Sunday, 31 August 2008

Wedding Gifts


Wedding Gifts

It is always a joyous time to be invited to a wedding and one can do tremendous Chesed (kindness) in selecting ones wedding gift with care. In Israel, many people give money as a gift. Money certainly is very useful to any couple starting out on their new life together. Very often though, one wants to give something that the couple can remember you by.

To help the couple in building a Bayit Ne’eman there are all manner of beautiful Judaica that one can give. For some ideas, please take a look at our Shopping for Goodness Store, especially at:

WEDDING GIFTS

Here you will find many wonderful ideas. By clicking on an item you enjoy, you will find it very easy to purchase the item and have it sent to the lucky couple.

There are some who enjoy giving a mezuzah or mezuzah cover as a wedding gift. Please note that if you are going to give a mezuzah as a gift, it would be a very great kindness to make sure that the mezuzah itself is written in the script that is appropriate for them. For example, Ktav Sefardi for a Sephardic couple, Ktav Ashkenaz for an Ashkenazi couple and for those who follow Chassidus or Kabbala, Ktav Ari would be appropriate. Please also make sure that the mezuzah is kosher. It is a very huge disappointment for a couple to take their new wedding gift to be checked only to discover that it is not actually kosher.

If you would like to know more information regarding how to know if your mezuzah is Kosher and the importance of it being Kosher, please visit A Dwelling Place Below

The following link will take you directly to the article.


Please also consider that there are various Jewish laws regarding whether a mezuzah can be taken down. If the couple is not in a position to purchase an apartment, many follow that a mezuzah put up on the door post of an apartment you are renting has to remain there when one leaves. For more information regarding this please ask a competent Orthodox Rabbi.

If you are close to the couple, you might want to give them a book to help them build a home in keeping with the beauty of what it is to be a Jew.

Please take a look at just a few ideas of books in our Shopping for Goodness Store. Amongst others you will find some very good books on Family Purity, Kashrut and more.

BOOKS

Chessed Ve'Emet sells a range of books by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum books, these can all be found at the following link:


The Journal B’Or HaTorah offers an unusual gift. You can select either a specific volume or a subscription to receive for a specific time period.


If you are looking for a beautiful print of artwork, a stunning photographic image or a unique gift made up specifically for you, please take a look at


SHOSHANAH'S PHOTO'S FOR SALE email Shoshanah for details or to book an appointment to purchase and or make an order.

STUNNING TORAH MAGENTS (also available as prints)

If you would like some more options or ideas of photographic images available, please email and order a print of the size of your choice. Just email us with details of the image and we will send off the print you ordered to the address that you provide.

We hope you enjoy the wide variety of wonderful options of gifts available. If you are unsure as to what might be suitable, take a look at what we have to offer, decide on your budget and email. Shoshanah will be very happy to help put together a unique gift that suits your budget, specifications and also the colour scheme or tastes of the person you are giving a gift to.

Lastly, if you enjoy all the ideas and options but do not know what the couple would need or like, please email us for a gift voucher. Gift vouchers are available in a unique, hand drawn card and are valid for 3 months from date of purchase. We would be happy to send it either to you to take with you to the wedding or Simchah or to send directly to the address that you send us.

Included in the gift vouchers, you can also give a gift voucher of a wonderful, soothing, relaxation session for the Kallah, Kallah and mother or Kallah and other important women in the wedding party.

We look forward to hearing from you
and to working together
to bring beauty and joy to others
through the array of beautiful gifts.


Thursday, 28 August 2008

The Weasel and the Well - What Could Prevent a Shidduch?









The Weasel and the Well

is a story

discussed in the Gemorra, Taanit page 8a:


A girl once wandered a long distance from her father’s house. Having lost her way, she suddenly found herself in a desert. She walked for a long time and found herself to be very thirsty. To her relief, she discovered a well in the distance. She ran towards this well and found a rope inside. “Let me descend to draw some water,” she thought. She descended and drank from the water, but when she wanted to climb up, she found herself unable to do so. She cried bitterly and called out for help. But who would hear her in so deserted a place? Just then, a boy was passing by and in the distance heard a voice crying out from the depths of the well.


