January 2, 2009 2:00 am at 2:00 am #589039
so the chanaka party was a great hit, why not have a nightly party in the coffee room!!! let the party begin!!!
I don’t know if random nightly partying is such a Yeshivish concept but we’ll try it out. – Mod 42January 2, 2009 2:26 am at 2:26 am #629600
thanx mod42 we’ll keep it a kosher party!!!January 2, 2009 2:41 am at 2:41 am #629602
o now i see so what are we going to do here start asdfghjklJanuary 2, 2009 2:52 am at 2:52 am #629603YW Moderator-72Participant
tell a D’var Torah. The Chanukah party had a D’var Torah everynight.January 2, 2009 2:54 am at 2:54 am #629604
il give one if you wantJanuary 2, 2009 2:54 am at 2:54 am #629605
NO! YW Moderator-72January 2, 2009 2:58 am at 2:58 am #629606
Not Just a Nutshell
“And Yehudah approached him…” The Torah narrates the dramatic climax of the episode with Yosef and his brothers. Yosef deliberately frames his youngest brother Binyomin, “catching him” with his “stolen” silver goblet. “The one who was found with the cup will be my slave, and the rest of you will go up to your father in peace.”
We know from the previous parsha that Yehudah took full responsibility to bring Binyomin back from Egypt alive and well. It was up to Yehudah to appeal for his release from Yosef, who was disguised. “Please, my master, we only came down here to begin with to buy food…and my master asked us if we had a father or a brother…and you said to your servants ‘bring him (your brother) down to me so that I may see him. And we said to my master ‘the young man is not able to leave his father…’ And you told us ‘if you don’t bring your brother you may not see me again.’ And now how can I go back up to my father without the young man (Binyomin) with us? Their souls are very closely bound to one another.” Yehudah then suggested that he remain as a slave in Binyomin’s place, “lest I see the evil that will befall my father.” At that point Yosef was no longer able to contain his emotions, so he sent everyone out besides his brothers, and he began to cry, and he said “I am Yosef ” and he revealed himself to his brothers.
The S’fas Emes, Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, explains that this episode between Yehudah and Yosef is an analogy to a deeper thought, and its message is applicable to us at all times as well.
The S’fas Emes explains that the name Yehudah comes from the Hebrew root word which means to thank or acknowledge. When Yehudah was born, the fourth child to Leah, she acknowledged G-d’s kindness to her in giving her this child, and she memorialized her feelings in his name. The name of a person is his essence. Yehudah’s essence is acknowledgement to G-d for everything – great or small, and the recognition of G-d’s involvement in all things. Yosef – because his identity was hidden from his brothers – represents the hidden quality – the G-dliness within everything.
The deeper meaning of the analogy: “And Yehudah approached him.” That means to say “Yehudah” employing his trait of acknowledgement and recognition that G-d was behind this event which was unfolding – “approached him.” When one views life with the uncompromising perspective that G-d is involved in everything (Yehudah), the end result is that the hidden hand of G-d will ultimately reveal itself (Yosef revealing himself).
We see that there is a way to break down barriers and to see a deeper truth contained within everything. Yehudah accomplished this with his attitude and approach to Yosef. I dare say that in our daily interaction with people the same is true.
A teacher I know once had a student whose family circumstances were somewhat complicated. She did not live with her biological parents. She was an intelligent girl, but she was not confident about her own abilities. Socially, things were not going very smoothly for her either. Her teacher was able to turn her around and make her a happier, more confident student in the following way. She would genuinely praise her saying that she was a source of pleasure for her. “You give me so much nachas (pleasure).” From the moment she began doing that, the child began putting in effort to maintain the perception which the teacher had created, and the relationship between student and teacher was very warm. The girl’s feeling that her teacher valued her so much even positively affected the way she carried herself and conducted her everyday affairs. I believe that this teacher succeeded in breaking down the barriers in this child, and tapped the potential greatness latent in her. She contributed to the good of this child in a very profound way, and I know that it lasted for many subsequent years.
When we unconditionally convey to a person that they are someone very special, we can break down the barriers and what will be revealed to us will exceed our expectations. This attitude never fails on some level — but only on the condition that it be genuine.
