Chaplaincy Commission Update / Chai Elul Hold-the-Date

Chai Elul Siyum HaShas, September 13

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    The week of Devarim 5782
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1. Chaplaincy Commission Update
The week of Vaeschanan 5782

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Rabbi Yehuda (Leonard) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Programming, Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com
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I AM DEDICATING THIS ARTICLE FOR THE REFUAH SHELEIMA OF A
TRUE TZADIK AND ADAM GODAL MOSHE BEN CHANAH ESTHER, RAV MOSHE
MACHLIS. BOTH HE AND HIS REBBETZIN ARE AN INSPIRATION TO THE
ENTIRE LOWER EAST SIDE COMMUNITY AND KLAL YISRAEL.

REPECT FOR ANOTHER HUMAN BEING
JEWISH AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT JEWISH

KAVOD HABRIYOS
KAVOD ELOKIM – KAVOD TZELEM ELOKIM
VEAHAVTA LI REIECHA KAMOCHA
WE ARE AMBASSADORS OF THE RIBONO SHEL OLAM
AND KLAL YISRAEL

“ All people are precious because they are all made in the image of G
When one showers others with Kindness and Respect,
one honors G Himself”
(The Alter of Slabodka)
From the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation

KIDDUSH H

LOOK AT EVERYTHING POSITIVELY

UNDO SINAS CHINAM WITH AHAVAS CHINUM.

BE SINCERE – HAVE A HEART OF GOLD- HAVE TRUE FEELINGS.

FINDING OPPORTUNITES TO BE MEKADEISH H.

BEING NICE TO EVERYONE – SAYING HELLO
From the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky, Rav Elya Brundy, Rav Paysach Krohn, Rav Yissocher Frand in the Worldwide Chafetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Tisha B Av Event the basic theme was being respectful of all human beings, caring about others, remembering the essence of Kavod Elokim, Tzelem Elokim and Kavod Habriyos.

Yes, we have to learn Torah, we have to know how to relate with others, but we must know how to treat one another. I spoke at a meeting and shared the importance of being respectful of one another, to be able to listen to the opinion of others even if one does not agree, but as the saying goes “it is a free world” “we live in a democracy and have the right to disagree.” However as you will read on how important it is not to speak even in private about others in a disrespectful manner that could very well be considered loshon hara and could Heaven Forbid lead to sinas chinam. Don’t be the judge and jury of someone based on personal feelings and thoughts. It is not what you say, but how you say it. There is something called Kavod Haadom, There is the importance of Kavod Habriyos. Bein Adam Lechaveiro. Appreciate and value a chaver, a friend, a chavrusah. Veahavta lereiecha kamocha. A person is beloved by H Who created every human being in His image. Ketzalmo Kidmuso. Rav Brundy shared in many meaningful ways the importance of respecting others, but also the importance of not forgetting our Torah values as well.

The presenters of the Chafetz Chaim Tisha B Av event spoke about both the importance of how to treat another human being of any background and the importance of caring for a fellow Yid.

One of Rabbi Frand’s stories about a meshulach , a tzedakah (charity) collector was telling Rav Nota Zvi Greenblatt zt”l about the best check he ever got. Rav Greeblatt asked him about that check. He said he got it from someone on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. What was the address? Rav Greenblatt said that is my Rebbe the Rosh Hayeshiva Rav Moshe Feinstein. Rav Greenblatt asked how much was the check for? It was for eighteen dollars. What made it such a special check? He held my hand with both of his hands and took the time to listen and speak to me. Rabbi Frand mentioned how important it is giving a dollar, or much more, to do so with a smile and not begrudgingly.

Caring about another persons feelings. Not to hurt someone’s feelings. The following was one of Rabbi Paysach Krohn fantastic stories I have to share with you. But first I have to share with you some of his I would call vital comments that could help Klal Yisrael “This year the Chafetz Chaim Heritage Foundation has chosen to speak about a topic that is important and is pertinent to us every living hour, every moment that we deal with our fellow man. And that is the topic of Kavod Habriyos, maintain the dignity of every single human being. The Torah tells us in Parahas Noach perek tes, pasuk vav “Hashem made every person in His image. That means every single human being on the face of the Earth, is part and parcel of Hakadosh Baruch Hu. So when we deal with another person, we’re not just dealing with human flesh, we’re dealing with somebody that has a chelek of Hakadosh Boruch Hu Himself. As a matter of fact, every morning when we daven, in shacharis in Baruch Sheamar we say that Hakadosh Boruch Hu, Boruch meracheim al haberios. H has compassion, He has mercy on all his creations, on all of humanity.”