Amazed, he called out, “Who is down there? Are you a demon or a human being?” The girl called up from the well, relating to him what had happened to her. She began to lament her fate in the well and begged him to pull her out.


“I will help you,” he said, “on one condition. Agree to marry me!”


The girl agreed, and he pulled her out of the well. They spoke to each other and each agreed to get married. The boy promised that he would come to her parents as soon as possible and officially betrothe her.


“Who are our witnesses that we are betrothed?” asked the girl. Just then a weasel passed by, so the lad said, “Let the weasel and the well be our witnesses that we will be faithful to each other.”

They parted, the boy to his house and the girl to her father’s house. She stayed at home and waited for her fiancé to come and fulfil his promise, but time passed and he never appeared. Her parents suggested other matches for her, but she refused, saying that she could not marry anyone else. No matter which match was proposed to her, she was adamant in her refusal. Eventually people began to consider her to be strange and gave up the idea that she might ever marry.


And what happened to the boy?


After he returned home, he was very busy and forgot about that episode in the desert. He married a girl from his hometown. His wife bore him a son, but when the baby was three months old, a tragedy happened. The child was bitten by a weasel and died. Another little boy was born to them, but one day, when he was playing by the well, he fell into it and died. Grief-stricken, the wife said to her husband, “Had our children died a normal death, I would accept the Heavenly decree without questioning. But since the events were so extraordinary, we must seek the reason for this strange punishment and search ourselves for some previous guilt.”


Now the long-forgotten scene in the desert came back to the husband’s mind. “Could it be that I am being punished for not keeping my word?” he thought. He told his wife what had taken place at the well. “It is your duty to find out what happened to that girl,” his wife reprimanded him. “It was your obligation to be faithful to her!”


The man travelled to the girl’s village and inquired if there was someone by that name and whether or not she was married.


“There is an old maid by the name you mentioned,” was the reply. “But she is not in her right mind. There is no use talking to her about getting married. If a suitor comes to her, she begins to act in a strange manner. She spits in his face and tears his clothes!”


The man immediately went to the girl’s house and explained to the father the story that had transpired long ago, blaming himself for the daughter’s misfortune. “I have freed myself from my wife to be true to my word,” he explained to the father, “and I shall marry your daughter.” The father brought him to the girl, but when he attempted to speak to her, she began to scream and act strangely as she did whenever a match was proposed to her. He said only two words, “the weasel and the well.” The girl fainted, and when she recovered, she had re-gained her former composure. They were married and lived a blessed life, having children and living to see their children’s children.


The story above reminds me of a story I was told not too long ago. The story was of a woman, Yeudit*. Yehudit had been engaged to marry someone and close to the date of the Chuppah, he let her down. Yehudit was left heartbroken. Although she tried shidduchim, and pursued other options, she had difficulty committing to anything and was not meeting the right person.


After a period of concentrated tefillos (prayers) to help with shidduchim, Yehudit found an answer that helped her to become more open to the right person. The man who had broken off their engagement called her after many years of no contact. It turned out that some time after the break up, he was diagnosed with a debilitating illness. There were other factors involved too. From the discussion, Yehudit discovered that the break up prior to marriage had been for the best as she realised she did not have the kind of strength and character to take care of a disabled husband.


Both of these stories highlight an important message. Many times, when there appears to be a block to someone getting married, it is necessary to look back at our lives and search for whether sometime in the past, even in childhood, a promise, commitment or some kind of attachment was made to another that had a connotation of marriage. Even if it was said in jest, the other might have taken it seriously. If this is the case, it might be necessary to either ask forgiveness or to seek rabbinical assistance from a recognised Orthodox rabbi to know how to resolve the situation.


*A different name has been used to protect the privacy of the people involved.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Commitment To Life


The “Commitment to Life” that follows was a wonderful gift shared with me by a very dear friend some years ago. The thoughts included in this are very much in keeping with the work that I do with personal development and helping others to develop a life of meaning and purpose.

