely: anger and pride [emanate] from the element of Fire which rises upwards;

Once ignited by anger and pride, a man (like fire) soars aloft. Pride is the state of considering oneself superior to others. Anger too is an offshoot of pride. Would a person not be proud, he would not be angered when someone defied his will.

ותאות התענוגים מיסוד המים, כי המים מצמיחים כל מיני תענוג

the appetite for pleasures [emanates] from the element of Water, for water promotes the growth of all kinds of pleasure-giving things.

The ability of water to make pleasurable things grow indicates that concealed within it is the element of pleasure. Thus, the appetite for pleasure derives from the element of Water.

והוללות וליצנות והתפארות ודברים בטלים מיסוד הרוח

frivolity and scoffing, boasting and idle talk [emanate] from the element of Air; like air, they lack substance;

ועצלות ועצבות מיסוד העפר

and sloth and melancholy [emanate] from the element of Earth.

Earth is characterized by heaviness. A man encumbered by sloth and melancholy likewise senses a heaviness of the limbs.

וגם מדות טובות שבטבע כל ישראל בתולדותם, כמו רחמנות וגמילות חסדים, באות ממנה

From this soul stem also the good traits inherent in every Jew’s character, such as compassion and benevolence.

As the fires in Yerez Israel rage and most of us feel helpless to help, it is sad that the happy fires of Chanukah have been outdone in the news by the fires in Carmel. The only thing that many of us can try to do is to put out the raging fires of the etzer hara and the nefesh habahamis (animal soul) which rages inside of us and tells us to follow our base desires. Hashem should help us to put out the physical fires in Eretz Yisroel and bring on the geula shlema.

a Good Shabbos.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wikileaks exposes truth about Obama Israel and the World -- video cartoon.

I believe this came from Omri Ceren

Congrats on God-World's 200th post!!!

Happy Chanukah everybody!!!

Matisyahu's Chanukas Song is a big Shame.

Matisyahu has made a big splash in the news with his new Chanukah single. I tried watching it but was shocked to see a half-dressed woman and him dressed up in a santa suit.
I understand the appeal to secular Jews and non-Jews, but the fact is, this kind of action takes the message of Chanuka and drags in down to the lowest of levels. The miracle of Chanukah is that the oil remained pure. The Torah was not lowered to worldly standards. The Godly wisdom remained Godly and holy, and was not brought down into the mud. The Greeks are יון in hebrew. the yud is chochma, the vov is hamshacha downward into the world and the final nun is that they took G-dly chochma and made it impure.
To make a video like this is to make fun of frum Jews, unfortunately, and I think it was a big mistake on the part of Matisyahu and Co.

This Chanukah, let's illuminate the world with the light of Torah and Mitvohs.
Chanukah starts tonight! May Moshiach come when we light the first candle tonight!

you can read about the video here:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving and Chanukah


The Rebbe many times spoke publicly about Thanksgiving. He explains that the national holiday marks a time for us to give thanks to G-d from the depths of our hearts. We should recognize how fortunate we are to have a country who's laws govern our freedom to practice our religion, even publicly such as the Chanuka menoras around the country...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Now the pit was empty there was no water in it.

Chumash with Rashi for Vayeishev

24. And they took him and cast him into the pit; now the pit was empty there was no water in it.

Rashi: now the pit was empty-there was no water in it: Since it says: “now the pit was empty,” do I not know that there was no water in it? For what purpose did the Torah write,“there was no water in it” ? [To inform us that] there was no water in it, but there were snakes and scorpions in it. [From Shab. 22a, Chag. 3a]

In ruchnious terms snakes and scorpions represent the forces of evil. And water represent the Torah, as it says ein maim elo Torah. This comes to teach us a profound lesson. If there is no Torah in ones mind then you can be sure that evil thoughts will be prevail. If a person is not thinking good positive thoughts proactively then he will not remain a neutral person eventually not good and not holy thoughts will preoccupy his mind.

Evev Yud Tes Kislev 5771.

Yeshiva guy says over a vort

according to Chassidus the avos performed all the mitvzos but in a spiritual manner. every mitzva that we do brings down a certain G-dly light. The Avos being on a grand spiritual standing knew which mitzva brings down what kind of hamshaha so they were able to bring down those lights in their own way. they didn't do all the mitvos like we do them with physical objects but they did accomplish the same ends so you can say that the Avos kept all the mitvos even before they were given. One example is when Yacov used the striped sticks, it is explained that at that time he accomplished the mitva of teffilin. These are my thoughts on the matter, hope it helps more than confuses. lol.:)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

--Understanding The World Of Dreams --

A shiur by Yoseph Paltiel is always gishmak. Here is one on this weeks parsha VaEshev. Why was Joseph always dreaming?


got this is my in box. it looks like a proper petition to me. hope it helps to spread the truth.


