Rabbi Alon Anava – Shares how jealousy can be a good thing if its for the right reason and the right motivation. The Rabbi also explains when it is bad (like in the case of Korach) and actually deprives us of our special uniqueness given to us by Hashem. This uniqueness is our gift and our life mission – we need it to complete why we are here on this Earth and being jealous of others’ tools for their missions is certainly counter-productive to our life goals.
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After the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash (Temple), Hashem gave us a vital gift which would enable us to survive this long and bitter exile. He allowed the Shechinah (Divine Presence) to manifest itself to some degree in the beis haknesses (shul or synagogue) and beis hamidrash (study hall). To this day, the beis haknesses and the beis hamidrash remain places where a Jew can connect with his Creator in a very profound way.
Against this backdrop, says the Chofetz Chaim, one can recognize the full gravity of speaking loshon hora in shul. From the words “and My Holy Place you should fear” (Vayikra 19:30) we learn that a Jew must treat his shul with dignity and only tread in it for holy pursuits. This commandment prohibits all forms of mundane conversation in shul. How much more so does this prohibition apply to loshon hora or rechilus, which indicate a complete lack of fear of Hashem, Whose presence is especially manifest in such holy places.
The Chofetz Chaim states that the hidden message which a person communicates when he speaks loshon hora in shul, God forbid, is that he does not really believe that Hashem resides there. Only with such an attitude could a person feel free to disobey Hashem’s rules in His own house. The Zohar says that the sin of ignoring Hashem in His house has grave spiritual repercussions in the upper worlds.
The Chofetz Chaim writes, “Since we are discussing the sin of speaking loshon hora in shul, I must tell you of the great misfortune that this causes.”
A person tells his friend his stories which are laced from beginning to end with loshon hora, and he finds a most convenient time for this: immediately before the reading of the Torah. But when the congregation is ready to begin reading the Torah portion, the storyteller is still not finished. Now the yetzer hora (evil inclination) whispers in this person’s ear, “This is a great story. You’ve got to finish it.” So the storyteller and his eager listener continue their conversation throughout the reading of the Torah. In doing so, they not only transgress a long list of prohibitions, but they also commit the overriding sin of creating a public chillul Hashem (desecration of Hashem’s Name) as they flagrantly ignore
Hashem’s Presence in His house and at the same time cause disgrace to the Torah. The Chofetz Chaim tallies what this “important story” is going to bring these two people on the Heavenly scales of judgment.
They have spoken and listened to loshon hora, which almost always includes many prohibitions.
They have violated, “And you shall not defame My Holy Name” (Vayikra 22:32), a sin which is compounded by the fact that it was committed in the presence of ten or more Jews.
They have disregarded the Torah reading, as it is written, “And those who forsake Hashem will perish” (Yeshayahu 1:28).
They have engaged in devarim beteilim (meaningless conversation) in shul. “Woe to the speaker and the listener!” writes the Chofetz Chaim. He quotes the Vilna Gaon who states that it is impossible to comprehend the Heavenly punishment which such conversation can bring upon the participants.
The Chofetz Chaim adds another thought regarding those who speak during the reading of the Torah. The Torah reading concludes with Kaddish and it is highly unlikely that they will stop their conversation to answer to this all-important prayer. This is an incalculable loss. Our Sages, of blessed memory, have taught us the awesome power of answering “Amein. Yehei shemei rabba …” (“Amen. May His great name be blessed…”). By answering with proper concentration and intent, one can cause severe Heavenly decrees to be broken. Several times each day, when Kaddish is recited, Hashem gives us the priceless opportunity to earn tremendous merit with just a few seconds of effort Imagine if someone offered you a check for one million dollars, with the only requirement being that you exert the miniscule effort of lifting the check off the table and putting it in your pocket. The reward for answering “Amein. Yehei shemei rabba…” is much more than that, yet the storytellers are oblivious to this, essentially leaving millions of dollars sitting on the table, untouched. One Small
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Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz – Shares a unique perspective that Shabbat is the goal not an inconvenience, it is our destination not a stopping point along the way, it is a glimpse of the World to come not an interuption to our daily lives. Shabbat is what to live for in the here and now – celebrated once a week – experience it now!