The closer we come to the Final Redemption; we seem to be plagued with all manner of tests and struggles, much of which is confusing and even overwhelming to many. However, each and every one of us has been blessed with our own unique set and combination of interests, skills, talents, desires and goals. The “Commitment to Life” is offered for you below, to give you some strength, commitment and something concrete to help you to keep striving to be the best that you can be.

An important note:

The language in the “Commitment to Life” is in order to help you to take this commitment seriously. However, please state that you hereby accept upon yourself to commit without making a vow to strive to achieve the value of life as outlined below. It is very important to add in this statement prior to reading the commitment further so that you do not transgress the prohibition of making a vow that is later hard to keep.

In addition to the above statement, you can add a Tefillah to G-d in your own words, asking for His assistance in your path towards a life of meaning and purpose.

Commitment to Life:

Today is a glorious day because today I am making a commitment. I am committing myself to a life of success, health, happiness, achievement and fulfilment. Now that I have decided to make this commitment I will never turn back until my purpose in life is discovered and fulfilled, because deep within my heart and soul I know that my life has a purpose, a destiny, a meaning. I am willing to devote the time and attention necessary to discover and fulfil all my life’s goals. I am willing to be open to the advice, experience and support of others but will never be dissuaded by discouraging words. I will be patient with myself and with my progress; yet at the same time I will never let a day go by without taking at least one step toward achieving my goals. I will never waste a single precious moment of life condemning or criticizing others, for in doing so I am harming myself; and if I am slandered against I will consider it a blessed opportunity of being given a chance to forgive. I will always count my blessings rather than complain of my circumstances, for I possess even now every blessing necessary to achieve great things in life. If circumstances should arise that hinder my progress and obscure my goals in darkness I will always go the extra mile, for I will know the darkness is nothing more than the herald of the dawn. If I should stumble on the way I will know that it is not a sin to fall down; only a sin to lie there. Now as I sign my name below, let it be a visible symbol of my commitment to the achievement of great meaningful things and to the knowledge that with G-d’s help I will accomplish my desired goals. For I know that I am a loving, worthy, divine and deserving person committed to fulfilling my purpose and doing G-d’s will in this world.

Signature ___________________________

Date _______________________________

For any women who wish to work more specifically on:
  • Identifying their goals
  • Drawing up action plans
  • Creative problem-solving to assist in fulfilling the action plans
Please contact Shoshanah at shoshanah.s@gmail.com

You can work either independently in person or via the internet, or in small groups or a workshop / seminar in order to actively strive to achieve these goals.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

For the Garden of Your Daily Living



For the Garden of Your Daily Living


Knowing that my family loves gardening, a friend once gave me the following poem. I do not know who the author is, although the page says Kevin Owens 2002. The poem is a wonderful reminder of what our priorities in life should be.


To begin your own beautiful garden, here is a wonderful formula:


Plant Three Rows:


- Peace of Mind

- Peace of Heart

- Peace of Soul


Plant Four Rows of Lettuce:


- Lettuce be Faithful

- Lettuce be Kind

- Lettuce be Patient

- Lettuce really Love one Another


No Garden is complete without Turnips:


- Turnip for Meetings

- Turnip for Service

- Turnip to Help one Another


Plant Four Rows of Squash:


- Squash Gossip

- Squash Indifference

- Squash Grumbling

- Squash Selfishness


Water freely with patience and cultivate with Love.

There is much fruit in your Garden

Because you reap what you sow.

To conclude our Garden ---


We must have Thyme:


- Thyme for G-d

- Thyme for Study

- Thyme for Prayer


Occupational therapy teaches that one should have a balance in ones daily life. To be really healthy, it is important to make time for leisure time activities. This is in keeping with the teaching from the Torah. To demonstrate this is an inspiring thought from the Chumash (5 Books of Moses).