This is what Rabbi Krohn considered to be one of the greatest stories he ever heard.” This story took place a number of years ago in Eretz Yisrael, and it happened with a family that lives in Har Nof, not a well-to-do family. They have a large family ka”h, and every year, they rent a minivan, and they take their seven kids on vacation. Now, this family is very organized. They have a whole itinerary, and they lay out the plans for the children. Where they’re going to go, which places they’re going to stop, and what they’re going to do. That year they were going from Har Nof up to Teveria. They were going to do Jeeping up in Teveria at one of the mountains, and a boat ride on the Kineret. They told the children as did every year, Don’t ask to go to places that are not on this list. We have a budget, these are the only places that we’ll visit. No restaurants, no eateries, because everything is very expensive in these places. Mommy’s making all the lunches and all the snack everything will be covered.” And they gave each child a certain amount of money for allowance, for a budget.

The day comes, they all get into the minivan and they start traveling North. The first day as they’re traveling North, they came to Netanya. And of course they stopped for lunch, the beautiful area right on the ocean, right by the sea. And they take a picnic bench and they’re having lunch. They finish lunch and everybody’s about to get into the car, except eight-year-old Zevi. And Zevi says to his father, “ Abba I have to use the facilities. “ Now, where’s he going to go? Where’s he going to find a bathroom for this kid ? And then he looks down the block he sees there is a Jewish restaurant. Now, he knows very well that the restaurant don’t like when you just come in to use the facilities if you’re not buying anything. But what should you do? They had a long trip up North. So he sends all the kids and his wife into the car, and he goes with Zev, they go into that restaurant. There’s a waitress waiting at the door. And he say’s to the waitress “Ma’am, I’m so sorry, we didn’t come to buy anything, but my little boy has to use the facilities. Would you mind, he’ll be quick, and we’ll go right out.” She looks around the whole restaurant, she says, “Okay.
The little boy runs, does what he has to do, and now he’s walking through the restaurant with his father, and they’re just about the restaurant. And suddenly the headwaiter, Rafi, sees them and he explodes. “What are you doing here? Who gave you permission to come in here? All you religious Jews, you’re all the same. You take advantage? You didn’t buy anything and you’re using our facilities? What is this, a public place ? It’s not a public place.” And this father’ thinking, “Oh my goodness, what am I going to say to this guy?” And he’s watching, the waitress is standing on the side, and she’s shaking. Because if he says that the waitress gave him permission, she’s going to lose her job. No, he’d learnt in Slabodka, this father. His Rosh Yeshiva was Rav Avraham Genachofsky. Seforim have been written about him, his brilliance and his middos. And on the spot, he’s thinking, “What would my Rebbe do here?” And in 3 seconds, he says, Excuse me, waiter, you got it all wrong. We’re all coming in here to eat.” The waiter said, “What?” He says, “yeah, I’m going to send my son and he’s going to bring in everybody, my wife and my kids.” He said,” Oh I’m so sorry, I thought you were just using the facilities.” “No, no, no, we’re all going to sit down, jus set the tables. He said, ”How many people are you?” “Nine.” “Nine people? You’re going to need two tables.” He says,” That’s okay just set it up.” Well, this guy can’t believe it. And the kid runs out and he says, “Ima, you’re not going to believe this ! Abba said we should all come in. We’re going to eat in the restaurant.” The kids can’t believe it . They all come inside, and they all sit around the table. They never in their life saw a menu like that. They never saw food like this. They never saw prices like this. And the mother says, “Everybody could have one dish and one drink.” And they eat the whole meal. Near the end of the meal, they noticed there’s a lot of action by the kitchen. And out of the kitchen come six waiters, each one holding a plate of ice cream and a cake, and on the cake there are sparklers. And they all walk towards the two tables where the family is sitting. And the father says, “wait a second, wait a second. We didn’t order dessert. The owner of the restaurant comes out and says, ”Let me tell you something, you don’t know what happened a little while ago. You see, when you guys sat down at the table, that waitress came into the kitchen and she started crying, and I said to her, “Why are you crying?” She said, “ I just saw somebody do something for me that nobody in my life ever did for me before. I know that family, they weren’t going to eat anything, they weren’t coming her to buy anything, but he knew very well that I would get in trouble if he said that I let him in. And that’s why he brought his whole family. All the money that they’re spending is just to save my skin. I was already worried that Rafi was going to fire me and where was I going to find a job?”