Both these videos focus on this week’s upcoming Torah parashah (in Eretz Yisroel) of Korach. They both explain the details of how after all the witnessed miracles and the level of righteousness of the people involved can an actual rebellion take place. The journey from that to this is almost unbelievable and the details involved that help make sense of this is quite interesting.
On the 23rd of the month of Sivan (כג׳ סיון) the decree of Haman (At the time of Mordechai and Esther) to annihilate the Jewish nation was nullified. The holy books teach us that this day is a very powerful day for prayers to nullify decrees and anything bad, evil and horrible against us. The same way that from that day and on the situation of the Jewish nation changed and became good, and “Mordecai left the king’s presence with royal raiment” (Esther 8/15) … “and the city of Shushan shouted and rejoiced” … and as a result the Megila says… “The Jews had light and joy, and gladness and honor” – The holy books teach us that this day (Sivan 23) is a powerful day to revoke and nullify any decree against you (Sickness, death, poverty, infertile, etc.)
Therefore on this powerful day there are a few things you want to do:
Light two (2) candles for Esther and Mordechai
Give three (3) coins to charity. The coins should be held with both hands at the same time when placing in the charity box
Read chapters 22, 83, 130, 142 of Tehillim
Read chapter 8 from the Megila of Esther
Read Avinu Malkeinu (Without a blessing, just the text)
Pray from your heart with your words anything you want and need – Ask from Hashem
Recite the short prayer:
אנא ממך אלי צורי וגואלי, כשם שעשית ניסים ונפלאות לאבותינו בימים ההם בזמן הזה, כן תתמלא רחמים גם עלי, בתוך שאר כל עמך בית ישראל הפזורים בארבע כנפות תבל, ותתמלא רחמים על כולנו, להפוך מהרה מרע לטוב, גם את כל סוגי גזרי הדין, ברוחניות ובגשמיות, בכלליות ובפרטיות, ויהיה מעתה אך טוב וחסד – בגוף ונפש וממון…” אמן O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. From you I am asking mercy! The same way you performed miracles and wonders to our forefathers and all previous generations, please bestow your mercy on me the same way, to me and all of your nations that are scattered all over the world and in all 4 corners of the earth, and bestow your mercy on all of us, to transform all evil to good, annul all harsh decrees concerning us, tear up the evil [parts] of our sentence both spiritual and physical, both to myself and others and from now on it should be only goodness and kindness to our body, soul and belongings Amen!
Take on yourself a good decision to add a Mitzvah to your daily schedule
IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure all the above is done and read on the 23rd of Sivan (June 22nd 2022) during the day from dawn till sundown
Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz – Interesting discussing about the nature of free will and how my free will affects (or does not affect) anothers free will and the deep philosophical discussion on how to handle the inherent conflicts of this subject. Fascinating and sometimes confusing class and the cliffhanger that challenges what we may hold as true and why and the sources in the Torah.
Rabbi Asher Baruch Wegbreit – Shows us the simple path to doing the easy mitzva of mezuzah and how to get the most out of it. Not so much effort in the physical sense but instead making “intentional” effort in the mental sense yielding great benefits and those benefits can lead to a stronger spiritual connection to Hashem individually and collectively.
Rabbi Alon Anava – Brings back the topic of Pesach Sheni which we actually had on the Jewish calendar over a month ago but is brought up again in this week’s Torah Portion. Why is there a second chance for the holiday of Pesach (Passover) specifically? Why are there no second chances for other Jewish holidays? What is so special about Pesach that it “requires” a second chance? Why are we talking about this now (isn’t it too late)? Why is this related to Brit Milah (circumcision)? Listen to the calls by Rabbi Anava to learn the answers to these questions.