To: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization�s (UNESCO)

H.E. Mrs. Eleonora Valentinovna Mitrofanova, Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO
Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
Mr. Davidson L. Hepburn (Bahamas), President of the General Conference
Bureau of the World Heritage Committee
Chairperson: H.E. Mrs. Mai Bint Muhammad Al Khalifa (Bahrain)
Rapporteur: Mr. Ould Sidi Ali (Mali)
Vice-Chairpersons: Mr. Tyronne Brathwaite(Barbados,H.E.Mr. NarangNout(Cambodia),H.E.Mr. Margus Rava(Estonia),H.E.Ms.Dolana Msimang(South Africa),H. E. Mr. Rodolphe Imhoof (Switzerland)

We the undersigned protest The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization�s (UNESCO) ruling that Israel has no right to add the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, where almost all of Israel�s patriarchs and matriarchs are buried, to the National Heritage list. The Tomb of the Patriarchs, the oldest Jewish shrine and the second holiest site in Judaism, centers around the Cave of Machpelah, an ancient double cave revered for almost 4,000 years as the burial site of the Hebrew patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their wives. The connection of the Jewish people to the Cave of Machpelah was established some 3,800 years ago, when Abraham, the first Hebrew, purchased it for the express purpose of using it as a burial site for himself, his wife Sarah, and their future generations. It is the cradle of Jewish history and the focal point of Jewish identity. The rectangular enclosure over the caves is the only fully surviving Herodian structure. Thus the Tomb of the Patriarchs is of inestimable historical value as well as great sacred significance for the Jewish people.

We also protest the decision by UNESCO to re-label as an Islamic mosque the tomb of Rachel, Israel�s other matriarch, and to demand that Israel remove the site from its National Heritage list. The Tomb of Rachel, Judaism's third-holiest site, has been the scene of prayer and pilgrimage for more than three thousand years, and has an especially meaningful connection for Jewish women. Rachel, the matriarch who died in childbirth and was buried at that spot on the road to Hebron, has been a comfort and hope to Jews since biblical days. �Thus says the Lord, 'Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded�and they shall return from the enemy's land and there is hope for the future'� 'Your children shall return to their own country.� Jeremiah 31:16-17. Until 2000, the Palestinians recognized the site as Rachel�s Tomb. It was called �Rachel�s Tomb� in Al-mawsu'ah al-filastiniyah, the Palestinian encyclopedia published after 1996 and in PALESTINE, THE HOLY LAND, a Palestinian publication, with an introduction by Yasser Arafat. However, during the second intifada, Al-Hayat al-Jadida, a Palestinian daily, announced a new-found historical connection to Rachel�s Tomb, declaring that is was "originally a Muslim mosque.�

In an effort to erase Jewish history and supersede Jewish religious sites with Islamic institutions, Muslims have intentionally built mosques upon numerous synagogues and Jewish holy sites. The clearest examples are the Al-Aqsa mosque which sits on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, and the Dome of the Rock, which was built on Judaism�s holiest site of the two biblical Jewish Temples. This pattern repeats itself at the second and third holiest sites. Thus at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, there are domes over the tombs of Abraham and Sarah and a mosque over the tombs of Isaac and Rebecca. Photos from the early 1900's show no Muslim cemetery near the Tomb or Rachel. After 1948 Muslims built their own cemetery surrounding three sides of Rachel�s tomb and now claim that Rachel's Tomb is one of their burial plots and that it contains a Muslim rather than Jewish notable.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu�s office decried the ludicrous nature of the UNESCO decision:
�The attempt to detach the Nation of Israel from its heritage is absurd. If the nearly 4,000-year-old burial sites of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish Nation � Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah �are not part of its culture and tradition, then what is a national cultural site?�
�Sites such as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel�s Tomb (which sits on the edge of Bethlehem) present an inconvenient truth for the pro-Palestine movement and its supporters, who want to claim that the Jews have no historic ties to this land.�

In cooperating with efforts to erase Jewish historical ties to Israel, UNESCO is aiding and abetting those who hope to and obfuscate Israel�s Jewish past and undermine Israel�s Jewish future.

The UNESCO mission states: �Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.�

We demand that there be no exception to UNESCO�s mission when it comes to Jewish heritage. Israel�s Jewish legacy must be recognized and preserved and not swept away to conform with the pro-Palestinian narrative. In attempting to sever the Jewish cultural, religious and natural heritage bond with the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel�s Tomb, UNESCO denies the history it is mandated to preserve, engages in a political maneuver designed to weaken a member UN nation, and undermines its own principles. It aims to rob the Jewish people not only of two sacred sites, which are irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration, but also of their past and a legacy to pass on to future generations. We demand that UNESCO, whose purpose it is to protect heritage, also protect Jewish heritage, rather than deny it.


The Undersigned

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Jewish Genome

interesting article in Newsweek a while ago says that Jews come from a common ancestry. Also it disproves the claim of some anti Semites that the European Jews descended from a group called the Khazars.


Jews have historically considered themselves “people of the book” (am hasefer in Hebrew), referring to sacred tomes, but the phrase is turning out to have an equally powerful, if unintended, meaning: scientists are able to read Jewish genomes like a history book. The latest DNA volume weighs in on the controversial, centuries-old (and now revived in a 2008 book) claim that European Jews are all the descendants of Khazars, a Turkic group of the north Caucasus who converted to Judaism in the late eighth and early ninth century. The DNA has spoken: no.

