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|Always in Our Prayers
Please daven for the immediate
safe return of
Gilad (ben Aviva) Shalit;
Zachary (ben Miriam) Baumel;
Tzvi (ben Penina) Feldman;
Yehuda (ben Sarah) Katz;
Ron (ben Batya) Arad
Guy (ben Rina) Hever
as well as for the safety and success
of all of Israel's soldiers,
and the immediate release of
Yehonatan (ben Malka) Pollard.
|Happy Minyan Newsletter - Kol Sasson|
Below is a message from Rabbi Rue that is so inspiring, I thought I would share it here. Enjoy!
As you may know, I came to Israel for three weeks to attend four weddings. I just got home from the first one. It was held in Miztpe Yericho. You could look out from the Chupah and see Yericho under us, and the Jordan River and the lights from Aman. You could look down and see the mostly brown valley and the few places where we settled that are green. Our Land.
The Kabbalat Panim started at 6pm and the Chupah was supposed to start at 6:45. At 6:40, about 20 sweaty young men in uniform run in. They run to the bathroom and change into white shirts and blue pants, tzitzit down to their knees. Shortly after that, the Chupah starts. Dancing at the wedding later, pressed together, I feel the automatic rifle on the back of the boy in front of me. It is so natural here, I almost do not think about it.
The groom is in the Hesder Yeshiva in Teverya, and one year out of the Army. Some of his friends (about 20) are still in the army and based about 15 kilometers south of the wedding hall, as the crow flies, or as the soldier runs. To do that (get to the wedding hall from the base), you have to go over a mountain. These soldiers, friends, were on duty until six o'clock. They did not have any spare vehicle on or near the base; civilian vehicles can't get near to where they were. So, they ran. And when they arrived, they danced. When the Kallah came to sit with the Chattan at the dancing, the boys' acrobatics were not to be believed! I am always picking up the chair with the Chattan, but not this time. A few of them did it so easily (and the Chattan is a head taller than I am and very solid anyhow). And they danced on. Sheva Brachot were said at about 12:30-1:00am.
I talked to so many people I did not know and they all asked where I was from. LA, not good. But my daughter is making Aliya; "oh give her my number, she can come to me for Shabbat". She is my Yichus.
The boys went and changed. They had to run back - roll call is at 0500 hours and they have to be back. As I talked to them, they clearly had to come. They could not miss a friend's wedding. They could not miss the mitzvah of dancing in front of the Kallah (who, of course, they do not know). They would do anything for a friend. How could they not come to his wedding? ...It was only 85 degrees out and 70 percent humidity; they only had to run as fast as they could for 40 minutes each way. Every day, they are ready to give their lives for every Jew, how could they not come to a friend's wedding?
They know that they must learn to give to others, put the needs of others first; they must come second. Only when they have learned this lesson well, only when it is a part of them, can they also think about a Shidduch (dating and getting married themselves). The boys know they must serve in the Israeli Army to fulfill a religious obligation; they must serve their People before they can think of serving themselves. They will only think about a Shidduch with a girl that did Sherut Leumi (Israeli National Service) because she, too, must have performed her religious obligations before she thinks about herself. Only in this way can they be "בונה בית נאמן בישראל" - build a true Jewish Home in Israel. It will only be true to Israel if they have already served Israel.
