Judging a person favourably involves an honest appreciation of the challenges which that person faces. This awareness should also lead to the understanding that Hashem has surely given that person the ability to overcome these challenges. This, in turn, should heighten the esteem with which we regard this individual, for he is a person to whom Hashem has entrusted the formidable powers necessary to overcome severe challenges."
Thursday, November 17, 2005
ARticle From Shmais Tmimim HaShluchim begin Seder Halimudim in Warsaw, Poland!
After over half a century of German fire and Russian ice, Jewish life is resurfacing in Warsaw, Poland, in part, thanks to Chabad. This year, for first time since the flight of the bochurim in Otwock (a suburb of Warsaw) and the miraculous escape of the Frierdiker Rebbe, Chassidus is once again shining out through the city of Warsaw.
Earlier this month on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan learning started in the beautiful new Yeshiva/ Chabad House established by the Stambler family and headed by Rabbi I. Frummer, Hatamim Chaim Zaklos and Hatamim Yisroel Levin.
Every day eight Temimim / Shluchim; Mordechai Lightstone, Zalmen Zarchi, Yankel Adler, Chaim van Halem, Shmueli Hecht, Zalmi Hilel, Noftuli Shmukler, and Yudi Winterfeld, spend time bringing life to Poland in addition to their regular Sedarim of Nigleh and Chassidus. Every night locals as well as visiting businessmen come in for various shiurim given by the bochurim, and plans are in motion to send out pairs of the shluchim to other communities through out Poland to help run local projects and spread awareness about Chabad’s many activities in Warsaw.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
MR. Lightstone . . . Polish style
Proze (Prozhe as in the Zh of gezhe)
It was Mordechai Lightstone's Brithday yesterday -as I'm sure you all know and have already sent out you gifts- and we made a Farbrengen last night with R' Zalmen Stambler.
Among other things that were said I'll mention one:
We arrived Parshas Noach -where Hashem tells Noach "Tzei min hateiva" ("Go out of the ark"). That we did, we left yeshiva, as it were, to go on shlichus and become "involved" in the world -tzu tun mit nach a Yidden. If so, fregt zich the sha'alo, what more do I need tgo do? I went out, I went on a shlichus -Ich bin shoin gantz. That's why it's parshas Lech Lecha, we need to go deeper, to leave our habbits, to be ibergegeben tzum Rebben -an eved's whole goal is to give nachas to his master.
The Farbrengen is underway
The cake that Sholom Ber got me
We went to (Jewish) Cemetery yesterday, it's only a few minutes away from us, but it feels like it's years back in time.
The Germans left it (almost) untouched, Izhe explained, the two of the most probable reasons being that either they wanted to save it for their (in)famous "Museum . . ." or that they wanted to show the world that they weren't so bad -why hey, they left the world famous Warsaw Cemetery in tact.
The place is huge, there are around 250,000 people buried their -that's a quarter of a million! It's relatively new as cemeteries go, only about 200 years old, but in it rest many famous people.
list of names of Tzaddikim interred here including Reb. Chaim Brisker, the son of the Apter Rav and more.
mass grave memorial
The site of the mass graves from Ghetto sent chills down my spine. There were so many people dieing that there was no time for them to be buried properly, therefore they were put in a large mass grave, there are approx. 10,000 people there! Hashem yekum Damum
17 bones of people who died in the Ghetto found at some later date and brought to "kever Yisroel"
Baruch Hashem, after tireless effort from my dear and beloved friend, Hatomim Hashliach Shneor Zalmen Hacohen Zarchi, we now have a VoIP phone. That's right, a call to Warsaw is now as easy as calling Tante Shprintza in Con Tziva.
Learning Inyunie Geula and Moshiach
Farbunden tzum Rebben w/Wi-fi