BS"D Jewish meditation is different from all other meditations in that it is essentially Jewish. And it also different from all other aspects of Judaism in that it is meditative. Can you see any of the Serious Six meditating? I think not. Why not? Because Jewish meditation causes a person to step out of line and search for G-d. Think Manischewitz Tam Tams. Is there any food more Jewish than Manischewitz Tam Tams? You can pop them as spiritual steroid pills. Jewish meditation is also spiritual steroids, but on a higherRead More
BS”D My last word on the Ger. The anti-Ger rabbis claimed to have said their last word in the matter of Ger. Now, it is my turn. This is my final Ger article. Enough is enough I always say. They can insult me, tear my writing apart or Torah apart. They can call me an apikoros. They can do their worst (which believe me is bad) and I will not respond, bli neder.Read More
Concerning our individual and collective struggle for or against Ger, there are four essential points that we must not forget:
1. Exile and Redemption (Galut and Geulah) are opposites.
2. We have left the 2600 year era of Galut and have entered the “new heavens and new earth” of Geulah.
3. Ger is a prime factor in Geulah.
4. Ger did not exist in Galut.Read More
I hear some people do not know what hashkafa means or how to communicate its meaning to others. I would answer that by explaining my general hashkafa in terms of Ger. Firstly, hashkafa means outlook, outlook driven by ratzon, will.Read More
Hooray! Ger is here to stay.
Ger is not going away. What good does it do to poison the minds of some fringe rabbis about Ger and about Katz and Clorfene and Kirk?
Right now, between the U.S. and Texas, Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, Norway, England, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Romania, Poland, Russia, and India, there are an estimated 26,500 non-Jewish Ger, G-d fearing, mitzvah loving, companions of Israel, all of whom have come to the Torah and have been accepted by G-d as the fourth estate of Israel. And the number is growing every day. And it cannot be stopped. AllRead More
Going from chaos to perfection.
I posted the following article on April 23, 2017. I am posting it again because it is more relevant today than it was seven months ago. And I added a postscript that may bring peace to the bloody war between Ger and Noahism, which has erupted as a kendo match between Rav K and Rav B (may Hashem open his eyes to the truth), as David said to Doeg, (Psalms 52:3), “Why do you pride yourself with evil, O mighty warrior. Don’t you realize that the kindness of the Al-mighty is all day?” So here is the April 23 article:Read More
BS”D “Every defender of the faith is presumed to be a liar.” – Irving J. Rabinowitz, Jewish philosopher (no concept too big, no concept to small.)
Rabbi Z attacked me online for calling him a demon. In the Talmud (Pesachim 112a), we learn that it is the nature of a demon to damage. Rabbinic demons tried to assassinate the Ramchal. He had to shave his beard and flee to Holland where he hid out as a diamond cutter. Rabbi Z is a rabbinic demon. There are others.Read More
I mentioned in the last blogpost that my childhood home had no Judaism in it. Nevertheless, my parents were meticulously honest, refined and disciplined people. My father, Yisrael Ber, alav hashalom, was a prosecuting attorney for Cook County, Illinois (he once prosecuted Al Capone and lost). Later, he was a municipal court judge in Chicago. My father was a marvel of discipline. He once confided to me that in the whole of his marriage to my mother, he never went to the refrigerator to see what’s inside, not once.Read More
Shalom and blessings. I would like to mention a few things as we start moving in on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. And I must preface them by admitting that I was raised in a completely non-religious, secular Jewish home. However, both sets of grandparents were observant, and my maternal grandfather, Ze’ev Yehoshua, ben Moshe Brin, alav hashalom, was a schochet and a mohel and a baal tefillah (cantor).Read More
BS"D I do not want to be a doom-sayer, but I would say that America is doomed. On the face of things, the only thing that could save America is if the patriotic Americans unify and persuade the military and the police to round up all the communists and fascists and do a frontal lobotomy on the lot of them. But that is a harsh and horrible way to do anything and could result in a tragedy and sorrow. And nobody wants that. At least, nobody I know.Read More
The Shulchan Arukh HaRav rules that we are not allowed to proselytize. This means that, according to halacha (Jewish Law), it is forbidden to persuade or entice or even request a non-Jew to convert and become Jewish.
In fact, if a non-Jew comes to a rabbi or any religious Jew and tells him that he or she wants to convert, the halacha is that the Jew must reject him three times.Read More
BS"D We are rapidly approaching a period of the year that, most notably, stands between Galut and Geulah (Exile and Redemption). It is from the beginning of the month of Elul to Yom Kippur, a period of 40 days. And when I say Exile here, I mean the exile of the soul, spiritual exile.Read More
BS"D In order to meditate on the Ten Lost Tribes, we have to understand who they are, their nature as a people, and how many of them are in the world at this time.
There are two categories of Ten Lost Tribespersons:
1) Those who need us.
2) Those who are needed by us.Read More
BS"D Whenever we take out the Torah to read it, we recite a portion of the Zohar, called “Brich shmay.” In it are the words, “Not in any man do I put trust, nor on any angel do I rely, only on the G-d of Heaven Who is the G-d of truth, Whose Torah is truth and Whose prophets are true and who acts generously with kindness and truth.”Read More
“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.Read More
BS”D The concealment of the Ark of the Covenant was, in essence, the destruction of the First Temple. The Ark of the Covenant is the Temple’s lifeforce, its reason for being. When the Ark was concealed, the Temple became a flashlight without a battery. The Ark was concealed 35 years before Nebuchadnezzar and the armies of Babylon destroyed Solomon’s Temple, but theyRead More
BS"D Yesterday, the 14th of Av, a bright and attentive class of young women from Machon Alte Seminary in the holy city of Tzfat heard a lecture and took a tour of our Third Temple model. We talked about Geulah, because when you are in front of any aspect of Ezekiel's Temple, even a little model, there is nothing to talk about except Geulah.Read More
One late summer Shabbat in the year 1983, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zy”a, said in farbrengen, “The previous Rebbe had one Chasid, me. And I have none.”
When he said those words, at least two thousand Lubavitcher Chassidim heard him, and were struck dumb. No one could believe their ears.Read More
I would like to play a little Temple trivia game. Only three questions:
Question number 1. What happened on Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av?)
And the answer is…the First and Second Temples were both destroyed on the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av.
Question number 2. What happened on the 3rd day of the Jewish month of Adar?Read More
Mankind is divided into four non-toxic categories:
1. Pre-Galutian (lost)
2. Galutian (exiled)
3. Pre-Geulian (awakened)
4. Geulian (redeemed)
Galutian and Geulian are personifications of Galut, the Hebrew word for exile and Geulah, the Hebrew word for the Final Redemption.Read More