People are always asking what will be. How can Israel survive? There are so many problems. With youth like this, we will survive and we will grow, we will build up the land. We all know עוד ישמע בערי יהודה ובחוצות ירושלים קול ששון וקול שמחה קול חתן וקול כלה but few of us know that this is not really what the Navi said. Here is what he said:
ירמיהו פרק לג
כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְקֹוָק אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עַל בָּתֵּי הָעִיר הַזֹּאת וְעַל בָּתֵּי מַלְכֵי יְהוּדָה הַנְּתֻצִים אֶל הַסֹּלְלוֹת וְאֶל הֶחָרֶב:
(ה) בָּאִים לְהִלָּחֵם אֶת הַכַּשְׂדִּים וּלְמַלְאָם אֶת פִּגְרֵי הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר הִכֵּיתִי בְאַפִּי וּבַחֲמָתִי וַאֲשֶׁר הִסְתַּרְתִּי פָנַי מֵהָעִיר הַזֹּאת עַל כָּל רָעָתָם:
(ו) הִנְנִי מַעֲלֶה לָּהּ אֲרֻכָה וּמַרְפֵּא וּרְפָאתִים וְגִלֵּיתִי לָהֶם עֲתֶרֶת שָׁלוֹם וֶאֱמֶת:
(ז) וַהֲשִׁבֹתִי אֶת שְׁבוּת יְהוּדָה וְאֵת שְׁבוּת יִשְׂרָאֵל וּבְנִתִים כְּבָרִאשֹׁנָה:
(ח) וְטִהַרְתִּים מִכָּל עֲוֹנָם אֲשֶׁר חָטְאוּ לִי וְסָלַחְתִּי <לכול> לְכָל עֲוֹנוֹתֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר חָטְאוּ לִי וַאֲשֶׁר פָּשְׁעוּ בִי:
(ט) וְהָיְתָה לִּי לְשֵׁם שָׂשׂוֹן לִתְהִלָּה וּלְתִפְאֶרֶת לְכֹל גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁמְעוּ אֶת כָּל הַטּוֹבָה אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי עֹשֶׂה אֹתָם וּפָחֲדוּ וְרָגְזוּ עַל כָּל הַטּוֹבָה וְעַל כָּל הַשָּׁלוֹם אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי עֹשֶׂה לָּהּ: ס
(י) כֹּה אָמַר יְקֹוָק עוֹד יִשָּׁמַע בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם אֹמְרִים חָרֵב הוּא מֵאֵין אָדָם וּמֵאֵין בְּהֵמָה בְּעָרֵי יְהוּדָה וּבְחֻצוֹת יְרוּשָׁלִַם הַנְשַׁמּוֹת מֵאֵין אָדָם וּמֵאֵין יוֹשֵׁב וּמֵאֵין בְּהֵמָה:
(יא) קוֹל שָׂשׂוֹן וְקוֹל שִׂמְחָה קוֹל חָתָן וְקוֹל כַּלָּה קוֹל אֹמְרִים הוֹדוּ אֶת יְקֹוָק צְבָאוֹת כִּי טוֹב יְקֹוָק כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ מְבִאִים תּוֹדָה בֵּית יְקֹוָק כִּי אָשִׁיב אֶת שְׁבוּת הָאָרֶץ כְּבָרִאשֹׁנָה אָמַר יְקֹוָק: ס
(יב) כֹּה אָמַר יְקֹוָק צְבָאוֹת עוֹד יִהְיֶה בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה הֶחָרֵב מֵאֵין אָדָם וְעַד בְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל עָרָיו נְוֵה רֹעִים מַרְבִּצִים צֹאן:
(יג) בְּעָרֵי הָהָר בְּעָרֵי הַשְּׁפֵלָה וּבְעָרֵי הַנֶּגֶב וּבְאֶרֶץ בִּנְיָמִן וּבִסְבִיבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם וּבְעָרֵי יְהוּדָה עֹד תַּעֲבֹרְנָה הַצֹּאן עַל יְדֵי מוֹנֶה אָמַר יְקֹוָק: ס
(יד) הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים נְאֻם יְקֹוָק וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת הַדָּבָר הַטּוֹב אֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתִּי אֶל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וְעַל בֵּית יְהוּדָה:
(טו) בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם וּבָעֵת הַהִיא אַצְמִיחַ לְדָוִד צֶמַח צְדָקָה וְעָשָׂה מִשְׁפָּט וּצְדָקָה בָּאָרֶץ:
(טז) בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם תִּוָּשַׁע יְהוּדָה וִירוּשָׁלִַם תִּשְׁכּוֹן לָבֶטַח וְזֶה אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָא לָהּ יְקֹוָק צִדְקֵנוּ: ס
(If you don't understand look it up Jeremiah 32:4-16)
We are seeing the beginning. When we put others before ourselves, when in all our actions and motivations we are burning with a love of our fellow Jew, then and only then will we see the completion of the Navi's words.
May it be soon!
Wishing You a Good Shabbos!
Happy Minyan News & Upcoming Events
* Friday Night Davening Schedule for the Summer:
Mincha starts now at 7:30pm until time catches up to 10 minutes after candle lighting... (the end of August). Kabballat Shabbat Follows Mincha.