In the wake of studies in the 1990s that supported biblically based notions of a priestly caste descended from Aaron, brother of Moses, an ambitious new project to analyze genomes collected from Jewish volunteers has yielded its first discoveries. In a paper with the kind of catchy title you rarely see in science journals—“Abraham’s Children in the Genome Era”—scientists report that the Jews of the Diaspora share a set of telltale genetic markers, supporting the traditional belief that Jews scattered around the world have a common ancestry. But various Diaspora populations have their own distinct genetic signatures, shedding light on their origins and history. In addition to the age-old question of whether Jews are simply people who share a religion or are a distinct population, the scientific verdict is settling on the latter.

more from Time

Thursday, November 18, 2010

recording of the Rebbe's yechidus.

Amazing recording about the situation with the youth in Eretz Hakodesh.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Can Homosexuality Be Cured?

This issue is very interesting and important to our society. The Torah prohibits homosexual conduct for both Jewish and Not-Jewish people alike. Many people seem to think that being "gay" is a genetic trait that someone is born with. Therefore according to their views it should be legalized, tolerated and celebrated. The Torah of Truth tells us that homosexuality is not the proper conduct for a person to be involved in. Even though the Torah recognizes that different people may have different desires, the Torah does not prohibit an act for which a man cannot hold himself back from doing. And as popular as it may be these days to accept homosexuality as healthy, doing so robs the person of a fighting chance to stop his destructive behavior. There is so much that can be said about this subject. The video below and link to their website provides a lot of great material to learn from.

here is an expert from a Sicha of the Rebbe that can be found on the website:

There are those who argue that an act that brings pleasure and gratification is, or even must be good. This rationalization is analogical to taking a deathly poison and coating it with sugar. Along comes someone and says, "I see sugar, there is no poison in this sugar pill." To prove his words, he tastes it and swears it is sweet! Someone else may come along and say, "I don't care if there is poison in the sugar, so long as I can enjoy the momentary pleasure of the sweetness, albeit in an abnormal fashion, I don't care what the consequences will be!"

Certainly, they themselves will eventually very strongly complain against those who misled them, and also against those who saw what was going on and did not do all that was possible for them to do, to prevent it from happening.

It makes no real difference what causes an individual to presently choose this form of relationship. Even one who was born with this inclination, and was not educated in his youth to correct it (no matter who is to blame) and is now an adult, must also be motivated to educate him/herself, now; for it is still just as destructive, it is still just as abnormal, etc.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Rebbe Wanted "New Matter"


Adin Even-Israel speaks about how the Rebbe inspired him to accomplish above and beyond normal human conditions. He stills expects us all to do the same... overwhelmed?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Matisyahu Miller At His Best.

He is an amazing musician if you ask me.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Baal Shem Tov Story about how God Runs the world.

A story is told about the Baal Shem Tov and the Maagid. The Baal Shem Tov wanted to teach the Maagid a lesson in hashgaha protis. So he told him to hide behind a tree and wait to see what happens for an hour and to make sure not to say anything in the meantime.  As the Maagid looked on he saw a man gallop in on a horse sit down by a tree, drink, eat and fall asleep. He got up and got up on his horse and left but not without leaving behind a stack filled with money. The Maagid wanted to return the money to him but he couldn’t speak as per the Baal Shem Tov’s instructions.  Then a business man came by saw the sack of money took it for himself and left. Again the Maagid wanted to speak up and say how could you take the other man’s money but he couldn’t say anything. Thirdly, a poor man came by sat down and rested.  In the meanwhile the man who had lost his money came back woke up the poor man and demanded his money figuring he had hid it somewhere. When he said he doesn’t have it he shoved him around until he was sure that he is saying the truth. How is this fair thought the Maagid to himself, if anyone should get the money it should be the poor man and he's getting hurt for no reason.
The Baal Shem Tov explained that three hundred years prior there was person who borrowed money from a business man and didn’t pay back so the business man took him to court. The man bribed the judge who ruled in his favor.  
So they all three had to be reincarnated into these three people the man who lost the money was the thief and he owed the money to the businessman whom he didn’t pay back all those years ago. The business man got back his money and the thief lost it and was able to pay back the business man in such a way. The poor man who got beat up that was the Rabbi who had taken the bribe.
Sometimes in life we only see a little glimpse of what has occurred but we don’t really know what is happening in the big picture.

painting by Chanoch Liberman.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tracht Gut V'tzein Gut and Beyond


We all have superpowers that we are not aware of. Check out how kosher Kabbalah can help you optimize and realize your potential...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Who is a Jew? In the News.

The leftist, government sponsored, news source NPR is reporting on whether the IDF should accept men into the army who aren't Jewish al pi halacha.  I guess the real issue here is who is a Jew?  I learned once that one of the areas that Moshiach has to fight for is the area of Shlemos HaAm. The issue of who is a Jew? This is one of the areas that The Lubavitcher Rebbe always fights for. To make sure that all conversions done are done al pi Halacha.

from NPR:

When is a Jew not Jewish enough? It's a question that's troubling the Israel Defense Forces these days — and it's affecting a number of American Jews.
Jonathan Leavitt, originally from California, made aliyah — the migration to the Jewish state — this year. Stocky, with blue eyes and a laid-back manner, Leavitt says he came to Israel to serve in the IDF because he believes in the homeland of the Jewish people.
"Upon arriving to Israel, I was excited, a lot of motivation, feeling more Jewish, probably, than I'd ever felt in my whole life, and I didn't know what I was in for," he says...

the original article below:
In Israel, When Is A Jew Not Jewish Enough?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Canadian Prime Minister - I Will Defend Israel "whatever the cost".

