Our Logo Explained

by Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim

I thought I would take a moment to explain the significance of the logo.

The Hebrew above the lion is:

Bayit Shel Shivah Kabetsanim – House of Seven Beggars

The Lion:

We are used to seeing lions rampant (standing) either alone, as we see in the municipal emblem of Jerusalem, or, flanking the Tablets of the Law or a Crown as it is on my tefillin bag.

However; our lion is Passant or walking.

This denotes action.  We are not stagnant or complacent. We are constantly looking, searching; hunting if you will, to find meaning in our lives, to connect with our faith in a more meaningful way, and to reach out to others.

Notice that the claws are bared in defense of Torah, our faith, our people and the rights of all men. Mishlay 30: 29 There are three things which are stately in their march, yea, four which are stately in going: 30 The lion, which is mightiest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

The right paw is raised, as in: Lech Lecha 14: 22. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I raise my hand to the Lord, the Most High God, Who possesses heaven and earth. I raise my hand:

The mouth is open, as in: Isaiah 21: 8 And he cried as a lion: ‘Upon the watch-tower, O Lord, I stand continually in the daytime, and I am set in my ward all the nights.’

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House of Seven Beggars Synagogue Schedule for the week of May 21, 2017:

(all times EST).
 
SPECIAL NOTICE: These will be the last study sessions for the summer. Studies will return on September 5th. Shabbat Services will continue through the summer.
 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017:
8:00 – 9:30 PM – Shul Study Hall – Shulchan Aruch.
 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017:
8:00 – 9:30 PM – The Shul Torah Study with Rabbi and Zeyde – Parshah Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20).
 
Friday, May 26, 2017:
8:00 PM – Kabbalat and Maariv Shabbat Service – Parshah Bamidbar.
 
Shabbat, May 27, 2017:
10:00 AM – Shacharit and Musaf Shabbat Service – Parshah Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20) – Haftorah, Hosea 2:1-22.

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Nefesh, Ruach and Neshamah

by Rabbi Aryel Nachman – 28 Shevat 5772

I was recently asked (paraphrased): “Have you ever done a teaching on the difference between feelings, emotions, moral dedication? Could you use the Hebrew words translated to English in a way that would help all of society. With a 50% divorce rate, it would be a greatly needed study.”

So my answer is: Yes, I have given lessons on this, but only to answer specific questions that were asked of me. Here I will try (BS”D) to answer the question in full.

The first thing we need to understand is that the soul is comprised of three parts: Nefesh, Ruach and Neshamah.

First we have the Nefesh, which is the “animal” part of the soul. It is that part which drives primal instincts; fight or flight, eating, drinking, sexual desires, etc.

Genesis 1: 30 “and to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is a living soul (Nefesh), [I have given] every green herb for food.’ And it was so.”

Next we have Ruach, this is the “emotional” part of the soul. All those things we experience each and every day: Mad, sad, glad, joy, anger, love, jealousy, hate, etc. Those emotions (for lack of a better term) that we must decide what purpose they will be turned (constructive or destructive).

Genesis 1: 2 Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit (Ruach) of God hovered over the face of the waters.

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House of Seven Beggars Synagogue Schedule for the week of May 14, 2017.

(all times EST)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017:
8:00 – 9:30 PM – Shul Study Hall – Shulchan Aruch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIixhpBjLO0

Wednesday, May 17, 2017:
8:00 – 9:30 PM – Torah Study with Rabbi and Zeyde – Parshah Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgXp4xWRkqk

Friday, May 19, 2017:
8:00 PM – Kabbalat and Maariv Shabbat Service.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGAxebYV4x0

Shabbat, May 20, 2017:
10:00 AM – Shacharit and Musaf Shabbat Service – Parshah Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34), Haftorah – Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAf184dOOGg

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The Robeson Postulate

August 19, 2013 at 12:32pm

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by Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim.

This morning I was suddenly struck by a concept that I have named the “Robeson Postulate”. Here is the background and the postulate:

In the movie “Pi” the character Sol Robeson makes this astounding statement:

“Sol Robeson: Hold on. You have to slow down. You’re losing it. You have to take a breath. Listen to yourself. You’re connecting a computer bug I had with a computer bug you might have had and some religious hogwash. You want to find the number 216 in the world, you will be able to find it everywhere. 216 steps from a mere street corner to your front door. 216 seconds you spend riding on the elevator. When your mind becomes obsessed with anything, you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere… As soon as you discard scientific rigor, you’re no longer a mathematician, you’re a numerologist.”