“So for special people, we do special things.” So all the kids are so happy they got ice cream and cake. And then at the end, listen to this: the father says, ”Can I have my bill?” They give him a bill and on the bill it says: If you ever come in here again, it’s only half price. The father says, ‘ Thank you. But what about now?” The owner of the restaurant says to him, “We have a policy in this restaurant, we only charge people. We don’t charge Malachim. We don’t charge angels.

Why did this tzaddik of a father ,why did he do that? Kavod habriyos. Because he knew that she could get fired. He knew she would get embarrassed. And so he was willing to spend a fortune and do something that they never did on vacations because he valued her personality. That’s Kavod Habriyos.”

“ When we can have Kavod Habriyos, we can achieve ahavas chinam and undo the sinas chinam that destroyed the Beis Hamikdash. My dear brothers and sisters, wherever you are in the world, we need each other, people are going through difficult times. Now’s the time for Ka Nasi and lavod Habriyos. Now is the time to validate everyone, to realize that every single one of us, every creation of Hakadosh Baruch Hu is a Tzelem Elokim. Every person deserves to be validated and to be recognized. If we could only do that, I believe that H will see that we care about His children, not only because they are human beings, but because they are part of Him. How great would that be for our Father in Heaven, Avinu Sheba Shamayim?

“Rabbi Krohn shared from Michtav M’ Eliyahu what Reb Eliyahu Dessler said about Gemara Brachos (17:1) regarding Reb Yochanan ben Zakkai a Nasi a leader of Klal Yisrael during the time of the churban. He knew Mikrah, Mishnah, Aggadah, the language of Malachei Hasharais, the angels in Heaven. Every problem in Klal Yisrael came to Reb Yochanan ben Zakkai. You can imagine how busy he was, right? Yet, he made sure to say hello to a Jew and non-Jew. No one ever said hello to him before he did in the street.” “This is what Kavod Habriyos is all about.”

The Aibershta should help, we should take these lessons of all the speakers, of Kavod Habriyos seriously, so that next year we should be able to meet in Yerushalayim Ir Hakodesh with Mashiach.”

Can you imagine how much kindness and goodness can bring to this world of ours. Having a heart of gold, being sincere, finding opportunities to do gemilus chasadim, to be Mekadeish H can truly make a tremendous difference. Something as simple as holding the door, saying hello, good morning, good afternoon, good evening, giving a smile, giving up a seat on a bus or train for an elderly person, or someone holding packages. Saying thank you and you’re welcome. Being courteous, showing and giving appreciation goes a long way. Just being nice to others is truly meaningful.

( I only shared some of the parts of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Worldwide Tisha B Av event comments and stories. Whoever would like to see the entire videos and hear all the stories from all of the presenters mentioned at the beginning of this article including Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro, Rabbi Yisrael Majeski and Charlie Harary contact the CCHF at 845-352-3505 or go on line for additional information about the CCHF).

May all of our tefilos be answer Sincerely, Rabbi Yehuda Blank

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August 11, ’22

Welcome to the weekly newsletter of Igud HaRabbonim, the Rabbinical Alliance of America, in which we share news for and about members, including communal news, announcements, publications, Divrei Torah, press releases and media mentions.

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• Divrei Torah: Vaeschanan
• Annual Chai Elul Siyum HaShas
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Chaplaincy Commission Update / Chai Elul Hold-the-Date

Chai Elul Siyum HaShas, September 13

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    The week of Devarim 5782
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    Hold the date: September 13
1. Chaplaincy Commission Update
The week of Devarim 5782

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Rabbi Yehuda (Leonard) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Programming, Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com
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On Wednesday July 27th 2022 we presented the webinar Al Tashlicheinu l’ Zeis Ziknah; What Rabbis, Rebbetzins and Chaplains need to know about dementia. The presenter was Adina Segal LCSW of CaringKind. Like with many illnesses, there is a component of despair, hopelessness, helplessness and the mourning of losing a loved one who no longer in a sense, is part of this world. For a spouse or other family members, the burden of caring for a loved one with dementia can be tremendously taxing physically, emotionally and spiritually. CaringKind offers many types of support for the person with dementia and especially for the care givers, family members and all loved ones. Knowing they are not alone, and can tap into the CaringaKind for important support is immensely comforting. However, the rabbi, rebbetzin and chaplain can play an important role in helping keep ones sanity giving appropriate support to the family members and seeking guidance and assistance that can be offered.

