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BS'D I am a 57 year daughter, wife, mother of 6, mother in law of 3, Safta or Grandma of 8 and 1/2 Thank G-d, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. I am making Aliyah, going to settle, in Israe-l in December, G-d Willing. This is a journey that began almost 40 years ago. With G-d's help, I will now complete it. I must say, without the support of my blessings of a family, I could not do this.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Teaching English in Binyamin: Welcome

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Blogger mamamitzvah said...

SMART PEOPLE, FOOLISH CHOICES


B"H' I am writing this from Eretz Yisroe-l.
Believe it or not, this article began with a simple comment made by my daughter, THE KALLAH. She stated in very clear terms that she believed the people involved in kiruv in the 1960s and 1970s were bad examples of people who did kiruv because of the unusual methods used to bring lost souls to the derech, the path of Torah living. It was a simple, sweeping statement made by one not yet 20, born and raised in a very typical frum community in America. My tzadekus is one of my children who not only made Aliyah while a teenager, but is actually getting married in Yerushalayim. All 6 of our children are only children and I am equally in love with them and equally proud of them.
However, I must admit a special softness to those who have given up the comforts, distractions and ease in America and elsewhere in Chutz L'Aretz to make Aliyah. Life is harder in a physical sense here, but it certainly is easier when one knows where one will be when Moshiach comes, Please G-d that should be when we say Modeh Ani.
Back to the innocuous comment by my 19 year old who is going on 40. I began to think about kiruv at different times in Jewish history. What was the approach during the Spanish Inquisition? Certainly there were no Neve Yerushalalims or Aish HaTorahs or Ohr Samayachs to appeal to the intellectual & financial wizards of the1980s and 90s. There was no guitar strumming, "hippy" Rabbi who went where nobody else dared go to try and reach the totally brain washed, empty souled children of the late 1960s and 70s. There were no Chabad or Breslov communities saying "See the joy in our way of life." So what approach? Again, during the other horrors when we have faced annihilation as a people, what approach was taken to bring those unlearned or fallen away to the derech of Torah? How did the kiruv workers face holocaust survivors or the generation who grew up learning of the unthinkable acts which happened in Eastern Europe? Or after the death of Rabbi Akiva and his students, how did we even survive as a people?
I realized, after some discussion with those wiser than I, each generation is faced with challenges that no other generation could possibly comprehend. What makes this time in Jewish history different? The answer here is very simple. Eretz Yisroe-l. Pashut, plain and simple.
Brilliant, you are saying...brilliant...but if Ha Sh-m sprayed painted across the Kotel "GET OVER HERE NOW" our advised actions could not be clearer. We are a smart people, aren't we? We are the people of the book, the people who value education, arts, science, etc. The number of Jewish names in arts, sciences, mathematics, politics, etc., is so out of proportion to our small numbers how can it be that such a smart people can be so foolish? Our history is one of recurring patterns. Have you heard that joke about Yom Tovim? (Jewish holy days) We moved to a country, we flourished, we became assimilated, they tried to kill us, they didn't..... let's eat.....
It is not really a joke anymore. Look at the patterns. Whatever country we have adopted initially shunned us so we lived in ghettoes. We became educated in the ways of our new land. We educated our children so that they would be raised with a perverse use of the term DERECH ERETZ. We gradually became accepted. We got jobs in education, journalism, finance and government. We started accumulating money and becoming comfortable. Then we began to wield power. We found a homeland. Until...... Yes, until....