Ottawa, Canada - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is prepared to suffer any political backlash that comes his way for speaking out against anti-Israel rhetoric.

Harper told an audience Monday that while Israel is receptive to fair criticism, Canada is obligated to stand up for its ally when it comes under attack from others.

"Not just because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israel mob tell us all too well, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are in the longer term a threat to all of us."


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

8 Month Old Deaf Baby's Reaction To Cochlear Implant Being Activated

A great heartwarming video of a baby's reaction to hearing his mother. Advances like these in science make us realize that the physical world is coming closer to the day when all flesh will be healed with the coming of our Righteous Moshiach.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New song by Shem's Disciples - Nachum Ish Gam Zu - Check Them Out.

A word from the artist:

Dear Friends,

I hope all is in good health and good spirits! I wanted to share the latest song I wrote entitled Nachum Ish Gam Zu. The song is about knowing that everything that happens in life, though it may be painful or uncomfortable and/or extremely difficult to deal with, it is ultimately for the good. For those of you that don't know, Nachum Ish Gam Zu was a sage that was famous for saying Gam Zu l'tova (this is also for the good) no matter what challenges lied ahead of him. The song conveys that although we may know this philosophy (intellectually) it is still hard to access it when we are going through whatever it is we are going through.

Come join Shem's Disciples as we search for the Nachum Ish Gam Zu inside of us and may we all merit to access the part of ourselves that can see past the "negative" into the inherent good. I hope you enjoy!

Strength and blessings to all,

Marlon " Moshe" Sobol

p.s. I would love to know your comments or any feedback! peace.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Funny from rally to restory sanity - is Obama a Keynesian?

I don't know what the point of this rally was. I guess to calm the hearts of man. I hope some good came of it. I think it would have been better to talk about Shabbos, but I am not the one in charge. So is Obama a Keynesian or not?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Courage Under Fire

A great video about the holocaust survivor who saved his students at virginia tech. from a gunman.

Friday, October 29, 2010

What is the root of atheism in the Torah ?

A Rabbi once explained that everything that is found in the world has its root in kedushah, even things that look like the opposite of G-dliness. A man asked him how could that be? What could possibly be the root of avodah zarah in the Torah? Atheism is exemplified by the belief of Pharaoh that "I created my self". The rabbi answered him that when a poor man comes to you and he asks for help, at that moment is not a time to be holy and tell the poor man that he should rely on G-d in Heaven. Calculating that everything that the poor man will get this year was already determined for him on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur so if G-d wants him to remain poor why should I interfere and if G-d wants him to be rich he doesn't need me to help him either. The Torah says no! At that time do not rely on G-d in Heaven. This is not the time to be holy! This is a time to say that the whole world depends on me! And if I don't help this poor man then no one in the whole world will. It is not a time to rely on G-d but it is a time to think as an "atheist" might that the whole world depends on me and it's up to me to do something about it.

Inspired from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

see for yourself below:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

How Liberals Argue, Mosque in New York, Israel, National Security.

I hope that this video doesn't upset anybody. I am not so much into politics but the arguments are relevant to know about.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Spiritual Energy Can Heal


An interview between the chosid and scientist Arnie Gotfryd (author of "Mind Over Matter") with kabbalist-healer Rabbi Ofer Elfassy, about how spiritual energy heals. You can become a spiritual healer, too... read the rest here...

The Wisdom of Napoleon Hill

some quotes that may help people become rich.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Mitzoyim 2010 - The Shook from Mark Dunn on Vimeo.

Moshiach is in the air.

Huge Solar-Plant Project Approved

Good to see the start of a renewable energy project in California. Especially solar energy which the Rebbe said could power the whole U.S.A. and have enough left over to export to other countries.

Science, Faith and Creation

It is always a pleasure to hear Rabbi Manis Friedman speak about life. These days it is not all day that you get to hear people with real content.

Friday, October 22, 2010

So You Want to Go to Law School?

This funny video talks about some of the realities of working in the field of law in our days in America. Many youths truly want to change the world for good. It is difficult when the system that is set up encourages lies and deception. Shalom Morduchai HaLevi Rubashkin is siting in jail because the failure of the justice system. While the guy who pulled the emergency slide out on the jet blue plane gets off with one probation and an anger management course and a payment for damages to the plane.

It says that the Seal of God is Truth. In the first line of the Torah "Bereshis Boro Elokim" the last three letters of each word make up G-d's seal. Tov Alef and Mem make up the word Emes. And for those who love the Lubavicher Rebbe is also stand for Toras Menahem Emes and Toras Menahem Ohr.

Everyone should have a wonderful Shabbos.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Call to Action Promo to bring Moshiach.

Call to Action Promo from Mark Dunn on Vimeo.

Videos by our friend Moshe Dunn. Make a difference in others lives and change the world for good by helping to bring Moshiach.

