Prayer for the Family of the Recently Departed

My sister-in-law’s mother just passed away this week. I thought it would be a good time to post this for her and for others who have had people close to them pass.

Prayer for the Family of the Recently Departed
By: Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim – 16 Heshvan 5768

Master of the Universe be praised. You wrote our names in the Book of Life when You laid the foundations of the world. Nothing is hidden from Your sight. A leaf does not fall, nor a bird sing, that You are not aware; and the times and conditions of our lives are known only to You.

Our Father our King, to You our lives pass like a breath, and You have allotted to us three-score and ten years on this Earth. Should we surpass this, we consider ourselves fortunate. If we are able to retain our heath, we consider ourselves blessed. Should this time be reduced for those whom we care greatly for, we are unable to comprehend a rational meaning.

We ask for Your understanding as we pose the questions that cloud our minds as we ponder Your decree. Look upon us with compassion when our anxiety drives us to question Your infinite plan and wisdom. And, comfort us when we cry out to You “Why?” in our desperation, sorrow and heartache.

King of the Universe, remember us in the coming days. Open our eyes to the wonders of life and the world around us, so that we may not descend into the darkness of our own grief. Give us the strength that we shall need to support family and friends through difficult days. Remind us that, if the time of life draws to a close, it is not and end, but a beginning.

Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, the one true Judge.

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Summertime Means Baseball!

Nem Mikh Mit Tsu Der Ball Geym (Take Me Out To The Ball Game – Yiddish)

Nem mikh mit tsu der ball geym

Tsum oylem lomir dokh geym

Koyf mir di nislekh un krekerjek

Vil ikh keyn molfun dort nit avek

Git zey mut, mut, mut, di ball shpiler

Es past nit az men farshpilt

Vayls’iz eyns, tsvey, dray strikes, un oys

Bay der beysball shpil

Shpil Ball!

Rabbi Nota Schiller gives a shiur on the Jewish Metaphysics of Baseball (presented by Ohr Somayach).

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New Items In Shop!

Just In Time For Summer!

We just added lots of new items to our shop! Check them out!

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Happy Memorial Day U.S.A.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May,] originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Happy Memorial Day to all our friends in the U.S.A.

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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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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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The Robeson Postulate

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:

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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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!

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