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די אחראים: אחראי, געלעגער

אוועטאר
מונאוויטש
שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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מ'דארף שטורמען די וועלט!

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג דעצמבער 06, 2018 6:49 pm


Should we be storming the heavens about bi'as haMoshiach?

Every day you should storm. Es tzemach Dovid Avdecho bimhero satzmiach, say it with a storm! You should also storm by Bareich aleinu es hashana hazos v'es kol minei tevioso letovah. When you get to the words v'sein tal u'matar you should storm. 'Storm' by tal u'matar! Don't just be yoitzei. What a miracle tal u'matar is! You think it just happens? Tal u'matar just happen?! It's a neis; no less a neis than the mann.

If the mann had happened only once, ooh would that have been something. But because it happened for forty years they became accustomed to it and it stopped being a neis. You know when they came to Eretz Canaan and they saw food coming out of the ground, that was a neis. Food coming out of the ground?! "It's a neis, food is coming out of the ground!" They thought food comes from the clouds. Because really it is all a neis; it's only that habit makes you not notice.

So we have to storm the heavens for tal u'matar. And we have to storm for everything. You have to storm for rofeh chol bosor u'maflee la'asos! You went to the bathroom? It's a neis that you were able to go to the bathroom. Miracles are happening when you go to the bathroom! u'maflee la'asos! - it's all wonders what happens in the bathroom. Only that we're all fast asleep. Our minds are metumtam, they're stupified by the gashmiyus, by the mechitza of chumriyos. So we have to storm, to fight back against the chumriyos, and we have to see the yad Hashem, the miracles of everything in this world. Certainly we have to storm about everything.

-- TAPE # 854

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
מונאוויטש
שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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פארוואס שטייט נישט די נס פון די נרות אין על הניסים?

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג דעצמבער 06, 2018 7:04 pm


If the most important aspect of the Chanukah neis is the oil lasting for eight days and not the winning of the war, then why don't we mention the neis of the neiros in Al Hanisim?

I'll tell you a little anecdote that was said over by the Alter of Slabodka. It says in the Torah, Zachor es hayom hazeh asher yotzosem mi'Mitzraim - Remember this day when you went out of Mitzraim,
Ki b'chodesh ha'aviv - because it was a spring day when you left Mitzraim. Hakodosh Boruch Hu told the Jewish people to remember that they were taken out Mitzraim during the month of spring. The Alter said that we see that Hakodosh Boruch Hu wants to remind us that it was nice weather when we went out of Mitzraim.

So here you have a people who were enslaved for so many years, b'chomer ub'lveinim and with avodas perech - backbreaking work. For two hundred and ten years they couldn't leave Mitzraim; and finally the time comes to go out - and let's say it was a blizzard. So what?! They would walk out of Mitzraim singing in the blizzard! So you're going to stop and take note of the fact that it was a beautiful spring day as well?!

So the Alter said, yes. Even in a mountain of kindliness that someone is giving you, you shouldn't overlook even one grain of kindliness. And the fact that the geulah from Mitzrayim took place on a beautiful spring day - they were walking out and singing, and then they sang Az Yashir - and it was beautiful all around. Nature was blooming. It was Nissan. And that helped too. Yes, that was part of the enjoyment.

And therefore, although the neis of Chanukah was nothing but the shemen, the oil that lasted for eight days, but it was still a lot of fun beating the goyim. It was a lot of fun when a handful of men under Yehuda Hamacabi rushed forward with swords and hacked down an army that was far more superior to them. And they left a field that was full of dead bodies. It was a lot of fun! It was an enjoyment. And therefore we don't neglect that. We speak about it and we thank Hakodosh Boruch Hu for that as well.

But because we want to be sure to emphasize the real neis, we don't mix the neis of the oil into it. We only hint at it - v'hadliku neiros b'chatzros kodshecho. They kindled neiros too. But we don't want to speak about it at length because then it would lose its character as being most important. We defeated the enemy and we also had a neis of the menorah?! No, no. That would be belittling the neis of the oil. So the neis of the Chanukah is played out by itself. Every night it's a ceremony that stands out on its own and nothing but the oil is commemorated at that ceremony. Only that in shemonah esrei we can afford to mention the other things too. But we don't mix them because then you'd be making a mistake about what Chanukah is really about.

-- TAPE # 148 (December 1976)

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
מונאוויטש
שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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די לעקציע פון חנוכה: עשה רצונו כרצונך

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג דעצמבער 06, 2018 7:29 pm


What is a practical lesson that we could take out of Chanukah?

I’ll tell you one important yesod. We say to Hashem about our forefathers who fought the Yevonim at the time of Chanukah: danto es dinom, ravto es rivom – “You, Hashem, judged their quarrels; You fought their fight.” Now, there’s a question here. It wasn’t their quarrel. It wasn’t the quarrel of the am Yisroel It was Your quarrel, Hashem. Because, after all, the Greeks weren’t interested in killing Jews. They wanted the Jews to stop keeping the Torah, that’s all. If the b'nei Yisroel would be willing to behave like the Greeks, they wouldn’t bother them. So why did the am Yisroel fight? They didn’t fight for their safety; they fought for the Toras Hashem. It was for k'vod shamayim for the honor of Hashem, that they fought. So it wasn’t ravto es rivom, It was ravto es rivach – Hashem, You fought your own fight! You fought Your quarrel!

No. No! We say ravto es rivom. You fought their fight! Because they had fulfilled what we say asei retzono kirtzonecho – “Make the will of Hashem your will” (Avos 2:4). What Hashem wanted, they wanted! They weren’t merely fighting for what Hashem wanted. What Hashem wanted became their ratzon, their will.

That’s a tremendous achievement. To feel that you’re keeping the Torah because the will of Hashem is your will. Not only that you’re doing Hashem’s will, but it’s your will! Ki heim chayenu. The Torah is our lifeblood. It’s more than our lives. And we’ll give our lives for the Torah.

