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MODERATOR Posted - 05 April 2007 17:23
This is for words of Chizuk, inspiration, and other short Divrei Torah that don't fit into the Yom Tov or Parshah categories. to start off, these posts from an old Dvar Torah thread:

VaYoel Moshe Posted - 06 July 2005 13:00 BS"D

i read this in R' Hanoch Teller's Sunset
R' Yaakov Kamenetsky ztvk'l, a leading gaon of LITHUANIAN yidden was one pesach invited to someone's house whose level if kashrus was questionable. he realized that he could either risk eating something non kosher or embarass the family. R' Yaakov zt'l came up with a brilliant solution. he told the host that he did not eat gebruchts (soaked matzo-it is a CHASIDIC custom to not eat this on Pesach) and thus cannot join them for pesach. R' Yaakov zt'l did not want this to be a lie so from then he never ate gebruchtz, even on the 8th day!

"Remember: Nothing begets wholeness in life better than a heartfelt SIGH"---Rebbe Nachman of Breslev ZTVK"L, Likutei Moharan I:8 (quoted in "The Empty Chair")

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VaYoel Moshe Posted - 13 July 2005 11:48 BS"D
here's a funny one i think u might like! it's from Builders by R' Hanoch Teller:
the Ponovezher Rav, R' Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman ZTVK"L was once fundraising for his great institutions. he visited this particular wealthy woman, who happened to think that religion was not "for the times". she told him "i will only donate to your institutions if u make one where people won't wear kipos or tzitzis." the Ponovezher Rav ztvk"l thought for a minute agreed and accepted her donation. guess what he used the money for....A GIRL'S TORAH INSTITUTION!
in fact, the Ponovezher Rav ztvk"l was so successful at collection money, that during the "space race" the Satmar Rebbe ztvk"l commented that of course there's no life on the moon! upon being asked how he knew this, the Rebbe ZTVK"L replied, "b/c if there was life on the moon, the Ponovezher Rav ztvk'l would have been there to collect money!"

"Remember: Nothing begets wholeness in life better than a heartfelt SIGH"---Rebbe Nachman of Breslev ZTVK"L, Likutei Moharan I:8 (quoted in "The Empty Chair")

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VaYoel Moshe Posted - 13 July 2005 11:48 BS"D
another great story of R' Yaakov Kamenetsky ZTVK"L---i think i heard this from one of those Chofetz Chaim video presentations (they're so good!):
he had a minhag to not eat dairy stuff (or maybe it's just cheese?) on erev Shabbos. after he got remarried, it was their first shavuos together and shavuos happened to be on an erev shabbos. his new wife was unaware of this minhag so she made elaborate and fancy cheesecakes, etc. when R' Yaakov ztvk'l found out, he did not want to hurt her feelings by not eating it after all her effort, so instead he called together some talmidim, made a beis din and annulled his minhag not to eat dairy on erev shabbos!

"Remember: Nothing begets wholeness in life better than a heartfelt SIGH"---Rebbe Nachman of Breslev ZTVK"L, Likutei Moharan I:8 (quoted in "The Empty Chair")

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taon Posted - 15 July 2005 18:36
the first letter in the Torar is Bais. the last letter in the Torah is lamed. can anyone figure out some meaning behind this? one thing i thought of is that bais lamed backwards is lev, which means heart. what is the symbolism behing a turned arounf heart? in Shema we say Velos Susru Acharei Levavchem Viacharei Eineichem, do not go after your heart. generally going after your heart means becoming an apikores, which is sweet to your heart becuase it's an easier life. the Mitzvos in the Torah, will reverse out heart to turn to the truth, Torah and Mitzvos, instead of temporary falseness. can anyone think of any other reasons?


israel-phile gal Posted - 18 July 2005 15:47
hey taon- funny u touched on that. my sister was born on simchat torah, and since my mother puts a GR8 deal of thought and significance behind each of her children's names this time wud not b different. i cant go in2 wat she is called & y just bc it mighgt provide info that mod wud not liek 2 c on the site- but basically, my sister's 1st name starts w an L/lamed & second name B/bet.