Now I know this will please many of you. Look at Chutz L'Aretz today. The world resembles Eastern Europe in the 1930s to a degree that is beyond frightening. Add to that, the spiritual holocaust that is claiming as many as 8 million assimilated Jewish youth. This is pervasive. There are no more 'safe' places to raise a frum family; not Monsey, not Lakewood, not Silver Springs. The trash has filtered into the frumest communities in America and the rest of Chutz L'Aretz.
That fact is scary. With intermarriage rates soaring, the next generation is attempting to do that which all our enemies have failed to do.... Annihilate the Jews.
The question for this smart people who make foolish choices is, why? And the answer is a simple one. Lack of Bitochen and Emunah. Do not say that without your income the family could not live or you're supporting 45 families and your children who are learning or you are in a Kollel and boy, has your learning gotten better, you have heard all about the political upheaval here and is it really any better with a secular government than Chutz L'Aretz? Your Pulpit Rav, who has as nice a house as you do and 2 cars and so forth came back from a month here this summer and told you not even to think of coming here without a job, housing and a terrific school for your kids. Of course he doesn't want you to move! What would happen to his salary, house, cars and vacations in E"Y each summer if his congregation moved here?
Either I have made my point or I have not. I am sending this out before Shavuous. Call it chutzpah, but if you have come up with more than 2 reasons not to move to Eretz Yisroe-l as you read that sentence, I want you to do me a favor.
I want you to remove every reference to Israe-l, Yerushalayim, the rebuilding of the Bais HaMikdash in our day and any mention of Moshiach out of your daavening, benching and tehillim. Why? Well, for one thing, you will save well over an 2 hours a day. For another, if you have not decided to come here, you are lying to Ha Sh-m because when we daaven, when we bentch, we declare to Ha Sh-m that our greatest yearning is to be united with all Jews at the last Bais Ha Mikdash in the time of Moshiach. Where is the Bitochen and Emunah to know that if you do that which Ha Sh-m wants, Ha Sh-m will take care of your needs? I will tell you a quick story I heard at an interfaith retreat I attended after Pesach. It is sad that it was there that I was inspired enough by this story to agree to do this article.
There was a draught in a town that was threatening to destroy the crops for the year. All the ministers joined together and announced a combined prayer meeting in a field in the town. That night, one of the ministers was rushing to the prayer service and saw in front of him the town's oldest woman. A spry, 98 year old who was wearing all types of rain gear. She had on boots, a rain coat, a rain hat and was carrying an umbrella, all of which impeded her progress. The pastor came over to her and said "Sister Francis, why are you burdening yourself with so much weight?" The woman look at him and said "Minister yourself! I am going to pray to G-d for rain and I am expecting rain to come so I am prepared. Are you?"
The point is, don't pray for rain unless you want it to rain...not drizzle, not a sun shower but rain spelled RAIN! LaHavdil, do not daaven for Moshiach, rebuilding of the Bais HaMikdash in our days, Yerushalayim and Eretz Yisroe-l unless you mean it and if you mean it, you should be saying it here.
Second, please read the enclosed article written by the always brilliant and extremely honest Rabbi Pinchus Winston. Rabbi Winston's shiurim are reason enough to make Aliyah. I am sending the article both as an attachment and an embed so nobody will say that they did not get the article. Pay particular attention to the part about celebrating the holy day of Shavuos.
If you receive this, it is because I love you and want us to all work together to affect the coming Era of Moshiach.