So we see that they were fighting for k'vod shamayim, but they were fighting for their ratzon at the same time.

And that’s why it’s so important, when you see that it was not only rabim b'yad me'atim, but it was re'shaim b'yad tzadikim. That’s important! It was a Kiddush Hashem that the tzdikim won out. It was great Kiddush Hashem! It says asiso shem gadol b'olomecho. When tzadikim fight the fight of Hashem, when they’re willing to give up their lives for Hashem, that’s making the name of Hashem great in this world.

We say Al yedei kohanecho hakedoshim. The miracle came by the hands of the holy Kohanim. The Kohanim! Kohanim should fight?! Kohanim are oivdei Hashem they have no business with fighting. But these Kohanim went out with cherev v'chanus the sword and the shield, and they fought. They were fighting for Hashem’s honor.

And therefore Hashem says, “That’s a Kiddush Hashem.” And the Chanukah lights are Eidus lechol bo'ai olam sh'haShechina shoreh im Yisroel, testimony to the whole world that Hashem dwells amongst the Jewish people. And why? Because Yisroel lives for Hashem, they live for the Shechinah. Their entire purpose is only k'vod shamayim, glorifying the name of Hashem.

And that’s the greatness of Chanukah. It teaches that our nation is dedicated to k'vod shamayim more than to anything else that we would desire to do; even more than our own lives. We live only for Hashem.

-- TAPE # E-170 (December 1998)

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
מונאוויטש
שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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קיכעלעך, צוקערלעך, פאנקען

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » זונטאג דעצמבער 09, 2018 2:39 pm


Is there anything wrong with eating candies, cakes, doughnuts and things like that?

The Rambam in Hilchos Dei'os states that a man who is wise will eat what's healthy for him, what's beneficial. He says lo yo'chal kol she'hachayich misaveh, kakelev u'kechamor - "Don't eat only things that your palate desires, like the dog and the donkey do". You're not an animal that eats only what it thinks is delicious to eat. elo yochal dvorim hamoilim lo - "You should eat only the things that are beneficial for you" (Hilchos Dei'os 3:2).

So we see that following your desires means that you lack sense, like a donkey or a dog. Now will we specify for you that candies and cakes are wrong to eat? Well, sometimes it's not wrong. Many times people are down, and they need a lift; and then it's recommended that they take a nosh, and they should enjoy life a little bit more than the regular routine. Yes, sometimes you can do things that are not not wrong to do, only that they're not recommended, but you do it in order to raise your spirits.

But ordinarily, things that are full of sugar will cause your teeth to rot unless you brush your teeth after eating them. And sometimes they take the place of the nourishing foods that you should be eating, and therefore it's not sensible for a person to waste his efforts on
.

However, we're not going to say that you can't eat candies or cake. It would be foolish for anybody to make such a rule. Sometimes a candy or a piece of cake is important to give you a lift. And for happy occasions, sometimes people can be stimulated to a little more joy, because of these things. Therefore, it requires discretion.

But the wiser man is the man who chooses a diet that is healthy and nourishing. Not organic and special health foods; I don't know about that. But foods that are healthful and nourishing, and that people can get the most benefit from, that's how a wise man should eat. You don't need me to tell you; you know that yourself.

-- TAPE # 627 (January 1987)

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
מונאוויטש
שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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זיך אויסלערנען רעדן צו הקב"ה; מתוך שלא לשמה בא לשמה

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מאנטאג דעצמבער 10, 2018 2:18 pm


How does one talk to Hashem?

And this I'll answer as follows. At first you have to be a hypocrite. You have to do it superficially; you have to say the words. And that's what we do when we daven. We're talking to Hashem although actually kurov atoh b'fihem v'ruchok mi'kilyoseihem is what the navi (Yirmiyahu 12-2) said. "You are close in their mouths but You are far away from their kidneys" - that means from their insides. And that's the truth. That's what davenen is. It's only if man sincerely embarks on a career of learning to speak to Hashem that his davenen becomes meaningful. After a while when he says Atoh "You," he feels he's talking to somebody. And when that great day comes, then you know you have arrived.

And so first do it superficially. You're a hypocrite. Of course, it's a good hypocrisy. You're doing it to train yourself. You talk to Hashem whenever you can and you say, "I thank You Hashem that You have made me healthy." When you see a man hopping in the street with one empty trousers leg, and he has crutches; and you have two good legs - you don't need any crutches - so you have to stop and say, "Boruch Atoh Hashem that I have two good legs." You see a man walking in the street with one empty sleeve pinned to his pocket, then you have to thank Hakodosh Boruch Hu that your sleeves are not empty.

And little by little you'll get accustomed to saying the words, and after a while you're going to feel that there's Somebody actually listening. That's what the Mesillas Yesharim says, that at first you say it and after a while the realization enters your mind. Because you have an instinct that all human beings have that Hashem is actually there and He's listening.

-- TAPE # 317

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
מונאוויטש
שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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ווער איז דער גדול הדור?

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג דעצמבער 13, 2018 1:39 pm

How can we recognize if a man is a gadol hador, one of the great Torah leaders, who we must follow?

The answer is, how can you know who is a good doctor? Do you ask the ladies on the block? No! You ask your local doctor. The local physician will tell you, go to this man, you have nobody else to rely on. Whether he knows or not, you have to obey him, so you ask physicians and they tell you.

If you want to know who is a gadol batorah, you have to ask people who are proficient in the Torah. And who are proficient in the Torah in America? The same as all over the world, the roshei hayeshivos are the most proficient.


A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #453
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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
מונאוויטש
שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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פארברענען די דגל המדינה; א חילול השם אדער א קידוש השם?

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג דעצמבער 13, 2018 2:13 pm


Is it a chillul Hashem what these people did last week when they burned the Israeli flag?

