Purim Music

Shalom & Purim Sameach!

There are only six days till Purim arrives and I already am in the Purim spirit. I hope these Purim melodies will spread some Purim joy to a reader of my blog.

 

First let me post some of the latest hip-hop videos of Ari Lesser. Mr Lesser has contributed his talent to other well known Jewish musicians as I will post them after this one.

Here Ari Lesser shares the music with Gad Elbaz and Naftali Kalfa:

And even Lipa Shmeltzer has just made a video with Ari Lesser:

 

I hope to post some more this week, of course ‘bli neder’…

Thank You,

Muman613

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The Burning Bush by Amaseffer

We are reading the first portion of the Book (sefer) of Shemot where the story of the birth of Moses, our teacher, is told. Hashem, the Holy One Blessed is he, revealed his glory to Moses in the appearance of a bush which burned but was not consumed.

Amaseffer, from their monumental album ‘Slaves For Life’, provides a heavy-metal sound-track to the initial portions of the story of Exodus.

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Rabbi Kahane (Z’tl) WAS & IS a modern day Maccabee

Rabbi Meir Kahane

It has occurred to me that our great teacher Rabbi Meir Kahane (May his memory be a blessing, May his blood be avenged) can be compared to Matisyahu Maccabee without concern for denigrating either. Many things brought me to this conclusion but most recently an article I read on Aish.com which I will re-post below this article.

The Maccabees were a small minority, a fringe element, within the Land of Israel societies. Coming from the priestly class (the Kohanim) the Maccabees were not numerically superior. Many of the Jewish people had slid into the morass of Greek Hellenism and were happy playing the Greek sports and worshiping the Greek ideals of philosophy and science (which elevated man to the position of G-ds and erased Hashem from the picture). But the fire of Torah burned brightly in the family of the Hasmoneans and eventually the breaking point was reached, they revolted against the Greek and Hellenist destroyers.

Drawing a parallel to our great, wise, and prescient Rabbi Kahane we find that this fire of Torah also burned within his soul. Rabbi Kahane, much like our most revered prophet Moshe Rabbeinu, could not live in a world were being Jewish was something to be ashamed of. Rabbi Kahane felt the burden of the Jewish people throughout the diaspora. He saw the Egyptian task-masters striking against the Jew and his deep-down emotion was to smite the Egyptian. So too did the Maccabees feel this fire burning inside their soul, the flame of Jewish pride and purpose, and they would not allow these Hellenists to replace Hashem, the Holy One Blessed is he.

The task at hand was not easy. No test from heaven is ever easy, and the Maccabees rose to the occasion. They mustered all their strength (and the fact that they had no military training, nor any history of brave warriors) and faced the obstacles head on. They did not show fear, they did not back down, they stated the facts and they stood strong like the cedars of Lebanon against the Greek onslaught. Four of the brothers died in the ensuing battles and it was not always easy to move forward, yet in the end their endeavors were correct. They saved the Jewish nation from almost certain death.

Rabbi Kahane too had such ‘Mesirat Nefesh’ (Self Sacrifice) and ‘Ahavat Yisrael’ (Love of the people of Israel) that he had no fear of the nations, no fear of the hellenist Jews, and knew that his mission was righteous and noble. His love of the Jewish nation trumped everything, even his own comfort. Like the Maccabees had to live in a cave after rising against the Hellenists, Rabbi Kahane spent many months in prisons because of his protests against Jew haters, yet his love of AM YISRAEL never ever diminished.

Rabbi Kahane stood against Nazis (actual neo-nazis and muslim nazis) and against the USSR’s attempt to smash the Jewish spirit in Russia. He did this with a rag-tag team of supporters, often he was taunted by his own people and called unbelievable names. But he knew that he was speaking the truth, he was teaching the lessons which our prophets were trying to teach us all along. He stood against assimilation in America even as the problem got worse and worse, till today when more than 70% of Jews are assimilating. Rabbi Kahane Was Right! This is a slogan we use today because we hear what he said over 30 (even 40) years ago and see that he was absolutely, 100% correct and if we only listened to him then we would not be in the predicament we are in today.

I am of the opinion that the Oral Tradition of Judaism will adopt Rabbi Kahane as a modern day hero. We see this slowly happening as articles from time to time appear in the media which support the legacy of Rabbi Kahane. With our help, his ‘disciples’, we will spread his message.

May Hashem assist us, as he assisted the Maccabees and Rabbi Kahane, to resist the force of hellenisation and assimilation, and to educate and strengthen the Jewish people, where ever a Jew is, especially in Eretz HaKadosh, the land of Israel.