There are young people all over the world working day and night to spread light over the universe in order to inspire others to do more Torah and Mitzvos and acts of Love and Kindness. Lets join by doing more acts of goodness today and Moshiach will surely come immediately. When we do a good act it lifts us up from our current standing and lifts us up to a newer and higher realm of existence. Each individual act inspires others and spreads like a nuclear reaction all across the globe.

Moshaich Now and have a great day.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Christine O'Donnell - 1 st amendment freedom of religion.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

It's funny to see some media sources trying to say that Christine O'Donnell doesn't know the first amendment of the constitution. She seems like a good lady who fears G-d and wants to do right in her life. The Constitution protects the freedom of religion and doesn't protect freedom from religion, as some want to interpret it these days. There are good citizens trying to make a good difference in the world these days even though they have to fight through a lot of darkness.

Moshiach Now. A good evening.

Cantor Dovid Babinet sings Mamele

Our friend Dovid sings Mamele in front of an audience. I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, October 18, 2010

parshas vayeira skit

here is a short skit my wife and i worked on. it took us about an hour!
hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Obama's underwater fantasy - "Under The Sea"

I am sure some people have already seen this but for those who haven't it is could be interesting to watch. The yidden are quickly realizing that the only one way to protect themselves is by looking out for their own interests and not their enemies interests.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yiddishe Unity - New Shalom Rubashkin Music Video

it's parshas Noah. where Hashem brought a mabul to the world that lasted forty days and forty nights to signify that the world got a purification just like the waters of a mikva have to be forty seah in order to purify a person.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

YouTube - $10 Oil? Mike Maloney Schools Bankers on Deflation (Part 1 of 2)

Interesting thoughts on the state of the economy form Mike Maloney.

On a happier note.. A happy Succos to all Yidden and Bnei Noah in the World. Get ready to celebrate - it's zman simchasenu!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Kosher Teffilin.

There was once a yid in Russia who put on teffilin every day even though this evolved great self sacrifice on his part. For those who know some history about the time period can understand what that means. He eventually emigrated to Eretz Yisroel and first thing took his teffilin to the sofer. Not kosher was the answer. The teffiling were never kosher to begin with. The yid jumped up and danced and sang with much enjoyment. Why are you so joyous asked the sofer? Tomorrow is the first day I get to put on kosher teffilin! I am so very happy! was the answer.

At times we do what we can but its up to G-d Almighty as to which mitvoz we are able to perform and which not.

Hashem should sound the great shofar to herald in the coming of Moshiach Tzidkenu.

There is a custom to check our teffilin and mezuzos each year during the month of Elul to make sure that they are kosher to prepare for the New Year.

"Those Voices Don't Speak for the Rest of Us"

This video shows how government fails the people when it gets too big and tries to run people's lives according to its understanding.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Be wholehearted with the Lord, your God.

13. Be wholehearted with the Lord, your God.
Be wholehearted with the Lord, your God: Conduct yourself with Him with simplicity and depend on Him, and do not inquire of the future; rather, accept whatever happens to you with [unadulterated] simplicity and then, you will be with Him and to His portion. — [Sifrei]

It's easy to worry what is going to be with us. The financial markets seem to be in disarray. What will be with our children and our friends in such permissible times? I guess the answer is to do what we can and rely on Hashem that everything will turn out alright.

Chumash with Rashi for Shoftim 
Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Baal Shems bring on Moshiach.