Well they'll tell you it was a kiddush Hashem! Because who said that the flag of Israel has any holiness to it? Where does it say that the Israeli flag is a sacred object?! And I'll tell you why it's not a chillul Hashem. Now, nobody has to accept what I say, but of course I'm not going to accept what other people say either.

The Israeli flag is a symbol of Zionism. And Zionism is a principle that means something. Zionism is not just some political movement; it represents the principle that in order to be a Jew all you need is to subscribe to the idea of a Jewish state. You don't need any Torah. You know you can be an atheist and you can still be a very good Zionist! And that's where we come in and we say, that's the chillul Hashem!

When the blue and white flag is raised, that's what it's saying. That flag is saying that this is the purpose, this is the ideal, this is the justification, and all other things are unimportant. And we say it's not so! It's the flag that is the chillul Hashem! Because we have only one flag and that is the Torah. We are a nation because of the Torah. Without the Torah we are nothing but gypsies, we're a polyglot, and we're halfbreeds; we have all types of people mixed into our nation. But there's only one thing that makes Jews Jews. And that it that they are loyal to Hashem and His Torah.

And therefore a flag that proclaims that the Torah is not necessary to be a Jew - that you can be an oichel treifos just like the leaders of the State of Israel - except for Begin; Begin eats kosher, I think - so you can eat treifos they say, you can be a michaleil Shabbos, and work on Yom Kippur, and be an eishes-ishnik, you can commit adultery, it's nothing to them.

And therefore that is a travesty of the name "Jew" and so I think that it's not a chillul Hashem at all to burn the Zionist flag; and we shouldn't be ashamed that we did it. Nothing to be ashamed of! The reason it's not done elsewhere is because they're afraid. But those who are brave enough to do it, I don't see why they should be ashamed.

-- TAPE # 252 (January 1979)

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
מונאוויטש
שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
פארבינד זיך:

כ"ב שנה שלא קיים יעקב כיבוד אב ואם

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג דעצמבער 18, 2018 3:12 pm


When Yaakov later in his life had the great distress of losing his son Yosef for so many years, so our sages say, it was retribution for the fact that he had forsaken his parents for so many years. Just as his parents had been deprived of having him with them, he was punished by being deprived of his son Yosef. So the question is, if Yaakov attained such perfection in the house of Lavan, so it was a virtuous accomplishment! Why was he punished for that?

These punishments that the sages reveal to us are transcendental ideas, which means sublime ideas, that are not to be understood in the simple sense. Yaakov did no sin, did no sin at all. He couldn't leave, it was his duty to remain and therefore he did nothing wrong. Then why was he blamed? To a very minute degree he was blamed because he didn't feel, he didn't commiserate, he didn't feel sympathy for his parents who were deprived of his company. He couldn't go back now, he was forced to remain, but because being away he didn't feel enough sympathy for his parents who missed him, so later he was given to feel what it means to have a son away from home for so many years.

The question is, when he was in the yeshiva (of Shem and Ever), then perhaps he also should be punished? The answer is, when you're in a place of Torah, forget what your parents think about it. Your parents can have broken hearts by you being away; stay there anyhow, because you are doing them the greatest favor. You're doing your parents the greatest favor by being in the yeshiva. Outside the yeshiva, other forms of perfection are very great, but there at least you have to have some sympathy, but in the yeshiva have no sympathy for your parents. Your mother may shed tears in your absence, forget about it. You put your head into the Torah; that's the lesson we learn from this.

When you're away for other mitzvos, although you can't renounce the mitzva, you can't go home now, because Yaakov had accepted this job and it's his duty to remain there, but he was blamed because of not having sufficient sympathy for his parents, that's all.


A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #358
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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
מונאוויטש
שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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ושכבתי עם אבתי וגו' וקברתני בקברתם

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג דעצמבער 18, 2018 3:22 pm

What are the deep reasons of burying the dead?

Now I am not a man of deep reasons, so I have to tell you shallow reasons.

The reason for burying the dead is to show respect for the body; that we shouldn't see how a body decays, and I'll explain that briefly. The yesod of all our emunah is Olam Habah - we're here to prepare for the next world. Olam hazeh domeh l'prosdor b'fnei Haolam Habah, this world is just a vestibule (a lobby) to prepare for the world to come.

Now, it's easy to say these words. With some effort, it's not too difficult to have this belief in Olam Habah, but one of the things that explodes this belief is when you see a dead body. A dead body is like a punch in the eyes. It's difficult. If you see a dead body of somebody you knew, chalila lo aliechem you see him dead, it's a convulsion, it's like a collapse of your emunah of Olam Habah. He's dead! Like this you think he's alive, when the time comes he'll walk across the boundary, he may even skip and jump across the boundary into the Next World, and he'll go on living a happy life there. But now you see it's not so, he's dead.

Death is the biggest contradiction to the emunah. Of course it's nothing, death is merely taking off the old overcoat and putting it down here, whereas the person who wore the overcoat now keeps on walking. When the spring comes you take off your old overcoat and you walk into the street without an overcoat. So what happened? You're certainly the same person, the overcoat remained behind; but that needs seichel.

But if you look at a dead body, it's hard for your seichel if it's weak to overcome that, especially if the dead body decays. As long as the dead body is lying there and it looks nice, so you could still think that maybe he's asleep! But after a while, you are reminded by the odor, by the decay, that it's nothing but garbage now. Oh, that's a tragedy to the emunah, the little bit of emunah that most people have crumbles away under the onslaught of death. That's why quickly, kovod hameis, the honor of the dead body means, the honor of the living people. As soon as possible put him underground, bury him. Get him out of sight, immediately, because a dead body is a lie! A dead body teaches the untruth.

