Chaplaincy Comission update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS, BCC
Director of Programming, Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabbonim
917- 446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com
July 29, 2021

This past Sunday was the Tu B Av Together Let’s Daven Together (A Yad L’ Achim Initiative). There were rabbonim offering words of inspiration as well as musical performances by well known singers. It was shown in many countries throughout the world with chapters of Tehilim recited by Klal Yisrael lead by each of the rabbonim. Donations were accepted, but not required for anyone who wanted to submit a name for a shidduch as well as a refuah sheleima. Though, Tu B Av came out this past Shabbos, the concept for tefilos especially for a shidduch was supported by various rabbonim including Rav Chaim Kanievsky from Eretz Yisrael. The list of rabbonim who spoke included Rav Eytan Feiner, Rav Yissocher Frand, Rav Shimon Galai, Rav Warren Goldstein, Rav Dovid Goldwasser, Rav YY Jacobson, Rav Paysach Krohn, Rav Berel Lazar, Rav David Ozeri, Rav Yisrael Reisman and Rav Asher Weiss. An estimated 500,000 worldwide would be participating.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commision Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS, BCC
Director of Programming, Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabbonim
917- 446-2126    rablenblank@gmail.com
July 22,2021

Personal reflections

It is summertime, with the Three Weeks, the Nine Days, and Tisha B Av behind us, but not wanting to be a “party pooper”, only three weeks until the month of Elul. So, what is so special about that? Well, we start thinking more seriously about the forthcoming Selichos, and then Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkos. Gee whiz, where did the days of summer relaxation go to? I guess it depends on how and what one thinks about in relationship to one’s spirituality, current events, where am I going in life and so on and so forth. For me, life has been a matter of fact- different in many ways. I have shared in some of my articles what life has been for me and some of my personal thoughts. So why now again to revisit personal reflections. Perhaps, because of the goodness still being shared by others for their concern for me. I could just say out of curiosity what is new for me? Has anything changed? How am I doing? Any new relationships?  I have found those who know me genuinely care about my welfare. So even now, I am asked how am I doing? My responses have been, I look forward to attending simchos, writing my articles, creating, facilitating, presentations, webinars, and new programs I am working on. I attend conferences and continuing educational programs. My desire to help others, to utilize whatever creativity the Aibershta gives me I am grateful for.  I am mispallel for life to be meaningful with joy and happiness. I am not a recluse and enjoy being with other wonderful people. Late at night, there is much time to dwell upon the future. Aside from “speaking” to the Aibershata, there is no one else to discuss and ponder about. Is that loneliness? No, that is reality. I have received very warm responses with lots of praises for my positive attitude, a source of comfort and inspiration.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS, BCC
Director of Programming, Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabbonim
917- 446-2126 rablenblank
July 15,2021

The Nine Days, Tisha B Av, the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, Beitar, the Spanish Expulsion and Inquisition. Is it possible to fathom what the death of 8,000,000 is from the Holocaust? Is it possible to comprehend the cruelty, horrendous deaths, torture, suffering and unthinkable experiences our brethren through the generations throughout the world have had to endure?  Unless one has seen with their own eyes, have heard from those who have lived during the various atrocities to men and womenkind, read about them, or have seen pictures, it is difficult to really comprehend what it was like. Do we really understand what anti-Semitism is all about? Even in recent months we have seen what many call the ugly head of anti- Semitism being shown in our own neighborhoods. What can we tell our children why there are people in the world who wish to do us harm or for that matter, do harm to others? Yet, from all the way back to the time of the meraglim, we learned about the misgivings of Klal Yisrael, the often lack of emunah and betachim in the Ribono Shel Olam, lashan harah, sinas chinam and tremendous machlokes. It is not the goal of this writer to elaborate nor try to explain what happened in the midbar, the various plagues, and the eventual cause of many not being able to enter Eretz Yisrael. Many years later the destruction of Yerushalayim and the Beis Hamikdash with many other tragic events throughout Jewish history. The Benei Yisrael in the midbar cried for naught due to their lack of betachen and their willingness to be swayed with rhetoric, lashan harah with unforgivable and unfortunate results. Unfortunately, the Yetzer Horah is still around, lashan harah and sinas chinam can still be found. However, Boruch H there is also the Yetzer Tov, and we do not have to look, nor go far to find erlicha, kind, caring, men, women, and youngsters who can be found doing all the right things that we pray will bring Moshiach sooner than later. Despite all the tragedies, there are so many wonderful things to have simchas hachayim and to be joyous about. One of the most important components for such a person is to have feelings for others and to be sincere. Someone who genuinely cares for others with a sincere heart, to be like Aharon HaKohen Gadol, will seek kindness and goodness and not want to even associate with those whose way of life is filled with negativity and ill feelings toward others. [...Click headline above for more...]