It can be asked why the Torah (Bible) begins with the words:

In the beginning Hashem created…” Surely if nothing else existed before Hashem began to create, Hashem would have had to start in the beginning.


There are many commentaries on this, and one very beautiful one is that the Hebrew word used for create is ברא, which has the same letters as the world for health ברי. Therefore, if we spend time in nature or engaged in a creative task or project, this has a healing effect which enables us to feel as though we are created a new, fresh, with a new beginning.


So take some time and spend it in nature and creating beauty, be it music, art, poetry or other creative pursuits. Through this you will permit your soul to express itself. You will be able to contemplate on nature and notice the beauty and the gift of our world.


If you are looking for ideas as to what to do, or a gift for a loved one, you can take a look in our Shopping for Goodness Store at Leisure Time Activities.


Here you will find a range of items related to healthy leisure time pursuits.


If you still do not know what to do, you can email shoshanah.s@gmail.com and ask Shoshanah to send you an interest check list. If you wish to, you can work with Shoshanah to develop a healthy balanced lifestyle. Or just ponder on the above thoughts and let Hashem guide you to the right balance and lifestyle for you.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Soothe and Heal Your Pains with Products of the Dead Sea

In the Desert of Eretz Yisrael, situated below sea level, is a fascinating sea. The English term for this sea is the Dead Sea due to the fact that there are no fish or other live creatures in this sea. The Hebrew name for this same sea is Yam HaMelach or Sea of Salt, due to its high concentration of salt.

Contrary to the English name which alludes to this area being dead, Yam HaMelach has a very high concentration of wonderful minerals each of which offer amazing healing properties and benefits. So it is that various companies surrounding this wonderful area of Eretz Yisrael have made up various products thus making available to the general public the healing benefits of Yam HaMelach.

The mud from this area is known to assist in a number of skin ailments and to relieve the pain of muscles and joints. When heated it is very soothing to those suffering form arthritis.

The salt, if placed in a bath or a foot bath offers the relief from a build up of toxins in the body by drawing them out of the system.

There are also various other products including shampoos, moisturisers, foot cream, hand cream and more.

So if you are in need of relief from any of these ailments or seeking an unusual gift for a loved one, head on over to Leiv Esther Blogspot or Shopping for Goodness Store and take a look at the section of health. Here you will find a number of the Dead Sea Products available. One of the many magical gifts available from this special land of Israel.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Relief for Keloidal Scarring


When one undergoes surgery or if one unfortunately has an injury like a burn, the body has a natural healing process. For some the scar that forms is flat and colourless. For others though, the scar becomes red, raised and angry. This type of scarring is known as hypertrophic or keloidal scarring.

For those who develop a scar of this nature, the understandable reaction is to go to a doctor to ask for help. Some doctors are aware of the various services available to treat scars and help them to return to a flat small or thin mark that resembles the colour of your own skin. Most, unfortunately are not aware of what treatment is available and therefore do not refer.
If you find yourself in this situation, firstly know that a scar takes 6 months to 2 years and sometimes longer to heal. If you press the scar and there is a change in colour, this is an indication that the scar is still in the healing process and it is still possible to improve this scar. 

There are a number of forms of intervention that help to soften the scar and assist it to heal in a manner that will be flat, soft and of a colour closer to your normal skin colour. The techniques also help to normalise the sensitivity of the scar, as some scars become hypersensitive to touch, clothing placed over them or temperature. These services are generally provided by an occupational therapist. If you have not already been referred, please ask your doctor to refer you or contact an occupational therapist in your area.

One treatment that is now readily available to all is Kelocote. Kelocote is a gel that comes in a tube which is of a silicone base. Being in a tube it is easy to apply, especially to small areas such as the lobe of the ear, small fingers or over a joint. It also avoids the problem of sensitivity to the various tapes used to keep the silicone gel in a sheet form in place over the scar.

Many doctors might advocate surgery to remove the scar. What is often not told is that someone who is prone to keloidal scarring, the scar will become keloidal after surgical removal as well. The only time this is indicated is if the scar is bothering the person and is no longer active. As long as the scar is active, it is preferable to treat the scar through other means, such as with the Kelocote and occupational therapy for scar management.