From the wise words of the Sfas Emes, we understand that there is always more to life than meets the eye. What we see at first glance is like a shell, and we can never benefit from what is contained under the shell if we think it is empty. Just as Yehudah was able to uncover the depth of his situation, so too should we endeavor to see beyond that which meets the eye.
this is from Rabbi Dovid GreenJanuary 2, 2009 3:00 am at 3:00 am #629607
Okay 72, how ’bout a Dvar Torah for the bourbon you stole from me?
Whad’ya say?January 2, 2009 3:02 am at 3:02 am #629608
sorry if its alittle longJanuary 2, 2009 3:05 am at 3:05 am #629609
no such thing as too longJanuary 2, 2009 3:08 am at 3:08 am #629610
did you read it joseph?January 2, 2009 3:09 am at 3:09 am #629611
i want to know if you liked itJanuary 2, 2009 3:11 am at 3:11 am #629612
All evening long four cardplayers had been pestered by Morris, a self-proclaimed genius who commented on everyone’s poker hand and style of play. When Morris went out of the room for a moment, they hit on a plan to silence him.
“Let’s make up a game no one ever heard of,” one of them said. “Then he’ll have to shut up.”
The busybody Morris returned. The dealer tore two cards in half and gave them to the man on his left. He tore the corners off three cards and spread them out in front of the man opposite him. Then he tore five cards in quarters, gave 15 pieces to the man on his right and kept five himself.
“I have a mingle,” he said. “I’ll bet a dollar.”
“I have a snazzle,” the next man announced. “I’ll raise you two dollars.”
The third man folded without betting, and the fourth, after much deliberation, said, “I’ve got a farfle. I’ll raise you five dollars.”
Morris shook his head vehemently. “You’re crazy,” he said. ” You’re never going to beat a mingle and a snazzle with a lousy farfle!”January 2, 2009 3:13 am at 3:13 am #629613
qwertyuiop, As an einekel of the S’fas Emes how could I not love it? 🙂January 2, 2009 3:14 am at 3:14 am #629614YW Moderator-72Participant
how about this for an idea – we open a new thread Called YWN CR Nightly D’Var Torah. People can sign up for a night and present their D’Var Torah. Starting with M’Shabbos and going though Thursday night.
go to this thread to sign up:
who is going to be first?January 2, 2009 3:23 am at 3:23 am #629615
wow i didnt even know thanx for letting me knowJanuary 2, 2009 3:36 am at 3:36 am #629616
it’s a party!!! just party!!! what’s going on with ya all???January 2, 2009 3:39 am at 3:39 am #629617
hey don’t i get to join the party? i was busy shteiging for the last hour and a half. lolJanuary 2, 2009 4:01 am at 4:01 am #629618
or maybe now that i showed up the party will be allowed to start… :}January 2, 2009 4:02 am at 4:02 am #629619
asdfghjkl you started this do something its boringJanuary 2, 2009 4:06 am at 4:06 am #629620
ok everyone!!! what do you all enjoy doing on shobbos???January 2, 2009 4:09 am at 4:09 am #629621CuriousMember
42 – We’ll become chassidish and make it a tisch (?sp). Now can we party every night?January 2, 2009 4:12 am at 4:12 am #629622CuriousMember
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Drinks on the house, non-alcoholic of course, lest this post be banned.January 2, 2009 4:18 am at 4:18 am #629623
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mod – you ok there? can i get you something? a coffee, maybe? or a backup mod?January 2, 2009 4:26 am at 4:26 am #629625
catchung up on sleep that i lose from the crJanuary 2, 2009 4:34 am at 4:34 am #629626beaconParticipant
Yeah it’s kinda slow tonight..January 2, 2009 4:48 am at 4:48 am #629627shkoyachMember
Party?? And its not even chanuka or purim!!! Count me in (oy, I’m so tired… maybe this a bad idea?!) First lets get the music rolling. 1 sec, got to plug it in and turn up the speakers, ok now we’re ready…”Mamama…mamamama… Ma toivu oihalecha yaakov…” ok next song “digidigi dadum digidigi dadum…” nu… why am I the only tantzing! Wake up lets mach it lebedik!!! ‘;/’;/’;’;’;’/”””/////’/”;;’;’;’ don’t ask I jst was tryin ot some new dance steps to throw into the circle wow! I need some water I am shvitzing out of every pore!!!
ok where’s the food…. mmmmmmm whats a party without the cookies?