VaYoel Moshe Posted - 19 July 2005 9:31 BS"D
speaking of Shema...i just read an absolutely amazing vort by Rabbi Twerski shlit"a in his sefer on Tefilah on Shema (hopefully im not messing up what he said....)...the very first line when we cover our eyes---he was talking about how even tho we may think something is bad, it is truly good bc Hashem is always good and everyhting is for the ultimate good & His master plan. so he said that why do u say Shema Yisroel Hashem E-lokaynu Hashem Echod...whats the point of saying Hashem twice? & why do we cover our eyes? the name Hashem generally represents Hashem's mercy & E-lokaynu is his midas hadin. so we are saying "Shema Yisroel Hashem (Who is merciful & compassionate) E-lokaynu (Who may manifest Himself in what seems to us as harsh judgements) Hashem Echod (is one)" meaning that we are testifying that there is one G-d and that everyhting He does is good, even that which seems to us as harsh (and i think thats why u repeat the midas rachamim name saying "Hashem Echod" bc whether it seems harsh to us or not, it is all really out of His rachamim and everything is from Him for the good bc of His mercy---good and wat seems to be "bad" are part of His rachamim) and R' Twerski shlit"a adds that to symbolically show that as human beings we have a fuzzy perception, we put our hand over our eyes when we say Shema bc we are saying that our emunoh & bitachon that everyhting is for Hashem's ultimate good overrides our meek human perception; we cover our eyes bc we are showing that even tho things dont make sense to us, that doesnt matter so much...our emunoh that it is for the best is much more important...

more on Shema...i read a Chasidishe vort in The Great Chasidic Masters by Avraham Yaakov Finkel---a vort by the ancestor of the current Vizhnitz dinasty---R' Menachem Mendel Hager of Kossov ZTVK"L: why do we cover our eyes during the first posuk of Shema? bc we are demonstrating our willingness to perish al kidush Hashem---when we say Shema one needs to have this in mind and the Gemara Nedarim 64b says thta a blind person is like one who is not living so when one covers his eyes its like he's blind, willing to perish al kidush Hashem

hope u enjoyed that & i hoep it inspires u when u say Shema

"Remember: Nothing begets wholeness in life better than a heartfelt SIGH"---Rebbe Nachman of Breslev ZTVK"L, Likutei Moharan I:8 (quoted in "The Empty Chair")

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satinsword13 Posted - 11 April 2007 1:56
Moderator, thanks for this forum.

i want to share a vort i saw in the R' Shimshon Pinkus Hagada.

the Gemara says, "How do you know that we are compared to a tapuach(apple)? because the posuk says in Shir Hashirim, "Kitapuach b'atzei haya'ar, kein dodi bein habanim" so tosfos asks, that that posuk is referring to Hashem Yisborach, not to us, so how do u know WE ARE LIKE AN APPLE?

the nefesh Hachaim says beautifully, that the nly things we can chap, understand about Hashem, are those things that we contain the same attribute. so if we can describe Hashem as a tapuach, the only way we can see that aspect of Him, so to speak, is if we contain that attribute.

Says R' Shimshon Pinkus, using this NEfesh Hachaim, that we know about Hashem a rule that "Les machshava tfisa bei klal" HAshem is so great, our minds can't even grasp his greatness.
he says the only way we can know that, is because every JEW is so great, his worth is impossbile to imagine.

think about that, we, you, whoever s reading this, is so valuable, we can't fathom it. every single Jew in the world, is so valuable, we can't even imagine it.

May we be zoche to live with that knowledge, b'chochma, binah, uvdaas.

satinsword13 Posted - 15 April 2007 2:14
I heard this from Rabbi Twerski, Hornsteiplor Rav.

Somewhere it says that when we get up to Shamayim, even the "sicha kallah bein ish l'ishto" even the light talk between man and wife will be repeated to him.

the meforshim say on the posuk, "Shir Hashirim asher l'shlomo." A song of songs, what does that mean? they say it's a song made up wo songs: A king and queen were once separated, and the son took it upon himself to bring them back together.
So he went to his mother, and he said , "remember those times when you and Daddy were together?" He spoke to her, reminding her of the fond memoriees, and thusly he ignited in her the spark of love that had remained in her. she remembers, and became nostalgic. and she write a love song about the King.
then he went to the king, and did the same thing. the king too, wrote a love letter, to his wife.

the son showed them each the letters, and soon they were reconciled.

the queen is us, and the king is Hashem, Shlomo was the one who played matchmaker.

Says Rav Twerski. Hashem and us, are the ish v'ishto. and sometimes we talk to Hashem, and we daven to him, and we daven to him, and we tell him our burdens, and they don;t go away. and we don;t feel connected. we feel just as bothered. in fact, even more so, because we tried talking to God and it didn;t work!

God forbid, says the Gemara, to think that. Hahem hears every single word, and it helped however it was supposed to. And when we finally meet Him, he's going to repeat bac every word, because He really is listening.

Keep talking guys. He's there, He's listening, I promise you, and the minute you hurt and the minute you open your mouth to try, Hashem jumps down,and bends his ear close to your mout to try and hear.

and boy, does He hear. he hears even the things we can;'t say, we don;t know how to say. he hears the pain inside. the Zohar Hakadosh says that tzeakah means there are no words, and HAshem answers those tefillos.

satinsword13 Posted - 26 April 2007 4:50
In the parsha of Gid Hanashe, thereís a machlokes between Rí Yehuda and the chachomim. Rí Yehuda says, the malach only hit the right side, so you can only not eat the right side. But the chachomim say, it affected both sides, so you canít eat any of them.

