And the lion will eat straw as the ox. Every sincere question is a good question, actually. According to the opinions of many of our great Sages, these prophecies should be taken literally. Nachmanides documents this stand profusely, although he maintains that their fulfillment will not necessitate great changes in Creation because, "Initially when the world was created, prior to the sin of Adam, animals were not predatory. Only after Adam's sin did their natures change If either one would have been killed, the species would have become extinct.
However, there are other great thinkers whose opinions differ. No less a giant than Maimonides declares: "Do not presume that in the days of Moshiach the nature of the world will change, or there will be innovations in the work of Creation. Rather, the world will continue according to its pattern. The Rebbe explains that there are two stages to the Messianic Era.
In the first stage, "the coming of Moshiach," everything will go according to its natural pattern.
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In the second stage, the actual Redemption, we will experience supernatural and miraculous occurrences. However, it is possible, according to the Rebbe, that we could by-pass the first stage and go straight to the miracles - if we are meritorious. Differing opinions aside, whichever way it's going to happen, let it just happen already! Living with the Rebbe This week's Torah portion, Pekudei, enumerates all the details that pertain to the setting up of the Tabernacle, a subject that has already been dealt with exhaustively in previous chapters of the Torah.
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If the purpose of Pekudei is to teach us that indeed, all the work on the Tabernacle was carried out exactly as G-d had commanded, would it not have sufficed to say so in one sentence? Why list every single detail all over again? This question can also be asked about another section of the Torah, which speaks about the period immediately following Moses' completion of the Tabernacle. Each of the 12 leaders of the tribes of Israel brought offerings to the newly erected Sanctuary, and the Torah tells, in great detail, what these offering entailed.
Yet on the face of it, all 12 offerings were identical. Why was it necessary to repeat the same words 12 times, rather than say that all of them brought the identical offerings? The answer lies in the explanation that only externally did the 12 offerings resemble each other; spiritually, each offering had a different content and purpose. The Torah could not have said that each of the 12 leaders brought the identical offering, for in fact, they all differed from one another.
This explanation is true for this week's Torah portion as well: The Tabernacle which G-d commanded the Jews to build was in reality a different entity from the one which Moses erected. The Torah states, "These are the accounts of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle of the testimony. The physical Tabernacle was the one that G-d instructed Moses to erect.
This tabernacle was built of physical materials - silver, gold, wood, etc. The second Tabernacle is the spiritual one that each of us must build, and the various building materials are spiritual entities that we must utilize for our goal. Even though the spiritual Tabernacle G-d showed Moses on Mount Sinai was doubtless on a higher spiritual plane than the one built by the Children of Israel, it was precisely in the physical one where G-d's Presence dwelled. It was only after "Moses completed his tasks" that "the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory of G-d filled the Sanctuary.
It is easy to belittle the power of the individual to influence his surroundings, and make an impact on the world. How can one person make a difference and bring pleasure to His Creator, when we are so puny and insignificant? The Torah answers: it is precisely because we are in such a physical world that G-d desires our performance of mitzvot commandments. It is up to us, we who are in this world, to imbue it with G-dliness and turn it into a true dwelling place for the One Above.
Adapted from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. From www. Text Version. For Palm Pilot. Search this publication:. Although I was visiting Israel and my time zone was seven hours ahead, we were still connected at the hip as usual. I decided the only place I wanted to be as my sister's new child entered this world would be at the Kotel, the holy Western Wall in Jerusalem. I arrived at the Wall at p. I remember the time because I was hoping to walk up the Temple Mount ramp.
We were told we had to wait until For 10 minutes, using my broken Hebrew, I tried to obtain a paper and pen. I finally found a small piece of paper and a pen and wrote down the names of all members of my family. I included my brothers and sisters, my grandparents, my mother, my nieces and nephews, my husband's entire family, a few close friends who are in serious need of prayers and of course my sister and her husband, the new parents-to-be who were about to give birth.
I called my sister and could hear the woofing of the baby's heartbeat on the monitor through the phone. I read each name to her. Suddenly I realized I had forgotten to write my sister Mimi's name. The clock was ticking. It said I remembered the time because I had realized that I would now have to wait until to be able to walk up the Temple Mount ramp to get a glimpse of where the Holy of Holies had once stood.
Again I went to look for a pen, and finally found a sweet woman willing to lend one to me. I wrote down Mimi's name and went back to the Wall.
