Rabbi Yehuda (Leonard) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Programming, Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
*** Thursday, July 22nd,2022, Tammuz 21,5782 ***
Special featured article filled with hope, trust and appreciation in H.
Powerful words of encouragement and inspiration of
faith, hope and trust in H from the Chasan.
My wedding speech and blessings.
Webinar July27th, 2020 for Rabbis, Rebbetzins and Chaplains at 7PM
on Dementia- See Flyer below.
A special video about the tremendous opportunity from Rav Dovid Feinstein ztk”l to give honor to Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz zt”l from all of Klal Yisrael for the immense knowledge thousands upon thousands have gained and all the many mitzvos accomplished because of Artscroll.
I was zoche to have Rav Dovid Feinstein as my Rebbe, my mentor and was zoche to have had Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz zt”l as one of my teachers in high school and through the years, had a special relationship with both at Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem. To be in the siviva with Rav Dovid, Rav Meir in the dalad amos of Rav Moshe was special indeed. It all started with invitations and special artwork. Rav Meir would proudly share his work with us his talmidim. Then came Megilas Esther and Artscoll blossomed. Rav Dovid felt as seen in the attached video the tremendous hakaros hatov, the appreciation Klal Yisrael should have and to dedicate even one letter for only $10 in the Sefer Torah lezeizer Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz. Can you imagine perhaps millions of Jewish men, women and children through the years using the Artscroll siddurim, machzorim, chumashim, gemaras and so many other seforim and books. The recent Siyum Hashas grew by the thousands due to the Artscroll gemaras used throughout the world.
CLICK HERE FOR THE TWO LINKS TO THE VIDEO AND THE $10 OS.
SIMAN TOV UMAZEL TOV
PLEASE NOTE- I RECEIVED PERMISSION AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO INCLUDE THE POWERFUL WORDS THE CHASAN SHARED WITH ME, MY SPEECH AT THE WEDDING, THE PICTURES OF THE CHASAN AND KALAH ALSO THEIR FIRST NAMES.
“ Life is a gift from H. We welcome and accept whatever life He gives to us.
We affirm life.”
They only want to inspire and encourage everyone
to have love, faith and trust in H.
The wedding was magnificent in so many ways. Zvi Romm (the Rav of the Bialystoker Synagogue in Manhattan) was the officiating rabbi whose sensitivity, guidance was with much care and understanding. He ensured that all traditions, the minhagim and halachos were followed with tremendous finesse and sweetness. The honors/kibudim were well thought of in advance and every aspect of preparations for this wedding was a joint venture by Alvin and Marla. Words alone cannot describe the sanctity, the happiness, the joy felt by all the guests. The music and dancing was very “leibidik”- extremely high spirited and joyous. Everyone who danced with the “young newlyweds” felt uplifted. The men dancing with Alvin and the women dancing with Marla really danced up a storm. What synergy there was on both sides. The weather was fabulous, really picture perfect. Marla and Alvin succeeded in having a simcha where everyone had a wonderful and meaningful time together. The entire wedding was held in a huge tent that was beautifully decorated and in very good taste which was a prerequisite in order to be able to have the wedding- outdoors. There was even a small addition attached to the main tent first for the Kalla before the Chupah and then for the Chasan and Kalah to have their meals together. Even the masks that were provided for the guests had Marla and Alvins names on them. Their first week and Shabbos together as husband and wife was very special. It was not easy, but Marla and Alvin put their energy, and devotion to each other to put everything together. Their hope and faith in H and each other remains strong even after having to return to their medical therapies the week after. I was one of the honorees given to sign the Kesuvah, a bracha at the Chupah and also at the Sheva Brachos at the conclusion of the wedding. I was also honored with speaking and sharing special blessings. Alvin and Marla gave their blessings to one and all. They truly are exceptional role modes we can all learn from.