(This article originally appeared at JTF.ORG)

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Chabad Rebbe on Israel

The Rebbe was an exceptional man, a beacon of hope for the Jewish nation still in exile. Chabad Lubavitch is an organization which is unparalleled in the Jewish world today. Chabad emissaries are located throughout the world, in the farthest corners of this planet, in noble mission to bring all Jews back together to live in Israel.

Thanks to modern technology the world is full of the wisdom of the Rebbe. Many of his talks were recorded, both audio and video, and his videos are still being released to this day. Many of his incredibly prescient statements can be found on YouTube and DVD’s which can be purchased.

Here are a sample of the things the Rebbe said on the topic of Israel, the safety of the Jewish people in the Jewish land, and how to ensure peace in Jerusalem.

The Rebbe certainly loved every Jew and his mission was to bring them to fulfill the commandments of the Torah. Chabad to this day goes to extreme lengths to make sure that Jews can perform all the mitzvot including candle lighting, donning Tefillin, and keeping Kosher.

 

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Rabbi Kahane’s (Zt’l) Yartzeit & Memorial

This Monday evening marks the 23rd year since the assassination of the great Gadol Rabbi Meir Kahane, may his blood be avenged. The date on the Hebrew calendar is the 18th day of MarCheshvan also known as October 21.

The legacy of Rabbi Kahane is incredible. A man who was and is either loved or hated by Jews, but his name is known by all. The great Rabbi has a love of his fellow Jew so great that he was not afraid of speaking the truth in a world which has much hostility towards Jews who don’t bow to the public opinion. Most Jewish establishments would not support the Rabbi even though everyone knew he was right.

The appeal of Rabbi Kahane is growing even to this day. Young Jews who were not born when he was alive are learning about a man who wanted nothing more than for Jews to be able to live in peace in their own country, the original Zionist dream. The secular Zionists wanted to live in a Jewish state to reduce antisemitism, but the truth is it increased Jew hatred because the secular Jew did not feel the 1000s year old desire to return to the land. A strong Jewish leader is required, and the current leaders of Israel are woefully weak.

Here is a video by Rabbi Levi Chazen of Mitzpe Yericho discussing the Parsha of Chai Sarah (which we read next week).

And the next video is a memorial for Rabbi Kahane in Los Angeles by Rabbi Moshe Parry. I met Rabbi Parry several years ago at a Shabbaton held by one of my Rabbis.

I hope to post more videos in the memory of Rabbi Kahane shortly.

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Be a Proud Jew : Rabbi David Nesenoff’s Inspiring Lecture

Shalom Shalom,

This evening I attended an event held by my Chabad Rabbi. He hosted Rabbi David Nesenoff, the famous Rabbi who exposed the decrepit Jew hating White House press-core ‘dean’ Helen (Yemach Shemo) Thomas. The evening was full of humorous stories about how divine providence led him to his current mission, exposing the Jew hatred in the mainstream media. By doing this he has made enemies, even receiving many 1000s of death threats, from the non-Jews and even from some left-leaning self-hating Jews.

I am proud to have met this upright Yid, to shake his hand and offer a hearty ‘Kol HaKavod’, and to have my picture taken alongside this Jewish hero. The JTF is very clear about how phony the mainstream Jewish establishments are, and Rabbi Nesenoff validated this concern when he informed us of the resistance that some Jewish press organizations had. Many did not want to ‘stir the pot’ by releasing the fact that Miss Thomas basically told the Jewish people that they had stolen the land from the so-called ‘palestinians’.

Miss Thomas was ignorant of the fact that the Jewish peoples presence in the land far pre-dates the Holocaust. And even without the Shoah, the land of Israel is Jewish and will always remain Jewish. There is no new covenant, the covenant made with our father Abraham was eternal, and the Torah clearly says that there will be no replacement for the Torah, nor replacement of his beloved people (even if they are not so beloved at the time).

The enemies of the Jewish people are trying to de-legitimize the Jewish peoples presence in their own land. They try to prevent Jews from praying at their Holy Sites, our Holy Temple mount is off limits for religious Jews who are arrested for simply moving their lips in prayer. Jews have to live in fear while visiting the Tomb of Rachel our matriarch because of terrorists.

So too this week, when we Jews remember our father Abraham and Sarah who are buried at the Cave of Machpelah in Hevron, and the security forces must ensure the peace otherwise religious Jews would be killed by viscous arab ‘jihadis’. The lie and steal our land, accusing us of the very crimes they are guilty of.

Here is an interview of the Rabbi on ShalomTV:

Here is a photo taken of the Rabbi and myself…

Rabbi David Nesenoff and me

Rabbi Nesenoff’s advice is for Jews to continue to do Jewish things. We must continue to do the mitzvot (commandments), we must continue to stand up for what is right in the face of incredible opposition. We cannot be quiet, we cannot be like sheep, rather we must be Jews. The anti-Jew is incapacitated when a real Jew acts Jewish.