You know there is mus and mush, mus means to die and mush means to move away, lo yomushu mipicha. Mush means to move away, that's all it is, it's only moving. But when you see mus, you don't think about mush anymore, about moving out of the world, you think that's it. Therefore we hurry and bury him, get the lie out of sight, because it's false. When a man sees too much he stops seeing the truth, sometimes seeing too much makes you oblivious of the truth, and therefore as soon as possible get him out of sight. Always keep in mind the picture of the meis as he was when you saw him lying peacefully, as if he were asleep, he even had red cheeks maybe.

Get him out of sight quickly before he changes, and you'll always remember him as he was before he decayed. That's how you should remember him, because that's important for the emunah, and that's why kevurah is important.


A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #399
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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
מונאוויטש
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נסתרים דרכי השם

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג דעצמבער 18, 2018 3:31 pm


Under what light are we to understand the tragedy that happened in Boro Park this week (in 1983), when three children were killed?

I was waiting for that question. Under what light?! I'll tell you. When you come to Olam Habah after a hundred and twenty years, you'll ask Hakodosh Boruch Hu to explain it to you. How could I know? Did I know the people? I don't know their history. Do you know their history? I don't know anything about them.

I'll tell you one little story, though. Not directly connected with this. A different story. But it's important to get out of the habit of blaming Hashem. People are too busy pointing a finger at Hashem when they should be filling their minds with gratitude to Hashem. Once there was a girl - a young woman. And she was riding in a taxicab in Brooklyn. And the taxicab bumped into another car. And together they bumped into a telephone pole. And the pole fell on her and she died. Nebach, it killed that girl.

Now, I'm not capable of telling you anything but I'll tell you something that happened with a girl. Maybe it was the same girl. I don't want to say. Once there was a poor teacher and she was trying to make a living. You know that it's not always easy making a living. So she was teaching a class of girls. And there were forty girls in the class. One of the girls in the back of the class mimicked the teacher's voice. And she did it all the time. All the time! And the teacher was very much embarrassed. Very embarrassed. Very hurt. But what could she do? It's her parnasah. So she kept quiet. She kept quiet but she was terribly hurt.

Now maybe this girl forgot about what she did. And maybe the teacher forgot about her pain. But Hakodosh Boruch Hu doesn't forget. He might give you time to fix your mistake - to do teshuvah - but when you don't, and instead you forget about it, He doesn't forget. You hear that?! Hakodosh Boruch Hu doesn't forget!

So we can't explain anything. Look, we don't know the people, so we'll say that they were tzadikim gemurim. We don't know, so that's what we'll have to say. They were tzadikim and Hashem has His reasons. That's all. Finished. And when you come to the Next World at the age of a hundred and twenty, He'll explain it to you better and you'll understand more. But untill then, you must know that He has His reasons.

*

I've been here many years and I have heard similar questions many times. These questions are asked here all the time. But nobody ever asked me, "Under what light should I view the fact that this week I was able to walk in the street with fully functioning legs?" All week long you walked without any difficulties! Or, "Under what light should I view the fact I was able to eat three meals yesterday? Or that my lungs were working all day long and I never even stopped once to thank Hashem?" These are the questions you should be asking yourself.

So get busy training yourself to thank Hashem for all the good He's giving you and that will go a long way towards answering your questions.

-- TAPE # 429 (September 1983)

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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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ידים ידי עשו

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג דעצמבער 25, 2018 6:23 pm


Is there anything wrong with me going to classes to learn karate?

There's nothing wrong with it, but you should never practice it. If you listen to me, I would say that the best karate is to not go out at night. And not to ever dream of using it. Because if you'll try to use it, you'll discover that the bums know it just as well as you. And they're often bigger than you.

And therefore, the biggest hero is the fellow who is helpless and knows to avoid trouble. The skinny helpless fellow who doesn't know karate, he is the one who avoids trouble. It's always like that. Who drowns? The man who knows how to swim! If you don't know how to swim, you stay on the shore and you keep out of danger.

So although it could be that it's not a bad idea, I disapprove of going out with weapons at night, even with just a stick. I don't approve of that. Because, first of all, the stick gives you a sense of false confidence, and then you're liable to walk down a dark or dangerous street that you would have avoided otherwise. And secondly, the bum can grab the stick and use it better than you.

Therefore, the best defense is to stay out of trouble. When you're walking down the street, and you see a few bums, or even one bum, walking towards you, even if you're not sure if it means trouble, just cross the street. Just cross over to the other side! You'll be surprised how lazy bums are.

-- TAPE # 234

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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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הנאה האבן פון קראצמעך לעמפלעך

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג דעצמבער 25, 2018 6:31 pm


Is there anything wrong with admiring the colorful lights that our non-Jewish neighbors hang up during their holiday season?

It's very wrong to admire anything that is in any way connected to avodah zarah. Of course it's wrong! Tizram k’mo dovoh - "You should throw it away like something that is unclean" (Yeshai'ah 30:22). It's disgusting. And even if you don't think so, you must tell yourself that it's disgusting. You must train yourself to think properly. The lights are disgusting. Chas ve'shalom to admire the lights.

I don't want to talk in public about what they're celebrating, but it's one of the most shameful things in history. A child was born from a woman who said, "It's not from my husband." Disgusting! He was born from a woman who said, "I admit, it's not from my husband." And they want to celebrate it with lights?!!

-- TAPE # E-211 (December 1999)

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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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ערגער ווי די מאפיא!

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מיטוואך דעצמבער 26, 2018 3:16 pm


Why did the Rav say tonight that the colleges are worse than the dens of the underworld?

Because they are. Have you ever attended a meeting of the underworld, of the mafia, let's say? So you'd go to Bensonhurst, to a basement, and they're serving over there beer and lobster and discussing ways and means, let's say, of taking over a garbage collection service from another group of Italians. So, how do you do it? Well, at first you try persuasion. You try to bribe them. And if it doesn't work, you have other methods. Other more persuasive methods.