My wedding speech for Marla & Alvin Avraham Hirsh & Mi era Yosefaw
I BEGIN WITH THESE THREE BLESSINGS FROM REBBE NACHMAN OF BRESELOV
“ LOVING, CARING G, ALL THE HAPPINESS AND FULFILMENT IN MY LIFE COME ONLY FROM YOU. KNOWING HOW ABSOLUTE IS MY DEPENDENCE ON YOU, I FIND PEACE OF MIND. YOUR PRESENCE SUFFUSES MY LIFE, CARESSING ME WITH HOPE, JOY AND LOVE. I’VE TASTED YOUR LOVE, I’VE KNOWN YOUR COMPASSION, I’VE EXPERIENCED Y0UR PATIENCE, AND I AM FILLED WITH GREATFULNESS.”
“G, YOU’VE GIVEN ME THE PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL WILL TO OVERCOME SO MANY OBSTACLES THAT HAVE RISEN BEFORE ME. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE, I FACED WHAT I PERCEIVED TO BE IMPOSSSIBLE, HOPELESS SITUATIONS AND WITHSTOOD THEM-AND DISCOVERED CREATIVE SOLUTIONS THROUGH WHICH TO SURMOUNT AND MASTER THEM. YOU’VE STRENGTHENED ME AGAIN AND AGAIN. I KNOW THAT YOU WILL NEVER FAIL ME.”
“DEAR G OF COMPASSION, YOUR MERCIES ARE WITH ME ALWAYS- EVERY MOMENT OF MY LIFE, WITH EACH BREATH I TAKE. ONLY YOU CAN LOVE ME SO COMPLETELY, SO UNCONDITIONALLY, SO PROFOUNDLY. IF PEOPLE CARE FOR ME, IT IS ONLY BECAUSE YOU CARE FOR ME. IF ANY OF MY WORDS FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE HEARTS OF OTHERS, IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A REFLECTION OF YOUR ALL- ENCOMPASSING PRESENCE IN MY LIFE.”
THE WORDS AND BLESSINGS OF REBBE NACHMAN ARE SO FITTING.
ALVIN AND MARLA, BOTH OF YOU HAVE BEEN AND CONTINUOUSLY ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. YOUR EMUNAH/FAITH, YOUR BETACHEN/TRUST IN THE RIBONO SHEL OLAM IS REMARKABLE. THE LOVE YOU HAVE FOR EACH OTHER AND THE LOVE YOU HAVE FOR OUR HOLY FATHER IS PHENOMENAL AND TRULY PRAISEWORTHY. TODAY’S HOLY MATRIMONY IS A TESTAMENT OF TWO WONDERFUL HUMAN BEINGS, WHOSE LOVE AND CARE FOR EACH OTHER KNOWS NO BOUNDS.THE LOVE, THE HOPE, THE PRAYERS, THE KINDNESS, THE GOODNESS AND SINCERE APPRECIATION YOU BOTH HAVE FOR EACH OTHER IS TRULY SO SPECIAL. FAITH AND TRUST IN H/G. THAT IS WHO BROUGHT YOU TOGETHER.
THE MIDRASH TEHILLIM 59 “SAYS COME AND OBSERVE THE ENORMOUS STRENGTH OF MARRIAGE IN THAT H /G CONNECTS HIS SPECIAL DIVINE NAME TO A MARRIED COUPLE.”
MAY YOUR HOME BE FILLED WITH THE WARMTH AND THE SUNSHINE OF KINDNESS AND ALL THE BLESSING OF KLAL YISRAEL. MAY YOUR LIVES BE FILLED WITH MUCH SWEETNESS. MAY YOU HAVE ARICHAS YOMIN SHANIM AND ARICHAS YOMIN TOVIM AND FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. MAY WE ALL BE ZOCHE THE GEULA SHELEIMA BEKARUV MOSHIACH TZEDKEINU BEMHEIRA VEYAMINU AMEIN.
RAV DOVID FEINSTEIN ZTL SAID IT IS A ZCHUS TO RECEIVE A BRACHA FROM A BAAL SIMCHA. I THEREFORE BESEECH BOTH OF YOU TO BESTOW ALL OF US BRACHOS FOR WHATEVER WE ARE MISPALLEL TO THE AIBERSHTA FOR. THANK YOU.
CLICK HERE FOR THREE LOVELY PICTURES OF THE CHASAN AND KALAL
May we all be zoche to have simchas hachaim, brachos, hatzlacha, maysim tovim and happiness. May we be able to be Mekadiesh H with faith and trust in H. Sincerely. Rabbi Yehuda Blank
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