There are times that Kelocote needs to be used in conjunction with a pressure garment, splint, exercises or other modes of intervention. If you have any questions please ask your occupational therapist. 

Shoshanah is an experienced occupational therapist who works privately from her clinic in Beitar Illit, Israel.

The above information is provided for you with permission of the manufacturers of Kelocote. Should you have any other enquiries or wish to ask something directly from the manufacturer, they have offered that you, the reader can be in touch with them either by visiting their website www.kelocote.com or emailing info@kelocote.com

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Accident and Disability Prevention - Prevention is Better than Cure


The Torah instructs us in a variety of commandments, to protect our lives and wellbeing, from making a guardrail for your roof[1] to not allowing any dangerous situation to prevail in your home. In being careful and concerned for our lives, “guard rails”[2] can refer to any obstacles that might lead to danger whether to your health or to your life.

Maimonides, one of our great rabbis and a doctor, lists a variety of precautions to take when it comes to ones health and ones life.

- It is forbidden to place a coin in ones mouth. The coin is dirty and can spread diseases. It may have dry sweat on it from another which the Torah regards as a poison of death (except for the sweat of the face which is not regarded as such.)

- Should a stranger ask where you are going when traveling or journeying, Maimonides says to give a destination further than your actual destination. A story is told of a rabbi on a train who was asked where he was getting off. He gave a further destination than intended. When the train was about to close the doors at his actual stop, the rabbi jumped off the train. His following this Torah law saved his life, as it was found that the stranger was in fact a murderer who was planning to follow him home.

- Maimonides even discusses the dangers involved when being alone with a stranger and the actual prohibition of this, due to the real possibility of a life threatening situation![3]

While medical science has seemingly advanced in leaps and bounds, it is sad to see little advocated on the importance of actual accident prevention. In addition to individual problems, medical literature notes that accidents in both the home and at work create high social problems as well. Injuries and loss of life (G-d forbid) from illnesses contracted or accidents include high economic costs for compensation for lack of income and absenteeism from work amongst others. Loss of income and added costs, pose a strain on family members and affects every member of a family in some way.

With avoidable accidents reaching the alarming levels of losses encountered today, we have to ask ourselves, what can we as Jewish women do to help?

The topic of preventing illness, accidents, disability and loss of life calls for us to train ourselves and our families in habits that support life. We have to be aware of the potential effects of our every action. We have to train ourselves so well, that the appropriate habits, routines and behaviors become second nature to us.

We put up a fence or guardrail on our roof so as to prevent someone falling over the edge, G-d forbid. Let us look at how these fences can apply in other areas of our lives. A fence really is a boundary, a limit, something to prevent one from overstepping a much needed limit. Practically, when it comes to our family life this will mean:

  • Having a set of rules for your family. Specifically set in place to protect them. Rules are not made to be broken and must be adhered to at all times! Some examples include:

    • GAS, ELECTRICITY AND FIRE:
      • Make sure that flammable substances are stored away from gas stoves, candles, gas heaters or anything that could cause them to be exposed to heat
      • If you have gas heating, be sure to have the cylinders checked regularly
      • Make sure to check your electricity regularly. If you have an electrical short, have it repaired immediately. It is not worth risking a house fire due to the neglect of a fault
      • When using heaters, check to make sure that they are safe to anyone walking by. Always make sure to switch them off if you leave a room for a period of time, especially if there is a child around
      • If you are cooking, always have handles of pots and pans facing inwards so that they cannot be knocked off. Also, always make sure the hot plate is covered. If you take something off the stove, switch off the plate or oven and close or cover whatever is possible. Open flames can be very dangerous.
      • Make sure that electrical cables are either tacked along a wall or covered with a carpet or special tape to prevent any one from tripping over them.
      • Keep kettles of boiling water or pots of hot tea or coffee out of the reach of children

    • WATER AND MOLD
      • If you have a water leak in your apartment, home or work place, make sure to have this repaired including scraping plaster and treating the wall or ceiling to prevent mould. Mould poses many dangers to our health that can be avoided by preventing a leak and treating it correctly should it occur.