Where is the hope ? One of the most difficult feelings a caregiver, spouse, loved one is not being understood by the medical team, who just does not know what that person(s) is going through. Sometimes just holding the hand is enough, and sometimes it is the gut understanding of the complex issues the caregiver is going through. Being empathetic is so important. With dementia there can be moments that make it seem, there is hope that the person is “coming out of it” when she/he can have moments of being lucid, recognizing others, saying words that are clear. But then, that all seems to disappear and that hope seems to be gone forever. However, those moments can return, Hope that those moments when they do occur should be filled with thankfulness and find meaning. Hope is knowing there are professionals who fully understand what the caregivers, relatives and others are going through. Hope is knowing, that CaringKind has support groups and other types of assistance where no one has to feel alone in this world. Hope is for the rabbi, rebbetzin and chaplain to be able to learn, gain a better insight of what dementia is all about and how to be of help to the caregiver, family member etc. It is vital for the rabbi and rebbetzin to be able to give appropriate advice that is truly helpful, beneficial and meaningful. That was a major reason for the webinar. Some of the topics covered were; What is the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s? Normal Aging vs Dementia, Signs and Symptoms, Course of Illness, Ambiguous Loss- what is it ? Caregiver Burnout, Concerns for the “Well Spouse”, Holocaust survivors and Dementia, What Rabbonim should be aware of when receiving shailos about dementia. Adina Segal can be reached at asegal for support, questions and advice.

Professional healthcare chaplains who are educated and trained to listen and when necessary to advise. Healthcare chaplains often work closely with the medical team, able to read patient charts, and work closely with caregivers, family members and others. This includes patients with many diverse illnesses such as with dementia. However, as part of their continuing education this webinar is also another opportunity of learning the many aspects of dementia.

From Psalms Tehillim 34:5 ‘I sought out H/G and He answered me, and from all my terrors He delivered me.’

Ibid 55:23 “Cast upon H/G your burden and He will sustain you; He will not allow ever the faltering of the righteous.”

Ibid 46:2 “ H/G is for us a refuge and strength, a help in distress, very accessible.”

From The Power of Hope. The one essential of Life and Love by Rabbi Maurice Lamm Rawson Associates New York Scribner Simon & Schuster Pages 173-174.

“Most of us are spiritually attuned, whether we are formally religious or not, and our souls need to go beyond trying to be trusting- in G, in a transcendent force, in a Higher Power that determines our destinies. We can’t trust in trying alone.

No one sails through life on a serene sea, oars shipped with a gentle breeze at our backs. We experience, at some time in our lives- if not more often – a severe loss of hope, a numbness in the face of a staggering problem, disappointment in ourselves. We may at this moment be wrestling with an intractable dilemma. We search for some solution, a key, a way out, a glimmer of good news. How will we manage, after we have exhausted our resources and yet remain in a gum of troubles from which we cannot free ourselves?

We turn to G. We place our hopes on G’s shoulders. Some do this because they think of G as a partner in life, and have a running conversation with Him about the major happenings of their lives. Many wonderful people who do not subscribe to any formal religion do just that.

There lingers inside all of us a ray- a single stray beam- which diffuses our souls, our hopes, with a faint glow, “Maybe. Just maybe.”

But now I urge you to take that final step. After you have tried your best, you need to trust that your goals will be accomplished.

So take my hand. We have come a long way together. We will go all the way together.”

From Rebbe Nachman of Breslow The Gentle Weapon Prayers for everyday and not so everyday moments Jewish Lights Publishing.“

PRAYER

G of life, help me pray with all the force I can muster. If only I could invest all my energy into each word- even into every letter- of my prayers, I know that it would give me renewed strength… renewed spirit. “Prayer to the Almighty is my life,” says the Psalmist. Please, help me pray.”

CRYING OUT TO G

“Oh , how I want to cry out to You, G of strength, to cry undistracted and with a pure heart. Help me pray with all my strength, to until raise my voice in resounding supplication until my own prayers strike my mind like thunderclaps, and refine the innermost recesses of my heart.”

Adina Segal and I are presently planning forthcoming presentations which will take our readers to the next steps about dementia -to be announced.

Thank you. Sincerely yours. Rabbi Yehuda Blank

Please click here to see the webinar Al Tashlicheinu l’Eis Ziknah:

What Rabbis, Rebbetzins and Chaplains Need to Know About Dementia.