* Mazel Tov: Beth Plotkin and Edward Alter Shmuel Shapiro on their engagement; Alona and Aharon Aba on their marriage; Arielle and Noah on their marriage
* Tzeischem L'Shalom: Moti and Devorah Leah Cohen - we will miss you and your leining every week!- good luck in Crown Heights; Meir and Sarit Sabo - we will miss you and your speed davening on yomtov and your sweet smiling kids! - good luck in Dallas!
* Happy Birthday: Miriam Friedman, Sarah Gordon, Rav Sholom Brodt, Julie Boyer
* Refuah Shlaimah: Shalom ben Elisheva (Sacha Shalom Louza), Yedidya ben Chana (Yedidya Blanton), Shaindel Feiga bat Baila Eeta(Sharon Asher)
Parshas Eikev - Hashem's Love of Eretz Yisrael
- Rav Sholom Brodt, Rosh Yeshiva of Simchas Shlomo
Hashem's Love of Eretz Yisrael
When you love somebody very much you can't stop looking at them. Surely you have seen mothers just gazing at their babies. Concerning the Land of Eretz Yisrael it says in our parsha:
A land that Ad-noy, your G-d, looks after; the eyes of Ad-noy, your G-d, are always upon it, from the year's beginning until the year's end. (Devarim 11:12)
When the Belzer Rebbe zt"l first arrived in Israel the Chassidim noticed that whenever they were driving the Rebbe somewhere, he was always looking at the Land. When they asked him why he was doing so, he replied that we learn in the Torah that Hashem's eyes are always upon the Land, so how could he not do the same!
Rabbi Lau, Chief Rabbi of Israel, delivered the eulogy at Reb Shlomo's zt"l funeral. He said that one of the remarkable things about Reb Shlomo was his great love for the Land of Eretz Yisrael; he loved every single part of the land, every crevice, every stone and even every pebble. Imagine if only we would all love our Holy Land - may we all be blessed to love our Holy Land.
Have a wonderful Shabbos,
Putting the Pieces Together in Eikev
We are all familiar with the famous story of the colossal mistake the Jewish People made in the desert, that of building the Golden Calf and seemingly worshipping it. It was built by the People when they feared Moshe wasn't coming down from Har Sinai 40 days after the receiving of the Ten Commandments as promised. Consequently, when Moshe did finally come down, his reaction was the breaking of the luchot (tablets) he was carrying down with him from Har Sinai. It was a reaction to the sin of worshipping the Golden Calf - it was a statement that the People no longer deserved the precious tablets of G-d's Word. Historically, the Sin of the Golden Calf was as grave a sin on the communal level as eating from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden was on an individual level. A huge major sin, right? One that Moshe begged and begged forgiveness for, and finally attained for us on that Yom Kippur.
When people make big mistakes, usually they hope to fix it, find forgiveness somehow, and move on. They'd like to forget about it, or at least they hope anyone they may have hurt will forget about it. Certainly after the Sin with the Golden Calf, once we were somehow forgiven by G-d for that enormous sin, you'd think we'd never want to dwell on it again or remind ourselves of the major consequences of our sin, let alone schlepp it around every day. So you'd think. But in fact, we are instructed in this week's parsha - Eikev - to carry the broken pieces of the original luchot with us in the Aron HaKodesh (Holy Ark), along with the new ones.
Why would we want to carry around a reminder of our biggest mistake ever?
The original tablets were engraved by G-d Himself. One consequence of the sin with the Golden Calf is that we no longer merited those tablets. The new ones were engraved by Moshe instead. Still, the broken pieces of the holy original tablets were carried along, though they no longer could be used they way they were originally intended to be used. They were kept privately in a very holy and special place (the Aron). Why? Because even the broken pieces of what was once the ketuba between G-d and the Jewish People so to speak (in other words, the contract that bonded us together, represented our love) - even that remnant is so very precious, because it is still a symbol of the love that is shared between the Jews and G-d, and the high level that was once attained, if only briefly in time. The brokenness doesn't mean we lost the love, it just means we weren't able to contain it. Rather than a reminder of a mistake, the broken pieces serve as a reminder of the connection and the love.
The Kotzker Rebbe says there's nothing as whole as a broken heart. Indeed.