Shortly after the Spanish Inquisition, a Spanish Jew named Joseph Jospa arrived in Krakow. He was a great scholar and a tzadik (righteous person), and was greatly respected by the Jews of Krakow, who called him the Spanish Tzadik. Being 50 years of age and unmarried, he lived by himself. Thirty years went by in this manner until a tragic event changed this. A young businessman from Krakow was killed during a business trip to Prague, leaving a widow with no children. The businessman's brother performed a chalitza ceremony in the Rabbinical Court of Krakow. It was the custom of Krakow in those days for the chalitza ceremony to be a community event, after which the rabbi of the Rabbinical Court would bless the woman that she should soon marry and have children. Then the shamash would announce that if any man present wished to marry the woman, he should present himself to the Court.
No one responded on that particular occasion, but about five months later, Joseph Jospa, the Spanish Tzadik, came to the Court and announced that he wished to marry the widow, if she would agree. He explained that he had not intended to get married, but now, for certain reasons which he did not wish to reveal, he wished to marry despite his advanced years.
The Court then sent for the widow. Immediately upon arriving in the Court, even before she had a chance to ask why she was summoned, she burst into tears.
"Why are you crying?" they asked her.
"I have a terrible secret weighing me down, but I can't make up my mind whether to tell you about it," she replied.
She said she had been having a recurrent dream in which her father, who passed away many years before, appeared to her and asked her to do something. She could not decide whether to listen to him. She was worried and asked the Court for advice.
The rabbis of the Court told her that it would be best if she would tell them what the dream was. She said that in her first dream, her father appeared to her dressed in his Shabbos clothes, put his hands over her head, blessed her and said, "And now I wish you mazel tov, for it has been decreed that you marry the Spanish Tzadik, Joseph Jospa."
She had awoken from this dream trembling violently, but put it out of her mind. She had the dream again, but again did not take it seriously. Then her father appeared to her looking very serious and told her to that there was no way out of it, as it had been decided in the Heavenly Court. She must speak to someone to arrange the marriage. If she listened to him, he continued, she would be blessed with a son. But if she refused she would come to a bitter end.
Three more times she had the dream, and she finally decided to go to the Court about it. She had just made the decision to go, when the shamash arrived, informing her that the Court had sent for her.
When she finished her story, the rabbis of the Court looked at each other in amazement and told the woman that Joseph Jospa had come to them and told them that he wanted to marry her. She now had no doubt that it was G-d's will that she marry the tzadik, and the marriage was arranged. The wedding was a great celebration for the whole community. Everyone in Krakow felt that this was no ordinary wedding, but that it held an inner significance beyond their comprehension.
In the second year of their marriage, they were blessed with a son, whom Joseph Jospa named Elijah, after Elijah the Prophet. When Elijah was two, Joseph Jospa taught him Torah until he was of bar mitzva age, and he studied diligently.
About two weeks before Elijah's bar mitzva, Joseph Jospa told his wife that he felt that he was about to pass away. He told her that after their son's bar mitzva, Elijah would tell her that he wants to go out into the world. She should not discourage him from doing this, because he had been sent down to this world to fulfill a special mission. He told her that when her first husband had been killed, Joseph Jospa had received a Divine command to marry the widow, for a son of very high stature would be born to them who would have a special mission to fulfill for the Jewish people, to help them and uplift them. Elijah the Prophet had been studying with their son Elijah to prepare him for this mission. He was to be the first in a long chain of tzadikim leading up to the coming of Moshiach.
After concluding these instructions, Joseph Jospa passed away. A few weeks after Elijah's bar mitzva, he told his mother that he wanted to go out into the world. Having been prepared for this, she did not object. She gave him her blessing and he left. Forty years later, in the year 5350 (1590) he appeared in the city of Wurms, Germany and became known as a miracle worker and a healer. He also established a yeshiva there where he taught Kabbala, particularly the Zohar, in addition to the Talmud. He was the famous Rabbi Elijah Baal Shem.
Rabbi Elijah Baal Shem was indeed the first in the long chain leading up to the revelation of Moshiach. Rabbi Elijah Elijah was the first of four Baal Shem's. He was succeeded by his disciple, Rabbi Yoel Baal Shem, then by Rabbi Adam Baal Shem, who was succeeded by his disciple, Rabbi Yisrael, the famous Baal Shem Tov.

from: L'Chaim

Thursday, August 5, 2010 - Rubashkin Judge is Exposed - Rubashkin Judge is Exposed

The beginning of the end? Judge Linda Reade is being exposed for having unlawful private meeting with prosecuters of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.
New documents produced in response to a Freedom of Information Act request show that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda Reade met frequently with the law-enforcement team that was actively engaged in the planning of the May 2008 raid on the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant and participated in preparations for the raid.

On this account, Judge Reade should have been legally disqualified from presiding at the federal trial of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.

Read further...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Street Interview Seven Noahide Laws

Sheva Miztvos Bnei Noah Street Interview on the Streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The way to bring Moshiach is to spread light, goodness and kindness in the world. By dwelling on all the different problems around us and how everyone wants to destroy us we mostly just lose ground. If you really want to make a difference then take an example from these fellows and see for yourself how the whole world stands ready and is yearning for redemption. May it happen now. A gut voch.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Chumash with Rashi for Devarim Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

13. Prepare for yourselves wise and understanding men, known among your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.
understanding [men]: [I.e., men] who understand [and derive] one thing from another. This is what Arius asked Rabbi Yose: “What is the difference between wise men and understanding men?” [Rabbi Yose said] "A wise man is like a rich money changer: When people bring him dinars to examine, he examines them. When they do not bring [money] to him, he sits doing nothing. An understanding man, however, is like a merchant money changer: When they bring him money to examine, he examines it, and when they do not bring it to him, he goes out and brings his own [money-i.e., he does not wait for people to come to him-he goes to them] (Sifrei)


A wise man a Chocham, when someone brings a question to him, he is smart and so he ponders it and answers it. But when they don't bring a question to him so he doesn't think about it. An understanding man, when they bring a question in Torah to him so he answers it but when they don't bring him question in Torah so he thinks of his own questions and ponders Torah anyway deeper and deeper until someone comes along.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

LTC Allen West in support of Israel

“If G-d has ordained the state of Israel then there is nothing that man can do about it.”

“If you want to free Palestine then you give it back to the people who had it in the first place, the Jewish people.”

“It is not time for appeasement, it is not time for negotiation, it is not time for compromise. Every time we give them land they want more." - West.

Here is a link to the wiki page about Allen West:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

This Weeks Rebbe Video - Rescue at Entebbe.

This is the way Israel should fight its wars.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A New Rebbe Story.

...One of the fellows I took to the ohel had a more prosaic background. I fact, he is quite an intelligent and ambitions young man, and a year go he was on the waiting list for one of the very best law schools in the country, He wrote to the Rebbe that if he would be accepted, which surely would lead to a food job afterwords, he promises to put on tefilin twice a week and pray with a minyan.

