Thursday, 14 July 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared
Le'Iluy Nishmat Yehuda Leib ben Nachman A"H
and for strength and healing for his family and loved ones.

Thank you to those of you who recited Tehillim while the 36 hour search was taking place for Yehuda Leb ben Nachman a'h the 8 year old who went missing in BoroPark. The end of this tragedy is one that has left us all heart-sore. Appreciation is due to the thousands who put their lives on hold to help search for Yehuda Leib. In addition, one can hardly begin to understand the task of the Chevra Kadisha involved here as every piece of body and every drop of blood would have had to be collected and prepared for the mitzvah of receiving a Kosher Burial.

Young Yehuda Leib was an only son, leaving behind parents, sisters and other family. He was described by teachers as being a "holy and pure soul".

At a time like this, the words of Rav Simchah Wasserman (1900–1992)  quoting his father Rav Elchanan Wasserman (1874 – July 6, 1941) whose Yartzheit was this week can perhaps give us a little comfort.

Rav Simchah Wasserman shares that his father taught that the miracles that will occur at the coming of Moshiach will be greater than those that occurred at the time Am Yisrael left Mitzrayim (Egypt). In everything that happens, there are two aspects: there is a part that we see and a part that is hidden, that we don’t see. Rav Wasserman teaches that at the time of the coming of Moshiach, the revealed part will be greater than both the revealed and hidden of what transpired at the time we left Mitzrayim.

It is like saying that whatever we experienced is like a bad dream. When a person is dreaming, anything is possible. When he wakes up – when he "comes to his senses" – he realizes that is was only a dream and not reality.

When we wake up and Moshiach comes, we will realize that it was all a bad dream. But it is very, very hard to understand. All the people who have been tortured, all the people who have been lost – how can we say it was a bad dream? How can we say such a thing? But it seems that all our worries will be over, like a man waking up and saying "ay, it was just a dream."

But even knowing that intellectually, there is still something inside that cries out and says, "How can you say that it was simply a bad dream?" All those people who suffered? For them it was not a dream. It was REAL!"

Rav Wasserman continues that "many times I would assist a child to cross the street. The child does not know how to cross the street, but he knows that if he is holding on to an adult, everything is okay. We should know that we are in the same position. We can only hold on to the Torah, and the Torah will lead. Alone, we are lost and without answers." (from the book Reb Simcha Speaks by Yaakov Branfman and Akiva Tatz)

As news of the tragedy with Yehudah Leib ben Nachman a"h unfolded, a 14 year old was missing too. Thank G-d, he has been found and is safe and well. Unfortunately there have been more rockets in South of Israel and more tragedies in Mumbai. As painful as this tragedy is, we can not get lost in our sorrow as more is happening to us around the world.

The Torah way when faced with such tragedies is to increase in Torah, mitzvos and building either Yeshivot or something to strengthen Am Yisrael.

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The names for this week are to be found on the Tehillim page of our website.

For those fasting on Tuesday the 17th Tamuz, please drink plenty of water and fruit juices for 3 days prior to the fast. Refrain from caffeine as much as you can for 3 days prior to fasting. As we come towards the Three Weeks, may our efforts and our heart ache hasten the coming of Moshiach and may we all be UNITED in Yerushalayim preferably before Shabbos and certainly before the fast.

Shabbat Shalom


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