Geulah

Gr"a on the Redemption process

What follows is Chapter Eleven of the Gra’s sefer Even Shelemah. It was annotated by Rabbi Shmuel Maltzin. I plan, be’H to follow up this post with the notes of R’ Maltzin on each piece, which are extremely interesting, as well as some of my own thoughts. Chapter 11 – In the concepts of the…

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Rabbi Perr on Parshas Kedoshim

I am again happy to present another shiur from Rav Perr. This one is connected to Parshas Kedoshim through the concept of Kedusha. Rabbi Perr gives us a beautiful in-depth lesson about the concept of the kedusha that the angels say. He contrasts it with the kedusha that the Jewish people themselves say, as well.…

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Longing for Redemption – Part 2

Here is the continuation of the book צפית לישועה of the Chofetz Chaim. What follows is the rest of the first chapter which we began in the previous post. However, the truth is that our sages of blessed memory also told us from the onset that not everyone would be at this exalted level, and…

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Longing for Redemption

The following is the first part of a translation I am posting. It is a short composition that I found in the complete writings of the Chofetz Chaim. It is entitled צפית לישועה – Longing for Redemption. It is quite an interesting little piece, and he addresses some of the issues we have dealt with…

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The Call

My good friend Yehuda (Judah) David, of Rockiah fame, shared the following song, the lyrics of which were written by his wife, and melody and music by Yehuda. Click here to hear the song: The Call Scattered throughout the world our temple was destroyedOur land lay barren and fallow in our hearts we felt the…

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Shemos – Pride, self destruction, and redemption

Why is it necessary to ask Paroh to free the Jews? Why not just leave? Furthermore, why ask if he will just say no? Why is it that Paroh never heard of Hashem? Wasn’t he an expert in all the gods that existed? Why does Paroh punish the Jews by making them find their own…

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דור שכולו חייב

Our Chachamim say that Moshiach will come either in a generation that is completely righteous, or a generation that is completely the opposite. As things look today, I think it is quite clear that we are not living in a completely righteous generation. If not for this statement of our sages, one would be hard-pressed…

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More on Yosef and Rosh Hashana

Yesterday I was reviewing the Gemara in Rosh Hashana that speaks about when Moshiach will come, either in Tishrei or Nissan. I had forgotten that the Gemara there says something very significant that I never understood. The Beraisa lists off a number of things that occurred on Rosh Hashana and Pesach. One of the events…

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Banishing exile's darkness

Last week, I got a surprising phone call. I was asked if I would sing at a yeshiva’s siyum on Thursday, right after the fast of the 17th of Tamuz. As the the three weeks would have already begun, this meant that there would be no music, just my voice to lead the dancing and…

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On our own

On a short walk in Ramat Bet Shemesh, I had a most moving thought. As the Jewish people once again seems to find itself in a corner, with no one to rely on but Hashem, there is a striking parallel to another point in history that presaged a potential Geulah. This was actually in the…

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