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  • There is a Yemenite Midrash that states that 'the turbidity and coarseness that comes about in the soul during the week is cleansed and purified by means of worship and rest on the Sabbath' [SIRAJ AL-UQUL/ HOTER Ben Shlomo]. During a week in which the  influence of the week was unusually strong or burdensome, it is imperative to distract the mind from the lingering influence of the week --to the extent that it is forced to flee from the distractions of physical pursuits. This unwinding process should be STARTED BEFORE the Shabbath begins. Torah study and Jewish music enhances this process. The optimal time for the completion of this forceful expulsion is right before the Shabbath begins. Although (ideally) this process should begin earlier in the week, it must be completed no later than the introductory Shabbath service--if you have one. During this time, one MUST use every ounce of physical and spiritual energy to expel the last remaining thoughts that pertain to the physicality and /or worries of the week. This is what it means to welcome the Shabbath spirit. One who brings the week into the Shabbath unnecessarily denies the Shabbath its true resting place and expression. As Rabbi Yehudah haLevy said in Kuzari: "Your submissiveness during the fast days will not make you any closer than your joy on the Sabbath and festivals, provided that your joy is directed and with a full heart. Just as prayer requires thought and intent, so does the joy one generates when performing a commandment or studying Torah require thought and intent. You are thus supposed to rejoice in the commandment itself, which comes out of your love of the commandment’s Commander and your recognition of how He has benefited you thereby. (Kuzari)" /  "The Talmud thus states (T.B., Shabbat 30 b), “The Divine Presence will not settle on one in a state of sadness, laziness, laughter, levity, garrulousness, or loafing, but rather on one in a state of joy from a mitzwah.” (9 Nissan 5761. As Rabenu Moshe has stated in his Hilkhoth Teshuva 9: "If you have served G-D with joy and have observed His way, He will bestow upon you those blessings and avert from you those curses, so that you will have leisure to become wise in the Torah and occupy yourselves therewith, and thus attain life hereafter, and then it will be well with you in the world which is entirely blissful and you will enjoy length of days in an existence which is everlasting. So you will enjoy both worlds , a happy life on earth leading to the life in the world to come..." The healing power of music is further demonstrated by works attributed to the RMb"M where he writes the follow: "Someone who is overcome by depression should listen to songs and musical instruments and take strolls in the park amidst beautiful buildings, in the company of beautiful images and other such things that expand one's soul and remove the depression. His intent in all these things should be to heal his body." And in another work attributed to the RMb"M, the following appears about retiring for bed: "When you recline to sleep, the musician should play on the lute and sing for an hour. Then he should lower his voice gradually, and play more softly until you fall asleep. Physicians and philosophers have stated that when the melody of the string induces sleep, the psyche is endowed with a good nature and broadened, thereby improving its management of the body."
  • While much of the world is busily and vigorously determined to murder its past, the haunts of their own shadows testify to their own folly, and indeed have other plans.
  • If HaShem made the Man unconscious - when he took the rib to make the Women... than surely we are meant to make ourselves unconscious (or nullified), whenever our wives seem to hurt us. For sure, it is better for them and better for us!
  • Refreshing Jewish music right after Havdalah reinvigorates the soul connection that has been saddened by the end of Shabboth. This important concept sets the tone for the new week to come. It also helps to fight off the evil spirit (of melancholy) that sometimes replaces the exiting Shabboth spirit on Motzei Shabboth. As it was said about Shaul: "And it would be, that when the spirit (of evil) from G-D was upon Shaul, that David would take the harp, and would play with his hand, and Shaul would be relieved and it would be good for him, the spirit of evil would depart from him" (I Samuel 16:23). Of course we learn earlier (in the verse) of David's prudence and G-Dliness. Thus, we can extrapolate that the need to be choosy about the type of music we listen to.
  • I think that a key to longevity and health can be found in the sting of the local honey bee. But the pharmaceutical companies will not let this happen/ apotherapy. Also, locally produced bee polen is excellent in treating disease.
  • Dear humanity: You'll never be able to bridge the gap between the finite (man) and infinity (G-D). That is why haShem must have "created" the Kavode (revelation of the Divine Presense)...so our wise men could have something to behold. According to Morenu RMb"M, the keepers of the chariot no longer exist...so let your tongues and heart be still." (Site Admin.)
