Posted by: mosesfromsinai | November 18, 2018

Vayeeshlach – And He Sent

This week’s Torah Reading is Vayeeshlach – And He Sent.

In the Torah Reading we learn that 400 men accompanied Esav. For this reason Yakov was concerned there may be a war between him and Esav. This, Boruch Hashem, did not happen and their encounter was peaceful.

When it comes time to leave it only mentions that Esav left and no mention is made of the 400 men that accompanied him.

During this time the 400 men somehow were influenced by Yakov and his family and opted to abandon Esav and his negative ways. Perhaps just watching how Yakov’s family and workers interacted in a good way was enough to have an affect on them. This we know in our own experience. People watch us and see and respect us if our actions are positive and good. In this way our day to day lives can make a big Kiddush Hashem and have a nice impact on the people we encounter.

These 400 men were later spared by King David as recorded by Shmuel Hanavi.

Indeed we see that our lifestyle can greatly affect those that live around us. It can prolong life by causing our neighbors and others to lead proper lives.

Let us work hard to live the proper Jewish life affecting those around us until the coming of Moshiach and the 3rd Beis Hamikdosh.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | November 11, 2018

Vayaitai – And He Went Out

The Torah Reading for this week is Vayaitzai – And He Went Out.

In this week’s Torah Reading we read about the famous blessing “Vihaya Zarecha Kaafar Haaretz,” and your children will be like the dust of the earth, “Ufaratzta Yama Vakaidma VitTzafona Vanegaba” you shall spread to the West, East, North and South, “Vineevrichu Vicha Kol Mishpichos Hadama Uvzarecha”. and through you and your children all the families of the earth will be blessed.

This is a powerful and amazing blessing and indeed it has been shown that those that treat us good are blessed.

We however do have our responsibility to bring light into the world we live in whichever part that is. We do know that we may face resistance. Comes the special holiday this month of Kislev called Chanuka. This also helps serve as a reminder that our mission is to light up the world with purity. This is symbolized by the pure olive oil that the Menorah required.

Yakov is told that he will be blessed and indeed he and his children will eventually light up the world. He can live in an environment that is very negative as was the case with Lavan and yet have wonderful children. Yes when Yoseph is born it is time to leave. But let us not forget that it is the teenager Yoseph (17 years old when he is sold to Egypt), that survives and blossoms in Egypt (exile). This is due to the Torah he learnt with his father. Just as Yakov was able to survive when he went to Lavan having learned 14 years prior in the Yeshiva of Shem ViEvar.

While we are still in exile, we need to continue with our mission of lighting up the world and getting ready for Moshiach and the 3rd Holy Temple as well as the actual kindling of the lights on our special Temple Menorah.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | November 4, 2018

Toldos – Generations

This week’s Torah Reading is called Toldos – Generations. It deals with the birth of the twins, Yakov and Eisav. We also have Rosh Chodesh Kislev come up this week, the month of the miracle of Chanuka.

We find a very interesting event in the Torah Reading. Esav spoke in his heart that he would kill Yakov, for ‘stealing’ the blessings that their father Yitzchak gave, shortly after Yitzchak would pass away. Rivka with her special motherly instinct (actually a divine gift) recognizes this and decides to send Yakov out of town.

This concept of mothers having a special sensitivity of what is best for their child is indeed amazing. We will see that in the miracle of Chanuka the Jewish women have a special sense of what is best and what needs to be done to maintain the Jewish home.

Rivka, one of the mothers of Israel, clearly displays this special gift in this Torah Reading, including when she instructs Yakov to go and get the blessings from his father disguised as Esav.

The mothers of Israel are blessed with the skills and talents to help us survive as a Jewish nation in all the difficulties we face. Soon, this being the miracle month of Kislev, the month of Chanuka, we hopefully will see the real Menorah kindled partially due to the wonderful courageous mothers of Israel.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | October 28, 2018

Chayai Sarah – The Life of Sarah

This week’s Torah reading is called Chayai Sarah – The Life of Sarah. We have already mentioned in previous posts that this is unusual because the Torah reading starts off with her death and burial. We answered by saying that her life influence continued on even after her death.

