Sunday, 27 December 2009

1000 Jewish women to Recite Tehillim in place of a different 1000.

Calling Jewish women to help make an important Exchange. We need 1000 Jewish women to join an International Tehillim Group instead of releasing 1000 Terrorists.

We are living in very confusing times. The Arutz Sheva news has an article of a very strange deal being made. In return for the release of Gilad Shalit, they wish to release 1000 terrorists. As we learn from the incredible example of the Maharam of Rottenberg, the price for releasing a Jew should NEVER be a situation that puts other Jews at risk.

We all have something we can do, so here is our proposition. In place of the 1000 terrorists, we call for 1000 Jewish women to join us in reciting Tehillim on Shabbos for Am Yisrael. We ask too that every Jewish woman who signs up for this special project donate US$1 towards a pair of tefillin needed by a Jew. Tefillin is a special mitzvah performed by men and the cost just happens to be US$ 1000 for a good kosher pair of Tefillin. Please note, in the event we are able to obtain a pair of Tefillin for less than US$1000, the additional money will go to one of our other Mitzvah Projects

In this way we use the number 1000 and increase in Tehillim, a mitzvah and tzedakah. In the merit of this project, may Gilad Shalit be released healthy and peacefully without the need to release any terrorists. Join us right now, right here by adding your name to our Tehillim list. You can send your name via the website linked above or sending an email here. You can recite just one Tehillim or as many as you can manage.

Together we can effect a change in Shamayim. If you are a Jewish woman or girl, please join us now.

Please note, we are just Jewish women, the Cheshbon can only be made in Shamayim, but at least by exerting our efforts we can do something practical to increase goodness and kindness in the world. In discussing this idea with Rabbi Shalom Gold of the Old City of Yerushalayim and with Rabbi Yehoshua Gersi, both liked the idea and encouraged us to move forward.


Please stay in touch for updates on this project.

Tizku le mitzvos

Shoshanah

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Building the Vessel for the Brachah of Children

Isn't this little face precious? Most couples want to start a family, not only is this a basic and normal desire, but it is a mitzvah from the Torah that men fulfill the mitzvah to "be fruitful and multiply". For many, this is not so easy. What are our options?

The usual response to a problem is to turn to a doctor, let us look at the advice given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. There are a number of letters written on this subject by the Rebbe, G-d willing we will post a few of them, in separate posts.

"Since it is G-d who is the true 'Healer of all flesh and Performer of wonders,' as we say in the Morning Blessings, and doctors are no more than His messengers, it is therefore absolutely necessary to conduct one's daily life in accordance with the instructions of the 'Healer of all flesh and Performer of wonders'. In particular, when the matter under consideration is that of having children, first and foremost one must observe the laws of our holy Torah regarding Family Purity (niddah, hefsek taharah, mikveh, and so on). No matter how good one's conduct may be in fulfilling these laws, there is always room to add on, and G-d is sure to add in His blessings for all one's needs.

It would be proper that your tefillin and also the mezuzos in your home be examined to insure that all are kosher, in accordance with Jewish law and that your wife observe the fine Jewish custom of upstanding Daughters of Israel, i.e. to give tzedakah prior to lighting the candles before every Shabbos and Yom Tov." (Likkutei Sichos vol. 16, p 581)

Elsewhere the Rebbe encourages us to help others to strengthen in these mitzvos too. If you or a loved one are starting to plan a family or are having difficulty with this area, why not partner with us in this area. You are welcome to set up a learning session either in a group or individually to learn the Hallochos relating to Family Purity. This can be in person or via the internet or phone. In addition we have various mitzvah projects, you can make a contribution that goes to help a woman in need to immerse in the Mikvah at no cost to herself, or to help a couple with the expense of having their mezuzot or tefillin checked or to help to purchase Kosher Tefillin for a Chatan or Choser B'Tshuvah.

As the Torah teaches, tzedakah helps to hasten the Redemption - 'Zion will be redeemed through justice and those who return to her through Tzedakkah.' Please partner with us to help others in Eretz Yisrael and together may we all merit increased blessing in our lives and to Hasten the Final Redemption.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Will There Be A Crowd?



With just 2 days left until our women's event "The Unique Role of Jewish Women in Hastening the Redemption" we wanted to share a reply given to us by Rabbi Fishel Jacobs, one of the rabbis who, G-d willing, will be speaking on Tuesday.

Many women are asking: "who else will be there, how many will be there, will there be a crowd, and if there are less than 20 why not cancel?" To this Rabbi Jacobs responds as follows:

"I'm not a fan of canceling. I'm also not a fan of having to have huge events. We do our part, G-d does His.

My attitude is to go into this, and any event, looking to have a good time. Look to have a good time. No one is watching with a meter to see how many people come, or who came, or how your speakers spoke, or what came out of it.

G-d willing I'll hope to be there.

Blessings.

Rabbi Jacobs"

We look forward to each and every Jewish woman who attends this event. Some women in Chul are joining us for the Tehillim, from wherever they are outside of Israel. If you are not in Jerusalem, please do join us between 9 . 10 a.m to 9.30 a.m to recite Tehillim for Am Yisrael.

There are still opportunities to purchase your raffle ticket.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

It's The Final Countdown!


With just 6 and half days to go to our Womens Event:
"The Unique Role of the Jewish Woman in Hastening the Redemption". We are, thank G-d receiving phone calls with enquiries, however some of the calls highlight the need for this event.

Many are asking how many will be there before they will commit to come too. The response of Mordechai to Esther when she was questioning whether to talk to King Achashveriosh about the plight of the Jews, is very appropriate. As Mordechai stated, "Am Yisrael will be redeemed, the question is whether you are going to be a part of making the Redemption happen" or just tag along for the ride. In the same way, to those women who are waiting to see whether enough women will be there for them to also join us, or whether perhaps something better will come along. We hope and pray that the only something better will be the Redemption itself.

As the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe stated, the rebbes have done all that they can, it is now up to us. What part will you play in making the Redemption happen?

Another woman asked what kind of women will be attending. My response was Jewish women. One of the aims of the event is to increase unity amongst different Hashkafot and "groupings" of Jewish women. For this reason we have intentionally selected speakers from a range of Hashkafik backgrounds. In addition we have both able bodied and disabled represented. Since the Redemption will happen for all Jews and the Torah teaches that just as we were redeemed from Egypt in the merit of righteous Jewish women, so too the Final Redemption will happen in the merit of righteous Jewish women.

How can you help practically between now and the 8th of December, even before Chanukah?

You can:
  • Share the information about this event and encourage your friends, sisters, mothers, aunts, cousins, grandmothers and neighbours to come and join us. We offer a free raffle ticket for each woman you recruit to join us, who pays and attends.
  • Purchase a raffle ticket
  • Book your ticket or tickets for the event itself
  • Recite Tehillim in the merit of this event being successful
  • Join us to recite Tehillim for Am Yisrael between 9.10 am and 9.30 am on 8th December, either in person or from wherever you are
  • If you are unable to attend in person, please do learn for at least 5 min on anything related to the Redemption during the time of the event.
Come and enjoy. For just a few hours, put aside your questions and your presumptions and just enjoy being with other Jewish women. Enjoy learning Torah, learning a range of ideas related to how women can hasten the Final Redemption. Not just any women but Jewish women.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to seeing you there.

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