THE FIGHT FOR HOLINESS

Yesterday I saw an interview with an orthodox Rabbi and a woman who was from the conservative/reform movement. She was literally shouting because the Rabbi (and in general the orthodox Jews) were trying to stand up for Torah and implement proper conduct at the hoy western wall (the Kotel).

NO POLITICAL SOLUTIONS

Does anything change with a new Prime Minister in Israel?  The political dynamics might….but our goal to bring Moshiach does not change.   We are not impressed with politics. We are not impressed with the formation of a new government in Israel (especially a far left leaning govt which capitulates on matters of importance for security).

ONLY HEALTHY ANXIETY

On a subconscious level, everyone senses that something is not right in the world. This is not the world that the Creator envisioned when He created it.  This is not the perfection of the world.  We all know that when Moshiach comes the world will reach its true level of perfection. The fact that Moshiach is not here yet creates anxiety, but in reality, that anxiety is the only healthy form of anxiety to have.

THE PATH TO TRUE PEACE

Again Israel is under attack and the terrorists and much of the media try to turn it around and make Israel look like the aggressor.  The United Nations again turns against Israel, trying to put the blame on them.  Well, the reason for all this is because we need to do the right thing and stop going on the defensive, trying to convince the world that Israel has a right to defend herself or has a right even to exist.

SECOND PASSOVER

The 14th of Iyar is Pesach Sheni, “the Second Pesach,” the second chance for those Jews who were unable to bring the Pesach Offering on the original date. We learn from Pesach Sheni that nothing is ever lost – we can always rectify the situation. No matter what condition a person is in, he can always rise up and rehabilitate himself.

KOSHER ANIMALS AND PROOF THAT THERE IS A CREATOR

This week’s Torah portion is Shemini, which discusses the animals that are kosher and chew their cud and have split hooves, and the animals that have one sign or the other and are not kosher. The Lubavitcher Rebbe says this portion is a proof to those who doubt that the Torah is given by the Almighty. Up until this day, there have never been any other animals found to contain these signs exept those enumerated in the Torah.

GOING OUT OF EGYPT EVERY DAY

We are just emerging from the holiday of Passover, our festival of freedom. But freedom from what?  We were freed from Egyptian slavery thousands of years ago and we became  Jewish nation. But we are still in exile. We do not yet have the redemption.  What are we actually celebrating on Passover?

WHO IS A JEW

Recently the supreme court in Israel ruled that non Jews who convert through reform or conservative also are to be considered Jewish.  This is exactly what the Lubavitcher Rebbe cried about over thirty years ago: the issue of “mihu Yehudi” , who is a Jew.  The Torah clearly says that only a non Jew who coverts through orthodox Judaism and adopts a Torah observant lifestyle can be considered a true and sincere Jew.  For a non Jew to want to use the name “Jew” as

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