I am openly Jewish, wearing my kippah and tzit-tzits every day. When a Jew is doing what he or she should be doing the nations of the world are unable to indict us. The land is ours, when we act like it is not ours (by giving away this or that piece of land) the world begins to ask whether it was really ours to begin with.

We should not negotiate with people who have sworn to kill us, who joined with Hitler in the Shoah to bring about our extinction. The Jew must not bow to the pressure of the nations to commit suicide. We answer to the highest authority, Hashem, who is the master of Heaven and Earth, and the land was given to the Jewish people as an eternal heritage. The arabs are nothing but thieves and murderers, and they must be encouraged to leave our land.

 

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Rabbi Lazer Brody – Of Yeshiva Chut Shel Chessed

Rabbi Lazer Brody ranks among my favorite Rabbis, and certainly my favorite Breslever Rabbi. I have listened to his talks and watched his videos for many years and hope some day to meet with him, and have a Shabbat with him and his students.

Below are some of his videos he has posted on youtube.com.

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Tishrei with the Rebbe – Intro

It is hard to believe we are so close to the Beginning of the Year, Rosh Hashana. The air is full of Teshuva as we start the month of Elul.

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My Dvar Torah for Re’eh 5773

Parsha Re’eh 

Seeing the Blessing…. 

“ Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse.” Reeh 11:26

Hashem places before us blessing and curses, and we are told to see them. Often it is easy to see the curses as we struggle with our daily lives. But we must also see the blessings and recognize them as coming from Hashem. Hashem tests us with both blessings and curses. We all know that sometimes things which seem to be blessings, in the end turn out to be curses. And likewise sometimes things which seem to be curses, in the end turn out to be blessings in disguise.

The path the Torah teaches us is to listen and see Hashem’s providence in our lives. Through the performance of the commandments we show our love to our G-d. When we violate his will we demonstrate our lack of faith in his governing the world. This is why the curse is a result of our action, we have the choice to do right or wrong.

Recognizing the Idolatry… 

The Jewish faith requires us to reject worshiping idols without exception. Idols, throughout history, have provided man with a way to avoid taking responsibility for the world, while giving him a way to influence the future. Praying to the sun, the moon, and the stars is the way many civilizations developed, and to this day some still do pray to wood and stone. But the basic psychology of idolatry goes a lot deeper than worshiping wood and stone, and gets down to the question about ‘What has ultimate power in this world?’

Judaism clearly and without question denies any power beside Hashem. He is the ONE G-d, and there is no other, Ein Ode Milvado. Worshiping anything by attributing power to it independent of Hashem is a sin, and Hashem hates those Jews who bow mentally, emotionally, physically to any physical object.

Today we have idols all around us. They have been formed in the media, in the news, and in the government. Some of the recent scandals in politics reveals a very troubling picture of how badly people have succumbed to some of the most dangerous idols.

Our portion commands of us to smash these idols, to free ourselves and our world of the false belief that these physical items actually bring us any reward or merit. The only true merit is in acknowledging that Hashem is the source of all blessing, and to thank him.

Giving from the heart… 

If there will be among you a needy person, from one of your brothers in one of your cities, in your land the Lord, your God, is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, and you shall not close your hand from your needy brother. Rather, you shall open your hand to him, and you shall lend him sufficient for his needs, which he is lacking. Reeh 15:7-8

Reeh contains some of the most direct commands concerning giving to the poor person. We are commanded to give to a brother in need, and with a happy heart, and sufficient for his needs. This commandment seems very imposing because it is natural for a person to be concerned with his or her personal needs and want to save the money they have in case they need it tomorrow.

The Torah is teaching us that the blessing we have at the moment is based upon our actions. If we have faith in Hashem we should be able to give what we have now, and we will be provided for in the future. We place our future livelihood into Hashems hands, and through our kind deed we merit kindness from our King in Heaven, HaKadosh Baruch Hu.

I provided a room to a man who would have otherwise been homeless. I know that giving to those in need will bring blessing to those who give, and those who receive will also be blessed. The man who stayed in my home used the time to study for his contractor license and when he left my home became successful in his profession.

Re’eh and this world… 

The news this week has been very troubling. Our Jewish home land of Israel is under increased pressures to commit suicide, there is the EU boycott of Israeli goods from Judea and Samaria, Nassralah and the new Iranian president both incited the destruction of Israel because of al-quds day. And the most troubling news, as the Rabbi knows, is the discussion of releasing 104 blood-drenched terrorist prisoners in a gesture to get the PA to negotiate the giving of Israeli land to the arabs.