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In this newsletter:
• Divrei Torah: Devarim
• 5TJT: Kotel
• Jewish Voice: Rosh Chodesh Av Conference
• Jewish Vues: Rosh Chodesh Av Conference
• Rabbinical Alliance of America Reaffirms Centrality of Kotel at Rosh Chodesh Av Conference
• Upcoming Yahrtzeits 9 Av-16 Av
• The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for Maintaining the Sanctity and Dignity of the Kotel
• Chaplaincy Commission Update

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Covid Planning for Yamim Noraim with Rabbi Dr. Glatt

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  1. Chaplaincy Commission Update
    The week of Matos-Masei 5782
  2. Rosh Chodesh Av Seudah and Conference
    Sunday, July 31, 6:30pm, Ahi Ezer Yeshiva Congregation, 2433 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn
  3. Covid and Yamim Noraim Planning
    Wednesday, August 3, 8:45pm on Zoom
1. Chaplaincy Commission Update
The week of Matos-Masei 5782

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Rabbi Yehuda (Leonard) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Programming, Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com
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Aharon Hakohen: He was oihev shalom, v’rodef shalom,
a lover of peace and a pursuer of peace with immense humility.

“What does H require of you but to do justice,
to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your G.”

Faith -Hope- Trust and a Love Story

A special follow up with Alvin and Marla from last weeks article.

A special reprint and video of Rav Dovid Feinstein and Rav Meir Zlotowitz

In my last article, I described the beautiful wedding of two marvelous people Alvin and Marla who with tremendous fortitude, faith and love- love in the Holy One and love for each other decided living a life together is a true blessing of life. Several months ago, I wrote with permission of course how they found love in each other, and nothing was going to discourage them from their dream of eventually marrying each other and not just be great friends. They wanted to go to the next level of caring for each other in a way not possible as two single adults. Even though they were diagnosed with metastatic cancer and would continue with their treatments for as long as necessary. Alvin and I became good friends. We spent a lot of time together the many months prior to his wedding. I was taken by his immense courage, his fortitude, his desire to do everything necessary to observing his Yiddishkeit and with loving care for a faithful friend his Kallah to be. There is much I learned from him. He has and continues to be an inspiration to me. Amongst some of his powerful quotes “Life is a gift from H. We should enjoy His gift for as long as we can.” Enjoyment does not necessarily mean having fun, though there is no reason not to derive pleasure from all that H gives us. How important it is to be strong and steadfast in our beliefs in G and appreciate all that He does for us. We do not fully understand why certain things happen or why G puts us in certain situations, but we must believe He has a reason for everything that He plans for us. We must never take things for granted. Whatever H does for us has to be for the best even though we do not understand.

On a personal note, when I look back when I first met my wife A”H, did I think 27 years later she would be gone from my life? One of the posters we purchased on one of our many trips was the saying “Happiness is being married to your best friend.” Not only are there no regrets, but there is also much to be thankful for. Yet, her faith, hope and most of all trust in H was an inspiration to her entire family and to the multitudes whose lives she impacted with her zest of life, love of H, love for Klal Yisrael and the friendships she acquired of all who knew her. Most of all, her sincere appreciation of all that H did for her, for us and no matter what, she never gave up. What was remarkable was her unselfishness. Can you imagine her desire for each member of the family to continue in life whatever it is meant to be? She was strong in her feelings how each of us was to accomplish, continue to achieve and be successful never to give up. She wanted us including myself to find meaning in life, have as she did simchas hachaim, with kindness, goodness, happiness, achdus, and share in many simchas.

I shared this in one of my previous articles how important it is for spouses to care for each other, to want to do for each other, to be sincere, and kind to each other. Alvin and Marla ‘s decision to marry is because how much they care for each other no matter what might come their way and that bond of love and care cannot be measured. Everyone who knows them are convinced what a remarkable and caring relationship they have. They are truly role models for us all especially how much they appreciate all that H has done and continues to do for them. There is much we can learn from them as I have. At the conclusion of many wedding films there would be in big letters, “this is not the end, but only the beginning.”

