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    Reb Eliezer
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    As the four species are against four body parts, spine, heart, eyes and mouth, so we shake them similar to shaking by davening where the spine represents the whole body and the others which cause our sins, so we dedicate them to the service of Hashem.

    #2011125
    Zugger613
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    Bereishis: An Unfinished Work

    Almost all of creation came into existence by the word of Hashem – He declared each thing should be, and it was. But man was created differently: by the hand, not the word, of Hashem.

    Once spoken, a word can not be changed. However a hand can always continue to create. All of creation is set and fixed in its role, with one exception. The role and nature of a person is not predestined; each person decides, by their own choice, exactly what they will accomplish.

    We know that man is created בצלם אלוקים. Obviously this can’t be referring to a physical similarity, because Hashem has no physical form. Rather it means that just like Hashem is a creator, man too can create. No other part of creation can act of its own free volition, deciding its own destiny.

    לע״נ דוד חיים בן ישראל דוב הכהן
    לע״נ ר׳ חיים דוב בן ר׳ בןציון שלום

    #2011169

    RebE > Rav Moshe ztz’l stopped shaking by davening based on a story I heard. A nazi german soldier pointed a gun on him

    RebE, who is Rav Moshe in this story? If this is Rav Feinstein, I do not believe he encountered Nazi soldiers. He probably encountered some Anarchists or Red or White Army in Ukraine.

    #2011202
    Reb Eliezer
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    You are right, I made a mistake.

    #2011374

    Here is an Ohr Sameach version of this interesting story, thanks RebE

    Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, zatzal, one of the foremost halachic authorities of our generation, was known to stand stock still during the silent prayer. He explained that, while living in Russia, he was once arrested for teaching Torah. One form of torture he experienced during his imprisonment was being forced to stand completely still facing a wall. The threat was that if he were to move he would be shot. It was on one of these occasions that Rabbi Feinstein was struck with the realization that if he could stand with such intense concentration for the sake of his captors, then he should afford at least the same respect when standing in front of Hashem.

    #2011377

    I recall an opposite story of, I think, Netziv who was able to point out a Russian government spy in the Volozhin yeshiva – he saw that the guy did not move when davening, while neshomah is like a ner and got to move … so, there is something about Russian secret police and staying still …

    #2013418
    Zugger613
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    Noach: The Beauty of the Rainbow 🌈

    We know that seeing a rainbow is considered a bad sign: it means that Hashem is so angry that he would destroy the world, if not for the fact that He promised not to.

    And yet, this can be hard to internalize. Rainbows are just beautiful and so nice to look at. Why is it that this sign of wrath is so pleasant?

    Perhaps the beauty of the rainbow is supposed to remind us of the second half of Hashem’s statement. True, He is angry enough that He would destroy the world. But why doesn’t He? Because He loves us so much that He simply can’t do it, no matter how much we may deserve it.

    The rainbow is the sign of Hashem’s promise never to turn His back on us. No matter how low we may sink, Hashem’s love for us is always there. And that’s beautiful indeed.

    לע״נ ר׳ חיים דוב בן ר׳ בןציון שלום
    לע״נ דוד חיים בן ישראל דוב הכהן

    #2013453
    Reb Eliezer
    Participant

    Very nice but why lashan hara to point it out?
    It says that at the time of Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai the rainbow was not seen and it does not say that there wasn’t any? Explains the Kli Yakar that they did not look at it figuring that the tzadikim will protect them. According to this we can understand why is it lashan hara to say, I saw a rainbow even though one might want to bring people to do teshuva because he is saying that there are no tzadikim to protect us, so we must rely on Hashem to protect us through his love for us as above.

    #2013799
    aposhiteyid
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    noach: there is a time where we need to go into the teivah, torah and tefilah but also comes the time to tzei min hatievah, go into the ooutside world and make a differecve

    #2014021
    Reb Eliezer
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    It says ulai yesh chamishim tzadikim besoch hair, maybe fifty tzadikim exist in the city? The Satmar Rav ztz’l said, I want people who stay and fight in the city and not escape. Hashem helps more one who is part of the group and is not praying on his own.

    #2019585
    Zugger613
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    Vayeira: Never Say Never

    When Sarah overheard what seemed to be three simple Arabs bless her to have a child, she laughed. After all, she was almost 90, and having a child seemed physically impossible.

    However, Hashem rebukes Sarah for this laughter. R’ Moshe Feinstein explains that we must believe that Hashem can do anything, and to dismiss anything as being impossible is at odds with that belief.

    R’ Moshe goes on to explain Sarah’s response, ותכחש שרה לאמר לא צחקתי כי יראה not as a false denial motivated by fear, but rather as Sarah’s explanation of her actions. Sarah told Avraham that she laughed כי יראה, “because I saw” that this wish simply isn’t possible. To which Avraham answers: “No”, nothing is impossible.

    לע״נ דוד חיים בן ישראל דוב הכהן
    לע״נ ר׳ חיים דוב בן ר׳ בןציון שלום

    #2019654
    Reb Eliezer
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    Sarah Imeunu felt, as she did not even have a womb, she was not worthy of a miracle to change nature. It was a fear of the greatness of Hashem, as the gemora in Shabbos argues by the man nursing if he was great or not for changing nature.

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