  • Fasting shows that we are not always enslaved (or overly focused) on the physical. On the contrary, fasting allows us to focus on otherworldly things that are independent of our current temporary life. This can only be fully realized through the act of fasting. In a fast with this proper perspective, we are more concerned about how it will be remembered one day, when we no longer have/need bodies. In effect, fasting (with proper conviction) is almost like viewing life without our bodies. Even though it can be difficult, it shows that absolute mind (spirit) over matter (physical) - the victory of will over instinct. While some may think they can concentrate on these things while eating too, it is like the following parable. There are those who talk about mountain climbing, and there are those who have actually climbed. People who have trouble fasting (climbing) may be helped by this knowledge.
  • People are too wishy washy these days. They compromise their own values and things they hold dear on a daily basis (usually without realizing it). This is due to a sickness in their hearts and a refusal to hold life accountable to definition and substantiation. Consistency doesn't exist in our society. People are drugged." (03/08/2001--Fast of Esther --Yud Be Adar)
  • The language barrier (of not having an expert knowledge of  how to study in the Holy Tongue) is like chipping away at an iceberg with a fork while native speakers use heated hair dryers to melt the ice quicker. Don't let this get you down. Study the language as intensively as you can. Hire an objective Hebrew speaker to translate in the meantime.
  • When you want to eat steak, don't go to a fish place" (My Abba)
  • A bird can marry a fish... but where will they make their nest ?" (It strongly applies to intermarriage between Jews and Gentiles--which can never succeed in this world or the next --no matter how it may appear / This came from Fiddler on the Roof--whose conclusions (in the end) were wrong.)
  • Never drink Araqi (strong Whiskey drunk by Temanim on Shabboth) the night before a fast. (03/08/2001--Fast of Esther --Yud Be Adar)
  • Japanese foot pads increase the quality of sleep, by absorbing toxins from the feet. They really do work..
  • When a concept seems to difficult to follow, one should visualize the end of the matter and work backwards. I believe this is mentioned in Koheleth. (9 Nissan 5761)
  • An evil wife rushes to say havdallah before her husband comes home from the Beth Knassath. My wife is righteous ! (2 Av 5761)
  • Much has been written about how the soul effects the physical health of the body. But a body can also become sick through other (non-spiritual) means. It is up to the individual to make sure his body stays well to (be able to) receive the Divine Presence. This involves digging deep. Although health is not the prerequisite (i.e.: it is just the opposite in many cases), the soul can have trouble connecting to an unhealthy body--one that is not taken care through proper exercise and eating habits. In Sefer haMada, the RMb"M writes as follows:
    "The body being healthy is of the ways of the Lord, for it is impossible to understand or know the knowledge of the Creator while unwell. Therefore, one should keep away from things which destroy the body, and accustom oneself to healthy and curing matters." He then describes an excellent regiment for health. Although I have a hard time sticking to these rules, I am convinced they are essential to longevity. (2 Av 5761)
  • There is a big difference between a murderer and a fighter. A murderer is someone who deliberately targets innocents while a fighter may inadvertently kill innocents during battle. The difference is clear to the honest person. (3 Av 5761)
  • Life is like climbing a mountain --only to be kicked off upon reaching the top. So you might as well enjoy climbing. This is the whole thing. (27 Av 5761)
  • Don't be so sure of your innocence. We always hurt the ones we love. (27 Av 5761)
  • A cream donut (that only has cream or jelly in the very center) is a bad design. Most of it is unnecessary and uneaten. Please give me more... please! (5 Heshvan 5761)
  • A women shouldn't say a bracha if she chooses to wave the lulav ...since she was not commanded to do so. This is law al pi most Sepharadim and Temanim. (5 Heshvan 5761)
  • There is an element of truth in every sick lie. That's what makes it so twisted.(5761)
  • Live for שבת (the Sabbath). (5752)
  • If you grind your teeth, then sleep with a customized (soft) night guard. To see if you grind, have a dentist check for signs of grinding. Headaches are a good sign. The inexpensive mouth guards (that you boil and then form fit) are more effective than the Dentist ones. Also, clear your mind from worry by digging into the spiritual. Both of these approaches together can eliminate grinding induced headaches. (5752)
  • When one reads something profound or deep... it is important for him to understand it as he reads. Then it will go into a place where it will stay for a long time. Drink it... Taste it... (5762)
  • "A thing that scares me: I hear from many people who dedicated all their time trying to figure out what is genuine and what is not. They never really wind up holding by something genuine... even after years and years searching...Of course it is worthy to investigate, until you have uncovered the truth. But sooner or later, you must settle with something. The Gaon Saadiah says that only a fool keeps chaning derekhs his entire life."
