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

GETTING RID OF AMALEK

In Adar we must increase in joy, as we mentioned before.  In general, serving the Almighty with joy is a Torah directive. In fact, if we are lacking happiness in our service of G-d, exile is the result, as the Torah says “As you did not serve G-d, your G-d, with joy and good heartedness”.

IS THIS THE END OF DEMOCRACY?

Is America truly a democratic country anymore?  With the rise of the leftists to power, America is now becoming, effectively, almost a communist style regime.   It is not really democractic or republican anymore.  Why do I say that? Because , although we are still a capitalistic country, capitalism is now only relevant for the wealthy.

REWARDING CHILDREN/REWARDING OURSELVES

Most parents are in the habit of rewarding children with material things like candies. Although for small children such rewards are necessary in teaching them proper behavior etc., it is still wise if we try to reward children with things of greater spiritual value. Then they learn to appreciate spiritual matters, give importance to that and not feel they need to comfort themselves or reward themselves with materialism, even as they grow older. What we see in western society is that even adults feel they deserve a treat, or chocolates, or extra cake etc.

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