Subsequently he was accepted. But he never got around to the tefilin and minyan part.

During the second semester of his first year he received an unexpected phone call form his mother. He could tell right away from her voice that she seemed quite agitated. What happened, Ma? What's the matter? he queried anxiously.

Do you have some involvement with the Lubavitcher Rebbe? You never told me about?

I don't know what you are talking about. of course I don't he replied forgetting about or not taking seriously the letter he had deposited in Queens.

Well I never did either but I am calling to tell you that the Lubavitcher Rebbe has appeared to me in a dream several nights now. He keeps saying I kept my side of the agreement why doesn't your son keep his?

Needles to say form that day on he religiously puts on teffilin and prays in a minyan.

from the Crown Heighs Links Vol 117 article .

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Harper on Libby Davies anti-Israeli Comments

World Leaders who support Israel.

Mazel Tov on 150 blog-posts.

A narrow mind - a short story.

There was once a man who was known worldwide as a great magician who could get out of any lock or trap that was set up for him. Great big crowds would gather to see him perform. One day he was offered a big reward to figure out a new trap. He agreed to try. When he got there it looked like a very simple lock to break and he was sure that he would unlock this one also. After an hour of trying he was unable to succeed and had failed at his task. He asked to be able to continue and try to unlock it anyways as there was never a lock that he couldn't figure out. Eventually after trying for a few more hours he gave up and asked that he be let out. They came and with a simple push of the door it swung open for it was never locked to begin with. The man exclaimed that "there was never in my life a lock or a trap that I couldn't get out of, besides the lock that I had made for myself." At times we put ourselves in limitations by imagining constraints and obstacles that do not exist. When we break out of our own narrow thinking and feeling processes then we can take a step toward becoming more free men and women.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

This weeks Rebbe Video - In God We Trust

This weeks Rebbe Video - In God We Trust

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Napoleon Hill talks about his meeting with Andrew Carnegie


Here is YOUR ticket to geula, redemption, freedom, ultimate PEACE. This secret has been sealed for thousands of years, only to be revealed now in the time of geula. For the honor of Lag B'Omer coming up next week. The holy Zohar explains, that we have the choice of how to live our lives and we choose our reality. "In the 600th year of the 6th millennium [1840 CE] the supernal gates of wisdom will be opened [the spreading of Zohar, Chasidut and the inner dimension of Torah],
and also the wellsprings of wisdom below [the Industrial Revolution and
technological advances like radio, Boolean Algebra (which led to the
possibility of computers), the locomotive, telephone etc.]. (

Justice for Shalom Rubashkin - watch this short video

Justice for Shalom Rubashkin - watch this short video

With Hashem's help let us all celebrate the release of Shalom Rubashkin to his family today!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Moshiach Story

His Name is Chayim

The Chumash with the commentary of Rabbi Chayim ben Attar entitled Or HaChayim was printed in Shklov in the year 5545 [1745] - with two typographical errors.
  1. In the passage which speaks of the sotah, a woman suspected of adultery, there is a verse that says, v'amrah ha'ishah amen amen - "And the woman shall say, Amen, Amen." In the course of his commentary, the author of Or HaChayim cites the interpretation of the Sages on this dual oath - that she has not transgressed "by this man or by another man" - and concludes his paraphrase with the word mei'achar ("by another"). In the above-mentioned edition, this word is replaced by the wordmei'asher.
  2. There is a verse which begins, ki yiheyeh evyon - "If there should be a needy man among you...." Expounding on the level of derush, the author of Or HaChayim relates this verse to the yearning ofMashiach to redeem Israel, and concludes with the words, Mashiach Hashem, sh'mo Chayim - "G-d's anointed one: his name is Chayim." In the above-mentioned edition, the last two Hebrew words are omitted.
These two printing errors have a history. In fact, they are connected.
As is well known, the author of Or HaChayim believed that his soul was a spark of the soul of Mashiach, and one of the allusions to this belief which he inserted in his writings is the above mention of his own name. Now the publisher of this edition was a clandestine adherent of the "Enlightenment" movement by the name of Asher. The above allusion to the coming of Mashiach ruffled the disbelief of this maskil, so, while alone in the printing house, he deleted the words, sh'mo Chayim - "his name is Chayim."
An old tradition recounts that the saintly author of Or HaChayim in Gan Eden sensed this at once, and decided: "Since this scoundrel has deleted my name from my book, I will insert his name there instead!"
Then and there, the letter ches in the above-quoted oath of the wayward woman was miraculously substituted by the letter shin, so that the word mei'acher ("by another man") now read mei'asher...
A very short while later, a woman brought to the Rabbinical Court of Shklov on an adultery charge duly confessed: mei'asher - " Asher!"
Transmitted by oral tradition