It is also Shabbos Mevorcheem, the Shabbos we bless the New Month. The New Month coming up is Kislev, the Miracle Month of Chanuka. When we examine what led up to the Miracle of Chanuka, we will find that the Jewish women played a very prominent part in motivating the men to withstand the Greek culture and to fight back. Certainly, the first mother of the Jewish Nation, instilled this quality into her future daughters of Israel.

We find an interesting and perhaps strange event. Avraham wants to marry of his son, Yitzchak. He summons his servant, Eliezer, and asks him to take a trip to find a proper girl for his son Yitzchak. He makes Eliezer take an oath. The purpose of the oath is to sort of act as a guarantee that Eliezer will carry out his mission. As we read further, Eliezer indeed fulfills the mission in flying colors returning with Rivka, a future mother of Israel,for Yitzchak.

This concept of taking and oath, to give strength to the mission, actually occurs with each one of us. Prior to coming down we are given an oath to be a Righteous person and not a Wicked person during our mission on earth.

We all take that special oath and indeed, at times, we can find that somehow we draw energy from somewhere to perform a certain mitzvah that just seems impossible to do.

We need to remember that we are sons and daughters of Avraham and Sarah and we have the ability to do things that confront us. We can succeed in our daily mission in life by being strong and remembering our oath that we will indeed be Righteous and not Wicked.

May the month we are entering, Kislev, be filled with our personal victories of doing what is Righteous leading to the lighting of the actual Menorah in our 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | October 21, 2018

Vayaira – And He Appeared

This week’s Torah Reading is called Vayaira – And He Appeared.

In the Torah Portion we read that Avraham made a special feast when he circumcised Yitzchak. Torah uses the Hebrew word “Hegamal” spelt Hey, Gimmel, Mem,Lamed. Part of the numerical value of the Hebrew word is 8, Hey is 5, Gimmel is 3, which equals 8. Thus he was Mal,(Mem Lamed), meaning circumcised on the 8th day, which is the day we circumcise our male children.

Thus Yitzchak is someone to learn from in his day to day growth and attachment to the Al-mighty. Thus he will attain the level of being able to be even a sacrifice to the Al-mighty when he is taken by Avraham to Mt. Moriah.

Throughout our history we, as children of Yitzchak, have been called upon to make sacrifices. Yes even our very lives. We are indeed a special nation that is attached to the Al-mighty. We wait for the redemption so we will no longer need to make further sacrifices and the Al-mighty will appear to us with the building of the 3rd Holy Temple. May it be very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | October 14, 2018

Lech Lecha – Go For Yourself

This week’s Torah reading is called Lech Lecha – ” Go for Yourself”. It is a vital Parsha (section) in that Avraham is selected as the chosen and promised the land of Israel. (And so the problems in the Middle East began). Actually, in the same Parsah there is indeed a war between the 4 kings and the 5 kings, a total of 9 nations. ( Historians should note that the Jewish nation was not the cause for that war either). But Avraham did get involved later to rescue his nephew Lot from the victorious 4 kings, which Avraham had to defeat to accomplish the rescue. Even then Avraham had to publicly announce that he would take no spoils from his victory. (He was concerned that the UN or perhaps CNN might complain that Avraham benefited financially from the war and money was his true motivation – so thus he announced openly to all the people that he would take nothing and left only with the freedom of his nephew Lot). It is hard to imagine the problem even existed then.

In the Parsha we read near the beginning that Avram and Sari took with them, from Charan, their nephew Lot and all their wealth and the souls they made in Charan, to travel to Canaan.

The expression “the souls they made in Charan” is unusual. There are 2 different explanations given. One is that this refers to the people Avram and Sari had influenced to become true believers and join with Avram and Sari. The second is that these were actual maids and male servants that they had purchased.

From the first explanation we see how influential Avram and Sari were in the community they lived in, Charan. This perhaps is a sign for us. We, who are descendants from Avram and Sari, need to also be very positive in the communities we live. Our actions need to have a good affect on our neighbors and those we encounter. This plays a vital role in our mission in life. We, through our positive actions, will prepare and ultimately bring about the 3rd Holy Temple and a world filled with peace and proper service to the Al-mighty. May it be very very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | October 7, 2018

Noach – Noach

The Torah reading for this week is Noach, the story of the flood and the family that survived by building and living in an ark. This week also begins the new Hebrew month called Mar(bitter – as there are no holidays) Cheshvan

Noach spends a 120 years building his company called “Noach’s Cruise Line”. We see that it was popular because as it began to rain hard, the people were lined up to buy a ticket to get on. Unfortunately for them it was limited to Noach and his family. For entertainment, Noach provided a zoo, that he of course along with his family had to look after for an entire year.