With Love and the deepest prayer that just one person will not be offended and join us in E"Y so that we may really say:
Uveny Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh Bim Harah Biyamanu (And rebuild Jerusalem, the holy city, speedily, in our days) with all our heart and all our souls.
MamaM.





RABBI WINSTON'S ARTICLE

From the website THIRTYSIX.ORG

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Shavuot & Tort Atzilut

Shavuot is the fiftieth day of the Omer, so why don't we count it? And, if it celebrates the giving of Torah, which means mitzvot, then why aren't there any to "celebrate" on that day? Pesach is loaded with mitzvot to observe, and so is Succos, so why not Shallot as well?
For the same reason that there are no mitzvos in Yemot HaMoshiach, in the Messianic Era. Does a person have to be commanded to that which he does naturally, as a function of his very being? Of course not. Well, if the yetzer hara is eliminated in Yemot HaMoshiach, what will prevent us from doing mitzvot with everything we have?
But that seems to be a contradiction. We are celebrating the giving of 613 Mitzvot by not doing any specific ones unique to the event itself? All the mitzvot we perform are because it is Yom Tov, not because it is Shavuot per se. The answer is "No," we are not really celebrating the giving of the 613 Mitzvot because that is not what Moshe Rabbeinu came down the mountain with on that holy day.
Rather, the Torah we have now is what Moshe Rabbeinu came down the mountain with eighty days later, after the sin of the golden calf, the death of the perpetrators, the purging of the camp, and atonement for our sin. Our Torah is that of the Luchot Shniot, whereas the Torah of Shavuot is that of the Luchot Rishonim, carved out by God and written on by God. The second tablets were carved by Moshe Rabbeinu himself.
Indeed, the Torah on the level of the Luchot Rishonim is called "Torat Atzilut," and "Torat Moshiach." It is the Torah of geulah, of redemption, and as such it belongs to a plane of reality above the one in which we live the entire year. The name given to the level of Torah of the Luchot Shniot is "Torat Beriyah," and therefore it represents the Torah of golut, of exile.
The world of Beriyah is one of din, of judgment, and therefore the Torah addresses this in terms of laws that establish that which is permissible and that which is forbidden, that which is pure and that which is impure, etc. However, on the level of Atzilut, there is only permissible, there is only pure. It is a level of reality that evil cannot penetrate, and therefore it is the level of Olam HaBah, the World-to-Come.
Hence, Beriyah belongs to the world of "peirud," of separation, and therefore of counting. You can only count that which is separate from something else. Atzilut only knows sublime unity, Divine Oneness, and therefore it is not relevant to be counted. It is beyond physicality and time, a level on which there is yichud between Ohr Ain Sof — the light of God — and the Sefiros themselves.
Thus, Shavuot is the fiftieth day of the Omer, above the world of seven, which always alludes to physical existence. Like eight, fifty is a number that belongs to the realm of Chanukah, and even more so. It is the number of Yovel, which in Kabbalah always refers to the realm of the eternal. This is why it is only a mitzvah that can apply to Eretz Yisroel, which is said to be on the level of Torat Atzilut, the realm of the eternal, in spite of the materialistic insanity that temporarily enclothes it.
In a sense, this is why Shavuot is not a holiday for Chutz L'Aretz. Obviously Jews observe the holiday no matter where they are in the world, for a variety of halachic and masoretic reasons. However, unless a Jew can achieve the status of a B'nei Eretz Yisroel while living in the Diaspora, something that is only possible when everything about a person is living in Eretz Yisroel, except for his actual body for technical halachic reasons, he cannot hook into the actual kedushah of the day.
"Ah," but you will tell me, "Kabbalat HaTorah itself took place in the Sinai Desert, OUTSIDE of Eretz Yisroel!"
"Ah," but I will answer you, "only because anywhere the Shechinah dwells to such an extent of such a level of revelation, that place has the status of Eretz Yisroel." Indeed, the Midrash says that Har Sinai itself had the status of Har HaBayis, the Temple Mount, which is why Aharon HaKohen gave the impression of helping with the golden calf. If he hadn't, the Midrash explains, he knew they would kill him, and that would have been tantamount to murdering the Kohen Gadol in the Bais HaMikdosh, a sin for which there is no atonement but through death.
Thus, the Leshem explains, the Geulah begins on Pesach and ends on Shavuot, because that is precisely what Shavuot is: Geulah. To be free in the ultimate sense is to break the bounds of the yetzer hara and rise above its machinations. Thus, Chazal wrote:
And the tablets were made by God, and the writing was God's writing, engraved (charus) on the tablets" (Shemos 32:16). Do not read charus — engraved — but rather chairus — freedom, for no one else is free but he who occupies himself in Torah learning. (Pirkei Avos 6:2)


Notice that the tablets being referred to are the FIRST set, the ones that were broken on the Seventeenth of Tammuz when the golden calf was made. They are the tablets of Torat Atzilut, of Sod, the realm above time and space, the realm into which evil cannot penetrate.
The Messianic realm.
However, there are those who totally overlook all of this, especially with respect to Eretz Yisroel, bogged down instead by questions that only belong to the realm of Beriyah, and the mundane world that Torat Beriyah came to address. Rather than see the portal to a higher realm of reality granted to us by Hashgochah Pratit, they see a "wood" door that stands before it, and they obsess about it.
However, imagine a group of Jews fleeing for their lives, trying to avoid the fate of others who died in the Holocaust, H"YD. And all of sudden, they stumble upon a train that can carry them to safety, except that it is being manned and operated by Jews they recognize from more peaceful times, Jews who did not share a Torah perspective. Do they board the train to safety, or do they wait to be discovered by violent anti-Semites to make their stand?
It is a question that we all have to answer for ourselves. And, it is the question that Shavuot itself asks us, "Do you want to remain on the level of Torat Beriyah, the level of Torah that has been with you in exile for thousands of years ever since you first pursued a more materialistic lifestyle? Or, do you walk through the door, take the train, and reach for Torat Atzilut, and the relationship with God that one can only have on that level?
We have one day to answer the question. Only ONE day. And, when that day is over, the door closes, and those who have entered are in. Those who did not will have to wait once again until the portal re-opens.