OK, so they're not tzadikim. But they're not indecent. They're not g--s. They go to church. They give charity. They dress like human beings. They have families. They must behave. Their sons and daughters are married. Absolutely they are. They live an ordinary, more or less decent gentile life.

Many of them, many of the Italians, are themselves busy collecting garbage. Only that when it comes to some sort of crisis, then they come together in the basement to decide what to do. And sometimes their methods aren't the best. But otherwise, they're living normal lives.

But if you talk about the colleges, the universities, you must know that they are worse than the houses of ill-repute. Boys and girls get together in dormitories. I don't want to say anything more. The colleges are the places where everything good has been broken down. One example is marriage. Marriage is considered a myth. "The myth of marriage," is what they call it. The colleges are leading the way in breaking down all forms of morality in this country. All forms of wickedness prevail on the college campuses. And therefore, the colleges today are the very worst place in the nation.

-- TAPE # E-156 (August 1998)

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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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דאנקן השי"ת פאר אן עקסידענט וואס האט נישט פאסירט

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מיטוואך דעצמבער 26, 2018 3:26 pm


I was walking in the street and I almost got hit by a car, (or almost drowned), what should I do to thank Hakadosh Baruch Hu properly?

Ish ki'matnas ya'do, each person according to his ability. One thing you're able to do, however, and that's for a very long time when you say Modim anachnu Loch, don't just bow down for nothing, it's a pity, it's a waste of a glorious opportunity. Bowing down is a very important act, and not to utilize it is a rachomnus. It states when you come to bring the bikurim, vi'hish'tachaviso; bowing down is a purpose in itself, it's avodas Hashem to bow down. You have to think that you're doing it for a purpose, it's hakoras tov, modim...we're thanking You. And so, when a person barely escaped getting hit by a car, as long as he can, he should continue every time he bows down and he thinks about what could have happened, I thank You Hashem.

Now, that's not to be considered as lifnim mi'shuras hadin - it's for big tzadikim. After all, you can't play around with words, and the words Modim anachnu Loch mean that. What are you thanking for?

And therefore, you should prepare yourself beforehand, hold your keys in your hand, hold a pencil in your hand, whatever it is, so that when you come to Modim you should remember, Modim anachnu Loch.

You went to the doctor and you were worried, and the doctor said, "I'm sorry to tell you there's nothing wrong with you." You walk out, don't forget that, Hashem says al tish'kocheini, don't forget Me, Hashem says, it's a pity. Therefore our reaction should be: we'll remember You Hashem.

Hashem Elokei li'olam o'deka, I'll remember You forever! Like Dovid said when he got well from his illness, l'maan yi'zarmecho kovod, I'll sing about Your glory - l'olam odeka.

Therefore, that's the first thing to do and the easiest thing to do. If you're able to do more than that, then certainly, ish k'matnas ya'do.


A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #329
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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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עבדו את ה' בשמחה, אפילו ווען מען איז ארעם און קראנק

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » זונטאג דעצמבער 30, 2018 6:04 pm


How can a poor and sick person (we'll leave out the sick person for the time being, let's first study a poor person) how can he fulfill ivdu es Hashem b'simcha?

This poor man, let's say he's sick too now, (I'll make you happy, we'll make him sick too) I'm just joking, and now he's going to a specialist. A specialist, even a kind-hearted specialist, takes $350. So this poor man asks if the doctor takes Medicaid and the answer is no, the receptionist tells him it's cash. So he pays $350, and suppose the specialist would hit him on the nose, I don't mean physically, but he'll guess exactly what's wrong with him, and the poor man will get a miracle cure and go home cured. He's still poor but he's not sick anymore. How will he feel on the way home? He'd be singing on the way home with happiness, he'd be walking on the clouds! he wouldn't know what to do with that specialist, he'd be so happy he'd worship him! He'd send cards to him every year; people do that.

Of course, it never works that fast, even if a specialist does guess the correct diagnosis, but the cure is so gradual that by the time it's effective the man thinks that he himself could have gotten cured, and he regrets that he gave the specialist the $350. But if he is convinced that it happened through the specialist then he's grateful. So now here is a poor man, he's so happy he's delirious.

Now suppose this poor man never became sick, shouldn't he be just as delirious? On the contrary, he's $350 richer! So here is a chance for a poor man to be happy. So you say a poor sick man, let's say he remains sick, after visiting the specialist he remains sick.

Now a poor sick man is going to the dentist. His tooth is hurting him something awful, he tells the dentist, and the dentist does something to the tooth. Either he puts on some oil of cloves, or he pulls out the tooth and the pain is gone. This man goes home a happy man. He's still a poor sick man but now he could sleep at night; he's full of joy. Now if a poor sick man has a toothache in addition to his sickness, it's much worse. There isn't a poor sick man who hasn't every cause to be happy. It's better to be a poor sick man in New York than a poor sick man in Moscow.

Suppose a poor sick man is able to emigrate from Moscow and come to New York. That man is treading on the clouds, despite his poverty and his sickness.

Therefore there isn't a person in the world - like the Mesilas Yeshorim says - there is not a human being in the world that doesn't have cause whether he's well or ill, rich or poor, who doesn't have abundant cause to be grateful. One of the biggest reasons for gratitude is that he is still alive! The poor sick man is trying his best to stay alive, isn't he? Therefore the fact that he succeeds in remaining alive is a very great happiness.

And it's nothing but lack of thought when people are incapable of being grateful, no matter what the circumstances are.


A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #455
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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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אוועטאר
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שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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לערנען ברכות מיט קליינע קינדער

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » זונטאג דעצמבער 30, 2018 6:33 pm


It doesn’t seem like children in the schools today are really learning about what the brachos on foods really mean. If parents want to be michaneich their children in the peirush hamilos of the brachos, at what age should they start?