    • DANGEROUS ITEMS
      • Always make sure that all bread knives, carving knives and any other kitchen utensils are put away so that they are out of the reach of children.
      • Careful storage of tools, cleaning products etc. This means that any substance that is a poison or potentially harmful to humans and family pets must be stored in a container that is labeled with a picture of a skull and cross bones (or the like) and stored in a locked, safe place. It must be out of the way of children or anyone who is not responsible enough to use the product safely. Tools must be stored in cupboards to ensure they are neatly put away and locked away from the reach of children. No matter how tired we are or what chores we have to do, we must put items away in their appropriate places every time.
      • Items of furniture need to always be in a state that is safe. A chair, for example, must be able to hold someone and not collapse. If your chairs are beginning to fall apart, either have them repaired or get new ones. It is not worth someone falling off a chair and injuring themselves, G-d forbid. This applies to your own as well as furniture in a rented apartment.
      • Always put your wrappers, packets, peels, broken items and other refuse in the garbage even when out and about. Dropping anything on the floor can cause another to slip, trip or cut themselves.

    • CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY
      • If you have a swimming pool, it must be fenced and covered when not in use. Children or anyone who is not able to walk, swim and be responsible, must be supervised when in a swimming pool area. On the topic of swimming pools, always make sure not to dive too deep, or off an object that might result in one diving too deeply. If you want to practice fancy diving, go to a swimming pool with a diving board and make sure that the depth of the pool is appropriate.
      • If you have children who are crawling, beginning to walk or who are generally inquisitive, put safety plugs in all your electrical sockets to prevent other items or even fingers being poked into them.
      • It is important that children know that if you say “No” to something it means “No” and is for a good reason. Any rules you have in your home, need to be adhered to and not bent, for the safety and protection of our precious children and loved ones. More than this is the necessity for parents to actually demand of themselves the obligation to say “No” when it is needed to be said!
      • If you have small children or elderly people around, it is useful to have protective gates at the top and bottom of a flight of stairs. Also keep toys away from the top of a flight of stairs. These can be a very nasty hazard and could cause someone to fall down the stairs.
      • If you are traveling on public transport with children, teach them to sit down quietly for the ride. Ignoring a child jumping up and down could cause them to hit their teeth on the back of a seat or to fall and hurt themselves if the driver stops suddenly.

The above are just a few suggestions regarding safety precautions. Two other important areas to consider are that of managing our time correctly, and doing what needs to be done without distraction, as well as being aware of the methods we go about in carrying out our tasks. These, I leave, for another article.

Just a few moments of extra attendance to certain things are needed, yet these small moments can save one a life-time of agony. It’s up to us to prevent accidents, and not to rely on miracles before, or treatment after things go wrong.


[1] Deuteronomy 22:8

[2] Deuteronomy 4:9

[3] See Rambam Hilchos Rotzeach U’Shmiras Nefesh 12:7-15

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Thinking of Others - In Everything You Do


During the 3 weeks and especially the 9 days approaching Tisha B’Av is an opportune time to learn about the building of the Temple. In fact, the more we learn about the building of the Temple the more we realize how much care and consideration is given to every detail. The dimensions or everything, the position of one space, item or room next to another, where the stairs and ramps were positioned, doors to access, etc. As we have explained in other articles, everything we read and every situation has something of relevance to teach us how to improve how we behave in this world, TODAY.

Just a few days ago, I had a meeting with a friend of ours who happens to be in a wheelchair and hence I went downstairs to look at where would be most appropriate for him to park his van. I also wanted to know what path would be easiest for him to access the park where we could sit to talk for a little while. To my dismay I discovered that although this is a new area, the area is far from accessible to anyone with any disability or challenge to their mobility.