Whether it is a couple in their younger years, middle years, or more senior years, it makes no difference- the love and care a couple can and should have for each other should be meaningful at any age. The essence is to want to care for each other, to do for each other, to have that special twinkle that lights up. Is it possible for those in their senior years to have the same zest for love and marriage as a couple in their younger years? Absolutely! Is it possible to have that zest in life with various challenges? Of course! just ask Alvin and Marla. It all depends on making it work. Our love for H never falters, it never diminishes, that light will remain bright and strong for as long as a person has that special love for H and as one should have for their beloved. That is why Alvin and Marla are so spectacular, wanting to make every moment of their lives incredibly special, full of joy, happiness and meaning even when times might be difficult. They just will not give up and they want so much to convey those messages to all of us. Make life’s every moment as precious as can be. Their emunah, their faith, their hope, and their trust in H and in each other is phenomenal. Their outlook in life, dealing with whatever challenges they might have been so remarkable. There is so much we can and should learn from them and the kindness and good feelings they have and convey to others. There is one other wonderful attribute they have; both are very humble and do not think of themselves any special other than following in the ways of kindness. There is so much Chasdei H. May they both have a refuah sheleima and have continued simchas hachaim for many years to come.

In his latest article found in the Yated Ne eman July 22, 2022, Rabbi Yechiel Spero writes “There is a well-known Yalkut Shimoni (Yeshayah 393) that states that the world will last for 6,000 years and then will cease to exist as we know it. Someone once asked Rav Mottel of Slonim,” What will you do if the world continues to exist as we know it?” He answered,” I will wake up in the morning, take my tallis and tefillin, go to the bais medrash and daven, just as I always have. And I will conclude that I misunderstood that particular statement from Chazal. “Just because I misunderstood it, it does not mean that it is not true, and that is the basis of emunah. I must continue to do that which the Al-mighty demands. Without questions. And perhaps without fully understanding. We do not have to know; we must believe.”

Aharon Hakohen was what we would call a role model for Klal Yisrael. From A Vort from Rav Pam by Rabbi Sholom Smith Artscroll Series of Rav Avraham Yaakov Pam ztk” l Parshas Pinchas “With Two Hands” Pages 194-195. H Said to Moshe, take to yourself Yehoshua son of Nun, a man in whom there is spirit, and lean your hand upon him.” (27:18) When we bless someone by placing both hands on his head it shows that it is not done as an obligation or burden, but is done behavior, with love. The person wishes to fully transmit the berachos he is about to impart. This concept is seen in the manner in which Aharon HaKohen fulfilled the mitzva of Bircas Kohanim. In Parshas Shemini (Vayika 9:22) the pasuk says, Vayisaw Aharon es yawdawv el hawawm vayivarcheim, Aharon raised his arms toward the people and blessed them. The word Yawdawv is spelled defectively, as if it were written yawdo, one hand. Yet the word is read as if it were spelled yawdawv, two hands, because when Aharon blessed the people, he did so with beahavaw, with love. It may have been enough with one, as alluded to in the defectively spelled word yawdawv, Nevertheless, in his overwhelming feelings of love for the people, Aharon used both hands, and this has become the required way to perform this mitzva (see Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 128: 12).

The beracha that the Kohanim recite when performing Bircas Kohanim ends with the word beahavaw, with love. In fact, the Mishna Berurah (128.37) says that a Kohen who is hated by the congregation or has a hatred toward them should not bless them because Bircas Kohanim must be performed with great love for the Jewish people. This can be learned from Aharon himself, who was the very embodiment of peace: he was ohev shalom, v’rodef shalom a lover of peace and a pursuer of peace.

Parshas Pinchas is usually the first Shabbos of the tragic period of the Three Weeks. (In some years it is the Shabbos before the Seventeenth of Tammuz.) It is the time of year that commemorates the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, primarily because of sinas chinawn, unwarranted hatred between Jews. To rectify that sin, a Jew must go out of his way to display boundless love for his fellow Jews, symbolically, expressed by bestowing upon him two handfuls of blessings. Then we can hope for the rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash, may it happen speedily and in our days.”

In the Haftoras Balak, Micha 5:6-6:8 From the Kol Dodi on The Haftaros by a Rav Dovid Feinstein edited by Nosson Scherman Mesorah Publications Ltd. Pages 175-177 [You ask,]” With what shall I approach H, humble myself before G on high? Shall I approach Him with burnt offerings, or with calves in their first year? Will H be appeased by thousands of rams with tens of thousands of streams of oil? Shall I give over my firstborn [ to atone for] my transgression, or the fruit of my belly[for] the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good! What does He require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly, of you, O man, what is good! What does H require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your G?” (Rav Dovid) “Mishpat- chesed- Justice…Kindness. It is not enough for a person to be just and kind. He must also transmit these values to his children and posterity. As H says about Avraham (Bereishis 18:19)” For I have loved him, because he commands his children and his household after him that they keep the way of H, doing charity and justice.” And to walk humbly with your G. In your humility you must recognize that it is H, not you, who provides for you and Who has the ultimate power.” \

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