So, the Robeson Postulate is as follows:

“If you want to find proof of something in the world, good or bad, you will be able to find it everywhere. You will find it in the people you meet on the street. You will find it in the places you live and visit. You will find it in everything that happens to you. When your mind becomes obsessed with anything, you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere.” (RaNBaCH)

The Robeson Postulate can be applied for good or, as happens most times, for bad.

Here are some examples where we apply the Robeson Postulate for negative purposes:

Sol Robeson from the 1998 movie Pi.

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Lag B’Omer / Mother’s Day

This year Lag B’Omer and Mother’s Day coincide. So here is the 4 Corners comic strip from the last time this happened.

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Special Notice

My wife will be going into the hospital for surgery. I will try to get some posts up, but we may have to take the week off.

No Studies and No Services This Week.

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Torah, Kabbalah and Theoretical Physics

First Published – 16 Sivan 5776

Basically, in physics, string theory is a theoretical framework in which the point-like particles of particle physics are replaced by one-dimensional objects called strings. It describes how these strings propagate through space and interact with each other. On distance scales larger than the string scale, a string looks just like an ordinary particle, with its mass, charge, and other properties determined by the vibrational state of the string. In string theory, one of the many vibrational states of the string corresponds to the graviton, a quantum mechanical particle that carries gravitational force. Thus string theory is a theory of quantum gravity.

The key statement is “vibrational state”. Vibrations are associated with sound; the vibration of the string that is plucked or as the bow is drawn across the string, or as the breath passes over the reed. If you can change the vibration of the strings that make up an object, you can change the object. Sort of like alchemy’s turning lead into gold.

So, in Bereishit 1 it is stated 1. “In the beginning G-d created the heaven and the earth.” The Rabbis tell us that (paraphrased) By ten statements did G-d create the Universe. Notice, ten STATEMENTS. G-d SAID “Let there be…..”; by “saying” he creates through the use of sound, or, vibrations. G-d creates by creating strings (from Ein Sof – more on that later) and then gives them their form and attributes by changing their “vibrational state” – saying “Let there be light…..”; “Let there be a firmament…..”; “Let the waters……”; and so on.

Sombrero Galaxy (Hubbell Telescope)

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Don’t Discount the Value of the Badkhn or the Letz in This Corporeal World and the World to Come!

Talmud, Order Moed, Tractate Ta’anit folio 22a:

“The Gemara relates another story about the righteousness of common people. Rabbi Beroka Ḥoza’a was often found in the market of Bei Lefet, and Elijah the Prophet would often appear to him. Once Rabbi Beroka said to Elijah: Of all the people who come here, is there anyone in this market worthy of the World-to-Come?….. In the meantime, two brothers came to the marketplace. Elijah said to Rabbi Beroka: These two also have a share in the World-to-Come. Rabbi Beroka went over to the men and said to them: What is your occupation? They said to him: We are jesters, and we cheer up the depressed. Alternatively, when we see two people who have a quarrel between them, we strive to make peace. It is said that for this behavior one enjoys the profits of his actions in this world, and yet his reward is not diminished in the World-to-Come.”

Zeyde with Dr Bossenberger getting a check up.

See Zeyde giving me a hard time! Just click the link!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqkIjBqmXmw

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House of Seven Beggars Schedule for the Week of April 30, 2017:

(All times EST)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017:
8:00 – 9:30 PM – The Shul Study Hall – Shulchan Aruch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_1Et8H8o_o

Wednesday, May 3, 2017:
8:00 – 9:30 PM – The Shul Torah Study with Rabbi and Zeyde – Parshah Acharei-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3EMi-e2q6k

Friday, May 5, 2017:
8:00 PM – Kabbalat and Maariv Shabbat Service.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y1Y9QoFFPI

Shabbat, May 6, 2017:
10:00 AM – Shacharit and Musaf Shabbat Service – Parshah Acharei-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27), Haftorah – Amos 9:7-15.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMpunGHQj08

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