Sunday, March 18, 2018

The beginning of Sifra

There is a special advantage this year i.e. 5751, fall of 1991 through summer of 1992 ( and this year 5778) that the first day of Pesach occurs on Sabbath and the beginning of Sfira is literally " from the day after Sabbath" Vayikra 23,15 is the Sfira Counting began (begins this year) Saturday night. This is in addition to " from the day after Sabbath" to the day after the 'Sabbath' of the first day of Pesach. When the first day of Pesach is Sabbath, the weeks of counting Sfira mirror the week of Creation, from Sunday to Sabbath.

The conclusion of each week of Sfira is Sovereignty (Kingship), the seventh emotional attribute Sovereignty within Kindness, Sovereignty within Beauty, etc. This year the Sfira of Sovereignty is always on Sabbath. Sabbath is connected with the Redemption, " the day that is entirely Sabbath and rest for eternal life" Mishna Tamid 7,4 Therefore, now the Redemption is even more emphasized in Sovereignty.

The kingship of the House of Dovid is in its full strength through Melech HaMoshiach because through him the Sovereignty of G-d is revealed in the entire world, as it is written "and it will be to G-d the Sovereignty" Ovadyah 1,21 "and HaShem will be King over the entire land." Zechariah 14,9

Sovereignty as it is relevant to Redemption refers to Melech Hamoshiach.

Translation of a Discourse April 20, 1991 given by the Rebbe Mh"M

The above is from a collection of excerpts from discourses of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, from Hebrew and Yiddish manuscripts. Contact me for this book if interested in hastening the full redemption.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Flush the Bar Mitzvah and Chasunah Music down the toilet!

The music played nowadays at chasunas and bar mitzvahs is a tragedy! I cringe when I hear lyrics put to goyishe music. My husband and I married off an orphan girl. And at her wedding I was so badly shaken up by the "music" being played. The provocative words my memory as a nonjew played over and over sang out as the music belted out. Oh how I long to go to rebbishe chasunahs! I do not hear this at their simchas.

I came across a bar mitzvah video and I saw 2 girls on the stage with the singer, that I believe looked to be over 6 years, dancing in front of a mixed crowd! This is the yetzor hora which is talked about below. I could say much more about this video and what was shown to the world and to haShem most importantly but I will keep quiet.

“Today there are styles in the chassidic music that have no connection to chassidus,” says the singer Mordechai Ben David Werdigger. “It is like being in the jungle. The kushim sing in a more refined way than they do. The words don’t make the song chassidic. Maybe it gives pleasure – like eating pizza, but there is no spiritual pleasure in it.” [from an interview in the Bnei Brak paperKol HaIr 12th Tishrei 5764].

“Something has happened to the chassidic music in the past few years,” says Avraham Freed. “The truth is that today’s young singers have no red lines. I know that I have my limits that I will never cross….. The situation today has worsened to a point that very soon we, the singers and the public will have to shout – ‘The music has reached the gates of hell!’” [from an interview in the magazine Shaah Tovah, Erev Sukkos, 5764].

The singer Gidon Levine [in the same magazine] sums up the situation: “My problem is that the imitation of goyishe music is likely to bring a deterioration in our society, and particularly among the young people.”

These singers [with the exception of R’ Ben Tzion Shenker] fail to mention that they are the ones who started the trend to imitate American rock and roll, and that the younger singers who they criticize are only taking an example from them to copy the new styles of popular street music. Let us finally hear what the “Composer of the year – 5764” Yishai Lapidos has to say about the subject:“I know many people who claim that today’s big singers introduced the disco beat and the rock. For example, 
Mordechai Ben David introduced rock and roll, Deady Groucher brought in the rock, Vindish with Boruch Hagever brought in the trend of ‘converted songs’. The song ‘Moshiach’ of Mordechai Ben David is in the style of real rock and roll, and there is not much difference between rock and roll and dance. The disco of all the big singers such as Werdigger, Freed and Deady have come from the American rock and roll and disco.” [From the magazine, Shiru Lo, Chanukah 5764, p.20].
At present in this country we are witness to the phenomenon of ‘Greek song’. Two of the mushchossim of the tzibbur who were thrown out of Eretz Yisroel returned to America with their merchandise to sell to the public. One of them made rachmono litzlan, a song about the most important principle of the 13 principles. The second took examples from this to make a song about the destruction of Amolek, and they turned them into jazz רח"ל – literally! What happens to a person’s heart when he listens to this version of mechiyas Amolek? He hears that to wipe out Amolek is jazz! Is it possible to receive any good influence from this? Or chas vesholom the opposite, that he is disconnected from the whole concept of destroying Amolek? Or if he hears ‘Moshiach’ with that imbecilic nigun – is it possible to elevate oneself by hearing this? In this way they are killing the public, and we have to publicize them by name – one is called Freed (Fried), and the other is called Werdigger (Mordechai Ben David)! 

“I love the songs,” Fried said of the new album. “I think there’s some great material. There are great messages. There are songs to cry to, there are songs to dance to, there are songs that will inspire. I think it’s a solid album.”

Fried said that he has adopted a certain style to which he has stuck in this album as well. “I have a certain style which is what we call the Hassidic style. In that Hassidic style there are some areas where we’ll take a disco feel or a rock feel,but that’s the extent of it.”
 Anyone who lets their songs into his house must know what this will cause to his Torah. Elisha ben Avuya, one of the four great members of the chaburah, did not stop singing a Greek song, – and it made him into a different person and finally a heretic! We have to throw this out of the house! Throw it all out! And not let this trash remain in the house!
[Rabbi Yisroel Elya Weintraub שליט"א, Lakewood Yeshiva, Cheshvan, 5755]

“Speech is the expression of the mind. Music is the expression of the soul, and by means of this it is possible to determine the level of a person at any time. The prohibitions related to speech apply also to musical expression.”

The Rebbe of Bobov, Rabbi Ben Tzion Halberstam הי"ד.

“I have heard that there is something new that they call “Chassidic music”. I don’t know whether it is kosher or not, but one thing I can be quite sure about – that it has no connection to chassidus, and I do not know if it is suitable for yeshiva boys to listen to it.”

Rabbi Elazar M. M. Shach זצ"ל.

“The non-religious street has managed to infiltrate into chareidi society by means of the modern music.”
Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Shapira זצ"ל.

SOURCE:The Torah is Not Hefker