It was now I prayed fervently, read each name and put the paper inside one of the many cracks in the Wall. Finally our names and our prayers were part of the brick and mortar of Jerusalem that carried the tears of 2, years worth of generations. I prayed for my sister with conviction and at , my sister called crying that she had given birth to a healthy baby girl, whom they named Chava Rosa, which translates to mean mother of all living roses. It was an incredible moment.
The feeling in the air was one of true energy. I found it interesting that the entire Kotel Plaza was filled with people. I wondered why on a regular Tuesday afternoon the Kotel was so full of men and women of all ages crying in prayer.
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I didn't think into it too much; perhaps Tuesdays are a good day to visit Jerusalem, I supposed.. A few days later, I learned of an awesome opportunity for prayer that had been revealed by Elijah the Prophet regarding the year "Yovel" Jubilee cycle: "In the ninth year that Yovel arrives, in the ninth month, in the ninth day, and in the ninth hour - whereupon all the wheels in the upper worlds are agitated and Your good treasure house upon us opens It is during these fateful moments, an incredible abundance of salvation is poured into this world.
G-d opens the heavens and is receptive to salvation, joyful events, communal salvation and individual ones, Torah, good health, livelihood, finding one's love partner, marital harmony, children, and pride from one's children. Israel time, the very time that I had been putting my list of names in the Western Wall, the very moment my niece Chava Rosa was born, was the exact moment that, unbeknownst to me, this auspicious hour had taken place.
I'm one of those people who needs a lot of nudging when it comes to realizing that the Creator of my world is not me, but a larger entity creating perfect symmetry and choreography to my daily routine. But I am also curious and annoyed enough by my inability to know it without seeing it, that I tend to test this manifestation by watching life like an ongoing cinematic picture hoping to catch the nuance and subtlety that time and space sometimes holds. And so, just when I think I have missed the big "Aha" moment, I get a little nudge reminding me that indeed something bigger is being orchestrated.
When I found out about the perfect symmetry of time that coincided with my prayers, I began to think: the obvious intervention of G-d was so recognizable, the thought that anything else besides Divine mediation orchestrates our world is truly unimaginable. G-d delivered "the mother of all roses" to gladden and bless our family.
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I felt the timing was also a strong, incredible gift that hinted to blessings for the entire world. For when one child is born the entire world is blessed. May this be a new era for all of us to embrace, like a flower which brings beauty and fragrance, may the energies of that moment have the power to create great beautiful blessings and the sweet perfume of abundance for us all. The only text of Chassidic teachings written specifically for a non-Jew, it focuses on the interrelation of our emotional qualities and the higher light drawn down when they function in complementary harmony.
Sichos in English. In an honest look at cults, the ways they attract youth, and how to stop them, it revealed actual case histories of Jewish youngsters rescued, deprogrammed and returned to their families. This completely revised and updated edition includes provocative new stories and a fresh look at the challenges of the day. Mosaica Press. The Rebbe Writes Freely translated 27 Adar I, Greetings and blessings, I was aggrieved because of your long period of silence, during which I did not receive any news from you.
Therefore, I was very happy to receive your letter with the information that, thank Gd, you feel that your situation has improved. As is self-evident, I will read the pan that you sent at the grave site of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe. I will repeat my suggestion again that you meditate in a manner that involves firmly affixing your thought to the concept that Gd rules over His world and over each and every one of us individually.
As a natural consequence, this will remove worry from your heart. For Gd will certainly arrange your affairs in the best way possible; how to manage them is not our responsibility. What is relevant to us are the Torah and its mitzvos commandments which were given to us and our free choice in observing them.
I am not coming to develop a new idea. On the contrary, these matters are straightforward and known to all. If, however, these ideas are left on the abstract plane, and when it comes down to practice, one carries out his life as if his affairs are dependent on himself alone, one makes his life harder. In simple terms, this refers to one's life in this material world. In contrast, when one is permeated by the concept that "Gd is my shepherd,"then even the body and the animal soul feel that "I will not lack" anything. I am not, Heaven forbid, coming to preach. I am simply pained by the aggravation and sorrow you feel due to factors that have no foundation and, which, certainly, do not reflect reality.
As is well known, there is a difference between the service of Gd in response to challenges and the service of Gd involving the refinement of the sparks of Gdliness invested in material existence, as explained in Chassidus. Hoping to hear good tidings regarding the improvement of your health and that of my relative, your wife.
At the farbrengen after an opening niggun, he indicated that the shluchim who had returned to New York from Australia and guests who had come from Eretz Yisrael should say LeChaim. The Rebbe then asked that the niggun traditionally preceding a maamar be sung, and delivered the translated here.
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