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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

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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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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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Yom HaShoah 5777

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.

NEVER AGAIN!

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Zeyde’s Gardening Tips from the Torah!

As most of you know, Zeyde plants a garden every year and posts pictures throughout the growing season. Well, Gardening Season is here once again, so Zeyde has some gardening tips for you right from the Torah!

Devarim 20: 6 And what man is there that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not used the fruit thereof? Let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man use the fruit thereof.

Devarim 20: 19 When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by wielding an axe against them; for thou mayest eat of them, but thou shalt not cut them down; for is the tree of the field man, that it should be besieged of thee? 20 Only the trees of which thou knowest that they are not trees for food, them thou mayest destroy and cut down, that thou mayest build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with thee, until it fall.

Devarim 24: 19 When thou reapest thy harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go back to fetch it; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow; that the L-RD thy G-d may bless thee in all the work of thy hands. 20 When thou beatest thine olive-tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 21 When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it after thee; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

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