When something is shattered and glued or cemented back together, the place where it broke, the place that was weakest, actually becomes strongest.
May we merit to keep our holy broken pieces in a private and holy place within us as a reminder of our preciousness, and may we somehow mend our broken hearts and strengthen ourselves to be able to hold the love and closeness to the Holy One.
By the Grace of G-d in Eikev
In this week's parsha, Eikev, we find the mitzva of saying Grace After Meals - the Birkat HaMazon. The words in the Torah from which this mitzva is derived are "You shall eat, be satisfied and bless HaShem your G-d...." What is satisfaction? And why is being satisfied the step in between receiving and then offering blessings?
The root of the word for "satisfaction" in Hebrew is the same as the word "seven". The connection is that seven implies the experience of completion and wholeness in this world, like there are seven days of the week, there are seven Torah holidays a year and seven years of the sabbatical cycle, etc. Seven is a full set. Seven also implies a depth beyond the physical reality, like there are six sides of a cube, and then there's the inside. Seven is the inner dimension. So when we eat, we are meant to experience a completion and wholeness; a fullness that is not merely physical but spiritual.
King Solomon says in Proverbs "A righteous person eats to satisfy his soul, and the stomach of the wicked person will (always) lack." The right way to eat, then, is to connect the physical self to the spiritual. If it's only about the physical, there will never be satisfaction. True satisfaction comes when we feed both body and soul.
And when that connection is made, when we are truly satisfied, then it is naturally time to give thanks to the Creator and Sustainer of all. It's a circuit - receiving the blessings from Above, connecting and experiencing satisfaction both physically and spiritually, giving thanks to the One Above.
Funny thing a friend (Judy Sacks) once pointed out to me, in the name of Reb Shlomo Carlebach (I think) - we eat and then have a mitzva in our Torah to just say a blessing of thanks. We Jews then turn it into four paragraphs of blessing and saying "Thank You G-d, and by the way as long as we're talking, could You please fulfill these next several requests!" We merely eat a sandwich, and then we start praying for all kinds of things like continued sustenance, health, financial security, the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the redemption, and peace! Who else has the holy chutzpa to do that?! Isn't it great being a Jew!
May we be blessed with true satisfaction, body and soul. May we seize every opportunity, even those when we're really saying thanks, to also ask for all we need - and may our requests be answered in the best way!
David Sacks teaches every Shabbos morning at 8:30am at the Happy Minyan, and every Sunday morning at 10:30 am at Mogen David, 9717 W. Pico Blvd You can also listen to David Sacks online anytime by down- loading his Torah on iTunes, or you can read some of his best articles - check out his fantastic site Spiritual Tools for an Outrageous World.
Do You Like Yourself?
We expect so much of ourselves, and of G-d and of the world, and it crushes us when things don't work out. The invitation to hate oneself seems to be extended to us everyday. And yet, what is our success rate supposed to be? In baseball, if someone get a hit one out of every three times at bat they go straight into the Hall of Fame. That's a whole different set of expectations. With dating you can go on one hundred wrong dates and still marry your soul mate. Deeper still is the question of balancing when is it me accomplishing something in the world, and when is it G-d? After all, doesn't everything come from Him? And if that's the case, how can I ever feel good about myself if it's just Him doing it? What is my role? If I ascribe too much to myself it's ego! Too little and it's poor self esteem! How do I balance these things? In this talk, we go into a several step program on how to do it with love!
Be Comforted Be Comforted -
A Kabalistic Overview of Av
Tisha B'Av is now over and a dramatic upswing in positiveness now kicks in. In this week's talk we look at the spiritual DNA of the month of Av and where we are now.
About Happy Minyan - Los Angeles
Please join us for davening every Shabbat!
Friday night: (Summer time) Mincha services begin at 7:30 pm, (Regularly, Mincha begins around candle-lighting time), followed by Kabballat Shabbat and Maariv for Shabbat.
Saturday morning: David Sacks' class begins at 8:30am, followed by Shacharit at 9am, then Torah reading and Musaf. There is a Kiddush after davening at around 12pm.
Saturday afternoon: Mincha and Seudah Shlishit are usually around an hour and a half before Shabbat ends and followed by Maariv and Havdallah at the conclusion of Shabbat.
We also meet for davening on all major Jewish holidays.
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