  • If you can't handle the temperature...try not to get into the tub (5752)
  • Drink two or three strong (catnip, chamomile & peppermint) teas the week before, during and after the birth of a new baby. Emunah is important, but the tea helps with anxiety that just wont go away. This is based on experience. (5753)
  • Don't "use" G-D to become a Jew; rather, use Judaism to get closer to G-D. Then it will be a true conversion when it does happen-- in its time. It is the same with a baal tshuva [a Jew that returns to the faith].  (Kislev 5753)
  • Internal fungus in a body is like death. Acidophilus (refrigerated live cultures) and anti-fungal agents can be used to kill fungus. Most people (today) have fungus IN their bodies to some extent but never realize it.  Antibiotics and sweet foods can promote fungal growth. Fungi sometimes strike after the use of antibiotics. Also, Fungi are extremely adaptive to cures. Exercise!
  • Most people are not particular about the air they breath. Air filters, conditioners and ducts need to be cleaned periodically. The so-called 'sick building syndrome' is ramped in today's society--although most remain clueless. Same with the water. I believe that longevity is related to these concepts. All things that go into the body (regardless of the form or entry point) can effect the body in an adverse way --including evil talk.
  • Real Jewish men wear tefillin.
  • If you are religious and wish to stay that way, it is essential to take stock (audit) yourself at fixed intervals for this purpose. Every month (or sooner) is a good idea.
  • At any given moment, an individual may be tempted to choose a path that could destroy everything he/she has worked for by making bad choices. At this moment, a person should realize that this is the path of mediocrity and darkness. It's like cutting off a tree --just as it is about to bloom. This is the way of death. If one chooses the wrong path, he will look back on it with outright astonishment at what he/ she has done. On the other hand, an individual that holds fast to his/ her convictions and works according to the long run, has chosen greatness. Greatness in all worlds.
  • Your child is looking at every single thing you do, and recording it into a computer. Don't be sorry one day.
  • There are people out there that hate Jews--just because they are Jews. I've seen this many times with my own eyes. This is the reality. A Jew should always be aware of this. At the same time, he should treat all peoples with respect and in a "down to earth" humble way--.the same way that any person (Jew or non-Jew) should be treated --as a child of Noahh. This is a tough balance.
  • My Mom always told me: Sometimes you've got to be dumb enough to try something (ie: risk it) --so that in the end... it winds up being the smartest thing you ever did.
  • As long as certain Israeli Jews continue to black-ball and subjugate Jews (who do not believe in the authenticity, accuracy and content of the Zohar), the Moshiahh will not come. Nov 03
  • The RMb"M says the following in mishney thora, seyphar madda`, hilakhoth dey`oth 6:2: RMb"M quote: "And thus if he was in a region that's customs are bad ones, and its men are not going by an upright way, he will go to a place that its men are righteous and behaving in a way of goodness...And if all of the regions that he knows about and hears their report are behaving in a way which is not good (this is like our times), or he is not able to goto a region that its customs are good ones, because of bands of raiding troops or because of health reasons, he will dwell by himself alone like the meaning of what is said, "He will sit by himself and he will be silent."
  • People come to Florida to DIE. People go to Israel to LIVE.
  • With growth comes risk. But there is no gain without it.
  • The only wrong move you can make (in life) is the one you regret not having made in the first place.
  • Anger brings on physical and spiritual death.
  • Despite what some commentators have written, it is impossible to fulfill the commandments, without exhibiting proper character traits. The idea, that someone can fulfill all of the mitswoth (commandments), and still be an unrefined human being is preposterous. As can be proved, every commandment was designed with some reason/benefit, that inculcates some moral, truth or social conduct. To say that kindness is not commanded in Torah is (in my assessment) just another clever way to minimize one's adherence to the Torah. It is just another attempt to ritualize the Torah into a cold ritual. I say that if one is properly fulfilling the commandments, it is impossible that it does not teach him proper middoth. In fact, one who fulfills the commandments, without it having effected his soul (in terms of middoth improvement) is surely not fulfilling them at all. Upon closer scrutiny, he must be doing the miswah in an incorrect fashion - and must take a very close look at the way he is attempting to perform them.

 

 

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