Breslev Israel, Emuna Outreach and the Beams grieve from the loss of an enormous tzaddik, Rabbi Yoram Abergel osb"m, who returned his holy soul to Hashem earlier today on Shabbat afternoon. At the time of this writing (10;30 PM Israel, Saturday night), the funeral procession is about to begin in Netivot, in the south of Israel, where Rabbi Abergel lived.
Rabbi Yoram was the head of the "Rav Pa'alim" Institutions, a huge network of Torah learning all across Israel. He had thousands of students, many of whom he personally brought in to observant Judaism.
He was not only a tremendous scholar and Kabbalist, but he cared tremendously about each human being and did tremendous loving-kindnesses for widows, orphans and the needy. He always had a smile on his face.
This is an irreplaceable loss for the Jewish People at a difficult time, when we need the merit of our righteous spiritual leaders. Maybe Rabbi Yoram plead in our behalf at the Heavenly throne, and may we soon see Moshiach and the full redemption of our people, amen.
Above image - the holy gravesite of Rebbe Levi Yitzchok in Berditchev, Ukraine
Today, the 25th of Tishrei, is the 206th yahrtzeit of the holy Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev (1740-1809), may his sacred soul intercede in our behalf, amen. When Rebbe Levi Yitzchok died, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev said that the world became a darker place. Rebbe Levi Yitzchok is especially known as the senegor of Israel, the defending attorney of the Jewish People in the Heavenly Court, for he only saw the good in people.
Light a candle in memory of Rebbe Levi Yitzchok ben Sara Sasha. may his holy memory invoke blessings for all of us, amen.
Rebbe Levi Yitzchok's hauntingly beautiful niggun (melody) is one of my favorites. Here is Yehuda Green singing it for us. Enjoy this bit of inspiration, and may you be blessed with a healthy winter and a wonderful new week.
Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Kenig osb"m, one of Breslev's leading rabbis, revealed before he died that a modest tinsmith from Jerusalem, Menachem Menashe osb"m (1892-1968, image, left), author of the 'Ahavat Chaim' commentary on Torah (a book that never leaves my Shabbat table), was the leader of the 36 hidden tzaddikim of their generation.
The "Ahavat Chaim" describes at the end of Parshat Tzav an argument that the angel Gabriel had with Hashem. "Hashem, you made me send down the fires that destroyed the Holy Temple. It looks like I wanted to do it!" He explains that Gabriel was the guardian angel of Esau, but once he was defeated in the all-night grappling match with Jacob, Gabriel turned his allegiance to Jacob and since then has been defending Jacob's offspring. Hashem consoled Gabriel and told him that he would be privileged with taking revenge against all the nations that tormented Israel. Nothing will be left of them.
The nations will attack Israel and the fear will be great. The "Ahavat Chaim" promises that if Israel does teshuva, there won't be any fear at all. Furthermore, he makes an amazing unconditional promise, which he wrote over 50 years ago, that Gabriel will make a protective fire-wall around the Land of Israel and "no atom bomb will hit the Land of Israel." This is the sentence underlined in green in the photo of the page from "Ahavat Chaim" below.
Our so-called friends and our enemies can continue with their schemes, but they'll all blow up in their faces. The Nation of Israel is becoming spiritually stronger by the minute, despite what the media may say otherwise, and our full redemption is close by. We all fel it.
Emuna Outreach, Breslev Israel and the Beams mourn the loss of one of this generation's greatest Torah scholars, teachers and rabbinical lawgivers, Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wosner, obs"m. The Rav was 102, the numerical equivalent of the Hebrew word emuna.
Rav Wosner's funeral ended tragically. With over 100,000 people pushing and shoving to get close to the Rav's casket at the funeral procession on Motzaei Shabbat (Saturday night), dozens were trampled and seriously injured, two of whom are now fighting for their lives. A 27-year-old rabbinical student from Elad, Moti Gerber, was crushed to death. His funeral was earlier today. He left behind a wife and a three-year old son. Moti ob"m was a student of Rav Wosner.
The holy tzaddik and Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz osb"m, the teacher of my esteemed and beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a, said countless times that there is no forgiveness in Heaven for pushing another Jew.
A few hours ago, the Vishnitzer Rebbe shlit'a said, "Pushing another person is tantamount to bloodshed". He told his Chassidim not to bother coming to his funeral if it means that someone will be pushed.
In Jewish Law we learn that a mitzvah is null and void if it was accomplished by way of a transgression. There are dozens of examples in the Gemara, such as someone who stole an animal and then offered it as a sacrifice in the Holy Temple. Pushing or hurting another person in any way while performing a mitzvah falls under this categoty, called mitzvah haba b'aveira. Not only is such a mitzvah null and void, but disgusting to Hashem.
Our sages teach us that human decency is the prerequisite for Torah and mitzvoth. If attending a funeral or any other public gathering entails pushing, better to back off or stay away altogether. Please don't push another human, for such an act is ugly, arrogant, and totally against Torah values.
Let's maintain a happy Chol Hamoed and start loving one another. If we can't love, then at least respect one another. No more pushing!
The true tzaddikim are just as powerful after they leave the physical world as when they're here among us - even more so...
At 4AM Wednesday morning, March 18th, when one of PM Netanyahu's closest aides told him that he was heading toward a landslide victory, Bibi thought that the aide was playing a joke. The Prime Minister didn't believe the magnitude of the miracle. The exit polls said the election was a dead tie; maybe one side would win by one mandate. When the smoke cleared, Bibi won by six.
Before the election, Bibi was punch drunk; the incessant leftist media's harassment of him and his family, the pessimistic and pointed polls and voices from abroad told him to start packing his bags and to vacate the Prime Minister's Residence.
Haredi radio station Kol Berama told the following story: Bibi's close friend Rabbi Menachem Gesheid happened to be in New York City right before the election. Bibi phoned him asked him to pray for him at the holy gravesite of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, osb"m, promising that he will keep the land of Israel whole. In the Rebbe's Ohel with Gesheid at the time was journalist, Yossi Elituv, a Chabadnik.
In his heart, I'm sure that Bibi owes his success to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, for his victory was unheard of. Let's hope that Bibi thanks the Rebbe - and Hashem, of course - by doing teshuva and repairing all the damage his previous government did to the Torah-observant world in Israel. Mr. Prime Minister, we pray for your success.