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Naso – Shavuot 5780

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Naso – Shavuot 5780

The Angel of Severe Justice, in his appointed role of prosecutor of humanity, appeared before the Creator with voluminous documentation attesting to the sins of man, which included only one small paragraph regarding the Jewish people. HaShem passes judgement with a punishment of a pandemic virus to mirror the pan-avairus (raixez) that the majority of the world’s nations are committing.

What is this pan-avaira the world is being accused of? Some heavenly initiatives take longer than others to register in the dull minds of human beings; but now the puzzle is taking shape, even though the details are still a bit sketchy.

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Yom Yerushalayim 5780

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Yom Yerushalayim 5780

I would like to relate to you, dear reader, three episodes of uplifting, spiritual ecstasy which I believe I will not experience again until the Mashiach appears.
The first occurred 72 years ago in 1948 in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn N.Y. The other in 1967 in Netanya, and the third in Yerushalayim in 1968.

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Behar Bechukotai 5780

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Behar Bechukotai 5780

Learn the secrets of a meaningful life from those who have gone the distance, those elderly who are a “deposit box” of wisdom and experience.

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Emor 5780

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Emor 5780

PIRKEI AVOT 2:5:

“… and where there are no (responsible) people to be found, try to fill the void”

And its corollary:
If there is another who can do the job better or even as well as you, find yourself greener pastures where you can contribute your talents.

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Yom Ha’Atzmaut 5780

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Yom Ha’Atzmaut 5780

I was born on Shabbat the 13th of Iyar, which coincided in that year with May 14th – two very auspicious dates.

For my 10th birthday on May 14th, 1948 HaShem presented me with a one-time unique gift – Medinat Yisrael. It was the day when the British mandate expired, and the Medina was declared.

On Shabbat the 13th of Iyar 5758 (1998) our daughter-in-law Chagit (wife of Brigadier General [ret.] Mordechai Kahana) gave birth to twin boys; so we are exactly 60 years apart – the same day of the week, Shabbat and same day of the month 13th of Iyar.

Where are the twins today?

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Shemini 5780

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Shemini 5780

Notwithstanding David’s selection by HaShem Himself, his great Torah erudition and the fact that he was the first monarch to bring the entire Land of Israel (according to the Torah boundaries) under Jewish sovereignty, things did not progress smoothly for David and his monarchy. Many of his generation rejected his right to rule because of his converted Moabite great-grandmother Ruth.

It was only after David’s death, during the consecration ceremony of the Beit Hamikdash built by King Shlomo, that the nation accepted the legitimacy of the Davidic lineage, when the self-locking doors of the Ulam opened up only at the mention of David’s name (Shabbat 30:a).

The refusal to recognize the anointed one of HaShem is not an isolated incident in our history, for it will occur again at the time of David’s descendant – the Mashiach.

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