At the earliest age possible. Now, at such an early age you won’t be able to teach them the details of what the words mean – they’re still too young. But tell them the ideas anyhow. For instance, you can tell your child, “Do you know how good it is to make a hamotzee on a piece of bread? Making a hamotzee is a very big mitzvah. You’re thanking Hashem for giving you this bread and Hashem is going to pay you back just for thanking Him. It’s like money in the bank." That's what you tell your child. Let him know that he’s talking to Hashem. That he’s not just saying words. Explain it to him on his level. Later on, he’ll be able to take these thoughts that you planted in his head, and he'll put them into the words of Hamotzi lechem min haaretz.

How does bread come out of the earth? It’s a neis. It’s more of a neis than the mann that fell in the midbar. At least the mann came out from the sky; why shouldn't it fall from the sky?! But the wheat comes out of the earth! Nobody can really explain it. That large stalks of wheat should grow out of dirt?! It’s a neis!

So the yetzer harah tells you, “Well, it’s the process of photosynthesis and the absorption of nutrients from the dirt by the roots and so on.” So do you think that if you use words from the science books and explain the processes, that it makes it any less of a miracle?! Not at all! Studying those processes teaches you even more how many miracles are needed to make the wheat kernel grow. So first you make sure to teach yourself to appreciate the hamotzee and then you’ll be able to teach your children.

And therefore, you have to know yourself that food is a tremendous miracle. And later, you’ll be able to explain it to him. But right now, he’s too young, so explain to him only that it’s a mitzvah to make hamotzee. And explain to him how great it is that Hashem gives us bread from the ground. And the child will feel it. Don’t think that he doesn’t understand it. Even the little children who seem to ignore what you’re saying, they’re human beings, so it’s going into their heads. They’ll remember what you said.

I still remember what was said to me when I was two years old (The Rav was 90 years old when he gave this answer). I still remember. You’ll be surprised. It stays with you. Children don’t forget. So start as early as you can. It’s not a waste of time.

-- TAPE # E-198 (November 1999)

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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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לעולם יספר אדם בלשון נקיה

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » זונטאג דעצמבער 30, 2018 6:47 pm


Chazal tell us that we should always make sure to speak lashon nekiyah, a clean language (Pesachim 3a). How does one make the determination of what is included in the category of clean or unclean language?

Well, you start out when you're a young child and your mother says to you, "Don't say that!" If your mother tells you that, then you've started out on the road towards knowing what is not lashon nekiyah. And if your mother wants to wash your mouth out with soap, then you've surely received a very important lesson in the sugya of lashon nekiyah. That's number one. Shema beni mussar avicho v'al titosh toras imecho. It's a very important lesson, by the way. Your mother, at home, is your first teacher. Your first lessons are at home. Also, your father sometimes.

And then you begin to learn outside the home as well. In Slabodka, they never said the word shlecht, the word "bad." They never said the word shlecht. Never. I was there six years. Six years - and they never said the word shlecht. "Not good," they would say. But they never said shlecht. They never referred to a goy as a "sheigetz." Because that's a sheketz. The word "sheigetz" comes from the word sheketz, a disgusting creature. "Sheigetz" is sheketz. But a goy is not a sheketz. He's a tzelem elokim. He's not the best picture of tzelem elokim, but he's actually a tzelem elokim. So, in Slabodka, they called a gentile an urel or a goy - but they never said "sheigetz." The word "sheigetz" is never found in Slabodka language.

So, in a good environment, if you make sure to stay in a good environment, you'll pick up what is called lashon nekiyah.

-- TAPE # E-167

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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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שפילן די סטאק מארקעט

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מאנטאג דעצמבער 31, 2018 4:01 pm


What should we be thinking about when we hear that the stock market has reached an all time high?

Well, you should be thinking that the market prices are very high right now but it's very possible for them to fall and become very low again. And therefore, it's nothing new. Many people have been ruined by the stock market. And therefore, I would say to put your money in the bank, in a savings account. And daven. Always be mispallel.

And I want to tell you something. One of the most important reasons why the stock market fluctuates is just for that - so that you should call out to Hakodosh Boruch Hu. When it's high, you should be calling out to Him in gratitude. And when it's low you should be calling out to Him that it should go up. And if you don't do that, the whole experience was a waste. Even if you made a lot of money, you wasted a valuable opportunity. And if you lost money, chas v'shalom, but you were forced to daven, then you gained. You gained da'as Hashem, Awareness of Hashem, which is more important than all the money in the world.

Who knows what can happen?! I know a man who has been losing tremendous sums in the stock market. He told me that he lost over three hundred thousand dollars so far in the stock market. So I said to him, "What about stopping maybe?" He said, "No, I'll get it back. I'll get it back," he says. The poor man is still hoping.

-- TAPE # E-133

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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
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שר האלף
תגובות: 1776
זיך איינגעשריבען אום: זונטאג נובעמבער 22, 2015 6:08 pm
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קעמפפן מיט נסיונות, דאס איז וואס מאכט אונז שטארק!

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מאנטאג דעצמבער 31, 2018 4:07 pm


How could the Rav say that galus Mitzraim was meant to purify our nation if there was such a big danger of assimilation?

That’s exactly it! That’s what purified us. Fighting back against the influences of the outside world of sheker is what makes you great. That’s what purifies you.

They began their stay in Mitzraim by training themselves under the direction of Yosef Ha’tzadik in how to fight back against assimilation. When Pharaoh called in Yosef’s brothers for the purpose of giving them big positions in the government, Yosef warned his brothers. Say, “We are just plain shepherds.” “Ro’ei tzon avodecha, gam anachnu, gam avoseinu” (Bereishis 47-3). ”We are nothing but shepherds. We are not fit for any big position.”

Now, the brothers desired to get good positions. They would welcome any promotion that Pharaoh would give them. But Yosef warned them, “Nothing doing!” And throughout his whole life, Yosef kept on warning his brothers and the whole family, “Do not become assimilated with the people of Mitzraim. Do not let your ideals become assimilated with the ideals of Mitzraim. Don’t mingle with them. Maintain your Hebrew names. Speak your own language. Everything should be according to the way our Avos lived.”