Beíer Yosef explains, that avada in metziyos it could be a machlokes, but he explains it also bíofen kol ma sheíira leíavos ira labanim: Saro shel Esav hu Hasatan hu Hamalach Hamaves who Hayetzer Hora, and he was coming to disconnect Yaakov from Avinu Shebashamayim.
Now thereís two categories of Avodas Hashem. Bein Adam Límakom and bein adam líchaveiro. Bein Adam Lamakom, as on the Luchos, is the right, and bein adam líchaveiro on the left.
So the Malach tried to budge Yaakov, but he saw that he was shtark in all areas. (Yaakov Avinu lo mes, is not disconnected) this is what he told him, ďKi sarisu im ELOKIM, víim ANASHIM, ď for you fought and were victorious in matters of God, and matters of people.
And so he hit him Bíkaf yereicho-bíyotzei chalatzav, and Chazal say, this was the dor of Shmad. Shmad, says Rí Yehuda, is Bein Adam Lamakom. So we canít eat the right.

But the chachomim, the wise ones who knew the secret of being real(to have been read in shlomo carlebach niggun,) said that if the bein Adam Lamakom is weakened, then the Bein Adam Lachaveiro will inevitably take a hit as well. A person cannot have a strong bein Adam Lachaveiro without a strong Bein Adam Lamakom. Therefore, we canít eat both.

But why? Canít a person be nice to others without having a relationship with God? Donít we see plenty of nice goyim? Yet we know thatís not real. But why not? What does relationship with Hashem give us, that makes our relationship with others so real?

The answer lies, of course, in a Rí Shimshon Pinkus.

Rí Shimshon, zecher tzaddik lívrocho, says is Nefesh Shimshon on the Siddur hatefillah, that the Arizal was mesakein to be mekabail the mitzvah of being Ohev your friend Kamocha before davening. Why?

Because we have to understand what weíre coming with. When we ask Hashem for help, what right do we have to ask Hashem for anything? What right do we have to GET anything? The answer is none. We have no right, we are coming only, because we are the sons of Hashem, and His love for us, is greater than a fatherís love for his only son. A person who understands that, says the ArizĒL, is in the proper mindset to come to tefillah.
But what that recognition comes together with, is that Hashem loves me like an only son, because Hashem loves EVERY Yid like an only son. And therefore if Hashem is going to give me what I ask for, by the same exact token, he should give the other guy what he asks for, for he too, is the ben yachid of the Eibishter. Thus the fulfillment of ďWant for the other guy what you would want for yourself.Ē
Ad kan his words.

I think what comes out is like this. The yesod of everything is Pesach, the yesod of everything is to realize we have to be avadim to Hashem. What that means, is to understand that just as an evedís whole life is his master, so too our whole life has to be for Hashem, it means understanding the reality, that Hashem is the only real reality. That everything is fake, everything else is only hevel. And therefore, my life, if it is to count for anything, MUST be totally about Hashem.
The yesod of everything is to understand, as the mesillas yesharim says, in the perek of explaining everything, that the value of everything is dependent ONLY on how much it brings me close to Hashem. Because how close to Hashem is all that matters.

When itís misames by a person this truth, that the only important thing in the world is how much I relate to Hashem, so he understands that thatís what is chashuv. And if when he looks at every Yid, he realizes that Hashem has a very special relationship with this person, he knows that that person is the MOST CHASHUVSTE PERSON IN THE WORLD. Because there is nothing more chashuv, more real, nothing better to be mehallel, than having to do with Hashem. And if this person is loved by Hashem like an only son, he is a prince! He is so important, more important than anything!

Having a good Bein adam Lamakom, means understanding that all that matters is my relationship with Hashem, with how much I am connected to Him. Only then, with a strong Bein Adom Límakom, with a solid understanding with what chashivus really is, can a person understnd the real chashivus of a Yid.