May we say Shema at bedtime and awaken to say Modeh Ani in Yerushalayim!

9:53 PM  
Blogger mamamitzvah said...

BS'D
I wrote this last Shavuos, before the terror attacks in GushKatif. I had the honor of meeting many of the brave people who decided they would leave this land quietly...the heroes who they are, they did not. I left to go back to the town my daughter had moved upon Aliyah, with her husband and brand new child. When I got there, and Shavuous came, I realized that my life had been changed forever and now there was no turning back. Then and there I decided to make ALiyah. I hope to be IT"H on a plane next month to join my 2 heroic daughters and sons in law who made the leap first. It is my prayer that the rest of my family will soon join me.
However, this does not change the fact that I got a reception upon coming into Chutz La'Aretz Inever expected from other Jews. I actually rec. death threats. Not by Moslems, but by fellow Jews.
I was not able to reprint the piece which caused such an unintentional uproar b/c of a copyright situation, but the article above is now mine again.
SO, IF YOU ARE ANGRY OR WISH TO TALK ABOUT THIS THE VIEWS ARE ONLY MINE NOT THE NICE PEOPLE WHO PUBLISH THIS BLOG.
If you would like to discuss it, I can be found in VIRTUALYESHIVA.COM most nights
or my blog
http://mamamitzvahsvirtualkosherkitchen.blogspot.com
So, I tahnk the people who publish this blog and am taking the liberty to put the link on mine.
I wish us all Love and Peace, real Peace, not ceasefires or land giveaways, but true Moshiach Peace.

10:03 PM  
Blogger mamamitzvah said...

BS'D
I wrote this last Shavuos, before the terror attacks in GushKatif. I had the honor of meeting many of the brave people who decided they would leave this land quietly...the heroes who they are, they did not. I left to go back to the town my daughter had moved upon Aliyah, with her husband and brand new child. When I got there, and Shavuous came, I realized that my life had been changed forever and now there was no turning back. Then and there I decided to make ALiyah. I hope to be IT"H on a plane next month to join my 2 heroic daughters and sons in law who made the leap first. It is my prayer that the rest of my family will soon join me.
However, this does not change the fact that I got a reception upon coming into Chutz La'Aretz Inever expected from other Jews. I actually rec. death threats. Not by Moslems, but by fellow Jews.
I was not able to reprint the piece which caused such an unintentional uproar b/c of a copyright situation, but the article above is now mine again.
SO, IF YOU ARE ANGRY OR WISH TO TALK ABOUT THIS THE VIEWS ARE ONLY MINE NOT THE NICE PEOPLE WHO PUBLISH THIS BLOG.
If you would like to discuss it, I can be found in VIRTUALYESHIVA.COM most nights
or my blog
http://mamamitzvahsvirtualkosherkitchen.blogspot.com
So, I tahnk the people who publish this blog and am taking the liberty to put the link on mine.
I wish us all Love and Peace, real Peace, not ceasefires or land giveaways, but true Moshiach Peace.

10:04 PM  
Blogger A. Truman North said...

Thank you for cross-posting onto my site. It's good that there are Jews who haven't turned their backs on Israel. If we had more Sabras, people like you, both in Israel and America, we'd be in a better world today.

Remember, Mama, that Carter came before Reagan, and Chamberlain came before Churchill. So it will be now, with good, strong leaders following Olmert and Bush.

8:24 PM  
Blogger A. Truman North said...

Happy Hannukah, Mama

11:23 AM  

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