Sunday, 25 January 2015

Halacha's Demand of Tolerance & the TORAH Value of Freedom of Religion

I have been asked by many people how, in the wake of the present activities of ISIS which include intolerance of "infidels", we can understand l'havidil, Yehoshua's actions when he entered Eretz Yisrael. This shiur was in response to such questions.

RBH on "Halacha's Demand of Tolerance & the TORAH Value of Freedom of Religion" on Koshertube
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Rabbi Ben Hecht

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Mussar: Hilchot Lashon Hara from "The Buddha"

I have found some interesting parallels, on the Internet, to the Torah's View against saying
Lashon Hara
Motzi Sheim Ra
And
Rechilut

When explaining Hilchot Lashon Hara to an Eino Yehudi, these rules may help.

Check out these guidelines to see how well they resonate with Hilchot Lashon Hara.

«Buddha said there are four things you need to consider before you speak. I would like to call them The Four Golden Rules Of Speech.

1. Is it true?
Is what you are about to say the truth? Are you absolutely sure? If there is doubt, leave it out.

2. Is it kind?
Is what you are saying kind? Is the intention behind it kind as well?

3. Is it helpful?
Does what you have to say add any value for the person? Is there anything they can do with and about what you are telling them?

4. Is it the right time?
Is it the right time for you? What are your emotions right now? For example, are you speaking from anger, from hurt or from concern?
Is it the right time for the other person? What is their state of mind? Are they paying attention?»
There Are Four Golden Rules Of Speech - NEW DAY NEW LESSON | NEW DAY NEW LESSON
http://www.newdaynewlesson.com/there-are-four-golden-rules-of-speech/


Kol Tuv,
RRW

Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Zohar - Obtaining Ultimate Freedom

Paraphrase

The Israelites first had to throw off all the higher forces ruling them, until they entered the domain of the Holy One, and tied themselves to GOD alone

Only then were they rescued from Egyptian Bondage when all forces subjugating them had been discarded and GOD alone had become MASTER.

See Zohar Bo 40a
Hoq l'Yisro'el - Bo Day 2

Kol Tuv,
RRW

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Stetson Kennedy and Superman take down the Klan

Stetson Kennedy and Superman take down the Klan
«After World War II, Kennedy and another informant infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and related white supremacist groups, exposing their secrets, helping Georgia authorities revoke the Klan's corporate charter, and testifying against a fascist Klan offshoot known as the Columbians. Kennedy made public such information as secret code words and details of Klan rituals, including a stint where he supplied Klan secrets to the writers of the Superman radio program, culminating in a series of four episodes in which Superman battled the KKK.»
Stetson Kennedy Official Website
http://www.stetsonkennedy.com/

This appeared on MLK Day to honor someone who risked his own neck to take down the KKK. The Anti-Defamation League, as well as other fellow infiltrators, also played significant roles.

Kol Tuv,
RRW

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Mussar: THE SIGH BY ANON

THE SIGH
BY ANON

A cobbler came to the Sage and said,
Tell me what to do about my morning prayers.

My customers are very poor men
who have only one pair of shoes.
I pick up their shoes late in the evening and work on them most of the night. At dawn there is still work to be done if the men are to have their shoes,ready before
they go to work.

Now my question is....
What should I do about my morning prayer?

The sage asked 'What have you been doing till now?

Replied the cobbler,..Sometimes...
I rush through the prayer quickly
and get back to work--but then I feel bad about it.
At other times, I let the hour of prayer go by.
Then too I feel a sense of loss...
and every now and then,
as I raise my hammer from the shoes, I can almost hear my heart sigh ... What an unlucky man I am, that I am not able to make
my morning prayers

If I were God, I would value that sigh..
more than the prayer.. replied the sage.

This sigh.....lives century.......
after.... century

Kol Tuv,
RRW

Friday, 16 January 2015

War Crimes!--Thoughts for Parashat Vaera, January 17, 2015 | Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals

http://www.jewishideas.org/angel-shabbat/war-crimes-thoughts-parashat-vaera-january-17-

Here are some news headlines that might appear in some media:

ISRAELITES CHARGED WITH WAR CRIMES

EGYPTIAN CIVILIANS SUFFER AS ISRAELITES DANCE AT THE RED SEA

PHARAOH MAKES HIS CASE AGAINST MOSES

And the accompanying photos will depict Egyptians mourning the deaths of their first-borns. There will be no photos of Israelites suffering in slavery or of Israelite babies tossed into the Nile to die.

Context? Who cares about context? The public needs to be fed half-truths and misleading images. Justice? Who cares about justice? What's important is being "politically correct," slanting the news to increase our circulation and our profits. Truth? We have our own version of truth.

To the media, politicos and anti-Israelites of the world, we quote the imagined words of Moses: "We bring our case not to the media and not to human courts: we bring our case to Almighty God, the true Judge."


Kol Tuv,
RRW