well, chevra, what exactly are we supposed to do to have a party over here…. I guess Bklyn and Jo and all the other k-nockers could help s out!January 2, 2009 4:49 am at 4:49 am #629628
same here i think i sleep more on shobbos then i’m up!!!!!January 2, 2009 4:57 am at 4:57 am #629629
1 no sugar,2% coffee comingup modJanuary 2, 2009 5:01 am at 5:01 am #629630xeroxMember
asdfghjkl: sorry but this thread isn’t as great as the chanukah one! :o(January 2, 2009 5:02 am at 5:02 am #629631RoshYeshivahMember
Mod 42 whad’ya mean an ordinary night?! It’s LIL SHISHI!!!! This is a special night to party. I went to subexpress and had myself a Chulent and a piece of overnight washed down with a can of sprite!January 2, 2009 5:07 am at 5:07 am #629632
sleep sleep sleepJanuary 2, 2009 5:11 am at 5:11 am #629633
mods are we going to have another thursday night party till 2am est????? i’ll donate the chulent & hot kugel to our party tonight!!!!!!!!January 2, 2009 5:22 am at 5:22 am #629635[email protected]Participant
hey everyone sorry just arrived from a long night…January 2, 2009 5:23 am at 5:23 am #629636shkoyachMember
I guess the party is over for tonight… mods needed a break!!! Good night and good shabbos!January 2, 2009 6:34 am at 6:34 am #629638
the party is already over for toniteJanuary 2, 2009 7:33 am at 7:33 am #629639
xerox: if you recall the chanaka party thread started out as a mellow party & as the nights went on, it turned into a big hit!!(with 399 posts to be exact!!!)January 2, 2009 7:38 am at 7:38 am #629640
Curious:thanx!!! i was waiting for you to put up a pixer in this thread!!!January 2, 2009 3:33 pm at 3:33 pm #629641RoshYeshivahMember
good morning guys. I guess it was a sleepy party after all.January 2, 2009 5:12 pm at 5:12 pm #629642beaconParticipant
I’m off for a mani…girls you want to meet me, come now..January 4, 2009 2:26 am at 2:26 am #629643
ok this is a DIRE emergency we NEED to get the CR party rolling cuz if not i’m gonna have no choice but to read a whole book on western civilization and i’m DREADING it… i gotta cover the book anyway, but i’m queen procrastinator and i need some help maintaining this exalted position… (you could tell i’m desperate – that was such a run-on sentence and i’m not going back to fix it…)January 4, 2009 2:30 am at 2:30 am #629644YW Moderator-42Moderator
Morah brooklyn19, I thought you taught us in Fourth grade 2, not to use run-on sentences and not to procrastinate no matter what even if you don’t feel like following the rules and you are bored in the coffee room and you taught us we should always go back and fix things; and you thought I don’t pay attention in class!January 4, 2009 2:33 am at 2:33 am #629645
I did that for college too, and I still haven’t fully recuperated it’s more dreadful than you could ever imagine and the longer you push it off the better off you will be it is one of the most boring things i’ve done so far for college; GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!January 4, 2009 2:34 am at 2:34 am #629646
i would swear i never said a thing like that in my life. i don’t make such blatant lies and i try not to be a hypocrite. sorry, you seem to be confusing your teachers…
besides, i teach hebrew. i’ve never come across a run-on in hebrew. their sentences are too short for that – if anything they are fragments :}January 4, 2009 2:39 am at 2:39 am #629647YW Moderator-42Moderator
You shouldn’t swear. Run on now…January 4, 2009 2:42 am at 2:42 am #629648
lol that’s why i didn’t swear. i just said that i would.
and thanks abcd. it’s really not so bad – i looked at the first five pages (ouch – on shabbos!) and it’s like global from ninth grade. shouldn’t be too stressful. just not in the mood to plow through it.January 4, 2009 2:45 am at 2:45 am #629649
American history I actually like, but this stuff-not for me! Are you taking a CLEP? Who has college in January?January 4, 2009 3:08 am at 3:08 am #629650
yeah i’m clepping it. same thing as taking a class, cutting it and taking the tests. so i may as well not pay for it :}January 4, 2009 3:31 am at 3:31 am #629651
I took that clep too and now I feel really sorry for you! Which other Cleps did you take or will you be taking?
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