And that struggle, that audacity, to remain separate was a tremendous achievement. That was the success. That was the preparation for the battle against assimilation. And that was what saved them and that’s why they eventually were taken out of Mitzraim. So it was Yosef, who demanded that separation, that aloofness, from the ways of the Mitzrim, who deserves the credit for training the Am Yisroel to be deserving of Yetzias Mitzraim.

-- TAPE #E-214

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"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

מפתח

אוועטאר
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עס איז פארהאן נאר איין באשעפער: ה' אלקי ישראל

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מאנטאג דעצמבער 31, 2018 4:35 pm


Is it possible for a Muslim or a Christian to love Hashem?

It depends on what he is loving. I must tell you that it makes a very big difference what the gentile is thinking when he talks about his god. When somebody wants to talk about a certain personality, a G-d, he has to know that the personality must be designated by a certain description. And that designation makes all the difference in the world.

Suppose you want to bring a gift to somebody, but you don’t know who you’re bringing it to, so you bring it to the man next door. It might be a beautiful gift, but you brought it to the wrong address. So when people pray to a god that spoke to Mohammed, then they’re praying to the wrong god, because there is no such god. If they declare that “Allah is god and Mohammed is his prophet,” they’re talking about a different god that doesn’t exist.

If people pray to a god that that was supposedly born from a mother, then they’re talking about something that doesn’t exist. And therefore they are idolaters, or at best they’re praying to zero, to something that doesn’t exist. They get no reward at all. They’re not loving Hashem, they’re praying to nothing, to a made-up god.

Prayer is only real prayer if it’s directed at Hashem Elokei Yisroel. And that’s the Rambam’s statement. It says that the chasidei umos ha'olam, the righteous gentiles, have a share in the World to Come. However, the Rambam says that they must recognize that Hashem is the Elokei Yisroel – He is the G-d of Yisroel. He has chosen us! He chose the am Yisroel. Only if they believe that, can they be included in the category of chasidei umos ha'olam.

Pharaoh was willing to believe in Hashem when Moshe came to him, but he wasn’t willing to believe in Hashem Elokei Yisroel. And that was the big problem! And so Hashem got busy demonstrating not only that He is Hashem, but that He is Hashem Elokei Yisroel.

And that’s why it’s so important to believe the right things about Hashem. If a Jew believes in a universal god, then he’s not a Jew. Certainly Hashem is the Master of the Universe, but He has declared that the universe was made because of His people, the Am Yisroel. And so, we are the main actor on the stage of history and the entire world is nothing but the backdrop and scenery for us. And no matter how difficult a concept that is for you, you’re going to have to learn it. Because we have to live up to that responsibility! And you can only do that if you realize that we are the main performers in this world, and that Hashem has chosen us, and He has declared that He is Hashem Elokei Yisroel.

-- TAPE # 814 (February 1991)

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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צוויבל, ווער ברויך עס?!

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג ינואר 01, 2019 4:07 pm


Why did Hashem create onions? Who needs it?

I have to laugh when I hear that question, but it's an important question though. Why did Hashem create onions? Who needs them? And the answer is because they taste good. Onions add so much to so many cooked foods. And to other foods as well. It tastes good! You know, when I walk in the street and I pass a fruit store, sometimes I see outside the store a big sack full of onions. I get excited! Ah! Onions! What would this world be without onions?! Without onions what is the world?! It's not a world! I see big sacks of potatoes on Kings Highway. And big bags of onions. Onions and potatoes. What's better than that?! Hodu laShem ki tov, ki l'olam chasdo. Boruch Hashem for onions! Boruch Hashem! Onions make us happy! How can anyone even have a question about it?! Why do we need onions?!! How can it even be a question in your mind?!

So you must start training yourself. Walk by the fruit store and make sure to stop and look at the onions. And then say, "Boruch atah Hashem borei pri ha'adama." Say it! Yes, say it. Don't just think it. Say it! The first fifty times you don't mean it. But after a while you'll mean it. Don't just leave here after our talk and forget about it. No, I really mean it. You have to start practicing thanking Hashem in this world. You walk past a fruit stand and you see onions outside. Say, "Ahhh! Borei Pri Ha'adama. I thank You Hashem for the onions." Ok, so you're a hypocrite. You don't mean it. But do it anyhow. Do it anyhow! And after a while you'll actually begin to feel truly happy and thankful to Hashem that He created onions. Your superficiality will begin to influence your pnimiyus, your mind. And after a while you'll begin to understand how good the world is. Boruch Hashem that there are onions in the world! Boruch Hashem that there are potatoes in the world!

-- TAPE # E-180 (February 1999)

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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אשירה לה' בחיי אזמרה לאלקי בעודי

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג ינואר 01, 2019 4:28 pm


You said before that a person can achieve greatness by crying out to Hashem, either in happiness or from tzaros. Can you explain that?

Before it was mentioned, it shouldn't be aimless. Let's say a man is standing in front of a music store. I once witnessed this. A Jew without a hat, a frei yid, a middle age man, standing in front of a music store. And there was some record playing. So he wanted to show he's a real liberal, a cultured man, so he started doing a jig on the sidewalk. His only audience were the black people walking by. But he wanted to show off to them, so did it for the benefit of the black people. For this empty man that would also have been something, if they would applaud him. But nobody looked at him at all. They didn't pay any attention to him. He thought he was performing for an audience; he was standing there and jumping up and down on the sidewalk showing he appreciates music, that he appreciates their music. That's enthusiasm! Enthusiasm over zero! It’s like taking precious oil and pouring it down the sewer. Enthusiasm over music, stam music, is a hundred percent waste of effort.

