Monday, May 21, 2007

!כ כה כהנ כהנא מברוקלין


Not that I am the biggest fan of Breslov in particular or Chassidus in general - but here goes...

Rebbe Nachman mentioned a "Song of Redemption" that would be revealed before Moshiach's arrival. This song would be in a "single, double, triple, quadruple" form (Likutei Moharan II, #8). Rabbi Yisroel Odesser proposed one, in his "Letter from Heaven" here I propose another. I chanced upon this letter after a long day of not fasting and am certain that it is not of Divine origin.... it states:

It was very hard for me to descend to you, my precious student, to tell you that I benefited greatly from your service. And to you I say, my fire will burn until the coming of the Messiah -- be strong and courageous in your service -- Ka Kaha Kahan Kahane Me'Brooklyn. And with this I shall tell you a secret: Full and heaped up from line to line, and with strong devotional service you will understand it. And the sign is: They will say you are not fasting on the 17th of Tammuz.

I hereby declare that henceforth "I am Ka Kaha Kahan Kahane Me'Brooklyn!"
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PS: To all those Nachmanis out there - please don't get too offended, I say this all in good jest - I always hear Breslovers saying "mitzvah gedolah l'hiyos b'simcha" and laughter is just another way of achieving that end. I intend no disrespect to the deceased - may their merit save us... I would just like to add though if one day I saw large swaths of the Land plastered with
"כ כה כהנ כהנא מברוקלין" I would be brimming with pride...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

נשאר רק שבט יהודה לבדו


I recently came across an article advocating for the creation of a state to be established alongside Israel in the eventuality that there be made attempts to expel the Jews of Yehudah and Shomron from their homes. There may be many practical impediments to the establishment of such a state to be known as the "State of Judea" but for some reason the notion struck a chord within me... This past Shabbos we read Bamidbar aka Parshas Digalim, and in the notes I chanced upon a reference to a Midrash that informs us that the flag of Yehuda was sky blue, and upon it was an image of a lion (Bamidbar Rabba 2) . So with that in mind, I set about creating a flag proposal for the hypothetical future state... and viola! The lion I used in this rendition should be more authentic than the ones Rastafarians use - it is derived from a seal of a servant of Melech Yerovoam discovered on an archaeological dig at Har Meggido in the 1920’s. Yerovoam was a pretty bad dude from Malchus Yisroel, but because of his military conquests he probably felt justified in using the official symbols of Malchus Yehudah. The reference to 'Gur Aryeh Yehudah' [ Yehudah is a lion's cub] is from Bereishis 49:9 . . . I've seen it used on other offerings for a potential flag. Additionally I've been curious whether the lion indigenous to Eretz Yisrael would have been the Barbary lion, the Asiatic lion... or some other possibility - any thoughts?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Yom Yerushalayim - יום ירושלים


"ירושלים הבנויה - כעיר שחברה להּ יחדו"

"The built up Yerushalayim is like a city that is united together"(Tehillim 122:3)

Unfortunately currently this does not seem to be the case while that abomination still sits atop Har HaBayis. Jews are forbidden from praying there - and arrested if their lips are seen in motion on the rare chance the State permits Jewish visitors. A small delegation of Rabbonim ascending makes headline news. I pray and dream for the day that Yerushalayim is just as in the vision described by Dovid HaMelech, and I acknowledge the outright miracles that HaShem has performed for us 1967. However our work is not yet done...

Friday, May 04, 2007

Regret


וְהִתְוַדּוּ, אֶת-חַטָּאתָם אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ

"then they shall confess their sin which they have done"

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I am but a fool unsure of himself

I am the pauper and she is the wealth

Shall I plunder and make her my eternal treasure

Or remain a poor man by any standard or measure

She spoke of blooming flowers whilst I was in the shower

Proclaiming that alls doomed and ever more soured

Redemption however lays upon my lips

Repenting of all the stolen sips

She presumes to know when and if I feel pain

But she surely she must know that I’m struggling to stay sane

My love for her is deep and profound

She is the heavens and I am the ground

I’ve sinned I’ve transgressed I’ve committed iniquity

Yet I know I can return to the Garden ever so blissfully

If only entrance will be granted I swear

Strengthened we’d be from all this despair