Mosesman Posted - 29 April 2007 19:30
The Mishna in this past weeks Perkei Avos stated that a "chibah Yesarah"- an extra love- was made known to the Jewsih people because the Torah tells them that they are Banim, children, to Hakadosh Baruch Hu.
What does this mean?
Rav Yaakov Chagiz Zt"l, explains that the Gemara states that one is only supposed to say part of a person's praise bifanav, but not all of it should be said directly to his face.
Therefore, if Klal Yisroel were praised and told that they are Hashem's children to their face that means that that is, at most, half of their praise! This means that Hashem actually loves Klal Yisroel much much more thana parent loves a child. Writes Rav Chagiz that no person can possibly fathom Hashem's love for Klal Yisroel besides Hashem himself!
This is the "extra love" that was made known to us when we were told that we are children to Hashem. The extra love is the incredible amount of love, way beyond that which was revealed to us! Hafli V'fela!
satinsword13 Posted - 08 May 2007 4:05
Wow! Mosesman, shkoaich for that!! Amazing thought!
satinsword13 Posted - 31 May 2007 2:46
a life lesson:

there are two rules about the schach of the sukkah: they should block out the sun, and you should still be able to see the stars through them.
the sun is a star, and there are many stars more bright and more powerful than the sun. but they are further away, so though, wherever they are they are stronger, the sun is closer.

our job in life, is to block out the sun-to block out the pleasure that's immediate, and fpocus on the long term pleasure. to focus on the pleasure that's infinitely greater, but to understand that it will take time to get there-everything good takes time.

god help us

israel-phile gal Posted - 31 May 2007 21:16
that was really nice.
thank you!
music613 Posted - 01 June 2007 4:40
Each number has a meaning and a significance.
For example, 3 is yisod- foundation. Why? Avos, it takes three legs to make a table stand.....

6 is Tevah- nature - 6 days of creation, a box has six sides..
7 is the pnimiues - inside- of something, Ruchnious ,inside the box, shabbos...

Here is the really good part:
8 is Lmallah min vah - above the nature-
=> oil is Shemen = Shmoneh(8) = h2o is nature and oil goes on top of the water - it is Lmaleh min vah.

This is from the Maharal but i heard it from Mrs. Tarshish of Bnos Chava

aniohevet613 Posted - 01 June 2007 14:14
a young boy whose father was a very big posek in the yeshiva world once ran into the kitchen, after a long day of school, where his father was sitting.

he was very hungry, and grabbed whatever he could find, potatoe chips or something like them, recited a super-fast bracha and stuffed the chips in his mouth.

he looked up and saw a glare on his father's face like he had never seen before. "uh oh," he thought, "i'm in for it now!"

he waited for his father to say something and finally his father told him to go put on his nicest shabbos clothes.

"this is wierd," he thought, "i guess it isn't so bad after all."

so he got into his beautiful shabbos clothes and came downstairs to again hear instructions from his father to set the table with the beautiful tablecloth, china and silver.

he is so curious as to what his father has in mind as it is definitley not shabbos, but no way does he dare question him.

finally after the table is beautifully set, his father asks the small son to bring him a fresh, ripe sunkissed orange.

the son brings it to him and sets it down on his father's plate. they're both sitting at the table when the boy's father starts to stare at the orange. and stare. and stare. the little boy is curious, so he starts to stare. and stare. and eventually he notices that the orange has a million little pores, and he notices its beautiful bright color and how it is pinched at the top.

his father htne takes a large whiff of the orange and expresses his pleasure with a loud, "oohhhhmmmm!"

the little boy does the same thing. they continue this back and forward until the little boy smells the sweet, strong citrusy smell of the orange and can imagine it at the orchard on the tree.

his father then digs his nails into the orange and a spurt of sweet juice squeezes out. "oohh!" his father says.

the little boy does the same thing. and this goes back and forward until the orange is covered in little holes and the whole room smells of sweet citrus.

then, his father takes the orange and peels back a tiny piece of the brightly colored peel.

the little boy does the same, and this goes back and forward many times until finally the whole orange is completely peeled.

they stare at the orange and notice each tiny packet of juice, each thread of white fiber, the perfect sphere the fruit makes, the clear juice dripping from the bottom.

the father then picks up the orange, shows it to his son, and says, "this is how you make a bracha!"

taon Posted - 01 June 2007 17:21
verry nice story. but he opened the orange? the bracha is supposed to be on the whole fruit if possible. I guess the lesson mattered more.


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Bas-Levi Posted - 01 June 2007 18:22
music613 - that is very cool. Thanks for posting it. =D
wannabe Posted - 01 June 2007 22:16
taon- really? Because I thought the food had to be prepared for eating before you make the brocha - and an unpeeled orange is obviously not.
satinsword13 Posted - 01 June 2007 22:16
thank you so much.
its so true-Hashem WANTS us to appreciate the pleasure of things=thats why he made them. we can have much more pleasureable lives, and ahavas Hashem if we did this. maybe we should all take sometihng small to try doing.

how about-savoring the first bite of every meal? i'm going to try that.

taon Posted - 03 June 2007 2:11
unpeeling is considered preparing. i was talking about squezzing and opening the fruit itself.


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aniohevet613 Posted - 03 June 2007 6:24
i'm not quite sure if he opened and squeezed it and all (the story happened over 30 years ago) but thanks for the clarification! i actually wasn't sure of that halacha, so thank you :-)
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