12/28/09

prayer-song to HaShem is my life!

tehilim 42:9 "tefila l'kel chaiyai"... prayer to HaShem is my life (rebbe nachman of breslev)
"tefilah"= 515= "shirah" (in gematria, prayer=song, from rav avraham trugman)... so
prayer/song to HaShem is my life!

10/14/09

Our Mitzvot and Wholeness

" We are one community whose members have a shared responsibility to fulfill the mitzvos of the Torah, and when each member of the Community of Israel does a mitzvah, all the other members spiritually benefit. Each of us can therefore attain wholeness through the mitzvah observance of all the members of the Community of Israel." --Yosef ben-Shlomo HaKohen on the Ohr HaChayim.


from: Hazon, Our Universal Vision (from "the Mitzvah Mensch" a piece about Kohelet 12:13, Chofetz Chayim and the wholeness of a person.




10/8/09

"we are linked through love"

likutey moharan 61. rashbi says: "we are linked through love"
n. 4 ...unlike the souls of rabbi akiva's students, rabbi shimon's soul and the soul of his disciples were rooted in chasadim('benevolences'), the forces of love and unity that dispel the negative forces ...

9/23/09

delicacies of the heavens

"blessed by HaShem is his (yosef's) land--with the delicacies of the heavens, with dew, and with the deep waters crouching below; and with the delicacies of the sun's crops; and with the delicacies of the moon's yield; and with the beginning of the early mountains; and with the delicacies of the eternal hills; and with the delicacies of the land and its fullness; and by the goodwill of Him Who rests in the thornbush; (rashi)

"blessed by HaShem is his (yosef's) land--with the sweetness of the heavens, with dew, and with the deep waters crouching below; and with the sweetness of the sun's crops; and with the sweetness of the moon's yield; and with the beginning of the early mountains; and with the sweetness of the eternal hills; and with the sweetness of the land and its fullness; and by the goodwill of Him Who rests in the thornbush;(ramban) "meged" in hebrew refers to 'delicacies and sweetness" (rashi) devarim 33:13 parashat vezot habracha

the word 'delicacies' is mentioned five times....for the five books of moshe? the five levels of the soul? what are the 'delicacies of the heavens'? the sodot(deep meanings) of the torah? what are the 'eternal hills'? harei yehuda/shechem? and after all this it refers to HaShem in the burning bush!

9/5/09

holiness-shining faces-life-joy

There is a countenance of holiness--shining faces, the aspect of life, as it is written (Mishle/Proverbs 16:15) "in the light of the Living King's countenance". It is [also] the aspect of joy, as in (Tehilim/Psalms 16:11),
"[You will make known to me the path of life], the fullness of joys in Your countenance'. It is also written (breshis/genesis 45:27) "And Yaakov's spirit came alive"--this is the aspect of joy.

Likutey Moharan 23:1 Rebbe Nachman of Breslev

8/20/09

torah is a song israel sings constantly

"so now, write this song for yourselves and teach it to the children of israel..."
devarim 31:19

ramban: and [scripture] calls it a song because israel will recite it constantly with song and with melody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_dL3EaJJNA
john coltrane body & soul
i was listening to this, and had to get the ramban and look at ha'azinu, where torah is called 'a song/shirah'

8/15/09

the innocent breath of schoolchildren


"a new seder in chumash"
from: asimplejew.blogspot.com


"the world is sustained for the sake of the innocent breath of schoolchildren"--talmud

every step to do a mitzvah creates an angel

every step on the way to do a mitzvah creates an angel...

a comment by rabbi seligson in this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWlnn-xG6Ts&feature=channel

8/12/09

Land with streams of water, springs...

"For HaShem, your G-d, is bringing you to a good Land: a Land with streams of water, of springs and underground water coming forth in valley and mountain."
"Ki HaShem Elokecha m'viacha el-eretz tovah eretz nachale mayim ayanot uthomot yotzim babikah u'vahar".... Parashat Ekev, Devarim 8:7

Torah Healing

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Likutey Moharan 57:1

We see, then, that all healing is dependent upon the Torah, in the aspect of "a healing for all his flesh" (Proverbs 4:22). This is because the Torah gives strength to the angels, and the angels transmit [it] to the grasses, so that the grasses heal through the power of the Torah.

n. 10 a healing for all his flesh. King Shelomoh says "My son, listen to my words, incline your ear to my teachings...For they are life to those who comprehend them, a healing for all his flesh". These "words" and "teachings" refer to the Torah (Metzudat David).

n. 11 Torah gives strength to the angels... For the Torah is comprised of G-d's words, each one of which creates an angel and gives it strength. The angel then transmits this vitality to the forces and elements of nature over which it has charge. Thus, the healing power present in certain herbs and grasses ultimately stems from G-d's Torah. Reb Noson adds that just as the Torah brings healing, it also brings blessing and bounty. As we will soon see, each person's ability to draw this healing and bounty depends on his connection to the Torah, especially the Oral Torah, the teachings of the sages (Torat Natan #2). Elsewhere as well, Rebbe Nachman teaches that Divine Providence manifests specifically through the Torah. (Likutey Moharan I, 13:4)