source : From Exile to Redemption - Volume 2

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

my thoughts on America

i am not a Rav or a great learned person or anything like that but it disturbs me to see all the anti-America, Yidden leave the US articles that I see around this part of the blogosphere.  America gets compared to Germany of the thirties and forties. I think that these are false claims, jumpings to conclusions, histaria and same old Yiddish reactionary mindset. Yes if G-d wants that the US should turn against yidden, G-d forbid then it would be so. But why would G-d want that? Do Jews know a G-d who wants to hurt them and make them suffer? G-d forbid? No, G-d is Merciful and kind to all especially his One Nation on earth. Historically I think that the argument makes no sense either. The world in the forties was a G-dless world. America is a G-d fearing country with morality ingrained in the society from its founding. I heard once from a Mashpia that the Rebbe once said, that had the Jews in Europe been involved in spreading the shevat mitvos bnei Noah the seven Noahide laws the Holocaust could or would have been prevented. When a Yid hears that the country is going to turn on him it makes him immobile, helpless, mute. This comes from centuries of tortures against the Yidden. So its natural for a Jew to feel that the world is going to collapse around him. I think that our mission now is for Jews to be strong. When a Jew opens him mouth loud and with pride the world listens. Stop with the scare tactics which hurt our nation. Inspire Jews to live live Jews and to finish off our avoda here in the US to bring the Moshiach down here into the world be poel mamash.

just thoughts from a one man who doesn't believe that reading the newspaper headlines will show you the truth of where we are holding.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010



April 12, 2010   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           
Media Inquiries should be directed to
  Jewish Leaders Urge Community Members to Voice Outrage to Justice Department
  NEW YORK – American Jewish leaders are expressing shock and outrage at the federal government’s recommendation that Sholom Rubashkin be sentenced to life in prison for his role as an executive with the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. It is the latest example of a prosecution that has repeatedly targeted Rubashkin for unfair treatment compared to others who have been accused of employing illegal immigrants or compromising the security of a bank loan.
Supporters of Sholom Rubashkin are being urged to sign an online petition at the “Justice for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin” Web page at and  call or e-mail Department of Justice Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison (202-514-3465 ; and cc, to protest the recommendations of life in prison for Sholom Rubashkin.
Those interested in  assisting the “Equal Justice for Sholom Rubashkin” campaign, or in receiving   call to action alerts should e-mail their contact info to, or text message ICARE to  347-948-JUST (5878).
Jewish rabbinic leaders have signed a proclamation, urging their Jewish brethren to contact the Justice Department on Rubashkin’s behalf, calling it a “sacred obligation of every individual to participate in this mitzvah.”
The sentencing recommendation submitted by prosecutors to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa is inconsistent with sentencing of other corporate executives convicted in comparable cases. For example, Mark Turkcan, an official First Bank, was recently convicted of bank fraud involving a loss of approximately $35 million, and was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. And Cathy Gieseker was sentenced to nine years in prison for bilking 179 farmers out of more than $27 million. Her motive, unlike Rubashkin and Turkcan, was greed.
Rubashkin was originally indicted for employing illegal immigrants, an offense that has been punished with probation or a short prison term. After seven superseding indictments, prosecutors chose to proceed to trial on alleged bank fraud charges in an effort to increase Rubashkin’s punishment, even though interest was paid on all of the money drawn by the loan and the bank has acknowledged it received approximately $21 million in profit from the interest payments.
The bank loan was not paid in full because of the government’s raid on Agriprocessors, which caused the company to declare bankruptcy. The bank “called” the loan when Agriprocessors could not continue to make its payments. The May 2008 raid included a military style raid and more than 600 federal agents. It was widely criticized for the extreme tactics utilized by prosecutors and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The raid destroyed the company and had disastrous lasting effects on the community of Postville and the kosher meat industry.
Prosecutors and the U.S. Probation Office have calculated the total offense committed by Rubashkin at level 45 under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Because the federal Sentencing Table caps at level 43, the Probation Office has calculated the total offense at level 43. An offense level of 43 is punished with a life sentence under the sentencing guidelines, which the Supreme Court held as no longer mandatory.
 Rubashkin’s attorneys have asked the court to impose a sentence no greater than 72 months, noting his positive history and character, his extraordinary family circumstances, and the arbitrary nature of the now-advisory guidelines used by prosecutors. They emphasize that Rubashkin’s conduct was not done for personal gain, that he did not intend any loss to the bank, and that a 72-month sentence would allow the Bureau of Prisons to place Rubashkin in a facility with experience in effectively and humanely incarcerating observant Jewish inmates.
 In Rubashkin’s bank-fraud trial, prosecutors were allowed to present inflammatory evidence regarding the employment of illegal workers, even though the judge had previously ruled that such evidence would prejudice the jury and had severed the immigration and bank fraud charges for that reason. The charges regarding harboring illegal immigrants were eventually dropped.
Rubashkin supporters argue That prosecutors have subjected Rubashkin to more severe restrictions and potential punishment than other employers whose work premises were raided by ICE and who were found to have hired larger numbers of illegal workers. The country’s largest meatpacker, Swift & Company, was raided in six different states in December 2006, and almost 1,300 illegal immigrants were arrested. No corporate official of Swift & Company has been prosecuted.  RCI, International, a restaurant janitorial service operating in 17 states, was raided in 63 locations in February 2007. Its owners, who paid their employees (all illegal immigrants) in cash, were found to have defrauded the United States of more than $18 million in taxes. Its chief operating officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The owner of a Massachusetts manufacturer of leather goods and handbags raided by ICE in March 2007, when 326 illegal immigrants were arrested, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison.