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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.
(all times EST)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017:
8:00 – 9:30 PM – Shul Study Hall – Shulchan Aruch.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017:
8:00 – 9:30 PM – Torah Study with Rabbi and Zeyde – Parshah Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34).
Friday, May 19, 2017:
8:00 PM – Kabbalat and Maariv Shabbat Service.
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.
August 19, 2013 at 12:32pm
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:
This year Lag B’Omer and Mother’s Day coincide. So here is the 4 Corners comic strip from the last time this happened.
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.
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.
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.
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(All times EST)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017:
8:00 – 9:30 PM – The Shul Study Hall – Shulchan Aruch.
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).
Friday, May 5, 2017:
8:00 PM – Kabbalat and Maariv Shabbat Service.
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.
In the darkness that descended on the world for over a decade, our people were still able to gather in shards of light. Incredible acts of courage, incredible act of compassion, and incredible acts of dignity. I would like to relate to you this eyewitness account of just one of these acts.
“Among those murdered at Birkenau in June 1944 was the former Elder of the Theresienstadt ghetto, Jacob Edelstein. SS Lieutenant Franz Hoessler was present during Edelstein’s last moments. An eye-witness, Yossl Rosenshaft, recalled a year later:
Jacob was in the same barracks as I was – number 13 – on that Monday morning. It was about nine a.m. and he was saying his morning prayers, wrapped in his prayer shawl. Suddenly the door burst open and Hoessler strutted in, accompanied by three SS men. He called out Jacob’s name.
Jacob did not move.
Hoessler screamed: ‘I am waiting for you, hurry up.’
Jacob turned round very slowly, faced Hoessler and said quietly:
‘Of the last moments on this earth, allotted to me by the Almighty, I am the master, not you.’
Whereupon he turned back to face the wall and finished his prayers.
He then folded his prayer shawl unhurriedly, handed it to one of the inmates and said to Hoessler: ‘I am now ready.’
Hoessler stood there all the while without uttering a word, and marched out when Edelstein was ready.
Edelstein followed him and the three SS men made up the rear. We have never seen Jacob Edelstein again.”
All was taken from Jacob Edelstein, his possessions, his home, his family and, in the end, his life. He placed his life in G-d’s hands and took control of his last few remaining moments. Jacob Edelstein left a legacy to all people, he chose to defy his tormentors and regain his dignity as a human being. In the face of this his captors were powerless, and Jacob Edelstein gained the final victory.