Also in the Torah Reading is a unique sign that the Al-mighty gives to mankind. As noted this week begins the New Hebrew Month. This is when the moon begins to once again shine, an amazing occurrence that the Al-mighty created.

In this Torah Portion the Al-mighty brings about the importance of the rainbow and how that it serves as a reminder for mankind to mend their ways. The Al-mighty will not bring a flood to again wipe out all mankind, but there are times when areas are ravaged by rain and floods. The world needs to use this as a reminder to improve their ways. One positive thing does occur in the world after a flood and that is countries chipping in to help out with those sadly affected by the flood.

Perhaps this indeed serves as a reminder how we are to conduct our lives in a positive caring way.

May we, the Jewish Nation lead a caring life and also the world that we live in should act in this mode. This will help bring the ultimate redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 30, 2018

Braishees – In The Beginning

We will be dancing during the week of Braishees with the Torah, celebrating Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah. This is always a great way to start the Torah reading and learning from the beginning.

In the Torah Portion we find the first Shidduch, match making, Adam with Eve. Granted it is a bit unusual. Okay there was only 1 woman to choose from. But indeed Eve was special. Okay she made a mistake, perhaps we would call it a big mistake. But we were not in her shoes (not sure if she wore shoes or if she did, whose company they were from as there were no shoe companies yet). (Oh, was just informed that they both were without clothes – China was not yet in business).

She is punished and her punishment affects all women of today. Part of it is the pain and difficulty of having a child.

What we do see is that the woman, despite the possible pain and other issues, wants to have a child. Her desire overcomes the obstacles she will have to face.

This is a major lesson. We all have obstacles that we need to overcome. Even if some may cause pain we need to push forward and defeat these problems we confront. In our victories, we will ultimately feel good and this will lead to the final outcome of all our obstacles being gone with the coming of Moshiach and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple, may it be this year.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 26, 2018

ViZos Habracha – And This is the Blessing

The Parsha of ViZos HaBracha is read on Shemeenee Atzeres/Simchas Torah and not on a regular Shabbos. In the Parsha there are various blessings that Moshe gave to the children of Israel just prior to his death. The blessings are indeed so powerful and beautiful.

Among the blessings is a unique blessing to both Zevulun and Yissachar. Zevulin is blessed to be successful in his business ventures and Yissachar is blessed to be successful in his learning.

Zevulun and Yissachar formed a partnership where Zevulun would conduct the business and support Yissacher in his Torah learning.

This is actually a very appropriate relationship that the Jewish community needs to have. The awareness that those that are blessed in the business world to assist the day schools and yeshivas for those that are immersed in learning.

This special bond will help to ultimately bring the final blessings of entering the Land of Israel and the 3rd Holy Beis Hamikdosh.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 16, 2018

Ha’azeenu – Give Ear

The Torah reading Ha’azeenu = “Give Ear” is the last weekly portion read on Shabbos. The final portion, Vizos Habracha – “This is the Blessing” is read on Shmeenee Atzeres – Simchas Torah.

In the Torah Reading we find a very important phrase, “Zechor Yimos Olam” – “Remember the days of yore”. We are reminded to remember our past and learn from them. Wow is this a powerful statement and lesson. If indeed we would look at the past and learn from them, how life would be much better.

We often say ‘forget it, that was then not now’. Yes sometimes that may be true but before we act, it is important that we examine the situation well. Often what happened in the past can be avoided by a change in our actions. If we continue to drive on the same path we are bound to see the same problems. It is a sign that we should choose a better direction.

Life is filled with many daily events. We need to learn from them how to best react and live our proper daily lives.

Indeed by “Remembering the days of yore” we will be motivated to improve our lives in such a way that shortly we will see the 3rd Holy Bais Hamikdosh and be united with Moshiach in Jerusalem. May it be this New Year we have entered.

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