But suppose a person goes, let's say, to a Lubavitcher Farbrengen. You have a thousand chassidim standing, no place to sit, and with no place to dance; you can't dance around, you have to dance up and down. That's the only way anybody can dance there. Up and down, up and down. And they're all singing the same niggun. I saw it at Lubavitch; but you can find it in other places too, I’m sure. They're all singing the same niggun, and there's a holy enthusiasm. You should know nobody will leave that place without being a better person for the experience. A kedusha comes into the neshama when you cry out to Hakadosh Baruch Hu with words and even with thoughts.

The gemara says that at the simchas beis hashoeiva they were shoavim ruach hakodesh kamayim, they were drawing out ruach hakodesh like people draw water. There was singing at the beis hashoeiva. They came together Sukkos and they were singing all night. All night they were singing; everybody was singing. And they used to gain ruach hakodesh, buckets full. And Tosfos brings a Yerushalmi that Yonah Hanavi wasn't a navi yet. Yonah went up to Yerushalayim and it was at the simchas beis hashoeiva, when the spirit of Hashem first came upon him. He was standing there and singing with the Am Yisroel together all night. And in the middle of the night the spirit of Hashem came upon him. It doesn't mean that anybody who sings will get nevuah, but nevuah needs a great preparation of the soul. And his soul became so elevated from singing to Hashem, that the ruach hanevuah came upon him the first time at the simchas beis hashoeiva.

So people will cry out to Hakadosh Baruch Hu, either, chalilah, from tazros they might cry out; they're crying out to him when they have tzaros because that's the address; He's the only address. Or they call out to Him from gratitude. The emotion of love of Hashem, of loyalty to Hashem, of addressing yourself to Hashem, of being aware of Hashem, this is the true greatness of mankind. haloi hi hadaas osi - "Isn't the greatest thing in the world to know Me?" Hashem says (Yirmiyahu 22:16). That's called knowing Hashem - being aware of Hashem. And therefore, when a man utilizes his voice to cry out to Him whether for happiness or something else, that man is transforming his neshama and he becomes so much greater just because of that.

-- TAPE # 527

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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נחל החרדי

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » זונטאג ינואר 06, 2019 5:49 pm


There has been talk in Eretz Yisroel about the frummeh agreeing to join the IDF in separate regiments called nachal chareidi. What does the Rav think about this?

Some people are proposing to take frum boys into the army in frum regiments. You should know that it's a shtus, a complete foolishness. The army is made lichatchilah for the purpose of changing the minds of the boys while in the army. The purpose of the army is to make the youth into Israelis. This is something that their leaders have said long ago. And it's well-known by those who understand things. And we don't want our children to become Israelis. We want them to remain Jews.

All this talk is only a ploy that they're using now to deceive the frummeh into entering the army. The truth is that the Am Yisroel has to keep out of the army. We have to maintain our privilege, as many other countries maintain, that Rabbinical students are patur from the draft, that they should be exempt from the military draft. And let's continue to fight for that, and not to yield and not to listen to the meisisim and meidichim who are talking about frum regiments for the frum boys.

-- TAPE # E-253 (January 2001)

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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אמעריקע גייט אונטער

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » זונטאג ינואר 06, 2019 5:52 pm


Why is it wrong for single men to talk to women?

Not only single men; any man shouldn't talk to women. And women shouldn't talk to men. We have to know that you cannot fool around with fire. The subject of men and women is fire. Only that today people have lost sight of lessons that once were well known to mankind. Everybody understood that. Years ago in America, a boy's high school was in this part of the city and a girls' high school was far away! Goyim understood that it's fire!

Today, however, they're already in the fire and they're suffering. America is a ruined county today. The youth has turned into garbage. The youth is nothing today. The American army is a joke. In the army today it's nothing but dope and disobedience. Chas v'shalom, if America had to go to war today, chas v'sholom. They couldn't have any kind of a confrontation with any foreign army. We saw what happened in Vietnam already. It's a demoralized country. And one of the main reasons is co-ed, the mixing of the genders in the schools. There are other reasons too because one wickedness brings another wickedness, but co-ed melts away the morals. It rots the core of the nation; and therefore we are suffering today. And it costs us money too. There's no end of money that we're paying in taxes as a result of this demoralization of society. We're paying no end for the hospitalization of broken people, immoral people who bring illness upon themselves because of the proliferation of immoral behavior. We're paying for supporting welfare for broken people with ruined lives—people who sit by themselves in apartments because they're not capable of living normally because they're ruined.

Now, it takes time to go into this but people who study this know that one of the main reasons for America's spiral downward — I say downward; American had its downfall already. America is a ruined country. And the most significant cause has been this carelessness, this promiscuity in immortality.

And therefore it's common sense. Anybody who has to have contact with the opposite gender should do so politely and impersonally. There should be a minimum of mixing. That's the Torah way; the Am Yisroel is distinguished for that. That's why our womankind is the most noble. That's why the Jewish women are princesses and the Jewish men are princes. There's no one better than the Am Yisroel when it comes to morality - and our job is to keep it that way.

-- TAPE # 539 (February 1985)

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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ראק און ראלל מוזיק

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » זונטאג ינואר 06, 2019 5:57 pm


Is it forbidden to listen to rock and roll music?

The answer is no, it's not forbidden. Isn't that surprising, for me to say that?! It's also not forbidden to walk out onto Ocean Parkway, take off your shoes and dance a jig. It's not forbidden. Only that you're a meshugeneh if you do it. And you very well might get a tack in your foot.

And if you listen to rock and roll, you'll get some tacks in your brain. There's no question it's not going to make you any smarter. But if you're asking if it's forbidden, I can't tell you it's forbidden.

-- TAPE # 98 (December 1975)

Credit: Toras Avigdor
"ווען דו דאווענסט דארפסטו קודם וויסן צו וועמען דו רעדסט! פירוש המילות איז שוין לומדות." — הגה"צ רבי מרדכי דוד קאהן זצ"ל

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