The ramp adjacent to the disabled parking bay is fine for someone with a stroller or for someone in a portable wheelchair, i.e. a wheel chair that someone else will push for you, however for those in an electric wheelchair; the lip to the ramp poses a challenge.

The path to the park can be accessed from two directions depending on where the van is parked. On the one side of our building, the ramp although new, once again poses challenges as stones are not placed flush and the gradient in places is not an easy angle. The other ramp which would have been the better one is not accessible at all. Yes the position of the ramp is perfect, directly next to a pedestrian crossing and not jutting into on-coming traffic. The slope as it transitions from the road to the pavement is also good. But, here is another challenge that can not be easily overcome, artistically arranged as the ramp levels out to the pavement are three large boulders making access impossible.

The Torah teaches not to put a stumbling block in the path of our fellow. These difficulties are not just stumbling blocks they are actual barriers. These are just a few examples of how much care we should put into drawing up and executing plans to build a new building or area. Whether you are a town planner, architect, building contractor, builder or decorating your own home or office, care needs to be taken to ensure that anyone can access the area that would need to.

In addition to the above, often times the aisles in shops are too narrow to allow someone in a wheelchair to manoeuvre with ease. People are often found having a chat in a position that makes it impossible for another to get past, whether it is in a shop, supermarket or on a street. It only takes a moment to step to the side and stand in such a way that you can both talk with ease and there is space for others to get by. That extra moment and extra bit of care and concern for another could change their whole day in a positive way.

There is much more we can say about making sure buildings and public places are accessible to all. Let this be an introduction and a reminder as we learn about the intricacies of the building of the Temple, of how to care for our fellow. While you learn more about the Temple, notice how much care is given to everything and then apply that same care to your daily life. In doing so may we all merit the Final Temple immediately.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Join Us in Continuing to Make the Tehillim Group Successful


For those of you who would like to participate in the Tehillim Group but do not have the time to recite Tehillim, you can help too.

If you know of other women able to recite one or more chapters of Tehillim, please have them email us to:

The coordinating of the weekly Tehillim Group is very time consuming. There are questions sent in that require answering. Names sent in to be put on the list. Monitoring to make sure that there is not too much overlap of the same Tehillim being said and doing what is possible to ensure that we complete the entire book of Tehillim each Shabbos.

To help us to be able to continue providing this service, please make a contribution. Every donation is greatly appreciated and enables us to have more time to work on this important project.


Many thanks for your kindness.
May it be G-d's will that the uniting of women through Tehillim, the reciting of the Tehillim, the effort put in by those sending in names etc. and the donations are sufficient to sweeten the decree that this year we can enjoy a celebration on Tisha B'Av rather than a fast day.

Describing Tisha B'Av

You may wonder why an article about Tisha B'Av fits under the group of articles regarding the Redemption. Read on and join us in finding how to re-frame this day, how to transform the sadness into the greatest celebration....

Someone sent in a comment regarding our workshop taking place the week after Tisha B’Av, that the word used to describe Tisha B’Av needs to be more positive.

I had said the difficult day of Tisha B’Av

Personally I do find this day difficult. I find it hard to fast in general and in Eretz Yisrael, this is one of the longest fasts of the year.

I find the language used in Kinnos difficult to understand and the volume of Kinnos to get through quite overwhelming.

I find it hard to think of the many various tragedies that befell the Jewish people on this day.

I find it hard to acknowledge that due to our complaining in the desert, we brought this on ourselves.

Those are some of my thoughts and why I called Tisha B'Av a difficult day. The truth is that everything Hashem does is good and for the good. In light of this, there is good even in
Tisha B’Av

Please send in your thoughts. What word would you use to describe Tisha B’Av? What thought or phrase comes to mind when you think of this day?

How do you feel when you think that in the future this day will turn to a day of joy and celebration?

What one thing can you do today to help change Tisha B’Av from a day of fasting and lamenting to a day of ultimate joy?

We would like to hear from you, so send in your comments before Tisha B’Av

Looking forward to receiving your opinions.

Shoshanah

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