The Torah expressly forbids such deals, as a terrorist who has sworn to kill more Jews should be dealt with according to the Torah laws concerning such wicked men. This weeks portion contains the following pasuk:

You shall not do so to the Lord, your God; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates, they did to their gods, for also their sons and their daughters they would burn in fire to their gods. Re’eh 12:31

Those who swear to kill Jews, who throw stones and stab Jews in Jerusalem, who send their children to blow themselves up, to blow our children up. These are those the Torah is talking about, the arabs who believe their god wants them to burn their children, rather than to live in peace, these are those who our G-d who values life hates.

Those who flew planes into the World Trade Center are the same ones who are pushing Israel into acting like cowards. Their ideology will not allow a Jewish state to exist, and we must not succumb to allowing them to push the Jewish state around.

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Video Study for Parsha Re’eh

Shalom mytorah readers,

I apologize again for a late posting. I have been very agitated by the news that Israel is prepared to release 104 terrorists (G-d Forbid!). This is a terrible injustice to the entire Jewish people. We must pray that these brutal beasts get justice once and for all, and that there is a punishment for killing Jews. And may the families of the victims of those beasts be comforted. But I have spoken with my Rabbi and I feel a little better, so I will post the weekly portion thread now.

This week is another mitzvot packed portion. The portion of Re’eh in the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy)is read this Shabbat in synagogues around the world.

We read the statement Hashem makes concerning placing free-will in our hands, we can choose the blessing or the curse, as our heart desires. The portion contains the command to build the Sanctuary for Hashem in the place he has chosen (Jerusalem). Also included are the commandments to appear in Jerusalem during the pilgrimage festivals of Pesach, Shavuot, and Succot.

We are told that Hashem abhors idolatry and all forms of idol worship must be erased from the land which we are about to enter (Israel). We must not listen to false prophets and those who want to break our bond with the Master of the Universe, the one who freed us from bondage in Egypt.

This portion also puts a great amount of emphasis on the idea that every Jew is responsible for every other Jew. We are told we must support the poor Jew, giving Tzedakah (righteousness) to every beggar who asks, and to give with joy… This is tough in todays world but it is a mitzvah of the Torah and we must learn it’s lesson.

http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/2272/jewish/Reeh-in-a-Nutshell.htm

“See,” says Moses to the people of Israel, “I place before you today a blessing and a curse”—the blessing that will come when they fulfill G‑d’s commandments, and the curse if they abandon them. These should be proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal when the people cross over into the Holy Land.

A Temple should be established in “the place that G‑d will choose to make dwell His name there,” where the people should bring their sacrifices to Him; it is forbidden to make offerings to G‑d in any other place. It is permitted to slaughter animals elsewhere, not as a sacrifice but to eat their meat; the blood (which in the Temple is poured upon the altar), however, may not be eaten.

A false prophet, or one who entices others to worship idols, should be put to death; an idolatrous city must be destroyed. The identifying signs for kosher animals and fish, and the list of non-kosher birds (first given in Leviticus 11), are repeated.

A tenth of all produce is to be eaten in Jerusalem, or else exchanged for money with which food is purchased and eaten there. On certain years this tithe is given to the poor instead. Firstborn cattle and sheep are to be offered in the Temple, and their meat eaten by the kohanim (priests).

The mitzvah of charity obligates a Jew to aid a needy fellow with a gift or loan. On the Sabbatical year (occurring every seventh year), all loans are to be forgiven. All indentured servants are to be set free after six years of service.

Our Parshah concludes with the laws of the three pilgrimage festivals—Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot—when all should go to “see and be seen” before G‑d in the Holy Temple.

Let us start with the latest video from Rabbi Chaim Richman from the Temple Institute. Rabbi Richman is the English spokesperson for the Temple Institute, an organization which is working to build the vessels for the Temple and the clothing of the Priests.

Rabbi Finkelstein expounds on the true meaning of Tzedakah, and how we must give with a feeling heart to those in need.

Rabbi Machlis in Jerusalem is a true Baal Chesed because he opens his home to all who want to come and enjoy the Shabbat with himself and his family. Here the hospitable Rabbi talks about our portion..

Rabbi Yitzak Ginsburg is a great teacher of mystical aspects of our Torah. Here the Rabbi gives us some of the deeper meanings in the portion.

Rabbi Chaim Miller from TorahInTen and Kol Menachem, gives us the another Chassidic understanding of the portion.

Rabbi Trugman of BeTheIsrael is a great teacher and a student of Rabbi Ginsburg. Here is his 10 minute talk on Re’eh.

From last years lesson on the portion, Rabbi Chaim Richman once again…

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