I was walking through the vegetable market of Yuksek Kaldirim,
the old Jewish quarter of Istanbul, I noticed the shamash
of the local synagogue going from stall to stall demanding
payment. When I asked him what it was all about, he said he
was trying to collect overdue aliyah offerings from congregants
who were not in a hurry to part with their money.
appears that some people regard offering after aliyah to a
sepher reading not an outright gift but a vow (neder) payable
only on the granting of a request from the Almighty - payment
subject to performance. This may be halachically permissible
as the worshipper says in the Psalms Nedarai l' Hashem ashallem
(my vows to the Almighty I shall deliver).
don't know if this practice is allowed today.
I die that
Israel might live
Prime Minister David ben Gurion was told of the level of crimes,
drug addiction and prostitution in Israel, his comment was,
"Now we have become a nation like other nations." This cynical
view, however, does not tell the whole story.
people become a nation when its members willingly, even gladly
risk and sacrifice their lives for their country: "I die that
Israel may live." This is martyrdom, and is a better ending
to one√s life, however short, than living to be a hundred.
ancient Rabbis who advised that it is all right to give up
land to save lives were thinking of private property, not
of material territory, at a time when the Jews had long since
lost a state of their own.
present challenge for Israelis is to defend and retain the
meagre territory that is at their disposal.
concept of "Land for Peace" is a fallacy that cannot apply
to the Arab/Israel conflict
God During the Holocaust
Where was God
during the Holocaust? "The fool has said in his heart, There
is no God!" What the fool means is that while God created
the universe, He takes no interest in human affairs. But the
Holocaust demonstrates not that there is no God, in that sense,
it clearly demonstrates to us the limits of God's ability
to influence human affairs.
To the question:
Where was God during the Holocaust? We often hear the daft
retort, "where was man during the Holocaust?" The correct
response should perhaps be, where is man after the Holocaust?
God has given man the power to carry out His will, to carry
out the job that God was unable to perform. We are told that
a spoonful of anthrax can kill 100 million people (the entire
German race). Men should not hesitate, should be bold enough
to carry out where God left off.
"And let all the
people hear and fear."
NB: Our free will
is the area of Man's action beyond God's limits the Tsimsum
of the Kabbala.
I came into this
world some eighty years ago in complete ignorance. Now that
I am nearing the end of my very long experience, I still don't
know what it is all about.
Why is God keeping
us in the dark?
give up half their daily life activities and try and work
out the mystery of life! Double or nothing!
Those who complain
that they were brought into this life without their permission
are completely wrong.
There was a sperm
race and the winner was the one who came into being.
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